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January 2011 Briefing - Ophthalmology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Ophthalmology for January 2011. 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 Health Records May Not Improve Care Quality

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic health records (EHRs) and clinical decision support (CDS) do not appear to improve the quality of clinical care, according to a study published online Jan. 24 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Measures Predicting Vision Post Cataract Surgery Validated

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Changes in visual acuity and function after cataract surgery may be predicted using visual acuity (VA) and the visual function index-14 (VF-14) test, according to a study published in the January issue of Ophthalmology.

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Dexamethasone Implant Can Successfully Treat Uveitis

FRIDAY, Jan. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Dexamethasone implant improves intraocular inflammation and visual acuity in eyes with noninfectious uveitis, according to a study published online Jan. 10 in the Archives of Ophthalmology.

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CDC Report Highlights Important Health Disparities

THURSDAY, Jan. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Among Americans, disparities in income, race and ethnicity, gender, and other social attributes have an impact on whether an individual is healthy or ill or will die prematurely, according to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released as a supplement to the Jan. 14 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Bottle Rockets Tied to Significant Ocular Injuries

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Bottle rockets are associated with significant ocular injuries among children and adolescents, including permanent loss of vision, according to a study published online Jan. 10 in the Archives of Ophthalmology.

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Macular Degeneration Prevalence Lower Than Previously Thought

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 12 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is lower than previously reported, according to a study published in the January issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology.

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Burnout Levels Particularly High in Residents

MONDAY, Jan. 10 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of burnout and risk for burnout are high in physicians, particularly residents, and more than a quarter of anesthesiology chairs meet criteria for high burnout, according to two articles published in the January issue of Anesthesiology.

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Fish-Oil Lipid Emulsion Lowers Retinopathy Risk

FRIDAY, Jan. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Administration of a fish-oil-based lipid emulsion in very-low-birth-weight infants may be useful for prophylaxis of severe retinopathy, according to a study published online Jan. 3 in Pediatrics.

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