Can EHR prompts improve cancer screening rates?
November 15, 2019 -- Programming the hospital electronic health record (EHR) system to notify clinicians if and when patients are due for breast or colorectal cancer screening exams increased the exam ordering rate, but not the screening completion rate, in a new study published online November 15 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Could cash for call be a cure for burnout?
November 15, 2019 -- In the neurointerventional field, burnout is common, and it negatively affects both physicians and patients, according to a study published in the November issue of the Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery. But it could be mitigated with one simple solution: cash compensation for additional call.  Discuss
Breast cancer survivors fail to pursue surveillance
November 15, 2019 -- Breast cancer survivors often fail to continue undergoing screening mammography to identify new or recurrent cancer, according to a study published in the November issue of Oncology Nursing Forum.  Discuss
New method estimates postsurgical AAA rupture risk on CTA
November 15, 2019 -- A new biomechanics technique can estimate the long-term prognosis of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) after surgical repair by analyzing CT angiography (CTA) scans, according to an article recently published online in Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology.  Discuss
German study confirms breast screening's mortality reduction
November 14, 2019 -- Breast cancer mortality in Germany dropped by more than 20% after the country implemented a nationwide breast screening program, according to a new study. Researchers also saw a decline in the number of late-stage breast cancer cases, further supporting the effectiveness of mammography screening.  Discuss
CT highlights risk of lung inflammation from vaping
November 14, 2019 -- Fresh evidence has emerged of the health dangers of vaping. In a case report published by Archives of Disease in Childhood on November 11, U.K. authors warn that the fluid in electronic cigarettes may cause life-threatening lung inflammation in those who are susceptible, after treating a teenage boy with respiratory failure.  Discuss
High-risk women should start breast screening earlier
November 14, 2019 -- Should women with a family history of breast cancer start mammography screening earlier than established guidelines indicate? A new study published on November 14 in JAMA Oncology says yes -- in some cases, as much as 14 years earlier.  Discuss
3D printing helps unravel rare cardiac anomalies
November 14, 2019 -- A 3D-printed heart model based on patient MR images helped physicians identify two uncommon cardiac anomalies in a case report published online November 11 in Clinical Imaging. The technique may be a viable alternative to more invasive procedures, such as cardiac catheterization, researchers say.  Discuss
ALA: CT lung screening has 'lifesaving' potential
November 13, 2019 -- In its annual report on lung cancer in the U.S., the American Lung Association (ALA) on November 13 highlighted the benefits of CT lung screening and its contribution to a 26% improvement in the five-year survival rate of lung cancer patients over the past decade.  Discuss
7T MRI finds promising MS biomarker
November 13, 2019 -- Using 7-tesla MRI scans, researchers have identified a potentially valuable biomarker of brain inflammation in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) that could shed light on how the disease progresses, according to a study published online November 12 in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal.  Discuss
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