Patients with type 1 diabetes who used the i-Port Advance injection port for 12 weeks not only increased their satisfaction levels, but also experienced improvements in A1C levels, fasting blood glucose and postprandial glucose, according to a study in Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research & Reviews. The number of hypoglycemic episodes also significantly decreased with use of the i-Port Advance system.
A study published in the Journal of Endocrinology involving 121 women found a weak association between an increase in body mass index and an increase in blood loss during menstruation, but the association became more significant after considering factors that may impact menstrual blood loss. A companion study in mice revealed that excessive weight could trigger more inflammation and slow down the uterine repair process during menstruation.
More than 100 CEOs and corporate leaders met online over the weekend to discuss ways to fight restrictive voting measures and bills, led at times by Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier and Kenneth Chenault, former chief executive of American Express, who last month released a letter from 72 Black business executives that made a similar call to action. Mike Ward of the Civic Alliance said the upshot was that executives on the Saturday call wanted to "lean into this, not lean away from this."
Health system IT experts say the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the need for health care to reduce bureaucracy, embrace technology faster, use data to find answers, focus more on the patient experience and ensure tech platforms are user-friendly. Dr. Brett Oliver, chief information officer at Baptist Health in Kentucky, said rather than IT pushing a digital solution, it is important to follow the data to see what's working and how it can be enhanced.
An analysis of 400 children with special health care needs in Saudi Arabia found those with obesity had 1.69 times greater risk for caries than those with normal body mass index, while regular consumption of sugar was linked to 2.01 times greater risk of caries, according to a study in journal Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry. The study found an increased risk of caries among children with cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.
Patients who miss dental appointments run the risk of developing severe periodontal conditions -- which have been linked to cardiovascular disease risk -- so it's vital that people get back to the dental office as soon as possible, dentists say. A study in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology also found that patients with periodontal disease were at significantly higher risk for severe complications from COVID-19. "The risk of getting COVID at the dentist is negligible, but the risk of putting off going to the dentist is very high," said Anita Aminoshariae, D.D.S.
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals plans to ask the FDA to expand emergency use authorization of its therapy that combines casirivimab and imdevimab as a COVID-19 preventive after a late-stage trial found the treatment lowered risk of symptomatic COVID-19 by 81% among people living in a home with a recently infected person, according to Reuters and CNBC. The company also said illness resolved more quickly in symptomatic people who tested positive for infection.
The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) has brought together the full power of its world-class informatics and clinical research resources to launch the ACR National Clinical Imaging Research Registry™ (ANCIRR). The six current and eight planned ANCIRR registries can collect and curate images and clinical data from multiple practice settings to produce large data sets that empower researchers to address complex scientific questions and produce results applicable across care settings, geographic locations and populations. Read more.
A survey of 105 patients who underwent image-guided breast biopsy between May 1, 2019, and April 30, 2020, found that 85% of respondents said the radiologist who told them about their cancer diagnosis "was empathetic and considerate of their feelings." The findings, presented at the Society of Breast Imaging-American College of Radiology 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, showed 54% of those polled preferred a radiologist to deliver their cancer diagnosis, while 46% want their own physician to disclose the news, indicating that "breast imaging radiologists are in the best position to deliver bad news with regards to understanding the disease process timing, honesty, and empathy," said study author Colleen McNally.
A study in Academic Radiology found that more than 50% of almost 1,000 women scheduled to undergo a mammogram alone said they would be willing to pay up to $500 for additional imaging exams, such as a breast MRI, especially those with dense breasts, and that nearly two-thirds weren't satisfied with their current screening plan. Researchers found that "women may accept contrast-enhanced imaging with CEM or MRI as a screening exam despite its risks and costs, especially if they have dense breasts and have had prior experience with CEM or MRI."