Health Care Providers & Specialties

Family Medicine SmartBrief

News for family physicians

Family Medicine SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: AAFP American Academy of Family Physicians

Chronic illnesses may reduce lifespan, study says

7/29/2014

  • HealthDay News

Older adults with multiple chronic illnesses may have a reduced life expectancy, researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reported in the journal Medical Care. Their study foun… Read More

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief

News for physicians caring for the seriously ill

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

AAHPM Intensive Board Review course

7/25/2014

Designed to help you prepare for the board examination in hospice and palliative medicine and to advance the clinical competence of all practitioners in the field, including physician assistants and n… Read More

AANP SmartBrief

News for nurse practitioners

AANP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Polymyalgia rheumatica linked to higher vascular disease risk

7/29/2014

  • HealthDay News

Adults with an inflammatory muscle disease called polymyalgia rheumatica had a higher risk of developing vascular diseases such as stroke and heart attack, a British study found. Patients ages 50 to 5… Read More

AAP SmartBrief

News for pediatricians and other child health professionals

AAP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Academy of Pediatrics

Appellate court rules against doctors' right to ask about gun ownership

7/28/2014

  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The
  • Insurance Journal

In a 2-1 decision, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta upheld on Friday a Florida law restricting doctors from inquiring if their patients own a gun. Although only Florida has such a law… Read More

American College of Cardiology Quality First SmartBrief (A Service of the PINNACLE Network)

Quality care news for cardiologists and other medical professionals

American College of Cardiology Quality First SmartBrief (A Service of the PINNACLE Network)

Published in partnership with: American College of Cardiology

S.C. program reduces readmissions 15%, Medicare data show

7/29/2014

  • State (Columbia, S.C.), The

Medicare data show South Carolina's Preventing Avoidable Readmissions Together program has reduced hospital readmissions by 15% in 2012 and 2013, saving more than $14 million. Many hospitals in the pr… Read More

ANA SmartBrief

Nursing news and information

ANA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Nurses Association

New version of clinical quality measuring tool is released

7/29/2014

  • Clinical Innovation + Technology online

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has updated its Bonnie Clinical Quality Measure Testing Tool, which was developed to promote efficient and organized pretesting of electronic clini… Read More

AOPA In Advance SmartBrief

News for the orthotics, prosthetics and pedorthics profession

AOPA In Advance SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association

Reduced risk of obesity and diabetes associated with brown fat

7/29/2014

  • CBS News

Brown fat, which is found in the neck and back of adults, is associated with a lowered risk of diabetes and obesity, according to a study at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Resear… Read More

ASDS Skin Source SmartBrief

News for and about dermatologic surgeons

ASDS Skin Source SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

Beware of bacteria in dermal fillers, researchers warn

7/22/2014

  • Modern Medicine

Subcutaneous bumps that appear after dermal filler injections might be caused by bacteria, and treatment with steroids can cause the bacteria to proliferate, according to a study published in the jour… Read More

ASNC SmartBrief

Nuclear cardiology news

ASNC SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Society of Nuclear Cardiology

Study uncovers variation in use of heart failure tests

7/28/2014

  • Healio (free registration)

A new study finds substantial variation in use of cardiovascular tests for heart failure patients. Rates of echocardiogram utilization per 100 patient-years ranged from 22.3 to 161.8; stress echo util… Read More

Animal Health SmartBrief

News for animal health professionals

Animal Health SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Veterinary Medical Association

Which banks offer the best terms?

7/28/2014

  • New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Opinions differ as to whether banks will typically offer better loan terms to businesses with which they have existing relationships. Either way, it's important to remember that a strong relationship … Read More

AWHONN SmartBrief

News on the health of women and newborns

AWHONN SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Association of Women's Health, OBG and Neonatal Nurses

Study shows prevalence of cancer at time of hysterectomy using morcellation

7/28/2014

A new study adds fuel to growing concerns that minimally invasive hysterectomy using power morcellation can spread undetected cancer in a woman's abdomen and pelvis. Morcellation involves using a devi… Read More

DiabetesPro SmartBrief

News for diabetes health professionals

DiabetesPro SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Diabetes Association

Lower-calorie sweeteners lead to modest BMI improvements

7/29/2014

  • ConfectioneryNews.com (France)

