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July 2013 Briefing - Hematology & Oncology

Thursday, August 1, 2013 (Last Updated: 08/02/2013)

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Hematology & Oncology for July 2013. 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.

Treatment Beneficial in Smoldering Multiple Myeloma

WEDNESDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with smoldering multiple myeloma, treatment with lenalidomide plus dexamethasone correlates with delayed progression and improved survival, according to a study published in the Aug. 1 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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HIV-Associated Lymphoma Characterized As Heterogeneous

WEDNESDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) -- HIV-associated lymphoma is highly heterogeneous in the current treatment era, but mortality has remained steady, according to a study published online July 26 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Health 'Mutual Accountability' Pilot Program Launching

WEDNESDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) -- The State of Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services has chosen MedEncentive to conduct a three-year heath improvement program pilot among HealthChoice beneficiaries.

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Surgery Not Needed With All Abnormal Breast Lesions

WEDNESDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) -- Women with atypical lobular hyperplasia (ALH) or lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) biopsy findings can be safely observed when careful radiologic-pathologic correlation for concordance is established, according to research published online July 30 in Radiology.

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OK to Continue Aspirin Therapy Up to Pancreatic Surgery

WEDNESDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) -- Patients on aspirin therapy do not have higher rates of perioperative bleeding, transfusion, or major procedure-related complications following elective pancreatic surgery, according to research published online July 26 in Surgery.

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Reversal of Medical Practices Common Over Past Decade

TUESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- Over 100 contemporary medical practices have subsequently been reversed over the last 10 years, according to a review published online July 22 in Mayo Clinical Proceedings.

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Addition of Tomosynthesis to Mammography Cuts Recall Rate

TUESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- For patients presenting for screening mammography, the addition of tomosynthesis is associated with reduced recall rates for all breast densities and patient ages, according to a study published online July 30 in Radiology.

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Aids Help Decision Making for Prostate Cancer Screening

TUESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- A print and web-based decision aid helps men with their decision making about prostate cancer screening, but does not affect screening rates, according to a study published online July 29 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Review Explores HPV Link to Higher Risk of Esophageal Cancer

TUESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- The presence of human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA is associated with a three-fold higher risk of esophageal cancer, according to a study published online July 24 in PLOS ONE.

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USPSTF: Low-Dose CT Screening Benefits Smokers

MONDAY, July 29 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) finds that low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening is associated with reductions in lung cancer and all-cause mortality for high-risk smokers. This Recommendation Statement is based on an evidence review published online July 30 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Benzene Proximity Linked to Increased Lymphoma Risk

MONDAY, July 29 (HealthDay News) -- Proximity to benzene release sites in metropolitan areas of Georgia are associated with an increased risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, according to a study published online July 29 in Cancer.

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ASCO Issues Recommendations for Promoting Tobacco Control

MONDAY, July 29 (HealthDay News) -- The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has updated the 2003 recommendations on tobacco cessation and control; the policy statement has been published online July 29 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Review Explores Link Between Family History and Cancer Risk

FRIDAY, July 26 (HealthDay News) -- A review of family cancer histories indicates that several potential cancer syndromes exist among close relatives, possibly indicating the presence of genetic factors influencing multiple cancer sites, according to research published online July 24 in the Annals of Oncology.

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Taller Postmenopausal Women at Higher Risk for Cancer

THURSDAY, July 25 (HealthDay News) -- For postmenopausal women, height is positively associated with risk of all cancers and risk of specific cancers at numerous sites, according to research published online July 25 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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Evidence Grows for Benefits of 'Prehab' in Cancer Patients

THURSDAY, July 25 (HealthDay News) -- The goal of cancer prehabilitation, involving health interventions between the time of cancer diagnosis and the beginning of acute therapy, is to reduce the incidence and severity of anticipated treatment-related impairments, according to research published in the August issue of the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

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IOM Confirms Geographic Variation in Health Spending

THURSDAY, July 25 (HealthDay News) -- Considerable geographic variation exists in health care spending and utilization, but a geographically-based value index is unlikely to promote value improvement, according to a report published July 24 by the Institute of Medicine.

