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5 good things the Affordable Care Act imposed on healthcare
By Mike Wokasch
The U.S. healthcare market is well entrenched with operational complexity, an inefficient cost structure and serious quality issues. The diversity of treatment, along with huge, inexplicable variability in costs and how care is paid for make the Affordable Care Act even more challenging to implement. Whether or not you are a fan of "Obamacare," this government-driven initiative has already facilitated five major changes to healthcare.
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Mixed signals on employee health insurance
The New York Times
It is hard to know whether to rejoice or lament two striking if somewhat conflicting messages about the costs of employer-sponsored health insurance. An authoritative survey found that premiums for family and individual coverage at work — including both the company's and the worker's share — have gone up only moderately for the second year in a row, suggesting that healthcare inflation may finally be abating and that whatever costs the president's health reforms may add will be readily absorbed.
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Are hospitals already saving money for Medicare?
Bloomberg
Medicare continues to exhibit remarkably slow growth: A modest 3 percent over the past year. That's great news, but a debate is raging about whether this is caused by a weak economy and therefore will reverse as the economy recovers or other factors and therefore may persist, drastically improving the budget outlook.
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New FDA drug powers tougher on industry, but not without controversy
Healthcare Packaging
A 2012 change in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's powers that was probably best known for its renewal and expansion of "user fees" also contained some important expansions in FDA enforcement powers over drugs. The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 made headlines because it required applicants for drug, medical device and biological approvals to pay new or expanded fees along with those applications, but there was more to the law than that.
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FDA issues guidance for wireless medical device security
Infosecurity
The concept of a hacker causing a heart attack by remotely compromising a pacemaker or shutting down an insulin pump on a diabetic is unfortunately not in the realm of science fiction, with very real vulnerabilities having been found in connected medical devices.
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Research shows healthy diet may slow cognitive decline
By Denise A. Valenti
The Alzheimer's Association is reporting that an estimated 5.2 million Americans have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease in 2013. At the recent Alzheimer's Association International Conference, researchers from all over the world gathered to present and discuss the latest findings of causation, diagnosis and treatments surrounding the topic of Alzheimer's disease and dementias. What was notable in this year's conference was the research supporting the contributions of healthy lifestyles and diet to lower rates of cognitive declines.
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CDC: US schools show progress in healthy behaviors
Healthday News via U.S. News & World Report
Schools across America are showing progress in key areas related to health, including nutrition, physical education and smoking, federal health officials reported. The results of a 2012 comprehensive survey of school health policies showed some encouraging trends, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Novel strategies: Side effects with long-term antibiotic treatment
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Antibiotics, commonly available since the 1940s, have done wonders at saving patients with infections ranging from pneumonia to sexually transmitted diseases. In 2010, doctors and other healthcare providers prescribed 258 million courses of antibiotics for a population close to 309 million. Besides the issue of emerging antibiotic resistance, there may be additional problems with antibiotic treatment — detrimental side effects — especially if treatment is prolonged. New research indicates that antibiotics may damage human cells.
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Mom's genes may affect how fast you age
LiveScience via Fox News
Eating well, sleeping well and exercising may help keep people young at heart, but mutated genes passed down from mothers may also predetermine aging rates, new research suggests. Aging manifests itself in a variety of age-associated diseases as well as changes in physical appearance, and occurs at different rates in different people.
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Insight into the origin of the genetic code
ScienceDaily
An analysis of enzymes that load amino acids onto transfer RNAs — an operation at the heart of protein translation — offers new insights into the evolutionary origins of the modern genetic code, researchers report.
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5 good things the Affordable Care Act imposed on healthcare
By Mike Wokasch
The U.S. healthcare market is well entrenched with operational complexity, an inefficient cost structure and serious quality issues.

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Is your healthcare considered preventive?
Los Angeles Times
When David Brutman received a $3,000 bill for his wife's colonoscopy, he was angry and confused. He thought the cost would all be covered because under the Affordable Care Act most insurers must cover the full cost of preventive care such as check-ups, vaccinations and screenings.

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The coming liberation: Healthcare for all without Obamacare
Forbes
Obamacare was pushed through on the promise of universal health coverage for everyone. But the CBO now scores Obamacare as leaving 30 million uninsured even 10 years after implementation.

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Researchers: Thyroid cancer biopsy guidelines should be simplified
Medical Xpress
A team led by UC San Francisco researchers has called for simplified guidelines on when to biopsy thyroid nodules for cancer, which they say would result in fewer unnecessary biopsies. Their recommendation, based on a retrospective study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, is to biopsy patients only when imaging reveals a thyroid nodule with microcalcifications — tiny flecks of calcium — or one that is over two centimeters in diameter and completely solid.
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Same genes may cause alcohol abuse and eating disorders
U.S. News and World Report
Although research has shown that alcohol dependence and eating disorders are influenced by genetic factors, a new study reveals that the two may be controlled by the same genes, making people with one condition more susceptible to the other. Melissa Munn-Chernoff, a postdoctoral researcher at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, writes in a study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
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Blood test may determine suicide risk
Counsel & Heal
Blood tests may soon be used to determine a person's suicide risk, according to a new study. Scientists at Indiana University School of Medicine were able to identify a series of RNA biomarkers in blood that may help identify people at risk for committing suicide. The study found that the biomarkers were found at significantly higher levels in the blood of both bipolar disorder patients with thoughts of suicide and those who had committed suicide.
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