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AMA report blames rising health costs on anticompetitive managed care market
Medical Economics via Modern Medicine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lack of competition among managed care plans is resulting in increased premiums for diluted benefits and is hurting both patients and physicians, says the American Medical Association in its updated analysis of the health insurance market. The annual study, "Competition in Health Insurance: A Comprehensive Study of U.S. Markets," has drawn criticism from the trade association America's Health Insurance Plans. More

CMS clarifies Medicaid hospital meaningful use payment formula
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has posted a new Frequently Asked Question concerning the counting of inpatient-bed-days in determining the payment formula under the Medicaid electronic health records meaningful use program. More

Federal EHR regulations driving doctors out of practice
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Independent physicians are a vanishing breed, due in large part to government regulations requiring the adoption of health IT and the meaningful use of electronic health records, according to a new report from Accenture. The report finds that 61 percent of those surveyed will seek employment rather than open a private practice, with the majority citing the government regulations as the cause. More

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Insurers to pay fees in states rejecting health law
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Health insurers who want to sell plans in states that refuse to create new U.S. healthcare marketplaces will have to pay fees for the federal government to regulate them. More

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New laser surgical technique offers promise in treating epilepsy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A developing new laser surgical technique for epilepsy appears to be safe and effective and reduces hospital stays to one or two days, according to two research reports presented during the American Epilepsy Society's 66th Annual Meting at the San Diego Convention Center. More

New technique aims to heal broken ribs faster
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A new surgical technique being used at a Utah hospital aims to be a quicker, less painful way to heal broken ribs. Rib plating, as it is called, has been implemented at Intermountain Medical Center, among other hospitals nationwide. The procedure works by making small incisions at the break sites, spanning the broken ribs with titanium plates and holding them in place with locking screws that go just through the outside of the bone on both sides of the rib. More

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Improved adherence expected with new HIV combination treatment
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A four-ingredient combination treatment is set to improve patient adherence to long-term therapies for HIV. Although this combination treatment might address adherence, cost remains a chief obstacle. More

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Diabetes drug may help prevent, treat ovarian cancer
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Metformin, a widely prescribed insulin-lowering drug for diabetes, has been associated with survival in ovarian cancer and is worthy of further study, as it may be considered for the prevention or treatment of ovarian cancer, according to the results of a study published in Cancer. More

Mistletoe: The kiss of death for cancer?
MedIndia    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers say mistletoe has the potential to play a vital role as an alternative therapy for sufferers of colon cancer. Scientists at the University of Adelaide in Australia are interested in how the extract of mistletoe could either assist chemotherapy or act as an alternative to chemotherapy as a treatment for colon cancer. More

Supercomputers reduce cancer treatment analysis to seconds
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Currently in the United States, the wrong diagnosis leads to the wrong treatment protocol in 32 percent of cancer patients. That — combined with the huge lag time for treatment review, an average of five months after treatment begins — means many patients are not receiving the care they should. "This is unacceptable," says Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D., chairman of Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Advanced Health, National LambdaRail and NantHealth. "How can we give patients the best possible outcomes at the lowest cost if we don't have the proper treatment from the start?" The answer, Soon-Shiong says, lies in technology. More

 Prevention & Wellness
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Connecting diabetes patients and drug makers via social media
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About 26 million Americans have diabetes — mostly Type 2 — and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that as many as one-third of adults could have diabetes by 2050. People living with diabetes have created a vibrant online community. Big drug companies are certainly taking notice — and some advocacy groups think the Food and Drug Administration should as well. More

Flu season off to earliest start in 10 years
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Health officials say flu season is off to its earliest start in nearly 10 years — and it could be a bad one. The primary strain circulating is one that tends to cause more severe illness, especially in the elderly. But officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the nation seems to be fairly well prepared. More than a third of Americans have been vaccinated, and the vaccine is well matched to the strains of flu so far. More

 Genomics and Biotech
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Genes influencing birth weight also linked to health in adulthood
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Seven genes influencing birth weight have been identified in research combining the results of smaller studies. Five of these genes may also be linked to health in adulthood. "These discoveries give us important clues to the mechanisms responsible for the control of a baby's growth in the womb and may eventually lead to a better understanding of how to manage growth problems during pregnancy," said Dr. Rachel Freathy of the University of Exeter, the lead investigator of the study. More

Stanford launching genomics center
Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Stanford University has launched the Stanford Center for Computational, Evolutionary and Human Genomics. The new center plans to get students and faculty from across Stanford to "engage in interdisciplinary collaborations that will catalyze discovery in emerging fields of research," according to a university statement. Biology professor Marcus Feldman and genetics professor Carlos Bustamante will lead the center. More

2 genes predict tumor's progression to invasive breast cancer
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new genetic test may help determine whether a small tumor in the breast is likely to turn in to full-blown breast cancer, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. More

 Behavioral Health
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Psychiatrists approve vast changes to diagnosis manual
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Asperger's is out, but binge eating and hoarding are in as official mental disorders in the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5, the diagnostic bible published by the American Psychiatric Association, following a recent vote by its board. The vote gives only a hint of the massive changes that will be unveiled in detail in May when the guide is published. The last full revision was in 1994, with minor changes approved in 2000. More

Brain scans show differences in adults with autism
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Brain scans done on groups of men with autism show distinct differences in both the volume of specific regions and the activity of cells that signal a possible immune response, two new studies suggest. More

"Researchers say mistletoe has the potential to play a vital role as an alternative therapy for sufferers of colon cancer."

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