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Higher risk of colorectal cancer in diabetes patients
Renal and Urology News
The risk of colorectal cancer is moderately increased in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to research published online Dec. 31 in Diabetes Care. Paul J.H.L. Peeters, of the Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and colleagues conducted an observational population-based cohort study in which 300,039 patients, aged 18 years or older, with at least one prescription for an antidiabetic drug, were matched with a comparison cohort of individuals without diabetes. The risk of colorectal cancer associated with type 2 diabetes was assessed.
Erectile function recovery more likely after robotic prostate surgery
Renal and Urology News
Recovery of erectile function may be more likely among prostate cancer patients who undergo nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy by robot-assisted laparoscopy rather than open surgery, new findings suggest. Jens-Uwe Stolzenburg, MD, of University Hospital Leipzig in Germany, and colleagues studied 422 patients younger than 68 years who had normal preoperative EF prior to nerve-sparing surgery for localized prostate cancer.
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No proven added benefit of sucroferric oxyhydroxide for chronic kidney disease
Medical News today
Sucroferric oxyhydroxide has been approved since August 2014 for adults with chronic kidney disease on haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. The German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care examined in a dossier assessment whether in these cases the drug offers patients an added benefit over the appropriate comparator therapies. According to the findings, an added benefit is not proven because no suitable data were available.
New study findings help physicians and patients determine prostate cancer risk
Medical News Today
A discovery by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah shows that looking at whether a man's uncles and great-grandparents, among other second- and third-degree relatives, had prostate cancer could be as important as looking at whether his father had prostate cancer. A more complete family history would give physicians a new tool to decide whether or not a PSA test was appropriate.
Flu vaccination pressure ratchets up at hospitals
Healthcare worker vaccination rates vary immensely, from 2 percent to 100 percent, and hospitals are cracking down because data on rates of vaccination is now public. With Medicare's latest quality update on Hospital Compare last month, one measure reported for the first time makes some hospitals look relatively unsafe for vulnerable patients and co-workers at risk for influenza.
Early results show slow progress in CMS readmissions programs
Only a handful of several community groups that received federal reimbursements for curbing preventable readmissions have delivered better results than programs that were not part of the initiative, according to partial results revealed in a recently released Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services report.
Study shows strength of team-based care in PCMH
Despite the challenges practices face in implementing the patient-centered medical home model, many who've put forth the effort have achieved promising results, according to a series of recent reports. However, progress to date varies by practice size, noted an article from Medscape.
Americans spent more of their own money on healthcare in past decade
Out-of-pocket expenses for households with employer-sponsored insurance grew faster than overall health spending during the decade that ended in 2013, according to an analysis of medical bills for workers with health benefits from self-insured employers. The analysis, by consulting and data company Truven Health Analytics, excludes capitated plans but nonetheless covers one-quarter of the U.S. population.
Curbing growth of physician self-referrals requires Congress
With findings from four recent reports by the Government Accountability Office, the new Congress could close dozens of loopholes that have allowed physicians to increasingly refer patients for medical services to enterprises in which they have a financial stake, write the authors of a new "Viewpoint" in JAMA. Ending the controversial practice might save the federal government hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
California, 3 other states receive 'A' for reproductive healthcare
California was just one of four states in the U.S. to receive an "A" for its reproductive health care services and rights, according to an annual report card by the Population Institute, Cosmopolitan reports.
California's soaring healthcare costs bode ill for the budget
Los Angeles Times
California's budget, which bounced back after years of deficits, is now being squeezed by rising healthcare costs for the poor and for retired state workers. The mountain of medical bills threatens to undermine Gov. Jerry Brown's efforts to strengthen state finances — his central promise of the past four years.
Covered California nears enrollment goals, warns about penalties
With a month left in Covered California's second open enrollment period, the state health insurance exchange is nearing its enrollment goals, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Meanwhile, the exchange is emphasizing rising financial penalties for skipping coverage as a way to boost enrollment ahead of the Feb. 15 deadline.
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