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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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How to Keep Food Poisoning at Bay

Following the recipe for food safety is a must anytime you're in the kitchen, and it starts with clean hands, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says. "Always wash your hands with soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food," spokeswoman Isabel Maples advised in an academy news release. "Don't forget to wash your hands after...

Posted 2 days ago in New Drug Approvals

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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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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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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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...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Breast Cancer and DDT: Timing of Exposure May Matter

Exposure to high levels of the pesticide DDT increases breast cancer risk -- but when the cancer surfaces depends on when women first came in contact with the chemical, researchers say. "What we have learned is that timing really matters," said lead author Barbara Cohn, from the California-based Public Health Institute. "We know that if harmful exposures...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Your Valentine May Bring You Better Sleep

Sure, he may snore. She may steal the covers. But if a relationship is solid, your partner will help you sleep better this Valentine's Day and far into the future, a new study suggests. Good relationships in early adulthood seemed to lead to less disruptive life events, which in turn appeared to lead to better sleep years later, researchers report. "Your...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Everyday 'Triggers' May Bring on A-Fib Episodes, Study Finds

Many older Americans are diagnosed with the irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, or "a-fib." Now, research suggests that everyday foods, drinks or activities might trigger episodes of the stroke-linked condition. The bad news: Triggers include coffee, alcohol and sleepless nights. The good news: These factors can all be avoided or reduced,...

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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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