December 2012 Briefing - Ophthalmology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Ophthalmology for December 2012. 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.

MS Disease Activity Tied to Hastened Retinal Thinning

THURSDAY, Dec. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) with clinical or radiologic nonocular disease activity have accelerated ganglion cell/inner plexiform (GCIP) layer thinning, according to a study published in the Jan. 1 issue of Neurology.

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Motor Vehicle Incidents Common in Medical Residents

FRIDAY, Dec. 21 (HealthDay News) -- During training, internal medicine residents commonly experience motor vehicle incidents, including crashes and near misses, but less commonly experience blood and body fluid (BBF) exposures, according to research published in the December issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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FDA: Some Eye Care Provider Ads Mislead About LASIK Risks

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) -- A handful of eye care providers were warned Dec. 18 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that the promotional materials for some services they provide do not contain enough information about potential risks and adverse effects associated with the advertised procedures.

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Many Docs Use Social Media to Find, Share Medical Data

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Most physicians use social media on at least a weekly basis, and report that it improves the quality of patient care they deliver, according to a study published in the September/October issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

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Aspirin Use 10 Years Prior Tied to Incidence of Late AMD

TUESDAY, Dec. 18 (HealthDay News) -- For adults, regular use of aspirin 10 years prior to retinal examination is associated with increased incidence of late and neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a study published in the Dec. 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Supplementation of Formula With LCPUFAs Ups Infant Visual Acuity

MONDAY, Dec. 17 (HealthDay News) -- For infants, supplementation of formula with long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFAs) correlates with improved visual acuity in the first year of life, according to research published online Dec. 17 in Pediatrics.

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Health Care Satisfaction Rated As High by Unacculturated Hispanics

MONDAY, Dec. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanic patients, particularly unacculturated Hispanics, rate their health care experience more highly than do other patient groups, according to a study published in the October issue of the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

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Current Health Costs Pushing Docs to Make Urgent Choices

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12 (HealthDay News) -- The current growth in health care's share of the gross domestic product (GDP) and need to implement learning health systems is forcing physicians to make important choices, according to a perspective piece published online Dec. 12 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Prevalence of Nonrefractive Visual Impairment Increasing

TUESDAY, Dec. 11 (HealthDay News) -- From 1999-2002 to 2005-2008, there has been an increase in the prevalence of nonrefractive visual impairment, which may be partly due to the increasing prevalence of diabetes, specifically long-duration diabetes, according to research published in the Dec. 12 issue of the Journal of American Medical Association.

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Number of Independent Physicians Continues to Decline

MONDAY, Dec. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Physician business models are transforming, with a sustained shift away from independent practice, according to report released by the consulting firm Accenture.

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Anticompetitive Market Power Common in Managed Care Plans

FRIDAY, Dec. 7 (HealthDay News) -- For each of the three most popular types of managed care plans in the United States (point-of-service plan [POS], health maintenance organization [HMO], and preferred provider organization [PPO]), anticompetitive market power is widespread, according to a Nov. 28 news release from the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Health Care Law Boosts Savings on Meds for Medicare Recipients

FRIDAY, Dec. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Savings on prescription drugs related to the Affordable Care Act have reached $5.1 billion, according to a Dec. 3 news release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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FDA: Public-Private Venture Set to Improve Regulatory Science

THURSDAY, Dec. 6 (HealthDay News) -- The Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC), the first public-private partnership to promote medical device regulatory science, has been established, according to a Dec. 3 news release issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Five-Hour Protected Sleep Feasible for Medical Interns

TUESDAY, Dec. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of a five-hour period of protected sleep is feasible for medical interns on long shifts, resulting in interns getting more uninterrupted sleep and feeling more alert the next day, according to a study published in the Dec. 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Intravitreal Pegaptanib Useful in Diabetic Macular Edema

MONDAY, Dec. 3 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with diabetes with clinically significant macular edema (CME), treatment with intravitreal pegaptanib sodium (Macugen), which selectively inhibits vascular endothelial growth factor-165 isoforms, is associated with significant morphological and functional changes, according to a study published in the December issue of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

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Increasing Number of Workers in Self-Insured Health Plans

MONDAY, Dec. 3 (HealthDay News) -- There has been a recent increase in the percentage of workers in the private sector who are enrolled in self-insured health plans, in which the employer assumes the financial risk related to health insurance (unlike a fully-insured plan, where the insurance company assumes the risk), according to research published in the November issue of the Employee Benefit Research Institute's Notes.

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