2015 MOC Program Expected to Cost $5.7 Billion Over 10 Years
The 2015 version of the American
Board of Internal Medicine maintenance-of-certification program
is expected to generate considerable costs, mainly due to
physician time costs, according to research published online
July 28 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Care Costs Could Top $500B by 2025
The annual cost of caring for
Americans with autism spectrum disorder might reach $500
billion by 2025, with outside estimates approaching $1
trillion, according to a study published online July 17 in the
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Doctors Perform First Double Hand Transplant in a Child
A young Baltimore boy has two new
transplanted hands to replace ones he lost to amputation five
years ago, his doctors announced Tuesday.
Early Invasive Strategy No Benefit 10 Years After NSTE-ACS
For patients with non-ST-segment
elevation acute coronary syndrome, routine early invasive
strategy (coronary arteriography and myocardial
revascularization, as clinically indicated) is not associated
with improved outcomes at 10 years over a selective invasive
strategy (coronary arteriography for recurrent ischemia only).
The findings were published in the Aug. 4 issue of the
Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Early Surgery Tied to Increased Mortality in Polytraumatized
For polytraumatized patients,
surgery for thoracic spine trauma within 72 hours of trauma is
associated with increased mortality, according to a study
published in the Aug. 1 issue of The Spine Journal.
FDA Approves Balloon Device to Treat Obesity
The ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon
System has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration to combat adult obesity. Inflated inside the
stomach, the device appears to create a sense of fullness,
although how it works isn't completely understood, the FDA said
in a news release.
Low Incidence of Diabetic Ketoacidosis With Canagliflozin
For canagliflozin-treated patients
with type 2 diabetes, the incidence of serious adverse events
of diabetic ketoacidosis is low, according to research
published online July 22 in Diabetes Care.
New Rx for Myeloid Malignancies Moves to Phase II Clinical Trials
The selective Hedgehog antagonist
PF-04449913 seems safe and is tolerated in adults with myeloid
malignancies, according to a study published online July 26 in
The Lancet Haematology.
No Significant Pregnancy Risks for Topical Retinoid Exposure
Topical retinoid exposure is not
significantly associated with an increased risk of major
congenital malformations, spontaneous abortion, low birth
weight, or prematurity, according to a review published online
July 26 in the British Journal of Dermatology.
Novel Microendoscope Ups Accuracy of Esophageal Screening
A novel, low-cost, high-resolution
microendoscope improves the accuracy of Lugol's chromoendoscopy
for screening and surveillance of esophageal squamous cell
neoplasia, according to a study published in the August issue
Outcomes Equal for Continuous, Intermittent β-Lactams in Sepsis
Continuous and intermittent
administration of β-lactam antibiotics are similarly
efficacious for patients with severe sepsis, according to a
study published online July 22 in the American Journal of
Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
Probiotic Supplements May Help Prevent Infantile Eczema
Probiotic supplementation in
pregnancy and early infancy can prevent infantile eczema,
according to a review and meta-analysis published online July
21 in Allergy.