Multiple ultrasound features likely best for determining need for thyroid biopsy | Ultrasound scores correlate with psoriatic arthritis assessments | Case studies: NIPT can reveal undiagnosed maternal cancer
 
July 21, 2015
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Multiple ultrasound features likely best for determining need for thyroid biopsy
Ultrasound is important in evaluating thyroid nodules, but researchers who analyzed multiple studies found there is no single ultrasound characteristic that will accurately diagnose a malignancy. However, they say combined ultrasound characteristics can likely indicate who needs biopsy. The study published in the journal Thyroid identified microcalcifications, central vascularization, irregular margins and a more vertical shape as having the best specificity. Medscape (free registration) (7/15)
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Ultrasound scores correlate with psoriatic arthritis assessments
A study of 83 psoriatic arthritis patients found a substantial correlation between power Doppler ultrasound scores of greater than 10 and the Evaluator's Global Assessment and patient assessments of pain, researchers reported at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual European Congress of Rheumatology. While the Patient's Global Assessment and EGA scores did not agree in 65% of cases, data did show a strong correlation between psoriatic arthritis patients who had high erosion scores and EGA and patient pain assessments. Healio (free registration) (7/16)
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Case studies: NIPT can reveal undiagnosed maternal cancer
Prenatal blood tests designed to analyze fetal DNA revealed previously undiagnosed cancer in women, researchers reported at an International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis meeting and in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Initial results in each of the eight cases were abnormal, but follow-up tests revealed no fetal abnormalities, and test results showing multiple aneuploidies were associated with higher risk for maternal cancer. The findings highlight the need to have abnormal non-invasive prenatal test results confirmed with amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling, lead author Dr. Diana Bianchi said. MedPage Today (free registration) (7/14), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (7/13)
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Technology Update
Mindray's new ultrasound system uses tablet-style operation
Mindray Medical International has launched a point-of-care touchscreen ultrasound system. The TE7 system works like a tablet with no keyboard needed. The device includes three transducer connectors and built-in wireless capability. Startup time from standby is 3 seconds, and the battery lasts two hours. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (7/14)
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Practice News
App designed to help docs weather demands of work
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A mobile application from TheHappyMD.com is designed to help physicians deal with stress. The Burnout Proof app connects physicians with video and audio resources and basic life balance techniques to help them avoid burnout. Tools include a chair yoga routine and meditation guidance. BeckersHospitalReview.com (7/15)
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Patient Care in Medicine
Radiation from mammograms may be lower than previously thought, study finds
A study presented at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine's annual meeting suggests that radiation exposure during a mammogram screening may be 20% to 35% lower than estimated. Findings were based on a calculation of radiation dose in glandular tissue using anatomical data from 219 women. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (7/15)
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Legislative & Regulatory Update
CDC: People with insurance more likely to get preventive care
People who have health insurance are up to three times as likely as those who do not to get preventive care, CDC researchers reported in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Having either private or public insurance made it more likely people would get preventive services such as tests for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes; screenings for breast, cervical and colon cancer; dietary counseling; and hepatitis vaccinations. HealthDay News (7/16)
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