Health

Docs must help patients take responsibility for medical costs

(HealthDay)—Given that increasing numbers of patients have high-deductible health insurance, doctors and practice staff need to help patients assume financial responsibility for costs relating to medical services and procedures, ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Prenatal smoke exposure impacts reward processing

(HealthDay)—Adolescents prenatally exposed to maternal cigarette smoking exhibit weaker brain response to anticipatory rewards than their nonexposed peers, according to a study published online June 19 in JAMA Psychiatry.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Penicillin skin testing can ID tolerance to beta-lactam agents

(HealthDay)—Penicillin skin testing (PST) can be used to identify whether patients will tolerate β-lactam, with a negative predictive value of 100 percent, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Sofosbuvir shows promise for chronic hepatitis C infection

(HealthDay)—Sofosbuvir seems to be a promising treatment option for patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, according to two studies published online April 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine to coincide ...

Health

Web-based nephrology consults may reduce referrals

(HealthDay)—A system of Web-based consultations (telenephrology) may reduce the number of specialty referrals for patients with chronic kidney disease, according to a study published in the March/April issue of the Annals ...

Inflammatory disorders

Adalimumab relieves hidradenitis suppurativa

(HealthDay)—For patients with moderate-to-severe hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), a chronic skin disease characterized by painful abscesses, nodules, and draining fistulas in the axilla and groin, treatment with once-weekly ...

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