Health Care Providers & Specialties

Family Medicine SmartBrief

News for family physicians

Family Medicine SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: AAFP American Academy of Family Physicians

Kiosks can help improve practice management, consultant says

4/23/2014

  • MedPage Today (free registration)

Physician practices may be able to increase revenue and patient satisfaction by putting a self-serve kiosk in the waiting room, writes Rosemarie Nelson of the MGMA Health Care Consulting Group. A kios… Read More

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief

News for physicians caring for the seriously ill

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Get ready for your HMDCB Exam

4/22/2014

Prepare for your Hospice Medical Director Certification Board Exam with HMDC PREPTM. This 75-item multiple choice online practice test is based on the HMDCB Blueprint. It is available in study and tes… Read More

AANP SmartBrief

News for nurse practitioners

AANP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Statins may prevent progression of kidney cancer

4/24/2014

  • PhysiciansBriefing.com

An analysis of data on 2,608 patients with localized renal cell carcinoma found statin use was associated with a lower risk of disease progression after surgical treatment. The findings were published… Read More

AAP SmartBrief

News for pediatricians and other child health professionals

AAP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Academy of Pediatrics

Neb. governor signs autism coverage bill

4/23/2014

  • San Francisco Chronicle (free content)

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman on Monday signed into law a bill that would require insurers to cover treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder. The bill calls for up to 25 hours of covered the… Read More

American College of Cardiology Quality First SmartBrief (A Service of the PINNACLE Network)

Quality care news for cardiologists and other medical professionals

American College of Cardiology Quality First SmartBrief (A Service of the PINNACLE Network)

Published in partnership with: American College of Cardiology

Md. hospitals look at cutting readmission rates 6.8%

4/24/2014

  • American City Business Journals

Maryland officials said hospitals in the state will have to reduce readmissions by about 6.8% as part of a five-year plan with Medicare to lower rates to national levels. A state Health Services Cost … Read More

ANA SmartBrief

Nursing news and information

ANA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Nurses Association

Mild cognitive decline in old age linked to earlier death

4/23/2014

  • HealthDay News

Older people who showed mild cognitive or memory deficits were 80% more likely to die earlier compared with those without mental decline, researchers from Mayo Clinic found. Memory loss alone was asso… Read More

AOPA In Advance SmartBrief

News for the orthotics, prosthetics and pedorthics profession

AOPA In Advance SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association

3D-printed exoskeleton allows child to use arms

4/22/2014

  • People

Emma Lavelle, 4, who has a neuromuscular condition called arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, can now move her arms and manipulate objects, thanks to an orthosis called the Wilmington Robotic Exoskele… Read More

ASDS Skin Source SmartBrief

News for and about dermatologic surgeons

ASDS Skin Source SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

Study compares vitiligo treatments

4/22/2014

  • Healio (free registration)

Hair follicle transplantation and mini-punch grafting were similarly effective in treating patients with refractory, nonsegmental vitiligo in a 25-patient study. Mini-punch grafting is easier than tra… Read More

ASNC SmartBrief

Nuclear cardiology news

ASNC SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Society of Nuclear Cardiology

Report finds more specialist than primary care visits in 2013

4/21/2014

  • Modern Healthcare (free registration)

A report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics showed 51% of clinical visits in 2013 were to specialists' offices, up from 48% in 2011 and 49% in 2012. Researchers also noted a decline in pr… Read More

Animal Health SmartBrief

News for animal health professionals

Animal Health SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Veterinary Medical Association

Veterinarian studies intersection between gorilla and human health

4/22/2014

  • CNN

Veterinarian Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka has been studying mountain gorillas in Uganda for two decades, and she founded the nonprofit group Conservation Through Public Health in an effort to educate people… Read More

AWHONN SmartBrief

News on the health of women and newborns

AWHONN SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Association of Women's Health, OBG and Neonatal Nurses

Extremely obese women face high stillbirth risk in late pregnancy

4/22/2014

While obese women face an increased risk of stillbirth, that risk skyrockets in late pregnancy for extremely obese women, concludes a new study published online in the American Journal of Obstetrics &… Read More

DiabetesPro SmartBrief

News for diabetes health professionals

DiabetesPro SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Diabetes Association

