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December 2016 Briefing - Radiology

Last Updated: January 01, 2017.

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Radiology for December 2016. 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.

BodyFIX Without Wrap Works for Radiotherapy Immobilization

FRIDAY, Dec. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The BodyFIX without wrap is suitable for clinical immobilization during radiotherapy, according to a study published online Dec. 20 in the Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences.

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Low Dose Protocol Cuts Patient Exposure to Radiation During PCI

FRIDAY, Dec. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A lose dose protocol (LDP) can reduce patient radiation exposure during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), according to a study published in the Jan. 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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Personal Health Care Spending Continues to Soar in the U.S.

TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- From 1996 to 2013 there were considerable increases in personal health care spending in the United States, with the highest amounts for diabetes, ischemic heart disease, and low back and neck pain, according to a study published in the Dec. 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Confocal Microscopy Aids Surgical Removal of Tumors From Eyelid

TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Imaging using fluorescence confocal microscopy (FCM) analysis in the reflectance mode and with an "en face" scanning can control tumor margins of eyelid basal cell carcinoma (BCC) to optimize surgical management, according to a study published online Dec. 19 in Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology.

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Radiation Dose to Head & Neck Tied to Thyroid Dysfunction Risk

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with head and neck cancer receiving radiotherapy (RT), thyroid dysfunction is a dose-related complication, with increased risk for female sex and concurrent chemotherapy, according to a study published online Dec. 1 in Head & Neck.

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New Guideline Addresses Male Urethral Stricture

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new guideline by the American Urological Association, published in the January issue of The Journal of Urology, provides a clinical framework for the diagnosis and treatment of male urethral stricture.

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Health Care Provider Burnout Negatively Affects Quality, Safety

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Health care provider burnout is negatively associated with quality and safety of health care, according to a meta-analysis published recently in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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DEA Announces Critical Changes in Registration Renewal Process

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced critical changes in its registration renewal process, according to a report published by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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Dysglycemia Affects Brain Structure, Cognition in Seniors

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In older adults, dysglycemia is associated with brain structure and cognition, according to a study published online Dec. 5 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Adjuvant Chemo Plus CRT Best in Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For nonmetastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma, the addition of adjuvant chemotherapy (AC) to chemoradiotherapy (CRT) is associated with the highest survival benefit, according to research published online Dec. 5 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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BRCA Testing, Not Mastectomies, Up After Angelina Jolie Editorial

FRIDAY, Dec. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- After actress Angelina Jolie's 2013 New York Times editorial that announced her preventive double mastectomy, there was an increase in the number of women who were tested for the BRCA genes but no corresponding increase in mastectomy rates, according to research published in the Christmas 2016 issue of the The BMJ.

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CTA Can Diagnose Partially Obstructed IVC in Budd-Chiari

FRIDAY, Dec. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS), computed tomographic angiography (CTA) has high diagnostic accuracy for partially obstructed inferior vena cava (IVC), according to a study published online Nov. 29 in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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MRI Ups Diagnostic Accuracy of Fetal Brain Abnormalities

FRIDAY, Dec. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Follow-up magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) after a mid-pregnancy ultrasound could help improve diagnosis of possible fetal brain abnormalities, according to a study published online Dec. 14 in The Lancet.

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MRI Has a Role to Play After Negative Prostate Biopsy

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and MRI-targeted biopsies have a role in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with a prior negative prostate biopsy, according to a review published in the December issue of The Journal of Urology.

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Cetuximab + Chemoradiation Can Cure HIV-Associated Anal Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Definitive chemoradiation (CRT) can potentially cure HIV-associated squamous cell carcinoma of the anal canal (SCCAC), with the addition of cetuximab resulting in less locoregional failure (LRF), according to a study published online Dec. 12 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Higher NT-proBNP Tied to Lower Brain Volume in Older Adults

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For older adults without dementia, higher N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is associated with lower total brain volume, according to a study published online Dec. 7 in Radiology.

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Prevalence of Disability 2.7 Percent at U.S. Medical Schools

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of disability is 2.7 percent among medical students at U.S. allopathic medical schools, according to a research letter published in the Dec. 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue of medical education.

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Number of Cancer Cases, Deaths Up Globally

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer cases rose 33 percent worldwide in the past 10 years, according to a report published online Dec. 3 in JAMA Oncology.

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Learning Interventions Can Improve Med Student Well-Being

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Specific learning interventions may improve emotional well-being among medical students, according to a review published in the Dec. 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on medical education.

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Depression, Suicide Ideation Prevalent in Medical Students

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalences of depression or depressive symptoms and suicide ideation are 27.2 and 11.1 percent, respectively, among medical students, according to a review published in the Dec. 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on medical education.

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Multimodal Breast Cancer Tx May Up Cytokines, Comorbidities

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer survivors who undergo multimodal treatment have higher cytokines and comorbidities than controls without cancer, according to a study published online Nov. 28 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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CDC: Fewer U.S. Families Struggling to Pay Medical Bills

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of people in families having problems paying medical bills fell by nearly 13 million from 2011 through the first six months of 2016, according to a report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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