An analysis in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says replacing full-calorie foods and drinks with those using lower-calorie sweeteners resulted in modest improvements in BMI. The findings su… Read More

NANN SmartBrief

News for neonatal care professionals

NANN SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Neonatal Nurses

Telemedicine facilitates international collaboration

7/22/2014

  • Healthcare IT News

A Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC study finds that telemedicine is useful for pediatric cardiac critical care in settings abroad. Specialists including cardiac intensive care experts, cardia… Read More

PCNA SmartBrief

News about cardiovascular disease prevention and management

PCNA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association

Probiotics may offer protection against hypertension, study finds

7/23/2014

  • HealthDay News

An analysis of data from nine studies involving 543 adults found that regular consumption of probiotics was associated with lower blood pressure readings. The findings, published in the journal Hypert… Read More

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief

News and information about plastic surgery

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief

What makes a belly button beautiful?

7/29/2014

  • Modern Medicine

A vertical ratio of 46:54, midline horizontal position and oval shape are among the factors that make a belly button attractive, researchers report in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. No hooding or supe… Read More

SCAI SmartBrief

News for invasive and interventional cardiologists

SCAI SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions

Docs revisit highlights of SCAI meeting

7/29/2014

  • Cardiology Today's Intervention magazine

Meeting attendees who participated in the first Cath Lab Leadership Boot Camp at SCAI 2014 reported a relevant experience focused on negotiating finances, guideline adherence, inventory and other topi… Read More

Critical Care SmartBrief

News for professionals in critical care medicine

Critical Care SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Society of Critical Care Medicine

Early antibiotics for pneumonia may help reduce ICU mortality

7/29/2014

  • MedWire News (U.K.)

Earlier antibiotic use and combination treatments for pneumococcal pneumonia were linked to reductions in ICU mortality from 32.5% in 2000 to 2002 to 17.5% from 2008 to 2013, researchers in Barcelona,… Read More

SNMMI SmartBrief

Nuclear medicine and molecular imaging news

SNMMI SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

PET data could yield new models for cancer treatment, study shows

7/29/2014

  • DOTMed.com

A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine that used radiomics suggests data from PET images can guide creation of cancer treatment models for determ… Read More

AJMPlus

News for physicians

AJMPlus

Published in partnership with: Elsevier

Reduction of maternal mortality during cesarean section

7/23/2014

  • American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Maternal mortality may be reduced with the use of disease-specific protocols. Most maternal deaths are not predictable at the time of admission. Read More

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief)

Professional practice news

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief)

Published in partnership with: National Certification Corporation

Atlanta-area hospital emphasizes nursing certification

7/2/2014

  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content), The

Eastside Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer Stuart Downs said the Atlanta-area hospital has set a goal of increasing the number of its nurses who are certified from 14% to 20% this year. Director of… Read More

American Pain Society SmartBrief

Research and trends in pain-related topics

American Pain Society SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Pain Society

What you need to know about methadone safety

7/23/2014

APS's Methadone Safety Guideline provides recommendations for use of methadone treatment for individuals of chronic pain at all age levels. "More than 3,700 scientific abstracts were systematically re… Read More

Ultrasound SmartBrief

Sonography industry news

Ultrasound SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Study: Low-risk survivors of pediatric cancer can have fewer cardiac screenings

7/27/2014

  • Oncology Nurse Advisor online

A scaled-back schedule of cardiac imaging for low-risk survivors of childhood cancer can be safe and cost-effective, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. "For these patients, makin… Read More

ANA Nurse CareerBrief

Nursing career news

ANA Nurse CareerBrief

Published in partnership with: American Nurses Association

Why it's time to end "physician-centric" health care system

7/28/2014

  • MedPage Today (free registration)

U.S. health care needs to let go of its physician-centric system and fully adopt team-based approaches that respect each profession's knowledge and abilities, says Mary Chesney, director of the Univer… Read More

Chiropractic Today powered by SmartBrief

News for Chiropractic Professionals

Chiropractic Today powered by SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Chiropractic Association

Studies confirm that acupuncture reduces hot flashes

7/28/2014

  • Epoch Times, The

An analysis of 12 clinical trials covering 869 menopausal women found that various forms of acupuncture consistently reduced the frequency and severity of hot flashes. The study was published in the j… Read More