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.
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.
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.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has set aside the most significant portions of the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) regulations on Association Health Plans (AHPs). The court's ruling invalidates regulatory provisions that sought to broaden the groups of employers that could be treated as if they were a single employer, allowing them to establish health plans that did not need to meet certain Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements.
The FDA announced proposing new amendments to key regulations regarding mammography facilities that would require these entities “to tell women more about how dense breast tissue can affect their health and increase their cancer risk.” These changes not only enhance regulatory requirements but likely foreshadow increasing enforcement and communications from the FDA with regard to mammography services.
Due to severe Measles outbreak, an emergency was declared in Rockland County on March 27 and in New York City on April 9. Following this, new guidelines have been issued to combat the outbreak. One of the main highlights of these guidelines include exclusion of infected people from indoor as well as outdoor public places for a period of 21 days.
According to results of a large observational cohort study, children with mother's having a history of Gestational Diabetes are at two times more risk of developing Type 1 DM by 22 years of age. This study stresses upon the need for evaluating every child with positive history of Gestational Diabetes in mother showing suspected symptoms of Diabetes.