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See What You Missed at December Medical Conferences

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 1:00:00 PM

In the last month, MDLinx editors covered a number of interesting and cutting edge conferences in a number of specialties, including hematology, medical oncology, and breast cancer. Here are some of the highlights.

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Tags: Conference center, Conference, conference coverage

How concerned should American clinicians be about Zika virus?

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 12:00:00 PM

The Zika virus has been making a great many headlines recently. This flavivirus, transmitted primarily by Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes, has cut a broad swath through Brazil, Mexico, and the Caribbean in the past year, as well as parts of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. More recently, isolated cases have been noted in Puerto Rico and Hawaii, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported cases in Guyana, Barbados, and Ecuador.

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Tags: infectious disease

See What You Missed at the November Medical Conferences

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 1:28:12 PM

During the month of November, MDLinx editors covered a number of interesting conferences in a number of specialties, including dermatology, ophthalmology, hepatology, cardiology, nephrology, allergy & immunology, and weight disorders. Some highlights follow:

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Tags: Conference, medical conference, Oncology Conference

For Your Holiday Wish List

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 5:00:00 PM

The airwaves this month are filled with commercials reminding us that this is the season of giving. In case you, like many adults, harbor your own secret “wish list” of items that you’d like to receive wrapped up in a bow, MDLinx has compiled a collection of gadgets and resources that we think you might like. From free or inexpensive medical apps that you can gift to yourself and others without hesitation, to medical equipment that you may have to request from the “powers that be” at your institution, these resources are worth owning. And you certainly deserve them!

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Tags: mobile apps

Review the latest studies from the October medical conferences that you missed

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 5:00:00 PM

During October, the MDLinx editors covered a number of interesting conferences in a number of specialties, including pediatrics, gastroenterology, child and adolescent psychiatry, radiation oncology, neurology, cardiology, optometry, and infectious diseases. Some highlights follow:

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Tags: Conference center, Conference related articles, Conference, medical conference

Rising Mortality in Middle-Aged White Americans: What Can Doctors Do?

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 5:00:00 PM

You’ve probably seen the headlines or read the study. Death rates are rising among lower income middle-aged white Americans while death rates in all other demographics are declining. The projected number of lives lost since 1999—more than half a million—is comparable to the current number of deaths due to the AIDS epidemic, the authors wrote.

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Tags: psychiatry, physicians, Medical news, Neurology

Breast Cancer Screening: Controversial Recommendations and Personal Decisions

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 5:00:00 PM

This week, the American Cancer Society (ACS) published new guidelines for breast cancer screening, which recommend that women who are at average risk of breast cancer should begin annual mammography screenings at age 45 – rather than at age 40, as previous ACS guidelines had recommended. The ACS also recommends that these annual screenings should continue through age 54, and that women aged 55 and older should then transition to biennial screening, while still having the opportunity to continue screening annually. The recommendations advise women to continue with screening mammography for as long as their overall health is good and they have a life expectancy of 10 years or longer.

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Tags: cancer, breast cancer

See What You Missed at the September Medical Conferences

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 5:00:00 PM

In the last month, MDLinx editors covered a number of interesting and cutting edge conferences in a number of specialties, including cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, oncology, pulmonology, and several others.

At the 16th World Conference on Lung Cancer, which took place in Denver, CO, there were a number of interesting presentations, including one on drug regulatory delays, presented by David Stewart, MD, FRCPC, from the University of Ottawa/The Ottawa Hospital in Ottawa, Canada, that looked at how the regulatory process slows progress by increasing drug development costs and produces hindrances that delay approval of useful drugs. Another presentation, by Eric Lim, MB, ChB, MD, MSc, FRCS(C-Th), of the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust in London, UK, and Lorraine Pelosof, MD, PhD, from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX, involved a study on the increase in the number of patients who have never smoked but received a diagnosis of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

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Tags: Conference center, Conference, medical conference

Implementing the WHO’s new HIV/AIDS guidelines: A challenge for our time

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 5:30:00 PM

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released new global guidelines on HIV treatment and prophylaxis. These guidelines state that all infected individuals should receive access to antiretroviral treatment (ART), not just particular categories of infected patients.

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Will the ICD-10 transition go smoothly? We’ll see, but the GAO says CMS has done its best.

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 1:34:00 PM

Everyone knows that it’s coming: the long-anticipated transition to the use of ICD-10 codes will take place as scheduled on October 1. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made it clear that all Medicare claims with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015 will be rejected if they don’t contain a valid ICD-10 code. And the question on many people’s minds is, will this transition go smoothly? Or will it be fraught with glitches that will catastrophically affect many healthcare professionals’ ability to be reimbursed for essential services?

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Tags: icd-10, cms, center for medicare & medicaid services, icd-9, gao

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