News

Oct 21, 2020

Oncologists worldwide are preparing for a second wave of COVID-19. One of the major reasons to be prepared in advance is to avoid the distress of people with cancer who could no longer get to anyone on the phone, their medical visit was usually canceled and their radiotherapy session was postponed or modified, and chemotherapy postponed.

Oct 16, 2020

A new study shows three Michigan nursing homes limited the spread of the coronavirus within their walls after the first cases were diagnosed in that early peak state. The findings, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, could inform the ongoing effort to protect nursing home residents regionally and nationwide. All three nursing homes in the study went into the pandemic with a proactive, partnership-based approach to general infection prevention, with response plans already in place that paved the way for effective COVID-19 containment.

Oct 16, 2020

CMS announced the addition of 11 new services to the Medicare telehealth services list. The updated supplemental information clarifies to states, providers and other stakeholders which telehealth policies are temporary or permanent. It also helps states identify services that can be accessed through telehealth, which providers may deliver those services and the circumstances under which telehealth can be reimbursed once the PHE expires.

Journal Abstracts

Oct 15, 2020

Adam J. Singer et.al. conducted a review to describe their experience with 4,404 persons under investigation and explore predictors of ICU care and invasive mechanical ventilation at a New York COVID-19 epicenter. Persons under investigation for COVID-19 infection contribute significantly to the health care burden beyond those ruling in for SARS-CoV-2.

Oct 13, 2020

Liqun Zhou et.al. conducted a study to evaluate the diagnostic value of fluorescence in situ hybridization in bladder cancer. The researchers concluded that he sensitivity values of FISH for low and high grade bladder cancer were 82.6% and 90.1%, respectively (p = 0.002). fluorescence in situ hybridization is significantly more sensitive than voided urine cytology for detecting bladder cancer in patients evaluated for gross hematuria at all cancer grades and stages. Higher sensitivity using fluorescence in situ hybridization was obtained in high grade and muscle invasive tumors.

Oct 12, 2020

Amy S. Paller et.al. conducted a study to efficacy and safety of dupilumab + topical corticosteroids. The researchers concluded that Dupilumab + topical corticosteroids is efficacious and well tolerated in children with severe atopic dermatitis, significantly improving signs, symptoms, and quality of life in children aged 6-11 years with severe atopic dermatitis inadequately controlled with topical therapies. 

Recent Articles

Oct 16, 2020

CMS announced the addition of 11 new services to the Medicare telehealth services list. The updated supplemental information clarifies to states, providers and other stakeholders which telehealth policies are temporary or permanent. It also helps states identify services that can be accessed through telehealth, which providers may deliver those services and the circumstances under which telehealth can be reimbursed once the PHE expires.

Oct 16, 2020

CareFirst acquired the health plans intact so the 55,000 patients served by them may continue to see their network providers. The finalization of the acquisition and name-change is subject to regulatory approval and consent from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the State of Maryland. The acquisition adds to CareFirst's dominance in the Maryland Medicaid market. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Oct 16, 2020

Starting October 7, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said that hospitals would have 14 weeks to come into compliance. She described "ample opportunity" to do so, with multiple enforcement letters and technological support available before termination. Hospitals would also be required to report influenza data along with COVID-19 patient information, Health and Human Services.

Clinical Research

Jun 01, 2020

The purpose of this study is to find the most effective dose of radiation therapy to give to breast tumors in a shorter period of time, prior to standard partial mastectomy/axillary surgery.

Jun 01, 2020

This research study is being done to understand how patients with chronic cancer pain take their long-acting opioid medications and to develop an intervention to enhance cancer pain management.

Feb 27, 2020

Christopher G. Brennan-Jones et.al. identified specific strategies which have shown effectiveness in reducing workplace noise. These include implementation of stricter legislation and also stress upon the need for training in the proper use of earplugs and earmuffs so as to reduce noise exposure to safe levels. 

Feb 27, 2020

Christopher G. Brennan-Jones et.al. identified specific strategies which have shown effectiveness in reducing workplace noise. These include implementation of stricter legislation and also stress upon the need for training in the proper use of earplugs and earmuffs so as to reduce noise exposure to safe levels. 

Feb 27, 2020

Daniel G. Whitney et.al. conducted a study to determine prevalence of major noncommunicable diseases in young adults with pediatric-onset disabilities and compared it in adults without pediatric onset disabilities. The researchers found that young adults with pediatric onset disabilities showed an early onset of several noncommunicable diseases. They were contributors to global and national burden of disease and mortality.

Jan 31, 2020

This study investigates whether 1) Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) application using Super Floss can arrest and/or reverse initial interproximal caries on primary molars and 2) whether SDF applied with Super Floss is more effective in arresting or remineralizing initial interproximal lesion in comparison to SDF applied without Super Floss or fluoride varnish applied alone.

Jan 31, 2020

This is the first study where BAY1163877 is given to humans. Impact of the study is to evaluate if patients with advanced solid cancers show advanced clinical benefit under the treatment with the pan FGFR inhibitor. Patients (all comers) will receive the study drug treatment in a dose-escalation scheme (no placebo group) to determine the safety, tolerability and maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of BAY1163877.

Publications

Jun 26, 2020

In patients with previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), a once-daily oral regimen of ibrutinib and venetoclax was associated with deep molecular remissions in both bone marrow and peripheral blood, including in patients with high-risk disease, according to investigators in phase 2 CAPTIVATE MRD trial.

