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Hospital Prices Growing Faster Than Physician Prices

Growth in hospital prices and payments outpaced growth in physician prices and payments from 2007 through 2014, according to a report published in the February issue of Health Affairs. Zack Cooper, Ph.D., from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and colleagues used actual negotiated prices paid by insurers to analyze growth in hospital prices...

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Protect Your Aging Eyes From Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an incurable eye disease that affects millions of older Americans, but there are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk, a vision expert says. AMD causes blurred central vision due to damage to the macula, a small area at the back of the eye, and it is most common after age 60, according to the U.S....

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Hands Don't Spread HPV, Study Finds

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is easily transmitted during sex, but it is unlikely to be passed by the hands, Canadian researchers report. The virus, which infects the skin and genitals, is a cause of several types of cancer in both men and women, including cervical cancer, as well as tumors of the vagina, penis, anus and throat. Because HPV strains...

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FDA Approves Egaten (triclabendazole) for the Treatment of Fascioliasis, a Neglected Tropical Disease

Basel, Switzerland, February 13, 2019 - Novartis announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Egaten (triclabendazole) for the treatment of fascioliasis in patients six years of age and older. This makes Egaten the only FDA-approved drug for people with this disease and is expected to facilitate broader access to this...

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Glass-Fronted Fireplaces Pose Burn Dangers for Kids

Glass-fronted gas fireplaces can pose a serious risk to young children, an emergency room physician warns. Dr. Michael Gittelman, from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, cited the case of a 3-year-old boy whose hand was badly burned when he touched the glass door of the family's gas fireplace. "Young children, like the boy in my emergency...

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More Car Crashes Tied to Drivers High on Opioids

The damage wrought by the opioid epidemic has spread to America's highways, with the percentage of fatal car crashes involving a driver who was high on the powerful painkillers tripling in the past 25 years. Study co-author Dr. Guohua Li said the finding "adds important information for understanding the ripple effects of the opioid epidemic, particularly...

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Sepsis Common in Terminal Hospitalizations, Discharges

More than half of hospitalized patients who die or are terminally discharged have sepsis, according to a study published online Feb. 15 in JAMA Network Open. Chanu Rhee, M.D., M.P.H., from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and colleagues conducted a cohort study in which medical records were reviewed for 568 randomly selected adults who died in...

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Nurse Navigators Aid Outcomes After Heart Attack Discharge

Use of nurse navigators can improve care coordination and outcomes following hospitalization for an acute myocardial infarction (AMI), according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology Cardiovascular Summit, held from Feb. 14 to 16 in Orlando, Florida. William E. Downey, M.D., from the Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte,...

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Fewer Older Men Assessed, Treated for Osteoporosis

Fewer older men than women undergo evaluation for or management of osteoporosis, according to a study published online Feb. 12 in the Journal of Investigative Medicine. Radhika Rao Narla, M.D., from the University of Washington in Seattle, and colleagues studied 13,704 older men and women whose 10-year hip fracture risk was assessed by limited FRAX...

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FDA Approves First Customizable Insulin Pump

The Tandem Diabetes Care t:Slim X2 insulin pump, which allows a patient to customize treatment, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The new device is described as either an alternate controller enabled (ACE) infusion pump or an interoperable pump, so it can be used with different components that allow users to tailor diabetes...

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Have a Little Respect For Your Heart

What would you say to somebody who asked you to do 70 push-ups a minute, every hour, for the rest of your life? We could probably guess that your answer would most likely be unprintable here, or one of disbelief. But that’s what we expect our hearts to do from the day we are born […]

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Conquering the Big C

Us humans are creatures of habit and like routine. Which means changing certain aspects of our diet or lifestyle that we have enjoyed for years can be daunting. But if you knew that just a small change could help prevent cancer, would you do it? Experts estimate up to four out of ten cancers could […]

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To Take or Not to Take

We are sick. We go to a doctor and are given a script for medications to take to make us better. But almost one-third of us never take that script to a pharmacy, and over 50% of us end up not taking our medication as prescribed. But why does this happen? Is it because most […]

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