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Jul. 29, 2014

Fall Managed Care Forum 2014

The Fall Forum will be held November, 12-13, 2014 at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada for medical directors, nurses and administrators.

The Forum features up-to-date, useful information on the ACA and healthcare changes, trends and how to improve patient outcomes.

Click here to see the agenda, speakers, register and for more information on the conference.More

Chikungunya virus spreading across the US
By Rosemary Sparacio
The Chikungunya virus — an arthropod-borne virus transmitted to humans by the Aedes mosquito — was discovered in Tanzania, Africa, more than 60 years ago. Until recently, this virus was found primarily in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. But late last year, cases began popping up in the Caribbean. And with many Americans vacationing in the Caribbean islands, cases are now being reported in the U.S. — and at what some experts consider an alarming rate. More

New health plans' limitations anger enrollees
USA Today
Nancy Pippenger and Marcia Perez live thousands of miles apart but have the same complaint: Doctors who treated them last year won't take their insurance now, even though they haven't changed insurers. "They said, 'We take the old plan, but not the new one,'" says Perez, an attorney in Palo Alto, California. More

World Hepatitis Day: Learn more about this deadly disease
By Joan Spitrey
The World Hepatitis Alliance in coordination with the World Health Organization recognizes July 28 as World Hepatitis Day 2014. The WHO considers viral hepatitis as the "world's most serious disease," and it is estimated that 1.4 million people die each year from this disease. Compare that number to the 1.3 million people who died from HIV in 2013, which was down considerably from 1.7 million reported in 2005. The goal of World Hepatitis Day is to increase awareness and to call for access to treatment, prevention programs and government action. More

Study backs importance of robust analytics infrastructure for ACOs
Robust analytics infrastructure is one of the keys to success for accountable care organizations, according to a new study published in the journal Academic Medicine. Scott Berkowitz, medical director for accountable care for Johns Hopkins Medicine and assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and co-author Jennifer Pahira studied the nation's first 253 Medicare ACOs, paying particular attention to academic medical centers.More

130M patients will receive accountable care by 2017
EHR Intelligence
Accountable care organizations and value-based purchasing arrangements will be responsible for the care of 130 million patients by 2017, predicts a report by Parks Associates. Accountable care will generate nearly $1 billion in revenue for healthcare providers in 2014 as they transform into ACOs and patient-centered medical homes.More

FDA staff questions prostate cancer device effectiveness
A device used in Europe to treat prostate cancer with lower rates of erectile dysfunction raised concerns from U.S. regulators over data the company says shows it prevents the disease's return. The device, called Ablatherm, is manufactured by EDAP TMS SA, a French company. It’s an alternative to traditional surgical and radiation treatments, and uses a robotic arm to insert a high-intensity, focused ultrasound device that heats and kills cancer cells. More

FDA expands approved use of Imbruvica for chronic lymphocytic leukemia
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the approved use of Imbruvica to treat patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia who carry a deletion in chromosome 17, which is associated with poor responses to standard treatment for CLL. Imbruvica received a breakthrough therapy designation for this use.More

Researchers explain why genetic fertility problems can persist in a population
Medical Xpress
Some 15 percent of adults suffer from fertility problems, many of these due to genetic factors. This is something of a paradox: We might expect such genes, which reduce an individual's ability to reproduce, to disappear from the population. Research at the Weizmann Institute of Science that recently appeared in Nature Communications may now have solved this riddle.More

Study sheds new light on genes' role in schizophrenia
The Wall Street Journal
A large, multicountry study examining the genetics of schizophrenia found 108 genetic clusters associated with the disease, offering the best evidence to date about which genes play a significant role in the condition. The research, funded by multiple governments and nonprofit foundations, involved a collaboration among hundreds of scientists and included pooling genetic data from nearly 37,000 people with schizophrenia.More

Child abuse impacts how children's genes are activated
Science World Report
Child abuse may not just impact a person emotionally; it may also influence their genes. Scientists have found that maltreatment can actually affect the way genes are activated, which could have implications for a child's long-term development.More

Ebola, spreading in Africa, could land in US
ABC News
An Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could land in the U.S., health officials said. Symptoms of the disease, such as fever, red eyes and bleeding, can take up to three weeks to appear — ample time for an unwitting victim to travel outside the West African hot zone.More

'Fist bump' may beat handshake for cleanliness
HealthDay News via WebMD
British researchers report that an alternative to the traditional handshake might spread far fewer germs around. In their experiments, the scientists found that clasping hands transferred about 10 times more germs from one person to the other than what is known as a fist bump. They suggest the more casual exchange might suffice as a cultural substitute for the firm gripping of hands.More

Chikungunya virus spreading across the US
By Rosemary Sparacio
The Chikungunya virus — an arthropod-borne virus transmitted to humans by the Aedes mosquito — was discovered in Tanzania, Africa, more than 60 years ago. More

Hobby Lobby: Progestins and the politics of prevention
By Jason Poquette
I would rather talk about progestins than politics almost any day of the week — they are far more predictable and cause less constipation and nausea.More

Big brother is watching — your waistline
Data mining is digging into your health. Actuaries predict your life span. Banks track your spending habits. Now, your employer can tell whether you'll have diabetes a year from now.More

Number of ground zero cancer cases skyrocketing
There has been a dramatic increase in the number of 9/11 rescuers and responders with cancer in the past year, according to a published report. The New York Post says that Mount Sinai Hospital’s World Trade Center Health Program reported 1,140 cancer cases last year. Now the number is up to more than 2,500.More

'46 mommas' go bald to raise money for pediatric cancer research
Yahoo Health
When Maisy Yeager’s son, Zarek, was just 8 years old, he was diagnosed with acute lymphoid leukemia. "It's horrible, hearing the words 'Your kid has cancer,’" Yaeger, a pharmaceutical biochemist from Massachusetts, told Yahoo Health. "It’s unimaginable, the dread of loss you feel."More

New treatment for depression shows immediate results
Harvard Gazette
Individuals with major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder who receive low-field magnetic stimulation show immediate and substantial mood improvement, McLean Hospital researchers report in the Aug. 1 issue of Biological Psychiatry.More

8 signs you could be depressed and not even know it
By Christina Nava
An estimated 121 million people are affected by some form of depression worldwide, with 80 percent of those affected not receiving any sort of treatment. That's an alarming number considering the damaging effects depression has on individuals. Now while a mental health expert can tell when you're depressed, sometimes it's hard to notice the symptoms yourself. So it either goes undiagnosed or gets mistaken for just sadness. Here are eight signs you could be depressed and not even know it. More