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American Hospital Association sues US over Medicare
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The American Hospital Association sued the U.S. government for allegedly refusing to pay for "hundreds of millions of dollars" of medically necessary care as required under the Medicare Act. More

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Washington state dual eligibles' demo uses risk modeling system
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Washington state has received federal approval to test a managed fee-for-service model for Medicaid-Medicare eligible patients, and state health officials are using a risk modelling and data system as the basis for care management and coordination. More



Retail clinics may cut into primary care
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The health clinics in pharmacies and other retail stores may be convenient, but they may also take a bite out of the traditional doctor-patient relationship, a new study suggests. More

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FDA says Sandy delays decisions on some drugs
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Health regulators will delay decisions on some drugs for up to two days because of the massive storm Sandy, which closed the federal government. The Food and Drug Administration said that the delay in meeting regulatory timelines for prescription drugs, medical devices and biosimilar drugs would apply to those with target dates around Oct. 29 and 30, when offices were closed. More



FDA: No increased bleeding risk for Pradaxa blood thinner
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Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH's blood thinner Pradaxa didn't appear to increase risk of bleeding compared with the drug warfarin in a new analysis, health authorities said. The Food and Drug Administration said it will continue a safety review of the drug, which the agency had started in 2011 after receiving reports of serious bleeding events in patients using Pradaxa. More

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For redheads, melanoma risk may be genetic
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Genetic research is putting a new complexion on melanoma risk. It has long been known that people with red hair, fair skin, freckles and an inability to tan are at the highest risk for melanoma, compared with other pigmentation types, according to researchers. More

Acupuncture might ease fatigue linked to breast cancer
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Offering breast cancer patients a relatively short regimen of acupuncture alongside standard treatment can help alleviate some of the crippling fatigue that often accompanies the disease, according to a new study. More

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Diabetics need to take special precautions when exercising
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Exercise is at the forefront in the prevention, control and treatment of diabetes. The San Diego-based American Council on Exercise offers some practical advice for individuals with diabetes who want to increase their level of physical activity. More

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Gene study yields new clues to Crohn's disease, colitis
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Scientists say research into the genetics of inflammatory bowel disease — which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis — is revealing new insights into the origin of this set of illnesses. More

Drug to fix faulty DNA gets go-ahead in landmark move
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The Western world's first gene therapy drug has been approved by the European Commission in a milestone for the new medical technology that fixes faulty genes. The formal clearance from the European Commission gives the green light for a launch in summer 2013 of the treatment for an ultra rare genetic disease that leaves sufferers unable to digest fats. More

Researchers sequence 1,092 human genomes
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Completing the first phase of the 1000 Genomes Project, scientists report that they have sampled a total of 1092 individuals from 14 different populations and sequenced their full genomes. The researchers described the feat as a collegial effort to equip biologists and physicians with information that can be used to understand the normal range of human genetic variants so that a patient's disease genome can be interpreted in a broader context. More

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Study of antidepressants in pregnant women finds more risks than benefits
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Commonly-prescribed SSRI antidepressants should be given to pregnant women with "great caution" because the drugs could raise risk for miscarriage, premature birth and health problems in both mom and a newborn baby, a new study concludes. More

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