Jun 04, 2020

Georgios Tsakonas et.al. conducted a study to understand the alterations in gene expression in brain metastasis versus primary tumour as it may increase aggressiveness and impair therapeutic efforts. The researchers concluded  identified a unique gene downregulation pattern in brain metastases compared with primary tumours. This finding may explain the lower intracranial efficacy of systemic therapy, especially immunotherapy, in brain metastasis of patients with non–small-cell lung cancer. 

Jun 01, 2020

Advance in Cancer Prevention addresses all types of cancer, how cancer forms in the body, and their prevention. It focuses on Cancer Vaccines, Chemotherapy, Radioactive Iodine Therapy, Breast Reconstruction Surgery, Mammography, Chemoprevention, aromatase inhibitors, Scintimammography, Oncoplastic surgery, Sumoylation, Dietary Supplements, Cancer Screening, Cancer and Nutrition, Exercise and Cancer, Alternative Cancer Medicines, Stem cell transplants for cancer prevention, Naturopathic Treatments, Clinical Naturopathy, Cancer Prevention from nuts.

Jan 29, 2020

 

Applied Radiology publishes recent researchers, articles, abstracts, dialogues and discussions on Radiology. The articles are based on current concepts, studies as well as new breakthroughs in technology. Applied Radiology welcomes clinical review articles and radiological cases for publication.

Jan 29, 2020

This highly respected and frequently cited journal is a prime source of information in the area of fetal and neonatal research. Original papers present research on all aspects of neonatology, fetal medicine and developmental biology. These papers encompass both basic science and clinical research including randomised trials, observational studies and epidemiology.

Jan 29, 2020

Promoting rational therapy within the discipline of cardiology, the American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs covers all aspects of the treatment of cardiovascular disorders, particularly the place in therapy of newer and established agents. Via a program of reviews and original clinical research articles, the journal addresses major issues relating to treatment of these disorders, including the pharmacology, efficacy and adverse effects of the major classes of drugs; information on newly developed drugs and drug classes. 

Jan 29, 2020

Journal of Diabetes Investigation is the core diabetes journal from Asia; the official journal of the Asian Association for the Study of Diabetes. The journal publishes original research, country reports, commentaries, reviews, mini-reviews, case reports, letters, as well as editorials and news. The Journal of Diabetes Investigation includes aspects of prevention, treatment, as well as molecular aspects and pathophysiology.

Videos

Jul 17, 2020

As many as half of patients diagnosed with metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer will see their cancer spread to their brain. Though brain metastases, or "Brain Mets," are rare, they are exceedingly difficult to treat, so these patients experience poor outcomes. At this year’s ASCO meeting, Dr. Nancy Lin of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute presented promising results from the HER2CLIMB trial for these patients. In this video BCRF talks with Dr. Lin about her research focus, Brain Mets, and HER2CLIMB’s findings.

 

Jul 10, 2020

Watch Dr. Jamie Studts discuss the quality implementation of lung cancer screening and share his thoughts on optimizing community-based implementation.
 

Jul 03, 2020

 

This is a recording of the American Lung Association’s Lung Cancer Precision Medicine Summit which took place on June 18, 2020. Oncologists Dr. Erin Schenk and Dr. Ibiayi Dagogo-Jack discuss which precision medicine treatment is available for lung cancer patients and promising new research. Carly Ornstein, National Director of Lung Cancer Education, gives a high-level overview of precision medicine and discusses new resources.

Jul 03, 2020

Dr. Pasi Janne, Director of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology and Belfer Center for Applied Cancer Science, and colleagues discuss how COVID-19 is changing the screening, management, and treatment of thoracic cancer, including:

  • The impact on lung cancer screening
  • The role of telemedicine in caring for cancer patients
  • Managing clinical trials 

Case Studies

Oct 15, 2020

Rachid Attou et.al. presented a case of a45-year-old man was admitted to the Emergency Department with fatigue and muscular weakness. Soon after hospital admission, he developed “torsades de pointe” and was successfully resuscitated. The admission laboratory investigations had revealed a profound hypokalemia.  The diagnosis of liquorice-related pseudohyperaldosteronism was assessed by normal plasma aldosterone levels and low plasma renin activity.

Oct 14, 2020

Takeshi Ueda et.al. presented a case of an 83-year-old male patient with spontaneous pneumoperitoneum that probably occurred due to duodenal diverticulosis. He had stable vital signs and slight epigastric discomfort without any other signs of peritonitis. A chest radiograph and computed tomography showed that a large amount of free gas extended into the upper abdominal cavity. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy showed duodenal diverticulosis but no perforation of the upper gastrointestinal tract. He was diagnosed with spontaneous pneumoperitoneum, and conservative treatment was selected. His medical course was uneventful, and pneumoperitoneum disappeared after 6 months.

Oct 13, 2020

Cumhur Yesildal et.al. present a case of a 77-year-old male headed to the emergency department with complaints of acute abdominal pain and sudden onset of fatigue. The enhanced CT-scan performed and the horseshoe kidney with the ruptured aortic aneurysm seen. The cardiovascular and transplantation surgery team decided to perform explorative surgery.

Oct 08, 2020

Daniel Tran et.al. presented a case of  a 27-year-old female without any prior underlying immunodeficiency syndromes who presented with hemoptysis secondary to subacute invasive pulmonary aspergillosis and subsequently diagnosed with lymphoid interstitial pneumonia . CT chest demonstrated bilateral interstitial disease with patchy opacities and multiple large cysts and bullae. Diagnosis was confirmed histologically after surgical lung resection of the mycetoma containing cavitation.