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Hospitals demand payment upfront from repeat ER patients
Kaiser Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Next time you go to an emergency room, be prepared for this: If your problem isn't urgent, you may have to pay upfront. In 2011, about 80,000 emergency-room patients at hospitals owned by HCA, the nation's largest for-profit hospital chain, left without treatment after being told they would have to first pay $150 because they did not have a true emergency. More



Stemming the tide of overtreatment in US healthcare
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A leading group of U.S. doctors is trying to tackle the costly problem of excessive medical testing, hoping to avoid more government intervention in how they practice. The American College of Physicians is rolling out guidelines to help doctors identify when patients should screen for diseases and when they can be spared the cost. More

Plans report healthy profits despite new cost demands
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In 2011, the first full year of operations after passage of health system reform, the nation's largest for-profit publicly traded plans mostly were able to keep profits up despite new requirements on medical spending. Aetna, Coventry Health Care, Humana and UnitedHealth Group reported double-digit percentage growth in net earnings for 2011 compared with 2010. More

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FDA still wary of diet pill's side effects
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Food and Drug Administration continues to have concerns a weight-loss drug it is reviewing for the second time can cause birth defects and heart problems, FDA documents show. The drug Qnexa was rejected by the agency in 2010, largely because of those risks. A committee of outside advisers to the FDA will meet to consider again whether the drug should be approved. More

Cushing's Syndrome drug gets FDA approval
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Corcept Therapeutics has received regulatory approval for Korlym, the first treatment for high blood sugar in patients with endocrine disorder Cushing's Syndrome. The Food and Drug Administration approved Korlym as a once-a-day therapy for adults who have hyperglycemia plus Type 2 diabetes or glucose intolerance and who have failed, or are not candidates for surgery. More


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In Illinois, uninsured women now waiting for mammograms
Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In Illinois, access to mammograms, Pap smears and other reproductive health services remains an issue for many uninsured women. As of January, nearly 155,000 women have been screened for breast and cervical cancers since an early detection program was launched in 1995. In the last fiscal year the number of screenings was about 40,000. More

Scientists target cancer with DNA robots
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Scientists at Harvard have developed nanoscale robots, comprised of DNA, which might one day be used to deliver instructions directly to the cells of a patient's body. This technique could be used to fight different diseases and could, for example, cause cancer cells to kill themselves. More

 Prevention & Wellness
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Does Tylenol worsen asthma for children?
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Parents and doctors around the world have been alarmed by the dramatic increase in childhood asthma. One factor in the upswing is better detection by doctors, but at least one doctor thinks a common over-the-counter drug also has something to do with it. More

Seeking the right recipe for food labels
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Research suggests people may not use Nutrition Facts as much as they say they do. Although 33 percent of people in one study said they almost always check calorie totals, an eye-tracking device revealed that only 9 percent really did so when they took a simulated shopping trip. This woeful situation has convinced nutritionists, food manufacturers and public health experts that the humble Nutrition Facts label could probably use a little help. More

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Patents on genetic data raise legal questions on DNA rights
Bloomberg News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gene-sequencing breakthroughs, spawning a fast-growing, multibillion-dollar market for drugs and medical tests, are also creating thorny questions over how to regulate commercial use of the human genetic code. Health regulators are fashioning rules for bolstering oversight of laboratory tests, including genetic analysis, that may show whether an individual is predisposed to diseases. More

With newest technology, OpGen puts DNA in its proper place
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Advancements in genomic science continue to push toward a future where people can map their DNA and identify the likelihood they or their children will be susceptible to certain diseases. Gaithersburg, Md.-based OpGen debuted a technology that puts separate gene sequences in the correct order so abnormalities in the structure of one's genetic makeup can be better detected. More

 Behavioral Health
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Study: Brain scans detect early signs of autism
The Associated Press via CBS News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBriefNo one is exactly sure what causes autism, but scientists may have found a way to spot the disorder in young children even earlier than before. A new study in the American Journal of Psychiatry found children who develop autism have abnormalities on brain scans that can be detected long before obvious symptoms advance. More

Most epilepsy surgery candidates don't opt for it
Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Living with epilepsy can be arduous if symptoms aren't well-controlled. For some people, that means medication. For others, it may mean surgery. But despite a recent study showing that epilepsy surgery can be highly effective in the long term, just a fraction of those who suffer with the seizure disorder actually opt for it. More

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"Epilepsy can be triggered by various conditions, including stroke and dementia. Epilepsy affects an estimated 3 million Americans, according to the Epilepsy Foundation."
 
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