Physicians Briefing

  • Breast Cancer Subtype Affects Survival With Spinal Metastasis
    For patients with breast cancer with spinal metastases, estrogen receptor/hormone receptor-negative status is associated with worse survival, according to a study published in the Sept. 1 issue of Spine.
  • CDC: Add PCV13 As Routine Vaccination in Older Adults
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a Category A recommendation for revised routine pneumococcal vaccination in older adults. The recommendation has been published in the Sept. 19 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
  • CDC: Oral Health in Young Women Needs Improvement
    Women of childbearing age in the United States should be encouraged to maintain better oral care and visit the dentist routinely, according to a study published Sept. 18 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease. Researchers found young pregnant women, those who are non-Hispanic black or Mexican-American, as well as those with lower income and less education, need to improve their oral care.
  • Electronic Health Records Tied to Shorter Time in ER
    Length of emergency room stay for trauma patients is shorter with the use of electronic health records, according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of Emergency Nursing.
  • Family Squabbles Can Derail Recovery From Cancer Surgery
    Cancer patients burdened by stress and family conflicts before surgery may face a higher risk for complications following their operation, according to a study published in a recent issue of the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.
  • FDA: Trulicity Approved for Type 2 Diabetes
    Trulicity (dulaglutide), a once-weekly subcutaneous injection, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes along with diet and exercise.
  • Obama Calls for National Plan to Fight Antibiotic Resistance
    President Barack Obama escalated the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria on Thursday, ordering key federal agencies to pursue a national strategy to deal with the threat.
  • Presence of Peers Ups Health Workers' Hand Hygiene
    The presence of other health care workers improves hand hygiene adherence, according to a study published in the October issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
  • Recent Increase in Liver Injury From Herbs, Supplements
    The proportion of liver injury cases resulting from herbals and dietary supplements has increased significantly in the last decade, according to a study published online Aug. 25 in Hepatology.
  • Sales Influence Consumer Food Shopping Habits
    Consumers are more likely to buy high-calorie foods, but not low-calorie foods on sale, according to a study published Sept. 4 in the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.
  • Study Explores Docs' Roles in End-of-Life Hospitalizations
    Family physicians have several distinct roles in preventing and guiding hospitalization at the end of life, according to a study published in the September/October issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.
  • Systemwide Changes Needed to Restrain Health Care Spending
    Systemwide changes are necessary to prevent excessive health care spending, and so are tools to help consumers make better, more informed medical choices, according to a white paper published in June by Vitals.

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