April 2018 Briefing - Radiology

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Radiology for April 2018. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Similar Risk Predicted for Automated, Clinical BI-RADS Density

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Automated and clinical Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) density measures similarly predict breast cancer risk, according to a study published online May 1 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Medicare Requiring Hospitals to Post Prices Online

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. hospitals will have to post their standard prices online and make it easier for patients to access their electronic medical records, Medicare officials said Tuesday.

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Restless Brain Syndrome Tied to Changes in the Brain

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with restless legs syndrome (RLS) have morphologic changes in the brain, which could be responsible for the sensory functional symptoms of RLS, according to a study published online April 25 in Neurology.

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Sedentary Habits Tied to Medial Temporal Lobe Thinning

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For non-demented middle-aged and older adults, there is an inverse correlation between medial temporal lobe (MTL) thickness and sedentary behavior, according to a study published online April 12 in PLOS ONE.

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Recommendations Developed on Gender Equity in Medicine

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a position paper published online April 17 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, recommendations are provided aimed at addressing gender equity in physician compensation and career advancement opportunities.

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Volumetric Laser Endomicroscopy Helps ID Barrett's Regions

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Volumetric laser endomicroscopy (VLE) users can identify regions of interest for potential Barrett's esophagus (BE) dysplasia with a high degree of agreement, according to a study published online April 6 in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Nonoptimized Drug Therapy Costs More Than $500 Billion Annually

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The estimated annual cost of drug-related morbidity and mortality resulting from nonoptimized medication therapy is more than half a trillion dollars in the United States, according to a study published online March 26 in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy.

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Recent Years Saw Increase in Burden of Prior Authorization

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The burden of prior authorization (PA) has increased over the past five years, and 92 percent of physicians report associated delays in access to care, according to the results of a survey published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Considerable Differences in Burden of Disease at State Level

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There are considerable differences in the burden of disease at the state level, according to a study published in the April 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Suggestions Offered to Reduce Physician Frustration With EHRs

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Changes can be implemented to help reduce physician frustration with electronic health records (EHRs), according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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One Night of Sleep Deprivation Linked to Amyloid-β Burden

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One night of sleep deprivation is associated with amyloid-β (Aβ) burden (ABB) in healthy controls, according to a study published online April 9 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Whole Body CT Doesn't Cut Mortality in Peds Blunt Trauma

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Whole body computed tomography (WBCT) is not associated with reduced mortality compared with a selective CT approach among children with blunt trauma, according to a study published online April 9 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Interns' Schedule Takes Toll on Sleep, Physical Activity, Mood

FRIDAY, April 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New interns' intense and changing schedules take a toll on sleep, activity, and mood, according to a study published online March 14 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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ACA Marketplaces Expand Coverage for Chronically Ill

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The Affordable Care Act's Marketplaces covered a disproportionate share of non-elderly adults with high health care risks in the 2014 to 2015 time period, according to a study published in the April issue of Health Affairs.

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Online Doc Reviews Don't Reflect Patient Satisfaction Surveys

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Online physician reviews do not reflect patient satisfaction surveys (PSSs), according to a study published in the April issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Therapy Differ in Women With Implants

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Method of diagnosis, stage, and treatment are not affected by type of breast implant or anatomic location, according to research published in the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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Radiation Oncology Missing in Medical School Education

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A small number of academic-affiliated radiation oncology (RO) departments report involvement with formal teaching of medical students, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

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