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Health insurer earnings telegraph uptick in spending
American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Health insurers are trying to figure out when patient traffic to physician offices is going to start growing again. Their consensus after releasing earnings covering the first three months of 2012: Things might be picking up, but we're not sure. Plans such as Aetna and Humana reported declining earnings because of higher-than-expected medical-loss ratios, a "medical loss" being the term for spending money on care, including paying physicians. More

What is the Health Economic Impact of a Non-Invasive Prenatal Test?

Learn About Bridgehead International’s report, authored by Susan Garfield, on the clinical and economic utility of this test in this quarter’s JMCM, entitled “Clinical and Cost Consequences of Incorporating a Novel Non-Invasive Prenatal Test into the Diagnostic Pathway for Fetal Trisomies.

Second-guessing Medicare's star rating system
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As the federal government pumps billions of bonus dollars into private Medicare health plans to encourage better care, the quality rating system used to award the bonuses is coming under increasing fire. Critics, including the Government Accountability Office and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, question whether the $8 billion-plus program is mostly rewarding mediocre patient care. More

Nearly 62K 'uninsurable' patients could lose coverage if law overturned
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Under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, nearly 62,000 "uninsurable" patients are getting coverage through a little-known program for people who have been turned away by insurance companies because of preexisting medical conditions. The law's opponents say if that insurance mandate is found to be unconstitutional, the rest of the law should also go, since courts should not be picking and choosing policy. The administration defends the insurance requirement but says if the court decides to overturn it, most of the rest of the law should stay. More

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FDA approves generic versions of blood thinner
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Patients taking the popular blood thinner Plavix now have the option of getting a less-expensive pill, following the approval of the first generic versions in the United States. That's because the patent for Plavix, the world's second-best-selling medicine, just expired. Plavix is taken by millions of people every day to prevent heart attacks and strokes, by preventing platelets in the blood from clumping together. More

Is the US ready for home HIV tests?
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At the pharmacy, you can buy anything from tea kettles to Tylenol. But what if you could buy a rapid HIV test over the counter and test yourself in the privacy of your own home? Such a test, which experts say could profoundly change attitudes towards HIV diagnosis and how we go about it, is already being made. Some researchers are excited by the prospect, but others worry that American society isn't ready for testing without counseling. More


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Lung cancer CT scans: Just for older heavy smokers
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New lung cancer screening guidelines from three medical groups recommend annual scans but only for an older group of current or former heavy smokers. The advice applies only to those ages 55 to 74. The risks of screening younger or older smokers or nonsmokers outweigh any benefits, according to the guidelines. More

Primary care doctors don't know long-term chemo effects
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Many primary care doctors don't know the long-term side effects of the chemotherapy treatments that cancer survivors under their care may have been given, a new survey found. On the other hand, most oncologists — though not all — are familiar with the side effects of four common treatments used to treat breast and colon cancer, according to the results of a new survey. More

Chemotherapy via pills can be costly; plan slow to cover new drugs
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Cancer treatment is changing: Increasingly, pills are the drug of choice rather than intravenous chemotherapy that drips into a patient's vein. In contrast to conventional IV chemotherapy, which often kills both cancer and healthy cells alike, many of the new oral oncology drugs target specific biologic processes in cancer cells and block their growth. More

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Antibiotic linked with rare but deadly heart risk
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An antibiotic widely used for bronchitis and other common infections seems to increase chances for sudden deadly heart problems, a rare but surprising risk found in a 14-year study. Zithromax, or azithromycin, is more expensive than other antibiotics, but it's popular because it often can be taken for fewer days. But the results suggest doctors should prescribe other options for people already prone to heart problems. More

Can coffee really help you live longer?
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VideoBriefIt seems like every day there's some new research about whether our favorite drinks are good for us. One day, science says a glass of red wine a day will help us live longer. The next day, maybe not. It seems journalists are pretty interested in wine research, as Deborah Blum over at the Knight Science Foundation recently pointed out, and the same might be said for coffee. More

WHO warns of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity
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Recently released health data provide the clearest evidence to date of the spread of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease from developed nations to poorer regions such as Africa, as lifestyles and diets there change. The United Nations data showed one in three adults worldwide has raised blood pressure and the condition affects almost half the adult population in some countries in Africa. More

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Rare Hamamy syndrome offers insight into common health problems
New York Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It is extremely rare for a child to born with Hamamy syndrome, but the gene that causes it may hold the key to common health problems. Scientists have discovered that mutations in a single gene cause a child to be born with wide-set eyes, protruding ears, sloping shoulders, fragile bones and the inability to produce tears, according to research published in Nature Genetics. More

Adoptees who reunite with lose parent risk genetic sexual attraction
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Genetic sexual attraction is normally in place when family members grow up in close proximity by virtue of reverse sexual imprinting, or the Westermarck effect, which desensitizes them to later sexual attraction. Researchers hypothesize it evolved so biological relatives would not inbreed. More

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Test offers red flag for autism at 6 months
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A simple "pull-to-sit" test on infants at six months old may help doctors predict autism and other delays, a new study has found. The study by Kennedy Krieger Institute researchers looked at infants at high genetic risk for autism and found many had weak head and neck control. A large number went on to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, though some had other, more mild language or social delays. More

"Chemotherapy may produce a few, or no side effects, depending on the type and dose of chemo, according to the National Cancer Institute. Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, pain and hair loss." Healthy cells usually recover after chemotherapy.
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