Managed Care e-News
Oct. 16, 2012

Kaiser breast cancer clinic eases transition from patient to survivor
Sacramento Business Journal
Kaiser Permanente has opened a breast cancer survivorship clinic to ease the transition from cancer patient to cancer survivor. The clinic adds a new dimension in cancer treatment, offering a bridge between the specialists who performed surgery, administered radiation or provided other treatment and the primary care physicians who provide ongoing care.More

1 in 3 medical directors in line for bonus pay
HealthLeaders Media
Adding a medical director to a hospital's staff is costing some healthcare institutions about $1 million each year, while creating a lucrative career path for the physicians who are hired in that role. This year, nearly 35 percent of medical directors are getting bonuses, 8 percent more than last year, a compensation survey shows.More

Study: Seniors overspend on Medicare Part D
Kaiser Health News
Seniors spent on average $368 more than they needed to on drug coverage through Medicare Part D plans in 2009 — their decisions complicated by the sheer volume of plans available and difficulties involved in determining what makes a plan a good choice, a Health Affairs study has found.More

FDA approves Celgen's Abraxene for lung cancer
U.S. health regulators widened the approved use of Celgene Corp.'s breast cancer drug Abraxane to include treatment for non-small cell lung cancer, the most common form of lung cancer.More

FDA approves Sandoz dermatology drug
Drug Store News
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Sandoz for treating symptoms of various skin diseases. Sandoz, the generics arm of Swiss drug maker Novartis, announced the approval of desoximetasone ointment in the 0.25 percent strength.More

Topical version of drug shows promise for pre-cancerous HPV genital disease
An experimental cream containing a drug used to treat a serious eye infection in people with AIDS has shown potential as a therapy for pre-cancerous genital lesions caused by human papillomavirus, according to clinical trial results published online ahead of print by the journal AIDS. More

Therapy, exercise aid chemo-related menopause
Younger women who are thrust into menopause because of breast cancer treatment may get some relief from talk therapy and regular exercise, according to a study from the Netherlands.More

Toxic meds only weapon so far against fungal meningitis
The Tennessean via USA Today
When moldy medicine is injected into people's spinal columns, spawning incredibly rare forms of fungal meningitis, doctors have few treatment options and don't know how to keep people from getting sick. The two antifungal medicines in some doctors' arsenal — voriconazole and amphotericin B — have such vicious side effects that one carries the nickname "ampho-terrible." More

Study: Antioxidant-rich foods may thwart heart attacks in women
The Washington Post
Found in an array of foods, antioxidants are thought to help prevent cell damage that, among other things, can have a negative effect on the heart. Might antioxidant consumption, then, alter the likelihood of having a heart attack, at least among women?More

Commission: US needs privacy standards for genome data
Los Angeles Times
In many respects, it's getting easier and easier to sequence and interpret the human genome. Someday, the thinking goes, patient genomes will be tested and archived as a matter of course, and physicians will be able to look up DNA profiles to guide treatment decisions. But before that happens, a presidential commission said, federal and state policymakers will need to hammer out better privacy protections. In a new report, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues discussed why it was calling for clearer guidance. More

To check out seizures, 'knock-in' genes
Scientists have created fruit flies with a gene mutation analogous to one that causes epileptic seizures in people — a first in genetic engineering. The researchers have created the Drosophila fruit fly model of epilepsy to discern the mechanism by which temperature-dependent seizures happen.More

Antidepressant use in pregnancy linked to language development
Los Angeles Times
Taking a common class of antidepressants called serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SRIs, during pregnancy alters the developmental time-course of the child's language processing, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.More

Study: Mineral water stop Alzheimer's
Drinking a quart of mineral water a day can prevent and even reverse Alzheimer's disease, according to British researchers. A study published in Journal of Alzheimer's Disease found that silicon-rich water can remove aluminum from the bodies of those suffering from the brain disease. Aluminum has long been implicated in the development of Alzheimer's, although it is not known if it actually causes the disease. More