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Study: Viagra May Increase Melanoma Risk
The little blue pill used by men to boost bedroom performance may be detrimental in the great outdoors, according to new research. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, found sildenafil, commonly known as Viagra, may increase a man's risk for melanoma by as much as 84 percent.
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New Data Shows ProMark Accurately Predicts Aggressive Prostate Cancer, Pathology Outcomes
For the first time, Metamark presents results from the clinical validation study that showed ProMark, the first and only proteomic-based imaging biopsy test, achieved its primary endpoint by accurately differentiating between aggressive and non-aggressive forms of prostate cancer at early stages of disease. ProMark was shown to predict which patients have low-risk disease with a sensitivity of 90 percent or better, confidently identifying patients who are appropriate for active surveillance or need aggressive therapy.
FDA Clears First Nasal Testosterone Therapy
Renal & Urology News
The FDA has approved the first nasal testosterone replacement therapy for use in men suffering from conditions associated with a deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone. The product, Natesto, is self-administered via a nasal applicator, thus minimizing the risk of exposing women and children to testosterone.
Study: Roche Immunotherapy Drug Shrinks Tumors in Early Bladder Cancer
Roche's experimental drug that spurs the immune system to fight cancer shrank tumors in 43 percent of people with a specific type of metastatic bladder cancer, according to results of an early-stage trial published on Saturday.
The drug MPDL3280A is part of a closely-watched class of treatments known as anti-PDL1 therapies, which work by blocking a tumor's ability to evade the immune system's defense.
Raising Minimum Wage Would Improve Health, Reduce Costs
A bill being considered by the Assembly that would raise California's minimum wage could prevent hundreds of early deaths and reduce healthcare costs in the state, according to an analysis by Human Impact Partners, KQED's "State of Health" reports.
In California, Healthcare Law Extends Coverage to Former Inmates
Kaiser Health News via Redding
With the advent of the federal healthcare law, California is now one of 26 states that opened up Medicaid to single and childless adults. The change in eligibility criteria will extend Medicaid coverage to vast numbers of ex-offenders whose incomes are up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
The Hospital of the Future Is Not a Hospital
Pursuing expensive inpatient volume in the traditional sense is a strategic dead end. Any new construction undertaken by hospitals and health systems should be based on adaptability, patient flow, and efficiency gains — not bed count.
Doctor Shortages Aren't Just a Veterans Affairs Problem. They're a Nationwide Problem
An investigative report revealed that 1,700 veterans who wanted to see a doctor at a Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital were missing from an official waiting list, mirroring a tactic used at two dozen other facilities across the country to mask long waits for medical care.
A few hundred other people are missing from the Veterans Affairs system, too: Doctors.
The Veterans Affairs Department is 400 doctors short, The New York Times reports. But the doctor deficit is not limited to the VA — it's a nationwide problem.
The Movement for Patient Access to Doctors' Notes Is Growing
The Daily Beast
Patients participating in a pilot study at the Harvard Medical School teaching hospital Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center started note-sharing with their psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers in March this year. Because the pilot project is still in its infancy, the data aren’t there yet. But Delbanco predicts it will take off in the same way note-sharing with the earlier patients did. And it will go beyond the United States, he said.
Unnecessary Procedures and Smart Practice Management
Three-fourths of doctors believe their colleagues order at least one unnecessary test or procedure each week, according to a new survey from Choosing Wisely. Seventy-three percent of physicians surveyed said the frequency of unnecessary tests and procedures in the healthcare industry is a very or somewhat serious problem.
Survey: Patients Prefer Doctors Who Offer Email Communication
Mobi Health News
Ninety-three percent of adults would prefer to go to a doctor that offers email communication, according to a recent survey of 433 Americans aged 21 and over from Catalyst Healthcare Research. Of this 93 percent, 25 percent said they would still prefer a doctor that uses email communication even if there was a $25 fee per episode.
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