Resources rarely devoted to diversity officers in family medicine

Fewer than half of academic family medicine departments surveyed reported having a diversity officer and only 26% of departments with an officer provided protected time or resources for them, according to data published in Family Medicine.
The lack of investment “calls the question whether departments truly prioritize diversity, inclusion and health equity (DIHE),” Christine K. Jacobs, MD, FAAFP, the dean and vice presidents for medical affairs at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine in Missouri, and colleagues wrote.
“Diversity officers require financial and human

Longer studies, funding needed to address ‘substantial knowledge gaps’ on PCOS-related CVD

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common endocrine disorder affecting reproductive-age women, yet the complexity and heterogeneity of PCOS have confounded researchers attempting to understand its long-term consequences.
The Rotterdam criteria for adults require that a woman present with at least two of the following to receive a diagnosis of PCOS: clinical or biochemical hyperandrogenism, ovulatory dysfunction or polycystic ovaries on ultrasound; when irregular menses and hyperandrogenism are present, ultrasound is not necessary for diagnosis. Insulin resistance is common in affected women,

Could hyperandrogenism in PCOS be cardioprotective?

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The hyperandrogenic phenotype of polycystic ovary syndrome is the one most closely related to the things we think are “bad” for cardiovascular disease — obesity, insulin resistance — and those seem to be the driving factors of CVD risk. We also see examples of elevated CV risk in the setting of higher androgen levels in postmenopausal women and transgender men prescribed gender-affirming hormone therapy.
At the time of the menopause

Dialyze Direct obtains Compass Home Dialysis

Dialyze Direct has completed its acquisition of Compass Home Dialysis, a regional dialysis provider in Pennsylvania, according to a press release.
“We are thrilled to welcome Compass and its highly skilled staff to the Dialyze Direct team, and to be able to extend our cutting-edge services to their already exceptional level of patient care,” Josh Rothenberg, president and co-founder of Dialyze Direct, said in the release. “Our combined patient-first mentality made the decision to enter into an acquisition a very easy one. We are looking forward to continuing to expand the

Oral corticosteroid overuse ‘often overlooked’ among patients with asthma

Patients with asthma appeared overexposed to oral corticosteroids, potentially putting them at risk for long-term side effects, according to a study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice.
New protocols and better education could reduce these risks and improve care, Akke-Nynke van der Meer, MD, pulmonologist in the department of medicine at Medical Centre Leeuwarden in the Netherlands, and colleagues wrote.
Further, the researchers noted growing evidence of the risks for cumulative lifetime exposure to oral corticosteroids (OCS) and the potential benefits of

VIDEO: Miach Orthopaedics details BEAR implant for ACL repair

CHICAGO — In this video from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Martha Shadan, president and CEO of Miach Orthopaedics, discussed the BEAR implant for patients with ACL tears.
“What we are seeing has surpassed our expectation in terms of surgeons adopting and using the BEAR implant,” Shadan told Healio Orthopedics.
“Standard treatment replaces the ACL. So [surgeons] go in, they remove the torn ACL, and they harvest a graft from another part of the leg or they use tissue from a deceased donor,” she said. “We’re different. What

Society centered on emerging ophthalmic technologies unveiled

WASHINGTON — The Digital Ophthalmic Society was officially unveiled during a presentation here at Eyecelerator@ASCRS.
“With cutting-edge lectures, protocol developments, peer-to-peer engagements and practice education, the society will aid in the advancement of ophthalmic surgery through the implementation, adoption and evolution of platforms such as digital surgical visualization, digital health solutions, image guidance systems, telemedicine and other emerging technologies,” Eric Rosenberg, DO, said.
The goal of the nonprofit, Rosenberg said, is to empower eye care

US data show ‘concerning decline’ in routine pediatric vaccinations

Data published Thursday in MMWR raised concerns about a decline in routine pediatric vaccinations during the pandemic.
According to the report, during the 2020-2021 school year, national vaccination coverage among kindergarten children dropped from 95% to lower than 94%.
“This might not sound like much, but it amounts to at least 35,000 more children across the United States that entered kindergarten without documentation of complete vaccination against common diseases like measles, whooping cough and chickenpox,” Georgina Peacock, MD, MPH, acting director of the CDC’s

VIDEO: AvoMD, Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes partner on point-of-care guidelines

BOSTON — In this video from the National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings, Bob Nagy, vice-president of sales for AvoMD, discusses how its clinical decision support platform is making guidelines available at point-of-care.
AvoMD is partnering with Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) to transform guidelines, beginning with KDIGO’s Blood Pressure in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Guideline, into clinical consults available at the bedside using standalone web/mobile apps and electronic health records.
“We work with organizations like KDIGO to bring

Addressing best practices, disparities key for future of telemedicine in ophthalmology

WASHINGTON — Defining telemedicine-related education and best practices and addressing health disparities are important for the future of patient care in ophthalmology, according to a speaker here.
“We all remember that at the outset of March 2020, physicians across medicine were sent scrambling to use telemedicine for the first time,” Grayson W. Armstrong, MD, MPH, said at Eyecelerator@ASCRS. “They didn’t know quite how to do it, but they knew their patients needed long-term care.”
Ophthalmology was hit particularly hard early in the pandemic, Armstrong