Infection Is Most Common Complication of Prostate Biopsy

(HealthDay News) The most common complication of prostate biopsy is infection, with mild bleeding also reported, according to an update of the American Urological Association White Paper published in The Journal of Urology. “Risk assessment should be performed for all patients to identify known risk factors for harboring fluoroquinolone resistance,” the authors write.

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 RESEARCH 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
More Genetic Tests May Benefit Ashkenazi Jewish Cancer Patients

(HealthDay News) For Ashkenazi Jewish patients with breast cancer, comprehensive sequencing identifies pathogenic mutations in genes other than BRCA1 and BRCA2 founder alleles, according to a study published in JAMA Oncology. “Comprehensive sequencing would provide complete relevant genetic information for Ashkenazi Jewish patients with breast cancer,” the authors write.

Stress Echo Value Questioned for Asymptomatic Aortic Stenosis

(HealthDay News) For patients with asymptomatic aortic stenosis (AS), neither increase in mean pressure gradient (MPG) nor systolic pulmonary artery pressure (SPAP) predicts outcome, research in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging suggests. “Our results do not support the use of these parameters in the risk-stratification and clinical management of asymptomatic AS patients,” the authors write.

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 CARDIOLOGY