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June 2017 Briefing – Radiology

June 2017 Briefing – Radiology
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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Radiology for June 2017. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Doctors Urged to Take Care With Electronic Communications

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Care should be taken when conveying electronic messages to patients, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Health of the Nation Presented in 40th Annual CDC Report

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The health of the United States is summarized in the 40th annual report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Reduced Cancer-Independent Life Expectancy in Head, Neck Cancer

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Patients with head and neck cancer have reduced life expectancy, independent of cancer, according to a study published online June 22 in Head & Neck.

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More Breast Cancers Diagnosed at Late Stage With Medicaid Cuts

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Medicaid cuts could lead to an increase in the number of women diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer, according to a study published online June 26 in Cancer.

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Adding MRI to Mammography Ups Detection of Breast Cancer

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) — For women aged 50 years or younger who have undergone breast conservation therapy, the addition of annual magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to annual mammography screening improves detection of early-stage breast cancers, according to a study published online June 22 in JAMA Oncology.

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ACOG: Shared Decision-Making Key to Breast Cancer Screening

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Shared decision-making is being emphasized in new American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) mammography screening guidelines for women at average risk of breast cancer.

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1991-2014 Saw Minimal Change in Health Spending Per State

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) — From 1991 to 2014 there was minimal change in health spending by state, according to a study published online June 14 in Health Affairs.

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Family Hx, Mutation Position Key Variables in BRCA1/2 Cancer Risk

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Breast cancer risk peaks around the 40s for BRCA1 mutation carriers and around the 50s for BRCA2 carriers, with family history and mutation location significant factors in determining individual risk, according to a report published in the June 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Radiologists ID Barriers to Direct Patient Communication

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Most radiologists report that time or workload prevent direct communication with patients, according to a study published online June 20 in Radiology.

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Imaging of Pelvis Has Limited Value in Hepatocellular Cancer

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) — For patients with a primary diagnosis of hepatocellular cancer (HCC), imaging of the pelvis rarely provides additional pathologic information, according to a study published online June 14 in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Nomogram Predicts Survival for Adults Undergoing CAC Scoring

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) — A simple-to-use nomogram can predict five-, 10-, and 15-year survival among adults undergoing coronary artery calcium scoring (CACS), according to a study published online June 14 in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

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Rate of X-Ray Can Be Reduced for Constipation in Pediatric ER

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The rate of abdominal radiograph (AXR) use can be reduced in the pediatric emergency department setting with use of rational subgrouping and stratification on statistical process control (SPC) charts, according to a study published online June 14 in Pediatrics.

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Successful Pregnancies Seen After Uterine Fibroid Embolization

TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) can treat women with fibroids without jeopardizing their future fertility, according to research published online June 13 in Radiology.

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Medical Students Lacking Proficiency in BP Measurements

MONDAY, June 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Medical students frequently do not achieve mastery of the skills necessary for accurate measurement of blood pressure (BP), according to a study published online April 28 in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension.

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New Bill With Tort Reforms Will Protect Iowa Physicians

FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) — A new bill with tort reforms to protect Iowa physicians will take effect July 1, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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U.S. Leads in Income-Based Health Care Inequalities

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The United States has larger income-related differences in perceptions of health and health care than other middle- and high-income countries, according to a report published in the June issue of Health Affairs.

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Certain Cancer Diagnoses Up in High-Income Counties in U.S.

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Americans living in high-income areas are more likely to be diagnosed with some types of cancer than people living in low-income areas, according to a perspective piece published in the June 8 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Abnormal Chest Radiograph in Active Uveitis Often Sarcoidosis

WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Most patients with active uveitis of unknown origin with abnormal chest radiographs have findings consistent with sarcoidosis, according to a study published in the June 1 issue of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

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CDC: High-Deductible Health Plan Use Rising Among Employers

WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) — High-deductible health plans are becoming more common among U.S. adults with employer-sponsored health insurance coverage, according to a report issued June 6 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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Nurse-Led Psych Intervention Beneficial in Breast Cancer

WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) — A nurse-led psychological intervention program is beneficial for patients with breast cancer at high risk of depression, according to a study published online May 30 in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

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U.S. Emergency Departments Commonly Overcharging Patients

FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Americans are routinely overcharged for emergency department care, and minority and uninsured patients are most likely to face this issue, according to a study published online May 30 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Costs Associated With U.S. Adult Bicycle Crashes Steadily Rising

FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Adult bike crashes cost an estimated $24.4 billion a year in the United States, with costs steadily rising by an average of $789 million per year, according to a study published online June 1 in Injury Prevention.

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Cool Water Works As Well As Hot for Ridding Hands of Germs

FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) — For effective hand hygiene, water temperature matters less than time, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of Food Protection.

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Substantial Increase in Costs With Metastases in Prostate CA

FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Diagnosis of subsequent metastases is associated with substantially increased costs and medical resource use (MRU) among patients initially diagnosed with localized prostate cancer (PC), according to a study published online May 23 in Cancer.

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Brain Changes in MS May Contribute to Lack of Empathy

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Subtle brain changes may explain why some patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) lose their ability to interpret social cues, according to a study published online May 31 in Neurology.

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Certain Breast CA Patients Benefit From Adjuvant Capecitabine

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Capecitabine (Xeloda) can extend the lives of patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative breast cancer who have residual invasive disease after receipt of neoadjuvant chemotherapy, according to a study published in the June 1 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Intra-Arterial Treatment Effective With Extracranial Carotid Disease

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Acute intra-arterial treatment (IAT) seems to be as effective for patients with acute ischemic stroke caused by intracranial proximal occlusion with, versus those without, extracranial carotid disease (ECD), according to research published online May 23 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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