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August 2020 Briefing - Urology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Urology for August 2020. 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.

Delayed Radiotherapy Not Tied to Worse Survival in Prostate Cancer

FRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- For men with prostate cancer (PC), initiation of radiotherapy (RT) up to six months after androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is not associated with worse overall survival (OS), according to a research letter published online Aug. 13 in JAMA Oncology.

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Patient-Reported Outcome Measure May Be Useful in Hemodialysis

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) can standardize symptom screening processes and improve symptom awareness for hemodialysis patients in routine clinical care, according to a study published online Aug. 25 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Advisory Panel Rejects Nearly All Proposals for Fetal Tissue Research

THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A Trump administration advisory board to evaluate scientific research involving fetal tissue says 13 of 14 proposals should be rejected.

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Poll: More Older Adults Using Telehealth During Pandemic

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- More older adults have used telehealth to consult with a health care provider during the COVID-19 pandemic compared with that seen in the previous year, according to a report published online Aug. 17 based on the results of the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging.

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Guidance Issued for Genetic Testing in Prostate Cancer

MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As a result of the Philadelphia Prostate Cancer Consensus Conference, hosted by Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center-Jefferson Health and the Department of Urology at Jefferson, recommendations have been developed for implementing germline testing for prostate cancer. The consensus framework was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Return-to-School Recommendations Issued for Organ Transplant Recipients

FRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- For solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients, the decision of whether to return to school should be a shared decision between families, transplant professionals, and educators, according to an expert opinion article published online Aug. 4 in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.

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Burnout Less Likely for Doctors in Minority Race/Ethnic Groups

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with non-Hispanic White physicians, physicians in minority racial/ethnic groups are less likely to report burnout, according to a study published online Aug. 7 in JAMA Network Open.

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Guidance Helps Doctors Optimize Telemedicine for Seniors

TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In an Ideas and Opinions article published online Aug. 11 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, guidance is provided for physicians to optimize telemedicine, which can be challenging for older patients.

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Expanding Medicaid in Holdout States Could Insure 3.9 Million

MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Expanding Medicaid to all states could reduce the number of uninsured by 28 percent based on pre-COVID-19 data, according to a report released by the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Standardized Treatment Improves Outcomes in Germ Cell Tumors

MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Clinical outcomes are similar for patients receiving standardized treatment for germ cell tumors (GCTs) at a public safety net hospital or an academic tertiary care center, according to a study published online Aug. 10 in Cancer.

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Serine 91 Genotype of gyrA Gonorrhea Successfully Treated With Ciprofloxacin

MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with gonorrhea, detection of the wild-type serine 91 genotype of the gyrA gene of Neisseria gonorrhoeae is predictive of a successful treatment outcome with ciprofloxacin, according to a study published online Aug. 7 in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Life Expectancy 78.60 Years for U.S. Population for 2009-2011

FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Life expectancy for 2009 to 2011 was 78.60 years for the total U.S. population, with the highest life expectancy for Hispanic women, according to the Aug. 7 National Vital Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Health Plans Not Implementing Prior Authorization Reforms

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians say prior authorization (PA) continues to interfere with patient care and can lead to adverse clinical consequences, according to the results of a survey released by the American Medical Association.

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President Says Medicare Should Expand Telehealth Services

TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- President Donald Trump signed an order on Monday that will broaden the role of telehealth for Medicare patients, the Associated Press reported.

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Most Studies Still Fail to Analyze Data by Sex

TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The effect of gender is still largely ignored in scientific studies, according to a study published online June 9 in eLife.

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Cost-Related Rx Nonadherence Highest in Young U.S. Women

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Cost-related prescription nonadherence is highest among younger U.S. women compared with individuals living in 10 other high-income countries, according to a report published in the August issue of Health Affairs.

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38 Percent of Older Adults in U.S. Not Ready for Video Doctor Visits

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- An estimated 38 percent of all older adults in the United States are not ready for video visits with physicians, according to a research letter published online Aug. 3 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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