Patients hospitalized for heart failure who had insufficient calorie intake had a higher risk of readmission, and had more hospital days when readmitted, compared with those who had sufficient calorie intake, researchers reported in the journal JACC: Heart Failure. Patients with insufficient calorie intake also had less improvement in Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire clinical summary scores.
Older adults with visual and hearing impairments had 86% greater odds of developing dementia over eight years, compared with those without dual sensory impairment, according to a study in Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring. Researchers also associated dual sensory impairment with a twofold higher likelihood of Alzheimer's disease.
RefleXion Medical and Telix Pharmaceuticals have entered into a strategic collaboration agreement to evaluate the clinical utility of using RefleXion's biology-guided radiotherapy technology with Telix's new gallium-68 PSMA-11 and zirconium-89-girentuximab for treating high-risk prostate and kidney cancers, respectively.
The ACR has expressed support for the US Preventive Services Task Force's proposed update to its lung cancer screening recommendations, which would reduce the initial low-dose CT screening age from 55 to 50 and lower smoking history from 30 pack-years to 20 pack-years, but the College suggested that the quit-smoking requirement be extended from 15 years to 20 years. "Particularly with the new more-sensible pack-year threshold, if implemented nationwide, this cost-effective test would save more lives than any cancer-screening test in history," said Dr. Debra Dyer, who chairs the ACR's Lung Cancer Screening 2.0 Committee.
Radiologists should take greater ownership of their patients and use artificial intelligence to help them do so as they aim to maintain care quality amid increasing imaging backlogs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Debra Monticciolo said in her presidential address, which was published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. "We need to be an integral part of the healthcare team. Not a ghost in a dark room," Monticciolo wrote.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the US crossed the 3 million mark on Tuesday as more states have seen record numbers of daily new infections over the past two weeks. Seven states broke their previous record daily highs for new infections on the same day, with Texas and California each reporting over 10,000 new cases, while more than four dozen hospitals in Florida said their intensive care units have already reached full capacity.
In a private call with US governors, HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Vice President Mike Pence strongly indicated that the administration will renew the public health emergency for COVID-19 before it expires this month, sources said. Pence said the administration is working on the extension, and Azar said he couldn't imagine any circumstance in which the declaration would not be renewed.
Warren County School District in Georgia is participating in the USDA Farmers to Families Program, offering free fresh produce each week to the community through August. School nutrition professionals, other district staff members and local residents volunteered to distribute 700 boxes of produce for the program launch last week when 476 cars lined up in a school parking lot.
Close to half of Americans have communicated remotely with a health care provider since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, but just 21% have talked with their provider about using health IT, researchers reported in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. That lack of dialogue might have negative impacts on patient-provider communications and patient engagement, said Dr. David Haggstrom, senior study author.
Cellphone location data can help fight the spread of the coronavirus by alerting health officials when crowds form in particular areas, Colorado State University researchers say. "All we have to do is perform the measurements using anonymous data that is already being collected for other reasons. We are not tracking individuals," explains Edwin Chong, a CSU professor.