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Is CDI Overdiagnosed? | News Brief

Researchers at the University of California, Davis suggest that reliance on only molecular tests to diagnose Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) without tests for toxins or host responses

Trends in Breast Cancer | News Brief

A study of 16 million women aged 40 and older who were followed for 10 years suggests that more breast cancer screenings led to a greater incidence

Alternative Dementia Screening Tests | News Brief

Chinese investigators suggest that there are multiples alternatives to the Mini-Mental State Examination that have comparable diagnostic capabilities for detecting dementia. The Mini-Cog test and the Addenbrooke’s

TAVR Referral & Use: Predicting Mortality | News Brief

Patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis who go untreated following referrals for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) appear to have a 1-year mortality rate of almost 40%,

ED Revisits & Mortality After Falls | News Brief

Researchers in Boston indicate that more than one-third of older adult ED fall patients appear to revisit the ED revisit within 1 year and are at greater

Trends in Syncope-Related Resource Utilization | News Brief

The amount of resources used for ED visits with syncope appears to have increased in recent years despite substantial efforts to optimize this utilization, according to a

Patient Perspectives on Acute Pain Management in the ED | News Brief

Patients discharged from an urban ED after presenting with acute pain from fractures, renal colic, or musculoskeletal back injuries appear to receive little communication from ED providers

Internet Use, Anxiety, & Cardiomyopathy Risk | News Brief

Study results indicate that patients with or at risk for cardiomyopathy appear to experience less anxiety when they the internet as a source of health information. Among

Few Heart Failure Patients Receive Cardiac Rehab | News Brief

About 10% of patients who are eligible to receive cardiac rehabilitation (CR) at discharge following hospitalization for heart failure actually follow through with CR, according to a

Comparing Approaches to Severe Aortic Stenosis | News Brief

A Korean research team suggests that early aortic valve replacement (AVR) and watchful observation appear to have similar survival rates in symptomatic patients with normal flow, low-gradient

Religious & Spiritual Considerations Infrequently Discussed | News Brief

Discussions of religious or spiritual considerations appear to occur infrequently with the surrogate decision makers of ICU patients who have relatively high degrees of religiosity. Study investigators

Daytime Procedures Following Night Shift Work | News Brief

Adverse outcomes of elective daytime surgery appear to be similar, regardless of whether or not surgeons have provided medical services after midnight. The compilation of death, readmission,

The Vicious Cycle of Ventral Hernia Repair | News Brief

Study results suggest that patients with multiple previous hernia repairs appear to be more likely that those with no previous repairs to undergo subsequent reoperations. These patients

Comparing Revascularization Methods | News Brief

Hybrid coronary revascularization (HCR)—which combines minimally invasive left internal mammary artery to left anterior descending bypass with PCI of non-left anterior descending vessels—appears to have a quicker

Costs of ABIM Maintenance of Certification | News Brief

Researchers in California suggest that the 2015 version of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) maintenance-of-certification (MOC) program will generate considerable costs, mostly due to demands

Improving Survival After Pediatric In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest | News Brief

Delays in epinephrine administration appear to decrease survival and worsen outcomes among children with in-hospital cardiac arrest who experience an initial non-shockable rhythm, according to a study.

Corticosteroids for Community-Acquired Pneumonia | News Brief

Results of a meta-analysis indicate that systemic corticosteroid therapy appears to improve outcomes among hospitalized adults with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). For patients with CAP, systemic corticosteroid therapy

E-Cigarettes Lead to Combustible Tobacco Use | News Brief

High school students who have used electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) appear to be more likely to report using combustible tobacco over the next year when compared with non-users

Diabetes Prevalence Continues to Rise | News Brief

The prevalence of diabetes appears to have increased in the United States and in all subgroups of Americans evaluated in a study from 1988-1994 to 2011-2012. During

Resuscitation Training Improves Outcomes | News Brief

A statewide educational intervention on resuscitation training appears to have increased the proportion of patients who received bystander-initiated CPR and defibrillation by first responders. The combination of

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