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Healthcare hiring strong despite looming sequester cuts
The healthcare sector created 32,000 jobs in February despite the specter of 2 percent Medicare cuts mandated by sequestration, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Within the healthcare sector there was a gain of 14,000 jobs in ambulatory healthcare services, which include physicians' offices and outpatient care centers. Hospitals and nursing and residential care facilities each created 9,000 jobs for the month.
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Health insurers see big opportunities in health law's Medicaid expansion
Kaiser Health News
For industry titans such as UnitedHealthcare and WellPoint, as well as smaller, Medicaid-focused plans such as Molina Health Care, the Medicaid expansion is expected to bring significant enrollment and revenue growth. "This is several hundreds of billions of dollars of new market opportunity for these plans over the next couple of years," says Jason Gurda, managing director of healthcare with investment bank Leerink Swann in New York.
Physician groups fuel ACO growth spurt
American Medical News
Two reports find that accountable care organizations are present in regions encompassing more than half of all Americans, and that only one state does not have an ACO based there. The growth in ACOs is being driven by expansion of Medicare-contracted organizations and interest from physician groups.
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Study: Unreported side effects of drugs found using Internet search data
The New York Times
Using data drawn from queries entered into Google, Microsoft and Yahoo search engines, scientists at Microsoft, Stanford and Columbia University have for the first time been able to detect evidence of unreported prescription drug side effects before they were found by the Food and Drug Administration's warning system.
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Stroke device shows mixed results
Boston Scientific Corp.'s Watchman, designed to help prevent strokes in patients with an erratic heartbeat, may be a tougher sell for U.S. regulators after a study failed to confirm the device's benefit.
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Young deaths bring down US life expectancy
Mortality below age 50 accounted for more than half of the gap in life expectancy between American men and men in most other high-income countries, and about a third of the discrepancy for women, a study showed.
Is gluten-free a lifestyle or a diet craze?
Perhaps with a boost from such celebrities as Miley Cyrus and Gwyneth Paltrow, the number of Americans showing interest in a gluten-free diet has reached new heights. Almost a third of adults in the United States say they want to cut down on the gluten they eat or consume a gluten-free diet, according to new data from the NPD Group, a market research firm.
Short-term exercise might boost young people's self-control
Short bouts of moderately intense exercise appear to improve the self-control of youngsters and young adults, a broad review of existing research suggests. The Dutch analysis of 24 prior studies highlights the potential mental health benefit for people 6 to 35 years old who engage in a half-hour cycle or run, for example, but it remains unclear how long the positive effects last.
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Bone-tired? How about 'gene-tired?'
The Washington Post
A new study, paid for by the U.S. Air Force but relevant for anyone with a small child, a large prostate or a lot on the mind, is helping illuminate what's happening at the genetic level when we don't get enough sleep. It turns out that chronic sleep deprivation changes the activity of about 700 genes, which is roughly 3 percent of all we carry.
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Researchers solve genetic mystery of rare form of hemophilia
An international team of genetic researchers from the University of New South Wales has found the third and final missing piece in the genetic puzzle of an unusual form of hemophilia, known as hemophilia B Leyden, more than two decades after the first two pieces were discovered.
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Breath test could detect and diagnose stomach cancer
Medical News Today
A simple test that analyzes the chemical signature of a patient's exhaled breath could help diagnose stomach cancer, according to new research by scientists from Israel and China. The researchers hope the breath test will offer an easier screening tool than endoscopy, where a specially trained medical professional looks at the inside of the stomach via a tube inserted down the patient's gullet, and sometimes also retrieves a biopsy sample of the stomach lining.
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Vision loss carries depression risk
More than 1 out of every 10 U.S. adults who report vision loss has clinically meaningful symptoms of major depression, a large cross-sectional study found. In a sample of 10,500 participants, the unadjusted prevalence of depression was 11.3 percent among those with vision loss compared with 4.8 percent for those who reported no visual difficulties, according to researchers.
Alzheimer's blood test could give early diagnosis
British researchers have developed a test to detect Alzheimer's disease in its earliest stages. It works by looking for a combination of "markers" in the blood which are different in healthy people and those with the disease. Delegates at the Alzheimer's Research UK Conference heard that the University of Nottingham is now developing a quick and easy test to do in clinics.
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