Health Care Providers & Specialties

Family Medicine SmartBrief

News for family physicians

Family Medicine SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: AAFP American Academy of Family Physicians

Study shows low use of metformin in patients with prediabetes

5/4/2015

  • Medscape (free registration)

A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that metformin is infrequently prescribed for patients with prediabetes, despite its ability to help reduce the risk of progression to type 2 dia… 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

Submit an abstract for the 2016 AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly

5/1/2015

Are you interested in presenting at the 2016 AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly in Chicago, IL? AAHPM’s call for workshop, concurrent and SIG-endorsed session abstracts is open through May 5. Learn more. Read More

AANP SmartBrief

News for nurse practitioners

AANP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Number of U.S. children injured from nonpowder guns rises dramatically

5/4/2015

  • HealthDay News

There was a 511% increase in the number of children who were injured from air guns, BB guns and paintball guns in the U.S. between 2010 and 2012, with more than 3,000 children treated in emergency dep… Read More

AAP SmartBrief

News for pediatricians and other child health professionals

AAP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Academy of Pediatrics

Tdap vaccine efficacy in adolescents wanes within 2 to 4 years

5/4/2015

  • Seattle Times, The

Researchers looked at pertussis cases in Washington state from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2012, and found that overall Tdap vaccine efficacy was about 64%. They found the vaccine was 73% effective in the firs… 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

Many physicians opt out of quality reporting, CMS data show

4/30/2015

  • Healthcare Finance News

CMS data showed about 642,000 health care practitioners participated in the Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program in 2013 and earned a 0.5% payment boost this… Read More

ANA SmartBrief

Nursing news and information

ANA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Nurses Association

Medicaid, CHIP add 11.7M people under ACA

5/4/2015

  • Hill, The

A new federal report shows that 11.7 million more Americans have been enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program since coverage was expanded through the Affordable Care Act. Anoth… 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

Apps, cameras, 3D printing enable "mass customization"

4/30/2015

  • Forbes

The growth of 3D printing is enabling "mass customization," in which custom products or devices can be made quickly and cheaply. New York-based SOLS is using an application to scan patients' feet and … Read More

ASNC SmartBrief

Nuclear cardiology news

ASNC SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Society of Nuclear Cardiology

IOM committee lists 15 key metrics for tracking health improvements

4/29/2015

  • Medscape (free registration)

An Institute of Medicine committee proposed 15 core measures that represent the most important vital signs to track when looking at improvements in U.S. health and health care. Some of the core measur… Read More

Animal Health SmartBrief

News for animal health professionals

Animal Health SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Veterinary Medical Association

U.S. avian influenza toll approaches new high

5/1/2015

  • FoxNews.com

Avian influenza is believed to have infected five more Iowa flocks, officials said Thursday, potentially pushing the death toll from the U.S. outbreak into record-breaking territory. A commercial egg … 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

Ethical environments help nurses advance health care

5/1/2015

The American Nurses Association has designated 2015 as "The Year of Ethics." AWHONN supports this designation, and AWHONN President Karen Harris outlines several strategies for how nurses can be ethic… Read More

DiabetesPro SmartBrief

News for diabetes health professionals

DiabetesPro SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Diabetes Association

Study analyzes immune, inflammatory response as diabetes progresses

5/3/2015

  • Medscape (free registration)

A large study in Diabetes Care found that inflammatory and immune biomarker profiles change as type 2 diabetes develops and progresses. The findings revealed an increase in the median concentrations o… Read More

NANN SmartBrief

News for neonatal care professionals

NANN SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Neonatal Nurses

Study: Genetic tests help guide care for critically ill infants

4/28/2015

  • U.S. News & World Report

Rapid genetic tests can give physicians diagnoses that help them make treatment decisions for critically ill infants and in some cases recommend end-of-life care, researchers at Children's Mercy Hospi… Read More

PCNA SmartBrief

News about cardiovascular disease prevention and management

PCNA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association

Hospital NPs to teach nursing students about cardiovascular careers

4/29/2015

  • WALB-TV (Albany, Ga.)

South Georgia Medical Center cardiothoracic nurse practitioners are part of an intern program aimed at encouraging Valdosta State University nursing students to choose cardiovascular careers. NP Kelly… Read More

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief

News and information about plastic surgery

Plastic Surgery SmartBrief

What will plastic surgery look like in 2045?

5/1/2015

  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

Advances in tissue engineering will allow skin and ears to be grown in a lab and implanted into the human body to restore function and form, immune system drugs will allow even more complex transplant… Read More

Critical Care SmartBrief

News for professionals in critical care medicine

Critical Care SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Society of Critical Care Medicine

Study: Vena cava filters may not be needed in pulmonary embolism

4/30/2015

  • Medscape (free registration)

Using a retrievable inferior vena cava filter with anticoagulation therapy did not reduce the risk that patients with severe acute pulmonary embolism would have a recurrence, compared with anticoagula… Read More

SNMMI SmartBrief

Nuclear medicine and molecular imaging news

SNMMI SmartBrief

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

Researchers forge ahead, even as Alzheimer's answers continue to be elusive

5/4/2015

  • Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia) (tiered subscription model)

Australian experts see promise in the future of Alzheimer's treatment, even though existing medications do no more than relieve symptoms. PET scans allow clinicians to detect the condition years befor… Read More

AJMPlus

News for physicians

AJMPlus

Published in partnership with: Elsevier

Predictors of percutaneous coronary intervention outcome

4/29/2015

  • American Journal of Cardiology, The

This analysis confirms the effect of some known predictors of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) outcomes. However, the extent of their effect is modest, while other predictors may have a greate… Read More

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief)

Professional practice news

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief)

Published in partnership with: National Certification Corporation

Study ties RA disease activity in pregnancy to preterm birth

4/20/2015

  • Healio (free registration)

A study of 440 pregnant women with rheumatoid arthritis found those who had high levels of disease activity early in their pregnancies were at higher risk of preterm deliveries or having babies who ar… Read More

American Pain Society SmartBrief

Research and trends in pain-related topics

American Pain Society SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Pain Society

2015 poster abstracts

4/29/2015

A complete listing of poster abstracts of the 34th Annual Scientific Meeting is now available. All abstracts are available in an online searchable database through The Journal of Pain. Plan what poste… Read More

Ultrasound SmartBrief

Sonography industry news

Ultrasound SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Elastography plus ultrasound diagnoses rupture in breast implants

4/29/2015

  • Healio (free registration)

Breast implant rupture can be reliably diagnosed using ultrasound in combination with elastography, according to a study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. The study findings suggest the comb… Read More

ANA Nurse CareerBrief

Nursing career news

ANA Nurse CareerBrief

Published in partnership with: American Nurses Association

Employment outlook for nursing is bright, experts say

4/27/2015

  • WHAG-TV (Hagerstown, Md.)

The jobs picture for nursing is changing and challenging, and employment has increased 200,000 over the past four years, Vanderbilt nursing professor Peter Buerhaus told a symposium at Shenandoah Univ… Read More

Chiropractic Today powered by SmartBrief

News for Chiropractic Professionals

Chiropractic Today powered by SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: American Chiropractic Association

Study: MRI modic changes linked to low-back pain

5/4/2015

  • MedPage Today (free registration)

A two-year study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders showed modic changes of the M1 type correlated with low-back pain. The study examined 64 patients with chronic low-back pain and used sagitt… Read More

SmartBrief on Personalized Healthcare

Personalized healthcare through genetics and genomics

SmartBrief on Personalized Healthcare

Published in partnership with: InformedDNA

Most docs say no to sweeping tests to create "baseline"

4/24/2015

  • Forbes

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's recommendations that people have their blood tested quarterly for every biomarker available set off a heated debate, but the response from the medical community in … Read More

PSNA SmartBrief

News affecting the Pennsylvania state nursing community

PSNA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Pennsylvania State Nurses Association

Pa. begins transition to full Medicaid expansion

4/29/2015

  • WITF-TV/WITF-FM (Harrisburg, Pa.)

Pennsylvania this week began the transition to a full expansion of Medicaid eligibility. About 120,000 people covered by two state health insurance programs will be moved to the HealthChoices plan, an… Read More

Specialty Pharmacy SmartBrief

News affecting the specialty pharmacy industry

Specialty Pharmacy SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Specialty Pharmacy

HIV research seeks eradication of virus

5/4/2015

  • Scientist (free registration), The

Scientists are seeking strategies to address HIV reservoirs in patients who require lifelong antiretroviral treatment to prevent latently infected cells from causing viral rebound. Early treatment is … Read More