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Patients Paying Much More for Specialty Drugs
Many Americans are paying less for prescription drugs, but some are having to deal with sharp rises in the cost of specialty medicines for rare or serious diseases, according to a new report.
iPLEDGE Isotretinoin Counseling May Need Updating
The iPLEDGE program needs to provide women with information about more contraceptive choices, including reversible contraceptives, according to research published in the April issue of JAMA Dermatology.
New Health Secretary to Confront Health Care Reform Hurdles
With the resignation of US Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Friday, the Affordable Care Act will get a fresh face. But turning around public perception of the controversial health care reform law in a politically charged mid-term election year poses an enormous challenge for the department's next leader, policy experts said.
Video-Based Info Increases Men
Exposure to video-based education increases men's skin awareness and attendance at whole-body clinical skin examinations, according to a study published in the April issue of JAMA Dermatology.
Engineered Cartilage Feasible for Nasal Reconstruction
Autologous nasal cartilage tissues can be engineered and clinically used for functional restoration of alar lobules after tumor resection, according to a study published online April 11 in The Lancet.
Pain Management
Closing the Postherpetic Neuralgia Treatment Gap in Primary Care
Noting the management and treatment of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) are currently subpar in the primary care setting, 2 researchers recently reviewed and outlined key clinical considerations for the chronic neuropathic pain syndrome.
1,440-nm Laser Beneficial for Photodamage in Asians
Four treatments with 1,440-nm fractional laser produce mild improvement in select signs of photodamage in an Asian population, according to a study published March 14 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.
Fewer Americans Overwhelmed by Medical Bills
While millions of Americans still feel hamstrung by medical expenses, a new government report shows that some people are getting relief.
Isotretinoin and Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Is There a Link?
Isotretinoin, a treatment for severe acne, has been linked to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in some case reports and 1 study. To investigate whether isotretinoin can induce IBD, French researchers conducted a 2-year nationwide registry study.
Some Doctors Paid at Least $3 Million Each by Medicare
A small number of doctors received at least $3 million each in Medicare payments in 2012, for a total of nearly $1.5 billion, according to an analysis of Medicare claims data released Wednesday by the White House. In total, Medicare paid individual physicians nearly $64 billion in 2012. The median payment was just over $30,000, the Associated Press reported.
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