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Autism Spectrum Disorders Diagnoses Vary Widely

Nov 09, 2011

Best-estimate clinical diagnoses of pediatric patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) appear to vary widely across regions, according to a study published online in Archives of General Psychiat...

Heart Monitor for Smartphones Helps Docs

Nov 04, 2011

A small heart monitor that harnesses the power of smartphones may assist physicians in treatment decisions by immediately identifying and then alerting them about cardiac anomalies in heart patients. ...

Just 3 Questions May Target Diabetes Risk

Nov 03, 2011

A simple 3-item screener for age, body mass index (BMI), and family history appears to accurately identify patients at risk for type 2 diabetes. Further, the new tool may have advantages over more est...

Guidelines for Transitioning Diabetic Patients to Adulthood

Oct 31, 2011

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) published a position statement in the November issue of Diabetes Care outlining strategies to effectively transition patients with diabetes from pediatric to ad...

Need a Blood Glucose Meter? There’s an App for That!

Oct 27, 2011

A new device allows patients with diabetes to monitor their blood glucose using a smartphone.  Smartphone applications that assist people with myriad aspects of their lives seem to be emerging hourly...

65% of Patients with MS Have Trouble Walking

Oct 21, 2011

Approximately two-thirds of people with MS report an inability to walk or have difficulty maintaining balance at least twice per week, yet 40% of these patients “rarely or never” mention the probl...

Why Are Your Patients Hiding Their Depression?

Oct 18, 2011

Most patients who don’t disclose their feelings of depression to their primary care providers (PCPs) are primarily afraid they will be prescribed antidepressant medication, according to survey resul...

Top 10 States Having Hospitals With Palliative Care

Oct 13, 2011

On average, our nation gets a "B" for hospital support care, according to a new report released by the Center to Advance Palliative Care. The report surveyed nearly 2,500 U.S. hospitals and graded sta...

Statins Improve Brain Injury Survival Rates by 76%

Oct 12, 2011

Patients taking cholesterol-lowering statins when admitted to the hospital for a brain injury are 76% more likely to survive than those who are not taking the drugs, according to a recent Johns Hopkin...

MedPAC Supports SGR Pay Formula Repeal

Oct 06, 2011

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has officially endorsed the repeal of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, which determines physician payments from Medicare, in hopes of replac...

Legislating Semantics: Should a Nurse Be Called ‘Doctor’?

Oct 05, 2011

Nurses introducing themselves as “doctor” may not be too common today, but by 2015 doctorates may be required of all nurse practitioners. The question is, will these highly educated nurses be able...

Do Hospital Formula Samples Undermine Breast-Feeding?

Oct 03, 2011

Along with their little bundle of joy and a stack of papers and pamphlets, some new parents are still being sent home with samples of baby formula, even though formula giveaways are criticized by the ...

Patients Wary of Care from Surgical Residents

Sep 30, 2011

Most patients approve of teaching facilities and training residents. However, a new study has found that consent rates plummet when patients are given detailed information about the role a resident wi...

The Impact of Body Language on Health Exams

Sep 29, 2011

What messages are you unwittingly conveying to your patients through nonverbal cues, and what cues are they sending to you that you may be missing? A recent study in this month’s issue of Journal...

Surgeons Question New Transplant Guidelines

Sep 26, 2011

Surgeons are concerned that organ availability will decrease because new organ transplant guidelines call for stricter testing of organ donors. Issued by the CDC, the guidelines call for more upda...

Pri-Med PQRIwizard: Qualify for Your Incentive Payment!

Sep 26, 2011

PQRIwizard allows physicians to quickly and easily participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) with an easy-to-use online tool that provides step-by-step guidance through the reportin...

MRSA Contaminates Hospital Privacy Curtains

Sep 23, 2011

Though you dutifully wash your hands, your hand-hygiene efforts may be in vain if you touch privacy curtains before interacting with patients. In fact, within a week of being washed, 92% of the curtai...

Joint Commission Rates Small Hospitals Higher

Sep 17, 2011

According to a new report released by the Joint Commission, the nation’s most highly regarded hospitals – Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, MGH, Cleveland Clinic – are not included among the top perfo...

Medical School Debt Includes a Pile of Worries

Sep 14, 2011

Some residents appear to pay a high price to become a doctor—and that’s in addition to the cost of education. Suboptimal quality of life and symptoms of burnout are associated with educational deb...

Will a Drink a Day Keep Dementia Away?

Sep 12, 2011

Light to moderate drinking—be it of beer, wine, or spirits—seems to reduce the risk for dementia and cognitive decline, according to a study recently released in Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treat...

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