Groups take stance on echo for hyperprolactinemia patients on DA therapy | Hand-held ultrasound system comparable to X-rays for scoliosis | AI improves segmentation of prostate lesions in study
May 14, 2019
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Groups take stance on echo for hyperprolactinemia patients on DA therapy
A position statement by the British Society of Echocardiography, the British Heart Valve Society and the Society for Endocrinology says people with hyperprolactinemia should receive a transthoracic echocardiogram prior to initiation of dopamine agonist therapy, and DA therapy should be discontinued only after review of serial imaging by an echocardiographer with specific experience.
Medscape (free registration)/Clinical Endocrinology (5/8) 
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Hand-held ultrasound system comparable to X-rays for scoliosis
A palm-size 3D ultrasound scanning system could facilitate early detection of scoliosis. The system, developed at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, consists of an optical marker mounted on the bottom of a wireless ultrasound probe, a depth camera, and dedicated software on a tablet or laptop, and accuracy was comparable to X-rays in testing.
AuntMinnie (free registration) (5/8) 
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Technology Update
AI improves segmentation of prostate lesions in study
Researchers used a deep learning approach and algorithm for prostate segmentation on MRI-transrectal ultrasound images across scanner types. The method could be used to improve and accelerate guided prostate biopsies using MRI-TRUS fusion, researchers wrote in European Urology Focus.
UroToday (5/13) 
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Practice News
Minn. ranked No. 1 state for physicians to practice
Minnesota is ranked No. 1 in Medscape's Best & Worst Places to Practice 2019 survey, replacing North Dakota, which dropped to 11th place. The ratings are based on 14 criteria, such as happiness, livability, average income and regulatory climate.
Medscape (free registration) (5/10) 
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Patient Care in Medicine
Functional disability might be early sign of RA
Difficulty walking, eating or completing routine everyday tasks might be an early indicator of rheumatoid arthritis, according to an analysis of medical records scheduled for publication in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
HealthDay News (5/10) 
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Heart patients can benefit from home-based cardiac rehab
Heart patients can benefit from home-based cardiac rehab
(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Home-based cardiac rehabilitation is a viable alternative for patients who experienced a cardiac event but can't participate in center-based rehabilitation programs due to cost, distance and other barriers, according to a scientific statement in the journal Circulation. Cardiac rehab programs "help patients recover better, feel healthier, and live longer," according to lead author Dr. Randal Thomas.
Reuters (5/13) 
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NAFLD more likely in women with intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy
A connection found between intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, which causes severe itchiness in pregnant women, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease led researchers to recommend those affected see a liver specialist. The study, to be presented at Digestive Disease Week, found both conditions are marked by impaired bile acid metabolism, and patients with ICP were six times more likely than those without ICP to have fatty liver disease.
Healio (free registration) (5/9) 
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Study: Cardiologists waiting to refer patients to palliative care
Cardiologists may be waiting too long to refer patients to palliative care, according to a three-year study that included 1,801 people with cardiovascular disease. "Cardiologists, like many other clinicians, appear to think that palliative care just happens at the end of life, but actually palliative care can be appropriate at any stage of a serious or life-changing illness," said Dr. Arif Kamal, senior author of the study in JAMA Network Open.
Medscape (free registration) (5/8) 
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Legislative & Regulatory Update
House legislation would block site-neutral payment policy
A bill that would block the CMS from applying site-neutral payment rules that reduce payments for some treatments at outpatient hospital sites has been introduced by Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y. The legislation is backed by the Federation of American Hospitals and the American Hospital Association.
Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (5/10) 
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