Type 1 diabetes patients at increased risk of heart failure | Medial, adventitial damage after atherectomy tied to higher restenosis risk | Prenatal cancer treatment may be safe for fetus, study finds
October 1, 2015
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Type 1 diabetes patients at increased risk of heart failure
People with type 1 diabetes are four times more likely to develop heart failure than their counterparts without the disorder, and people with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes have more than tenfold higher risk, according to research published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. Even in younger patients with diabetes, cardiology evaluation including an echocardiogram should be done if there is shortness of breath and uncharacteristic fatigue, researcher Dr. Annika Rosengren said. Medscape (free registration) (9/29)
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Medial, adventitial damage after atherectomy tied to higher restenosis risk
Femoropopliteal stenosis patients who suffered adventitial or medial injury following atherectomy were more likely to experience restenosis than patients without damage, according to a study published in the Journal of Endovascular Therapy. Using duplex ultrasound and physical exam, the researchers monitored the patients post-atherectomy at regular intervals, finding 97% one-year restenosis risk among patients with damage, compared with 11% among those without injury. Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today's Intervention (9/28)
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Prenatal cancer treatment may be safe for fetus, study finds
Belgian researchers found maternal cancer treatment did not affect cognitive and cardiac function among children who were exposed to chemotherapy, radiotherapy, cancer drugs or surgery while in the womb. The findings, presented at the European Cancer Congress and published in The New England Journal of Medicine, were based on 129 children, ages 1 to 3. The findings should reassure pregnant women diagnosed with cancer and also suggest there is no reason to induce premature birth to allow mothers to begin treatment, experts said. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (9/28), Reuters (9/28)
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Mental stress at any point in life may raise risk of diabetes, CVD, study finds
People who experience psychological distress in childhood, later in life or consistently over time face an elevated risk of diabetes, heart disease or stroke in adulthood, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers followed over 6,700 people from age 7 to 42, then checked markers of health at age 45. Risks were highest for those who consistently experienced mental stress, but even those who experienced stress only as adults or children faced higher risks. HealthDay News (9/28)
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Technology Update
Ultrasound tech from Rivanna demonstrates accuracy for epidural placement
Rivanna Medical's new ultrasound device, known as Accuro, uses SpineNav3D real-time 3D image automation technology and can accurately find the epidural space with 96% success, according to the company. The device, intended to guide clinicians administering epidural anesthesia, is poised for its US launch at the American Society of Anesthesiologists meeting. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (9/28)
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Practice News
Why sonography is a great career
Diagnostic medical sonography is among the best careers available today. The expansion of sonography into new clinical settings outside of hospitals means projected growth of 34% over the next decade, and annual earnings can top $66,000. Kiplinger.com (9/15)
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Survey: Technology-related spending of physician-owned practices rose in 2014
A Medical Group Management Association survey showed the total technology-related operating costs of physician-owned, multispecialty practices increased by nearly 12% last year compared with 2013. According to MGMA, the practices' technology spending for every full-time equivalent physician rose by almost 34% since 2010. Respondents said they make technology investments to streamline workflow, boost records management and comply with HIPAA standards. Health Data Management (9/25)
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Patient Care in Medicine
Study: Model projects patients' health care resource use
A study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that an online risk model developed using data collected from Maine's health information exchange accurately projected patients' health care needs and resource use over six months. "The model and associated online applications were designed for tracking the evolving nature of total population risk, in a longitudinal manner, for healthcare resource utilization. It will enable more effective care management strategies driving improved patient outcomes," according to researchers. BeckersHospitalReview.com (9/28)
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Legislative & Regulatory Update
Health care industry transitions to ICD-10
The health care industry is adopting the ICD-10 coding system today. Procedure codes are expanding from 14,000 to 70,000 for providers and from 4,000 to 72,000 for hospitals. Experts said hiccups are inevitable, and increases in claim denials are expected. Medscape (free registration) (10/1), Healthcare Finance News (9/28), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (9/27), RevCycle Intelligence (9/29)
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Celebrate Ultrasound Awareness Month in October!
With ultrasound's increasing role in medicine, one of the main goals of Ultrasound Awareness Month is to provide the public with a better understanding of ultrasound and its many uses in health care. Submit a photo of how you are celebrating ultrasound awareness and enter to win an iPad Mini. Learn more!
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