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By Adam Hochron
Although headlines across the country show new reasons why people need to be aware of dangers in the great outdoors, there is considerable evidence that summer days and nights can continue to be a time of great enjoyment.
By Jeannette Wick
Though hospital stay duration was once used as a surrogate outcome for surgical recovery, the increasing popularity of short-stay surgery has eliminated that measure, making it harder for hospitals to track recovery trajectories and more difficult for surgeons to plan physical, psychological, and social postoperative courses for prospective patients.
Most Americans focus on provider quality related to doctor-patient interactions rather than effectiveness of care when defining provider quality, according to a report published by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Implementation of an enhanced recovery after surgery colorectal program is feasible in a community hospital setting and significantly improves outcomes, according to a study published online July 23 in JAMA Surgery.
The risk of hospitalized bacterial infections in older rheumatoid arthritis patients is similar for rituximab or abatacept compared to etanercept, although it is higher for infliximab, according to a study published in the July issue of Arthritis Care & Research.
By Jackie Syrop
During the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, more than 10 million Americans gained health insurance coverage.
For new starters of loop diuretics, empiric potassium supplementation is associated with reduced risk of all-cause death, according to a study published online July 16 in PLOS ONE.
By Rachel Lutz
Over the past 7 years, multiple sclerosis (MS) care costs rose 60% and were driven by common MS sequelae, according to new research.
Children covered by Medicaid visit the emergency room for medical care far more often than uninsured or privately insured youngsters, and children with Medicaid are more likely than those with private insurance to visit for a reason other than a serious medical problem, according to a 2012 survey conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By Adam Hochron
As it continues to tackle the issue of prescription drug abuse, the US Food and Drug Administration today approved an extended-release/long-acting opioid analgesic designed to help chronic pain patients while curbing their ability to tamper with it.
Physician's Money Digest
In a potentially crippling setback to the Affordable Care Act, a panel of judges from a federal court of appeals ruled that it is illegal for the federal government to provide subsidies for health insurance purchased through federally run exchanges.
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