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Medicare Payment Overhaul On Its Way

January 27, 2015 1:24 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP | Comments

Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume. It's a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3 trillion healthcare system.                           

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Search for Less Invasive Brain Surgery Leads to Eyelid

January 27, 2015 1:07 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP | Comments

The idea: make a small incision right in the crease and sneak past the eyeball into the hard-to-reach center of the head. "The nice thing about it is, we have to saw off much less of your head."                 

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How Cancer Turns Good Cells to the Dark Side

January 26, 2015 10:55 am | by Rice University | Comments

A new computational study shows how cancer cells take advantage of the system by which cells communicate with their neighbors as they pass messages to "be like me" or "be not like me."                                

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Morphine Linked With Post-Op Respiratory Issues for Children

January 26, 2015 7:10 am | by PEDIATRICS | Comments

Treating post-operative pain with morphine can cause life-threatening respiratory problems in some children who have had their tonsils and/or adenoids removed, new research has found. This surgery is commonly and effectively used to treat childhood sleep apnea. The study also showed ibuprofen is a safe and effective alternative.

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Tide Turning In Fight Against Ebola

January 26, 2015 6:59 am | by Krista Larson & Maria Cheng, AP | Comments

Ten months after it dawned on health officials that they were facing an unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa, experts and officials agree the tide is turning, although previous lulls have proved short-lived.                         

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HealthCare.gov Improves Personal Information Security

January 26, 2015 6:48 am | by Jack Gillum & Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP | Comments

The Obama administration appears to be making broader changes to protect consumer information on the government's health insurance website, after objections from lawmakers and privacy advocates.                              

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Antibiotic Use By Travelers Can Aid the Spread of Superbugs

January 23, 2015 11:38 am | by Infectious Diseases Society of America | Comments

"More than 300 million people visit these high-risk regions every year. If approximately 20 percent of them are colonized with the bugs, these are really huge numbers. This is a serious thing. The only positive thing is that the colonization is usually transient, lasting for around half a year."

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ACS Offers New Look At Membership Benefits

January 23, 2015 11:30 am | by American College of Surgeon | Comments

Since its founding in 1913, ACS has worked on behalf of its members and their patients in a number of ways. In a recently unveiled program, the College is working to educate younger members on many of the educational opportunities available to them.

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Colorectal Cancer Treatment Needs Continue To Grow

January 23, 2015 10:34 am | by GBI Research | Comments

While a number of new drug options will be launched in the CRC therapeutics market over the forecast period, none of these drugs will have a dramatic impact on the overall arena.                 

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Device Company Manager Sentenced for Fraud

January 23, 2015 10:28 am | Comments

A manager at a northern New Jersey medical devices firm is going to prison for nine months for his role in a scheme to defraud hospitals out of more than $800,000. Prosecutors say he and another man used various fraudulent methods to overcharge hospitals and surgery centers.

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New Brain Tumor Drug Testing Involves Surgery

January 23, 2015 10:22 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP | Comments

With special permission from the FDA, an Arizona hospital is testing medicines very early in development and never tried on brain tumors before. Within a day of getting a single dose of one of these drugs, patients have their tumors removed and checked to see if the medicine had any effect.

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Transoral Fundoplication Proven Effective For GERD

January 22, 2015 1:29 pm | by American Gastroenterological Association | Comments

Transoral fundoplication is an effective treatment for patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), especially for patients with persistent regurgitation despite proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy, according to a new study.          

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Study Examines Post-Op Use of NSAIDs

January 22, 2015 1:16 pm | Comments

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) were associated with an increased risk of anastomotic leak at the surgical junction in patients undergoing non-elective colorectal procedures. NSAIDs are a broad class of drugs used to relieve pain and inflammation. Their postoperative use has expanded with the recent development of intravenous formulations and because they avoid the adverse effects of opioid pain relievers.

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Active Monitoring Can Help Avoid Renal Tumor Surgery

January 22, 2015 1:07 pm | Comments

Although surgical excision of tumors remains the standard of care for renal tumors that have not yet spread, the risk of complications in elderly or ill patients may outweigh the benefits of surgery. Actively monitoring renal tumors in some patients may prove to be a safer option.

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Obamacare Enrollment Goal Within Reach

January 22, 2015 12:54 pm | Comments

The Obama administration is moving closer to its goal of 9.1 million people signed up for private coverage under the president's health care law. The administration is expecting a surge near the February 15 sign-up deadline.      

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