Focus of the Week

March 09, 2020
The rules seek to end information blocking and give patients more control and choice over their data.
March 06, 2020
The authors said their study is the first to show that targeted treaments for patients with certain molecular alterations could be a possibility in pancreatic cancer. 
March 04, 2020
A study on data from the Women’s Health Initiative found good metabolic health and effective weight management can minimize diabetes risk in postmenopausal women. The study, published in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society, aimed to determine the relationship between metabolic weight categories with incident diabetes in postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79 years.
March 03, 2020
Improved sleep patterns were linked with potential risk reductions of heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular diseases, with additional associations found in helping women achieve and maintain a healthier body weight, according to preliminary research to be presented at American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions 2020.
March 02, 2020
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) has contributed to more US patient deaths than the next 60 reportable infectious diseases combined. The United States Preventive Services Task Force has issued updated guidelines on screening for HCV that account for the larger proportion of this patient group that now includes persons who inject drugs, as well as the shift from interferon-based therapy to regimens composed of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) medications.
February 28, 2020
Sleep duration among adolescents aged 9 to 11 was shown to influence elements of mental health, including depression, anxiety, impulsive behavior, and cognitive performance, according to study findings.
February 27, 2020
The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) released its final evidence report on acute treatments of migraine on February 25. The Institute’s last report on migraine treatment was released in 2018.
February 26, 2020
While there are similarities to the Oncology Care Model, the new model has features “that could have a substantial impact on practices that choose to participate,” the authors write.
February 25, 2020
Abbott recently announced a partnership with Insulet Corporation to integrate its glucose-sensing technology with an automated insulin delivery system for patients with diabetes. Specifically, Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre system will become compatible with Insulet’s Omnipod Horizon, in an effort to “offer personalized automated insulin delivery and care for people living with diabetes.”
February 24, 2020
Recommendations abound for when women at average risk for breast cancer should begin yearly mammography screening, ranging from age 40 to 50. Questions remain, however, on the optimal age at which to stop. However, with over 50% of women older than age 75 still undergoing mammography, is there a truly safe age at which to stop what has been shown to be a life-saving practice if it does not decrease their mortality from breast cancer?
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