A 29-page final document issued by the FDA outlines options for Prescription Drug User Fee Act fee waivers, refunds and reductions, including information on deadlines for requests.
A short virtual reality experience tailored to radiologists details thermal ablation, a less-invasive procedure that employs heat to reduce the size of common or benign lumps on the thyroid. The experience, created by a radiologist at the University of Virginia Health System, aims to educate doctors about the procedure and raise their confidence in performing it, and UVA is also deploying technology to help allay patients' concerns about other interventional radiology procedures.
Revised guidelines from the American Association of Feline Practitioners list 36 diseases that can pass from cats to humans, although overall incidence of feline-to-human zoonosis is low, says co-author and veterinarian Michael Lappin. Regular deworming, vaccination against rabies, treatment to prevent flea and tick infestations, as well as basic sanitation mitigate risk of disease and can protect humans against many of the zoonotic diseases cats can carry.
A model described in Nature Communications could help scientists better predict -- and then prevent -- outbreaks of Ebola and other zoonotic diseases. The model integrates data on climate, land use, population trends and poverty, and researcher David Redding said he hopes it helps people understand the role of socieoeconomics, animal behavior, environmental changes and other factors in disease outbreaks.
Australian and Danish researchers reviewed 14 studies involving 834 participants from the US, China, India, Hong Kong and Sweden, and found that yoga could potentially reduce type 2 diabetes risk, as shown by lower levels of fasting blood glucose, good and bad cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglycerides among yoga-practicing participants, compared with the control group. The findings were published in PLOS ONE.
With consumers paying more out of pocket for prescription drugs, the pharmaceutical industry needs a new business model focused on transparency in cost and quality, connecting payments with outcomes, and product competition and alternative treatments, writes health care consultant Rita Numerof. Pharma's problems are seen across the health care industry, and the solution is not more legislation but a fundamental change to a more market-based model, Numerof writes.
The dearth of women in health care C-suites may be partly explained by looking at the leadership funnel, which begins to contract for women starting at the first managerial steps and gets progressively narrower higher up, according to a report from LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co. There are cultural and workforce reasons, including education and credential requirements for higher positions, and Julie Silver of Harvard Medical School's leadership course says leaders can work to address structural obstacles.
The American Medical Association has set up shop in Silicon Valley to gain access to experts who can collaborate on solutions to unsolved problems in health care that prevent the industry from moving forward, AMA venture Health2047 CEO Larry Cohen said. Health2047 spinoff companies include First Mile Care, which works to get patients with prediabetes into lifestyle programs, and Akiri, which was created as to promote interoperability in health care IT.
A Moody's Investors Service report says moving the US to a full single-payer health care system would pose an "existential threat" to health insurance companies, while adding a public option would have a lesser effect, depending on enrollment. "A public option that can provide similar benefits to those of private plans at reduced costs would eat into the market shares of private insurers and pressure them to lower premiums or increase benefits, eroding their profitability," the report said.
Starting next year, physicians will be required by the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 to consult appropriate use criteria when ordering advanced imaging studies, and radiologists can help them understand how to use clinical decision support tools to improve patient care, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Researchers advised radiologists to provide a reading room with a consultation space and an expert reader, and stressed their role in promoting value-based imaging care.
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