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Breast CA Nodal Mets More Common With Certain Mutations

THURSDAY, July 25 (HealthDay News) -- Lymph node metastases are more common in breast cancers with mutations in a cellular signaling pathway associated with growth, according to a study published online July 24 in JAMA Surgery.

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Efforts to Decrease Prostate CA Imaging Effective in Sweden

THURSDAY, July 25 (HealthDay News) -- Among Swedish men diagnosed with prostate cancer, imaging use has decreased over a 10-year period, particularly among low-risk patients, according to a study published online July 13 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Screening Mammogram Recall Rates Vary by Practice Site

THURSDAY, July 25 (HealthDay News) -- Patient population factors likely contribute to higher mammogram recall rates at an academic hospital site versus a community office practice employing the same radiologists, according to a study published in online July 24 in Radiology.

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Docs Need to Follow Patients' Lead, Embrace Social Media

WEDNESDAY, July 24 (HealthDay News) -- As more patients discuss and manage their health care online, doctors need to keep up and use social media, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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HPV Vaccine Effective Against Oral Infections

WEDNESDAY, July 24 (HealthDay News) -- The bivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) 16/18 vaccine is effective against oral infection, according to a study published online July 17 in PLOS ONE.

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U.S. Physicians Not Supportive of Changes in Payment Models

TUESDAY, July 23 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. physicians accept some responsibility for reducing health care costs in their practice, but most do not want to change payment models, according to research published in the July 24/31 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Breast Cancer Survival for Blacks Unchanged Since 1991

TUESDAY, July 23 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer survival for black women diagnosed in the last two decades has not changed, and appears to be lower than breast cancer survival for white women due to presentation characteristics at diagnosis rather than treatment differences, according to a study published in the July 24/31 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Clinical Trial Results for Cancer Drugs Often Not Published

TUESDAY, July 23 (HealthDay News) -- Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act requires publication of the results of completed trials of cancer drugs conducted in the United States, results for almost half of the studies have not been made publicly available three years later, according to research published online July 22 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Pros and Cons of Electronic Cigarette Regulation Discussed

TUESDAY, July 23 (HealthDay News) -- The pros and cons of electronic cigarette (EC) regulation are discussed in to two editorials published online July 23 in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

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Dietary Fiber Intake Linked to Reduced Gastric Cancer Risk

MONDAY, July 22 (HealthDay News) -- Dietary fiber intake is inversely associated with gastric cancer risk and is likely independent of conventional risk factors, according to a meta-analysis published in the July issue of Gastroenterology.

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Premiums Expected to Be About 20 Percent Lower in 2014

MONDAY, July 22 (HealthDay News) -- Premiums in the Health Insurance Marketplace are likely to be about 20 percent lower than anticipated in 2014, according to a report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Tablets Help Physicians Keep Up With Medical Research

MONDAY, July 22 (HealthDay News) -- Most physicians find keeping up with the latest research to be challenging, but the use of tablets and smartphones may help, according to a report published by Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Lifestyle Factors Linked to Less Aggressive Prostate Cancer

FRIDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) -- Adherence to lifestyle recommendations intended to reduce the risk of cancer generally is associated with a lower risk of highly aggressive prostate cancer in men newly diagnosed with the disease, according to a study published online July 16 in Nutrition and Cancer.

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Pre-Op Anemia Tied to Adverse Outcomes in Elective Spine Sx

FRIDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) -- Preoperative anemia is significantly associated with adverse perioperative and postoperative outcomes following elective spine surgery, according to a study published in the July 1 issue of Spine.

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Missed Diagnoses, Med Errors Most Common Malpractice Claims

FRIDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) -- The most common medical misadventures resulting in malpractice claims in primary care are missed or delayed diagnoses and medication errors, according to a review published online July 18 in BMJ Open.

