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The Use of Aspirin and the Risk of Mortality in Patients with Prostate Cancer
The Journal of Urology
Aspirin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties that may confer a positive effect in preventing and limiting the progression of cancer. To date, several observational studies have investigated the association between aspirin and prostate cancer outcomes, although with conflicting findings. Indeed, in some studies the use of aspirin was associated with strong risk reductions in prostate cancer mortality ranging between 39 percent to 57 percent, while others reported null findings. Despite these inconsistent results, several have advocated the launch of aspirin randomized controlled trials in patients with prostate cancer.
Potential New Biomarker For Aggressive Prostate Cancer Identified
Medical News Today
Researchers from the University of Michigan investigating bone formation have made a surprise discovery with the potential to be a breakthrough in the study of prostate cancer. The team has discovered a previously unidentified biomarker that could affect the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. The study, published in Oncogene, suggests that a protein called Runx2 whose function is to produce bone may also control the growth of prostate cells. This protein could provide a potential new target for anticancer drugs.
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Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Vary In Effectiveness, Side Effects
Reuters via Fox News
Viagra is the most effective treatment for erectile dysfunction, but it also has a higher rate of side effects than other options, according to an analysis of more than 150 trials. Viagra is known generically as sildenafil. Men concerned about possible side effects of Viagra like headaches, flushing, indigestion and nasal congestion may want to start on Cialis, which is known generically as tadalafil, researchers report in European Urology. If that’s not effective, men in some countries can try Zydena (udenafil).
Repeat Prostate Biopsies Find Significant Cancers
HealthDay News via Renal & Urology News
Among a group of men with an initial negative prostate biopsy, clinically significant cancer is still found in subsequent repeat sampling rounds, according to a study published in the April issue of The Journal of Urology. Nitya E. Abraham, M.D., from the New York University School of Medicine in New York City, and colleagues collected data on 1,837 men who underwent prostate biopsy (Jan. 1, 1995, to Jan. 1, 2010).
Survey Finds Strong Provider Interest in Mobile Health Apps
Nearly half of health care professionals would like to incorporate smartphone applications into their practices within five years, according to a new Research Now survey. Among surveyed health care professionals, the researchers found: 46 percent would like to introduce health apps into their practices within five years, 19 percent do not expect to start using apps at their practices within the next five years and 16 percent are using health apps in their practices now.
The Problem With Congress's New Plan To Pay Medicare's Doctors
John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi are still taking a bow for their recent bipartisan triumph: Cutting a $214 billion deal to finally throw out Medicare's broken payment system. But lost in the kumbaya moment is widespread concern that the new way Medicare is going to pay doctors forces the government to do something it's not very good at: measure how good — or bad — doctors are at their jobs. Worse, the new bill doesn't say much about how the government is meant to accomplish this task.
Nurse Practitioners Get Full Practice Authority in Nebraska
Nebraska has enacted a law that scraps the previously required integrated practice agreements for nurse practitioners, becoming in March the 20th state to grant full practice authority to NPs.
Tay Kopanos, DNP, NP, vice president of state government affairs for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners calls the move "tremendous."
"By retiring the written collaborative agreement, Nebraska has just said, 'We are going to utilize our nursing workforce to their maximum capacity,'" Kopanos says.
Doctor Strike May Be Harbinger of Reform Era Labor Problems
Doctors at University of California student health centers are on strike this week – part of the first full-fledged strike by doctors in the U.S. in 25 years. Is this a harbinger of new labor struggles in the post-health reform era?
Maybe, said Stuart Bussey, president of the Union of American Physicians and Dentists, which staged the UC walkout. "Doctors are becoming factory workers, and there's going to be more of this kind of problem as long as organizations are more attuned to the business side of health care instead of the medical side," Bussey said.
Arkansas, Idaho Pass Bills that Allow Limited Telemedicine Use
Shortly after the Arkansas House of Representatives rejected a bill that would have allowed telemedicine companies to offer services within the state, the House has passed a more limited bill, which had already cleared the Senate, increasing the allowable range of telemedicine services. The new bill, SB133, is more restrictive than the one that was previously voted down. It allows telemedicine practitioners to be licensed as doctors in Arkansas, provided they have a pre-existing in-person relationship with their patient.
Paul Teirstein – The Doc Behind the Mutiny Against the MOC
Frustrated while filling in blue boxes on a monitor to satisfy new requirements for his board recertification, Paul Teirstein, M.D., chief of cardiology for Scripps Clinic in San Diego, got a little perturbed. More than a little, actually.
So the renowned interventionalist, who has stented kings and Mother Teresa and does not shy from the limelight, is fighting back on a national scale. He has organized the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons, which he says is a rational alternative to the MOC, the new two-year maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements that the American Board of Medical Specialties and 24 specialty boards, including the American Board of Internal Medicine, require doctors to complete to show their knowledge is up to date.
The Skills Doctors and Nurses Need to Be Effective Executives
Harvard Business Review
We are witnessing an unprecedented transformation of the healthcare industry. There has been a rapid growth in jobs and an explosion in the number of start-ups. There are new types of insurance companies such as Oscar; novel provider organizations such as OneMedical, IoraHealth, and ChenMed; and new health information technology companies such as Castlight, Vital, and WellFrame that aim to use technology to improve care and value.
5 Ways To Increase Physician Referrals To Your Specialty Practice
Specialty medical practices often rely on referrals from primary care physicians. Healthcare Success Strategies recommends these strategies to build your physician referrals: Build strong relationships. Doctors and their staff refer patients to specialty practices that have staff they know, like and trust so solid relationships are crucial. Reach out to potential referral sources and ask how you can meet their needs. After you’ve listened to their answers, tell them about your practice and how you can deliver the patient care and customer service they value.
California Bill Would Extend Health Insurance To Undocumented Immigrants
A bill introduced in the California state Senate would make the state the first to allow undocumented immigrants to receive Medicaid and enroll in its healthcare exchange, extending coverage to more than 1 million people. The measure from Democratic Sen. Ricardo Lara would change state law to allow illegal immigrants access to Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program. It would also direct the state Health and Human Services Agency to seek a waiver from the federal government to allow illegal immigrants to enroll in the state's exchange, Covered California.
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