Prognosis poor after coronary angiography in patients with renal insufficiency
January 18, 2001 -- WESTPORT, CT (Reuters Health) - Renal insufficiency, which
includes both dialysis- and non-dialysis-dependent renal impairment, "is an independent risk factor for increased mortality and poor long-term survival among patients undergoing coronary angiography," according to a report by
Second opinions: radiologists weigh the cost of free consults
January 16, 2001 -- Dr. Pamela DiPiro knew that radiologists at her facility were spending more than half of their workday on outside consults. So her team set out to measure the financial impact of these services, with an eye toward finding resources to cover their costs.
Limiting MR and CT to specialists curbs imaging demand
January 11, 2001 -- If only specialists could order MRI and CT exams of the joints, would primary care doctors refer more patients to them? Would costs then rise? Would quality of care suffer? Apparently not, according to Dr. Andrew Litt from the New York University School of Medicine, who studied 100,000 capitated patients over two years.
Increased breast density reverses after discontinuation of HRT
January 11, 2001 -- WESTPORT, CT (Reuters Health) - An increase in breast density that
occurs in some women who use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is likely to persist with continued HRT use and to reverse, at least partly, with discontinuation, according to a report in the January 10th issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.