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AMA: Gender Inequality Still Exists in Medicine
Article describes challenges for women in medicine, highlights things that need to be changed
Friday, November 21, 2014

Structured Education Program Beneficial for Anaphylaxis
Improvement of knowledge, emergency management competence after education intervention
Friday, November 21, 2014

Effect of Interventions to Improve Meds Adherence Vary
Characteristics and effects of interventions vary; few trials show improved adherence and clinical outcome
Friday, November 21, 2014

Trainee-Led Time-Outs Can Improve Antimicrobial Use
CDC proposed time-outs reduce overall costs and improve targeted antimicrobial use
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Triple Aim Should Be Expanded to Address Physician Burnout
Provider burnout linked to lower patient satisfaction, reduced health outcomes; may increase costs
Friday, November 14, 2014

U.S. Prices Soaring for Some Generic Drugs
Supply and manufacturing problems, plus fewer companies in the market among causes
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Aspirin May Exacerbate Chronic Urticaria in Children
Challenge tests reveal aspirin hypersensitivity in some children with chronic urticaria
Monday, November 10, 2014

Want to Be a Leader? Cultivate a Healthy Look
The appearance of fitness trumps a look of intelligence, researchers say
Friday, November 07, 2014

ACAAI: Stocking Epinephrine in Schools Could Save Lives
First incident of anaphylaxis may come from a new lunch food
Friday, November 07, 2014

Climate Change Will Boost Grass Pollen Production
The result: increased 'exposure and suffering in grass pollen-allergic individuals,' researchers say
Friday, November 07, 2014

Better Physician Communication at Shift Change Reduces Errors
Detailed 'handoff package' helps remind physicians about patient needs
Friday, November 07, 2014

ACAAI: Allergy Misconceptions Found Common Among PCPs
Survey results show primary care physicians may be lacking important knowledge
Friday, November 07, 2014

ACAAI: Allergic to Penicillin? Maybe Not
Majority of people reporting allergy showed no evidence in skin tests
Friday, November 07, 2014

Long-Term Shift Work May Drain the Brain
Rotating shifts for more than 10 years seem to have the biggest impact, researchers say
Tuesday, November 04, 2014

AMA: Absence of Health Insurer Competition in Many Areas
Significant absence of health insurer competition in 72 percent of the metropolitan areas studied
Monday, November 03, 2014

Fewer Malpractice Claims Paid in the United States
Award amounts also declining, according to new study
Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMA Code of Ethics Offers Guidance for Physicians
Code and physician-authored articles offer guidance for dealing with public health emergencies
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Would Alternative Payment Plan Cut Medical Bills?
Research favors 'global budget' approach over fee-for-service system
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Voters' Views on Affordable Care Act Split Along Party Lines
Health care is third most important issue to Americans in fall elections, according to polls
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FDA Cautions Against 'Undeclared' Food Allergens
Labels omitting certain ingredients are leading cause of FDA recalls
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Less Competition Among Docs = Higher Medical Costs
Average prices may be 5 percent more in some areas
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Placebo Treatment May Quiet Children's Cough
Parents report a spoonful of agave nectar or flavored water reduces symptoms
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Colleges Could Do More for Students With Chronic Illnesses
Only half of campus clinics feel they can handle diabetes care; many don't ID students with needs
Monday, October 27, 2014

New York, New Jersey Ease Ebola Quarantines
Health care workers returning from West Africa can now spend confinement at home
Monday, October 27, 2014

CDC Issues Revised Interim U.S. Guidance on Ebola
Revised guidance offered for the monitoring and movement of people with exposure to Ebola virus
Monday, October 27, 2014

Overweight Youth With Asthma May Overuse Rescue Meds
Overweight/obese children may falsely attribute exertional dyspnea, esophageal reflux to asthma
Monday, October 27, 2014

New York City Health Officials Confirm First Ebola Case
Doctor worked with Doctors Without Borders, had just returned from Guinea in West Africa
Friday, October 24, 2014

Airborne Transmission of Ebola Highly Unlikely
No threat foreseen from public sniffles, coughs
Friday, October 24, 2014

Coworker Response 'Crucial' in Workplace Bullying Resolution
Coworker response plays role in narrative development
Thursday, October 23, 2014

U.S. Ranks Last Among Wealthy Nations in Health Care Access
Survey conducted prior to implementation of Affordable Care Act, however
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Recalled Supplements Linger on U.S. Store Shelves
Researchers say many products with banned substances for sale six months later
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

U.S. Residents Back From Ebola-Affected Areas to Be Tracked
Travelers will have to take own temperatures, report to local health officials for 21-day incubation period
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Americans Report Distrust of Medical Profession
But many happy with their own doctors, research indicates
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Drug Coupons Shrink Patients' Costs Considerably
May undermine benefit managers' attempts to select cost-effective drugs
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

APIC Provides Resources for Ebola Management
Resources include tools for correct use of personal protective equipment, guidance webinar
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hospital Conversion to For-Profit Status Ups Financial Margins
No differences seen in quality metrics or mortality rates for converting hospitals, controls
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Price Transparency Platform Linked to Lower Claims Payments
Use of price transparency information linked to lower payments for common medical services
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CDC: 'Think Ebola' and 'Care Carefully'
Reminder issued along with updated preventive gear guidelines
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Medication Errors Occur Every 8 Minutes in U.S. Children
Researchers find that liquid drugs are the most commonly misused at home
Monday, October 20, 2014

Viewpoint: Getting United States Prepared for Ebola Outbreak
Controlling Ebola in West Africa represents best way of minimizing international spread
Monday, October 20, 2014

Volume of Patient-to-Doc E-mails Up From 2001 to 2010
Volume of e-mails nearly tripled, but number of messages per 100 patients stabilized from '05 to '10
Friday, October 17, 2014

Obama Appoints Ron Klain As 'Ebola Czar'
U.S. health officials reiterate opposition to ban on travelers from West Africa
Friday, October 17, 2014

Many Docs Believe Mobile Health Apps Can Improve Patient Care
Most apps related to diet and fitness, do not require published evidence on clinical effectiveness
Friday, October 17, 2014

Specialized Care Centers May Be Needed to Contain Ebola
Conventional U.S. medical centers not prepared to manage Ebola patients
Friday, October 17, 2014

