November 2017 Briefing - AllergyLast Updated: December 01, 2017.
Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Allergy for November 2017. 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.
Physicians Report High Rate of Uncontrolled Atopic Dermatitis
THURSDAY, Nov. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians rate a high proportion of patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) as having inadequate disease control, according to a study published online Nov. 13 in the Journal of Dermatology.
Value-Based Payment Modifier Not Tied to Practice Performance
TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM) is not associated with performance differences between practices serving higher-risk and lower-risk patients, according to a study published online Nov. 28 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Clinician Denial of Patient Requests Impacts Satisfaction
TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Clinician denial of some types of tests requested by patients is associated with worse patient satisfaction with the clinician, according to a study published online Nov. 27 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Guidance Issued for Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis Pharmacologic Tx
TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A workgroup from the Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters has reviewed evidence and provided guidance for health care providers regarding treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis in patients aged 12 years or older. The clinical guideline was published online Nov. 28 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
New Workflows Have Potential to Address Provider Burnout
MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New solutions are needed to address burnout among health care team members, yet, in a catch-22 situation for health industry leaders, change fatigue contributes to burnout, according to a Vocera Communications report entitled In Pursuit of Resilience, Well-Being, and Joy in Healthcare.
Essay Adds to Discourse on Impact of Suggestive Jokes
MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seemingly benign, recurring patterns of joking around a single theme (joke cycles) can contribute to humorizing and legitimizing sexual misconduct, according to an essay published online Nov. 12 in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies.
Female Physicians' Spouses More Likely to Work
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Spouses of female physicians are on average more educated and work more hours outside the home than spouses of male physicians, according to a research letter published online Nov. 21 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Researchers ID Microbiome Genes Tied to Asthma
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Functional genes in the upper airway microbiome may be tied to childhood asthma, according to a study published Nov. 20 in Allergy.
Intranasal Omalizumab Does Not Increase Serum IgE Levels
TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In patients with birch pollen allergy, intranasal administration of omalizumab does not result in relevant change of allergen-specific and total immunoglobulin E (IgE) levels, according to a pilot study published online Oct. 30 in Allergy.
High Costs Associated With Physician Burnout, Attrition
TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians who are experiencing burnout are more than twice as likely to leave their organization within two years, and this is associated with significant economic costs, according to a report from the American Medical Association.
SMS Reminders Moderately Effective for Flu Vaccination
MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Short message service (SMS) reminders are a moderately effective way to increase the rate of influenza vaccination among high-risk patients, according to a study published in the November/December issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.
Many Health Care Providers Work While Sick
FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than 40 percent of health care personnel (HCP) with influenza-like illness (ILI) work while ill, according to a study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
Simple Checklist Can Identify Useful Clinical Practice Guidelines
FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A simple, easy-to-use checklist, the Guideline Trustworthiness, Relevance, and Utility Scoring Tool (G-TRUST), can identify useful clinical practice guidelines, according to a study published in the September/October issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.
Psychosocial Benefit Seen With Probiotic, Peanut Oral Immunotx
FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Probiotic and peanut oral immunotherapy (PPOIT) has a sustained beneficial effect on psychosocial impact of food allergy after end-of-treatment, according to a study published online Oct. 20 in Allergy.
Health Care Experts in Favor of Patient Contribution to Notes
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Health care experts are supportive of OurNotes, an intervention in which patients and families co-produce medical notes with clinicians, according to a research letter published online Nov. 13 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Peanut Patch Found Safe, Effective for Treating Allergies
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A 250-μg peanut patch produces a significant treatment response in peanut-allergic patients treated for a year, according to a study published online Nov. 14 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Extended Breastfeeding May Cut Later Flexural Dermatitis Risk
TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Promotion of prolonged and exclusive breastfeeding may reduce the risk of flexural dermatitis in adolescence but does not affect lung function or questionnaire-derived measures of asthma or atopic eczema, according to a study published online Nov. 13 in JAMA Pediatrics.
Inhaled Corticosteroids Not Linked to Fracture in Children
TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Inhaled corticosteroids are not associated with increased odds of fracture in the pediatric asthma population, according to a study published online Nov. 13 in JAMA Pediatrics.
Surgeons Often Prescribing Too Many Opioids After Rhinoplasty
MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients use a mean of 8.7 of the initially prescribed 20 to 30 hydrocodone-acetaminophen combination tablets after rhinoplasty, according to a study published online Nov. 9 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.
Doctors Have Extra Two Weeks to Preview Performance Data
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians have two extra weeks to preview their 2016 performance information as a result of a mistake related to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Physician Compare online resource, according to a report published by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Increases in U.S. Health Spending Tied to Health Service Price
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Factors including increases in health care service price and intensity are associated with increases in U.S. health care spending from 1996 to 2013, according to a study published online Nov. 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Evidence Scant for Treatment of Cough With the Common Cold
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There has been little change in the treatment recommendations for cough due to the common cold since publication of guidelines in 2006, according to a review published online Nov. 7 in Chest.
Steroid-Releasing Sinus Implant Deemed Effective, Safe
MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), placement of an hourglass-shaped bioabsorbable, steroid-releasing sinus implant improves postoperative outcomes when placed in the frontal sinus ostia (FSO) after endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS), according to a study published online Nov. 2 in JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery.
Driving Impairment Warnings Often Not Given With Rx Meds
THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Not all prescription drug users report receiving warnings about driving impairment, according to a study published online Nov. 1 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
CMS Launches Initiative to Examine Impact of Regulations
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched an initiative to examine which provider regulations should be discarded or revamped amid concerns that the regulations are reducing the amount of time that physicians spend with patients, according to an article published in Modern Healthcare.
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