Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Urology for June 2012. 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.
Myrbetriq Approved for Overactive Bladder
FRIDAY, June 29 (HealthDay News) -- Myrbetriq (mirabegron) has been approved to treat adults with overactive bladder, a condition affecting some 33 million Americans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday in a news release.
Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform Law
THURSDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Supreme Court voted June 28 to uphold the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which has been the subject of debate and multiple lawsuits since its 2010 inception.
Duplicate Payments by Federal Government Increasing
WEDNESDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- The federal government spends a substantial and increasing amount on individuals who are dually enrolled in separate managed care programs (the Veterans Affairs health care system [VA] and Medicare Advantage plan [MA]), according to a study published online June 26 in the Journal of the American Medical Association to coincide with presentation at the Annual Research Meeting of AcademyHealth, held from June 24 to 26 in Orlando, Fla.
Use of Electronic Records Tied to Fewer Malpractice Claims
TUESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- Use of electronic health records (EHRs) is associated with fewer medical malpractice claims among physicians from multiple surgical and medical specialties, according to a research letter published online June 25 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Similar Outcomes for Robot-Aided, Conventional Nephrectomy
FRIDAY, June 22 (HealthDay News) -- Robot-assisted and conventional laparoscopic partial nephrectomies have similar outcomes and complication rates, according to a study published in the July issue of The Journal of Urology.
Half of Residents Report Working While Sick
THURSDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- About half of residents have worked while sick, with many reporting feeling obligated to colleagues and patients, according to a research letter published online June 18 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Prophylactic Midurethral Sling Reduces Urinary Incontinence
WEDNESDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- For women without preoperative stress incontinence, placement of a midurethral sling at the time of vaginal prolapse surgery correlates with reduced rates of urinary incontinence at three and 12 months as well as increased rates of adverse events, according to a study published in the June 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Abnormal Fusion Transcript Linked to Prostate Cancer
TUESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- A fusion transcript generated in prostate cancers without chromosomal rearrangement is associated with prostate cancer growth and disease progression, according to a study published online June 19 in Cancer Discovery.
Surgical Interns Concerned About Duty-Hour Restrictions
TUESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- Surgical interns have significant concerns about the impact of new Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) core competency duty-hour restrictions on the quality of their training, according to a study published in the June issue of the Archives of Surgery.
Testosterone Therapy Does Not Up Prostate Cancer Incidence
FRIDAY, June 15 (HealthDay News) -- Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) appears to be safe and does not increase the incidence of prostate cancer, according to a study published online June 6 in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
CDC: Preventive Health Services Underused Before 2010
THURSDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Prior to 2010, only about half of all U.S. adults received key preventive health services, according to a report published in the June 15 supplement of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report.
Lifestyle Factors for Low-Motile Sperm Concentration Identified
THURSDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Common lifestyle factors associated with low-motile sperm concentration (MSC) include a history of testicular cancer, being in manual labor or not working, and black ethnicity, while men who wear loose underwear and have had a previous conception are less likely to have low MSC, according to a study published online June 12 in Human Reproduction.
Gender Gap Exists in Physician Researchers' Salaries
TUESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- A survey of mid-career academic physician researchers shows that gender differences in salary exist even after adjusting for differences in specialty, institutional characteristics, academic productivity, academic rank, and work hours, according to a study published in the June 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Intravesical Chondroitin Sulfate of Little Benefit in Cystitis
WEDNESDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Intravesical sodium chondroitin sulfate is not recommended for the treatment of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) in women as it produces only minor improvements in symptoms and pain, according to research published in the June issue of Urology.
Risk of Calcium Oxalate Stones Not Affected by Oxalate Intake
TUESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Eating large amounts of oxalate does not significantly affect the risk of developing calcium oxalate stones if the recommended amount of dietary calcium is also eaten, according to a study published in the June issue of Urology.
Troponin T May Help Predict Death After Noncardiac Surgery
TUESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Elevated peak troponin T (TnT) measurements in the first three days after noncardiac surgery are associated with an increased risk of 30-day mortality, according to a study published in the June 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Gender Gap in Reproductive Preservation in Cancer Patients
TUESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- A gender gap exists in the manner in which young adult cancer patients are presented with fertility preservation options, with women reporting fewer discussions of future reproductive choices, according to a study published online May 30 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
PTSD Linked to Urinary Incontinence in Female Veterans
FRIDAY, June 1 (HealthDay News) -- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is independently associated with urgency/mixed urinary incontinence (UI) symptoms in female veterans, according to a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Pioglitazone Use Ups Bladder Cancer Risk in Type 2 Diabetes
FRIDAY, June 1 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with type 2 diabetes, use of the oral hypoglycemic agent pioglitazone correlates with an increased risk of bladder cancer, with the risk increasing with duration of use, according to a study published online May 31 in BMJ.
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