Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Ophthalmology for June 2016. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
FDA Approves Eye Implant to Correct Presbyopia in Middle Age
THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) — An implant that helps the aging eye focus on small print and nearby objects has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Pharmaceutical Payments Linked to Anti-VEGF Injection Use
THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) — There is a positive association between reported pharmaceutical payments and use of aflibercept and ranibizumab injections among ophthalmologists who prescribe anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) medications, according to a study published online June 23 in JAMA Ophthalmology.
Electronic Record Demands Are Overwhelming Many Physicians
WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Physicians using electronic practice tools report higher rates of burnout and increased frustration with the amount of computerized paperwork, according to research published online June 27 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Guidance Updated for Sedation of Pediatric Patients
TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Guidelines have been updated for monitoring and management of pediatric patients before, during, and after sedation, according to a clinical report published online June 27 in Pediatrics.
Patients Face High Hospital Bills Despite Having Insurance
MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Costs of hospitalization for privately insured adults rose more than 37 percent over five years, with patients paying more than $1,000 on average by 2013, according to research published online June 27 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
2017 Will Bring Premium Rate Increases Under ACA
FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Health insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act will rise in 2017, analysts and insurance brokers say.
Pilocarpine Expands Schlemm Canal in Healthy Eyes, Glaucoma
FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Pilocarpine expands the Schlemm canal in eyes with and without glaucoma, according to a study published online June 23 in JAMA Ophthalmology.
Smartphone Use at Night May Result in Monocular ‘Blindness’
THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A short-lived optical sensation can lead some smartphone users to mistakenly believe they’ve lost sight in one eye, according to a research letter published in the June 23 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Zika Infection Also Linked to Uveitis in Adults
THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — In a letter published online June 22 in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers describe the case of a man who was infected with Zika and developed uveitis.
Materials in Vitreous Seen in About Half of Phaco Cases
WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Materials in the vitreous (MIV) are identified in approximately half of phacoemulsification cataract surgery (phaco) cases, in Berger’s space or the anterior vitreous (AV), according to a study published online June 17 in Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology.
Myopia Imposes Large Burden on Adults in the United States
TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) — About 9.6 million Americans are severely myopic, according to a study published online June 21 in Ophthalmology.
Tips Provided for Leveraging Social Media
TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) — During a presentation at the 2016 American Medical Association Annual Meeting, Kevin Pho, M.D., founder and editor of the popular physician blog KevinMD, shared insights into making a difference in health care through use of social media.
Reset Room Can Help Address Physician Burnout
MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The creation of a reset room is one of several solutions that can help physicians and medical providers address burnout, according to a report published by the American Medical Association.
Strategy Needed to Address Impending Physician Shortage
FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Steps should be taken to combat the impending physician shortage of between 61,700 and 94,700 doctors that the United States is expected to face over the next decade, according to an article published in Medical Economics.
Potential Impact of Single-Payer Health Care Discussed
THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is promoting his version of single-payer health care, although the actual impact of such a system is unclear, according to a report published in Medical Economics.
Unplanned Readmission for ~8 Percent of Surgical Discharges
THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Unplanned readmissions occur in about 8 percent of patients discharged from the general surgical service, according to a study published online June 15 in JAMA Surgery.
Prices for Care Rise Significantly As Multi-Hospital Systems Emerge
THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Hospital prices in California increased substantially from 2004 to 2013, with a larger increase in hospitals that are members of multi-hospital systems, according to a study published online June 9 in Inquiry.
Four-Step Strategy Suggested for Boosting Practice Quality of Care
WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Four steps can help doctors improve patient care and office efficiency, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).
Treatment Options Reviewed for Herpes Simplex Viral Keratitis
TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) — There is a need for development of new anti-herpetic compounds with different mechanisms of action for herpes simplex viral keratitis (HSVK), according to a review published online June 6 in Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology.
American Seniors With Diabetes Living Longer Without Disability
MONDAY, June 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) — American seniors with diabetes are starting to live longer without disabilities, according to a study published online June 10 in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
Aflibercept, Ranibizumab Not Cost-Effective Vs. Bevacizumab
FRIDAY, June 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Compared with bevacizumab, aflibercept and ranibizumab are not cost-effective for diabetic macular edema (DME), according to research published online June 9 in JAMA Ophthalmology.
AMA Module Promotes Training of Medical Assistants
THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A new training module can improve training for medical assistants (MAs), according to a report from the American Medical Association (AMA).
Patients Like to See Physicians Wearing White Coats
THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Most patients prefer that physicians wear white coats, according to research published online June 1 in JAMA Dermatology.
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