Depression linked to atherosclerosis progression in women with lupus | Maternal dietary intake during pregnancy may affect baby's body composition | Technology helps small, rural hospitals meet operational challenges
July 21, 2016
Providing Ultrasound Information to Enhance Patient Care and Safety
Women with systemic lupus erythematosus who were also depressed had increased changes in carotid intima media thickness but no increase in carotid plaques based on ultrasound evaluations compared with SLE patients without depression, according to a study in Arthritis Care & Research.
Babies born to mothers who had high saturated fat intake during gestation had higher body fat mass, compared with those whose mothers didn't. The findings in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, based on data involving 1,040 mother-child pairs, also showed that infants' body fat mass increased by 11 grams, 6 grams and nearly 3 grams for every additional 100 daily calories in saturated fat, unsaturated fat and carbohydrates in their mothers' diet, respectively.
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Small, rural hospitals in Wisconsin face staffing, training and other challenges not seen in urban facilities, but they continue to get high quality and patient satisfaction ratings. Technology is important to the success of smaller facilities, such as St. Clare Hospital, which has a telehealth program allowing physicians in St. Louis to help care for patients in the ICU.
A study published in Radiology found that eye movement patterns were different in experienced radiologists when compared to residents with less than 1.5 years of CT experience, and the findings could help direct radiology resident training. Advanced residents and practicing radiologists had better duration of eye fixation, shorter lengths of rapid eye movements between fixations when no visual information is obtained, and higher lesion detection rates, compared with less experienced residents.
Radiation safety practices have reduced radiologists' radiation exposure, and radiologists who began practicing after 1940 have minimal radiation-related cancers, compared with psychiatrists, who have a low risk of radiation exposure related to their jobs, according to a study published in Radiology. However, increased incidence of certain occupational radiation-related cancers such as leukemia and/or myelodysplastic syndrome was noted among radiologists who graduated prior to 1940.
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Fresno County, Calif., is getting increased funding to fight black infant mortality, which occurs at three times the rate for white and Hispanic infants in the region. This year, the county will be able to hire a coordinator, a social worker and other employees.
A New York woman who traveled to an area with active Zika transmission and her male partner have been diagnosed with Zika virus infection, according to a report from the CDC. "This case represents the first reported occurrence of female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus," the agency said.
A bill that aims to help rural hospitals and physicians reduce their operating costs when implementing health IT within their organizations has been introduced by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. The legislation would increase the broadband-related discounts given to rural providers by the Federal Communications Commission from 65% to 85%, require the FCC to improve the rural discount program's application process and allow it "to further reduce cost sharing for health care providers in tribal areas," according to a news release.
The PVI examination is now awarded by the new Alliance for Physician Certification and Advancement™ (APCA™), spun out of ARDMS and part of the Inteleos™ family of Councils. The PVI examination assesses the knowledge, skills and abilities in the areas of anatomy and hemodynamics (blood flow) of cerebrovascular, venous, peripheral and abdominal blood vessels. The application period is open now through Aug. 23, 2016. The PVI examination will be administered from Sept. 20-Oct. 20, 2016. Learn more.