Drug costs are projected to rise 3 to 5 percent across all care settings in 2014, according to a study published in the March 15 issue of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy.
For adolescents with cancer, mindfulness-based meditation is associated with a reduction in depressive symptoms, and with increased sleep quality for girls, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, held from March 12 to 15 in San Francisco.
Interoperability of electronic health record systems is a national priority of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, according to an article published March 4 in Medical Economics.
A 58-year-old woman presented to clinic with concerns about this skin lesion on her upper chest. She reports it has been present for 1 year and is slowly enlarging. The lesion is otherwise asymptomatic and her past history is only significant for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), for which she takes methotrexate and etanercept.
A US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted unanimously on Wednesday that a new human papillomavirus test could be used before or instead of the Pap smear as a first step in cervical cancer screening.
Although molecularly targeted cancer therapies are generally safe and more effective than previous treatment options, some serious adverse events can occur.
Americans' excessive alcohol use contributes to thousands of deaths each year, and the majority who die are working-age adults, according to a report published in the March 14 issue of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
For Medicare beneficiaries with prostate cancer, stereotactic body radiation therapy is less expensive than intensity-modulated radiation therapy, but is associated with more genitourinary toxicity, according to a study published online March 10 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Higher concentrations of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D are associated with lower mortality from breast cancer, according to a meta-analysis published in the March issue of Anticancer Research.
About one-third of U.S. oncologists report being satisfied with work-life balance, which is lower than for other medical specialties, according to a study published online March 10 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.