Illinois professor contributes to improved care for NICU babies

IMAGE: This is a baby wearing two of the patches developed by the team. view more  Credit: University of Illinois Coordinated Science Laboratory. The bond between a parent and their child is forged within the first few weeks of life. The nurse places the baby in their parents’ arms where it will be comforted and rocked…

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Making waves: Researchers shed light on how cilia work

IMAGE: The body motion is cancelled and basis of the cilium is fixed. The blue line corresponds to the mathematical description of the position of the cilium. The red circle corresponds… view more  Credit: Philip Bayly Human bodies have some built-in systems to care for themselves. The cells that line our lungs, nose, brain and reproductive…

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Doctors more likely to prescribe preventive therapy if prompted by EMR

Purely educating doctors about the importance of prescribing certain therapies may not be enough to make a meaningful impact, according to a new Penn Medicine study. Using acid suppression therapy—an effective method of reducing the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding in vulnerable cardiac patients—Penn researchers tested interventions that utilized both education and an electronic «dashboard» system…

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Patient factors contribute to imaging follow-up rates

A new study published in the April 2019 issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) considers several potential factors that might have led to disparities in follow-up imaging rates among patients with indeterminate initial abdominal imaging findings. The study, «Patient Factor Disparities in Imaging Follow-Up Rates After Incidental Abdominal Findings,» reviewed the records of…

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Lumbar spine MRI reports are too difficult for patients to understand

As increasing numbers of patients gain online access to their radiology reports, a new study published in the April 2019 issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) assesses how thoroughly patients understand these complex documents. Traditionally intended to communicate findings and diagnoses to clinicians, radiology reports have become much more accessible to patients through…

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Contrast-enhanced MRI provides useful findings in discordant core biopsy management

An essential part of breast intervention is the process of assessing concordance between imaging findings and core biopsy results. When pathology results are considered benign discordant, current standard of care is surgical excision, even though many of these lesions will ultimately be found benign. A new study published in the April 2019 issue of the…

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Uterine artery embolization can be considered for well controlled symptomatic leiomyomas

A new study published in the April 2019 issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) investigates the safety of uterine artery embolization (UAE) for symptomatic leiomyomas in patients with various autoimmune diseases. Between January 2007 and June 2018, 1183 consecutive patients underwent UAE for symptomatic leiomyomas at Yonsei University College of Medicine. Nine of…

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