September 2015 Briefing - Hematology & Oncology

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Hematology & Oncology for September 2015. 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.

Negative Spiritual Belief Linked to Worse Health Outcomes

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Any degree of negative spiritual belief is associated with worse health outcomes, regardless of positive spiritual beliefs, according to a study published in the Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health.

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Nomogram Predicts Death, Recurrence With Thyroid Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new nomogram has excellent discriminatory ability and accuracy in predicting 10-year disease-specific death and recurrence for papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), according to a study published online Sept. 2 in Head & Neck.

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Abbreviated MRI Protocol Can Exclude Malignancy After Mammo

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An abbreviated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocol can exclude malignancy in women with suspicious X-ray mammography screening, according to a study published online Sept. 29 in Radiology.

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Some Oncologists Are Being Asked to Solicit Donations

TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some institutions are asking physicians to solicit donations from patients, although most physicians agree this could impact the physician-patient relationship, according to a study published online Sept. 28 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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ACP Issues Advice for Assessing Patients With Suspected PE

TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Best practice advice on diagnosis of suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) is provided for clinicians in clinical guidelines from the American College of Physicians (ACP). The guidelines were published online Sept. 29 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Computer-Aided Mammograms May Not Be Worth the Cost

TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Computer-aided detection added to mammography may not improve breast cancer detection, a new study contends. The findings appear online Sept. 28 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Eudaimonic Well-Being Tied to Ovarian Tumor Neuroeffector

TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Eudaimonic well-being is associated with lower tumor norepinephrine (NE) in women with epithelial ovarian cancer, according to a study published in the Oct. 1 issue of Cancer.

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Many Pulmonologists Under-, Over-Screen With LDCT

MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Almost half of pulmonologists have a propensity for over- or under-use of low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening for lung cancer, according to a study published online Sept. 14 in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

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No Specific Findings to ID Recurrence in Head and Neck CA

FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For patients treated for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), no definite index of symptoms or signs indicates local recurrence or second primary malignancy, according to a study published online Sept. 2 in Head & Neck.

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Age, Obesity Affect Gene Expression in Symptomatic BPH

FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Age and obesity affect gene regulation in men with symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia, according to a study published in the October issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Low D-Dimer Cut-Off Appears to Help Prevent Recurrent Events

FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Low cut-off levels used in the D-Dimer-Ultrasonography in Combination Italian Study (DULCIS) resulted in half the recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) events that would have occurred using other criteria in young patients at high risk, according to research published online Sept. 12 in the International Journal of Laboratory Hematology.

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Preoperative Breast MRI Use Increased From 2003 to 2012

THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- From 2003 to 2102 there was a significant increase in preoperative breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) use in women with breast cancer, according to a study published online Sept. 24 in JAMA Oncology.

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Subclavian Vein Catheterization Beats Jugular, Femoral Placement

THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For patients in intensive care units who need a catheter, placement in the subclavian vein appears to lower the risk of bloodstream infection and deep-vein thrombosis, compared to jugular or femoral placement, a new study finds. The report was published in the Sept. 24 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Adding Benign Breast Dz to Risk Model May Boost Preventive Care

THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Greater numbers of high-risk women eligible for primary prevention of breast cancer are identified by incorporating benign breast disease (BBD) diagnoses into the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC) risk model, according to a study published online Aug. 17 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Surveillance Beats Radical Nephrectomy for Small Masses

THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with small renal masses who have a radical nephrectomy are significantly more likely to experience up staging to a more advanced chronic kidney disease stage based on glomerular filtration rate ranges, compared to those undergoing partial nephrectomy, active surveillance, or cryoablation, according to a study published in the October issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Review Links Obesity to Increased Thyroid Cancer Risk

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity is associated with increased risk of thyroid cancer, according to a review published online Sept. 14 in Obesity Reviews.

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Health Insurance Deductibles Rising Faster Than Wages

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Health insurance deductibles have risen more than six times faster than American workers' average wages since 2010, a Kaiser Family Foundation report says.

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FDA Approves Lonsurf for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The combination pill Lonsurf (trifluridine and tipiracil) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat metastatic colorectal cancer in patients who aren't responding to other treatments, the agency said Tuesday in a news release.

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Intralesional IL-2 Promising for Cutaneous Melanoma Metastases

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with cutaneous melanoma metastases have excellent response to intralesional interleukin 2 (IL-2) administered concomitantly with topical imiquimod and a retinoid cream, according to a case series published in the October issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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IOM: Most U.S. Patients Will Experience Diagnostic Error

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new report commissioned by the U.S. government contends that most Americans will encounter at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime, sometimes with severe consequences for their physical and mental health.

