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Why improving access to healthcare does not save money
The New York Times
One of the oft-repeated arguments in favor of the Affordable Care Act is that it will reduce people's need for more intensive care by increasing their access to preventive care. For example, people will use the emergency room less often because they will be able to see primary care physicians. Or, they will not develop as many chronic illnesses because they will be properly screened and treated early on. And they will not require significant and invasive care down the line because they will be better managed ahead of time.
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US has the worst healthcare? Not by a long shot
Few complaints about the U.S. healthcare system are as common as the claim that we spend too much on healthcare and get too little for all that spending in return — especially compared to other industrialized nations. A new Commonwealth Fund report is the latest to indict U.S. healthcare. It pegs the American system dead last in a survey of 11 developed countries.
The frustrating lack of comparative effectiveness — Part II
By Mike Wokasch
Let's assume that a credible, third-party source with therapeutic, statistical and analytic expertise has established definitive evidence that one drug is better than others in treating a particular disease in certain types of patients. They publish the treatment guidelines in a peer-reviewed reputable medical journal, issue press releases and present their findings at relevant medical meetings. Would the guidelines be followed? You would think so, but treatment guidelines and best practices are slow to be adopted, regardless of how convincing and definitive they might be.
ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS
Reform update: Preferred referrals gain favor with ACOs
Each month, doctors at one Arizona accountable care organization get a rundown of referral patterns, including the percentage of patients who followed referrals to specialists the ACO deems preferred. Doctors get on that list thanks to strong quality scores, efficient operations and laudable customer service. But when performance falters or patients leave dissatisfied, they're dropped.
Leaders of patient care organizations participating in Medicare's ACO programs are pushing ahead into the new healthcare
With 368 Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organizations nationwide, and, according to recent estimates, well over 500 ACOs of some kind, including an ever-expanding group of collaborative arrangements between private health insurers and provider groups, the ACO concept is moving inexorably forward in U.S. healthcare.
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FDA weighs cancer risk of fibroid removal devices
The Associated Press via ABC News
Federal health advisers say there is little to no evidence that a popular technique for removing fibroids can be performed without the risk of spreading undetected cancers to other parts of the body.
The panel of Food and Drug Administration experts also said that women who do undergo the procedure should sign a written consent form stating they understand the serious risks of laparoscopic power morcellation, in which electronic tools are used to grind tissue and remove it through a small incision in the abdomen.
FDA grants orphan drug status for congenital ichthyosis treatment
The Food and Drug Administration has granted orphan drug designation to Galderma’s trifarotene molecule for the treatment of congenital ichthyosis.
As a result, Galderma officials say the company plans to implement a clinical development plan to explore new treatment options for other rare skin diseases such as cutaneous T-cell lymphoma and Gorlin syndrome.
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Research: Human friendships based on genetic similarities beyond the superficial
The Washington Post
Friends often look alike. The tendency of people to forge friendships with people of a similar appearance has been noted since the time of Plato. But now there is research suggesting that, to a striking degree, we tend to pick friends who are genetically similar to us in ways that go beyond superficial features.
Study: About half of kids' learning ability is in their DNA
Los Angeles Times
You may think you're better at reading than you are at math (or vice versa), but new research suggests you're probably equally good (or bad) at both. The reason: The genes that determine a person's ability to tackle one subject influence their aptitude at the other, accounting for about half of a person's overall ability.
How DNA scissors can perform surgery directly on your genes
Jay Johnson's DNA was cut into pieces. Tiny molecular scissors chopped it into slices the cell couldn’t readily repair. The cell did its best at a speedy patch-up job, but the gene was left effectively useless. As the battered remnants were about to be infused back into Johnson’s body, he sat in the quiet hospital room at the University of Pennsylvania and contemplated his fate. “God, if this really works,” he thought, “this will be amazing.”
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Nickel and gadgets: A rash connection?
Everything that touches us affects us in one way or another. When it comes to itching, we might blame it on washing powder, strange chemicals, something we ate or even something that took a bite out of us. Dermatologists have, for some time, examined a connection between the presence of nickel &mdash' a common metal allergen — in some gadgets and allergic reactions.
Lifestyle changes are key to easing Alzheimer's risk
While medications have consistently failed to prevent Alzheimer's or significantly slow its progression, commonsense health activities can make a profound difference, a growing body of research shows. "Health doesn't always come in the form of a pill," said Alan Lerner, director of the brain health and memory center at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, and a neurologist at Case Western Reserve University.
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Study: Testicular cancer up sharply among young hispanics
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Testicular cancer rates have risen sharply among young Hispanic Americans in recent years, but not among young whites, a new study finds.
Historically, white men have had the highest rate of testicular cancer of all racial/ethnic groups in the United States. However, if current trends continue, the rate of testicular cancer among Hispanics will surpass that of whites within a few years, the study authors noted.
Roche skin cancer drug meets main goal in combination study
An experimental drug from Roche helped people with an advanced form of skin cancer live longer without their disease worsening when used in combination with another treatment, the Swiss drugmaker said.
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Implementing an EHR in the behavioral health setting
Healthcare IT News
Behavioral healthcare is one of the most varied healthcare settings, encompassing a wide range of services from outpatient substance abuse treatment to full-time, residential psychiatric care. Within these services, the type of care provided also differs. For instance, a single organization may offer group therapy, one-on-one counseling, crisis stabilization and community outreach.
A vision of better mental healthcare for children
The Boston Glove
In a few weeks, clinical psychologist Robert Franks will take over leadership of the Judge Baker Children's Center, a century-old Harvard affiliated center that addresses children’s mental health. There’s a lot more that can be done to support children’s mental health, said Franks, currently an assistant clinical professor at the schools of medicine at both Yale University and the University of Connecticut.
"A protein called Kindlin-3 drives breast cancer cells to migrate throughout the body. Inhibiting Kindlin-3 functions with new drugs could prevent the spread of breast cancer, according to the Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute."
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