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Decision Aid Reduces Conflict in Breast Cancer Treatment

FRIDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) -- Chinese women considering surgery for breast cancer have less decisional conflict and subsequent regret if they receive an educational take-home booklet to involve them in decision making, according to a study published online July 8 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Top Challenges for Docs Include Financial Management

FRIDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) -- The top issues and challenges facing physicians include managing changing reimbursement models with payors and financial management, according to a report published by Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Quality-of-Life Tools Underused by Prostate Cancer Docs

FRIDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of radiation oncologists and urologists in the United States use prostate cancer nomograms, but only about one-quarter use quality-of-life and life-expectancy prediction instruments, according to a study published in the June issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Many Children With Melanoma Do Not Meet ABCDE Criteria

THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- A considerable proportion of children with melanoma do not present with conventional melanoma detection criteria (asymmetry, border irregularity, color variegation, diameter >6 mm, and evolution [ABCDE]), according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Intelligent Knife IDs Tumor Biochemistry During Resection

THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing tumor resection, the coupling of rapid evaporative ionization mass spectrometry (REIMS) with electrosurgery, an approach known as the intelligent knife (iKnife), has been validated as an intraoperative approach to accurately identify tissue, according to a study published in the July 17 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

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In 2010, Racial Discrepancy in Life Expectancy 3.8 Years

THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- In 2010, the discrepancy in life expectancy between blacks and whites was 3.8 years, according to a July data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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Radium-223 Prolongs Survival in Metastatic Prostate Cancer

WEDNESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- Radium-223 dichloride (radium-223), an alpha emitter with bone-seeking properties, is superior to placebo when used in combination with best standard of care in men with castration-resistant prostate cancer and bone metastases, according to a study published in the July 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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CT Screens Prevent Few Deaths in Those at Low Risk of Lung Cancer

WEDNESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- The relatively greatest number of deaths from lung cancer is prevented when screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT) is targeted to those at highest risk, according to research published in the July 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Collecting Employee Wellness Data Can Up Screening Rates

WEDNESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- Higher participation in health risk assessments (HRAs) among employee wellness program (EWP) members may improve cancer screening rates, according to research published online July 11 in Preventing Chronic Disease.

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Financial Incentives Can Drive Health IT Adoption

WEDNESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- Financial incentives can drive providers' adoption of health information technology, including e-prescribing, according to a study published in the July issue of Health Affairs.

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Low-Dose Aspirin May Reduce Women's Colorectal Cancer Risk

WEDNESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- In healthy women, long-term use of alternate-day, low-dose aspirin may reduce the risk for colorectal cancer, according to a study published in the July 16 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Prostate Cancer Treatment Linked to Kidney Injury

TUESDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- Among men with non-metastatic prostate cancer, treatment with androgen deprivation therapy is associated with an increased risk of developing acute kidney injury, according to a study published in the July 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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CMS Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Could Benefit Docs

TUESDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released the 2014 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule, which could help create a more equitable payment system by adjusting misvalued codes and proposing new complex management codes, according to a report published by American Academy of Family Physicians.

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Redesign of Medical Education Needed for Chronic Disease Era

TUESDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- Medical education programs should be redesigned to address the current complex chronic disease era, with emphasis on appropriate basic sciences and clinical skills, according to a special communication published online July 15 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Improvements Made to CMS Online Directory of Physicians

TUESDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has reworked and redesigned their online directory of physicians (Physicians Compare) after errors were discovered throughout the site.

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Telephone Intervention Ups Colorectal Cancer Screening

TUESDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- A telephone outreach intervention delivered by Medicaid managed care organization (MMCO) staff can increase rates of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening among women overdue for screening, according to a study published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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In U.K., Experts Call for HPV Vaccination for Young Gay Men

TUESDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- In the United Kingdom, young men who have sex with men (MSM) should be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) infection to reduce their risk of developing anal cancer, according to an editorial published in the August issue of Sexually Transmitted Infections.

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EHRs May Slow Growth in Ambulatory Health Care Costs

MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- Adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) modestly slows growth in ambulatory health care costs, according to research published in the July 16 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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More Job Opportunities Available for Physicians

MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of physicians are receiving up to three employment solicitations per week, according to a report published by American Medical Association (AMA).

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Index CRC Tumor Site Impacts Increased CA Risk for Survivors

MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- The location of index colorectal cancer (CRC) affects the incidence of second cancer after CRC, according to a study published online July 15 in Cancer.

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CMS Proposes New Rule for Outpatient Payment Policies

MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- A new rule proposes updating Medicare payment policies and rates for the hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and ambulatory surgical center (ASC) services, according to a report issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Linked to Risk of Prostate Cancer

FRIDAY, July 12 (HealthDay News) -- High blood concentrations of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) are linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer, according to research published online July 10 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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FDA Approves Gilotrif for Late-Stage Lung Cancer

FRIDAY, July 12 (HealthDay News) -- The drug Gilotrif (afatinib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat spreading cases of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) caused by certain gene mutations, the agency said Friday.

