Ultrasound reveals cumulative effect of smoking on heart structure, function | Pediatric ultrasound clinicians benefit from video training, study finds | Prenatal exposure to smoking may increase Tourette's syndrome risk
September 20, 2016
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Echocardiography studies showed that smoking altered heart function and structure, and the effects were cumulative, according to a study in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging. Smoking increased left-ventricular mass index and LV mass/volume ratio, and it was associated with LV hypertrophy and poor diastolic function, the study showed.
Pediatric ultrasound clinicians reported positive experiences and increased their skill and confidence after watching 10 brief imaging training videos, according to a study in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Researchers used a cohort of 18 ultrasound trainees in Philadelphia and Ethiopia, and they said the web-based tutorial design "allows integration of international pediatric radiology training communities."
Children born to mothers who smoked at least 10 cigarettes daily during gestation were 66% more likely to develop Tourette's syndrome and other chronic tic disorders, compared with those whose mothers didn't smoke. The findings in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, based on data involving more than 73,000 births in Denmark, also showed a twofold to threefold higher risk of chronic tics combined with psychiatric conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity syndrome among those whose mothers smoked heavily during pregnancy.
Kolo Medical's SiliconWave transducers work with current and next-generation ultrasound and offer improved ultrahigh-resolution imaging, according to the company. The transducers, which provide an alternative to traditional piezoelectric transducers, will be useful for thyroid, breast, musculoskeletal and other imaging, Kolo says.
Sonography made CareerCast's list of the most underrated jobs of 2016 based on pay, employment outlook and positive impact on the community. Overrated jobs were reported as being stressful and having long working hours and high turnover rates, according to CareerCast.
The CMS reported an average 8% decrease in hospital readmission rates from 2010 to 2015. Agency officials credited much of the improvement to the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program that cuts Medicare reimbursements for hospitals with 30-day readmission rates that are higher than expected for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia.
HHS is awarding $87 million to support the development and adoption of health IT tools at 1,310 health centers in all 50 states, the Pacific Basin, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to help them transition to value-based care and participate in population health management. HHS stressed the importance of purchasing certified EHR technology if health centers intend to use the funds to upgrade their EHR systems.
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