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 •  August 22

In elderly patients with advanced cancer, a palliative care consultation soon after diagnosis substantially decreased healthcare use, and helped caregivers manage patients' expectations, as well as maintain their quality of life (QoL), according to researchers. A matched retrospective cohort study of Medicare patients showed that those given...

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 •  August 21

A new risk-stratification tool identified patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) who were more likely to have severe hypoglycemic episodes that brought them to the hospital or emergency room, researchers said. The tool classified patients as high, intermediate, or low risk based on six variables that were reported online in JAMA Internal...

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 •  August 13

Deaths associated with opioid overdoses in hospital intensive care units nearly doubled over a seven-year period from 2009 and 2015, and the costs of treating overdose victims in the ICU has skyrocketed, researchers report. The average cost of caring for an opioid overdose patient in the ICU increased by 58% from $58,500 to $92,400, according to a...

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 •  July 25

A mobile health intervention for new mothers to educate them about safe infant sleep practices, such as those recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, improved adherence to these practices in a randomized trial. More mothers randomized to the intervention said that they placed their infants in a supine position, did not use soft bedding,...

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 •  June 30

Tracer uptake on PET/CT imaging showed significant association with clinical outcomes of bone-involved metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), a small clinical trial showed. Early change in the maximum standardized uptake value (SUV) of [F] sodium fluoride (NaF) was the strongest predictor of progression-free survival (PFS),...

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 •  May 23

Telescreening for diabetic retinopathy (DR) in primary care clinics increased screening rates from approximately 25% to 40% in rural and underserved patients, researchers reported. Of 1,661 patients screened during the 3-year study period, 80% had no DR, 11% had mild to moderate non-proliferative DR, and 9% had severe or proliferative DR that...

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 •  May 31, 2016

The use of certain contraindicated antithrombotics during and after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is uncommon but still a problem, a large VA registry study showed. Overall, just 1.1% of the 64,294 patients in the Veterans Affairs Clinical Assessment, Reporting, and Tracking Program who had PCI performed from 2007 to 2013 received...

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 •  May 18, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -- When hospital interns and residents end their rotations and hand off their patients to a new team, the risk of mortality to the patients significantly increases, researchers reported here at the annual meeting of the American Thoracic Society. "After analyzing 230,701 hospital admissions, we estimate end-of-rotation house staff...

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 •  April 27, 2016

WASHINGTON -- The Obama Administration proposed two rules Wednesday that officials say will ease physicians' documentation requirements and give them new opportunities to earn bonuses for providing high-quality care. One rule implements what is called the Quality Payment Program, which gives doctors two options for getting reimbursed under...

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 •  April 13, 2016

Patients with multiple sclerosis may be wary if their physician gets paid by industry to recruit for clinical trials, a survey found. Some 61% of MS patients who'd never participated in a clinical trial said they'd trust their doctor less if he or she was financially compensated for trial enrollment, Eran Klein, MD, PhD, of Oregon Health and...