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Scientists Demonstrate that Proteins in Urine Play Important Role in Stress Incontinence
Incontinence is the world's most common chronic condition. Around 10 percent of Austrians are affected by it. However the problem continues to be a taboo subject: 2 out of 3 sufferers do not talk about it, preventing access to successful treatment. Stress incontinence, in which urine is lost involuntarily when coughing, laughing or sneezing, is the most common form of incontinence, affecting 60 percent of all cases.
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Prostate Cancer Found in 1.4 Percent of TURP Specimens
Renal & Urology News
In a recent study, pathologic examination of tissue specimens from men who underwent transurethral resection of the prostate for benign prostatic hyperplasia revealed that 1.4 percent of the patients had prostate cancer. Given this low rate of incidental PCa detection, "the value of pathologic review of TURP specimens may be limited depending on the patient population," researchers reported online ahead of print in Advances in Urology.
Erectile Dysfunction was Common in Men with Gout
While anyone can develop gout, a type of arthritis, the condition is more common in men than women. And it seems that gout may be linked to a problem only men can experience. In a recent survey, about three-quarters of men with gout also had erectile dysfunction, which is when a man cannot get or keep an erection. Naomi Schlesinger, M.D., of Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey, led this research.
CA Safety-Net Hospitals Stand to be Hard Hit by Federal Cuts
California safety-net hospitals could be hit hard by a program that will reduce federal subsidies to hospitals based on the assumption that uncompensated care costs will decline with the arrival of federal healthcare reform.
The study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research published in the journal Health Affairs looked at the impact of pending reductions to disproportionate-share hospital payments.
Seizure of Assets from Medicaid Recipients Becomes Heated Issue in California
California politicians and federal bureaucrats are scrambling to iron out an unexpected wrinkle in the nation's healthcare law that is forcing many Americans to choose between health coverage and depriving heirs of much of their inheritance. California is one of 10 states that recover a broad array of costs from recipients of Medicaid, the health program for the poor that is called Medi-Cal in California. The policy applies to recipients 55 and older — and only after they die.
MedPAC Offers 7 Ways to Adjust Medicare Payments
How should Medicare fix Medicare?
Options for improving the federal risk adjustment formula to account for variations in patient severity and how patient medication adherence impacts federal healthcare spending are two of seven issues highlighted in the latest report from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
The Joint Commission Alerts Healthcare Industry to Prevalence of Unsafe Injection Practices
The Joint Commission
Patients visiting a clinic for an injection to relieve their pain or for chemotherapy don't expect to leave with a new condition such as hepatitis, but unfortunately thousands of patients have been adversely affected in this way when they received an injection at their doctor's office or in the hospital. Since 2001, at least 49 outbreaks have occurred due to the mishandling of injectable medical products, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Report: Obamacare Subsidies on Track to Cost Billions this Year
Los Angeles Times
The large subsidies for health insurance that helped fuel the successful drive to sign up some eight million Americans for coverage under the Affordable Care Act may push the cost of the law considerably above current projections, a new federal report indicates. Nearly 9 in 10 Americans who bought health coverage on the federal government's healthcare marketplaces received government assistance to offset their premiums.
Two-Midnight Rule Will Cost Hospitals Big
The so-called "two midnight" rule has hospital and health system senior leaders extremely worried.
Although its enforcement by Medicare has been delayed a second time, hospitals and health systems still have to deal with it. In essence, the proposed rule calls on doctors, with the help of whatever decision-making staff the hospital has made available, to decide whether a patient is likely to need a stay in the hospital that extends over two midnights.
ICD-10 National Testing Week CMS Acceptance Rate Near 90 Percent
Results from the ICD-10 National Testing Week conducted in March are in, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reports it accepted 89 percent of the test claims. Some regions even reported acceptance rates as high as 99 percent, CMS said.
Health Survey Ranks US Last Among Rich Peers
For the fifth time in a decade, the United States is the sick man of the rich world. But recent health reforms and increased health technology spending may provide a cure in the coming years. That's according to the latest Commonwealth Fund survey of 11 nations, which ranked the world's most expensive healthcare system dead last on measures of "efficiency, equity, and outcomes." So too in 2010, 2007, 2006 and 2004. The United Kingdom got the golden apple for 2014, with Switzerland a close second.
Secret to Cleveland Clinic's Social Media Success: Content
Reading about Cleveland Clinic surpassing one million Facebook followers in May would stop any health professional in their proverbial tracks. Mayo Clinic, which is regarded as a social media juggernaut within healthcare has only half as many followers as The Clinic. Paul Matsen, chief marketing and communications officer, shares the keys to its success.
FDA Proposes Social Media Guidelines
The Wall Street Journal
After several years of anticipation, the FDA has finally proposed a pair of guidelines for how drug and device makers should cope with some of the challenges and pitfalls posed by social media. One of the so-called draft guidances offers instructions on how companies should attempt to correct product information on websites that are run by others, such as chat rooms.
Engaging the Patient's Experience
The term patient-centered care has had an unfortunate misinterpretation for many in healthcare. Some providers end up building teams and processes around the patient at the expense of those who work with the patient. The team at Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy understood the relationship between doctor and patient historically has been paternalistic, with the physician as expert directing care based on his or her view of what is best for the patient.
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