Research Desk

Feb 20, 2019

According to a new clinical trial, patients with symptomatic femoroacetabular impingement showed more improvement with Arthroscopic hip surgery along with physiotherapy and activity modification. Amongst the pateints 51% of the surgery group reported clinically important improvement and only 32% showed improvement in physiotherapy group. 

Feb 20, 2019

Researchers assessed 120 candidates to estimate the independent relationship between gastric and oral Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) colonization and dental diseases. They noted 34.2% of individuals with gastric H. pylori and 5% with oral H. pylori. They concluded that the presence of gastric and oral H. pylori in cases with good oral hygiene and moderate socioeconomic status was not significantly related to periodontal diseases.

Feb 20, 2019

Excessive use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) appears to increase the risks of acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease among active younger and middle-aged adults, according to new study findings. 764,228 active-duty US soldiers (85.8% male; median age 27 years), 17.9% received 1 to 7 defined daily doses (DDD) of NSAIDs per month and 16.3% received more than 7. Over a median 2.4 person-years, 2356 cases of acute kidney injury (AKI) and 1634 new cases of chronic kidney disease (CKD) occurred.

Feb 20, 2019

A large clinical study shows that treating ICU patients with haloperidol or ziprasidone is no more effective than placebo at reducing the duration of delirium. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, asked whether patients might benefit from antipsychotics administered soon after developing delirium. The investigators found no significant difference between the patient groups on any clinical outcomes.

Feb 19, 2019

Forty-five states in the U.S. have now enacted laws that permit or require pharmacists to dispense an interchangeable biological product in certain situations. There are many similarities across these laws in order for the pharmacist to make a substitution, the biosimilar must be "interchangeable" with the prescribed biologic (as determined by FDA), and the pharmacist must provide notice to the patient and the prescriber.

Feb 19, 2019

The government of Abu Dhabi established a Strategic Partnership Council, a group made up of representatives from private and public hospitals who will workshop healthcare legislation before it can be issued. The Department of Health is the government entity responsible for issuing regulations and permits relating to healthcare in Abu Dhabi.

Feb 19, 2019

A new model for payment will allow participating ambulance suppliers for emergency ambulance services to partner with physicians and health systems in order to treat Medicare patients on the scene or through telehealth. This model will allow ambulance suppliers and providers to earn up to 5 percent payment adjustment over years. 

Feb 16, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released maintenance updates for several National Coverage Determinations (NCDs) to reflect recent code changes. It is essential for health care providers to review these policies to see how the code changes will affect coverage for services they provide to their patients.

Feb 16, 2019

Numerous human errors can compromise patient privacy, even with the best software and firewalls. Hence, no photographs of a patient should appear anywhere outside of his or her chart — for example, nothing should ever be posted on the practice's Website or newsletter, or on an employee's social media. This and many other pointers are included in this article that physicians should take note of.

Feb 14, 2019

Speakers who took part in pharma forum of HIMSS19 believe that Payers and pharma might be in early stages of collaboration. Even though there has been a rise in such types of agreement, there are still a lot of hurdles in legal compliance and considerations which further make data collection and linking difficult.