March 2017 Briefing - Radiology
Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Radiology for March 2017. 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.
Vertical Integration Insurance Products of Higher Quality
FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Insurance products offered by hospitals and health systems, known as vertical integration, are generally of higher quality than other contracts, according to a study published in the March issue of Health Affairs.
90 Percent of U.S. Physicians Satisfied With Career Choice
FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nine out of 10 American doctors are happy with their choice of profession, even though they have some challenges, according to an American Medical Association (AMA) survey of 1,200 doctors, residents, and medical students, conducted in February.
Brain Changes May Mark Risk of Financial Exploitation in Seniors
FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For older adults, financial exploitation is associated with brain differences in regions associated with socioemotional functioning, according to a study published online March 28 in the Journals of Gerontology: Series A.
TV Ads for ACA Enrollment Linked to Decline in Uninsured Rates
TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The volume of insurance advertisements during the first Affordable Care Act enrollment period correlated with change in uninsurance rates, with a higher volume of television advertisements linked to declines in uninsurance, according to a study published online March 15 in Health Affairs.
ACP Issues Challenge to Cut Task Burden and Put Patients First
TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a position paper published online March 28 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, recommendations are presented to address the impact of administrative tasks and reduce the administrative burden on clinicians.
Paid Malpractice Claims Cut in Half From 1992 to 2014 in U.S.
MONDAY, March 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- From 1992 to 2014 there was a decrease in the rate of malpractice claims paid on behalf of physicians in the United States, but mean compensation amounts increased, according to a study published online March 27 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Smoking Ups Long-Term Risks From Radiotherapy in Breast CA
MONDAY, March 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with breast cancer, the absolute risks associated with modern radiotherapy are higher for smokers than nonsmokers, according to research published online March 20 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Ultrasound IDs Ankle Pathology in Inflammatory Rheumatic Dz
FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with different types of inflammatory rheumatic diseases have distinct ankle pathological findings on ultrasonography, according to research published online March 13 in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.
30-Day Mortality Down During Joint Commission Survey Weeks
THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients admitted to the hospital during The Joint Commission on-site inspections (surveys) have reduced mortality compared to that seen during non-survey weeks, according to research published online March 20 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Black, Asian Medical Students Less Likely to Be AΩA Members
TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Black and Asian medical students are less likely to be members of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA) honor society than white students, according to a study published online March 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Radical Prostatectomy Linked to Greater Drop in Sexual Function
TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For men with localized prostate cancer, radical prostatectomy is associated with a greater decrease in sexual domain scores, while different treatment strategies are associated with distinct patterns of adverse effects, according to two studies published in the March 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Intradiscal Steroid Offers Short-Term Relief of Lower Back Pain
TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with chronic low back pain (LBP) with active discopathy, a single glucocorticoid intradiscal injection (GC IDI) is associated with reduced LBP at one month but not 12 months after the intervention, according to a study published online March 21 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Risk Reports to Doctor, Patient Up Adjunct Breast MRI Screening
TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For women undergoing screening mammography, direct communication of risk-based recommendations for adjunct breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to women and referring physicians is associated with an increased screening rate, according to a study published online recently in Health Communication.
Post-RFA Mortality Up for ESRD Patients Who Receive Dialysis
MONDAY, March 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), receipt of hemodialysis (HD) is associated with increased mortality after radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for hepatocellular carcinoma, according to a study published online March 7 in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Counseling Visit Helps Patients Decide About Lung CA Screening
MONDAY, March 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A centralized counseling and shared decision-making visit correlates with improvement in patient knowledge about eligibility criteria, benefits, and harms of low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening, according to a study published in the March issue of CHEST.
Video Helps Patients Meet Radiotherapy Educational Needs
FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Educational videos augmented by three-dimensional (3D) visualization software are useful for addressing radiotherapy patients' educational needs, according to a study published online Feb. 27 in the Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences.
Women Underrepresented Among Grand Rounds Speakers
WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women seem to be underrepresented among academic grand rounds (GR) speakers, according to a research letter published online March 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Significant Cost Savings for Evidence-Based Radiation Tx
WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of older American women with early breast cancer may get more radiation treatment (RT) than needed, which significantly and unnecessarily increases medical costs, according to a study published online March 14 in the Journal of Oncology Practice.
Noninvasive Imaging Deemed Adequate in Prediction of MACE
WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Computed tomography (CT) angiography and CT myocardial stress perfusion imaging have similar prediction of two-year major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) as combined invasive coronary angiography (ICA) and stress single photon emission CT myocardial perfusion imaging, according to a study published online March 14 in Radiology.
Wearable Radiation Safety Devices Offer Some Protection
WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Leaded glasses can offer some radiation protection of the ocular lenses, while a radioabsorbent surgical cap offers minimal protection of the brain, according to a study published in the March 13 issue of JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.
Support for Health Law Up to 48 Percent in February
TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Support for the health law is increasing, with most Americans feeling that Medicaid should continue as it is today, according to a report published by Kaiser Health News.
Higher Spending by Physicians Not Tied to Better Outcomes
MONDAY, March 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare patients treated by higher-spending physicians are just as likely to be readmitted or die within 30 days of being admitted to the hospital as patients treated by doctors who order fewer or less-expensive tests and treatments, according to a study published online March 13 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
ACA's Medicaid Expansion May Pose Challenges to Timely Care
THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People living in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are less likely to be uninsured or struggling with the strain of unpaid medical bills, but they also seem to have increased difficulty receiving timely care, according to research published in the March 9 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Republicans Introduce Affordable Care Act Replacement
TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An initial Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act was formally introduced in the House of Representatives on Monday.
Most Health Care Providers Can Offer Cost Estimate
MONDAY, March 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most provider organizations can offer a cost estimate, although few patients request one, according to a report published by Becker's Hospital CFO.
Quality Improvement Project Can Reduce Pediatric Head CT Use
MONDAY, March 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A quality improvement (QI) project can decrease use of computed tomography (CT) in the emergency department for children with head injury, according to a study published online March 2 in Pediatrics.
Judgement Bias in Medical Device Recall Decisions
FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The characteristics of the signal in user feedback of adverse events associated with medical devices and the situated context of decision makers correlate with judgement bias in reacting to these adverse events, according to research published online Jan. 29 in Production and Operations Management.
Exercise Treatments Best for Reducing Cancer-Related Fatigue
FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise and/or behavioral and educational therapy may be more effective than prescription drugs for dealing with cancer-related fatigue, according to a meta-analysis published online March 2 in JAMA Oncology.
Overall, 8.8 Percent of U.S. Population Uninsured in 2016
THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Overall, 8.8 percent of individuals of all ages were uninsured in the first nine months of 2016, which marked a nonsignificant reduction from 2015, according to a Feb. 14 report from the National Center for Health Statistics.
Colorectal Cancer Rates, Mortality Down in Americans Aged ≥50
WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Colorectal cancer (CRC) rates among those aged 50 and older have fallen 32 percent since 2000, while deaths from the disease fell by 34 percent, according to a report published online March 1 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.