IVU honors traveling resident scholarsMay 22nd 2006
Chad Wallis, MD, pediatric urology fellow at the Hospital for SickChildren, Toronto, accepts congratulations from Catherine R.deVries, MD, president of International Volunteers in Urology, atthe IVU Traveling Urology Resident Scholar Reception Mondayevening.
New reconstruction techniques shaping future careMay 15th 2006
Urologists attending the 2006 AUA annual meeting can look forwardto hearing about promising new reconstructive techniques for malegenital disorders. Studies will spotlight a number of approachesthat are at various stages of maturity, including some that arebeing reported for the very first time.
Two new drugs highlight advances in RCC treatmentMay 15th 2006
Slow, steady, and encouraging are the most appropriate terms todescribe recent changes in the treatment of renal cell carcinoma.Breakthroughs are on the horizon, and two new drugs andevolutionary advances in surgical technique add up to a hopefulpicture.
Minimally invasive surgery makes inroads in pediatricsMay 15th 2006
Pediatric urologists trained solely in traditional surgical methodswould be well advised to use their CME credits for courses inlaparoscopic and robotic surgery techniques. That, says Howard M.Snyder, III, MD, is inevitably the direction in which thesubspecialty is headed.
Pediatric PUVs may be linked to adult infertilityApril 1st 2006
Washington--Even after surgical ablation, posterior urethral valves (PUVs) in boys can cause bladder and kidney problems in later years. But now, for the first time, a team of pediatric urologists has shown that PUVs also can affect sex accessory glands and, ultimately, fertility. Justine M. Schober, MD, a pediatric urologist at Hamot Medical Center, Erie, PA, reported the group's findings here at the 2005 American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Urology annual meeting.
Data suggest viral, genetic roles in prostate cancerApril 1st 2006
San Francisco--A never-before-seen virus associated with prostate cancer suggests that infection may play a role in the development of the disease in genetically susceptible individuals. The new virus, XMRV, is 25 times more likely to be present in prostate cancer patients with a specific genetic mutation than it is in the general male population, researchers reported at the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2006 Prostate Cancer Symposium here.
Risk management: Practical tips for daily practiceFebruary 1st 2006
Risk management is high on the list of concerns for busy urologists, and for good reasons. Start with patients: They are less loyal, less trustful, and more demanding than they were in the past. These attitudes increase your risk for a frivolous medical liability suit. Add to this the looming medical liability crisis and escalating premiums, and the focus on controlling risk takes center stage.
Anti-estrogen may benefit some men with idiopathic HHFebruary 1st 2006
Montreal--The anti-estrogen agent clomiphene citrate (Clomid, Milophene, Serophene) may provide an easier, less expensive treatment for infertility among some men with hypogonadotropic hypo-gonadism [HH], according to a small retrospective study. The agent may be worth trying before the more expensive and difficult-to-administer gonadotropins are employed.
Gender identity and assignment issues spark debateFebruary 1st 2006
Washington--For children with ambiguous genitalia at birth, surgical techniques have improved vastly, but deciding when and whether to do surgery hasn't gotten easier. That was apparent from the lively and sometimes contentious panel and audience discussion here at the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Urology annual meeting.
Data shed light on bladder augmentation risksFebruary 1st 2006
Washington--Long-term experience with bladder augmentation in children is now giving pediatric urologists and parents a true picture of the risks and benefits of different bowel segments. No single segment was the obvious winner in two experimental studies presented here at the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Urology annual meeting, but the maintenance and surveillance required has become clearer. Other than technical considerations, metabolic, rather than urodynamic considerations, may prove more important in deciding which segment to use.
Urology volunteers both teach and learn, IVU saysDecember 1st 2005
As the only nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching urology in developing countries, International Volunteers in Urology (IVU) provides a number of opportunities for residents and practicing urologists alike. Volunteers offer their teaching and clinical skills and learn about resourcefulness and compassion in return, IVU President Catherine deVries, MD, says in this exclusive interview. She was interviewed by UT Editorial Consultant Richard D. Williams, MD, professor and chairman of the department of urology at the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Dr. Williams also leads a volunteer surgical team that travels to Haiti each year.
Minimally invasive approaches advance in pediatricsAugust 15th 2005
Across a spectrum of indications, minimally invasive procedures are having a major impact on the practice of pediatric urology, said Howard Snyder, MD, professor of surgery in urology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. This observation was evident in a number of papers presented at the AUA annual meeting.
Routine bladder cancer slide reviews need not be routineAugust 1st 2005
San Antonio--Although it may be routine at any number of tertiary care institutions and centers of excellence, the practice of automatically reviewing pathology slides that accompany referred bladder cancer patients nets little gain for either physicians or patients. In an overwhelming majority of instances, the practice does little more than add unnecessary dollars to the cost of treatment, according to a study presented at the 2005 AUA annual meeting here.
Is your practice ready to hire an IT technician?June 1st 2005
Nearly every practice is increasing the use of technology to improve office efficiency, enhance reimbursement, and increase patient satisfaction. Nearly every practice has or is considering implementing an electronic medical record, creating a robust interactive web site, networking their computers, and using electronic claims submission and a claims scrubber to ensure that claims are processed more quickly to increase your practice's cash flow.
Endoscopic Tx of VUR shows cure rates above 90%June 1st 2005
Atlanta--Children treated with endoscopic intervention for vesicoureteral reflux continue to demonstrate cures that approach those of open surgery and have a high resolution rate after initial failure. In addition, incidence of febrile and non-febrile urinary tract infection after treatment is lower than after surgery, according to data presented here at the State-of-the-Art Symposium on Pediatric UTI, Reflux, Antibiotic Resistance, and Endoscopy.