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Undercover govt investigators re-enrolled fictitious persons for health benefits
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
Phony applicants that investigators signed up last year under President Barack Obama's healthcare law got automatically re-enrolled for 2015. Some were rewarded with even bigger taxpayer subsidies for their insurance premiums, a congressional probe has found.
The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says 11 counterfeit characters that its investigators created last year were automatically re-enrolled by HealthCare.gov, even though most had unresolved documentation issues. In Obama's terms, they got to keep the coverage they had.
First, do no harm: When healthcare practitioners work while sick
By Dorothy L. Tengler
"Go to school. You'll be fine," or "If I miss work, I'll be fired." These are common misconceptions most of us have learned throughout life. Why is it so difficult for us to stay home when ill? The reasons are different for each of us. For the general public, one reason is more than 40 million American workers get no paid sick leave. But what about healthcare professionals? When clinicians work with symptoms of infection, they can put patients and colleagues at risk.
What you can expect from Medicare on its 50th anniversary
America’s landmark government healthcare programs, Medicare and Medicaid, celebrate their 50th anniversaries July 30. Decades into operation, the future of these plans is still hotly debated in Washington, as policymakers wrangle over needed changes in their finances. Two major reforms are already underway.
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ACOs mixed on Medicare Shared Savings Program final rule
Healthcare Finance News
Participating healthcare providers say a proposed final rule for accountable care organizations taking part in the Medicare Shared Savings Program shows officials are listening to concerns, but many say it doesn’t go far enough.
On one hand, ACOs still getting their feet wet got some clarification.
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ACOs increasingly assuming population health management duties
Health IT Analytics
Accountable care organizations have exploded in popularity over the past three or four years as value-based reimbursement takes hold in the healthcare industry, and their work has rapidly built momentum towards bringing population health management to hundreds of communities.
FDA: NEW TREATMENTS & TECHNOLOGY
FDA to take another look at essure contraceptive device after health complaints
When Amanda Dykeman was certain she was done with having children, she had two options for permanent birth control: surgical sterilization, which typically involves general anesthesia and a laparoscopy, or Essure, the only nonsurgical permanent birth control option approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
She chose Essure. And she says her life has never been the same.
FDA turns to Google for help spotting adverse events
The FDA has approached Google for help identifying adverse drug events in search data. The regulator hooked up with Google to access the insights of Evgeniy Gabrilovich, an engineer at the tech behemoth who has published papers on the subject of mining search queries for adverse event reports.
FDA approves 1st-of-kind leg prosthesis
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first prosthesis for above-the-knee amputations that does not rely on a conventional, cup-like socket fitting over the stump of a patient's leg. With the new device, called Osseoanchored Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees, an external prosthetic limb attaches to a fixture implanted in the patient's remaining thigh bone.
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Genes affect person's perception of sweet taste
A new study from the Monell Center and collaborating institutions suggests that a single set of genes affects a person's perception of sweet taste, regardless of whether the sweetener is a natural sugar or a non-caloric sugar substitute.
"Eating too much sugar is often seen as a personal weakness. However, our work suggests that part of what determines our perception of sweetness is inborn in our genetic makeup," said study author Danielle Reed, Ph.D., a behavioral geneticist at Monell.
Genetic variants associated with major depressive disorder have been identified
A very large team of researchers made up mostly of members in China and calling itself the CONVERGE consortium, has identified two genetic variants that appear to be associated with major depressive disorder. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team explains how they conducted their research, the results they found, and what their findings might mean for treating people with the disorder.
Ancestry moves further into consumer genetics
MIT Technology Review
With the launch of its AncestryHealth website, Ancestry continues to play Microsoft to 23andMe’s Apple. It may not be as innovative in the burgeoning field of consumer genetics, but it’s an able competitor nonetheless.
Ancestry entered the field of consumer DNA analysis in 2012 with the launch of AncestryDNA, a $99 spit test that will analyze your DNA for details about your ethnic makeup and connect you with distant relatives.
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Is fast food better for you than a sit-down restaurant meal? Study suggests yes
Los Angeles Times
If you believe sitting down to a meal at a restaurant is better for you than ordering takeout or grabbing fast food, the results of a new research study may surprise you. According to research by the department of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, eating takeout or fast food may actually be better for your body than dinner at a restaurant.
Can the United Nations actually eliminate AIDS by 2030?
By Katina Smallwood
Under an agenda created by the United Nations in 2000, the organization set out plans to reduce HIV infections worldwide. Since then, reported HIV infections have fallen 35 percent, and AIDS-related deaths have been reduced by 41 percent. Now, the U.N. has set its sights on a new goal: completely eradicating the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Can the U.N. accomplish this in 15 years? Let's take a look back at how they've come this far.
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Biotech firm may change cancer treatment with early testing
What if a blood sample taken by a family physician could diagnose breast cancer months — or even years — before a woman feels the first lump in her chest?
Now imagine if that diagnoses also came with a treatment plan so well-tailored to a patient’s genetic makeup that it could eliminate the guesswork involved in early chemotherapy and radiation used today.
When it comes to cancer, men must act more like women
New York Observer
Did you know that breast cancer and prostate cancer are almost identical in statistics? Believe it or not, they have almost the same number of diagnoses each year and even occur at almost the exact same age in men and women. Prostate cancer is just as common in men as breast cancer is in women, with over 233,000 cases diagnosed each year.
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Exploring unconventional treatments to mental disorders
By Dr. Abimbola Farinde
Clinicians often turn to the use of pharmacotherapy when it comes to the management of different types of mental disorders. However, studies have shown the use of complementary and alternative therapies or interventions tend to be reported more in individuals with psychiatric disorders when compared to the rest of the population. The interest in the use of these interventions has been growing among healthcare professionals as a means of improving the lives of patients.
Documentary takes viewers inside the world of Internet addiction
By Ross Lancaster
The first scene of the Sundance-featured documentary "Web Junkie" begins with a group of young men playing the popular online game "World of Warcraft." With the game responsible for more than 100 million accounts worldwide, it's a scene that could take place in any country with broadband Internet access. But as the opening of the film takes place at an Internet café in China — the first country to deem Internet addiction a mental disorder — it takes on a greater significance.
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