January 2017 Briefing - Urology

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

Anxiety, Depression May Up Mortality Risk for Some Cancers

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Anxiety and depression may increase the risk of death from certain cancers, according to research published online Jan. 25 in The BMJ.

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Most PCPs Oppose Complete Repeal of the Affordable Care Act

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A majority of primary care doctors oppose full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, according to a perspective piece published online Jan. 25 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Strategies Presented for Addressing Uncompensated Time

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Strategies can be employed to help physicians deal with the increasing burden of uncompensated tasks, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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Overall Cancer Mortality Rate Down in the United States

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While cancer mortality rates have dropped 20 percent overall in the United States since 1980, high mortality rates persist in pockets throughout the country, according to a report published in the Jan. 24/31 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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ACA Has Increased Coverage, Access for Chronically Ill Patients

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans with a chronic illness gained health insurance coverage after the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2010, according to a study published online Jan. 24 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Superior Survival for Asian Men With Prostate Cancer

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For men with distant, de novo, metastatic prostate cancer (PCa), Asian ethnicity is associated with superior median overall survival (OS) and PCa-specific mortality (PCSM), according to a study published online Jan. 5 in Cancer.

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Multi-Parametric MRI Shows Benefit As Triage Test

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For men with high serum prostate-specific antigen, multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging (MP-MRI) is more sensitive but less specific than transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsy (TRUS-biopsy) for detecting clinically significant cancer, and can be used as a triage test to avoid unnecessary biopsy, according to a study published online Jan. 19 in The Lancet.

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Obesity Underrepresented in Medical Licensing Exams

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The most important concepts of obesity prevention and treatment are not adequately represented on the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step examinations, according to a study published recently in Teaching and Learning in Medicine.

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Androgen Suppression Tx May Prevent Intravesical Recurrence

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For men with bladder cancer, androgen suppression therapy may be prophylactic for intravesical recurrence, according to a study published in the February issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Early Study Results Promising for Genital Herpes Vaccine

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new vaccine for herpes simplex virus type 2 could be nearing human clinical trials, according to research published online Jan. 19 in PLOS Pathogens.

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Genital HPV Prevalence Rate High Among Men in the United States

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of American men may be infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), and HPV vaccination coverage is low among vaccine-eligible men, according to a study published online Jan. 19 in JAMA Oncology.

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Autologous Urethral Sling No Benefit After Prostatectomy

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Placement of a retropubic urethral sling fashioned from autologous vas deferens during robotic assisted radical prostatectomy does not improve recovery of continence, according to a study published in the February issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Physician Excess Charges Create Financial Burden for Patients

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many doctors bill their private-paying patients two, three, even six times more than what Medicare pays for the same services, according to a research letter published in the Jan. 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Syphilis Risk May Be Higher in HIV Patients on Antiretrovirals

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Men who have sex with men (MSM) receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) to treat HIV infection may be at increased risk for syphilis, according to research published online Jan. 16 in Sexually Transmitted Infections.

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Normal Vitamin D Intake Not Linked to Kidney Stone Risk

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There is no statistically significant correlation between typical vitamin D intake and incident kidney stones, according to a study published in the February issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Rate of Genitourinary Injuries Up Among U.S. Service Men

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A total of 1,367 male U.S. service members deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom sustained genitourinary injury, according to a study published in the February issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Video Intervention Persuasive for Screening Recommendations

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A novel video intervention can alter the screening intentions of a target audience, in line with evidence-based recommendations, according to a study published in the January/February issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Harmonized Normal Range of Testosterone Established

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In non-obese European and American men, aged 19 to 39 years, the harmonized normal range of testosterone is 264 to 916 ng/dL (2.5th to 97.5th percentile), according to a study published online Jan. 10 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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More Education Needed for Clinicians on Transgender Health

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More education relating to transgender health is needed for endocrinologists, according to research published online Jan. 10 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Excessive FDA Regulation Driving High Drug Prices

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The excessive regulatory regime at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is an important driver of high drug prices, and should be curbed to introduce more competition and lower prices, according to a report published online Jan. 5 by the National Center for Policy Analysis.

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Chemo Benefits Patients After Nephroureterectomy in UTUC

FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing radical nephroureterectomy (RNU) for pT3/T4 and/or pN+ upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC), adjuvant chemotherapy (AC) use is associated with an overall survival benefit, according to a study published online Jan. 3 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Cancer Mortality Rates Continue to Decline in the United States

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer mortality rates in the United States have dropped 25 percent since the early 1990s, according to a new report published online Jan. 5 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

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