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Metformin May Improve Oncologic Outcomes in Bladder Canadian Patients
Renal & Urology News
Metformin therapy is associated with improved oncologic outcomes amongdiabetic patients undergoing radical cystectomy for bladder cancer, researchers reported at the Canadian Urological Association annual meeting in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Researchers Reveal Treasure Trove of Genes Key to Kidney Cancer
A genomic analysis of clear cell renal cell carcinoma, the most common form of kidney cancer, from 72 patients has uncovered 31 genes that are key to development, growth and spread of the cancer, say researchers from Mayo Clinic in Florida. Eight of these genes had not been previously linked to kidney cancer, and six other genes were never known to be involved in any form of cancer.
Risk for Other Cancers Rises After Prostate Cancer RT
Men with prostate cancer who are treated with external beam radiation therapy more after their prostate cancer diagnosis, according to an analysis using data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program. "Surveillance even 10 years after treatment is still very important because of the increased risk of bladder and rectal cancer," lead investigator Elizabeth J. Davis, M.D., of the University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor.
Doc Drug-Testing Initiative Masks True Intent
"Pee in a cup" is a phrase you should prepare to hear frequently this election season. A requirement that doctors be subject to random drug and alcohol testing is the curb-appeal provision in a measure that will be on the California ballot in November. The brains behind the initiative titled the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act clearly figured out that voters are more likely warm to the part that promises drug tests for doctors than the measure's more important provision, which would lift the state's $250,000 cap on medical malpractice awards to $1.1 million.
Confusion Over Doctor Lists is Costly for Obamacare Enrollees in California
Frustration and legal challenges over the network of doctors and hospitals for Obamacare patients have marred an otherwise successful rollout of the federal healthcare law in California.
Limiting the number of medical providers was part of an effort by insurers to hold down premiums. But confusion over the new plans has led to unforeseen medical bills for some patients and prompted a state investigation.
SCOTUS' Contraception Ruling Will Have Little Effect on California
California health insurance officials predict that most women in the state will not be affected by the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage mandate, KQED's "State of Health" reports. The ACA's contraceptive coverage rules require most for-profit, private businesses to offer contraceptive coverage in their employer-sponsored health plans.
HFMA ANI: Tackling Healthcare's Ever-Growing Complexity
Even though reimbursements remain heavily tilted to fee-for-service, healthcare organizations are making big mistakes if they aren't marrying clinical and financial metrics and engaging in data analytics, says HFMA's president.
Medicaid Expansion Hits Resistance from States
Hobby Lobby — now free to drop emergency "morning after" pills and intrauterine devices from its workers' health insurance plans — has given no indication that it plans to stop helping its male employees obtain erectile dysfunction treatments. The Supreme Court ruled on June 30 that the craft store chain, owned by evangelical Christians, doesn't have to pay for healthcare coverage of contraceptives prohibited by its owners' religion.
Guideline: Most Healthy Women Can Skip Pelvic Exam
The Associated Press
No more dreaded pelvic exam? New guidelines say most healthy women can skip the yearly ritual. Routine pelvic exams don't benefit women who have no symptoms of disease and who aren't pregnant, and they can cause harm, the American College of Physicians said on June 30 as it recommended that doctors quit using them as a screening tool.
2 Ways to Educate Newly Insured Patients
Since the Affordable Care Act, many practices are likely to have encountered newly insured patients. Some of these patients may have issues understanding their own coverage and what industry terms mean, which can in turn impact patient collections. "I have an education and I am not understanding this," Deb Emerson from Oroville, California, told Kaiser Health News about her insurance coverage. "I wonder about people who don't have an education — how baffling this must be for them."
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