Physicians Briefing

  • At-Risk Screw Misplacement Common in Spine Deformity Sx
    About one-quarter of patients undergoing surgery for pediatric spine deformity have pedicle screws close to vital structures, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques.
  • Chronic Prostate Inflammation Tied to High-Grade Cancer
    The presence of chronic inflammation in benign prostate tissue samples is associated with prostate cancer, especially high-grade disease, according to a study published online April 18 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
  • Down Syndrome Kids Fare Better Than Others After Heart Repair
    Children with Down syndrome, compared with those without this genetic condition, are more likely to survive to discharge following surgical repair of congenital heart disease, according to research published online April 22 in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
  • Educational Changes Suggested for Patient-Centered Medicine
    Changes in medical education and training are suggested to help new physicians address the needs of patients and their families, according to an ideas and opinions piece published in the April 22 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
  • Irrational Health Beliefs Predict Adherence to Cardiac Rehab
    Irrational health beliefs, but not depression, predict adherence to cardiac rehabilitation, according to a study published in Health Psychology.
  • NKF: Drinking Wine May Protect Against Kidney Disease
    Moderate wine intake is associated with reduced odds of chronic kidney disease, according to a study presented at the National Kidney Foundation's 2014 Spring Clinical Meetings, held from April 22 to 26 in Las Vegas.
  • NKF: Poor Kidney Function Tied to Higher Incident Cancer Rates
    Poor kidney function, measured by a low glomerular filtration rate, is independently associated with a higher risk of incident cancer, compared to participants with preserved GFR, according to a study presented at the National Kidney Foundation's 2014 Spring Clinical Meetings, held from April 22 to 26 in Las Vegas.
  • No Link Between Labor Induction, Augmentation and Autism
    Current evidence suggests no correlation between labor induction and augmentation and the risk of autism spectrum disorder, according to a Committee Opinion from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists published in the May issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
  • Out-of-Pocket Costs Decline for Patients With Diabetes
    During the past decade, out-of-pocket costs have declined for individuals with diabetes, according to research published online March 25 in Diabetes Care.
  • Shared Decision-Making Ups Satisfaction in Radiotherapy
    For patients undergoing radiotherapy, shared decision-making and patient-perceived control in treatment decisions correlate with increased patient satisfaction, according to a study published online March 19 in Cancer.
  • AAN: Two Novel Treatments Show Promise for Migraine
    A genetically engineered humanized anti-calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) antibody, ALD403, and a fully humanized monoclonal antibody to CGRP, LY2951742, show promise for migraine treatment, according to two studies to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, held from April 26 to May 3 in Philadelphia.
  • Artificial Retina Aims to Restore Vision in Retinitis Pigmentosa
    Four Americans have received an artificial retina since it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year, and a fifth is scheduled to receive the implant next month.

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