Limiting Malpractice Claims May Not Curb Costly Medical Tests
ER charges haven't declined in three states with legislative reforms
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ebola Workshop Scheduled for Nov. 3 in Washington, D.C.
Experts and policymakers will discuss the public health response to Ebola virus disease in the U.S.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Change in Doc, Public Attitudes Needed to Cut Overtreatment
Reform of malpractice laws, inclusion of patients in medical decision making could be helpful
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Allergy to Some Metal Implants Linked to Rare Skin Cancer
Researchers say testing patients for adverse reaction may be needed
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CDC Takes Steps Toward Hospital Preparedness for Ebola
CDC providing opportunities for U.S. health care providers to receive additional training
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Second Health Care Worker in Dallas Tests Positive for Ebola
Unidentified woman reported fever Tuesday, was isolated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Health Officials Reviewing Ebola Procedures at Dallas Hospital
CDC will be 'doubling down' on education and training for all U.S. hospitals
Monday, October 13, 2014

Texas Hospital Worker Tests Positive for Ebola
CDC cites possible lapse in infection-control procedures
Monday, October 13, 2014

Specialty Drugs May Be Worth the Higher Costs
Greater benefits offered by specialty drugs may offset the difference in costs over traditional drugs
Friday, October 10, 2014

Medicines Are Biggest Culprit in Fatal Allergic Reactions
Antibiotics, contrast material for scans lead the list of triggers
Friday, October 10, 2014

Americans Increasingly Anxious About Ebola
Harris Poll/HealthDay survey finds more people viewing virus as 'major threat' to the United States
Friday, October 10, 2014

Airborne Particulates Beyond Traffic Fumes Affect Lung Health
In mouse and human models, PM10 causes more injury than traffic-derived particulate matter
Thursday, October 09, 2014

Reducing Residency Work Hours Doesn't Affect Patient Outcomes
Findings based on patients' mortality, length-of-stay under junior, senior physicians
Thursday, October 09, 2014

Five Major U.S. Airports to Screen Travelers for Ebola
Move should handle 94 percent of those arriving from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone
Thursday, October 09, 2014

CDC: U.S. Life Expectancy Hits Record High of Nearly 79 Years
Lifestyle changes cited as reason for gains
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Dallas Ebola Patient Has Died, Hospital Officials Confirm
CDC begins screening at five U.S. airports for all people entering from Ebola-affected countries
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

FARE, ACEP Develop New Anaphylaxis Toolkit
Toolkit for patients after discharge from ER; includes emergency care plan, other resources
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

AAFP Urges Docs to Check Accuracy of Open Payments Data
First set of data released Sept. 30 by CMS Open Payments transparency program
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Tips Provided for Maximizing Use of Patient Portals
Portals should meet patient priorities; portals should be promoted at each patient encounter
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Obama Considers Tighter Ebola Screening for Travelers
And calls on other nations to do more to help control the deadly epidemic
Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Fetal BPA Exposure to Tied to Childhood Wheeze
Expert recommends pregnant women avoid canned foods, plastics containing bisphenol A
Tuesday, October 07, 2014

CDC Team Assisting Ebola Response in Dallas
Investigation of first U.S. Ebola case underway; CDC issues reminders to providers
Monday, October 06, 2014

Impact of Physician Payments Sunshine Act Discussed
Manufacturers and providers concerned about reporting burden; patient interpretation of data
Monday, October 06, 2014

Physician Payments Found Not to Favor Procedures
Findings based on analysis of relative value units for procedures, management
Friday, October 03, 2014

American Lung Association Offers Enterovirus D68 Advice
Proper hygiene, including frequent hand washing, is important -- especially for children with asthma
Friday, October 03, 2014

Medical Errors Should Be Used to Improve Patient Care
Doc says understanding that mistakes happen can help physicians determine processes to improve
Thursday, October 02, 2014

Providers Received Billions From Drug/Device Companies
Doctors, hospitals received billions of dollars from drug, device makers in second half of 2013
Thursday, October 02, 2014

Burnout on the Job Isn't Just About the Work
Individual factors explain considerable proportion of mental distress, depression, emotional exhaustion
Wednesday, October 01, 2014

CDC Confirms First Patient Diagnosed With Ebola in U.S.
Unidentified man at Dallas hospital developed symptoms days after flying from West Africa
Wednesday, October 01, 2014

40 States, District of Columbia Reporting Enterovirus D68
Health officials also investigating link to cases of muscle weakness in nine Colorado children
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

'Just-in-Time' Methodology Can Reduce Patient Waiting Times
Improves patient flow through clinic without reducing patient/physician interaction time
Monday, September 29, 2014

Experiences Trump Things, Even Before Purchase
Researchers say anticipation of purchase is of value, more so for experiential vs material
Friday, September 26, 2014

Can Media Multitasking Alter Your Brain?
The more wired you are, the less dense your gray matter, study suggests
Thursday, September 25, 2014

CDC: Enterovirus D68 in 29 States, District of Columbia
Health officials urge good hygiene to help contain spread of illness
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Most Doctors Are Over-Extended or at Full Capacity
Only 19 percent have time to see more patients; many docs want to cut patient access to services
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Report Identifies Game Changers for U.S. Health Care
Recent innovations, developments may transform direction of patient care in next decade
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Generic Discount Drug Program Use Has Increased Over Time
Use more likely among elderly, sicker, uninsured groups, and those in rural areas, central regions
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FDA Warns Doctors of Danger From 'Fake' Drugs
Health care providers ordering meds should view 'too good to be true' offers with suspicion, agency says
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NIH Adds $10M to Encourage Gender Balance in Clinical Trials
Strategic investments help incorporate gender into existing funded studies, health officials say
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Health Conditions Expected to Worsen Due to Climate Change
Experts predict surge in breathing problems, infections, and food shortages
Monday, September 22, 2014

AAP Urges Flu Vaccine for All Children 6 Months and Older
Nasal spray vaccine can be considered for many children 2 to 8
Monday, September 22, 2014

Systemwide Changes Needed to Restrain Health Care Spending
Access to tools and information will allow families to make better, more informed medical choices
Friday, September 19, 2014

Presence of Peers Ups Health Workers' Hand Hygiene
But, as social environment becomes more crowded, marginal returns diminish
Friday, September 19, 2014

Strategies Can Help Docs Lower Their Tax Burden
Seven strategies include contributions to health savings, of securities, and to retirement plans
Thursday, September 18, 2014

CDC: Almost Everyone Needs a Flu Shot
Vaccine recommended for everyone 6 months and older, including pregnant women
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Internists Report Considerable EMR-Linked Time Loss
Attending physicians report 48 minutes time loss per clinic day, while trainees report 18 minutes
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

