Spring and coauthors examine whether the outcome of physician-directed weight loss treatment can be improved by adding mobile technology. See also the article by Ma and coauthors and the invited commentary by Rao and Kirley.
Ma and coauthors evaluated 2 adapted Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle interventions among overweight or obese adults who were recruited from 1 primary care clinic and had pre–diabetes mellitus and/or metabolic syndrome. See also the article by Spring et al and invited commentary by Rao and Kirley.
Weinberg and coauthors compare print vs web communication on colorectal cancer screening. See the invited commentary by Calderwood and Roy.
To study the risk-benefit of blood transfusion in patients with myocardial infarction, Chatterjee et al performed a systematic search of the literature published between 1966 and 2012. From 729 titles, 10 studies were selected for analysis of blood transfusion strategy and mortality outcomes. See the invited commentary by Carson and Hébert and the editor’s note by O’Malley.
To determine whether the overuse and misuse of health care services in the ambulatory setting has decreased in the past decade, Kale and coworkers analyzed the rates of underuse, overuse, and misuse in the 1999 and 2009 NAMCS and NHAMCS, applying 22 quality indicators. See the editorial by Katz.
Verma et al monitored atrial fibrillation (AF) episodes in 50 patients with implantable cardiac monitors to assess the incidence and predictors of asymptomatic episodes after catheter ablation. See the invited commentary by Kazi and Hlatky.
Mannis et al surveyed a cohort of women after BRCA testing to identify the prevalence and predictors of risk-reducing and screening interventions for ovarian cancer. See the invited commentary by Grann and Ashby-Thompson.