Future of Health Care

Piping Up: Study Illuminates Bacteria’s Spread from Hospital Drainpipes

As the medical toll of multidrug-resistant bacteria rises, recent research from the University of Virginia (UVA) provides insight into how a particularly at-risk population — hospitalized patients — may contract these pathogens from a hidden nursery: a component of the piping beneath hospital sinks.


Building on the Promise of Radioembolization with Yttrium-90

Yttrium-90 (Y-90) has long been used to treat liver cancer. Researchers are exploring its potential to treat diseases in other sites, but a number of obstacles have made progress halting.


When Tests Collide: Perspectives on Liquid vs. Tissue Biopsies

As liquid biopsies inch closer to becoming a standard of care, questions about their efficacy, use and role in cancer diagnosis and treatment abound. Discordant research findings between liquid and tissue biopsies only add to the confusion.


Meeting the Challenge of Transitioning Diabetic Young People to Adult Care

A new transition model benefits teenagers and young adults with Type 1 diabetes who are moving from pediatric to adult care, researchers say.


Study Highlights Need for Radiology Preparedness during Mass Casualty Incidents

Involvement of radiologists in mapping out medical facilities’ mass casualty incident (MCI) plans is key to handling those occurrences, as demonstrated by a 2015 tragedy in Seattle that left 51 victims in need of emergency care.


International Medical Graduates’ Burgeoning Role in U.S. Health Care

Approximately 25 percent of physicians in the United States who are actively engaged in patient care are international medical graduates (IMGs), the AMA Journal of Ethics noted in a 2016 commentary.


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Direct Communication Linked to Higher Screening Rate

When women who are at high risk for breast cancer and have undergone mammography get a letter describing options for further imaging with contrast-enhanced MRI of the breast, they are more apt to return for follow-up screening,...


Pediatric Health in Profile

Physicians and medical researchers face tremendous challenges in the area of pediatrics. Rising rates of obesity and widespread drug use among children can seem like intractable problems. Here are some of the troubling statistics.


Walking the Hospital Security Tightrope

A well-trained team of armed security personnel may improve safety in healthcare facilities, experts say. However, this approach carries risks, and analysts emphasize the need for a multipronged approach to security.


Microhospitals Coming Into Their Own

More comprehensive than freestanding emergency rooms but smaller than traditional hospitals, microhospitals are gaining attention in the healthcare real estate sector.

At a medical real estate forum in Colorado, Ryan Rothacker, Vice President of Healthcare Operations for...