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Insurers think outside the policy
American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Once upon a time, U.S. insurers' business was paying claims and putting together networks of physicians and hospitals. Today, they are selling health benefits for workers in Brazil, developing health information exchange systems and even helping big physician groups bill patients. More



Determining the level of payments in healthcare
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tax-financed public insurance programs could be folded into a free-market approach by delegating the tasks of buying healthcare and claims processing to private insurers. Many American policy analysts, policy makers and commentators believe this is the best and fairest way to determine how and how much the providers of health care should be paid. Perhaps it is. More

Care by cell: Text messaging for chronic disease management
The American Journal of Managed Care    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This journal article describes the results of a pilot study conducted to evaluate the feasibility of utilizing low-cost, mobile HIT to support chronic disease self management between clinic visits among patients in an urban safety net setting. Cellphone text messaging was used to provide blood sugar measurement prompts and appointment reminders to adult patients with diabetes in order to promote engagement in self-care behaviors. More

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Bugs in sterile drugs? Behind the shortage of critical meds
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In a move that highlights dilemmas plaguing the U.S. drug supply, federal regulators warned a major manufacturer about problems including bugs in vials of sterile drugs — insects, literally — the same day health officials allowed the firm to ramp up scarce medications for kids with cancer. More

FDA approves first 4-strain flu vaccine
The Baltimore Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new vaccine to prevent the seasonal flu. FluMist Quadrivalent is the first vaccine to contain four strains of the influenza virus — two influenza A strains and two B strains. It is manufactured by Gaithersburg, Md.-based MedImmune. More


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Phoenix mother passes melanoma through placenta to baby
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VideoBriefBriana Cox's doctors were baffled by a medical anomaly — Cox's cancer cells had metastasized during her pregnancy and crossed the placenta to her developing fetus. About 30 percent of all mother-to-fetus cancers are melanoma, according to the Phoenix woman's doctor, who said she has only seen four to five cases ever. More

Cervical cancer study shows Paps boost survival chances
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Women are more likely to survive cervical cancer if it was diagnosed through a Pap smear test, according to a study. The study is the first to estimate the chances of surviving cervical cancer, authors say. Researchers tracked women for an average follow-up of 8 1/2 years, and found women whose cancers were found by the Pap test had a 92 percent cure rate, while women diagnosed because of their symptoms only had a 66 percent rate. More

 Prevention & Wellness
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More Americans having a 'second breakfast'
The Associated Press via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sometimes one breakfast isn't enough. On-the-go Americans increasingly are consuming their morning calories over several hours instead of sitting down to devour a plate of pancakes, bacon and eggs in one sitting. The case of the morning munchies is being fueled by the belief that it's healthier to eat several smaller meals instead of three squares a day. More

 Genomics and Biotech
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NIH announces database for genetic test information
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The National Institutes of Health has unveiled its Genetic Testing Registry, a database of information on genetic tests that will be voluntarily submitted by test producers. According to the NIH, there are now genetic tests available for some 2,500 diseases, including those tests that can be directly purchased by consumers. . More

Utah doctors use genetics to tailor blood thinner doses
The Salt Lake Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A team of scientists lead by researchers at Intermountain Medical Center has created a formula for using genetics to customize doses of a widely used, but dangerous, blood thinner. The formula, a math model combined with patient genetic and health data, helps doctors administer popular blood thinner warfarin more accurately and safely, authors say. More

Gene therapy cures life-threatening lung infection in teen boy
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A 16-year-old boy who was born with a life-threatening immune disorder has become the first patient to benefit from a new form of gene therapy. Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London said the treatment had only a temporary effect but was sufficient to help the boy overcome a lung infection. More

 Behavioral Health
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Judge blocks FDA rule requiring graphic images on cigarette packs
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A judge blocked a federal requirement that would have begun forcing tobacco companies to put large graphic images on their cigarette packages to show the dangers of smoking and encouraging smokers to quit lighting up. The judge ruled the federal mandate to put the images, which include a picture of diseased lungs, on cigarette packs violates the free speech amendment to the Constitution. More

The high price of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's
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Caring for a family member with Alzheimer's can take a hefty financial and emotional toll. Nearly 15 million people fall into the role of unpaid caregiver for those sick with dementia, according to the Alzheimer's Association. Add it all up, and it comes to about 17 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $202 billion in 2010 alone. More

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