Modern Medicine Feature Articles

New strategies to assess the risk of diabetes-related vision lossA colleague recently told me that eye doctors should “stay within the lines” of traditional eye care because we barely have enough time as it is to do our jobs. My response was that today more than half of our adult patients have either diabetes or prediabetes, so our job now requires we go ”outside the lines” to avoid the leading cause of preventable blindness.
Using the extra eyes within your exam room
Using the extra eyes within your exam roomI don’t have periscope eyes, so I can’t peek around blind corners. Plus, my neck is stiff after years of hunching over a slit lamp. As a result, I can’t turn my head as well to get a good look around.
Embolization for BPH shows long-term safety, efficacyFindings of a retrospective study including 1,000 men with follow-up ranging to 8 years demonstrate the long-term safety and efficacy of prostatic artery embolization for relieving lower urinary tract symptoms secondary to BPH, researchers reported at the Society of Interventional Radiology annual scientific meeting in Washington.
New treatments on the horizonEmerging therapies are showing impressive efficacy and good tolerability, according to one dermatologist.
Surveillance rarely used in stage 1, 2 prostate CaWhile close to 90% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer between 1998 and 2012 had stage 1 and stage 2 disease, more than 90% underwent surgery or radiation to treat the cancer, according to a study presented at the Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in Orlando, FL.
NMIBC guideline compliance remains lowUrologists’ compliance with nonmuscle-invasive bladder cancer guidelines has improved with respect to delivery of perioperative mitomycin, but other care measures continue to be suboptimal, according to a new study.
Software could help prevent post-cystectomy readmissionResearchers have developed software that can generate, in real time, whether a radical cystectomy patient is likely to be rehospitalized and when the urologist should follow up with the patient.
Patients, physicians forgo adult vaccines over cost and coverage concernsPatients often go without vaccines due to cost, and physicians don’t always recommend them over concerns about reimbursement, according to a new study.
California team working to develop acne vaccineA vaccine targeting the protein that contributes to acne breakouts is in development at the University of California, San Diego.
Centroid value, posterior cornea info adds game for toric calculatorsCataract surgeons using toric intraocular lens (IOL) calculators are more likely to have better outcomes when using a centroid value for their surgically induced astigmatism (SIA), rather than a mean or a median value.