12 States Now Reporting Severe Respiratory Illness Affecting Kids
Health officials urge good hygiene to limit exposure to Enterovirus D68
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Prenatal Phthalate Exposure Tied to Asthma Risk in Children
Association with phthalate exposure needs additional research, study authors say
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Over a Quarter of Hospital Orders Classified As Defensive
Most defensive costs due to potentially unnecessary hospitalization
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Children's Severe Respiratory Virus Confirmed in Northeast
Health officials urge good hygiene to limit exposure to Enterovirus D68
Monday, September 15, 2014

New Role of Patient As Consumer Requires Market Changes
As consumers take on more costs of care, access to data for informed decisions deemed crucial
Monday, September 15, 2014

Errata Frequently Seen in Medical Literature
Errata in 4.2 per 100 original and review articles; major errata in 24.2 percent of articles with errata
Monday, September 15, 2014

Antimicrobial Prescriptions for Children Higher Than Expected
Findings based on bacterial prevalence rates for pediatric respiratory infections
Monday, September 15, 2014

Case Highlights Anaphylaxis Risk With Antibiotics in Foods
Case study describes 10-year-old who experienced anaphylaxis after eating blueberry pie
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Reanalyses of RCTs Can Lead to Different Conclusions
Thirty-five percent of published reanalyses led to changes in findings that implied different conclusions
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

For Some, Health Insurance More Costly Than Uninsured Penalty
Young people with low incomes often pay as much as or more than older individuals for bronze plans
Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Report Explores Patients' Portal Preferences
Most requested features include making appointments, viewing test results, checking prescriptions
Monday, September 08, 2014

Health Care Spending Expected to Rise in 2014 Through 2023
Insurance coverage under ACA, aging, economic growth driving future spending increases
Monday, September 08, 2014

Blog: Seven Most Common Physician Social Media Misses
Author writes that doctors can and should take advantage of social media marketing opportunities
Thursday, September 04, 2014

Report Highlights Progress, Challenges in Health IT
Progress made toward widespread adoption of EHRs; barriers to adoption of advanced EHR use
Friday, August 29, 2014

AMGA: Physician Turnover Still High in 2013
More physicians retiring; retirement as a reason for separation increased to 18 percent
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lupin in Gluten-Free Food May Trigger Allergies
Lupin, a legume belonging to same family as peanuts, is increasingly being used in gluten-free food
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Team Approach Improves Practice Efficiency
For team-based care to succeed, physicians must be willing to delegate
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

EPA: Air in U.S. Cities Getting Cleaner
Levels of many toxins, pollutants have been lowered since 1990, according to the agency
Monday, August 25, 2014

U.S. to Tighten Access to Certain Narcotic Painkillers
Drugs containing hydrocodone, which include Vicodin, would be affected
Friday, August 22, 2014

Pre-, Postnatal Smoke Exposure Affects Later Allergic Disease
Increased asthma, rhinitis risk seen in early childhood, eczema at later age
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

EHR Adoption Increasing, But Stage 2 Criteria Often Not Met
Second study shows most office physicians have EHR, but gaps persist in adoption
Monday, August 11, 2014

Issues to Consider With Integration of Telemedicine
Doctors need to invest in appropriate equipment, consider operation issues, legal issues
Friday, August 08, 2014

VA Health Care Reform Bill Signed Into Law
To provide easier access to care, make it easier to fire senior VA officials who perform poorly
Thursday, August 07, 2014

CMS Recognizes Telehealth in New Physician Fee Schedule
Proposal includes code for chronic care management reimbursement, telehealth
Friday, August 01, 2014

Slow Progress Toward Meaningful Use Stage 2
As of July 1, 2014, 972 of 2,823 eligible providers and 10 of 128 hospitals have attested to MU2
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Access for Pharmaceutical Sales Reps Continuing to Decline
Decrease in overall access to physicians, even in previously rep-friendly specialties
Monday, July 28, 2014

Maternal Gestational Weight Tied to Offspring's Asthma Risk
Finding may be important for mothers without asthma history
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Number of Uninsured Down After ACA Open Enrollment
Decrease in number of uninsured; gain in coverage leads to improvements in access
Thursday, July 24, 2014

American Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donations
'Emergency situation' could arise in weeks if shortages continue
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review: Inhaled Corticosteroids Impact Growth
Second review shows higher ICS dose linked to lower growth velocity in children with asthma
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Physician Offices Investing in Patient Portals for EHRs
More resources being spent on patient portals than other EHR applications
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Asthma Drug May Help Those With Chronic Hives
Xolair found safe, effective for reducing symptoms
Monday, July 21, 2014

National Survey Finds Most U.S. Physicians Are Satisfied
Satisfied physicians more likely to report positive trends, encourage young people to become doctors
Monday, July 21, 2014

Increasing Flow of Information Has Impact on Patient Consent
Issues that are being raised include opt-in versus opt-out policies, dealing with sensitive data
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Case Report Describes Allergic Contact Dermatitis From iPad
Dermatitis improves with use of case that covers iPad, complying with nickel avoidance regimen
Monday, July 14, 2014

ACOs Require Overhaul to Health Care Delivery System
Successful ACOs involve physicians, hospitals, outpatient facilities; address nonclinical factors
Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Recommendations Made for Partnering Patients in Health Care
Changes needed in content and conduct of health professions education, education organizations
Thursday, July 03, 2014

Tips Offered for Improving Practice Financial Management
Tips include establishment of clear financial policies for practice; education of patients
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Health Care Expenditure Has Slowed in United States
Health sector prices explain much of difference between U.S., other high-spending countries
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

ACA Offers Opportunities for Prevention, Public Health
In addition to increasing health insurance coverage, law promotes use of clinical preventive services
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

UnitedHealth Cutting More Docs From Medicare Advantage
New cuts seen in at least five states and affecting up to 10 percent of physicians
Friday, June 27, 2014

Court: Patients Responsible for Outcomes of Risky Behavior
Colorado Supreme Court says doctors not liable for outcomes tied to patient's risky behavior
Friday, June 27, 2014

Tips Offered for Improving Practice Productivity
Steps include workflow map, effective delegation, establishing patient portal, motivating staff
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wikipedia Drug Entries Often Not Up-to-Date
Digital media provides opportunities to ensure public has accurate drug safety information
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Medicaid Backlog May Have Financial Ramifications
Docs might have to wait longer for Medicaid reimbursement, may incur costs for those denied cover
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CMS Launches Initiative to Assist Newly Insured
National initiative will help people answer questions about health coverage; take advantage of services
Monday, June 23, 2014

Complex Electronic Record Safety Issues Surface Long After Launch
Monitoring needed to detect, prevent mix of human, technological errors
Monday, June 23, 2014

FDA: Bee Pollen Weight Loss Products Pose Health Risks
Some contain undeclared ingredients, sibutramine and/or phenolphthalein
Monday, June 23, 2014

NCHS: Insurance Coverage Expands, Gaps Remain
Federal reports capture nation's pre-ACA health status and health-care coverage
Thursday, June 19, 2014

ACA May Mean Healthier Young Adults, Study Suggests
Coverage through parent's plan might also protect against medical costs, researchers say
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Recombinant Glutenase Cuts Gluten-Induced Mucosal Injury
Patients receiving ALV003 had little deterioration on duodenal biopsy after 2-g gluten challenge
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Physician Leadership, Ownership Dominates ACOs
Results from the first national survey of accountable care organizations
Monday, June 16, 2014

Clinicians Often Fail to Empathize After Adverse Event
Training needed to ensure capacity to express empathy, without admitting fault
Monday, June 16, 2014

U.S. Health Care System Ranked Last Again: Report
Countries with nationalized health systems outperform the United States in all measures
Monday, June 16, 2014

Compliance With Child Asthma Care Measures Cuts Readmission
Compliance with measures and postdischarge follow-up linked to reduced 91- to 180-day readmission
Monday, June 16, 2014

HHS Inspector General Finds Big Problem With Medicare Coding
Nearly 42 percent of claims for evaluation and management are coded incorrectly
Friday, June 13, 2014

Researchers Hesitant to Use Social Media to Show Findings
Use of the medium remains low in part because of lack of knowledge
Friday, June 13, 2014

Data From EHRs Should Be Used to Improve Patient Care
Ways to utilize data include use of EHR reminders, customized health maintenance alerts
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dietary Interventions Effective for Eosinophilic Esophagitis
Elemental diets most effective, producing histologic remission for > 90 percent of cases
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Millions Will Not Have to Pay ACA Tax Penalties: Report
More uninsured will qualify for exemptions in 2016 than earlier estimates showed, experts say
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Incentives May Lead to Greater Support for Practice Goals
Employees may be more motivated with frequent financial incentives
Monday, June 09, 2014

Yoga May Offer Option to Enhance Asthma Care
Yoga may be useful as an ancillary intervention or alternative to other breathing exercises
Monday, June 09, 2014

Veterans Affected by Scandal May Seek Private Care
Physician shortage seen as contributing factor to VA waiting list scandal
Friday, June 06, 2014

Many 'Inconsistencies' in ACA Sign-Ups: Report
Discrepancies for more than a quarter of eight million people who have signed up for coverage
Thursday, June 05, 2014

Claim Denials Expected to Increase
Training needed to avoid common mistakes leading to claim denials
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Most Physicians Would Forgo Aggressive Treatment
Physicians recommend aggressive treatments for patients but would opt out themselves
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Obama Moves to Cut Power Plant Emissions
Reducing carbon pollution would boost health, backers say; some are skeptical of plan
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

EHRs Can Be Used to Boost Practice Revenue
Return on investment can be realized by participating in alternative delivery models
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Global Prevalence of Obesity Increased From 1980 to 2013
Increase in prevalence in adults, and in children and teens in developed and developing countries
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Docs Must Consider Legal Issues Relating to Text Messaging
Information sent by text message should be included in medical records, accorded privacy
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Most Wikipedia Health Articles Contain Errors
Ninety percent of health articles on Wikipedia contain errors, new study finds
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Higher-Than-Expected Medicaid Enrollment Concerns States
Millions signing up for Medicaid to comply with federal health care law
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Workflow Changes Can Remove Practice Hassles
By delegating and defining workflow, physicians can focus on patients
Friday, May 23, 2014

Barriers to Asthma Care for Low-Income, High Cost-Sharing
Cost-related barriers to care for kids with asthma from low-income families with high cost sharing
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Doctors' Use of Electronic Health Records More Than Doubles
Government programs to defray costs help physicians install these electronic systems, per report
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

ATS: AMG 157 Offers Relief for Allergen-Induced Asthma
Findings support thymic stromal lymphopoietin's role in allergen airway responses
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

ATS: Vitamin D3 Doesn't Benefit Symptomatic Asthma
Rate of first treatment failure, exacerbation of persistent asthma not improved
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

ATS: Exposure to Polluted Air In Utero May Up Asthma Risk
Exposure to air pollution in second trimester linked to increased risk of asthma in children
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

'Handshake-Free Zones' May Be Coming to Health Care Settings
While perceived as an ingrained interpersonal gesture, it spreads germs
Friday, May 16, 2014

CDC: Prescription Drug Use Continues to Climb in U.S.
Report indicates most common medications are for heart disease and high cholesterol
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Facilitation Improves PCP Adherence to Asthma Guidelines
Addition of practice facilitation to other strategies effective in primary care setting
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wasteful Medicare Spending Topped $1.9 Billion in One Year
Analysis using 2009 data looked at 26 common but often unnecessary tests and procedures
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Direct Pay Reduces Practices' Administration Hassles, Costs
Patients' payment of retainer fee guarantees increased access, higher level of service
Monday, May 12, 2014

Specialty Care Shortage Leads to Lower Perceived Need for It
Those with high, low access to specialty care have no differences in disease burden
Friday, May 09, 2014

Climate Change Will Make Breathing in Summer Harder
As weather warms, some areas in the United States will have many high ozone days
Friday, May 09, 2014

Physicians Have Multiple EHR Documentation Strategies
Pros and cons seen with typing, scribe, voice recognition software, and later transcribing notes
Thursday, May 08, 2014

Most Docs Believe Patients Get Too Many Medical Tests
But, half of physicians have ordered unneeded tests for patients who insist, survey found
Thursday, May 08, 2014

Insurers: Sizeable Majority Has Paid ACA Premiums
Companies report health-plan payment rates ranging from 70 to 90 percent
Thursday, May 08, 2014

E-Cigarettes May Cause, Worsen Acute Respiratory Disease
Emissions have distinct properties to those produced by combustion processes
Thursday, May 08, 2014

