January 2016 Briefing - Ophthalmology

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Ophthalmology for January 2016. 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.

Demand for Medical Office Space High and Increasing

FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Demand for medical office space for ambulatory care is at a high point and looks likely to continue increasing, according to an article published in Forbes.

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AMA Highlights Top Four Issues to Promote in State Legislation

THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The top four issues that will be promoted in state legislation in 2016 were discussed at the 2016 American Medical Association (AMA) State Legislative Strategy Conference, according to a report published by the AMA.

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~1% of Physicians Account for One-Third of Malpractice Claims

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A small number of physicians account for a considerable proportion of all paid malpractice claims, according to a study published in the Jan. 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Alternative Payment Models Can Help Improve Patient Care

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Alternative payment models (APMs) have been and are being developed that can allow physicians to offer new and improved services to their patients, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Possibility for Health Care Legislation Changes in 2016

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Given the current political climate and issues of bipartisan concern, 2016 could see certain changes to health care legislation, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

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Varicella Zoster Vaccine Linked to Corneal Inflammation

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Varicella zoster virus vaccination has been linked to corneal inflammation, but the number of such cases is small, according to research presented recently at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Las Vegas.

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Botulinum Toxin Successfully Treats Senile Entropion

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with spasmodic senile entropion, injection of botulinum toxin results in a high success rate, according to a study published online Jan. 18 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

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Better Value Care at Hospitals With Best Nursing Environments

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitals with better nursing environments provide better value care, according to a study published online Jan. 20 in JAMA Surgery.

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Patient Satisfaction With Doctors May Be on the Rise

FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans than ever are satisfied with their visits to the doctor, according to a new survey conducted by The Harris Poll in September.

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Physicians Choose Less Aggressive Care at End of Life

TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians facing death are less likely to demand aggressive care, according to two research letters published in the Jan. 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on death, dying, and end of life.

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Greater Transparency Being Promoted in Research

MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Greater transparency is being promoted in clinical research, according to a health policy brief published online Jan. 14 in Health Affairs.

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Earlier AMD Onset With Rare Genetic Variants

MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) carrying rare variants have earlier age at symptom onset and a higher prevalence of positive family history than noncarriers, according to a study published online Jan. 14 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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Design of Physician Satisfaction Surveys Affects Results

MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patient satisfaction scores are influenced by the design and implementation of patient surveys, according to an article published in the January-February issue of Family Practice Management.

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Nitrate Intake Linked to Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma Risk

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Higher dietary nitrate and green leafy vegetable intake is associated with reduced risk of primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), according to a study published online Jan. 14 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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Yoga Positions Linked to Increase in Intraocular Pressure

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For individuals with and without open-angle glaucoma, intraocular pressure (IOP) increases shortly after starting yoga exercises with head-down positions, according to a study published online Dec. 23 in PLOS ONE.

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Researchers ID Three New Glaucoma-Related Genes

TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Three newly identified genes associated with primary open angle glaucoma bring the total number of such genes to 15, according to a study published online Jan. 11 in Nature Genetics.

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Lingering Issues for Survivors of Childhood CA Affecting Vision

MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some survivors of childhood cancers that affect vision may face increased risk for long-term health and economic issues, two new studies suggest. The studies, published online Jan. 11 in Cancer, provide new insight that could help improve patient care and follow-up.

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Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Varies Across Minority Groups

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with diabetes, diabetic retinopathy (DR) screening varies for different minority groups, according to research published online Dec. 30 in Diabetes Care.

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Many Patients Using E-Mail As First Method of Provider Contact

TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with chronic conditions, the ability to communicate with their doctor via e-mail may help improve their health, according to a study published online Dec. 21 in the American Journal of Managed Care.

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Prevalence of Diabetic Macular Edema Varies by Test

TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Diabetic macular edema (DME) is more often diagnosed using monocular fundus photography than optical coherence tomography (OCT) central subfield thickness (CST), according to a study published online Dec. 30 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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Intermediate Addition Multifocals Provide Good Gait Safety

MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For healthy long-term multifocal wearers, intermediate addition progression-addition lenses (PALs) are associated with similar gait safety as distance single-vision spectacles, with improved ability to "spot read," according to a study published in the January issue of Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics.

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