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Eliminating pretreatment biopsy reduced cost without compromising care for BCC

September 4, 2015

A simplified detect-and-treat scheme that eliminates the biopsy before initiating treatment of basal cell carcinoma resulted in cost savings while maintaining quality of care, according to recently published study results.

Researchers developed a decision analytic model to compare costs of traditional basal cell carcinoma (BCC) management, which involved pretreatment biopsy in all cases, and a detect-and-treat scheme, in which patients presenting with well-delineated and unequivocal BCC lesions were offered shave removal or referred to a Mohs micrographic surgeon, who conducted an on-site histologic check. Literature and institutional data analysis were used to determine values for model parameters, and a 2014 Medicare fee schedule was used to estimate costs.

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Increase in injuries, hospital admissions among older cyclists

September 3, 2015
Bicycle related injuries and hospital admissions have significantly increased since 1998, with a substantial proportion among adults aged older than 45 years, according…
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Calcium signaling central to hippocampus-related memory processes in health, disease

September 3, 2015
Data from an international multicenter study indicated the central role calcium signaling plays in hippocampus-dependent human memory processes in cognitive health and…
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Type 2 diabetes may promote neurodegeneration independent of Alzheimer's disease

September 2, 2015
Cross-sectional analysis of the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative study cohort suggests type 2 diabetes may encourage neurodegeneration independent of…
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Proton pump inhibitors may increase fracture risk in older women

September 2, 2015
Older women who use proton pump inhibitors to reduce stomach acid may increase their risk for fracture, according to research in Bone.In a prospective cohort study…
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Frail Older Adults’ Experiences With a Proactive, Nurse-Led Primary Care Program: A Qualitative Study

Journal of Gerontological Nursing, September 2015, Volume 41 Issue 9
1.3 contact hours will be awarded by Villanova University College of Nursing upon successful completion of this…
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VIDEO: Distinguishing asthma from COPD in elderly poses challenge to clinicians

November 26, 2014
ATLANTA — In this video, Stephen P. Peters, MD, PhD, FAAAAI, FCCP, FACP, FCPP, discusses his presentation on…
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