Healthcare Delivery

How Patient Descriptors Influence Racial Bias in the Electronic Health Record

January 25th 2022, 7:17pm


On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we speak with Michael Sun, a medical student at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago, who served as first author of a Health Affairs study showing that race and bias were significantly associated with negative patient descriptors in the electronic health record.

Dr Aaron Lee: AI in Ophthalmology Comes With Important Caveats

January 25th 2022, 4:00pm


Aaron Lee, MD, an associate professor of ophthalmology at the University of Washington, discusses some limitations of artificial intelligence (AI) in the ophthalmology field.

What We're Reading: Ineffective COVID-19 Drugs; Panel Advises Fourth Dose in Israel; Physician Mental Health Amid Pandemic

January 25th 2022, 3:30pm


FDA significantly restricts the use of 2 COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatments ineffective against the Omicron variant; an expert panel advises the Israeli government to offer a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose to adults; there was a substantial increase in visits for mental health and substance abuse among physicians with no prior history during the pandemic.

Dr David R. Stukus on Eosinophilic Esophagitis Guidelines and the Pattern of Disease

January 24th 2022, 8:15pm


David R. Stukus, MD, FACAAI, of Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and a board member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, discusses guidelines for eosinophilic esophagitis, as well as some disease patterns that may occur.

Genomic Profiling Uncovers Mutations More Enriched in Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer

January 24th 2022, 6:30pm


Findings presented at the 2022 ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium showed no significant differences in tissue and plasma genomic profiles of patients with early-onset and late-onset colorectal cancer, but a greater enrichment of the BRCA1 and PTEN mutations were noted in the tissue of those with early-onset disease.

Study Finds High Polypharmacy Rates Among Those With History of Depression

January 24th 2022, 6:30pm


Results of a study carried out in Iran found those with a recent history of depressive disorders were more likely to suffer from polypharmacy, or taking 5 or more medications concurrently.

Questionnaires, PEF Identify COPD in Patients in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

January 24th 2022, 4:00pm


The screening tools were found to be feasible measurements and took just 7.6 minutes to complete on average.

What We're Reading: Fully Vaccinated Designation; COVID-19 Infection, Infertility in Men; Faster, Cheaper Clinical Trials

January 24th 2022, 3:35pm


The CDC is working to change its definition of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19; a study finds that men who tested positive for COVID-19 showed a short-term decline in fertility; a nonprofit group of scientists seeks to optimize the clinical trial process and reduce cost.

Contributor: Empowering Endocrinologists With Technology for the Diagnosis, Management, and Treatment of NAFLD

January 23rd 2022, 2:00pm


In this column, an endocrinologist discusses the growing problem of liver disease and new options at their disposal, including vibration-controlled transient elastography.

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery With Medical Therapy Effective for Chronic Rhinosinusitis With Nasal Polyps

January 22nd 2022, 7:00pm


Patients with chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps were found to benefit more from the combination of endoscopic sinus surgery plus medical therapy vs medical therapy alone, although the minimal clinically important difference was not met.