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Include a diet soda question on patient history?

Should a medical provider’s health assessment include a question about a patient’s diet soda consumption? According to a recent study by Eva Fenwick, PhD, published in Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2018;46:767-776, people who drank more than four cans of diet soda per week had twice the risk of proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Eye issues related to soft drinks were not correlated to the sugary ones. 

Author Fenwick is a clinical research fellow at the Singapore Eye Research Institute and an assistant professor at the Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore.

Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 3:13PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

"Top Five Story" for 2018 includes study on reduced preterm births

Preterm birth often results in neonatal morbidity and mortality. Preterm birth is considered birth before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy. With approximately 10% of births occurring short of this timeline, the US has been working to lower the rate for many years. The estimate for annual perinatal deaths due to preterm birth is more than 1 million, globally. A recent study concluded that “cervical cerclage and vaginal progesterone should be considered to prevent preterm birth in singleton pregnancies with shortened cervix and previous history of preterm birth.” The study was published in the July 2018 Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and was chosen for the Five Top Stories in Women’s Health in 2018 by Medscape.

Posted on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 2:00PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

Updated Pediatric Emergency Room Guidelines

Most US children who need hospital emergency care do not receive it in dedicated children’s emergency rooms/services. The Nov 1st edition of PEDIATRICS updated recommendations on how to provide a higher and more even quallity of care for these children. The identification of a specialized physician and nurse coordinator for pediatric emergency care was one of several important guidelines.

Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 4:05PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

Benefits Touted: "AI" Screening for Skin Cancer

Here’s another example of future innovations in healthcare: Artifical intelligence (AI) could increase the number of people screened for skin cancer and better prioritize limited resources to those who really need them most, according to Roger Ho, MD, et al, in their published column from the Department of Dermatology at New York University School of Medicine. The study was published online August 22, 2018, in JAMA Dermatology. How well are our medical practices, hospitals and schools preparing to harness AI technology?

Posted on Monday, September 3, 2018 at 2:56PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

What is all the buzz about the ARRIVE study?

Purposely inducing healthy pregnant women befoer 40 weeks seems to be counter-intuitive to other recent efforts to move away from medical intervention for low risk births. A clinical trial called ARRIVE indicated that induction of labor at 39 weeks in low-risk nulliparous women did not result in a significantly lower frequency of a composite adverse perinatal outcome, and resulted in a significantly lower cesarean rate. The study funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and published in NEJM. is creating lots of discussion. Too soon to report a variety of responses, but stay tuned.

Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 8:38PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment