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Top 10 ways to engage patients with IT
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The Institute for Health Technology Transformation has released a report that compiles what key health IT experts view as the best ways to engage patients in the digital age. "The move toward new care delivery models means that patient engagement is increasing in importance to providers," said Donna Scott, executive director of marketing strategy at RelayHealth. More

Vitamin D insufficiency linked to aggressive breast tumors
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Breast cancer patients with suboptimal vitamin D levels are more likely to have more aggressive tumors and worse prognostic markers than those with adequate vitamin D levels. Researchers found that vitamin D deficiency is associated with breast cancer subtypes with the highest mortality, including triple-negative disease and basal-like molecular phenotype, and that suboptimal levels of vitamin D are associated with an increased risk for recurrence. More

Screening: New threat rises between mammograms
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Some breast cancers detected between regular screenings were simply missed on the patient's last mammogram. But a majority found during the interim periods can't be found on previous scans at all. Scientists know that both missed tumors and interval cancers tend to be larger and more advanced than tumors detected at regular screenings. Now a new study reports that interval cancers are more aggressive than missed tumors. More

Painful periods increase sensitivity to pain throughout the month    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Women with painful periods show increased sensitivity to pain throughout their cycles, even when there is no background period pain. The brain imaging study carried out at Oxford University shows that period pain is associated with differences in the way the brain processes pain, and that these differences persist throughout a woman's menstrual cycle. More

Cut carbs to avoid gallstones in pregnancy
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Pregnant women who consume too many carbohydrates are increasing their already elevated risk for gallstones. In a cohort of more than 3,000 women, the cumulative incidence of gallstones or biliary sludge was 10.2 percent by four to six weeks postpartum. Women who consumed the most total carbohydrates had an adjusted odds ratio for developing biliary sludge or gallstones of 2.295 compared with women whose consumption was the lowest. More

Quality of health news reporting found lacking
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Articles in the most-read American news outlets usually fail to adequately discuss the pros and cons of new medical treatments, tests, products and procedures, according to an analysis of nearly 1,500 health stories from the last five years. The finding is based on reviews done by a panel of more than 30 physicians, scientists, public health researchers, medical journalists and other experts affiliated with the website Less than 30 percent of stories explicitly discussed the cost of new treatments, and only about one-third adequately covered their benefits and harms or addressed the quality of the medical evidence offered in their support. More

12 hot mobile medical apps
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Mobile medicine is everywhere. There's the iPhone app that lets you cut away images of muscle layers to see what lies beneath, an e-health record system for the iPad and a smartphone-based blood pressure monitor. Here are a dozen innovative ones. More

Federal agencies issue warning to makers of unapproved STD products
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The FDA and the Federal Trade Commission are cracking down on manufacturers of products that claim to prevent, treat and cure sexually transmitted diseases, the agencies announced. The agencies said have sent warning letters to a dozen companies that sell products that make claims for herpes, chlamydia, genital warts, HIV and AIDS. The companies have 15 days to inform the FDA about the steps they're taking to comply with the law. If they fail to do that, the products may be seized and the companies could face criminal prosecution, according to the FDA. More

Payment for on-call coverage becoming more common
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A growing percentage of physicians get some form of payment for providing on-call coverage, according to a report by the Medical Group Management Association. Hospitals have had a harder time securing on-call coverage during the past few years, and the number of physicians receiving compensation for the service grew from 59 percent in 2009 to 65 percent in 2010. But experts said physicians seeking payment for on-call coverage need to balance several concerns. More
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