Medical Professional Liability Claims and Esophageal Cancer Screening

An analysis of liability claims related to esophageal cancer screening finds that the risks of claims arising from acts of commission (complications from screening procedure) as well as acts of omission (failure to screen) are similarly low, according to a study in the October 1 issue of JAMA.

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association|30-Sep-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Study Compares Long-Term Outcomes for Types of Aortic Valve Replacements

Among patients ages 50 to 69 years who underwent aortic valve replacement with bioprosthetic (made primarily with tissue) compared with mechanical prosthetic valves, there was no significant difference in 15-year survival or stroke, although patients in the bioprosthetic valve group had a greater likelihood of reoperation but a lower likelihood of major bleeding, according to a study in the October 1 issue of JAMA.

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association|30-Sep-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Use of a ‘Virtual Ward’ Model of Care Does Not Reduce Hospital Readmissions, Risk of Death

In a trial involving patients at high risk of hospital readmission or death, use of a virtual ward model of care (using some elements of hospital care in the community) after hospital discharge did not significantly reduce the rate of readmission or death up to a year following discharge, according to a study in the October 1 issue of JAMA.

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association|30-Sep-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Study Finds Acupuncture Does Not Improve Chronic Knee Pain

Among patients older than 50 years with moderate to severe chronic knee pain, neither laser nor needle acupuncture provided greater benefit on pain or function compared to sham laser acupuncture, according to a study in the October 1 issue of JAMA.

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association|30-Sep-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Many Women Receive Unnecessary Pap Tests

As many as half to two-thirds of women who’ve undergone hysterectomies or are older than 65 years report receiving Pap tests for cervical cancer, despite recommendations against it, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

– Health Behavior News Service|30-Sep-2014 2:00 PM EDT

At Dusk & Dawn: Scientists Pinpoint Biological Clock’s Synchronicity

Scientists have uncovered how pacemaker neurons are synchronized at dusk and dawn in order to maintain the proper functioning of their biological clocks. Their findings enhance our understanding of how sleep-wake cycles are regulated and offer promise for addressing related afflictions.

– New York University|30-Sep-2014 2:00 PM EDT

Novel Rose Bengal Formulation Obliterates Lesions in Patients with Deadliest of Melanomas

A formulation of the dye, rose bengal, which has been around for more than a century, has recently been shown to have promise in patients with cutaneous melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of the disease.

– Provectus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc|30-Sep-2014 1:05 PM EDT

Jewish Persecution's Economic Effects Linger, Study Finds

The effects of discrimination are long-lasting, both for the aggressor and the persecuted — passed through the years, consciously or not. Previous research has shown a striking historical persistence of anti-Semitic views, and, according to new research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, areas in which Jewish people historically were persecuted have lower stock market participation today.

– University of Chicago Booth School of Business|30-Sep-2014 1:00 PM EDT
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