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Physicians Frustrated by Third-Party Interference

FRIDAY, July 12 (HealthDay News) -- Third-party interference is the most commonly cited key frustration for physicians, according to the results of a survey published in Physicians Practice.

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Men Still Want PSA Testing Despite Guidance, Risks

FRIDAY, July 12 (HealthDay News) -- The October 2011 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation advising against prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing may be met with resistance by men, according to a study published online July 9 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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AMA Offers Guidance for Improving EHR Effectiveness

FRIDAY, July 12 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates has voted for policies to help physicians navigate patient interaction while using electronic devices and to improve the interoperability of electronic health records (EHRs).

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Grants of $150 Million for Community Health Centers

THURSDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- Grants totaling $150 million are to be shared by 1,100 community health centers to help enroll patients in insurance programs, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Health Searches May Be Leaked to Third Parties

THURSDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- Free health-related websites often have third-party tracking elements and leak search terms to third-party tracking entities, unlike U.S. government or physician-oriented websites, according to a research letter published online July 8 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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U.S. Adults Value Health Care Provider Skill Evaluation

THURSDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- Most adults feel that health care providers who treat them should adhere to a recertification program, including passing examinations, attending educational programs, and undergoing certification, regardless of time in practice, according to a report published by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) and the Citizen Advocacy Center.

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Docs Don't Often Talk to Patients About Dietary Supplements

THURSDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- Although primary care physicians are discussing dietary supplements with patients during outpatient visits, these exchanges happen infrequently, according to research published in the June issue of Patient Education and Counseling.

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One in Five U.S. Adults Will Have Trouble Paying Medical Bills

THURSDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- About one in five U.S. adults will have problems paying health care bills in 2013, including about 10 million adults with year-round insurance coverage, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood Donors

THURSDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- The American Red Cross has issued an emergency request for blood and platelet donors of all blood types, according to report posted July 9.

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Quality Metrics Play Small Role in Physician Compensation

THURSDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- Quality measures play a small but emerging role in physician compensation, according to a report published by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

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In 2010, Blood Transfusion Most Frequent Hospital Procedure

THURSDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- The most frequent procedure performed during hospitalization in 2010 was blood transfusion, which was common among all age groups except for infants, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

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Prevalence of Oral HPV Infection Low in Healthy Men

WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Newly acquired oral infections with oncogenic human papilloma virus (HPV) are rare, and infections typically clear within a year, according to a study published online July 2 in The Lancet.

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Inverse Relationship for Cancer, Alzheimer's Dementia

WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- There seems to be an inverse relationship in the incidence of cancer and Alzheimer's disease (AD) dementia, with a reduced risk of cancer for those with AD dementia, and vice versa, according to a study published online July 10 in Neurology.

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Existing Medicaid Patients May Miss Out on Preventive Care

WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Existing Medicaid enrollees may not receive preventive care measures the Affordable Care Act mandates for those covered under new insurance requirements, according to a study published in the July issue of Health Affairs.

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Chronic Illness Positively Linked to Receipt of Preventive Care

WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with one or more chronic illnesses are not less likely to receive recommended preventive health services, according to a study published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Health Insurance Marketplaces Not Required to Verify Claims

WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Health insurance marketplaces will not be required to verify consumers' income and health insurance status and can rely on self-reported information, the Obama administration announced Friday.

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Tablets More Useful Than Smartphones for Docs Using EHRs

WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Although tablets are less often used by physicians than smartphones, they are more frequently used for accessing electronic health records (EHRs), and time spent on tablets is much higher, according to two reports published by AmericanEHR Partners.

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Improvement Needed in Drug Post-Marketing Studies

WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Since the requirement in 2007 that drug makers conduct post-marketing studies, the number of studies not yet started has declined while the number of studies fulfilling obligations has nearly doubled, according to a report published in the July 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, more than 40 percent of studies had not yet been started in 2011, and the number of studies with delays doubled as of 2011.

