January 2016 Briefing - Otolaryngology

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Otolaryngology 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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Guidance Issued for Endoscopic Management of Foreign Bodies

FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Guidelines, published online Jan. 25 in the Journal of Digestive Diseases, have been developed for endoscopic management of foreign bodies in the upper gastrointestinal tract.

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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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Prednisolone Therapy Induces Procoagulant State

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For healthy subjects, 10 days of prednisolone therapy induces a procoagulant state, according to a study published online Jan. 21 in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

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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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Research Suggests Broader Role for HPV in HNSCC Etiology

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Human papillomavirus (HPV)-16 detection is tied to incidence of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC); and other HPVs, including γ11- and γ12-HPV species and β1-HPV-5 type, are also associated with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), according to a study published online Jan. 21 in JAMA Oncology.

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Submental Fat Reduced With Cryolipolysis Vacuum Applicator

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Submental fat can be reduced safely and effectively with a small volume cryolipolysis vacuum applicator, according to research published in the January issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

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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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Pediatric Nasopharyngeal CA Has Different Patient Demographic

FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pediatric patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) are more often black and present with stage IV disease, but they have lower mortality than adult patients, according to a study published online Jan. 14 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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Fluorescence Visualization-Guided Sx Efficacious in Oral CA

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with oral cancer, fluorescence visualization (FV)-guided surgery is associated with a reduction in local recurrence, according to a study published online Jan. 14 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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Novel Technique Measures Internal Nasal Valve Surface Area

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Endoscopic suction-assisted evaluation of the internal nasal valve can measure internal nasal valve area and function, according to a study published online Jan. 14 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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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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ACP, CDC Offer Antibiotic Rx Guidelines for ARTIs

TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The American College of Physicians and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued new guidelines for prescribing antibiotics for acute respiratory tract infections (ARTIs) in adults. The guidelines were published online Jan. 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Injury Severity Impacts Time to Repair in Maxillofacial Trauma

MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with maxillofacial trauma, factors such as injury severity score and concurrent injuries are associated with increased time to repair, according to a study published online Jan. 14 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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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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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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Diagnostic Imaging Down With High Deductible Health Plans

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. patients whose health insurance plans have high deductibles undergo fewer diagnostic imaging tests, according to a study published in the February issue of Medical Care.

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Geographic Variation in HPV Oropharyngeal Cancer Prevalence

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There is geographic variation in the proportion of head and neck cancers attributable to human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a study published online Jan. 8 in Head & Neck.

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Allergic Rhinitis Constitutes Considerable Burden

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Allergic rhinitis (AR) constitutes a considerable burden, with patients at increased risk for asthma and various mental health comorbidities, according to a study published online Jan. 8 in Allergy.

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U.S. Cancer Mortality Rates Down 23 Percent Since 1991

THURSDAY, Jan. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Since peaking in 1991, cancer mortality rates in the United States have dropped by 23 percent, according to findings included in Cancer Statistics, 2016, the American Cancer Society's latest annual report on cancer incidence, mortality, and survival. The report was published online Jan. 7 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

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Provider Volume Affects Outcome in IMRT for Head, Neck Cancer

THURSDAY, Jan. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with head and neck cancer (HNC) treated with intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), provider volume is associated with outcome, according to a study published online Jan. 4 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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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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Powered Intracapsular Tonsillectomy Aids Pediatric OSA

MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Powered intracapsular tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (PITA) improves severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in pediatric patients, according to a study published online Dec. 30 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

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Modular Component Assembly Feasible for Ear Reconstruction

MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- One porcine rib can be used to create an aesthetic and durable framework for external ear repair using a modular component assembly (MCA) approach, according to a study published online Dec. 30 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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