MRD? We’re Aware of It, Say Oncologists, But We Don’t Use It for Decisions

August 14, 2020 04:00am

Most oncologists in a recent survey said they lack the knowledge and data to use measurable, or minimal, residual disease (MRD) as a decision-making tool in the treatment of multiple myeloma.

Experts Argue COVID-19 Provides Opportunity to Implement Value-Based Care Practices

By Gianna Melillo

Neurofeedback for Pain Relief: Not Enough Data Yet, Review Says

By Allison Inserro

Short-Term, Higher Dose Acetazolamide Shown to Improve OSA, CSA

By Matthew Gavidia

Saliva May Be a Reliable Alternative to Blood for HIV Antibody Testing

By Maggie L. Shaw

Amid Effort to Shrink Cancer Disparities, Authors Say COVID-19 Will Widen Them

August 13, 2020

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As the American Society of Clinical Oncology calls for more aggressive efforts to bring equity to cancer care, authors in JAMA Oncology say COVID-19 is creating wider gaps.

What We’re Reading: Thousands Quarantined After In-Person School; Missed Vaccines Prompt Concern; CDC Warns of Fall Outbreaks

August 13, 2020

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Thousands have been told to quarantine after outbreaks in schools; children are missing scheduled vaccines; CDC's Robert Redfield, MD, warns of the worst fall in US public health history.

Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment Patterns and Costs Among Pharmacologic Treatment–Naïve Patients

August 13, 2020

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We present results of an analysis of IBM MarketScan databases that evaluates treatment patterns and health care costs for treatment-naïve patients with psoriatic arthritis.

Kaiser Study: Severe Obesity Boosts Risk of COVID-19 Death, Especially for the Young

August 12, 2020

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A study in Annals of Internal Medicine shows severe obesity presents a greater risk of death from COVID-19 than related factors such as diabetes or hypertension.

Is Heart Failure Care Affected by Socioeconomic Status? Danish Study Indicates Yes

August 12, 2020

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To reduce poor outcomes from heart failure care disparities, Danish researchers probed the link between individual socioeconomic factors and care quality for patients with reduced ejection fraction.

Fatigue Is Prevalent and Corresponds to Disease Severity in Asian Patients With Psoriatic Arthritis

August 12, 2020

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Most studies have evaluated PsA-associated fatigue in western populations. A new study has highlighted that PsA-associated fatigue is also prevalent in an Asian population and correlates with disease activity, impact, and chronicity.

How Can the COVID-19 Pandemic Enhance Value-Based Health Care Delivery?

August 12, 2020

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Given the constraints prevalent post-COVID-19, Dr Mark Fendrick, director of the University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, stresses that it is now more important than ever for the health care industry to prioritize payment reform, value-based benefit design, and novel policy initiatives.

Study Finds Bacterial Infections Linked to Coronary Heart Disease in Patients With T1D

August 12, 2020

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In individuals with type 1 diabetes (T1D), bacterial infections are associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease, according to a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine.