Current Issue

October 2014

Unnecessary cancer screening in U.S.
A substantial proportion of older adults in the United States undergo unnecessary and even harmful screening for colon, prostate, breast, and cervical cancer, contrary to clear guidelines that are widely recognized and well publicized, according to two separate studies published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.
 
Herbal-supplement liver injuries on the rise for 10 years
Serious liver injury from herbal and dietary supplements–including those used by bodybuilders – has risen signifcantly over the past decade.
 
Pill holds promise for C. difficile
A rationally designed microbiome-based pill successfully eradicated recurrent Clostridium difficile infection in 29 of 30 patients in a study presented at the annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.
 
Physicians in group practice setting make more
Physicians in medical groups andother organized systems of care delivery saw a slight increase in compensation, according to annual survey data released by the American Medical Group Association.
 
CMS website snafu could lead to penalties for some
First-time meaningful use participants who are using older technology, but who did not get a hardship exemption by July 1, will see their Medicare pay reduced 1% in 2015.