Good oral hygiene habits such as frequent tooth brushing could help mitigate risk of diabetes, according to a study published in Diabetologia. Inflammation caused by periodontal diseases could contribute to higher insulin resistance preceding diabetes, and the link between robust oral hygiene and reduced diabetes risk was strongest among individuals younger than 51.
A study in Diabetologia found that hyperglycemia markers such as fasting blood glucose, 2-hour post-load glucose and A1C levels were linked with a higher risk for depressive symptoms among individuals with and without diabetes. However, the findings, based on data from 2,848 participants, also revealed that insulin sensitivity, homeostatic model assessment-insulin resistance and skin autofluorescence were not linked with depression.
A survey of 117 health care executives found 49% said moving to telehealth and virtual care was a top innovation priority, compared with 26% before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Center for Connected Medicine. The survey found 9 of 10 organizations were able to meet increased telehealth demand during the pandemic, and 75% of respondents said their organizations are analyzing telehealth data.
A CMS draft rule that would provide Medicare coverage of medical devices designated as breakthrough technologies at the time of FDA approval could include digital therapeutics, but only if the agency creates a benefit category for them, writes Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky, managing partner at Social Innovation Ventures. Legislation could solve the problem, but it would be faster to have CMS use the Medicare Coverage for Innovative Technology rule to add digital therapeutics to the durable medical equipment category.
About half the health care executives responding to a survey said they use artificial intelligence-driven clinical decision support and resource management tools, and many said they plan to use more revenue cycle technology. The survey conducted by the Center for Connected Medicine and Klas Research found that 20% of health systems expect to continue offering telehealth if reimbursements return to pre-pandemic levels, but 13% will drop telehealth and resume in-person care.
The Tennessee Department of Health's new website includes a COVID-19 dashboard with state- and county-level information on daily case counts, hospitalizations and number of tests. The site also has COVID-19 risk-assessment tools, tips for slowing the virus' spread, a map showing testing sites, and other information for individuals, families, schools and businesses.
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation developed a predictive model to identify patients likely to be the most vulnerable to COVID-19 and predict disease severity. A proximity index quantifies individual risk of exposure to COVID-19 in real time, based on proximity to people with confirmed cases, explains Steve Miff, CEO and president of the center.
The ACR has selected Dr. Cheri Canon, radiology chair at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and former ACR vice president; Dr. Barry Siegel, a professor at the Washington University School of Medicine's Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology with more than four decades of nuclear medicine leadership experience; and general radiologist Dr. Paul Larson, former ACR Commission on Quality and Safety vice president and member, as the recipients of its Gold Medal awards at its annual meeting next year. Radiation oncologist Dr. Michael Baumann, breast imager and Cambridge Health Imaging Committee chair Fiona Gilbert, and radiologist and professor Sneh Bhargava were chosen for 2021 honorary fellowships with the ACR.
Radiologists should use highly specialized artificial intelligence algorithms that won't attain autonomy to provide better patient care instead of giving up authority to nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other nonphysician practitioners, which could lead to "unforeseen consequences for the future of the specialty," according to an editorial in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. "The ultimate goal for our community should not be relegating work to others, but rather to work the complexities of developing a future where we empower ourselves to remain at the helm of the imaging care to our patients' benefit," researchers wrote.
Researchers found that portable low-field point-of-care MRI had T2-weighted, fluid-attenuated inversion recovery and average volumes in patients with intracerebral hemorrhage that correlated with standard-of-care imaging. The findings, presented at the American Neurological Association's virtual annual meeting, also showed that point-of-care T2-weighted volumes had a significant association with NIH Stroke Scale scores at scan time, hospital length of stay and discharge clinical outcomes, while point-of-care FLAIR volumes had a strong link to length of stay and discharge outcomes.