Diabetes patients on Jenny Craig diets show better outcomes

4/23/2014

  • Reuters

Thirty-eight percent of overweight and obese type 2 diabetes patients who followed either low-fat or low-carb Jenny Craig diets lost 10% of their initial body weight at one year, compared with 9% of t… Read More

NANN SmartBrief

News for neonatal care professionals

NANN SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Neonatal Nurses

Chronic hypertension may increase risk of pregnancy complications

4/16/2014

  • DailyRx.com

An analysis of data from 55 studies involving more than 795,000 pregnant women showed those with chronic hypertension had a greater risk of suffering pregnancy complications such as preterm birth, pre… Read More

PCNA SmartBrief

News about cardiovascular disease prevention and management

PCNA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association

FDA OKs GSK's diabetes drug Tanzeum

4/16/2014

  • Medscape (free registration)

The FDA approved GlaxoSmithKline's albiglutide or Tanzeum as a weekly injectable treatment, by itself or with other medications, for type 2 diabetes. It was not indicated for patients whose diabetes c… Read More

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief

News and information about plastic surgery

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief

Technology takes the guesswork out of cosmetic surgery

4/22/2014

  • Beauty World News

Recent imaging technology shows patients what they can expect from cosmetic procedures and helps them form realistic expectations, plastic surgeons say. "If a woman is interested in breast augmentatio… Read More

SCAI SmartBrief

News for invasive and interventional cardiologists

SCAI SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions

Pa. hospital uses intervention to protect A-fib patients from clots

4/22/2014

  • American City Business Journals

A new procedure in use at Allegheny General Hospital uses a minimally invasive approach to treat patients with atrial fibrillation, cutting the risk of life-threatening clots. Physicians there use a s… Read More

Critical Care SmartBrief

News for professionals in critical care medicine

Critical Care SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Society of Critical Care Medicine

Hospitals begin to post physician ratings data online

4/21/2014

  • Kaiser Health News

The University of Utah Health Care hospital system publishes its own physician ratings online so they come up first when patients conduct searches, helping to balance less favorable reviews. While man… Read More

SNMMI SmartBrief

Nuclear medicine and molecular imaging news

SNMMI SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Device tax is a "disincentive to startups," senator says

4/24/2014

  • SeacoastOnline (Portsmouth, N.H.) (tiered subscription model)

During a visit Tuesday to Novocure's facility in Portsmouth, N.H., Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., decried the 2.3% medical device tax, calling it "onerous" and "a disincentive to startups." Ayotte, who is… Read More

AJMPlus

News for physicians

AJMPlus

Published in partnership with: Elsevier

Poll: Retirement, health care among biggest financial concerns

4/23/2014

  • Gallup.com

Almost 60% of Americans said their biggest financial worry was the risk of running out of money in retirement but affording medical costs for a serious illness or accident came in second at 53%, accor… Read More

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief)

Professional practice news

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief)

Published in partnership with: National Certification Corporation

Misericordia leader sees growing need for advanced practice nurses

4/6/2014

  • Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.) (tiered subscription model), The

The Affordable Care Act will increase the number of patients needing access to advanced practice nurses, said Brenda Hage, director of graduate nursing at Misericordia University in Pennsylvania. The … Read More

American Pain Society SmartBrief

Research and trends in pain-related topics

American Pain Society SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Pain Society

2015 call for symposia opens next week

4/22/2014

The APS Scientific Program Committee invites you to submit your proposals for presentation at the 34th Annual Scientific Meeting beginning on Wednesday, April 30. Proposals must reflect APS's multidis… Read More

Ultrasound SmartBrief

Sonography industry news

Ultrasound SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography

MRI vs. ultrasound biopsy guidance: Which is best for prostate cancer?

4/21/2014

  • Medscape (free registration)

Two studies comparing MRI and transrectal ultrasound guidance for prostate biopsies were presented at the European Association of Urology meeting, with one identifying MRI as superior and the other su… Read More

ANA Nurse CareerBrief

Nursing career news

ANA Nurse CareerBrief

Published in partnership with: American Nurses Association

Maine sees increasing number of nursing jobs

4/21/2014

  • Maine Public Broadcasting Network

Nursing represents the largest health care occupation in Maine, at 14,000 jobs, and the number of nursing positions is expected to increase 20% during this decade. Out-of-state employers often hire Ma… Read More