Number of U.S. Elderly Will Double by 2050
Aging baby boomers will strain country's health care system, Census Bureau says
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Review Examines Diagnosis, Management of Preschool Wheeze
Diagnosis of preschool wheeze challenging; lung deficits may persist into adulthood
Monday, May 05, 2014

FDA Panel Says No to Over-the-Counter Singulair
Experts expressed relief at the decision, citing safety concerns
Monday, May 05, 2014

Repeat Data Breaches Among Health Care Orgs Down
Survey respondents believe accountable care organization participation may pose risk
Friday, May 02, 2014

White House Report Confirms Eight Million ACA Enrollees
GOP analysis says only two-thirds of those signed up through HealthCare.gov have paid premiums
Friday, May 02, 2014

WHO: Drug-Resistant Bacteria Now Found Worldwide
Urgent need to develop new drugs to fight bacteria
Thursday, May 01, 2014

FDA Considering OTC Use of Singulair for Allergies
Advisory panel scheduled to meet Friday and vote on whether Singulair is safe for nonprescription use
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Winter's Polar Vortex Ushers in Spring's 'Pollen Vortex'
Seasonal overlap could mean extra misery for people with allergies, experts say
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Physician Groups Find Fault With Medicare Payment Data Release
Biggest complaint is a lack of context with which to interpret the data
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Educational Changes Suggested for Patient-Centered Medicine
Specific steps include incorporation of patients into ward rounds; consideration of patient perspective
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Task Force Recommends Ways to Improve Price Transparency
Tools include giving price estimates, guidance on out-of-pocket expenses, other relevant information
Monday, April 21, 2014

AMA Examines Economic Impact of Physicians
Each physician contributes $2.2 million in economic output, supports 13.84 jobs on average
Friday, April 18, 2014

FDA Approves Ragwitek for Adult Ragweed Allergy
Tablet placed under the tongue
Friday, April 18, 2014

White House: 8 Million People Signed Up for Health Insurance
35 percent of registrants are younger than 35 years old, administration officials say
Friday, April 18, 2014

One in 20 U.S. Adults a Victim of Diagnostic Errors
Errors include missed opportunities for a timely, correct diagnosis based on available evidence
Thursday, April 17, 2014

CDC: Regional Trends Seen for Complementary Health Services
U.S. study shows geographic trends in use of complementary and alternative medicine
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Continued Reliance on Windows XP May Threaten Data Security
Continued security of patient data needed following Microsoft's termination of XP support
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Patients Paying Much More for Specialty Drugs
Many Americans paying less for Rx, but some having to deal with sharp rises in cost of specialty meds
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Health Secretary to Confront Health Care Reform Hurdles
Obama's nominee, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, will seek to burnish ACA's image amid mid-term election fray
Monday, April 14, 2014

Sebelius Stepping Down As HHS Secretary
Tenure was marred by troubled introduction of Affordable Care Act
Friday, April 11, 2014

Fewer Americans Overwhelmed by Medical Bills
Reduced use of medical care, early health care reforms may be easing financial worries
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

More Justification Needed for Choosing Wisely Selections
Of the 25 societies evaluated, 60 percent had at least one service included because of higher costs
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Some Doctors Paid at Least $3 Million Each by Medicare
In total, Medicare paid individual physicians nearly $64 billion in 2012
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Perceived Stress Positively Linked to Allergy Flares
Positive correlation for allergy flares with negative mood, but not depression symptoms
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Newly Eligible for Expanded Medicaid Are Healthier
Findings based on comparisons between newly eligible under ACA and pre-ACA enrollees
Monday, April 07, 2014

Atopic Dermatitis Symptoms Persist Through Childhood
At age 20, half of patients report having a six-month symptom- and treatment-free period
Monday, April 07, 2014

AMA Provides Resources to Aid Physicians' Collections
Resources help address physicians' financial risk during the ACA's 90-day premium grace period
Friday, April 04, 2014

New Nasal Filter May Relieve Allergy Symptoms
Reduction in mean, median total nasal symptom score, and in nasal itching, sneezing, throat irritation
Friday, April 04, 2014

Half of Uninsured Don't Intend to Sign Up for Health Coverage
Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows most respondents unaware of March 31 deadline
Wednesday, April 02, 2014

FDA Approves Sublingual Tablet for Grass Allergies
To be started four months before allergy season
Wednesday, April 02, 2014

CMS: Medicare Beneficiaries Saved $3.9B on Meds in 2013
In addition to savings on prescription drugs, preventive service use up for Medicare beneficiaries
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

NCHS Estimates Health Insurance Coverage for 2013
At time of interview, 14.5 percent uninsured; 10.8 percent uninsured for more than one year
Thursday, March 27, 2014

White House Extends Affordable Care Act Enrollment Deadline
Applicants need to check a box on HealthCare.gov website to gain added time, report says
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Americans Seem Unprepared for Health Insurance Exchanges
Half the population do not know about exchanges; 42 percent unable to correctly describe deductible
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Practices Can Take Steps to Improve Care Transitions
Financial incentives exist, including reimbursement and avoiding hospital readmissions
Friday, March 21, 2014

Penicillin 'Allergy' Complicates Inpatient Care
Patients with a history of penicillin 'allergy' have longer hospital stays and increased risk of infection
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Rx Expenditures Expected to Rise in 2014
2013 pharmaceutical spending slowed 0.7 percent, compared to 2012
Monday, March 17, 2014

Insurers Must Offer Same-Sex Couples Spousal Benefits
Insurers must offer same-sex couples same spousal benefits as heterosexual couples
Monday, March 17, 2014

Improving EHR Interoperability Is a National Priority: HHS
Interoperability necessary to achieve the benefits of EHR infrastructure adoption
Friday, March 14, 2014

Discrepancies ID'd in Studies on ClinicalTrials.gov, Journals
Nearly all clinical trials have at least one discrepancy in cohort, intervention, or results
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Medicare Drug Plan Changes Withdrawn by White House
Proposal met heavy resistance from patient groups
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

White House: More Than Four Million Have Signed Up for ACA
Enrollment period for coverage in 2014 ends March 31 for most Americans
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

For Children, Asthma Exacerbations Peak in September
Increase in asthma exacerbations, asthma meds prescriptions, and asthma-related primary care visits
Monday, March 10, 2014

Keeping Salaries Secret Harms Worker Performance
Secret salaries decrease employees' perception that performance increase is tied to pay increase
Monday, March 10, 2014

