Research Desk

Jul 10, 2019

A research has pointed out that regular exercise can help in reducing the cardiac fat ratio in the obese but might not work well on both kind of fat around the heart. The study has given strong importance in motivating patients at risk of cardiovascular disease to engage in any type of exercise as a preventative measure. 

Jul 10, 2019

According to findings published in Pediatric Obesity following a regular diet and physical activity could help in reducing or even eliminate the adverse effects of maternal gestational diabetes on pediatric adiposity. The researchers added that this has given hope to parents with gestational diabetes i.e. instead of Diabetes being passed through generations they can break this vicious cycle by helping children by encouraging them to stay physically active. 

Jul 10, 2019

According to a study published online July 8 in JAMA Internal Medicine, Gastroenterologists who  received gifts or funds from drug manufacturers had a greater chance to prescribe biologics for IBD. The researchers came to this conclusion after finding an association between payments from the manufacturers of adalimumab and certolizumab to gastroenterologists and Medicare spending on these drugs.

Jul 10, 2019

According to a new report from Merritt Hawkins, radiology has become the most requested physican search assignment for the second time in two consecutive years. The average base salary has risen from  $387,000, up 4.3% from $371,000 in 2017/2018. The report added that while there will always be a demand of primary care physicians, need for specialists is still increasing to care for an older and sicker population.

Jul 10, 2019

A federal judge struck down the Trump administration’s rule that would have required drugmakers to include list prices for drugs in TV ads. Judge Amit P. Mehta of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia said that Congress did not give the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Social Security Act (SSA) the authority to compel drug price disclosure as a means to “introduce price transparency that will help improve the efficiency of the Medicare and Medicaid programs.”

Jul 10, 2019

This is a new regulation from California’s Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) will go into effect, and will require health care providers that engage in global risk arrangements to apply for a license or exemption from the DHMC. From July 1, an entity that assumes “global risk” must obtain a license to operate a health care service plan, or apply for an exemption. 

 

Jul 09, 2019

Three percent of ophthalmologists perform 17% to 31% of all anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) injections in the U.S., depending on the agent used, according to new findings. More important, the results are consistent from 2012 to 2015; the data suggest that publication of the CATT results had limited influence on anti-VEGF selection patterns.

Jul 09, 2019

A new Lewin Group analysis shows that comprehensive care in Joint Replacement Model  has shown to reduce average Medicare payments for hospitals and it is at a much greater rate as compared to the hospitals not taking part in the program. One of the reasons for decrease in payments was said to be because of shifts from more to less intensive post-acute care.  

Jul 08, 2019

A comprehensive, longitudinal study of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) that followed patients from the time of their diagnosis for an average of five years, has found that while a commonly used imaging linear contrast agent, gadodiamide, does accumulate in the brain early in the disease, there is no discernible clinical impact.

Jul 08, 2019

Primary care physicians trained in dermatoscopy can improve odds for early detection of melanoma while reducing the need for invasive biopsies, according to a study. Adequate training on dermatoscopy is available in a one- or two-day course but can be as minimal as a 12-hour online program. Physicians who cannot accurately differentiate benign nevi from a malignant melanoma must rely on biopsies to make the diagnosis. Having more physicians trained in dermatoscopy would reduce the costs associated with those medical procedures as well as patient discomfort.