Quotation marks, words of skepticism and evidentials in clinical notes reflect professional doubt of patient-reported symptoms and are more likely to be found in Black patients' EHR notes than in white patients', indicating subtle bias, according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Female patients' clinical notes were no more likely than males' records to contain evidentials or judgment words, but they were more likely to contain quotation marks, researchers found.
Public skepticism about COVID-19 vaccines is declining, and a $1.5 billion federal campaign aims to further increase confidence and acceptance. Health literacy affects individual vaccination decisions, and improving health literacy involves both educating and listening, as well as access to information, says physician Ryan Bosch, who co-founded the health analytics firm Socially Determined.
IBM vowed its Watson artificial intelligence platform would revolutionize health care and forged high-profile partnerships, but the platform did not live up to the hype, and a decade later, Watson Health is for sale. AI can and has improved health care, but failing to plan for natural resistance among physicians is a path to failure, writes physician John Frownfelter, chief medical officer at Jvion.
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The ADA's virtual Children's Airway event scheduled for April 22 to 23 will explore the role dentists can play in the early identification and treatment of orofacial myofunctional disorders, according to ADA News. The course, which will be led by sleep-related breathing disorder expert Steve Carstensen, D.D.S., will provide dentists with tools for talking with families about myofunctional therapy and leading patients through exercises that can help. Attendees will also have an opportunity to shape the future of research and treatment of the disorders by contributing data to The Breathe Outlook initiative.
The 2021 Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh event in Pittsburgh, which provides free dental care to underserved patients, will be held Oct. 21 to 23, ADA News reports. Organizers are asking dental professionals to volunteer, and the opportunity is open to out-of-state dentists as well, though they will need to obtain a temporary license from the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry. The clinic provided care valued at more than $800,000 to 1,348 patients in 2019, but it was canceled in 2020.
After postponing dental appointments in the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic, patients are returning to dental offices in Georgia and showing the effects of over a year of oral care neglect, WSB-TV of Atlanta reports. Dentists are reporting greater incidence of caries as well as bite changes associated with stress-related teeth grinding and clenching.
The ACR, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and GO2 Foundation are requesting insurance companies Aetna, Health Care Services Corp., Anthem, UnitedHealthCare and Cigna to immediately update their coverage policies for lung cancer screening after the US Preventative Services Task Force released its new screening guidelines in March. "Given the magnitude of lung cancer deaths across the United States population, and that lung cancer has the highest cancer death rate, this underscores the urgency to move expeditiously with a responsible and equitable plan for expanded coverage of screening for the at-risk populations," the group stated in its letter to Dr. Steven Blumenfrucht, medical director of Aetna.
Researchers used B-mode lung ultrasound images from patients with and without COVID-19 to develop a quantitative analysis technique and found that the computer-based method yielded a superior performance in distinguishing who among the patients had the disease, compared with lung texture features. The findings in the Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians showed that adding this system on ultrasound devices "can be of great value in improving diagnosis and monitoring of COVID-19 patients" and "would help overcome the current limitations in ultrasound imaging related to user dependence and subjectivity of diagnostic decisions," study author Dr. Laith Sultan said.
The CDC said nearly 174.9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered in the US as of Thursday, with more than 66.2 million people now fully vaccinated. The agency said it will be sending 85% fewer doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine than planned next week due to production issues at a Baltimore manufacturing site.
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