A new UCLA research suggests that one can save costs for patients and resources of hospitals by eliminating unnecessary procedures before cataract surgery. The researchers added when the doctors did not opt for chest X-rays, electrocardiograms and other preoperative procedures with no significant relation with Cataract surgery- the amount of money saved added up to $67,241 over a period of three years at a medical centre.
A new agent that can inhibit platelet aggregation for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke without causing bleeding has shown promising results in a recent study. The approach targets the GPVI protein on platelets, a mechanism completely different from those of any currently available antiplatelet drugs.
In a paper published in the journal Science Advances, a group of researchers describes the technique they developed for detecting the early stages of Alzheimer's disease in patients who have yet to exhibit symptoms. They report that their technique reliably distinguishes between diagnosed patients and those in a control group.
Practicing ADA member dentists recently reported which clinical interventions they believe require adjunct antimicrobial treatment, their preferred antibiotic to use in immunocompetent adults, and more. These dentists, from the ADA Clinical Evaluators (ACE) Panel, note that the key to successfully managing an infection of endodontic origin is proper root canal debridement accompanied by disinfection and abscess drainage when swelling is present.
The first fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) kinase inhibitor, erdafitinib, was approved by the FDA for adults with locally advanced bladder cancer with a FGFR3 mutation or FGFR2 fusion who have progressed despite platinum-based chemotherapy.
Researchers at Montefiore Medical Center observed that extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is gaining ground as a tool to rescue and manage adult patients with severe cardiac or respiratory failure who would otherwise likely die. Between 2006 and 2011, the use of ECMO has increased by more than 400%.
In patients with mild to moderate glaucoma and cataract, the second-generation iStent inject system, with two redesigned stents, reduces intraocular pressure (IOP) more than cataract surgery alone, according to results of a new pivotal trial. The most important finding is that the iStent inject, when done with cataract surgery, can improve the likelihood that unmedicated IOP is reduced by 20% or more compared to cataract surgery alone.
Healthy and uncomplicated lupus pregnancies have similar immune signatures that differ from those in complicated lupus pregnancies, researchers report. Women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) face an increased risk of pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia, fetal or neonatal death and fetal morbidity. Identifying women likely to experience such complications remains challenging.
The neuropeptide oxytocin blocks enhanced drinking in alcohol-dependent rats, according to a study led by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, and The Scripps Research Institute. Targeting the oxytocin system, the authors note, may provide novel pharmaceutical interventions for the treatment of alcohol-use disorder.
According to a new study by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the new rules for reimbursement are capable of providing a little relief to safety-net hospitals by shifting the burden towards wealthier patient populations. The new rules divide hospitals into five groups based on the proportion of their Medicare patients who are also enrolled in Medicaid.