November 2017 Briefing - Urology
Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Urology for November 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.
Mortality Up for Some Cancers in Urban-Dwelling Native Americans
THURSDAY, Nov. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Urban American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AIAN) with cancer have a significantly higher comorbidity burden, and have higher mortality for some cancers, according to a study published online Nov. 29 in Cancer Research.
Unapproved Drugs Identified in Androgen Receptor Modulators
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Products marketed as selective androgen receptor modulators and sold via the internet frequently contain unapproved drugs and substances, and the amount of active compound often does not match that listed on the label, according to a study published in the Nov. 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Many Seniors Have Not Discussed Avoiding Drug Interactions
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults report feeling confident that they know how to avoid drug interactions despite only 35 percent having spoken to someone about it in the past year, according to findings from the National Poll on Healthy Aging, published online Nov. 29.
Over 5 Percent of Incident Cancer Due to Diabetes, High BMI
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than 5 percent of all incident cancers in 2012 were attributable to diabetes and high body mass index (BMI), according to a study published online Nov. 28 in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
Patients Often Uncomfortable With Overlapping Surgeries
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- On average, patients are neutral toward or uncomfortable with concurrent or overlapping surgical procedures, according to a study published in the Nov. 15 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.
Clinician Denial of Patient Requests Impacts Satisfaction
TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Clinician denial of some types of tests requested by patients is associated with worse patient satisfaction with the clinician, according to a study published online Nov. 27 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Value-Based Payment Modifier Not Tied to Practice Performance
TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM) is not associated with performance differences between practices serving higher-risk and lower-risk patients, according to a study published online Nov. 28 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Less Frequent Biopsy May Be Option in Prostate Cancer Care
TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Biennial biopsies are an acceptable alternative to annual biopsies for men managing low-risk prostate cancer through active surveillance (AS), according to a research published online Nov. 27 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Sex, Race, Age Disparities in Survival for HPV-Linked Cancer
TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers, there are large disparities in survival based on sex, race, and age, according to a study published online Nov. 6 in Cancer.
Essay Adds to Discourse on Impact of Suggestive Jokes
MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seemingly benign, recurring patterns of joking around a single theme (joke cycles) can contribute to humorizing and legitimizing sexual misconduct, according to an essay published online Nov. 12 in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies.
New Workflows Have Potential to Address Provider Burnout
MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New solutions are needed to address burnout among health care team members, yet, in a catch-22 situation for health industry leaders, change fatigue contributes to burnout, according to a Vocera Communications report entitled In Pursuit of Resilience, Well-Being, and Joy in Healthcare.
Coffee Consumption Appears to Provide More Benefit Than Harm
MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Coffee consumption seems safe and is associated with reduced risk for various health outcomes, according to a review published online Nov. 22 in The BMJ.
History of Prior Cancer Common in Newly Diagnosed Patients
MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A substantial number of patients diagnosed with incident cancer in the United States have a prior history of cancer, according to a brief report published online Nov. 22 in JAMA Oncology.
Female Physicians' Spouses More Likely to Work
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Spouses of female physicians are on average more educated and work more hours outside the home than spouses of male physicians, according to a research letter published online Nov. 21 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
High Costs Associated With Physician Burnout, Attrition
TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians who are experiencing burnout are more than twice as likely to leave their organization within two years, and this is associated with significant economic costs, according to a report from the American Medical Association.
Certain Traits Tied to More HIV Tests in Transgender Individuals
MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Transgender individuals with certain characteristics, including a history of incarceration and self-referral, have more HIV tests, according to a short report published in Transgender Health.
Simple Checklist Can Identify Useful Clinical Practice Guidelines
FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A simple, easy-to-use checklist, the Guideline Trustworthiness, Relevance, and Utility Scoring Tool (G-TRUST), can identify useful clinical practice guidelines, according to a study published in the September/October issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.
Many Health Care Providers Work While Sick
FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than 40 percent of health care personnel (HCP) with influenza-like illness (ILI) work while ill, according to a study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
Force Analysis May Help Distinguish Surgeon Skill Level
FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Force-sensing bipolar forceps and force analysis may help differentiate surgeon skill level, according to a study published online Nov. 15 in JAMA Surgery.
High Levels of Burnout, Stress for U.S. Surgical Residents
THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Surgical residents have high levels of burnout, which is associated with high stress, depression, and suicidal ideation, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
Heterogeneity of PET/CT Imaging Phenotype Prognostic in mCRPC
THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) has heterogeneity in positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) imaging phenotype, which has clinical relevance, according to a study published online Nov. 9 in JAMA Oncology.
Health Care Experts in Favor of Patient Contribution to Notes
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Health care experts are supportive of OurNotes, an intervention in which patients and families co-produce medical notes with clinicians, according to a research letter published online Nov. 13 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Doctors Have Extra Two Weeks to Preview Performance Data
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians have two extra weeks to preview their 2016 performance information as a result of a mistake related to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Physician Compare online resource, according to a report published by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
ASCO Issues Statement Regarding Alcohol and Cancer
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Alcohol use is associated with certain types of cancer, and the risk of cancer can be reduced by strategies to prevent excessive use of alcohol, according to a statement published online Nov. 7 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Increases in U.S. Health Spending Tied to Health Service Price
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Factors including increases in health care service price and intensity are associated with increases in U.S. health care spending from 1996 to 2013, according to a study published online Nov. 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Drop in Proportion of Neonates With Long IV Therapy for UTI
FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- From 2005 to 2015 there was a decrease in the proportion of infants aged ≤60 days with a urinary tract infection (UTI) who received four or more days of intravenous (IV) antibiotics, according to a study published online Nov. 2 in Pediatrics.
Pricing Interventions Increase Sales, Intake of Healthy Foods
FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Pricing interventions seem to improve access to healthy food and beverage options with increases in stocking and sales of these items, according to a review published online Nov. 2 in Preventing Chronic Disease.
ACE Inhibitor, Statin No Benefit for T1DM, High Albumin Excretion
THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For adolescents with type 1 diabetes and high levels of albumin excretion, neither angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitors nor statins change the albumin-to-creatinine ratio over time, according to a study published online Nov. 1 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Driving Impairment Warnings Often Not Given With Rx Meds
THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Not all prescription drug users report receiving warnings about driving impairment, according to a study published online Nov. 1 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
CMS Launches Initiative to Examine Impact of Regulations
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched an initiative to examine which provider regulations should be discarded or revamped amid concerns that the regulations are reducing the amount of time that physicians spend with patients, according to an article published in Modern Healthcare.
Dry Mouth Common Medication Reaction in Older Adults
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In older adults, medication use is significantly associated with xerostomia and salivary gland dysfunction, according to a review published online Oct. 26 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.