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Illinois law prohibits sex offenders from practicing medicine

Physicians and other health care professionals convicted of a sex crime, forcible felony or patient battery will be prohibited from practicing in Illinois under a new state law. Gov. Pat Quinn signed House Bill 1271 into law July 21. It mandates that the licenses of physicians, dentists, nurses, optometrists, physical therapists and other health professionals convicted of such crimes be immediately and permanently revoked without a hearing by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Those with convictions in other states who apply for Illinois medical licenses will be denied. "We must stand up strong against the violence and crime that destroys communities," Quinn said. "Whether they are at the doctor's office or in the streets of their own neighborhood, families and citizens should feel safe and protected." The Illinois State Medical Society applauded the law, which it supported in the Legislature, said society President Wayne V. Polek, MD, an anesthesiologist f ...

CT scans rise fourfold in EDs, but hospitalizations fall by half

Computed tomography use in U.S. emergency departments more than quadrupled between 1996 and 2007, but newly published data from more than 350,000 patient visits show that hospital admissions after a scan in the ED fell by more than half. In light of concerns about potential cumulative radiation dose due to the skyrocketing use of medical imaging, the information sheds light on how CT scans may benefit patients, said Keith E. Kocher, MD, MPH, lead author of the study published online Aug. 12 in Annals of Emergency Medicine. "There are a lot of questions to ask about the exploding use of CT scans in the ED, and one of the things you want to know is whether this is changing patient outcomes," said Dr. Kocher, clinical instructor of emergency medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. "It appears there's an association between the rate of CT scans going up and physicians being more likely to discharge patients home than [there] used to be." So, for example, a patient w ...

Diabetes app found helpful in managing condition

A randomized controlled trial in the U.S. of a mobile app's effectiveness at improving health outcomes found that patients who used a mobile health application to help manage their diabetes had better outcomes than those using traditional means. The mobile app studied in the trial was WellDoc's DiabetesManager, an FDA-cleared application that collects data, analyzes it and provides real-time patient coaching. The application also allows physicians to create their own rules about what data are sent to them to help deliver personalized feedback and care plans. The study, conducted by the University of Maryland School of Medicine and released online before its scheduled publication in the September issue of Diabetes Care, found a mean decline in A1C levels of 1.9% among those who used the mobile tool over a year, compared with 0.7% among those receiving traditional care. The study was funded by WellDoc, CareFirst Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Maryland, Sprint, LifeScan and the Universit ...