Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Radiology 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.
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.
Methylene Blue Appears to Boost Brain’s Memory Centers
TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Methylene blue may increase activity in brain regions involved in short-term memory and attention, according to a study published online June 28 in Radiology.
Ultrasound Findings Can Predict Pancreas Transplant Failure
TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — For pancreas transplant recipients, absent or reversed arterial Doppler flow is associated with subsequent transplant failure, according to a study published in the July issue of Radiology.
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.
ADT Plus Radiotherapy Ups Survival in Metastatic Prostate CA
MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) — For men with metastatic prostate cancer (mPCa), overall survival (OS) is improved for those treated with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) and prostate radiotherapy (RT), compared with ADT alone, according to a study published online June 20 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
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.
Interim PET-CT Can Guide Treatment in Advanced Hodgkin’s
THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Adapted treatment guided by positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) results is associated with good outcomes in advanced Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to a study published in the June 23 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Pre-Op Breast MRI Affected by Patient Positioning
THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — There is evidence that the position a woman is placed in during preoperative breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could influence the scan’s accuracy, according to research published online June 22 in Radiology.
Use of Patient Navigators Improves Cancer Screening Rates
WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The use of patient navigators improves cancer screening rates among low-income and ethnic minority patients, according to a study published online June 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
APCs, Doctors Order Low-Value Services With Similar Frequency
WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Advanced practice clinicians (APCs) and physicians order low-value health services with similar frequency, according to a study published online June 20 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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.
Persistent High Spending Common in Year Before Death
TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Almost half of older Medicare beneficiaries have high persistent spending throughout the full year before death, according to a study published in the June issue of Health Affairs.
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.
Tasquinimod Improves Radiographic PFS in mCRPC
THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) — For chemotherapy-naive men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), tasquinimod is associated with improved radiographic progression-free survival (rPFS), according to a phase III study published online June 13 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
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.
USPSTF Reaffirms Need for CRC Screen Beginning at Age 50
THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Reiterating a recommendation last made in 2008, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is advocating that regular colorectal cancer (CRC) screening begin at age 50 and continue until at least age 75. The updated recommendation was published online June 15 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Many PCPs Discuss Low-Dose CT Screening With Patients
WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Many family physicians discuss low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening for lung cancer with patients at high risk, although referrals remain low, according to a study published online June 13 in Cancer.
ERs Seeing More Severe Wounds From Gun Violence
WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Injuries from gun violence may be increasing in severity in emergency departments across the United States, according to a research letter published in the June 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
SBRT, Proton Beam Therapy Use Increasing for Prostate CA
MONDAY, June 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) — For men with prostate cancer, the use of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) and proton beam therapy increased from 2004 to 2011, according to a study published online May 25 in Cancer.
Ultrasound Beats Palpation for Femoral Artery Catheterization
MONDAY, June 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) — For children undergoing heart surgery, real-time ultrasound guidance is superior to a palpation technique for femoral artery catheterization, according to a study published online June 1 in Pediatric Anesthesia.
Fatty Acid Fractions in Breast Adipose Tissue May ID Carcinoma
WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) — For postmenopausal women, fatty acid fractions in breast adipose tissue may be associated with invasive ductal carcinoma, according to a study published online June 7 in Radiology.
Intraprocedural CCTA Feasible for Identifying Guidewires
TUESDAY, June 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) is feasible for identifying the location of guidewires during chronic total occlusion (CTO) intervention, according to a study published in the June 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.
Too Few Patients Receive Surgical Treatment for Ovarian Cancer
FRIDAY, June 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Surgery may significantly extend ovarian cancer patients’ lives, but one in five women do not have the procedure, according to a study published online May 5 in Gynecologic Oncology.
15.5 Million Americans Now Surviving Cancer
FRIDAY, June 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Cancer survivors in the United States reached record numbers this year — 15.5 million — and the American Cancer Society predicts they’ll total more than 20 million in another decade. The report, prepared by the American Cancer Society in collaboration with the U.S. National Cancer Institute, was published online June 2 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
Breast Cancer Survivors Benefit From Mindfulness Meditation
THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Mindfulness meditation seems to help breast cancer patients better manage symptoms of fatigue, anxiety, and fear of recurrence, according to a study published online May 31 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Blood-Brain Barrier Leaks Seen in Patients With Early Alzheimer’s
WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease may have more leakages in the blood-brain barrier (BBB), according to a study published online May 31 in Radiology.
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