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How HIPAA Is Harming Patient Care
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) started out as a good idea. But, many medical professionals have started to read too far into HIPAA, making doctors’ jobs more difficult and, in some cases, affecting current and future patient care.
Elite runners tend to develop atrial fibrillation Could that be because of increased levels of microRNA as the heart tries to cope with the stress? A German team found intriguing findings in marathon runners.
The Latino community is one of the fastest growing in the country and also faces its own unique set of health concerns. Finding ways to help patients today can help improve the health of generations to come.
Harold Fernandez was just 13 when he and his 11-year-old brother started the journey from a small town in Colombia to the United States. Despite arriving as an undocumented immigrant Fernandez worked his way through some of the best schools in the country to become a top doctor in his field.
Despite decades of clinical advice that caffeine is bad for the heart, there has been little actual study of its effects. A California team said moderate consumption does not affect the performance of the heart or trigger arrhthymias.
Researchers in poor neighborhoods of Cape Town, South African tried to see if sending low-income underserved patients short text messages would improve patients’ adherence to taking anti-hypertension drugs regularly. The results were disappointing, but the strategy should be further explored, a UK team concluded.
Stroke prevention is a more urgent task for physicians treating African Americans—based on that group’s higher risk of having a first-time stroke, Alabama researchers have found.
To be young and African-American with a connective tissue disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, means possibly facing a greater risk of developing some types of heart disease.
When it comes to heart health, millions of Americans who have been labeled obese or overweight aren’t in such bad shape after all, according California researchers.

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