Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Urology for September 2019. 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.
SBRT Shortens Tx for Prostate Cancer Without Greater Toxicity
FRIDAY, Sept. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A targeted radiotherapy technique can substantially cut treatment time for prostate cancer without increasing gastrointestinal or genitourinary acute toxicity, according to a phase 3 study published online Sept. 17 in The Lancet Oncology.
Average Annual Premium for Workers Increased in 2019
THURSDAY, Sept. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In 2019, the average annual health insurance premium for workers increased slightly for single coverage and family coverage, according to a report published online Sept. 25 in Health Affairs.
Prostate Cancer Risk Higher in Men Receiving Fertility Treatment
THURSDAY, Sept. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Men fathering children through assisted reproduction techniques rather than natural conception have an increased risk for prostate cancer, including early-onset disease, according to a study published online Sept. 25 in The BMJ.
Deep Learning Models Classify Disease From Medical Imaging
THURSDAY, Sept. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Early evidence suggests that diagnostic performance of deep learning models is equivalent to that of health care professionals for interpreting medical imaging, according to a study published online Sept. 25 in The Lancet Digital Health.
Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Mortality Persist in the U.S.
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — There are still racial and ethnic disparities in mortality, and these disparities are widening for some age groups, according to a study published online Sept. 24 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Protected Health Info Breaches Compromise Sensitive Data
MONDAY, Sept. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Most protected health information (PHI) breaches compromise sensitive demographic and/or financial information, according to a research letter published online Sept. 23 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Medical Students Not Ready to Provide Nutritional Care
THURSDAY, Sept. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Medical education does not equip students to provide high-quality, effective nutrition care, according to a review published in the September issue of The Lancet Planetary Health.
Vaginal Mesh Hysteropexy No Better for Uterovaginal Prolapse
THURSDAY, Sept. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Among women with symptomatic uterovaginal prolapse, prolapse outcomes are similar after three years for vaginal mesh hysteropexy compared with vaginal hysterectomy with uterosacral ligament suspension, according to a study published online Sept. 17 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Skipping Cancer Referral Appointments Linked to Earlier Death
THURSDAY, Sept. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Cancer diagnosis is less likely in patients not attending referral appointments for suspected cancer, but these patients have worse early mortality outcomes than attending patients, according to a study published online Sept. 11 in Cancer Epidemiology.
Physical Therapy and Surgery Reduce Mixed Urinary Incontinence Symptoms
TUESDAY, Sept. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In women with mixed urinary incontinence, symptom reduction is significantly greater when behavioral and pelvic floor muscle therapy is combined with midurethral sling surgery compared with surgery alone, but the difference may not be clinically important, according to a study published in the Sept. 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Nonphysician Providers Rarely Interpret Diagnostic Images
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Despite increasing roles of nonphysician providers (NPPs) in health care (nurse practitioners and physician assistants), they still rarely interpret diagnostic imaging studies, according to a study published online Sept. 11 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Screening for Opioid-Related Low Testosterone Underused
THURSDAY, Sept. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — More men with long-term opioid use are screened for low testosterone than men taking opioids for a short period of time; however, given the known link between opioid use and low testosterone, these rates were still lower than expected, according to a study published in the September issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality & Outcomes.
Cancer Survival Increasing in High-Income Countries
THURSDAY, Sept. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Cancer survival is continuing to increase across high-income countries, although there are international disparities, according to a study published online Sept. 11 in The Lancet Oncology.
EPA to Phase Out Chemical Testing on Mammals
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The eventual elimination of chemical testing on mammals was announced Tuesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Spending Up With Treatment in Hospital-Owned Practices
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Financial integration between physicians and hospitals raises patient spending but does not impact care quality, according to a study published online Sept. 3 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Poverty Rate Drops, but Fewer Americans Have Health Insurance
TUESDAY, Sept. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The percentage of Americans living in poverty declined in 2018, but the rate of those without health insurance increased, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report.
Racial, Ethnic Underrepresentation Found in Med School Matriculants
FRIDAY, Sept. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Among medical school matriculants, black, Hispanic, and American Indian or Alaska Native (AIAN) students are underrepresented, according to a study published online Sept. 4 in JAMA Network Open.
Majority of U.S. Doctors Believe ACA Has Improved Access to Care
THURSDAY, Sept. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Sixty percent of U.S. physicians believe that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has improved access to care and insurance after five years of implementation, according to a report published in the September issue of Health Affairs.
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