Monthly Archives: July 2017

Insurers Begin Denying Payment for ‘Unnecessary’ ED Care

Second-guessing patients, emergency workers by Jesse Pines, MD July 26, 2017 In May 2017, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Georgia announced it will no longer cover “unnecessary” emergency department (ED) care, starting July 1. According to BCBS Georgia President Jeff Fusile, “…we have got to find a better way to do some of this… Read more »

The dirty (and dangerous) truth about doctors’ stethoscopes

by Joanne Finnegan |FierceHealth Jul 19, 2017 12:13pm While stethoscopes can transmit the same germs as unclean hands, none of the doctors in a recent study bothered to clean them between patients. And that was the case even after an educational intervention about the importance of stethoscope hygiene in preventing infections: Zero doctors wiped off… Read more »

Certain Antibiotics in First Trimester Up Risk of Major Birth Defects

Largest cohort study to examine risk by antibiotic class and type by Molly Walker, Staff Writer, MedPage Today July 19, 2017 Action Points • Several common types of antibiotics were linked both to major congenital and to organ specific malformations in infants when taken during the first trimester of pregnancy. • Note that exposure to clindamycin, doxycycline,… Read more »

Scientists Reverse Brain Damage in Drowned U.S. Toddler

Newsweek – Hannah Osborne,  July 19, 2017 Eden was submerged in 5 degree Celsius for 15 minutes and was unresponsive after being resuscitated. In what is believed to be a world first, scientists have reversed brain damage in a toddler that drowned in a swimming pool. Using oxygen therapy, scientists were able to restore her… Read more »

Artificial intelligence is transforming radiology, but it still can’t make human judgment calls

by Joanne Finnegan |FierceHealth Jul 18, 2017 11:53am Automation is expected to replace millions of jobs in the coming years, but it’s not just blue-collar workers in the crossfire. Technology is changing the way some doctors work, and that could result in lower demand for some specialties. As artificial intelligence expands into healthcare, radiologists will… Read more »

The One Universal Truth About Medicine

Communication is key, says Suneel Dhand by Suneel Dhand, MD July 18, 2017 There are many different theories out there about the direction that healthcare should go and what we need to be doing in the future. Passions run high, and peoples’ opinions vary wildly. It’s frequently difficult to find agreement on anything. There is,… Read more »

Behavioral Changes Effective for Most T2D Patients

But some patients in LOOK Ahead fared worse with intervention by Kristen Monaco, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today July 17, 2017 Action Points • Among a majority of patients with type 2 diabetes, intensive weight loss intervention reduced the risk of adverse cardiovascular outcomes. • Note that 14% of the study participants reported significantly worse outcomes following such… Read more »

Non-Invasive Ventilation Reduces Death from COPD Breathing Failure

Also reduces need for intubation, Cochrane reviewers find by Salynn Boyles, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today July 17, 2017 Action Points • Non-invasive ventilation is an effective treatment strategy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients hospitalized for acute exacerbation and hypercapnic respiratory failure. • Note that noninvasive positive pressure ventilation (NPPV) has been standard therapy for use in… Read more »

iMedicalApps: Apple’s Secret Personal Health Records Project

Can they succeed where Google and Microsoft failed? by Greg Von Portz July 17, 2017 After the high-profile failures of Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault, can tech titan Apple find a way to centralize personal health data, and could it solve medicine’s interoperability problem? CNBC reports that Apple is working in secret to develop a… Read more »