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Doctors, others billing Medicare at higher rates
Center for Public Integrity via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Thousands of doctors and other medical professionals have billed Medicare for increasingly complicated and costly treatments over the past decade, adding $11 billion or more to their fees — and signaling a possible rise in medical billing abuse, according to an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity. More



US, state officials in stealth mode on health exchanges
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Health officials in as many as 24 Republican-controlled states are working behind the scenes to set up insurance exchanges that provide a market for individuals and small businesses to shop for affordable health coverage. The states face a Nov. 16, deadline to show they can do it, or the federal government steps in and takes on the job itself. More

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The VA Locum Tenens Program seeks physicians and psychologists to perform disability examinations for general medicine and mental health conditions. Physicians will provide compensation and pension examinations for Veterans who file for disability claims. This position requires extensive travel around the country. Compensation package includes salary and full travel. Send your CV to locumtenens@va.gov or contact us at 1-866-664-1030.


Cuts will reduce Medicare payments to doctors, providers by $11 billion
Kaiser Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Medicare providers would see reductions of about $11 billion as part of series of automatic spending cuts set to begin in 2013 unless Congress acts to halt them, according to estimates released by the White House Office of Management and Budget. More

UnitedHealth joins the Dow
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UnitedHealth Group has landed a spot in the Dow Jones industrial average, the elite group of 30 companies that many investors look to as a gauge of the stock market. S&P Dow Jones Indices said the Minnesota-based company, which operates the nation's largest health insurer, will replace Kraft Foods Inc. at the opening of trading on Sept. 24. More

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Can pacemakers be used twice?
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People in developing countries with heart problems may not be able to afford new pacemakers, but a new study suggests devices removed during autopsies may have enough remaining battery life to be donated and used again. More

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FDA warns of burns from muscle and joint pain busters
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The U.S. health regulator alerted patients to rare cases of chemical burns from using over-the-counter muscle and joint pain relievers, including creams, lotions, ointments and patches. The products that contain menthol, methyl salicylate, or capsaicin — including big brands such as Bengay, Capzasin, Flexall, Icy Hot and Mentholatum — were found to cause first- to third-degree burns. More


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Advisors: Ovarian cancer screening for healthy women not beneficial
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Healthy women should not be routinely screened for ovarian cancer because it won't reduce their risk of dying from the disease, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force announced in a new statement. They added that a positive test may do more harm than good. More

Study: Post-menopausal women with diabetes at greater risk of breast cancer
British Journal of Cancer via Medical Xpress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Women with type II diabetes are nearly 30 percent more likely to get breast cancer, according to results of a comprehensive review published in the British Journal of Cancer. The study analyzed the results of 40 separate studies examining the potential link between breast cancer and diabetes. More

 Prevention & Wellness
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Vaccine development needs a booster shot
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new study, which finds that immunity from the whooping cough vaccine fades sharply over time, underscores the urgent need to develop new vaccines and consider additional booster shots for children, health experts say. Authors say the study in the New England Journal of Medicine helps explain part of the resurgence in whooping cough, or pertussis, which has sickened more than 26,000 in 2012 — the largest outbreak in more than 50 years. More

McDonald's menu to post calorie data
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
McDonald's said it would begin posting calorie counts on all its menus — a move that could put pressure on other fast-food restaurants to do the same. The company also unveiled several menu additions aimed at making its offerings more healthful. They include an egg white McMuffin, a grilled chicken option for the Happy Meal and seasonal fruits and vegetables like blueberries and cucumbers. More

Doctors: New York City ban on big, sugary drinks could help
The Associated Press via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The era of the supersized cola may come to an end in New York City soon, when health officials are expected to approve an unprecedented 16-ounce limit on sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, delis and movie theaters. But will it actually translate into better health? Doctors and nutrition experts said the regulation's success or failure may depend on more than just the modest number of calories it might slash from people's diets. More

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Genetics to determine cancer treatments
Genetics to determine cancer treatments    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The war on cancer is poised to enter a new phase that promises more precise treatments, fewer side effects and, most of all, more survivors. Experts say the recent revolution in genetics has reignited the world of cancer research. Scientists can sequence all the genes in a cancer cell faster than ever before, compare the cancer genes with those in the rest of the body and even turn genes on and off. More

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Animal study offers prospect of autism treatment
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Changes in the brain caused by autism can be reversed in mice, a new preclinical study showed, opening a potential path to develop a treatment for the incurable disorder. Roche, a Swiss drug maker, and the University of Basel's Biozentrum said the study identified a way to reverse a dysfunction in the brain's wiring typically caused by the disorder, which stumps intellectual development and can cause aggressive and anti-social behavior and becomes evident in early childhood. More

Study: Men more prone to depression after stroke
HealthDay News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Although depression affects about one-third of all stroke victims, male stroke survivors are more likely to become depressed than females, a small new study suggests. The gap may be due to men putting extra stock into the notion that they will enjoy good health, one of the researchers explained. More

FAST FACTS
"An abnormal heart beat, requiring a pacemaker, can be caused by a variety of reasons, including certain genetic conditions, according to the Mayo Clinic."
 
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