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Sep. 11, 2012

Study: More young adults have insurance after healthcare law
The New York Times
The share of young adults without health insurance fell by one-sixth in 2011 from the previous year, the largest annual decline for any age group since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began collecting the data in 1997, according to a new report. More

Report: Healthcare system waste $750 billion a year
The Associated Press via The Denver Post
The U.S. healthcare system squanders $750 billion a year — roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar — through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other waste, the influential Institute of Medicine said in a report that ties directly into the presidential campaign.More

The great Medicare cost-control experiment begins
Bloomberg Businessweek
In President Barack Obama administration's effort to transform the American healthcare system, perhaps the biggest challenge is whether Obamacare can reign in costs without sacrificing quality. After two years of deliberation, the experiment is about to begin. The concept is simple enough: Give hospitals financial incentives to improve the quality of care.More

FDA sets priority review for tuberculosis drug
The Associated Press via USA Today
Johnson & Johnson said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will give a priority review to its experimental treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. J&J's Janssen Research & Development unit applied for approval to market bedaquiline as part of combination therapy for adults with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis lung infections.More

Company seeks more approval for clot blocker
The Associated Press via USA Today
Johnson & Johnson said it has given the Food and Drug Administration additional data on its new anti-clotting drug, in a second attempt to get approval for more uses. Xarelto already is approved for three uses: for reducing risk of blood clots in people who've had knee replacement surgery or hip replacement surgery and for reducing stroke risk in people with a common irregular heart rhythm, atrial fibrillation, not caused by a heart valve problem.More

Marijuana use tied to testicular cancer in young men
CBS News
Marijuana smoking may lead some men to develop especially serious types of testicular cancer, a new study finds. The study — published online in the American Cancer Society's journal, Cancer — suggests that not only recreational pot-use but medicinal marijuana-smoking may be risky for young males.More

Radiation may up breast cancer risk in some women
The Associated Press via USA Today
Mammograms aimed at finding breast cancer might actually raise the chances of developing it in young women whose genes put them at higher risk for the disease, a study by leading European cancer agencies suggests. The added radiation from mammograms and other types of tests with chest radiation might be especially harmful to them and an MRI is probably a safer method of screening women under 30 who are at high risk because of gene mutations, the authors conclude.More

Cranberry juice may beat children's bladder infections
Cranberry juice rich in certain antibacterial substances may help prevent repeat urinary tract infections in children, a small study suggests. Researchers found that cranberry juice made with high concentrations of proanthocyanidins cut children's risk of repeat urinary tract infections by two-thirds, versus a comparison juice.More

Study: Migraines not tied to greater weight gain
Women who have migraines may have no greater risk of becoming overweight than other women, despite what some research has suggested, according to an international study. Some studies have found a connection between excess weight and a higher rate of migraines, but they have mainly studied people at one point in time, leaving unclear whether the weight or the migraines came first.More

Vaginal ring protects monkeys from HIV-like infection
When it comes to contraception, women have many options. There are pills, patches, diaphragms and even a vaginal ring that slowly releases birth control hormones. For preventing HIV, however, the options are limited. Woman can wear a female condom, or for partial protection, they can take a daily pill that was just approved by the FDA.More

Parkinson's, 2 cancers may be tied genetically
MedPage Today
Men with Parkinson's disease had a significantly increased risk of prostate cancer, which had a reciprocal association with the neurologic disorder, according to analyses of two large databases. The analyses of Utah pioneers and descendants also confirmed a previously reported strong association between Parkinson's disease and melanoma, as reported in the Archives of Neurology.More

New drug protects neurons in Parkinson's patients
Medical Xpress
Scientists have identified a compound that boosts levels of a survival factor in neurons threatened by Parkinson's disease. The compound could be a starting point for finding drugs that delay Parkinson's disease progression. Bis-3-cognitin appears to protect mitochondria, critical sites of vulnerability for neurons affected by Parkinson's. In a widely used animal model of Parkinson's, bis-3-cognitin could protect neurons from damaging toxins and prevent mice from developing motor problems when it was given together with the toxin. More

Autism can have effects, good and bad, on a disabled child's siblings
The Washington Post
A fair amount of research has been done on how autism impacts the family. Most of it has focused on how parents are affected. The small amount of sibling research tends to center on issues of academic performance, mood disorders and social performance, and is far from conclusive. A 2006 review of the research in the Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability found that while some researchers were uncovering "deleterious outcomes," others were finding siblings who were well adjusted or whose challenges were of "low magnitude and non-significant."More