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August 25, 2016

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August 25, 2016

Researchers Question Process for Reviewing Coverage of 'Off Label' Cancer Drug Use

Aug. 25, 2016 — Physician-researchers have raised concerns that there are inconsistencies between the five reference guides, or compendia, that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services uses to determine which ... read more

Is Prehospital Stroke Treatment Associated With Better Outcomes?

Aug. 25, 2016 — When treating a patient with stroke, every minute counts. A specialized stroke ambulance allows physicians to start specific treatment, such as thrombolysis, at scene. A recent study investigated ... read more

Simulated Patient Study Sheds New Light on Antibiotic Use in India

Aug. 24, 2016 — As a result of the overuse or misuse of antibiotics, antimicrobial resistant superbugs represent an extraordinary threat to global health. This threat is particularly great in India, the world's ... read more

You Want Shorter ER Stays? Bring in the Nurses

Aug. 24, 2016 — Protocols allowing nurses to administer certain types of treatment in the emergency department can dramatically shorten length of stay for patients with fever, chest pain, hip fractures and vaginal ... read more

Seniors With More Continuity of Care Use the ER Less

Aug. 24, 2016 — Seniors with traditional Medicare coverage who have more continuity of care -- defined as consistently seeing the same physician in an outpatient setting -- have lower chances of visiting an ... read more

Majority of US Doctors Discussing Electronic Cigarettes With Their Patients

Aug. 24, 2016 — A new survey of US doctors reveals they are frequently discussing electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) with patients in a clinical setting. A substantial proportion of physicians also recommend e-cigs to ... read more

Study Takes a Step Back to Look at Use of Restraints in Hospitals

Aug. 24, 2016 — The use of belts, bedrails and other devices to prevent patients from hurting themselves has increasingly come under fire. Within a hospital setting, the use of such restraints may be reduced by ... read more

Simplify, Standardize Health Insurance Plans, Advise Behavioral Economists

Aug. 23, 2016 — Behavioral economists argue that the best way to address the problems caused by health plan complexity is to simplify and standardize the plans, a new report ... read more

Female Triathletes at Higher Risk for Pelvic Floor Disorders

Aug. 23, 2016 — Female triathletes are at a higher risk for several health issues, including pelvic floor disorders, new research indicates. Researchers conducted an internet survey of 311 self-identified female ... read more

Surgery That Restores Hand and Elbow Function in Quadriplegics Is Underused

Aug. 23, 2016 — A surgery for quadriplegics called tendon transfer can significantly improve hand and elbow function, but the procedure is greatly underused, according to a new ... read more

Prescriptions More Affordable After U.S. Policy Changes

Aug. 23, 2016 — Researchers have seen significant increases in the number of Americans who can afford to fill prescriptions following implementation of the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act and the 2010 Affordable ... read more

Recommended Blood Pressure Targets for Diabetes Are Being Challenged

Aug. 23, 2016 — The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare recently raised the recommended target blood pressure for patients with diabetes. This may lead to more patients suffering from stroke or heart ... read more

Aug. 23, 2016 — Researchers from the epicenter of the current Zika virus outbreak have released a report on imaging findings in babies and fetuses infected with the Zika virus. Zika virus is most dangerous when ... read more

Aug. 23, 2016 — Doctors have used an MRI-based technique to detect shrinkage in brain consistent with CTE, which, they say, could lead to diagnosis in the ... read more

Integrated Team-Based Care Shows Potential for Improving Health Care Quality, Use and Costs

Aug. 23, 2016 — Among adults enrolled in an integrated health care system, receipt of primary care at integrated team-based care practices compared with traditional practice management practices was associated with ... read more

Multivariate Analysis Improves on Cognitive Testing in Alzheimer's Disease

Aug. 23, 2016 — Multivariate analysis of cognitive tests in Alzheimer's disease identifies five distinct groups of Alzheimer's disease patients, and suggests that multivitamins might slow progression only ... read more

Medical Scientists Discover Potent Method for Improving Drug-Free Fertility Treatment

Aug. 23, 2016 — For those facing infertility, IVF has long been the established option to have a baby. Now medical scientists have discovered how to improve a woman's chances of becoming pregnant using a less ... read more

Experts Call for Better Services for Patients With Facial Pain

Aug. 22, 2016 — Patients with persistent face pain should be tested to ensure they get the best and most rapid treatment whilst also saving the healthcare system money, say experts from ... read more

Aug. 22, 2016 — Researchers now have demonstrated that umbilical cells from children of obese or overweight mothers show impaired expression of key genes regulating cell energy and metabolism, compared to similar ... read more

Novel MRI Technique Distinguishes Healthy Prostate Tissue from Cancer Using Zinc

Aug. 22, 2016 — A novel MRI method that detects low levels of zinc ion can help distinguish healthy prostate tissue from cancer, radiologists have ... read more

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