Colorectal cancer deaths among white patients under age 55 have increased, but they have decreased among blacks in the same age group, according to a research letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The CRC incidence rate among younger white patients also has increased, but has remained stable among blacks.
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Researchers found that the live attenuated influenza vaccine FluMist was only 5% effective in children ages 2 to 17 during the 2015-16 flu season, compared with 60% for the inactivated flu vaccine. The findings follow a recommendation from the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices not to use the live attenuated vaccine for the 2016-17 season.
A study in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found adults who used local corticosteroids, particularly systemic and inhaled types, had greater risks for adverse cardiometabolic traits, including higher BMI and metabolic syndrome. The findings, based on data for 140,879 participants in the Lifelines Cohort Study, showed the association was more pronounced among women.
A study in Diabetic Medicine found polycystic ovary syndrome was linked to a higher risk of postpartum incident diabetes for women with gestational diabetes, but not for those who did not have gestational diabetes. Researchers said the results suggest women with gestational diabetes and PCSO are candidates for postpartum monitoring and risk reduction.
An article in Family Practice Management provides details on the CMS' new Quality Payment Program that can help guide family physicians. The article focuses on how physicians can boost their success in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System by understanding the program's nuances. For instance, the strategic selection of quality measures is critical if participants want to maximize their scores and payments.
Physicians can apply online for CMS' Quality Payment Program hardship exception for the 2017 transition year. Clinicians eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System can apply for an exception on the grounds of insufficient internet connectivity, extreme and uncontrollable circumstances, or lack of control over the availability of certified electronic health record technology.
Human Dx said it will partner with seven US medical institutions to scale up usage of its artificial intelligence platform, the Human Diagnosis Project, which lets primary care physicians use an online portal to get advice from specialists on complex patient cases. The goal is to recruit 100,000 specialists over five years to reduce the US specialty care gap.
Two US senators plan to introduce a bill to reauthorize and strengthen the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education Program. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said the bill is aimed at increasing the number of primary care physicians in the US.
Jessie's Law, a bill that would allow a patient's history of opioid abuse to be clearly displayed in EHRs and other medical records "only at a patient's request," is now awaiting approval from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce after the Senate passed it last week. Sponsored by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., the bill highlights the importance of protecting patient privacy and would direct the HHS to educate health care providers and state agencies about necessary best practices.
A study in the journal Health Affairs found few Medicare patients who required transfers to a nursing home were given information by their hospital about the quality of care at available facilities. Researchers noted hospitals said they did not provide the information owing to patients' choice concerns and legal restrictions.
Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes in the latest Leader Voices Blog post that health care must be seen as a basic human right that is necessary for the preservation of dignity, social worth, health and even life.
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