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Healio News 10/13/2019 17:49
SAN FRANCISCO — Corneal irregularities and opacities should be diagnosed and treated before surgery, according to a speaker here. “These are conditions that we all see every day or every week in practice, and we’re talking about things that every one of us in the audience can do at any time,” Christopher J. Rapuano, MD, said at Cornea Subspecialty Day at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting. Corneal irregularities, including epithelial basement membrane dystrophy, Salzmann’s nodular degeneration and band keratopathy, can all be treated before.
Healio News 10/13/2019 16:47
SAN FRANCISCO — American Academy of Ophthalmology representatives are emphasizing the need to apply office visit Evaluation and Management code values, set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2021, to postoperative visits as well, a speaker said here. “One of the things that usually happens when there is a change in the value of the office visit codes, is those changes or increases usually get applied to the value of postoperative visits included in the surgical package,” David B. Glasser, MD, secretary for federal affairs of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, said at a press.
Healio News 10/13/2019 14:23
SAN DIEGO — While the executive order signed by president Donald J. Trump last July to set new goals for increasing transplant rates has garnered most of the attention in the kidney community, CMS has been working behind the scenes on new interpretive guidelines for surveyors that will affect transplant center operations, including staff education and processes prior to the transplant, Gail DeWald, BS, RN, CNN, noted in a talk here.
Healio News 10/13/2019 13:50
SAN FRANCISCO — Patients with wet age-related macular degeneration in the OPTIC trial treated with one in-office injection of ADVM-022, a gene therapy specifically designed for long-term intraocular VEGF suppression, maintained best corrected visual acuity and experienced improved central subfield thickness from baseline through 24 weeks’ follow-up, according to a speaker here.
Healio News 10/13/2019 11:00
The theme of this year’s International Infection Prevention Week, which runs from Oct. 13 to 19, is “Vaccines are Everybody’s Business.” International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) was enacted by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and is organized annually by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Anne Marie Benedicto , MPP, MPH, vice president of the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, called IIPW “vital for patient safety” considering the continued challenge posed by health care-associated infections.
Healio News 10/13/2019 10:00
SAN FRANCISCO — Using VisuMax Circle enhancement after SMILE results in less pain and a shorter recovery time than surface ablation, according to a speaker here. “We do not repeat SMILE to enhance patients who have received SMILE treatment,” Jakob Siedlecki, MD, said at Refractive Surgery Subspecialty Day at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting. Many surgeons use LASIK; however, squeezing a thick flap on a thin SMILE cap can be difficult. Many then use surface ablation, but patients may experience pain and a slow recovery time. “For this reason, Circle is.
Healio News 10/13/2019 08:14
CHICAGO — In this video exclusive, Cardiology Today Editorial Board Member Ileana L. Piña, MD, MPH, discussed her Cardiometabolic Health Congress workshop on the role of potassium-binding agents in optimizing guideline-directed therapy for HF. Piña, professor of medicine at Wayne State University, clinical professor of medicine at Central Michigan University and director of CVD research and academic affairs and regional and national director of HF at Detroit Medical Center, said the workshop focused on complications that prevent some clinicians from starting patients on.
Healio News 10/13/2019 08:00
World Thrombosis Day is observed on Oct. 13. The annual observance — now in its sixth year — is part of a campaign to raise awareness about the condition, including its causes, risk factors, symptoms, and prevention and treatment strategies. In conjunction with World Thrombosis Day, HemOnc Today and Healio highlight eight research updates in thrombosis treatment, surveillance and risk prediction.
Healio News 10/12/2019 16:51
CHICAGO — Findings of cardiovascular benefit with icosapent ethyl treatment from the REDUCE-IT trial have already revealed actionable clinical implications, but determining whether triglyceride reductions or eicosapentaenoic acid increases are the key mechanisms will be the focus of continuing research, according to a speaker at the Cardiometabolic Heath Congress.
Healio News 10/12/2019 15:33
SAN FRANCISCO —Medical treatments for addressing presbyopia are on the horizon, with two approaches currently being studied, according to a speaker here. “Presbyopia, literally meaning ‘old-eye,’ results in a gradual decrease in lens accommodation, leading to a significant lack of functional near vision. It affects the majority of people over the age of 40, with a target population of 30 to 40 million in the United States, and we have no approved pharmacologic treatment,” Sheri L. Rowen, MD, said at Refractive Subspecialty Day at the American Academy of.
Healio News 10/12/2019 11:00
Findings from a systematic review and meta-analysis showed that African countries with severe anti-LGBT legislation have lower levels of HIV testing and awareness among men who have sex with men, or MSM. “Cascade levels are very low among MSM in Africa, particularly status awareness and treatment among MSM living with HIV, which we found were only 19% and 24%, respectively,” James Stannah, MPH, a PhD epidemiology candidate within the faculty of medicine at McGill University, told Infectious Disease News. “We [also] found that levels of testing and status awareness among MSM.

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