Increased infant mortality tied to prepregnancy obesity, study finds | Power Doppler and grayscale composite score captures early response to RA treatment | AHA outlines deficits in heart attack care for women
January 28, 2016
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Increased infant mortality tied to prepregnancy obesity, study finds
Infants born to mothers who were obese before becoming pregnant were more likely to die from preterm birth-related causes and also more likely to die from birth defects and sudden infant death, compared with those born to normal-weight women, according to a study in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. Researchers analyzed data from more than 6 million newborn infants born in 38 US states between 2012 and 2013. HealthDay News (1/22)
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Power Doppler and grayscale composite score captures early response to RA treatment
In rheumatoid arthritis patients treated with abatacept, power Doppler ultrasound and grayscale ultrasound identified a therapeutic response as soon as one week after treatment initiation, according to a report in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Based on the results, the authors recommend patients be assessed using a composite power Doppler ultrasound score soon after starting treatment. Healio (free registration)/Rheumatology (1/20)
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Technology Update
Robotic biopsy could be the future of breast cancer diagnosis
Researchers in Europe are developing a robotic tool that collects biopsies with MR and ultrasound guidance to improve biopsy accuracy but also keep technology costs low. "This produces an offline MRI image that you can combine, during the biopsy, with online images from the ultrasound sensor," said researcher Foad Sojoodi Farimani. The goal is to harness the precision of MR with the speed and low cost of ultrasound. (1/22)
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Practice News
A sonographer's guide to protecting hip mobility
Echocardiographer Doug Wuebben and strength and conditioning coach Mark Roozen write that poor hip mobility could be the source of back pain experienced by sonographers. Simple hip mobility and stretching exercises can help relieve pressure on the lumbar region, which should remain stable to prevent pain. (free registration) (1/21)
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Poll: 88% of adults satisfied with physician visits
An online Harris poll of more than 3,000 adults showed 88% of those who had a physician visit in the past year were satisfied with it, an increase of 5% from 2012. The poll showed satisfaction increased with age, and factors affecting satisfaction included physician knowledge, training and expertise, time spent with patient and ease of making appointments. HealthDay News (1/22)
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Past malpractice payment might flag future risk, research suggests
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Researchers found that 32% of paid malpractice claims were concentrated among just 1% of US physicians, according to a 15-year study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Findings also show that once a claim is paid for a given physician, that doctor is more likely to pay another. Median claim payment was $205,000, according to the research. Reuters (1/27)
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Patient Care in MedicineAdvertisement
Survey: Physicians say face-to-face delivery of bad news is best
An Aptus Health and survey found that nearly 88% of participating physicians said bad biopsy results should be delivered in person rather than through virtual consultations or phone calls. Several physicians said that telehealth services may be preferred when a patient is not otherwise available or the news is time-sensitive. (1/20)
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Legislative & Regulatory Update
Ky. bill creates physician appeals process for when payment is denied
Republican Kentucky state Sen. Ralph Alvarado, a physician, sponsored legislation that would create an outside appeals process for physicians and hospitals when managed care organizations deny payments. The bill is similar to those adopted in Virginia and Georgia that permit an administrative appeals hearing after the managed care organization appeals process is exhausted. The State Journal (Frankfort, Ky.) (1/26)
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Apply now! Midwife sonography certificate
The Midwife Sonography examination assesses the knowledge, skills and abilities in the areas of the female reproductive system as well as the fetus in the first, second and third trimesters of pregnancy. By earning the Midwife Sonography Certificate, midwives gain a critical edge in promoting public safety in women's point-of-care ultrasound. Learn more and apply by March 8!
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Apply now! Fetal Echocardiography (FE) examination application!
The FE specialty examination assesses the basic fetal echocardiography knowledge and skills essential to sonography professionals. Applications are now open through Feb. 9. The FE examination will be administered March 8-April 7. Learn more and apply today!
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