Consultant Offers Tips for Evaluating Staff Pay
Geographic factors, professional determinations, and state labor laws all factor into discussions
Monday, March 10, 2014

Outpatient Abx Culprit in Most Childhood C. Difficile Cases
Nearly three-quarters of C. difficile cases associated with Rx written at doctor visits
Friday, March 07, 2014

AMA Grants Curriculum Efforts to Address Health Disparities
Initiatives focus on underserved populations, workforce diversity, and population health
Friday, March 07, 2014

Indoor Air Pollution Tied to Asthma, Asthma-Related Symptoms
Mold in home significantly associated with current asthma, wheeze, nocturnal chest tightness
Friday, March 07, 2014

Relative Value Units Useful In Evaluating Practice Finances
RVU calculations can help determine physician compensation, benchmark reimbursement
Thursday, March 06, 2014

Value-Based Insurance Plans Can Up Rx Adherence
Along with lower cost sharing, plans target high-risk patients, use mail-order drugs
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Gap in Regulatory Coverage Affects 5 to 16 Percent of Trials
Nineteen to 24 percent of trials are overlap trials, which study drugs, devices and have federal funding
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

WHO Program Improves U.S. Medical Facility Hand Hygiene
Higher hand hygiene score with higher staffing ratio of infection preventionists
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Women-Specific Research Is Still Inadequate
Women underrepresented in research; many studies fail to report sex-specific outcomes
Monday, March 03, 2014

CMS: No More Delays to ICD-10 Implementation Deadline
CMS Administrator claims CMS will be ready for ICD-10 conversion by October deadline
Monday, March 03, 2014

Going Live With EHR Leads to Frustrations, Productivity Hit
Medical Economics offers some real-world suggestions, best practices to minimize stress
Friday, February 28, 2014

Hospital Size, Market Share Affect Inpatient Care Prices
Higher-price hospitals generally score well on reputational indicators
Friday, February 28, 2014

Stethoscopes Contaminated After Single Physical Exam
Contamination level of stethoscope similar to parts of physician's dominant hand
Friday, February 28, 2014

Doctors Pleased With Congress' Medicare Payment Agreement
Repeal of SGR marks transition to value and quality-based reimbursement
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

More Than Seven Million Patient Record Breaches in 2013
Breaches of protected health information up 137.7 percent; most breaches due to theft
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Review: Antibiotics Don't Avert Otitis, Pneumonia in Children
No strong evidence for preventive effect in children with undifferentiated acute respiratory infections
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Adjuvant High-Dose Vitamin D3 Beneficial in Urticaria
Significant decrease in total urticaria symptom severity by week 12 with high-dose supplement
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Quality Measures Data Added to Physician Compare Website
Measures include controlling blood glucose and blood pressure in patients with diabetes
Monday, February 24, 2014

FDA to Step Up Oversight of Indian Drug Makers
More inspectors planned as India emerges as growing source of pharmaceuticals
Monday, February 24, 2014

Unfilled Hospital Openings for Doctors Growing, Survey Finds
Shortages in hospitals also seen for advanced practitioners and nurses
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Prenatal Vitamin A Deficiency May Contribute to Asthma
Murine study shows altered phenotype persists postnatally, regardless of adult vitamin A status
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Before Implementation, Full EHR Cost Needs Consideration
Costs of training, facilities, infrastructure and variables affecting these categories must be ID'd
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

'Talking' Medical Devices, Apps Continue to Evolve
Can help people manage their conditions, function in emergencies, keep doctors informed
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Online Ratings Do Affect Patient Choice of Physician
Whether or not physician accepts insurance plan remains top decider in selecting physician
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Direct-to-Consumer Genomic Testing Concerns Explored
Concerns include lack of evidence for association studies being appropriate as screening tests
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Non-Traditional Office Hours Can Reap Big Financial Benefits
Once practice overhead costs are met, patients seen in extended hours increase profitability
Monday, February 17, 2014

AAFP: Telemedicine Can Help With Increased Demand for Docs
Telemedicine can save time for patients, reduce ER visits, allow docs to see more patients
Monday, February 17, 2014

CMS Extends 2013 Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline
Deadline extended, allowing providers to submit data for 2013 reporting year through March 31, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Congress Agrees on Legislation to Replace SGR Formula
New legislation emphasizes quality over quantity, with merit-based incentives
Thursday, February 13, 2014

ICD-10 Implementation Likely to Be Financial Disaster
Letter from AMA to HHS voices concerns over higher-than-expected costs of implementation
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Nears 3.3 Million
About one-quarter of those signed up are now young adults, report shows
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Mid-Sized Companies Get Extra Year to Comply With ACA
Government sets up new deadlines for three sizes of companies
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Guidelines Issued for Managing Hospital Medicine Groups
Assessment guide comprises 10 principles and 47 characteristics for effective HMG management
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Residents Concerned About Lack of Time With Patients
Most residents agree that care coordination could improve chronic disease management
Monday, February 10, 2014

Commercial-Size Packages of Uncle Ben's Rice Recalled
Reports of illness received from three states, FDA says
Monday, February 10, 2014

New Rule Allows Patients to Access Laboratory Test Results
Final rule allows patient or personal representative to access results directly from the laboratory
Monday, February 10, 2014

Physicians Need to Be Prepared to Talk Antibiotics
Specific diagnosis, whether viral or bacterial, will aid conversation with patients or their parents
Thursday, February 06, 2014

FDA: There's Still Time for Patients to Get a Flu Shot
Younger adults seem at risk this year, FDA says
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

ICD-10 Transition May Impact Practice Cash Flow
Organizations may not yet understand the impact that ICD-10 will have on their businesses
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Choosing Wisely Tips Should Prompt Doc-Patient Discussion
Recommendations can form a starting point for conversations about cost, appropriate testing
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

EHR Use During Patient Visit May Mean Missed Non-Verbal Cues
Physician-patient eye gaze patterns differ with use of electronic health records versus paper charts
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

CVS Caremark to Stop Selling Tobacco Products
Says sale of cigarettes is inconsistent with a pharmacy's mission
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Declines in Antibiotic Use in Children May Have Plateaued
Large declines in prescribing rates seen in the early 2000s; trend attenuated by end of decade
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Online Medical Records Trump Colleagues As Docs' Info Source
Doctors are exposed to online medical records, prescribing software more than 200 times/year
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Health Reform Differs Across States: Report
Five states play no role in federal marketplace, Medicaid expansion, or insurance reform
Monday, February 03, 2014

