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May 2009 Briefing - Ophthalmology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Ophthalmology for May 2009. 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.

Computerized Prescription Order Errors a Risk for Patients

THURSDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- Computerized provider order entry systems are prone to input errors that may put patients at risk, according to a study published in the May 25 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Focus on Meaningful Work Protects Doctors From Burnout

THURSDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) -- Academic faculty physicians who focus on what they find most meaningful are less likely to experience burnout, according to a study published in the May 25 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Democrats Set Ambitious Goal for Health Care Reform

THURSDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- Congressional Democrats face formidable challenges in their efforts to pass health care reform legislation by July 31, but physicians can take the lead to ensure changes are enacted, according to two perspectives published online May 20 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Sticking to Work Hours Limits Very Costly

WEDNESDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) -- Adherence to the 2003 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) limits on work hours, and other measures aimed at reducing fatigue among residents, would be costly with no proven benefits, according to an article published in the May 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Tamsulosin Linked to Problems After Cataract Surgery

TUESDAY, May 19 (HealthDay News) -- The use of tamsulosin -- a common medication for benign prostatic hyperplasia -- is associated with a higher risk of serious adverse events following cataract surgery, according to research published in the May 20 issue of JAMA.

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Diet May Protect Against Age-Related Macular Degeneration

WEDNESDAY, May 13 (HealthDay News) -- Dietary intake may have an influence over the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to two studies published in the May issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology, while a third study in the same issue indicates that cognitive impairment may share common risk factors with the eye condition.

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Key Nutrients Lower Risk of Macular Degeneration

FRIDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) -- The intake of certain key nutrients can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and that risk can be correlated with a nutrient compound score devised by researchers and reported in the May issue of Ophthalmology.

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Routine Glaucoma Assessment Deemed Cost-Effective

THURSDAY, May 7 (HealthDay News) -- Routine care to delay or prevent the incidence of glaucoma is cost-effective in comparison to the costs of not providing the care, both in terms of resource utilization and quality-of-life measures, according to a study in the May issue of Ophthalmology.

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Medical Center Press Releases Often Lacking Key Details

TUESDAY, May 5 (HealthDay News) -- Press releases from academic medical centers may often overstate the importance of research findings while failing to acknowledge relevant limitations of the studies, according to research published in the May 5 Annals of Internal Medicine.

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