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Annual Meeting in Maui Concludes with 1,027 Total Attendance
President Paul Andrews, MD, (far right) presided over the Annual Member's Business
Meeting in Maui.
2nd Annual "Resident's Bowl" led by Program Chairman Joseph Presti, MD, was highly
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New Guidelines for Urinary Incontinence Focus on Nonsurgical Management
The Clinical Advisor
The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends Kegel exercises, bladder training, and weight loss and exercise as the preferred nonsurgical treatment options for women with urinary incontinence (UI), according to new evidence-based clinical practice guidelines published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
AstraZeneca's Olaparib May Also Work in Prostate Cancer: Expert
AstraZeneca's new cancer drug olaparib, which won a green light from European regulators in October for inherited ovarian cancer, could also be used much more widely to treat prostate cancer, according to a leading oncologist. Johann de Bono, professor of experimental cancer therapeutics at the Institute of Cancer Research in London, told a conference on Tuesday, Nov. 4, the drug had produced "encouraging" preliminary results in clinical tests against prostate cancer.
Researcher Makes Case for MRI Use in Prostate Biopsies
The Wall Street Journal
Every Friday and Monday, Samir Taneja conducts about six biopsies at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York to diagnose prostate cancer. Unlike conventional prostate biopsies, these procedures are guided by MRI images, which he says allows for more precise targeting. Dr. Taneja is one of a growing number of doctors and researchers investigating how MRI scans can be used to help detect and treat prostate cancer more effectively.
California Hospitals Rank Highly in Patient Safety, but Patients Should 'Protect' Themselves
Capital Public Radio
A national patient safety survey ranks California seventh in the nation for the number of hospitals with good track records in preventing injuries, accidents and infections.
The health consumer safety scores were compiled by the Leapfrog Group. It’s a non-profit employer organization that advocates for hospital transparency.
California: 10,500 Could Lose Healthcare
The New York Times
State officials plan to cancel coverage for about 10,500 people participating in the state health insurance exchange because they could not prove that they were citizens or legal residents of the United States. Covered California, the state-run insurance exchange, sent notices to nearly 150,000 people last month asking them to submit documentation to prove their legal status.
8 in 10 Doctors 'Overextended' or at 'Full Capacity'
As the nation adjusts to Medicaid expansion, a graying demographic, and extended health insurance coverage for millions of Americans through the public exchanges, 81% of physicians say they're either overextended or at full capacity, The Physicians Foundation survey shows.
While 19% of the 20,088 physicians surveyed said they would take on more patients, 44% said they would reduce the number of patients they see, either by reducing their workload, working part-time, retiring, or transitioning to non-clinical jobs.
Ditching Your Stethoscope for Your Smartphone?
The Dallas Morning News
Speaking at the American Academy of Family Practice Assembly this month, Eric Topal, M.D., suggested many of our routine medical practice devices could quickly become "relics" as we all advance our technological services. As a cardiologist, Topal uses his smart phone for just about everything. He ditched his stethoscope and stopped taking patient's pulses. Instead, he is able to get more information from his smartphone. He demonstrated the technologically advanced use of his smart phone as an echocardiogram; in addition, he demonstrated use of the phone as a glucose monitor, blood pressure and heart rate tracker.
Mayo Clinic Take Tech Steps to Connect Patients and Providers
The Mayo Clinic has recently launched a new initiative aimed at providing patients with "real-time interactive communication with healthcare providers." The initiative uses high-definition videoconferencing done via digital medical devices housed in kiosks in a walk-in setting. While telemedicine is nothing new, the platform is being developed expressly for the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System (Austin, Minnesota) with the goal of reducing healthcare costs while simultaneously boosting medical service. The service, named "HealthSpot" will be hosted via cloud-based software.
New Mapping Tool Aims to Highlight Areas with Provider Shortages
American Medical Association recently launched an interactive mapping tool that displays the geographic location of health care providers and clinicians, Health Data Management reports. Health Workforce Mapper uses AMA data to highlight provider locations and identify areas where there are shortages of providers. The tool allows users to look at providers' location by county, metropolitan area, specialty and state.
Longer Hospital Stay Equals Lower Mortality, Fewer Readmissions
One extra day in the hospital cuts costs and significantly reduces the chance of the need to readmit Medicare patients within 30 days, a new study from Columbia Business School found. That extra day slashed the risk of death for patients treated for pneumonia by 22 percent. Mortality for heart attack patients was cut by 7 percent, as were readmission rates, according to an announcement detailing the findings. Overall, the number of heart attack and pneumonia patient lives saved with one more day of hospitalization versus outpatient treatment increased five- to six-fold, the school said.
Improving Patient Safety in Our Hospitals
Hospitals are dangerous places. This week, the Health Quality and Safety
Commission released 'Making Our Health and Disability Services Safer', a
report summarising 454 events of patients who were injured or died due
to errors or mistakes reported by our District Health Boards in the past
year. Research in New Zealand DHBs indicates that around one in ten of
us who enter public hospitals experience a preventable mistake or error
in our care.
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