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04-02-2016 | Oncology | News | Article

Oncofertility complications reviewed for US patients

Three articles published in JAMA Oncology highlight the legal and clinical care issues surrounding fertility preservation in US patients with cancer.

23-04-2013 | Neurology | Article

Warning over US neurologist shortage

Neurologists are urging the US Congress to undertake policy changes that will encourage more medical residents to specialize in neurology to ensure patient access to care.

17-04-2013 | Surgery | Article

Happy patients no indicator of surgical quality

Patient satisfaction with their hospital stay does not inform on the quality of surgical care they received, US researchers warn.

16-04-2013 | Legal medicine | Article

Cancer patients and physicians support assisted dying program

A Death with Dignity program, in which physicians can assist cancer patients with a prognosis of less than 6 months to end their lives, has been well-accepted by patients and their families, and received growing support from the physicians involved.

15-04-2013 | Internal medicine | Article

Advanced care planning ‘should be standard’

Quality and outcomes would likely improve If advanced care planning processes and documentation in residential aged care facilities became standardized, say researchers in

BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care


10-04-2013 | Legal medicine | Article

Spontaneous stillbirth rates not on the rise

Canadian researchers have found that an increase in stillbirth rates over the past decade is due primarily to higher numbers of pregnancy terminations for congenital anomalies, and is not related to changes in spontaneous stillbirth rates.

09-04-2013 | Psychology | Article

Mental disorders prevalent among parents who commit filicide

UK study findings published in

PLoS One

reveal that over one-third of parents and step-parents who murder their children – known as filicide – have a mental disorder.

02-04-2013 | Legal medicine | Article

UK clinicians show little support for controlling ‘fertility tourism’

Research shows there is little support among health professionals in the UK for legal controls on cross-border fertility treatment.

26-03-2013 | Cardiology | Article

ICD switch-off a gray area for clinicians

The deactivation of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator should not be done against the wishes of a patient or their family and surrogates, even when continuing the treatment is medically futile, a survey of electrophysiology practitioners suggests.

24-03-2013 | Legal medicine | Article

Greater attention to hepatitis C virus in detention facilities needed

Around 2.2 million prison detainees worldwide are anti-hepatitis C virus positive, estimate the authors of a global meta-analysis, who say that more must be done to identify and treat HCV in this population.

21-03-2013 | Legal medicine | Article

Dispute over biannual breast screening

Screening women aged 50 to 74 years old for breast cancer every 2 years is as effective as annual screening but reduces the rate of false–positive diagnoses, conclude the authors of a US study.

19-03-2013 | Psychology | Article

Psychologic benefits for relatives witnessing CPR

People given the option to witness the cardiopulmonary resuscitation of close relatives are less likely to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms than those who are not, French research shows.

19-03-2013 | Emergency medicine | Article

Presenting symptoms belie ED discharge diagnoses

Presenting symptoms among patients in the emergency department do not differ between those who need hospital treatment and those who could have been treated in primary care, a study in JAMA shows.

18-03-2013 | Legal medicine | Article

Young age maximizes HPV vaccine effectiveness

Emerging real-world data have shown that human papillomavirus vaccination in early adolescence provides the strongest protection against genital warts.

14-03-2013 | Psychology | Article

Targeted HIV prophylaxis key to cost effectiveness

A review of modeling studies shows that HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis is a cost-effective prevention strategy in many settings.

11-03-2013 | Infectious disease | Article

HIV transmission and the law: guidance needed for support services

Support services for those living with HIV will benefit from improved guidance about the criminalization of HIV transmission, according to a UK study.

11-03-2013 | Legal medicine | Article

CT imaging risk communication deficits exposed

Survey results highlight the inadequacy of risk communication to patients undergoing computed tomography imaging, with most patients receiving no or poor quality information from their physician.

05-03-2013 | Surgery | Article

Improved bariatric surgery outcomes not due to restricted Medicare coverage

Substantial improvements in perioperative outcomes of bariatric surgery over the past decade are not attributable to a restriction in Medicare coverage to patients receiving the weight loss operation at centers of excellence, report researchers.

05-03-2013 | Internal medicine | Article

Palliative specialists support UK care pathway

An overwhelming majority of UK doctors believe that the Liverpool care pathway represents the best practice for care of a dying patient, according to an email survey with over 600 respondents.

04-03-2013 | Anaesthesiology | Article

Heed the fire triangle for safe electrocautery

Most fires in the operating room are caused by electrocautery, according to a US review of surgical malpractice claims.