Improving Infection Control Could Mean No More White Coats
Infection control experts issue guidance on health professionals' attire
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Oral Immunotherapy Can Desensitize Children to Peanuts
After OIT, most children reported tolerating daily ingestion of protein equivalent to five peanuts
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Businesses Urge Change to ACA's Insurance Mandate
House panel members spar over claim that provision of health-reform law is a 'job killer'
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Handwashing Appears Best in Prevention of Common Cold
Best evidence for prevention supports handwashing, zinc supplements, but evidence often poor quality
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Insurance Eligibility Headaches Expected With ACA
Practices expected to face influx of newly insured patients, possibly without insurance ID cards
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

FDA Panel Considers First Pill for Ragweed Allergy
Placed under the tongue, it helps the body immunize itself against the offending plant
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Medical Staff Performance Goals Should Be Clear, Attainable
Staff performance reviews should involve public praise, private reprimand
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Legitimacy of Publishing Pharma-Funded Research Queried
Researchers present arguments for and against stopping publication of industry-funded research
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ACA Impact on Primary Practice May Depend on Location
Practices in states with expanded Medicaid may see more new, chronically ill patients
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Researchers Examine FDA Decision Making Processes
Analyses show variation in quality-of-evidence; reliance on premarket approval; reasons for delays
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

More Federal Funding of Health Centers Mitigates Access Issues
Findings among low-income, uninsured adults from 2002 to 2007
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Medication Synchronization Program Ups Adherence
Community pharmacy-based program projects increase of 20 med fills per patient per year
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

State Insurance Marketplaces Boost Outreach Efforts
Educating the uninsured, especially young adults, is a priority, executives say
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Reliable Emotion Words ID'd to Assess Patient Experience
Word set can be used in experience-based design questionnaires for patient care
Thursday, January 16, 2014

NCPA: Access to Controlled Substances Often Delayed
Most pharmacists report three or more delays in past 18 months, usually lasting at least one week
Thursday, January 16, 2014

FDA Warns Against Rx With High Levels of Acetaminophen
Agency recommends that physicians cease prescriptions of drugs in excess of 325 mg
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Allergic Contact Dermatitis to Methylisothiazolinone ID'd
Case series shows six cases of allergic contact dermatitis; all in children using wet wipes
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

More Than Two Million People Have Signed Up for ACA Coverage
Nearly one in four are young adults, a demographic key to the program's success
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Wednesday Is Deadline for Feb. 1 Coverage Under ACA
Uninsured Americans can still sign up for 2014 coverage through March 31
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

CMS: New Rule Proposed for Contract Year 2015
Rule will strengthen protections, up health care quality, cut costs in Medicare Advantage, Part D
Monday, January 13, 2014

ACP Introduces Free 'High Value Care' Case Studies
Five topics in interactive case studies include avoiding unnecessary testing, safe prescribing
Friday, January 10, 2014

Female Conveners Up Number of Women at Scientific Symposia
Number of invited female speakers increases by 72 percent compared with all-male conveners
Friday, January 10, 2014

CMS: Low Growth for National Health Expenditures in 2012
Low growth in private health insurance spending, Medicare and Medicaid spending
Friday, January 10, 2014

EHR Use Linked to Doc-Reported Enhanced Patient Care
Use of EHRs that meet Meaningful Use criteria, longer EHR experience linked to reported benefits
Friday, January 10, 2014

Implantable Device Improves Moderate-to-Severe Sleep Apnea
Upper-airway stimulation significantly reduces severity of obstructive sleep apnea
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Administrative Demands Hurt Patient-Doctor Relationship
Extensive charting, preauthorizations, high volumes all cut time doctors spend with patients
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Smoking Rates Still Low for Most Health Care Professionals
Pattern persists with rates lowest in physicians (2 percent), highest in LPNs (25 percent)
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Non-White Physicians Provide Disproportionate Minority Care
Non-white physicians care for more than half of minority patients, non-English speakers
Monday, January 06, 2014

AMA Details Top Five Federal Issues for 2014
Issues include repeal of SGR, full implementation of ACA, roll out of ICD-10 code set
Monday, January 06, 2014

Over 100 New Accountable Care Organizations Formed
New ACOs will provide high-quality coordinated care access for ~1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries
Friday, January 03, 2014

CDC: Updated Guidance for HBV Vaccination for Health Workers
All should be vaccinated and undergo serologic testing
Thursday, January 02, 2014

Troubled Launch of ACA Tops Health News for 2013
Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy, new heart care guidelines also made headlines
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Extra Steps Urged for Regulating Compounding Pharmacies
Drug Quality and Security Act is a start, but leaves several gaps that need filling
Monday, December 30, 2013

Surge in Federal Health Insurance Exchange Enrollments
More than one million people have signed up for coverage under Affordable Care Act
Monday, December 30, 2013

Physician Pay Increasingly Tied to Quality Metrics
Trend expected to accelerate as reimbursement shifts towards performance-based pay
Thursday, December 26, 2013

ACA Success Hinges on Young Adult Enrollment
Uncertainty lingers on the willingness, ability of young adults to enroll in marketplaces, Medicaid
Thursday, December 26, 2013

Impact of Planned Medicaid Expansion Discussed
Could help close substantial gaps in U.S. health care safety net if all states elect to expand
Thursday, December 26, 2013

Toxic Employees Are Damaging to Medical Practices
Performance reviews allow managers to discuss toxic behaviors and demand improvement
Thursday, December 26, 2013

Public Tends to Follow Celebrities Even on Medical Issues
Health care providers need to take phenomenon seriously and counter bogus advice
Monday, December 23, 2013

Peanuts During Pregnancy Reduces Offspring Allergy Risk
Offspring less likely to be allergic to peanuts or tree nuts
Monday, December 23, 2013

High Patient Satisfaction With Patient-Centered Medical Homes
Positive reports of patient-centered measures correlate with reports of high-quality care
Friday, December 20, 2013

New Rule May Exempt Many From Health Plan Penalty
People in cancelled policies can buy coverage under last-minute revision to ACA
Friday, December 20, 2013

Few Residency Programs Teach Cost-Conscious Medicine
Despite perceived role in limiting increasing health care costs, few residents know costs of tests
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

CDC Highlights Achievements of 2013, Goals for 2014
Top achievements include getting >100,000 smokers to quit; cut in health care facility-linked infections
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Funding for Medical Communication Firms Analyzed
May receive substantial support from pharmaceutical, medical device companies
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

