Health Care Providers & Specialties

Family Medicine SmartBrief

News for family physicians

Family Medicine SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: AAFP American Academy of Family Physicians

Washington State Univ. considers opening medical school

4/15/2014

  • Yakima Herald-Republic (Wash.) (free registration)

Washington State University is studying whether to open a medical school in Spokane as a way to address physician shortages linked to an aging population and the Affordable Care Act. The school has be… 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

Physician assistants earn self-assessment credits with UNIPAC amplifire

4/10/2014

Are you a physician assistant or do you have a PA colleague seeking credits to fulfill the certification maintenance requirements of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants? P… Read More

AANP SmartBrief

News for nurse practitioners

AANP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Chronic hypertension may increase risk of pregnancy complications

4/16/2014

  • DailyRx.com

An analysis of data from 55 studies involving more than 795,000 pregnant women showed those with chronic hypertension had a greater risk of suffering pregnancy complications such as preterm birth, pre… Read More

AAP SmartBrief

News for pediatricians and other child health professionals

AAP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Academy of Pediatrics

Right hand preference in early childhood linked to better language skills

4/14/2014

  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

Children who frequently used their right hand to reach for toys during infancy had higher language scores at age 2 than peers who started showing a hand preference when they were toddlers, a study fou… 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

Study links county characteristics to readmission rates

4/15/2014

  • BeckersHospitalReview.com

Data from more than 4,000 hospitals showed 58% of variations in 30-day readmission rates were not linked to performance but were associated with county characteristics, researchers reported in the jou… Read More

ANA SmartBrief

Nursing news and information

ANA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Nurses Association

Sometimes death doesn't go gently into that good night

4/15/2014

  • New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Nurses, doctors and other hospital workers often fail to face the anger and fear felt by families in response to the impending death of their loved one, oncology nurse Theresa Brown writes. "It takes … 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

Socket sensor monitors pressure on residual limb

4/15/2014

  • BBC

British researchers have developed a postage-stamp-sized sensor that, placed in the socket of a prosthetic leg, can monitor pressure and rubbing from walking and help prevent discomfort or injury -- a… 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

Congress aims to speed FDA approval of sunscreen ingredients

4/8/2014

  • National Journal

Eight potential sunscreen ingredients have been awaiting FDA approval for 12 years or longer, and bills in the House and the Senate would direct the agency to expedite the review process. The bills wo… Read More

ASNC SmartBrief

Nuclear cardiology news

ASNC SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Society of Nuclear Cardiology

HHS secretary nominee is a "relentless implementer," chief of staff says

4/11/2014

  • New York Times (tiered subscription model), The
  • Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

The Senate last year unanimously confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell to lead the Office of Management and Budget, but hearings to confirm her as HHS secretary are likely to be contentious. The Rhodes sch… Read More

Animal Health SmartBrief

News for animal health professionals

Animal Health SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Veterinary Medical Association

Easter festivities pose hazards to pets

4/15/2014

  • LiveScience.com
  • Food Poisoning Bulletin

The FDA is reminding pet owners that Easter lilies, chocolate bunnies and other seasonal items aren't safe for pets. Veterinarian Melanie McLean says that even a small amount of pollen licked off the … 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: NICU handoffs prone to error

4/15/2014

NICU babies are subjected to many handoff errors, and sicker infants are at higher risk, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Researchers at Duke Univ… Read More

DiabetesPro SmartBrief

News for diabetes health professionals

DiabetesPro SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Diabetes Association

FDA clears A1C test from Abbott Laboratories

4/16/2014

  • RTT News

Abbott Laboratories received FDA clearance for its ARCHITECT clinical chemistry A1C test designed to boost diabetes diagnosis and monitoring and identify patients at risk of the condition. Read More