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Improvements Noted in U.S. Health From 1990 to 2010

WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- From 1990 to 2010, considerable progress has been made in improving health in the United States, according to a report published online July 10 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Particulate Air Pollutants Linked to Lung Cancer Risk

WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Particulate air pollutants are associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, particularly adenocarcinoma, and both gaseous and particulate pollutants are linked to heart failure hospitalization and mortality, according to two studies published online July 10 in The Lancet Oncology and The Lancet.

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Soy Supplement Doesn't Cut Prostate Cancer Recurrence

TUESDAY, July 9 (HealthDay News) -- For men at high risk of biochemical recurrence after radical prostatectomy, daily consumption of a soy protein supplement is not associated with a reduction in the risk of recurrence, according to a study published in the July 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Digital Divide Plagues Underserved Areas

TUESDAY, July 9 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic health record (EHR) adoption is uneven, with traditionally underserved areas having lower adoption rates across the United States, according to a study published online June 26 in Health Services Research.

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ASCO Urges Breast Cancer Chemoprevention Discussion

TUESDAY, July 9 (HealthDay News) -- Health care providers are encouraged to discuss chemoprevention as a clinical option with women at increased breast cancer (BC) risk, according to a newly updated American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) clinical practice guideline published online July 8 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Adoption of Electronic Health Records Is Progressing

TUESDAY, July 9 (HealthDay News) -- In 2012, 44 percent of hospitals reported having at least a basic electronic health record (EHR), according to an annual report published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Most Men Report No Shared Decision Making in PSA Screening

MONDAY, July 8 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly two-thirds of men report an absence of shared decision making related to prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening, according to a study published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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Black Men Less Likely to Have Advanced Neoplasia at Screening

MONDAY, July 8 (HealthDay News) -- Although blacks are more likely than whites to be diagnosed with and die from colorectal cancer, black men are less likely to have advanced colorectal neoplasia (ACN) at screening, according to a study published in the July 2 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Practices Are Not Ready for Implementation of ICD-10

MONDAY, July 8 (HealthDay News) -- Most practices are not ready for implementation of the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10), according to a report published by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

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Effective Dose of Radiation From Airport Scanners Is Low

THURSDAY, July 4 (HealthDay News) -- The average effective dose of radiation from a single-pose, two-sided scan with an X-ray backscatter system used for screening airport passengers is about 11.1 nSv, according to a report published by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

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Ice Pops Can Cause False-Positive Galactomannan Test

WEDNESDAY, July 3 (HealthDay News) -- A case of a false-positive serum aspergillus antigen (galactomannan) test in a patient who underwent a stem-cell transplant and ate flavored ice pops is described in a letter published in the July 4 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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More Than 40 Percent of Docs Report Work Dissatisfaction

WEDNESDAY, July 3 (HealthDay News) -- Many physicians are dissatisfied and are unlikely to recommend the medical profession to young people, according to a report published by Jackson Healthcare.

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Obama Administration: ACA's Employer Mandate Delayed

WEDNESDAY, July 3 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama Administration is postponing a major Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision, the employer mandate, according to an announcement made Tuesday via the U.S. Department of the Treasury website.

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Post-Breast Cancer, Metformin Has No Effect on Mortality

TUESDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- For older women with diabetes and breast cancer, there is no association between metformin use and all-cause or breast cancer-specific mortality, according to a study published online April 30 in Diabetes Care.

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Progestin Tx Reasonably Effective for Early Endometrial Cancer

TUESDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- Conservative management with oral progestin can be a reasonable treatment option for many patients with stage 1A endometrial cancer, according to research published in the July issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Docs Impact Comparative Effectiveness Research Opinion

TUESDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors' support of comparative effectiveness research (CER) influences public opinion and has a greater impact on public opinion than cues from political players, according to research to be published this fall in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.

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Red Meat Intake Prediagnosis Ups Risk of Death in Colorectal Cancer

TUESDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- Self-reported higher intake of red and processed meat before the diagnosis of colorectal cancer is associated with increased risk of death, according to research published online July 1 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Long-Term Night Shift Work Ups Likelihood of Breast Cancer

TUESDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- Prolonged night shift work (for 30 years or more) is associated with a significantly increased likelihood of breast cancer, according to a study published online July 1 in Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

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