Health Care Providers & Specialties

Family Medicine SmartBrief

News for family physicians

Family Medicine SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: AAFP American Academy of Family Physicians

Experts: Medicare's success, popularity come with rising costs

5/27/2015

  • AAFP News

Medicare is increasingly popular and has expanded benefits over the years, reducing the proportion of elderly patients without insurance from 48% before it was passed in 1965 to 2% currently. However,… 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

Best of 2014 Annual Assembly recordings

5/26/2015

We've made it easy for you to hear one or more of the best sessions from the 2014 AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly. Learn about adolescent palliative care, how to talk about difficult emotional topics, an… Read More

AANP SmartBrief

News for nurse practitioners

AANP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Alternative treatments draw more interest among young cancer patients

5/27/2015

  • Reuters

Researchers surveyed 969 individuals with breast, lung or gastrointestinal cancer and found that those younger than 65 were more open to alternative and complementary treatments for alleviation of sym… Read More

AAP SmartBrief

News for pediatricians and other child health professionals

AAP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Academy of Pediatrics

Researchers examine effect of CBT on marijuana use in teens

5/27/2015

  • Medical News Today

A U.K. study in the journal Addiction found that cannabis use was reduced by 33% among high-risk high-school students in the initial six months after receiving two 90-minute cognitive behavioral thera… 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

2 more states join interstate compact for physician licensure

5/22/2015

  • Medscape (free registration)

Alabama and Minnesota have joined the Federation of State Medical Boards' interstate compact, making a total of eight states that have approved the initiative. There are now enough states participatin… Read More

ANA SmartBrief

Nursing news and information

ANA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Nurses Association

How long after scoliosis surgery should sports wait?

5/27/2015

  • PhysiciansBriefing.com

A survey-based study in The Spine Journal found that most surgeons recommend a return to running after three months, a return to noncontact and contact sports after six months, and a return to collisi… 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

N.Y. insurance exchange reverses "1 limb for life" policy

5/26/2015

  • WNYT-TV (Albany, N.Y.)

The New York State of Health, New York's insurance exchange created under the Affordable Care Act, announced that it will cover replacement and repair of prosthetic limbs effective in 2016. The exchan… Read More

ASNC SmartBrief

Nuclear cardiology news

ASNC SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Society of Nuclear Cardiology

Experts endorse shift to more plant-based diet

5/26/2015

  • The Hill

The U.S. Agriculture Department and HHS should follow the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's recommendation to encourage people to eat a more plant-based diet and reduce meat consumption, accordi… Read More

Animal Health SmartBrief

News for animal health professionals

Animal Health SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Veterinary Medical Association

Elite Egyptian animals didn't enjoy the good life

5/26/2015

  • National Geographic News (free registration)

Ancient Egyptian animal keepers lacked modern tools for keeping animals in captivity without injuring them, according to archaeologists. Examinations of ancient animal skeletons unearthed near tombs o… 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

Infertility affects women even after they become mothers

5/26/2015

Pregnant women who previously struggled with infertility may set unrealistic expectations for themselves to be perfect mothers. Researchers writing in JOGNN found that when women were unable to live u… Read More

DiabetesPro SmartBrief

News for diabetes health professionals

DiabetesPro SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Diabetes Association

Study ties iron deficiency to increase in A1C levels

5/27/2015

  • Healio (free registration)

Adults with iron deficiency, with or without anemia, saw an increase in A1C levels with no corresponding rise in blood glucose, which may be misdiagnosed as type 2 diabetes, according to a study publi… Read More

NANN SmartBrief

News for neonatal care professionals

NANN SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Neonatal Nurses

Parents want honest appraisal when children have poor cancer prognosis

5/19/2015

  • HealthDay News

Interviews with 353 parents of children with cancer indicated that those whose physician gave them honest appraisals of poor prognoses were more likely to have peace of mind and greater trust in their… Read More

PCNA SmartBrief

News about cardiovascular disease prevention and management

PCNA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association

Nurse practitioners use handheld ultrasound for TIA triage

5/19/2015

  • Medscape (free registration)

Nurses trained in basic carotid artery screening with a handheld ultrasound scanner can accurately evaluate patients with symptoms of transient ischemic attack, according to a study presented at the E… Read More

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief

News and information about plastic surgery

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief

Fat injections can soften irradiated breast tissue to allow for reconstruction

5/21/2015

  • WNDU-TV (South Bend, Ind.)

