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Health insurers betting on urgent care centers
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As insurers seek ways to control the price point at the entry level of the healthcare system, health plans such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Pittsburgh are turning to developing urgent care center networks. As cost pressure has risen, the typical ways of reducing demand increased copayments and high deductible health plans have not reduced the demand for medical services. Investing in UCCs puts health plans closer to the point of care where they can more directly influence treatments and healthcare costs, explains one research analyst. More



Study: Hospital observation units could save billions in health costs
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wider use of hospital observation units could save the healthcare system billions of dollars a year, a new study indicates. An observation unit is a space near or within the emergency department that provides an alternative to inpatient admission. The unit cares for patients, usually for a 24-hour period, who have been discharged from the emergency department but need further observation and aren't ready to safely leave the hospital. More

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Amerigroup to sell Virginia business after DOJ query
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Health insurer Amerigroup Corp., which is being acquired by WellPoint Inc., said it would sell its managed care operations in Virginia following antitrust queries from the Department of Justice. More

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FDA urged to speed approval of drugs
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A White House advisory body unveiled a plan to double the number of new prescription drugs that go on the market each year by more quickly approving drugs to treat high-risk patients. The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology urged the Food and Drug Administration to expand its use of faster drug approvals to a wider range of diseases. The council suggested the FDA could begin to approve drugs that may help only a narrow and high-risk patient population, such as people who are morbidly obese, under what the council called "special medical use" approvals. More

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FDA approves Humira to treat ulcerative colitis
Dow Jones Newswires via Fox News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Food and Drug Administration granted wider approval to an Abbott Laboratories drug to treat patients with the inflammatory bowel disease ulcerative colitis. The medicine, Humira, which had almost $8 billion in sales in 2011, was previously approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's Disease and other inflammatory conditions. More


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Bizarre tumor case may lead to custom cancer care
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It's a medical nightmare: a 24-year-old man endures 350 surgeries since childhood to remove growths that keep coming back in his throat and have spread to his lungs, threatening his life. Now doctors have found a way to help him by way of a scientific coup that holds promise for millions of cancer patients. The bizarre case is the first use in a patient of a new discovery: how to keep ordinary and cancerous cells alive indefinitely in the lab. More

Pre-op MRI may not help breast cancer patients
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Having an MRI scan before breast cancer surgery may not cut a woman's risk of needing a second operation to go after additional tumor tissue — and may even raise her chance of getting an unnecessary mastectomy, a new study suggests. More

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How exercise can help you master new skills
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Can you improve your body's ability to remember by making it move? That rather odd-seeming question stimulated researchers at the University of Copenhagen to undertake a reverberant new examination of just how the body creates specific muscle memories and what role, if any, exercise plays in the process. More

Study: Physical activity programs fail to get children moving
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Programs aimed at increasing the physical activity of children have so far failed to get children moving very much, says a new research review. That failure to boost how much children walk, run, jump and otherwise move around during the day helps explain why the programs also have failed to put a dent in child obesity, say researchers who pooled results from 30 studies for the new study published in the BMJ. More

Heavy children's heart risk quantified
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Being obese or overweight may raise a young child's risk for cardiovascular disease more than previously thought, researchers found. In a meta-analysis of data on children ages 5 to 15 in 23 developed countries, obesity significantly correlated with elevated systolic, diastolic, and 24-hour ambulatory systolic blood pressure compared with normal weight, researchers said. More

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Woman gets new ear lost to skin cancer
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Sherrie Walter recently started styling her hair in a ponytail the way she used to before she was diagnosed with skin cancer nearly four years ago. It's a big step for Walter, whose life was turned upside down when doctors finally figured out the persistent sore in her ear was actually basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of cancer. But surgeons at Johns Hopkins Hospital have constructed a new ear for the 42-year-old Macy's manager and, feeling like her old self, Walter is again enjoying ponytails and other simple things in life. More

Gene mutations blamed for many mental disabilities
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More than half the cases of severe intellectual disability caused by genetic defects are the result of random mutations, not inherited, a European study suggests. The findings of the small-scale study give hope to parents of children born with a severe intellectual disabilities who are worried about having another baby with the same condition, researchers said. More

ACLU asks Supreme Court to reconsider gene patenting case
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The American Civil Liberties Union has asked for a second time that the Supreme Court invalidate Myriad Genetics Inc.'s patents on two genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancers, the latest salvo in a case with broad consequences for the future of gene-based medicine. More

 Behavioral Health
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Depression can be migraine's tipping point
Internal Medicine News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Depression in patients with episodic migraine is an independent risk factor for transformation of their headache pattern into far more burdensome chronic migraine, according to data from the landmark American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention study. More

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