AI support platform saves time in routine radiology practices

By integrating an artificial intelligence (AI) support platform into routine radiology practice, radiologists will save about an hour a day interpreting chest CT scans compared to reading the scans without it, a randomized study suggests. dr. Joseph Schoepfa “Radiology is one of the main potential uses of AI simply because we are digitally based, something … Read more

Pandemic showed telemedicine benefited fewer urban patients

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of healthcare offices and led many patients to avoid in-person care. New evidence shows that telemedicine was a vital bridge to treatment for many in less urban areas, and that many patients viewed those experiences as positive. Two studies provide evidence for how patients and clinicians used telecare during … Read more

Birth control pills for men seem feasible in very early studies

ATLANTA — Potential once-daily oral contraceptives for men have overcome an initial clinical hurdle and show a degree of testosterone suppression that should be sufficient for contraceptive effect without causing symptomatic hypogonadism, according to results of phase 1 trial presented at ENDO 2022 . Two pills are in development, and the studies to date suggest … Read more

‘P-Shot’ for Erectile Dysfunction: Pricey and Without Evidence

Injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) are often offered at great expense to men with erectile dysfunction (ED) by a variety of healthcare professionals, despite the lack of evidence-based guidelines to support their use or standardized protocols or duration of treatment. treatment, according to a new study. Researchers surveyed more than 100 clinics in eight densely … Read more

Artificial intelligence colonoscopy system shows promise

A new artificial intelligence (AI) system could help expert endoscopists improve their colonoscopies, a new study shows. Endoscopists using the computer program SKOUT (Iterative Scopes, Inc) achieved a 27% better detection of adenomas per colonoscopy compared with endoscopists working without computer assistance, said lead author Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH, director of outcomes research in the … Read more

Goodbye beepers, hello clinical texts

Despite the consumer shift from pagers to cell phones and smartphones, paging has remained a means of communication among healthcare professionals. But that is changing. More and more hospitals are replacing pagers with clinical SMS systems that allow clinicians to send and receive patient care messages using smartphones. “This is a trend we see happening … Read more

Resting heart rate predicts fitness level

The study covered in this summary has been published as a preprint on papers.ssrn.com and has not yet been peer-reviewed. Key learning points The inverse relationship between resting heart rate and maximal oxygen consumption is directly correlated with physical fitness and adiposity. Resting heart rate is a biomarker of fitness and therefore a predictor of … Read more

Making healthy (plant-based) diets the easy choice

This transcript has been edited for clarity. Michelle L. O’Donoghue, MD, MPH: Hi. I’m Dr Michelle O’Donoghue reporting for Medscape. Today Dr. Rob Ostfeld with me, a leader in plant-based nutrition and driving change in his own hospital system regarding the food delivered. You were also an interlocutor for one of the recent clinical trials … Read more

Mechanical touch therapy device shows promise for anxiety

A home investigational device is a promising non-invasive therapeutic approach for anxiety disorders, the results of an open-label pilot study suggest. The small study found that Mechanical Affective Touch Therapy (MATT) users had improved anxiety and depression symptoms, which was consistent with positive changes in alpha and theta oscillating activity. dr. Linda Carpenter “MATT is … Read more

Hope, hype and the problem with the development of new drugs

Before entering medical school, I assumed that medical practice acted in absolutes. The scientific method, rooted in me through years of basic science courses, made sense and led to clear, unchanging conclusions. After all, medicine was a field based on science and should follow the same linear thought process. My future patients would have a … Read more