February 2017 Briefing - Otolaryngology

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Otolaryngology for February 2017. 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.

Strategies Suggested to Protect Practices From Hackers

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Steps should be taken to protect medical practices, including small practices, from hackers, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

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Physician Burnout Eroding Sense of Calling

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For physicians across specialties, burnout is associated with reduced odds of a sense of calling, according to a study published online Feb. 8 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Biomarker in Nasal Passages May ID Lung Cancer in Smokers

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- DNA-based biomarkers in the nasal passages may be able to reveal whether a lung lesion is cancerous or not, according to a study published online Feb. 27 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Supreme Court Rules Patient Safety Data Subject to Litigation

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Supreme Court of Florida has reversed a District Court of Appeal decision deeming information related to patient safety unprotected from litigation discovery, according to a report published from the American Medical Association.

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$20 Million Awarded for Quality Payment Program Training

FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About $20 million has been awarded to 11 organizations for the first of a five-year program to provide training and education about the Quality Payment Program for clinicians in individual or small group practices, with up to $80 million to be invested over the remaining four years, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Cyberattacks Remain Serious Threat to Health Providers

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cyberattacks remain a serious threat to small providers as well as big institutions, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

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Drug Combo May Help Combat Hearing Loss

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In response to stimulation, mammalian Lgr5+ cochlear hair cells undergo clonal expansion, a discovery that may help combat hearing loss, according to a study published in the Feb. 21 issue of Cell Reports.

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Health Information Theft a Pressing Concern for U.S. Patients

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Forty-four percent of U.S. adults are worried about having their personal health care information stolen, according to findings from the Xerox eHealth Survey published Feb. 9 in HIT Consultant.

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CMS Rule Set to Stabilize Small Health Insurance Markets

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a rule in relation to new reforms intended to stabilize individual and small group health insurance markets for 2018.

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Doctors Often Write Rx for Antibiotics If Patients Expect It

FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors are more likely to prescribe antibiotics if they think patients expect the medications, according to a study published online Feb. 16 in Health Psychology.

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CDC: Influenza Vaccine 48 Percent Effective Overall

FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- This year's influenza vaccine is a fairly good match for the circulating viruses, according to research published in the Feb. 17 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Health Care Spending Expected to Grow 5.6% Annually to 2025

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Health care spending is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 5.6 percent from 2016 to 2025, according to a report published online Feb. 15 in Health Affairs.

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Review: Cannabidiol May Be Beneficial for Oral Mucositis

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cannabidiol could be beneficial for the treatment of oral mucositis, although data on its use in dentistry are scarce, according to a review published online Feb. 12 in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics.

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Patient Complaints of Surgeon Attitude Tied to Worse Outcomes

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients treated by surgeons with a history of patient complaints regarding their personalities or attitude are at increased risk of surgical and medical complications, according to a study published online Feb. 15 in JAMA Surgery.

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Smoking, T4 Tumors Up Distant Mets in HPV+ Oropharyngeal CA

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with human papillomavirus (HPV)-positive oropharyngeal cancer, active smokers and those with T4 tumors have increased rates of distant metastases, according to a study published online Feb. 11 in Head & Neck.

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Orbital Cellulitis Reported After Use of Facial Soft-Tissue Filler

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Delayed and recurrent orbital cellulitis following use of facial soft-tissue filler is described in a case report published online Feb. 10 in Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology.

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Surgeon-Specific Learning Curve for Transoral Robotic Surgery

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The learning curve for transoral robotic surgery (TORS) for squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx (OPSCC) is surgeon-specific, according to a study published online Feb. 9 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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Rhytidectomy Litigation Usually Resolved in Defendant's Favor

FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most cases of rhytidectomy malpractice litigation are resolved in the defendant's favor, according to research published online Feb. 9 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Duty Hour Restrictions Don't Impair Thyroid Surgery Outcomes

FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of duty hour reform does not negatively impact thyroid and parathyroid procedure outcomes, according to a study published online Feb. 9 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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Review: Smokeless Tobacco Linked to Increased Risk of T2DM

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Consumption of Swedish smokeless tobacco (snus) is associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online Feb. 6 in the Journal of Internal Medicine.

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CDC: Noise-Related Hearing Loss Often Unrecognized in U.S. Adults

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The noise of modern life causes permanent hearing damage to many U.S. adults who don't even suspect they've experienced a loss, according to research published in the Feb. 7 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Fewer Toxic Chemicals Seen for E-Cigarette Use Versus Tobacco

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers who switch to electronic cigarettes can substantially reduce their intake of toxic chemicals and carcinogens -- but only if they completely quit smoking tobacco, according to a study published online Feb. 7 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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'Dripping' Becoming Popular With Teen E-Cigarette Users

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- One-quarter of U.S. teen electronic cigarette users have experimented with "dripping" -- a new vaping method that produces thicker clouds of vapor, according to a study published online Feb. 6 in Pediatrics.

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Minimally Disruptive Protocol Acceptable for Frontal Sinus Fx

FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A minimally disruptive treatment protocol seems acceptable for frontal sinus fractures, according to a study published online Feb. 2 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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High CVD Risk in Patients With Head, Neck Squamous Cell Cancer

THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Twenty-three percent of patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) have cardiovascular disease (CVD) at diagnosis, and 24 percent have uncontrolled blood pressure, according to research published online Dec. 29 in Head & Neck.

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Guidelines Developed for Peri-Op, Post-Op Rhinoplasty Care

THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new clinical practice guideline, published in the February issue of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, offers recommendations for clinicians who perform rhinoplasty and those who are involved in care for rhinoplasty candidates.

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