Radiation after mastectomy can damage tissue and make breast reconstruction difficult. A new technique using injections of a woman's own fat helps irradiated tissue become more elastic to allow the in… Read More

Critical Care SmartBrief

News for professionals in critical care medicine

Critical Care SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Society of Critical Care Medicine

Certified practitioners bring music to the ICU

5/26/2015

  • Chicago Sun-Times (free registration)

Certified music practitioner Sue Wohld makes the rounds at the Loyola University Medical Center ICU, playing her harp to help soothe patients. Loyola hosts classes for the Music for Healing and Transi… Read More

SNMMI SmartBrief

Nuclear medicine and molecular imaging news

SNMMI SmartBrief

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

Study: FDG-PET/CT helps assess treatment efficacy in vascular graft infections

5/27/2015

  • 2 Minute Medicine

A study in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine found that FDG-PET/CT shows promise in tracking the status of prosthetic vascular graft infections in patients who are receiving systemic antibiotic treatmen… Read More

AJMPlus

News for physicians

AJMPlus

Published in partnership with: Elsevier

Results of intravenous ultrasound-guided percutaneous coronary intervention

5/20/2015

  • The American Journal of Cardiology

In one of the largest studies on intravenous ultrasound (IVUS)-guided percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) in the drug-eluting stent era, the authors demonstrate that IVUS guidance is associated… Read More

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief)

Professional practice news

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief)

Published in partnership with: National Certification Corporation

Nurse staffing bill is introduced in Congress

4/30/2015

  • KTVZ-TV (Bend, Ore.)

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Reps. David Joyce, R-Ohio, and Lois Capps, D-Calif., have proposed legislation that would require hospitals to develop staffing plans for nurses. The Registered Nurse Sa… Read More

American Pain Society SmartBrief

Research and trends in pain-related topics

American Pain Society SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Pain Society

Prescription drug abuse getting attention from both parties

5/26/2015

  • The Hill

Republicans and Democrats are calling for more action to address the rising number of deaths from prescription drug abuse. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., … Read More

Ultrasound SmartBrief

Sonography industry news

Ultrasound SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Rheumatologists developing standards for gout ultrasound

5/24/2015

  • Medscape (free registration)

Rheumatologists have created preliminary definitions for the ultrasound appearance of four lesions consistent with gout: double contour, aggregates, tophus and erosions. Experts plan to test and then … Read More

ANA Nurse CareerBrief

Nursing career news

ANA Nurse CareerBrief

Published in partnership with: American Nurses Association

Texas hospitals recruit veterans for health care jobs

5/25/2015

  • Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

Texas hospitals are recruiting military veterans for nursing and other health care jobs. Linda Aldred at Texas Children's Hospital says veterans have training and experience that are important to the … Read More

Chiropractic Today powered by SmartBrief

News for Chiropractic Professionals

Chiropractic Today powered by SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Chiropractic Association

Study: No difference in sciatica pain between steroids, placebo

5/26/2015

  • HealthDay News

A study of 269 people with sciatica found although prednisone offered a slight improvement in daily function, there was no difference in pain between the prednisone group and the group taking a placeb… Read More

SmartBrief on Personalized Healthcare

Personalized healthcare through genetics and genomics

SmartBrief on Personalized Healthcare

Published in partnership with: InformedDNA

CMS issues guidance for coverage of BRCA mutation tests

5/21/2015

  • GenomeWeb Daily News (free registration)

The CMS issued a draft local coverage determination for BRCA gene mutation tests alone and as part of a panel, including a call for coverage for unaffected individuals who meet criteria and a call for… Read More

PSNA SmartBrief

News affecting the Pennsylvania state nursing community

PSNA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Pennsylvania State Nurses Association

Hospital, nursing home groups seek higher Medicaid payments

5/21/2015

  • WESA-FM (Pittsburgh)
  • Pennsylvania Business Daily

Hospital and nursing home groups are asking Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to increase Medicaid funding in his proposed budget. The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania said a proposed $1… Read More

Specialty Pharmacy SmartBrief

News affecting the specialty pharmacy industry

Specialty Pharmacy SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Specialty Pharmacy

Patients file lawsuits over hepatitis C drug coverage

5/27/2015

  • The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)

The high cost of drugs used to treat hepatitis C has triggered lawsuits by two women against Anthem Blue Cross for refusing to pay for Gilead's Harvoni. Pre-discount costs for hepatitis C treatments f… Read More