Dual sensory impairment raises dementia risk in seniors | USPSTF proposes lung cancer screening guidelines | Scientists collect data on COVID-19's brain effects
July 9, 2020
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Older adults with visual and hearing impairments had 86% greater odds of developing dementia over eight years, compared with those without dual sensory impairment, according to a study in Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring. Researchers also associated dual sensory impairment with a twofold higher likelihood of Alzheimer's disease.
Full Story: Medical Xpress/News release (7/8) 
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Draft guidelines from the US Preventive Services Task Force would lower the recommended age for lung cancer screening to 50 from 55 and reduce the pack-years recommendation to 20 from 30. The guidelines would likely lead to more women and African Americans being eligible to be screened, says Mara Antonoff, an assistant professor of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Full Story: NBC News (7/7) 
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Scientists collect data on COVID-19's brain effects
A case report in Brain describes 43 COVID-19 patients who experienced stroke, temporary brain dysfunction, nerve damage or brain inflammation, and study co-leader Michael Zandi warned of the possibility of an epidemic of brain damage "similar to the encephalitis lethargica outbreak in the 1920s and 1930s after the 1918 influenza pandemic." Meanwhile, Canadian researchers are heading an international study in which COVID-19 patients can volunteer to take a series of cognitive tests to gauge brain function.
Full Story: Reuters (7/8) 
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Older US veterans who did not have atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease but started taking statin medication had a 25% decreased risk of death from any cause, compared with those who did not get a new statin prescription, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Mortality risks linked to cardiovascular events, including heart attack or stroke, were reduced by 20% among statin users, while the overall risk of a cardiovascular event was 8% lower.
Full Story: Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today (7/7) 
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Industry Report
RefleXion Medical and Telix Pharmaceuticals have entered into a strategic collaboration agreement to evaluate the clinical utility of using RefleXion's biology-guided radiotherapy technology with Telix's new gallium-68 PSMA-11 and zirconium-89-girentuximab for treating high-risk prostate and kidney cancers, respectively.
Full Story: AuntMinnie (free registration) (7/8) 
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The FDA has approved Soterix's investigational device exemption application to conduct a trial of its transcranial direct current stimulation-limited total energy system, an at-home platform that is used to treat major depressive disorder.
Full Story: MassDevice (Boston) (7/7) 
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News from the Field
Radiology practices can boost patient volumes as they resume imaging services by strengthening relationships with community partners to provide fast, effective and safe patient treatment amid the COVID-19 pandemic, writes Rebecca Farrington of Healthcare Administrative Partners. Practices should also create a marketing plan that addresses logistics, supportive technology and safety for current and former patients, active patients whose appointments are being rescheduled, and the public, she writes.
Full Story: AuntMinnie (free registration) (7/8) 
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Health Policy
The CMS released the results of the Quality Payment Program's Merit-based Incentive Payment System for the 2018 performance year. Nearly all clinicians in MIPS avoided a negative payment adjustment, 84% received positive payment adjustment after earning exceptional performance designation, and the number of clinicians who participated in MIPS through Advanced Alternative Payment Models increased by 15,000 to more than 356,000 in 2018 compared with the previous year.
Full Story: Becker's Hospital CFO Report (7/7) 
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Advancing Health Care
Having inconsistent or inaccurate data stored in EHRs, registration systems and ancillary systems can cause mail to be misdirected, resulting in HIPAA violations as well as billing and payment delays, writes Decant Data Solutions founder Sharon Taylor. Cleaning up dirty data starts with exporting a list of patients, addresses and demographic data from each registration system across the enterprise, then developing educational materials and checklists, and monitoring data entry to ensure procedures are being followed, Taylor writes.
Full Story: Healthcare IT News (7/7) 
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