Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Ophthalmology for November 2011. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
U.S. Patients Highly Satisfied With Outpatient Medical Care
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Patients in the United States are, in general, highly satisfied with their outpatient medical care, according to a study published online Oct. 3 in Health Outcomes Research in Medicine.
High-Performing Docs Learn Equally From Success, Failure
MONDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Among physicians making decisions in a medically-framed learning task, high and low performers show distinct behavioral and neural patterns of learning, according to a study published online Nov. 23 in PLoS One.
Fat Repositioning Results in Elevation of Orbicularis Edge
TUESDAY, Nov. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Use of supraperiosteal fat repositioning during lower eyelid blepharoplasty results in elevation of the orbicularis muscle edge, according to a study published in the November/December issue of the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.
Nonpunitive Method Improves Medical Error Reporting
MONDAY, Nov. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Medical error reporting in an academic pediatric ambulatory practice can be improved by a voluntary, nonpunitive, error-reporting system, according to a study published online Nov. 21 in Pediatrics.
Diabetes-Related Visual Impairment Declining in U.S.
THURSDAY, Nov. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Self-reported visual impairment in adults with diabetes has declined significantly in the last 14 years, while annual contact with eye care providers remains unchanged, according to a report published in the Nov. 18 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report.
Retinal Changes Tied to Impaired Daily Living Activities
THURSDAY, Nov. 17 (HealthDay News) -- The presence of two or more retinal microvascular changes in community-dwelling older adults is associated with increased disability in performance of activities of daily living (ADL), according to a study published online Nov. 14 in the Archives of Ophthalmology.
Team Approach Improves Retinoblastoma Management
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Genetic testing can be integrated into the management plan of retinoblastoma (RB) using a multidisciplinary approach, according to a study published in the November issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology.
Half of U.S. Adult Smokers Tried to Quit Last Year
THURSDAY, Nov. 10 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of adults who smoke would like to quit, but only about a third of them seek medical help and/or support to do so, according to research published in the Nov. 11 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report.
Glove Use Linked to Reduced Hand Hygiene Compliance
THURSDAY, Nov. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Glove usage among healthcare workers is often inappropriate, and hand hygiene compliance is worse when gloves are worn, according to a study published online Oct. 17 in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
Great Achievement at Young Age Function of Time, Not Field
MONDAY, Nov. 7 (HealthDay News) -- The frequency of great scientific achievements at young age is a function of time, and not related to the field, according to a study published online Nov. 7 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Receptionists Contribute to Safety of Repeat Prescriptions
FRIDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Receptionists and administrative staff of general practices in the United Kingdom make important contributions to quality and safety in repeat prescribing, which are often unknown to clinicians, according to a study published online Nov. 3 in BMJ.
Rooms of Patients With A. baumannii Often Contaminated
FRIDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) -- A considerable proportion of rooms of patients colonized or infected with multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (A. baumannii) (MDR-AB) have surfaces which are positive for A. baumannii, even in patients with a remote history of infection, according to a study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
No Medicare Savings From Disease-Management Hotline
THURSDAY, Nov. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Commercial disease-management companies using nurse-based call centers modestly improve quality-of-care measures in Medicare fee-for-service programs with no evident reduction in costs of care or acute care utilization, according to a study published in the Nov. 3 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Risks for C. difficile Infection, Colonization Identified
THURSDAY, Nov. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Health care-associated Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection and colonization are differentially associated with defined host and pathogen variables, according to a study published in the Nov. 3 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
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