News for Patients

  • Oxygen therapy no advantage in stable COPD with moderate desaturation

    on October 26th, 2016
    FROM NEJM Longterm supplemental oxygen had no benefit on multiple outcome measures in patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and resting or exercise-induced moderate desaturation, Robert Wise, MD, and his colleagues in The Long-Term Oxygen Treatment Trial (LOTT) Research G[...]
  • High-tech pills help increase medication adherence

    on June 7th, 2016
    AT AACE 2016 orlando (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – A digital device that patients swallow every time they take a medication may be an answer to improving compliance and disease control. An aim of this digital health system is to encourage patient engagement and provider interaction. Despite available[...]
  • Women prescribed opioids during pregnancy have outcomes similar to those of illicit users

    on June 1st, 2016
    AT ACOG 2016 WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Women using chronic prescription opioids while pregnant have obstetrics outcomes similar to those of women chronically using illegal opioids and/or other forms of opioid substitution therapy. Dr. Kaitlin Hanmer of Brigham & Women’s Hospital [...]
  • Prep-free capsule uses low-dose X-rays to image colonic polyps

    on May 25th, 2016
    AT DDW 2016 SAN DIEGO – A colonoscopy capsule that requires no bowel preparation safely detected pedunculated and sessile polyps as small as 7 mm in a feasibility study of 54 volunteers. The capsule scans the colon with very-low-dose X-rays, and the images are converted to high-resolution three-di[...]
  • Quitting smoking plus low-dose helical CT reduces lung cancer death risk

    on March 9th, 2016
    FROM AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE Smoking abstinence for 7 years results in a 20% reduction in death from lung cancer – a benefit that is comparable to three rounds of annual screening with low-dose helical computed tomography (LDCT) – in asymptomatic individuals wi[...]
  • AAAAI: Early peanut consumption brings lasting protection from allergy

    on March 7th, 2016
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM THE 2016 AAAAI ANNUAL MEETING LOS ANGELES (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – A peanut allergy prevention strategy based upon regular consumption of peanut-containing foods from infancy to age 5 continued to provide protection even after peanut intake was halted for a full year from ag[...]
  • Brazilian study identifies fetal abnormalities linked to Zika virus

    on March 4th, 2016
    FROM THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE Fetal abnormalities were detected among more than a quarter of pregnant women who underwent ultrasound examinations after testing positive for Zika virus infection. The small study, which included 88 pregnant women enrolled from September 2015 through Februar[...]
  • #payattention

    on February 23rd, 2016
    Social media consumes the attention of the majority of teens. It is a place to express yourself, flirt, intimidate, and keep them up to date with the latest happenings in the social circles. But, teens are using social media for much more. Instagram, a social media site comprising photographs follow[...]
  • Patients may safely self-administer long-term IV antibiotics

    on January 9th, 2016
    FROM PLOS MEDICINE Uninsured patients can be trained to safely and efficiently self-administer long-term intravenous antibiotics, according to a 4-year outcomes study published in PLOS Medicine. Between 2010 and 2013, 994 uninsured patients at Parkland Hospital in Dallas were enrolled in a self-admi[...]
  • The ‘financial toxicity’ of multiple myeloma

    on September 18th, 2015
    FROM THE LANCET Even for patients with medical insurance, multiple myeloma therapy can result in “financial toxicity.” In a survey of 100 people receiving at least 3 months of ongoing treatment for multiple myeloma at a tertiary academic medical center, at least 70 patients “had at least a min[...]
  • Warfarin therapy highly unpredictable in real-world practice

    on August 5th, 2015
    FROM THROMBOSIS RESEARCH Only a minority of patients with atrial fibrillation or venous thromboembolism achieved good anticoagulation control while on warfarin, according to a population-based data analysis by Ana Filipa Macedo and her colleagues at Boehringer Ingelheim in the United Kingdom. In fac[...]
  • ASCP: Moving from treatment to prevention in mental illness – an achievable goal?

    on June 26th, 2015
    MIAMI BEACH (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Researchers reporting early work in three areas of chronic mental illness or disability – autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder – shared the promising results of early detection and intervention programs during a plenary session at[...]
  • Feds open ACA special enrollment period during tax season

    on February 20th, 2015
    Medicare officials are giving consumers another chance to enroll in health insurance this year. On Feb. 20, the agency opened a special enrollment period, running from March 15 through April 30, for individuals who are just finding out about the tax penalty for failing to purchase health insurance. [...]
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