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Medical Schools Teaching Students About Costs of Care

TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many medical schools are integrating discussions of cost, value, and effectiveness into their curricula, according to Kaiser Health News.

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Radiation Tx Impact Varies With Comorbidity in Prostate Cancer

TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For men with unfavorable-risk prostate cancer, the impact of radiotherapy (RT) versus RT plus androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) varies with comorbidity, according to a research letter published in the Sept. 22/29 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Hematologic Markers Predict Nasopharyngeal Cancer Survival

TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Pretreatment neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and platelet-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) may be predictors for survival in nasopharyngeal carcinoma, according to a study published online Sept. 11 in Head & Neck.

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Docs in Productivity Models Likely to Encounter Compensation Caps

MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians, especially those working in a productivity model, need to understand compensation caps, which are set at a specific percentile of national pay based on surveys, according to a report in Medical Economics.

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Regorafenib Deemed Not Cost-Effective for Metastatic CRC

MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Given its high cost, regorafenib provides little added benefit as a third-line treatment for metastatic colorectal cancer, according to a study published online Aug. 24 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Neutrophil/Lymphocyte Ratio Prognostic in Melanoma

MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with metastatic melanoma, neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR) before initiating ipilimumab treatment is an independent prognostic indicator of poor survival, according to a study published online Sept. 6 in the British Journal of Dermatology.

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Volunteer Doctors Need to Check Liability Coverage

FRIDAY, Sept. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians who volunteer their medical expertise should consider their legal risks, according to an article published online Sept. 3 in Medical Economics.

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Tai Chi Aids Physical Performance in Chronic Conditions

FRIDAY, Sept. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Tai chi has a favorable effect on physical performance in four chronic conditions, according to a review and meta-analysis published online Sept. 17 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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Mid-Morning May Be Best Time for Workday Break

FRIDAY, Sept. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Choosing preferred activities for a work break and taking a break earlier in the shift are linked to more resource recovery after a break, according to a study published online Aug. 10 in the Journal of Applied Psychology.

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2012 Office Visits 57% Higher for Women than Men, Ages 1864

FRIDAY, Sept. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In 2012 there were an estimated 301 physician office visits per 100 persons, with higher rates for females and adults aged 65 years and older, according to a September data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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Financial Toxicity Rife Among Patients With Multiple Myeloma

FRIDAY, Sept. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Insured patients with multiple myeloma frequently report financial toxicity and use of coping mechanisms, according to a study published online Sept. 16 in The Lancet Haematology.

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Novel Prediagnostic Biomarker ID'd for Non-Small-Cell Lung CA

FRIDAY, Sept. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Diacetylspermine is a novel prediagnostic serum biomarker for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to a study published online Aug. 17 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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EHR Triggers Cut Time to Diagnostic Cancer Evaluation

FRIDAY, Sept. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic health record-based triggers may cut time to diagnostic evaluation of colorectal and prostate cancer, according to a study published online Aug. 24 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Meta-Analysis Links Adiposity to Increased Risk of Meningioma

THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adiposity is associated with an increased risk of meningioma but not glioma, according to a meta-analysis published online Sept. 16 in Neurology.

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Panel Develops Criteria for Appropriate Use of PICCs

THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An expert panel has developed the Michigan Appropriateness Guide for Intravenous Catheters (MAGIC), according to research published in the Sept. 15 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Ipsilateral Breast Event Risk Higher Over Time With DCIS

THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The risks of developing an ipsilateral breast event (IBE) and an invasive IBE increased over time for patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) who were selected on the basis of favorable clinical and pathologic characteristics for surgical excision without radiation, according to a study published online Sept. 14 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Chemoradiation for Glioblastoma Takes Toll on Brain

THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Radiation and chemotherapy can cause structural changes in the healthy brain tissue of patients with glioblastoma brain tumors, according to a study published in the Aug. 25 issue of Neurology.

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'Epidemic of Diagnosis' in Thyroid Cancer

THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Advanced imaging technology has increased diagnosis rates of thyroid cancer over the past decade; however, nearly one-third of these cases involve people with low-risk tumors, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the September issue of Thyroid.

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Cancer Incidence, Mortality Lower Among Hispanics

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanics have lower cancer incidence and death rates than non-Hispanic whites, according to a study published online Sept. 16 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

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Complex Chronic Diseases Appear to Drive Frequent Admissions

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who are frequently admitted to U.S. academic medical centers are significantly more likely than other patients to have multiple complex chronic conditions, according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

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Oncology Care Often Received at Multiple Hospitals

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients receive surgical and medical oncology care from different hospitals, which is associated with higher costs, according to a study published in the Sept. 15 issue of Cancer.

