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Lung cancer diagnostic test loses specificity in areas with endemic lung infections

September 23, 2014

PET imaging with fludeoxyglucose F 18 less reliably diagnosed malignant lung lesions in populations with endemic infectious lung disease, according to results of a pooled analysis.

Stephen A. Deppen, PhD, of the department of thoracic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and colleagues evaluated data from 70 studies that assessed the sensitivity and specificity of fludeoxyglucose F 18 (FDG) and PET to diagnosis lung cancer. The studies included 8,511 suspicious lung nodules, 60% of which (n=5,105) were malignant.

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Providers align, quality matters in health care reform

September 23, 2014
LAS VEGAS – “All providers are now on the same side of the table: doctors, hospitals, other ancillary providers. If they do well taking care of patients…
In the Journals

Obesity, waist circumference continue to increase in US adults

September 23, 2014
From 1999 to 2012, abdominal obesity and average waist circumference increased among US adults, according to recent study findings published in JAMA.Earl S. Ford, MD

Cardiologists as communicators: One more opportunity for QI?

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Efficacy of Surgical Interventions for a Bipartite Patella

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CNE Article: Continuing Education

Can Increasing Adult Vaccination Rates Reduce Lost Time and Increase Productivity?

Workplace Health & Safety (formerly AAOHN Journal)
Online Advanced Release, September 16, 2014
This article addresses limited vaccination coverage by providing an overview of the epidemiology of influenza…
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Phakic IOL safe, effective over long term

September 23, 2014
LONDON – Camille J. Budo, MD, discusses his long-term experience implanting the Artisan phakic IOL, during the…
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