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CBO Director: Important to Give Advance Warning About Coming Changes to Social Security
CNS News
The United States faces "fundamental fiscal challenges" stemming from the growth in spending for Social Security and major health care programs," CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf told a gathering in Washington on Tuesday. The rising cost of those programs leaves Americans with "unpleasant" choices to make, but the sooner they're made, the better, he said.
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Unease Grows Among US Doctors over Indian Drug Quality
The Baltimore Sun
Some U.S. doctors are becoming concerned about the quality of generic drugs supplied by Indian manufacturers following a flurry of recalls and import bans by the Food and Drug Administration. In recent months, the FDA, citing quality control problems ranging from data manipulation to sanitation, has banned the importation of products from Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd, Wockhardt Ltd and, most recently, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
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Hypertension, Obesity Tied to Kidney Cancer
Medpage Today
Increases in blood pressure and body mass were associated with greater risks of kidney cancer in U.S. men and women, analyses of two large datasets showed. Both blood pressure and BMI remained significant predictors of kidney cancer after adjustment for various potential confounders, the researchers reported online in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association, noting that the mechanisms underlying the associations are not clear.
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Antibiotics for UTI Often Taken Before, After Incontinence Surgery
News-Medical
One in four women undergoing surgery for urinary incontinence has recently taken antibiotics for a urinary tract infection, a large population-based study shows. Of the women who had taken antibiotics before surgery, around half used antibiotics again in the one year after surgery, a “surprising” finding, according to the study authors.
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Continuous Monitoring Helps Slash Hospital Length of Stay
FierceHealthIT
Continuous, contact-free electronic monitoring of hospital patients helped to reduce length of stay by roughly 9 percent, according to research published this month in the American Journal of Medicine. Overall, length of stay decreased for patients by 0.37 days, or 9 percent. For those patients in the intervention unit post implementation who underwent an intra-hospital transfer from the medical-surgical unit to the intensive care unit, the average length of stay decreased by two days, or 45 percent; the rate of code blue events, overall, decreased by 86 percent.
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Kidney Function Decline Linked to Higher Protein Intake
Renal & Urology News
Higher protein intake in middle age is associated with greater declines in kidney function over time, researchers reported online ahead of print in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation. “The study reports the first evidence that, in a sample of the middle-age general population, higher protein intake is associated cross-sectionally with higher eGFR and longitudinally with greater eGFR decline over time,” the investigators staged. “Findings were similar for both sexes, independent of several variables, and consistent in subgroup analyses.”
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EHR Adoption Increasing Among Solo and Small Practices
Health Data Management
The adoption rate for offices with 26 or more doctors increased only 1.6 percent, from 75.9 percent to 77.5 percent. Overall, the rate of EHR adoption grew from 50.3 percent to 61 percent compared to the previous year. “What has accelerated the adoption of electronic health records among smaller practices is the availability of more than 450 different solutions to fit their practice needs, size and budget,” said Jack Schember, senior director of marketing for SK&A, in a written statement.
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Study: New Therapy May Shrink Enlarged Prostate with Fewer Side Effects
WebMD
A new noninvasive procedure may bring long-term relief from symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate, a new study suggests. The new treatment is called prostate artery embolization. "Prostate artery embolization is a promising therapy that has been performed outside the United States to improve men's symptoms," explained Dr. Man Hon, chief of interventional radiology at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y.
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