Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Urology for December 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.
Metabolic Syndrome Linked to Overactive Bladder in Females
THURSDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Metabolic syndrome is significantly associated with overactive bladder in female patients, according to a study published in the January issue of Urology.
Perceptions of Inappropriate Care Prevalent Among ICU Staff
TUESDAY, Dec. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Perceptions of inappropriate care are prevalent among intensive care unit (ICU) clinicians in Europe and Israel, according to a study published in the Dec. 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Vaginal Prolapse Outcomes Similar With or Without Mesh
TUESDAY, Dec. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Vaginal prolapse repair improves quality of life, with or without mesh, according to a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Platinum Treatment for Testicular Cancer Ups Neurotoxicity
THURSDAY, Dec. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term serum levels of residual platinum correlate with the severity of neurotoxicity five to 20 years after chemotherapy in testicular cancer (TC) survivors, even after adjusting for initial cisplatin dose, according to a study published online Dec. 19 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Medical Team Training Program Cuts Surgical Morbidity Rate
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21 (HealthDay News) -- The Veterans Health Administration Medical Team Training (MTT) program is associated with a significant decrease in the annual surgical morbidity rate, according to a study published in the December issue of the Archives of Surgery.
Poor Adherence to Imaging Guidelines for Prostate Cancer
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Many men with low-risk prostate cancer receive inappropriate imaging for staging of their disease, while a large percentage in the high-risk group go without appropriate imaging, according to research published in the January issue of The Journal of Urology.
Favorable Survival for Incidental Renal Cell Cancer Detection
TUESDAY, Dec. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with incidentally diagnosed renal cell carcinoma have improved survival compared with those who have symptomatic tumors, according to a study published in the January issue of The Journal of Urology.
Physician Opinions on Benefits of Open Visit Notes Vary
MONDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Primary care physicians (PCPs) have varied opinions about open access to doctors' notes; and most users of a personal health record (PHR) system are interested in sharing access to their information, according to two studies published in the Dec. 20 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Increasing U.S. Renal Cancer Incidence Differs by Age
MONDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The increase in renal cancer incidence seen from 1995 to 2006 in the United States differs by age, according to a study published in the January issue of The Journal of Urology.
Sexual Problems Highly Prevalent Among Older Men
FRIDAY, Dec. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Sexual problems are highly prevalent in older men, according to a study published online Dec. 6 in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Chemotherapy Options ID'd for Cisplatin-Unfit Urothelial Cancer
THURSDAY, Dec. 15 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with urothelial cancer who are ineligible for cisplatin therapy, treatment with gemcitabine/carboplatin (GC) or methotrexate/carboplatin/vinblastine (M-CAVI) regimens show similar efficacy, according to a study published online Dec. 12 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Physical Activity Tied to Sexual Function in Young Men
THURSDAY, Dec. 15 (HealthDay News) -- For young, healthy men, leading a sedentary lifestyle is associated with increased sexual dysfunction on various domains of the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF), according to a study published online Dec. 6 in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Lower PSA Threshold Not Being Used to Recommend Biopsy
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Men with prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels of less than 4.0 ng/mL are rarely sent for biopsy, according to a study published online Dec. 13 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Routine Cancer Screening Common in Elderly Aged 75 Up
TUESDAY, Dec. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Many adults aged 75 years or older routinely undergo cancer screening, according to a study published in the Dec. 12/26 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Infection Prevention Up in VA, Non-Federal Hospitals
TUESDAY, Dec. 13 (HealthDay News) -- From 2005 to 2009, there was a significant increase in the use of hospital-acquired infection (HAI) prevention practices in non-federal and Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, according to a study published online Dec. 6 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Factors Affecting Micro-RNA Detection Accuracy Identified
FRIDAY, Dec. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Accurate detection and quantitation of circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) is affected by inherent differences in plasma samples, methods used for their collection and analysis, and the presence of specific inhibitors in plasma, according to a study published online Dec. 9 in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics.
Urinary Incontinence Surgery Tied to Voiding Pressure
THURSDAY, Dec. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Successful surgical outcomes following stress urinary incontinence (SUI) surgery, with Burch colposuspension or autologous fascial sling, are associated with higher voiding pressures, but not with change in other urodynamic parameters, according to a study published in the December issue of Urology.
Androgen Deprivation in Prostate Cancer Not Tied to CVD Death
TUESDAY, Dec. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Use of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is not associated with cardiovascular death, but is correlated with significantly lower prostate cancer-specific mortality (PCSM) and all-cause mortality, according to a review and meta-analysis published in the Dec. 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
C. difficile Infection Ups Duration of Hospital Stay
MONDAY, Dec. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital-acquired infection with Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) significantly and independently lengthens the duration of stay in the hospital, according to a study published online Dec. 5 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.
Medical Students Fail to ID Hand Hygiene Indications
MONDAY, Dec. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Medical students who are about to start the clinical phase of their education have a lack of knowledge regarding the correct indications for hand disinfection, according to a study published in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
Time of Operation Not Linked to Postoperative Mortality
FRIDAY, Dec. 2 (HealthDay News) -- The timing of general surgery and the moon phase are not associated with 30-day mortality after surgery, according to a study published in the December issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia.
Lobular Breast Cancer Tied to Having Father With Cancer
FRIDAY, Dec. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Lobular breast cancer is associated with having a father diagnosed with cancer, most commonly prostate cancer; and this association is independent of a family history of breast cancer, according to a study published online Nov. 28 in BMC Cancer.
F2-Isoprostanes Inversely Linked to Diabetes Risk
FRIDAY, Dec. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Urinary F2-isoprostanes (iPF2α-III, 2,3-dinor-iPF2α-III, and iPF2α-VI) show a significant inverse association with the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online Nov. 18 in Diabetes Care.
Risk Factors ID'd for Pressure Ulcers in Prolonged Surgery
THURSDAY, Dec. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Pressure ulcer development during surgical procedures that last more than three hours is significantly related to the type of positioning device, table surface, skin assessment, and gender; with use of a foam pad and a lower day-one Braden score significantly predictive of pressure ulcers, according to a study published in the December issue of the AORN Journal.
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