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Relative Value Units Useful In Evaluating Practice Finances
The Relative Value Unit is a useful tool for managing practice finances, according to an article published Feb. 25 in Medical Economics.
Dialysis Treatment Alternative in Development for Kidney Failure Patients
Scientists have developed a nanofiber mesh they hope can be incorporated into a device to replace daily hospital visits for kidney failure patients.
Prostatectomy Cuts Mortality in Early Prostate Cancer
Surgical treatment reduces long-term mortality among men with localized prostate cancer compared with those who undergo watchful waiting, according to research published in the March 6 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Fewer Positive Margins With Robot-Assisted Prostatectomy
Robot-assisted radical prostatectomy is associated with improved surgical margin status compared with open radical prostatectomy for intermediate- and high-risk disease and with less use of additional cancer therapy, according to a study published online March 4 in European Urology.
Blood Screening Alone Ineffective for Low-T Diagnosis
Researchers concluded that blood sampling analysis as the only method of diagnosis for hypogonadism is leading to under- and overdiagnosis of low-T.
Article Offers Guidance on Discussing PSA Screening With Patients
Discussion of prostate-specific antigen screening should focus on current guidelines and emphasize shared decision making, according to an article published Feb. 11 in the Urology Times.
AMA Grants Curriculum Efforts to Address Health Disparities
Medical schools are beginning to change their curriculum to address ways to eliminate health disparities, according to the American Medical Association.
Value-Based Insurance Plans Can Up Prescription Adherence
Value-based insurance design plans with certain features aside from solely lowering cost sharing can increase medication adherence, according to a study published in the March issue of Health Affairs.
Editor's Letter
Let the Buyer Beware of Direct-to-consumer Advertising
Whether direct-to-consumer advertising is a good or bad thing remains a matter for debate, but what is not up for discussion is the need for due diligence on the part of physicians in managing patients who are motivated by those ads to seek medical attention.
WHO Program Improves US Medical Facility Hand Hygiene
For US health care facilities, participation in the World Health Organization global campaign to improve hand hygiene practices is associated with improved hand hygiene, according to a study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
The 35th Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress
The Society of Gynecologic Oncologists 41st Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer
American Society of Clinical Oncology 2009
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