Top stories in health and medicine, March 26, 2015

medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Uncertainty and Litigation Fears Drive ED Docs to Overimage. Nearly all emergency medicine physicians responding to a survey said that at least some of the advanced imaging studies they ordered were medically unnecessary.
  2. USPSTF: Not Enough Evidence for Thyroid Screening. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) said there was not enough evidence to recommend that asymptomatic, nonpregnant adults should be screened for thyroid dysfunction.
  3. Catheter-Based Pulmonary Valve Recs Stress Heart Team. Transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement is a less invasive option for children and adults whose congenital heart repair is starting to fail, but it still should be decided on by a multidisciplinary team.
  4. Older STEMI Patients Do OK With Shorter Hospital Stay. Median hospital stays following ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) declined in recent years, but the trend did not appear to have worsened outcomes among older patients.

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