Medicare Reform: Bundled Payments Announced by CMS
Beyond Manhattan: The Borough of Brooklyn
New Orleans: Home to America's First Licensed Pharmacy
Just a few blocks away from the Mississippi River, in New Orleans' French Quarter, sits a piece of medical history - the apothecary shop of America's first licensed pharmacist.
Joan Rivers' Death Highlights Risks of Surgical Complications
Although the incidence of perioperative cardiac arrest primarily attributable to anesthesia is less than 1 per 10,000 anesthetics, it represents the most serious complication and can have devastating results, as witnessed by the recent death of comedian Joan Rivers.
Probiotics Ineffective in Preventing Antibiotic-associated Diarrhea in Elderly
Although previous research has found probiotics can prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea and Clostridium difficile diarrhea, a study from researchers in the United Kingdom and Germany reported contradicting results.
Recommendations to Screen for Hepatitis B
While the US Preventive Services Task Force does not recommend screening for hepatitis B virus infection in asymptomatic persons in the general population, a recent update focuses on identifying those who are high risk and should be screened.
Analyzing Antimicrobial Resistance of C. difficile Isolates
Although ribotype 027 remains a significant cause of C. difficile infection, other strain types are gaining in prevalence, according to a study published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.
Small-bowel Capsule Endoscopy Has Limited Value in Unexplained Abdominal Pain
Although small-bowel capsule endoscopy is often used to evaluate unexplained abdominal pain, a new analysis has found the procedure's diagnostic yield is limited.
The Danger in Being Too Risk Averse
While many Americans came out of the recession feeling like they were in better control of their finances, one age group has definitely been the most affected by the financial crisis of 2008.
Physicians Find Innovative Uses for Google Glass
Physicians who are proponents of Google Glass in healthcare are ever coming up with new uses for the device.
Smarter Quality Measures Needed for Colorectal Screenings in Elderly
Under current quality measures, colorectal screenings are being overused in sick elderly patients and underused in healthy ones.
Redefining Kidney Disease May Accelerate Treatment Development
Revising the definition of chronic kidney disease progression that is currently used in clinical trials could speed the development of new therapies.
Study Uncovers Frequent Overdiagnosis of Barrett's Esophagus
Barrett's esophagus is frequently overdiagnosed in clinical settings, which has broad implications for patient health, medical costs, and psychological stress due to perceived cancer risk.
Novel Hepatitis C Treatment Produces 'Out-of-the-ballpark' Cure Rates in Cirrhosis Patients
An oral, interferon-free regimen comprised of several agents cured hepatitis C in more than 90% of patients who also had liver cirrhosis, according to the results of an international study.
Life Expectancy Estimates Help Determine Necessity of Screening Colonoscopies
Since nearly one-quarter of Medicare beneficiaries have limited life expectancies at the time of their colonoscopies, life expectancy should be incorporated into decision-making for preventive services.
The Evolution of Wearable Wellness Technology
A small minority of Americans currently own wearable technology such as smartwatches and mobile health tracking devices, but the consumer space is getting more and more crowded as companies jump into the mix.
Big Government, Good Neighbors Positively Impact Behavioral Health
There is a correlation between behavioral health and high levels of liberalism and social trust, according to the findings of a study published in Social Science & Medicine.
Researchers Uncover Genetic Clue to IBS
Genetics, diet, past trauma, and anxiety have all been thought to play a role in the cause of irritable bowel syndrome, but new research has found a clue to the disease.
Increased Mortality Risk Seen in Pediatric IBD Patients
Aggressive medical therapy might be more closely linked to mortality and malignancy in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease than the condition itself, according to a new study.
Expanded Cancer Guidelines Now Include Lynch Syndrome Screening
At the beginning of Colon Cancer Awareness month, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network expanded its guidelines to include Lynch syndrome screening, which should dramatically increase the number of patients eligible for hereditary colon cancer testing.
10 Great (and Free) Budgeting Apps
These free, top-notch budgeting and expense apps will keep you on financial track.
Acupuncture Effectively Controls Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
In a meta-analysis of 6 randomized, placebo-controlled clinical studies, researchers concluded that acupuncture is effective in controlling the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Pattern Between Phone Calls and ER Visits for IBD Patients
Frequency phone calls were a predictor of future visits to the emergency department or hospitalization for patients with inflammatory bowel disease, according to a new study.
Reasons for Delaying, Refusing HPV Vaccine for Girls
The coverage rate of the human papillomavirus vaccine remains low among girls, and a new study assessed reasons that parents might delay or refuse the vaccination.
Health Outcomes of American and Canadian IBD Patients
Two studies at the American College of Gastroenterology's 78th Annual Scientific Meeting analyzed the health outcomes of inflammatory bowel disease in the U.S. and Canada.
Protect Your Money and Your Mind
A Medical Malpractice Survival Guide
Which Medical Profession is Attractive to Psychopaths?
Although most health care jobs require caring individuals, there is one that could be attractive to people who are egocentric, manipulative, lack empathy and have stress tolerance.
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