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Stakeholders seek regulatory direction on insurance exchanges
American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A panel representing state, insurance and employer interests told the House Ways and Means health subcommittee that they need more concrete direction from the federal government on how to set up the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges as implementation dates fast approach on these new coverage marketplaces. More



Is a competitive healthcare model all it's cracked up to be?
Kaiser Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The federal employee health insurance program is often touted as holding down the increase in premium prices more successfully than private workplace plans or government-run programs. But a data analysis done for Kaiser Health News and interviews with experts shows it has not held down costs per enrollee as efficiently as Medicare during the past decade. More

Now Hiring! Disability Examination Providers

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.


Dartmouth study finds new programs reduce healthcare costs
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New programs for delivering healthcare can improve quality while reducing costs, especially for some of the nation's most vulnerable patients, according to a new study conducted by The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. The researchers found modest reductions in overall spending, amounting to about $114 per person per year, or 1 percent of beneficiaries' total costs, but discovered significant savings of about $532 per person per year, or 5 percent of total costs, in the dual eligible group. More

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FDA warns against use of diarrhea drug from El Salvador
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consumers should not use a drug product called Intestinomicina — marketed as a treatment for infectious diarrhea and acute gastrointestinal infections — because it contains an ingredient that can cause serious and potentially deadly problems, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. More



New drug shows promise in multiple sclerosis treatment
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VideoBriefThere's a new treatment for multiple sclerosis, which affects more than 400,000 Americans. MS can strike anyone at any time, but it usually hits adults in the prime of their lives. But researchers say a new drug is proving very promising. More


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Researchers find chemotherapy efficacy gene
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Researchers believe they have found a way to predict the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs in fighting ovarian cancer. Scientists have discovered a gene called FGF1 was highly active in aggressive, advanced ovarian cancers. They observed it was present at higher levels in cancer cells that were resistant to a common treatment for the disease. More

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Your patient's blood doesn't tell you that they will get tired walking the dog. Or that they've had heartburn for the past 2 weeks. But it can tell you whether or not obstructive CAD is what's causing their symptoms. You may not need to go deeper than the blood to know what's happening. MORE


Study: Cancers on the rise in pregnant women
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The number of pregnant women diagnosed with cancer has increased over the past couple of decades, according to an Australian study that said it was perhaps due in part to the older age of expectant mothers as well as better cancer detection methods. More

 Prevention & Wellness
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Colonoscopy billings confuse patients
MedPage Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Although most patients expect colonoscopies to be provided free of charge, patients sometimes receive a bill because of coding variations among physician offices, a report showed. As a recommended preventative service, colonoscopy is supposed to be provided without a copay or deductible under the Affordable Care Act, but differences in billing codes from insurer to insurer, state regulations, and whether or not a colonoscopy is considered preventative complicate matters. More

Better hepatitis treatment costly for prisons
The Texas Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The prison population is particularly prone to hepatitis, which is transmitted largely through infected blood and can lead to liver cirrhosis and cancer. Not only do inmates have a penchant for illicit tattoos, but they are also likelier than the general population to have engaged in high-risk behavior like intravenous drug use outside of prison. More

 Genomics and Biotech
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MD Anderson hospital plans 'moonshot' against cancer
The Associated Press via KHOU-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The nation's largest cancer center is launching a massive "moonshot" effort against eight specific forms of the disease, similar to the all-out push for space exploration 50 years ago. The project aims to find cures and lower deaths. With genetic information and more precise drugs, "we have many of the tools we need to pick the fight of the 21st century" and find ways to defeat these cancers, researchers said. More

Back pain could be in your genes
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Good posture and sitting up straight might not save you from back pain because the physical condition of your spine is far more dependent on genes than lifestyle, scientists have found. More

 Behavioral Health
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Researchers: Experimental drug may help some autism cases
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An experimental drug can improve sociability in patients with fragile X syndrome and may be helpful as a treatment for autism, according to the authors of a new study. Fragile X is a rare genetic disorder that affects about 1 in 4,000 boys and 1 in 8,000 girls, according to the National Institutes of Health. It usually results in mental retardation and — in about half of cases — some form of autism. More

Study finds why antidepressants work better for some
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British scientists have identified biological markers in the blood which should help doctors match patients to the best type of treatment for depression. The aim is to end the "trial and error" prescription of antidepressants, which is often the only way depressed patients can find the most effective treatment, said researchers regarding what they described as a small but promising study. More

FAST FACTS
"Routine colonoscopies should begin at age 50 for most people, but possibly earlier if there is a family history of colorectal cancer, according to the National Institutes of Health."
 
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