BREAKING NEWS
Many With Cancer Hospitalized, Undergo Imaging at End of Life
 

About half of cancer patients are hospitalized and undergo at least one imaging scan at the end of life, research in the Journal of Oncology Practice suggests. The researchers found that among 6,568 commercially insured patients, 56.3% were hospitalized and 48.6% underwent one or more imaging scans in the last month of life. Overall, 31.4% of patients younger than 65 years were enrolled in hospice; 40.5% of those not enrolled in hospice had received an opioid prescription.


Wed, 26 Jul 2017 BREAKING NEWS
Financial Incentives Found to Up Colonoscopy Participation
 

Research in Gastroenterology suggests that financial incentives can increase colorectal screening rates. Study participants received either an e-mail asking them to opt in or out of a screening colonoscopy; an e-mail with the same message plus $100 if they had a colonoscopy within three months; or an email with a phone number to schedule the procedure. After three months, 3.7% of those in the $100 offer group had undergone a colonoscopy, compared with 1.5% in the opt in/out group.


Wed, 26 Jul 2017 BREAKING NEWS
Many Americans Qualify As ‘Overfat’
 

Traditional measurements do not fully capture the high rates of “overfat” individuals in developed countries, research in Frontiers in Public Health suggests. “Regardless of body mass index values, overfat individuals have excess body fat, a high degree of cardiometabolic dysregulation that can promote disease risk factors and chronic disease, increased morbidity and mortality, reduced quality of life, and pose a rising economic burden,” the authors write. “[It's] crucial to clinically identify individuals who are overfat to implement successful treatment.”


Wed, 26 Jul 2017 BREAKING NEWS
Greater Engagement for Patients Who Read Visit Notes
 

Greater engagement is reported by patients who read notes and submit feedback, according to a study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Study authors developed a patient feedback tool linked to OpenNotes as part of a pilot quality improvement initiative. Patients valued note content for confirmation and remembering next steps, quicker access and results, positive emotions, and sharing information with care partners. Patients used the notes and feedback tool for accuracy, bidirectional communication and education.


Wed, 26 Jul 2017 BREAKING NEWS
U.S. Kids Overdosing on Dietary Supplements
 

From 2005 through 2012, the annual rate of accidental exposures to dietary supplements rose in the U.S. by nearly 50%, and 70% of those exposures involved young children, according to a report in the Journal of Medical Toxicology. Ninety-seven percent of the time, the children swallowed the supplements while at home. “The biggest increase [in accidental overdoses] was in children under 6,” said author Henry Spiller. The supplements with the greatest toxicity were ephedra products, Yohimbe, and energy supplements.


Tue, 25 Jul 2017 BREAKING NEWS
With Pence as Tie-breaker, Senate Votes to Debate Obamacare Overhaul
 

With Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote, the U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to begin debate on a bill to overhaul Obamacare. Only two Republicans — Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, both centrists — voted against the measure. The 51-50 vote was simply procedural, allowing the Senate to begin debate on revisions of major provisions of Obamacare, the controversial health reform law that was the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s domestic agenda.


Tue, 25 Jul 2017 BREAKING NEWS