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FDA again rejects Merck's drug to reverse anesthesia effects
The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration again declined to approve Merck's proposed surgery drug, the latest in a string of research-and-development setbacks for the pharmaceutical maker.
This time, the FDA cited concerns about "operational aspects" in a study of the drug, sugammadex, which is designed to reverse the effects of muscle-relaxation agents used in surgery.
Personal CPAP machines in PACU of uncertain benefit
Requiring patients with obstructive sleep apnea to bring personal breathing devices with them on the day of surgery may be an unnecessary and clinically irrelevant burden for both patients and hospital staff, Baltimore researchers have found.
Florida now in minority on Medicaid
Health News Florida
Two more Republican governors of big states have agreed to accept federal funds that will allow an expansion of Medicaid health coverage to low-income uninsured adults.
With the decisions in Michigan and Pennsylvania, a majority of states have now said they will sign on to one of the key features of the Affordable Care Act, The Washington Post reports. Florida remains a holdout.
Can NPs and PAs fill the primary care gap?
As the nation shifts through proposed solutions to the shortage of primary care physicians, one option would be to fill the gap with so-called physician extenders — nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
Fight over Obamacare is anything but over in Florida
Kaiser Health News and Miami Herald
Florida isn't just a battleground state for presidential elections; it’s ground zero in the nation's Obamacare wars.
It's all about demographics. And geography.
Retiree-heavy Florida has a surplus of voting seniors nervous about Obamacare's changes. But Hispanics — the state's least-insured but fastest-growing population — tend to support the Affordable Care Act.
Strange new state of consciousness could exist, researcher says
With anesthetics properly given, very few patients wake up during surgery. However, new findings point to the possibility of a state of mind in which a patient is neither fully conscious nor unconscious, experts say.
This possible third state of consciousness may be a state in which patients can respond to a command, but are not disturbed by pain or the surgery, according to Dr. Jaideep Pandit, anesthetist at St John's College in England.
The downside of healthcare job growth
Harvard Business Review
While the growth of healthcare costs has slowed over the past few years, lowering costs over the long term will depend on improving healthcare labor productivity. Reducing the rate at which healthcare costs grow, and the proportion of U. S. gross domestic product and public sector budgets that are consumed by healthcare over the long term, therefore, will require either increasing labor productivity or substantially lowering workforce salaries.
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