NANN SmartBrief

News for neonatal care professionals

NANN SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Neonatal Nurses

Months of planning culminate in 12-patient transfer for NICU's move

4/9/2014

  • Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio), The

A mobile unit transferred 12 infants as Akron Children's NICU moved from St. Elizabeth Health Center to St. Elizabeth Boardman in Youngstown, Ohio. "The staff made us feel like family, and even had a … Read More

PCNA SmartBrief

News about cardiovascular disease prevention and management

PCNA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association

Poor BP control may put AF patients at higher risk of stroke

4/8/2014

  • Healio (free registration)

Atrial fibrillation patients with poorly controlled blood pressure levels were 50% more likely to suffer a stroke or systemic embolism than those whose hypertension was under control, according to a s… Read More

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief

News and information about plastic surgery

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief

Firefighters honor L.A. burn center founder

4/15/2014

  • Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

The Los Angeles Fire Department held a public memorial for plastic and reconstructive surgeon A. Richard Grossman, who established what is now the Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks, Calif. "He care… Read More

SCAI SmartBrief

News for invasive and interventional cardiologists

SCAI SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions

CMS opens Medicare reimbursement data to public

4/14/2014

  • New York Times (tiered subscription model), The
  • CardiovascularBusiness.com
  • Forbes
  • Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Cardiologists ranked third behind ophthalmologists and hematologists/oncologists among medical specialists paid the most under Medicare in 2012, according to a report released last week by the CMS. Me… Read More

Critical Care SmartBrief

News for professionals in critical care medicine

Critical Care SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Society of Critical Care Medicine

NICU sees effects of prescribing opioids to pregnant women

4/15/2014

  • Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.), The

Crouse Hospital neonatologist Michelle Bode said study data showing 20% of pregnant women in the Medicaid program get opioid drug prescriptions is not surprising because she sees many newborns in the … Read More

SNMMI SmartBrief

Nuclear medicine and molecular imaging news

SNMMI SmartBrief

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

VuCOMP releases upgraded breast density tool

4/16/2014

  • AuntMinnie.com (free registration)

VuCOMP has launched version 2.0 of its M-Vu Breast Density software, which is capable of evaluating breast density on mammograms. The new version's density category now corresponds to the quantity and… Read More

AJMPlus

News for physicians

AJMPlus

Published in partnership with: Elsevier

Memory impairment in heart failure patients

4/8/2014

  • American Journal of Cardiology, The

Memory impairment in older patients with heart failure is common. A simple-to-use tool such as the Memory Impairment Screen may identify patients at risk and enable implementation of management strate… Read More

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief)

Professional practice news

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief)

Published in partnership with: National Certification Corporation

Misericordia leader sees growing need for advanced practice nurses

4/6/2014

  • Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.) (tiered subscription model), The

The Affordable Care Act will increase the number of patients needing access to advanced practice nurses, said Brenda Hage, director of graduate nursing at Misericordia University in Pennsylvania. The … Read More

American Pain Society SmartBrief

Research and trends in pain-related topics

American Pain Society SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Pain Society

Visualization may help reduce pain, study suggests

4/9/2014

  • MedicalDaily.com

A nurse study at Copenhagen University Hospital found patients undergoing ablation to treat atrial fibrillation used fewer painkillers and had less pain when they used visualization or guided imagery … Read More

Ultrasound SmartBrief

Sonography industry news

Ultrasound SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Hospital pioneers Google Glass for clinical use

4/13/2014

  • Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Last year, Dr. Steven Horng initiated a pilot program exploring the use of Google Glass at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the results are encouraging. Horng says the hands-free tool is "alw… Read More

ANA Nurse CareerBrief

Nursing career news

ANA Nurse CareerBrief

Published in partnership with: American Nurses Association

House lawmakers seek more funding for geriatrics workforce

4/14/2014

  • McKnight's Long-Term Care News

A bipartisan group of U.S. House members has called on the leaders of the House Appropriations Committee to commit $200 million to address a pending shortage of health care workers in geriatrics, incl… Read More