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Detecting bacterial infections in newborns

September 13, 2016

At a GlanceResearchers tested an alternative way to diagnose bacterial infections in infants—by analyzing RNA biosignatures from a small blood sample.The preliminary findings may lead to a faster and more accurate diagnostic method than those currently available. Researchers identified RNA biosignatures that may

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With Chronic Illness, You Are Your Own Best Friend

September 7, 2016

It’s clear that what patients with chronic illnesses do outside the doctor’s office — how much they exercise, what they eat and whether they take their medication — can affect their health conditions.But managing one’s own disease has been considered primarily a “nice extra,” said Kate Lorig, director of the

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Catalog of human genetic diversity expands

September 6, 2016

At a GlanceAnalysis of an exome sequence data set from more than 60,000 people with diverse ancestries yielded new insights into human genetics.The data catalog will help speed and refine future studies of inherited human diseases, such as identifying the genetic basis of rare disorders.A new catalog of human genetic diversity is

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Government-Protected ‘Monopolies’ Drive Drug Prices Higher, Study Says

August 23, 2016

The “most important factor” that drives prescription drug prices higher in the United States than anywhere else in the world is the existence of government-protected “monopoly” rights for drug manufacturers, researchers at Harvard Medical School report today.The researchers reviewed thousands of studies published from January 2005 through July 2016 in

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Public Health Officials Struggle To Identify Sepsis Before It Becomes Deadly

August 23, 2016

After Rory Staunton fell at the gym and cut his arm in March of 2012, the 12-year-old became feverish and vomited during the night, complaining of a sharp pain in his leg. When his parents called his pediatrician the next day, she wasn’t worried. She said there was a stomach

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CMS Identifies Hospitals Paid Nearly $1.5B In 2015 Medicare Billing Settlement

August 23, 2016

A year after paying nearly $1.5 billion to more than a third of U.S. hospitals to resolve longstanding Medicare billing disputes, the Obama administration has disclosed who got paid.NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation’s largest academic medical centers, received nearly $16 million, more than any other hospital, according to data

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Doctors, Hospitals Prepare For Difficult Talks Surrounding Medical Mistakes

August 22, 2016

It was a fourth of July weekend but Sharon O’ Brien, an intensive care physician, was not celebrating. A medical error earlier landed a patient in her ICU. The patient eventually died — and she had to decide what to tell the patient’s family.Should she apologize? How much detail should she

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Crime against Persons with Disabilities, US Statistics

August 17, 2016

From the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the tracking of non-deadly violent crimes (rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault) against persons age 12 or older with disabilities. Reports compare the victimization of persons with and without disabilities, types of disabilities and victim and crime characteristics using population estimates based

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Medical Providers Try Uber, Lyft For Patients With Few Transportation Options

August 17, 2016

Edith Stowe, 83, waited patiently on a recent afternoon at the bus stop outside MedStar Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia. It’s become routine for her, but that doesn’t make it any easier.Stowe, who lives about five miles from the hospital, comes into the medical center twice every

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Administration Paints Rosy Future For Obamacare Marketplaces

August 11, 2016

Despite dire warnings from Republicans and some large insurers about the stability of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, an Obama administration report released Thursday indicated the individual health insurance market has steadily added healthier and lower-risk consumers.Medical costs per enrollee in the exchanges in 2015 were unchanged compared with 2014,

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Should Big Insurance Become Like Walmart To Lower Health Costs?

August 11, 2016

Retail titan Walmart uses its market dominance to inflict “ruthless,” “brutal” and “relentless” pressure on prices charged by suppliers, business writers frequently report.What if huge health insurance companies could push down prices charged by hospitals and doctors in the same way?The idea is getting new attention as already painful health

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Teaching In-Home Caregivers Seems To Pay Off

August 11, 2016

Low-income Californians who are elderly and disabled were less likely to go to the emergency room or be hospitalized after their in-home caregivers participated in an intensive training program, according to a report.Under a pilot program, nearly 6,000 aides in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Contra Costa counties were trained

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University Of California OKs $8.5 Million Payout In Spine Surgery Cases

August 1, 2016

The University of California regents have agreed to pay nearly $8.5 million to settle two lawsuits alleging a well-known UCLA spine surgeon failed to disclose his conflicts of interest with a leading device maker before using the company’s products in harmful surgeries.The settlements were approved last month in separate Los Angeles

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30 Percent Of Children’s Readmissions To Hospitals May Be Preventable: Study

July 29, 2016

One of the key indicators of the quality of a hospital’s care is how frequently its patients are readmitted within a month after being discharged. A study this month examined readmission rates for pediatric patients and found that nearly 30 percent of them may have been preventable.The study, published online by the

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Harmful Chemicals Are Everywhere — But What Does That Mean?

June 17, 2016

Everything from our plastic water bottles and cosmetics to our non-stick frying pans contains chemicals that accumulate in our bodies. But it is unclear what effects these chemicals might have on human health and well-being.A report released this week by the Environmental Working Group, a research and advocacy group based

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