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Medical News

A New Generation of Rapid-Acting Antidepressants?
In the new issue of Biological Psychiatry researchers from the National Institutes of Health report that scopolamine appears to produce replicable rapid improvement in mood.
Source: AlphaGalileo

Gardasil approved for males
Gardasil, a vaccine against human papilloma virus (HPV), has been approved as a treatment to prevent genital warts in males aged nine to twenty-six in Canada.
Source: CBC News

New FDA Approved Treatment For Head Lice Is Safe And Effective In Children As Young As 6 Months Old
Ulesfia Lotion™ is the first FDA approved non-neurotoxic prescription treatment for head lice and is safe for children as young as six months old.
Source: Wiley InterScience

Patient Resources

Even Small Dietary Reductions in Salt Could Mean Fewer Heart Attacks, Strokes and Deaths
Reducing salt in the American diet by as little as one-half teaspoon (or three grams) per day could prevent nearly 100,000 heart attacks and 92,000 deaths each year, according to a new study. Such benefits are on par with the benefits from reductions in smoking and could save the United States about $24 billion in healthcare costs, the researchers add.
Source: ScienceDaily

Chamomile Extract Found Effective for Generalized Anxiety Disorder
A randomized, controlled trial published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology looked at using chamomile extract for the treatment of mild to moderate generalized anxiety disorder. The results showed that a significant portion of those taking the extract experienced a 50% or more reduction in anxiety scores.
Source: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology

A Lifetime Of Inactivity Be The Result Of Having A Negative Phys Ed Teacher
Humiliation in physical education class as a child can turn people off fitness for good, according to a University of Alberta researcher.
Source: Medical News Today

Did You Know?

Canada's food safety portal
To help Canadians be aware of any food safety concerns, the Government of Canada provides the Food Safety Portal. This website lists all food related health hazard alerts, such as the recent threat of Salmonella contamination in certain Canadian and US foods containing hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP).
Source: Food Safety Portal

Practice Management Tips

Reducing the Most Frequent Error in Medicine Using Fields of Code Medical 2.0

A study in the February 2010 issue of the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice found that only 50 percent of elderly patients referred to a specialist are actually seen by that physician and receive the treatment their primary doctor intended.

According to study author Dr. Weiner "Many problems we found to be correctable using health information technology to provide more coordinated and patient-focused care. Using electronic medical records and other health IT to address the malfunction of the referral process, we were able to reduce the 50 percent lack of completion of referrals rate to less than 20 percent, a significant decrease in the medical error rate." 

Fields of Code Medical 2.0 offers an unstructured data tab that can be used by physicians to create an organizational tree to follow up on referrals. This data tree can be color coded and used by office staff to confirm that referral letters are received, referral appointments are made and that they are kept by patients.

Fields of Code 2.0 also has an easy to use, drag and drop report design canvas that can be used to create referral letters. Our team has prepared a new video tutorial on using the reports tool to create a referral letter. To see this feature in action, check out the Fields of Code Library. Scroll to the Reporting section and look for the following video ID: HS1X.

All of our tutorials are free. To view them you are only required to complete a free, one-time registration.
Source: Fields of Code Library

References:

1. Errors in completion of referrals among older urban adults in ambulatory care
    Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 2010; 16: 76-81
    http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/123282886/abstract

2. The Most Frequent Error in Medicine
    Science Daily (Feb. 26, 2010)

 

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