As a proxy for liver congestion, liver stiffness measured with ultrasound elastography has important prognostic value among patients with heart failure, a Japanese study suggested. Patients in the highest tertile of liver stiffness were at higher risk of mortality and heart failure rehospitalization (HR 3.57, 95% CI 1.93-6.83) over follow-up of more than 6 months, […]Continue Reading ...
Action Points Manufacturers of dermatologic devices are increasingly gaining approval for device modifications via post-initial approval pathways requiring minimal supporting clinical data, which could influence device effectiveness and safety. Note that these data suggest that greater transparency and higher standards of review may improve inconsistencies in usage of pathways for device approvals, and this will […]Continue Reading ...
February 8, 2018 Young adults who were undernourished as preschool children were approximately twice as likely to suffer from hearing loss as their better-nourished peers, a new study suggests. The study, led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, analyzed the relationship between the hearing of more than 2,200 young adults […]Continue Reading ...
Action Points Ophthalmologists’ perceptions of practice costs and clinical productivity related to usage of electronic health records (EHRs) are more negative than previously reported, based on surveys of random members of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Note that in 2015-2016, 72.1% of responding ophthalmologists had adopted EHRs, compared with 47% responding to a 2011 survey […]Continue Reading ...
FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 — About 1 in every 160 pregnancies in the United States ends in stillbirth. Now, a new study suggests many of these tragedies are “potentially” avoidable. With better prenatal and obstetric care, that stillbirth rate might improve, researchers say. “We found that about 25 percent of U.S. stillbirths were potentially preventable,” […]Continue Reading ...
A new Birth analysis has uncovered dramatic increases in the rates of maternal mortality—the death of a mother during pregnancy, childbirth, or post-partum—in Texas in recent years. There was an 87% increase when comparing 2011-2015 data with 2006-2010 data. Some of the increase is likely due to increased overreporting of maternal deaths due to errors […]Continue Reading ...
WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) needs more funding to effectively prepare for public health emergencies, an HHS official said at a Senate hearing Wednesday. “We can’t do more things with limited resources,” Robert Kadlec, MD, HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response, told members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, […]Continue Reading ...
January 16, 2018 A new study published in the BMJ journal Heart, has revealed a significant link between cardiovascular disease and stroke risk in women who began menstruating before the age of 12. Credit: Emily frost/Shutterstock.com Early age of menarche is one of many reproductive risk factors, including pregnancy complications, early menopause, and hysterectomy that […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain A team of researchers with the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital has found evidence that indicates that pre-and post-pregnant women living in an area with air pollution are at an increased risk of giving birth to babies with birth defects. In their paper published in The Journal of Pediatrics, […]Continue Reading ...
February 6, 2018 DNA found in the mitochondria may play a more significant role in metastatic cancer than originally thought. Most research efforts that study the origins of cancer metastasis focus on the nuclear genome, or the DNA contained in the nucleus. The human nuclear genome consists of 46 chromosomes containing 3.3 billion nucleotides. Human […]Continue Reading ...
A depiction of the double helical structure of DNA. Its four coding units (A, T, C, G) are color-coded in pink, orange, purple and yellow. Credit: NHGRI Is fitting into your jeans a matter of your genes? One Bay Area company aims to provide answers. Mountain View’s 23andMe, which sells personal DNA-testing kits, has announced […]Continue Reading ...
Ophthalmologists’ use of electronic health records (EHR) systems for storing and accessing patients’ medical histories more than doubled between 2006 and 2016, while their perceptions of financial and clinical productivity following EHR implementation declined, a study published today in JAMA Ophthalmology shows. “Our findings highlight the fact that companies that design EHR systems should further […]Continue Reading ...
(HealthDay)—Decisions about diabetes care can become harder as people age, and that may be especially true for those needing hospice care. A new study has found that, among people getting hospice care in a nursing home, diabetes care may lead to higher rates of dangerous low blood sugar episodes, known as hypoglycemia. That finding came […]Continue Reading ...
January 19, 2018 This year’s flu season is shaping up to be an especially serious one, and it’s important for clinicians to promptly recognize, diagnosis, and treat influenza in hospitalized patients, especially in vulnerable populations such as older individuals. A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1532-5415), however, indicates that […]Continue Reading ...
Action Points Note that this observational study suggests that disorganization of the inner retina layer (DRIL) may be a useful biomarker to assess the severity of diabetic macular edema. Be aware that the study was cross-sectional; the prognostic value of this measurement remains unclear. In eyes with diabetic macular edema, disorganization of the inner retinal […]Continue Reading ...
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