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Voters Support More Federal Funding of Cancer Research

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly three-fourths of American voters support increasing federal funding for cancer research, according to the results of a new national survey conducted on behalf of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), which simultaneously released its fifth annual Cancer Progress Report to highlight progress in cancer treatments and survival.

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Risk of Colorectal Polyps Tied to Blood Pressure Medications

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Blood pressure medications may raise the risk of colorectal polyps, according to a study published online Sept. 10 in the Journal of Digestive Diseases.

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Women Less Likely to Be Full Professors Than Men

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In academic medicine, women are less likely to be full professors than men and have less startup funding than men, according to two studies published in the Sept. 15 issue of JAMA.

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H. pylori Linked to Increased Odds of Laryngeal Carcinoma

TUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is associated with significantly increased odds of laryngeal carcinoma but not pharyngeal cancer, according to a review published online Aug. 28 in Head & Neck.

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USPSTF Recommendations for Aspirin Use Vary by Age

TUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has concluded that the benefits and harms of low-dose aspirin for prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer vary by patient age. These findings form the basis of a draft recommendation statement published online Sept. 14 by the USPSTF.

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CDC Develops State-Level Chronic Disease Cost Calculator

TUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A chronic disease cost calculator (CDCC) has been developed to estimate state-level costs, according to a study published online Sept. 3 in Preventing Chronic Disease.

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miRNA-506 Affects Metastasis, Angiogenesis in Gastric Cancer

TUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- MiRNA-506 (miR-506) is involved in gastric cancer, inhibiting the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and suppressing angiogenesis, according to a study published online Sept. 8 in The American Journal of Pathology.

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Mediterranean Diet With Olive Oil Cuts Breast Cancer Risk

MONDAY, Sept. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil may reduce the risk of breast cancer, according to a study published online Sept. 14 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Ethical Framework Developed for Genomic Testing Results

MONDAY, Sept. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An ethical framework has been developed to guide the professionally responsible disclosure of results of genomic sequencing in pediatric practice. The guidance is presented in a special article published online Sept. 14 in Pediatrics.

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Residential Pesticide Exposure May Raise Childhood Cancer Risk

MONDAY, Sept. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For children, exposure to indoor insecticides is associated with an increased risk of childhood leukemia and lymphomas, according to a study published online Sept. 14 in Pediatrics.

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California State Assembly Approves Right-to-Die Bill

FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The California State Assembly approved a bill on Wednesday that would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending medications to patients expected to die within six months.

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For Pharma Reps, Access to Physicians Continuing to Drop

FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Physician access for pharmaceutical representatives is continuing to decline, with access restricted to some degree for more than half of physicians, according to an AccessMonitor survey published by ZS.

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Drug-Eluting Chemoembolization No Better for Hepatocellular CA

FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma, treatment with conventional chemoembolization is associated with improved outcomes versus drug-eluting beads transarterial chemoembolization, according to a study published online Sept. 2 in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Childhood CA Survivors Who Have Stroke at Higher Risk of Second

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Childhood cancer survivors who have had one stroke are at high risk for having another, according to a study published online Aug. 26 in Neurology.

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Vemurafenib Deemed Highly Effective in Hairy-Cell Leukemia

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with relapsed or refractory hairy-cell leukemia, a short oral course of vemurafenib is highly effective, according to a study published online Sept. 9 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Physician Re-Entry Program Set to Redress Physician Shortage

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An online educational program aims to help physicians get back to work and reduce the nation's physician shortage, according to an article published by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

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4% Increase in Population of Actively Licensed Physicians

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The total population of actively licensed physicians in the United States and the District of Columbia has increased by 4 percent since 2012, according to a report published in the Journal of Medical Regulation.

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Management, Treatment of Chronic Disease Up With ACA

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans are getting health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act, which may lead to many more people getting diagnosed and treated for chronic conditions, such as diabetes, a new study contends. The findings were published in the September issue of Health Affairs.

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Accelerated MD Program Doesn't Mar Academic Performance

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An accelerated baccalaureate (BA)/doctor of medicine (MD) program does not impair the academic performance of medical students, according to a study published online July 3 in Academic Medicine.

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'White Diets' Don't Adversely Affect Colonoscopy Preparation

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A diet of low-residue white foods the day before outpatient colonoscopies is preferred by patients over clear-fluid diets and does not negatively impact bowel preparation success or colonoscopy performance, according to a study published online Aug. 6 in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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EHR Vendors Not Adhering to Usability Certification Standards

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Among electronic health record (EHR) products, there is a lack of adherence to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) standards, according to a research letter published in the Sept. 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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ACP Supports Expanded Role of Telemedicine for Health Care

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Telemedicine can be beneficial, within the framework of an established physician-patient relationship, according to a position paper published online Sept. 8 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Behavioral Weight Loss Program Assists Breast Cancer Survivors

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For overweight/obese survivors of breast cancer, a behavioral weight loss intervention can lead to clinically meaningful weight loss, according to a study published online Aug. 17 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Metformin Linked to Lower Risk of Head, Neck Cancer

TUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Metformin is associated with a lower risk of developing head and neck cancer in patients with diabetes, according to a study published in the September issue of Head & Neck.

