September 2017 Briefing - Urology

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

Embezzlement Widespread in Medical Practices

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Embezzlement is widespread among medical practices, and knowing the warning signs is helpful for preventing it, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

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More Than 78 Percent of Health Care Personnel Receive Flu Shot

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than 78 percent of health care personnel (HCP) and 53.6 percent of pregnant women received influenza vaccination during the 2016-2017 influenza season, according to two studies published in the Sept. 29 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Optimal Length of Post-Op Opioid Pain Medication Rx Identified

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The optimal length of opioid pain medication prescription after common surgical procedures lies between the observed median prescription length and the early nadir, according to a study published online Sept. 27 in JAMA Surgery.

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Working With a Scribe Improves Physician Satisfaction

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Working with a scribe significantly improves physicians' overall satisfaction, satisfaction with chart quality and accuracy, and charting efficiency, according to a study published online Sept. 11 in the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Self-Reported Function IDs Post-Op Course in Elderly

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Self-reported function is more informative than frailty phenotype in predicting a negative postoperative course in older adults, according to a study published online Sept. 19 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Tibetan Yoga Improves Sleep Quality During Chemo

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Participation in a Tibetan yoga program (TYP) during chemotherapy results in modest, short-term benefits in sleep quality, with long-term benefits seen over time for those who practice at least two times a week, according to a study published online Sept. 20 in Cancer.

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Worker Contribution to Health Benefits Up in 2017

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In 2017, health benefits coverage remained stable, while workers faced considerable variation in costs, according to a report published online Sept. 19 in Health Affairs.

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Laser Tx Aids Genitourinary Symptoms of Menopause

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Use of a fractional carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is a safe and effective treatment for genitourinary symptoms of menopause (GSM), according to a study published online Sept. 7 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

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Few Older Patients Aware of Deprescribing

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of older patients are aware of medication harms, but far fewer understand deprescribing, according to a brief report published online Sept. 15 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Insurer Market Power Lowers Providers' Prices

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Insurers have the bargaining power to reduce provider prices in highly concentrated provider markets, according to a report published in the September issue of Health Affairs.

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General, Central Obesity Linked to Specific Breast Cancer Risk

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- General and central obesity are associated with breast cancer risk, with different effects on specific subtypes, according to a study published online Sept. 14 in The Oncologist.

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ACP Does Not Support Legalization of Assisted Suicide

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The American College of Physicians (ACP) does not support the legalization of physician-assisted suicide, a practice that raises ethical, clinical, and other concerns, according to a position paper published online Sept. 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Half of Repeat Antibiotics in Australia Extend Initial Rx

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Half of repeat antibiotic dispensings in Australia are used to extend the initial course, according to a study published online Sept. 11 in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research.

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New Link Seen Between Gene Fusion and Bladder Cancer

MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (FGFR3) transforming acidic coiled-coil containing protein 3 (TACC3) (FT3) gene fusion recruits endogenous TACC3 away from the mitotic spindle, resulting in errors in chromosome segregation in bladder cancer cells, according to a study published online Aug. 30 in Open Biology.

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Physicians Tweeting About Drugs May Have Conflict of Interest

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most physicians on Twitter with a financial conflict of interest (FCOI) and frequent tweets mention specific drugs for which they have a conflict, according to a study published in the September issue of The Lancet Haematology.

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Doctors Spend Almost Six Hours Per Day on EHR Tasks

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians spend almost six hours per day in the electronic health record (EHR), with 4.5 hours spent during clinic hours and 1.4 hours spent after clinic hours, according to a study published in the September/October issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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'Science Spin' Found Prevalent in Biomedical Literature

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Spin in biomedical literature (also referred to as "science hype") is prevalent, with trials having the highest and greatest variability in the prevalence of spin, according to a review published online Sept. 11 in PLOS Biology.

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Twenty-Seven Viruses Can Be Found in Human Semen

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Twenty-seven viruses can be found in human semen, according to a research letter published online Sept. 13 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Diseases.

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Study Details Humanitarian Surgical Care in Afghanistan

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Humanitarian surgical care (HSC) has been provided to local national civilians during the Afghanistan conflict, with 49.3 percent of patients treated for non-war-related (NWR) conditions, according to a research letter published online Sept. 13 in JAMA Surgery.

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AACR Releases 2017 Cancer Progress Report

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The age-adjusted U.S. cancer death rate decreased 25 percent from 1991 to 2014, which translates into 2.1 million fewer cancer deaths, according to an annual progress report published by the American Association for Cancer Research.

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Some Aspects of Empathy Improve During Medical Training

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Certain aspects of empathy improve during medical student training, according to a study published online Sept. 7 in Medical Education.

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Are Physicians Obligated to Help on Planes?

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Does being a physician carry a moral obligation to respond to calls for medical assistance on airplanes? That is the topic of an article published in the Sept. 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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'Modest at Best' Discriminatory Ability for CBC Test in Infants

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Complete blood cell count parameters at commonly used or optimal thresholds do not offer high accuracy in identifying invasive bacterial infections (IBIs) in febrile infants (≤60 days of age), according to a study published online Sept. 11 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Median Cost of Cancer Drug Development $648.0 Million

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The median cost of cancer drug development is $648.0 million, and revenue after approval is substantial, according to a study published online Sept. 11 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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AMA Joins Brief Seeking VA Coverage of Sex Reassignment Sx

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Several health care-related organizations have filed an amicus brief in support of veterans seeking a rule change that would amend or repeal the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) policy of not covering sex-reassignment surgery (SRS) for veterans with gender dysphoria, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Vaccine-Type HPV Rates Down for Unvaccinated Young Women

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- From 2009-2010 to 2013-2014 there was a decrease in the prevalence of vaccine-type human papillomavirus (HPV) among unvaccinated young women aged 18 to 26 years, according to a study published online Sept. 7 in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Budget Cuts Threaten Research on Antimicrobial Resistance

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Proposed budget cuts could seriously hamper efforts to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR), according to an article published online Sept. 4 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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No Difference in Toxicity for 6-, 2-Fraction HDR in Prostate Cancer

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For men with prostate cancer there is no difference in acute genitourinary or sexual dysfunction between 6- and 2-fraction high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy monotherapy, according to a study published online Aug. 29 in the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology.

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Universal Sequencing of Cancer Genes Ups Mutation Detection

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Universal sequencing of a broad panel of cancer-related genes is associated with increased detection of potentially clinically significant heritable mutations, according to a study published online Sept. 5 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Docs Should Be Aware of Family Beliefs Regarding Nondisclosure

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians should be aware of societal codes of conduct that affect family beliefs and behaviors regarding information disclosure to pediatric patients, according to a study published online Sept. 5 in JAMA Pediatrics.

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Re-Analysis Shows Screening Reduces Prostate CA Mortality

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Re-analysis of evidence suggests that screening does reduce prostate cancer mortality, according to a study published online Sept. 4 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Crosstalk Identified Between Adipose Tissue, Carcinomas

FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There is organ-dependent crosstalk between adipose tissue and carcinomas in various organs, according to a review published in the September issue of Cancer Prevention Research.

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Peri-Op Management Key in Surgical Resident Malpractice

FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The perioperative period appears critical in malpractice cases involving surgical residents, according to a study published online Aug. 30 in JAMA Surgery.

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