Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Ophthalmology for July 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.
Cataract Surgery Tied to Lower Hip Fracture Risk in Elderly
TUESDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) -- Elderly patients with cataract who receive cataract surgery have a reduced likelihood of subsequent hip fracture, compared with those who do not undergo surgery, according to a study published in the Aug. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Photochemical Restores Light Sensitivity in Blind Mice
MONDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- A small molecule "photoswitch," AAQ, restores light sensitivity in mouse models of degenerative eye diseases, according to a study published in the July 26 issue of Neuron.
Time Outdoors May Reduce Myopia in Children
MONDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- Increasing time spent outdoors may reduce the development or progression of myopia in children and adolescents, according to a study published online July 20 in Ophthalmology.
~12,000 Preventable Deaths in English Hospitals Annually
THURSDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) -- Approximately 12,000 hospital deaths in England each year are preventable, according to research published online July 7 in BMJ Quality & Safety.
Poorer Patient Experience at Safety-Net Hospitals
THURSDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) -- Safety-net hospitals (SNHs) perform worse on nearly every measure of patient experience, according to a study published online July 16 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Most Doctors Satisfied With Electronic Health Records
THURSDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) -- Although only 55 percent of physicians had adopted electronic health records (EHRs) in 2011, most are somewhat or very satisfied with their system and most report enhanced patient care, according to a July data brief issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
Social Network Analysis IDs Informal Physician Networks
TUESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- Informal networks among physicians who share patients demonstrate substantial geographic variability, while within networks, physician and patient characteristics are similar, according to a study published in the July 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Greater Immersion, Visual Symptoms With 3D Viewing
FRIDAY, July 6 (HealthDay News) -- Viewing stereoscopic three-dimensional (3D) movies correlates with heightened perceived immersion, and with increased viewing symptoms, according to a study published in the July issue of Optometry and Vision Science.
Older Americans Report Fewer Vision Problems
MONDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- Over the past several decades there has been a significant decrease in the prevalence of self-reported visual impairment among older adults in the United States, according to research published online June 8 in Ophthalmology.
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