The Morning Report provides a quick look at today’s medical news, research and features.
|Cancer Will Be #1 Killer; Shortage of Hem/Onc’s|
In 16 years, cancer will become the leading cause of death in the United States, surpassing heart disease, according to a new report from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The number of new cancer cases is expected to increase nearly 45% by 2030, from 1.6 million cases to 2.3 million cases annually.
This influx of new patients will place a bigger burden on a field of medicine already stretched by physician shortages and financial difficulties, says the report, which highlights growing problems for cancer care in the United States. Nearly two-thirds of the small oncology practices surveyed said they were likely to merge, sell or close in the upcoming year, according to the oncology group’s inaugural report, “The State of Cancer Care in America.” And as community practices disappear, patients are paying more and traveling farther for quality care.
Adding to the burden will be an increase in the number of cancer survivors. Fifty years ago, only a handful of “minimally effective” treatments for cancer existed, according to the report. Today, there are more than 170 FDA-approved anti-cancer drugs. Two-thirds of Americans now live at least five years after a cancer diagnosis, up from about half in the 1970s, the report authors write. Survivors need ongoing care, as they’re at higher risk for other types of cancer and conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. (CNN)
|Great Mobile Apps for Docs, Surgeons|
|The Emergency Medical Journal (EMJ) recently published an article naming ERres as the best app for E.R. docs. ERres is an evidence-based app containing 12 main sections, including Decision Rules, Ultrasound, Toxicology and Calculator Tools. EMJ also identified EyeMD as a top app, especially for the E.R. with space constraints that may cause patients to be separated from a traditional eye chart.
Orthopedic surgeons have several great apps to choose from. AO Surgery Reference – one of the most downloaded apps for this specialty – “describes the complete surgical management process from diagnosis to aftercare for all fractures of a given anatomical region,” according to the company. Knee Decide is a fantastic visual aid to provide detailed information to your patients.
A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) found the quality of cardiology apps to be less than impressive. ”Whereas some systems have significant research and apps are available, other important systems lack such research and lack apps,” wrote the authors. With that said, one of the best cardio apps is AirStrip Cardiology, which allows the doc “to review the extent of a patient’s ECG history.
For screenshots and links to these apps — as well as more specialty apps – click over to Physicians News.
|Docs Ask for Ban on E-Cigs|
|The leaders of he Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Pennsylvania chapter of the AAP wrote an editorial to warn about the dangers of electronic cigarettes. Here is an excerpt:
“Electronic cigarettes could be a “gateway” that introduces youth to smoking. That’s what researchers from the Center for Tobacco Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco, found when they studied middle and high school students and their use of electronic cigarettes. The study was published March 6, 2014, in JAMA Pediatrics.
Simply put, the use of e-cigarettes – which some also call vape pipes, vaping pens, e-hookahs, and hookah pens – may encourage our youth to also try tobacco. In fact, according to the study, those who said they had used an e-cig were six times more likely to try tobacco than those students who had never puffed electronically. Electronic cigarettes are not regulated. It’s time for this to change.”
Read the full article at Physicians News.