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Dual-Modality DRS-FS Discerns Tumor From Surrounding Tissue

TUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Dual-modality diffuse reflectance spectroscopy-fluorescence spectroscopy (DRS-FS) can differentiate tumor tissue from surrounding tissue in patients undergoing colorectal cancer resection, according to a study published in the September issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

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Social Distress ID'd in Minority of Colorectal Cancer Survivors

FRIDAY, Sept. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A minority of colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors experience social distress (SD), and having multiple long-term conditions is the strongest predictor, according to a study published online Aug. 17 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Suggested Response Provided for In-Flight Medical Emergencies

FRIDAY, Sept. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a review article published online Sept. 3 in the New England Journal of Medicine, guidance is offered for physicians providing emergency in-flight medical care.

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Irreversible Electroporation Promising in Pancreatic Cancer

FRIDAY, Sept. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Irreversible electroporation (IRE) in pancreatic cancer cells may improve survival rates for some patients, new research suggests. The findings were published in the September issue of the Annals of Surgery.

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Scope of Lymphadenectomy Not Tied to Esophageal CA Survival

FRIDAY, Sept. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing esophageal cancer surgery, the extent of lymphadenectomy seems not to influence all-cause or disease-specific survival, according to a study published online Sept. 2 in JAMA Surgery.

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Histologic Regression Tied to Lower Odds of SLN Positivity

FRIDAY, Sept. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with primary melanoma, the risk of sentinel lymph node (SLN) positivity is significantly lower for those with histologic regression, according to a review published online Sept. 2 in JAMA Dermatology.

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E-Cigarette Use Cuts Tobacco Smoke Toxicant Exposure

FRIDAY, Sept. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic cigarette (EC) use is associated with a decrease in tobacco smoke toxicant exposure in those who quit smoking, as well as in dual users, according to a study published in the September issue of Cancer Prevention Research.

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Agent Orange Tied to MGUS in Vietnam Vets

THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange have a more than doubled risk of developing monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), a new study suggests. The findings were published online Sept. 3 in JAMA Oncology.

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Addition of Glitazone to Chemo May Help Treat CML

THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with chronic myeloid leukemia who received a glitazone along with imatinib remained disease-free for up to nearly five years in a study published online Sept. 2 in Nature.

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Long-Term Remissions of CLL in First Personalized Cell Tx Trial

THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental therapy for chronic lymphocytic leukemia that uses a patient's own T cells (an approach known as CTL019) may cure some patients and prolong survival in others, researchers report. The study was published in the Sept. 2 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

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Imetelstat Deemed Active in Myelofibrosis, Thrombocythemia

THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Imetelstat, a 13-mer lipid-conjugated oligonucleotide that targets the RNA template of human telomerase reverse transcriptase, is active in patients with myelofibrosis and essential thrombocythemia, according to two studies published in the Sept. 3 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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More Male Breast CA Patients Having Both Breasts Removed

THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There has been an increase in the number of American men with cancer in one breast who have surgery to remove their cancer-free breast, according to a study published online Sept. 2 in JAMA Surgery.

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Mushroom Powder Shows Potential in Prostate Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with biochemically recurrent prostate cancer, treatment with white button mushroom (WBM) powder may reduce prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, according to a study published in the Sept. 1 issue of Cancer.

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FDA Approves Varubi for Chemo-Induced Nausea, Vomiting

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Varubi (rolapitant) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to prevent delayed phase chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.

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Older Cancer Patients Heavily Use Health Care Services

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) are intense users of health care services and rarely use palliative care and hospice services, according to a study published in the August issue of Cancer.

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CDC: Smoking Rate Falls to 15.2 Percent in the United States

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. smoking rate continues to decline, with 15.2 percent of adults reporting they're current smokers, down from 16.8 percent in 2014 and 17.8 percent in 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.

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Genomic Sequencing Benefits Some Childhood Cancer Patients

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For some pediatric cancer patients with relapsed or refractory cancer, extensive genetic analysis can open up new options, according to research published in the Sept. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Endoscopic Evaluation Advised in Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For elderly adults diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, endoscopic evaluation may be recommended even in the absence of gastrointestinal symptoms, according to a letter to the editor published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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