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Largest health insurer to keep key parts of law regardless of ruling
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The nation's largest health insurer will keep in place several key consumer provisions mandated by the 2010 healthcare law regardless of whether the statute survives Supreme Court review. Officials at UnitedHealthcare will announce that whatever the outcome of the court decision, the company will continue to provide customers preventive healthcare services without co-payments or other out-of-pocket charges, allow parents to keep adult children up to age 26 on their plans, and maintain the more streamlined appeals process required by the law. 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.

Rewarding doctors for efficiency reaps savings for insurer
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Can bonuses of $10,000 or more spur primary care doctors to cut expensive hospital admissions and emergency room visits without harming care? CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield says the answer is yes. The insurer says its "patient-centered medical program" shaved $40 million off expected costs in 2011, its first in operation. More

Healthcare alliance creates massive virtual care community
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A national healthcare alliance has launched a virtual healthcare community that allows more than 100,000 providers to share best practices, as well as data based on thousands of patient outcomes. The Premier healthcare alliance's PremierConnect technology network will allow its member physicians and executives in 2,500 hospitals to work together online as one in communities of common interest. More

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FDA delays decision on drug to prevent HIV
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The Food and Drug Administration is delaying by three months a decision on whether to approve a drug for preventing infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. An agency decision on the drug Truvada, made by Gilead Sciences, was expected by June 15. But the decision was pushed back to give the agency time to review a new Gilead plan to limit the risks to healthy people taking the drug, a company spokeswoman said . More

Edwards heart valve trial raises bias question among FDA staff
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The way Edwards Lifesciences selected and categorized patients in a trial for its Sapien heart valve may have been biased, making an evaluation of the device as an alternative to open-heart surgery difficult, Food and Drug Administration staff said. The transcatheter heart valve, which can be implanted with minimal incisions, worked as well as an operation yet showed higher rates of strokes in the study, the staff said in a report posted online. More


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Robin Roberts has MDS — What is that?
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Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts announced Monday morning that she’s been diagnosed with a condition called myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS. MDS is a rare blood disorder in which "the bone marrow produces enough blood cells, but they're 'fragile,' or 'cracked,' so when they try to get into the blood stream to do what they do, they break apart prematurely," explains Martin Tallman, chief of the leukemia service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. More

New cancer drug gives patients with rare skin cancer new hope
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Thousands suffer from basal-cell nevus syndrome, or Gorlin syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that gives a single person hundreds to thousands of skin cancer tumors during his or her lifetime. Patients with Gorlin syndrome now have new hope from a drug that treats the disease. The drug, called vismodegib, not only treats patients with Gorlin syndrome but also thousands of patients with advanced stages of basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer. More

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Aspirin bleeding risk in primary prevention examined
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A new study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association provides substantial new evidence about the real world effects of aspirin, including the risk of bleeding, in a broad population. The study also sheds important new light on the effects of aspirin in a diabetic population. More

Eating fruits and vegetables may help smokers quit
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Eating fruits and vegetables may help some people quit smoking, a new study suggests. In the study, smokers who ate the most fruit and vegetables were three times more likely to be tobacco-free for at least 30 days than those who ate the least amount of fruits and vegetables, the researchers said. More

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DNA blueprint for fetus built using tests of parents
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For the first time, researchers have determined virtually the entire genome of a fetus using only a blood sample from the pregnant woman and a saliva specimen from the father. The accomplishment heralds an era in which parents might find it easier to know the complete DNA blueprint of a child months before it is born. More

Transplanting stem cells works for scleroderma
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Autologous blood stem cell transplants significantly improved survival in patients with high-risk scleroderma, despite significant treatment-related mortality, a randomized trial showed. Compared with conventional pulsed cyclophosphamide therapy, the hazard ratio for death in those undergoing the stem cell transplant was 0.22 after eight years of follow-up in the 156-patient trial, researchers said. More

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Study: Less folic acid in pregnancy tied to autism
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In a new study of California moms, women whose children had autism recalled getting less folic acid through food and supplements early in their pregnancies than those whose children didn't develop the disorder. Meeting recommendations for folic acid in the first month of pregnancy was tied to a 38 percent lower chance of having a child with autism or Asperger's, researchers reported. More

Gastric bypass cuts diabetes in mild obesity
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Gastric bypass may be an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes in patients who are only mildly obese, researchers said. The vast majority of patients had remission of their diabetes, bringing their glycated hemoglobin to 6.5 percent, even after coming off their anti-diabetic drugs, researchers reported. More

"More than five million Americans have moderate or severe heart valve disease. Among Americans age 70 and older, more than half have detectable heart valve dysfunction, according to the Heart Valve Society of America."
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