GlaxoSmithKline to End Payments to Prescribing Doctors
Pharmaceutical giant first drug maker to adopt such a policy, report says
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Physician Access Challenges Up for Those With Public Insurance
Second study notes that 14.6 percent of people in U.S. were uninsured in first half of 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

FDA Questions Effectiveness, Safety of Antibacterial Soap
Proposed rule requires manufacturers to submit trial data showing benefit versus regular soap
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Many Physicians Will Stop Practicing Due to ACA
Nearly three-quarters believe that ACA will negatively impact compensation
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Bills for SGR Repeal Pass Senate, House Committees
Near unanimous bipartisan votes from Senate Finance, House Ways and Means Committees
Monday, December 16, 2013

CDC: Flu Vaccine Reduced Adverse Outcomes by 17 Percent
Greater number of serious outcomes averted in 2012-2013 compared with previous flu seasons
Monday, December 16, 2013

Determinants of Patient Loyalty to Provider Identified
More than 15 percent of patients at high risk for leaving their current physician, practice
Monday, December 16, 2013

New Rule Tweaks Affordable Care Act Deadline
Insurers pressed for flexibility on premium payments, coverage
Friday, December 13, 2013

Study Quantifies Male Dominance in Scientific Production
Women account for <30 percent of fractionalized authorships; similar pattern in first authorships
Friday, December 13, 2013

CDC: Health Insurance Among Young Increased After ACA
Extension of dependent health coverage in 2010 has increased private coverage, decreased gaps
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

CMS Finalizes 2014 Physician Payment Rates, Policies
Include provision to support care management outside of routine office interaction
Monday, December 09, 2013

Issues Surround Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program
Issues include methodology for determining expected readmission rates, computing penalties
Friday, December 06, 2013

Final Rule Aims to Lower Costs, Simplify Outpatient Payments
CMS introducing single outpatient visit code; payments will be packaged into single payment
Friday, December 06, 2013

CDC: More People With Asthma Getting Flu Shots
However, vaccination rates still below goal for all
Thursday, December 05, 2013

Handoff Program Cuts Medical Errors, Adverse Events
Multifaceted program at children's hospital also increases physician time spent at patient bedside
Thursday, December 05, 2013

AMA's RUC Committee to Work on Improving Transparency
New means to be used to survey physicians to better determine value of procedures
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Investment Program Can Cut Global Health Disparities by 2035
Framework focuses on reducing maternal, child, infectious deaths; 10 million deaths averted by 2035
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

FDA Starts Regulating Compounding Pharmacies
New process designed to make specialty drugs safer for patients
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Volunteering Overseas Revives Physicians' Outlooks
Volunteer experiences often boost personal fulfillment, professional esteem
Monday, December 02, 2013

Practices Should Start Preparing for Transition to ICD-10
Point-person should be appointed within practice; staff training also recommended
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Family Doc Finds Mid-Level Providers Increase Revenue
Case study describes substantial increase in doctor take-home pay with addition of mid-levels
Monday, November 25, 2013

Nebulizers Deliver Less Than Half of Prescribed Asthma Rx in Kids
Dose of prescribed corticosteroids inhaled from nebulizer varies with drug formulation
Monday, November 25, 2013

American Medical Groups Protesting Physician Cuts
Action follows mass cancellations of physicians in Medicare Advantage plans in many states
Monday, November 25, 2013

White House Extends Enrollment Deadline for Health Insurance
And HealthCare.gov website capacity to double by end of month, Obama adviser pledges
Friday, November 22, 2013

CDC Report: Health Disparities Persist in America
CDC finds race, sex, education, location, and wealth among key factors in these inequalities
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Health Care Frustration Higher in U.S. Than Other Countries
Majority of U.S. adults feel that the health care system needs to undergo fundamental changes
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Asthma Tied to Increased Time to Pregnancy
The negative effect of asthma on fertility increases with age, disease intensity
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Study Supports AAP Allergy Prevention Recommendations
Delay of solid foods, continuation of breastfeeding during intro of solids linked with fewer food allergies
Monday, November 18, 2013

Obama Nominates Health Care Law Backer to Be Surgeon General
Vivek Murthy, M.D., was an early supporter and advocate for the Affordable Care Act
Friday, November 15, 2013

Obama: You Can Keep Your Health Plan (for a Year)
Proposed change comes amid intense bipartisan pressure for a health-law fix
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Obama Signs Bill to Encourage Schools to Stock Epinephrine
Financial incentive for states to maintain epinephrine supply in schools
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Health Care Enrollments Fall Far Short of White House Estimates
Fewer than 27,000 people signed up for insurance through federal exchange in October, officials report
Thursday, November 14, 2013

No Promises on Nov. 30 ACA Website Fix: U.S. Tech Chief
Pressure mounts for solutions to health-law problems as deadline nears
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Population Aging Crisis May Have Been Overestimated
Decrease in dependency with threshold as remaining life expectancy of ≤15 years
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Many Would Give Health Plans Private Info to Save Money: Poll
Experts question whether people responding to Harris/HealthDay poll understand broader impact
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Initial Health-Plan Enrollment Falls Below Expectations
Early reports find federal and state insurance exchanges attracted low numbers
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Analysis Describes Economic Anatomy of U.S. Health Care
Despite increased resources for U.S. health care, health metrics show U.S. trailing peer nations
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Obama 'Sorry' Some People Losing Health Coverage
Website repairs continue amid continued scrutiny of Affordable Care Act
Friday, November 08, 2013

ACAAI: Gelatin Allergy Can Cause Reaction to Flu Shot
Case report describes 4-year-old with adverse response within 15 minutes of receiving flu shot
Friday, November 08, 2013

Telemedicine Represents Enhanced Care Model
Uses technology to provide better health care and more reach, but legal and other concerns exist
Thursday, November 07, 2013

FDA to Ban Trans Fats in Foods
Trans fats linked to cardiovascular health
Thursday, November 07, 2013

Amount of Care Similar for Rural, Urban Medicare Users
No difference in amount of health care received or satisfaction with access to care within regions
Thursday, November 07, 2013

Sebelius on Exchange Website: 'Delay Is Not an Option'
'A couple of hundred' fixes required, she tells Senate committee
Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Senators Seek Answers on Health Marketplace Woes
Medicare chief says HealthCare.gov is secure, site operations are improving
Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Six People Signed Up on Day One of Federal Exchange Website
By the end of the second day, 248 people had enrolled for coverage, reports say
Friday, November 01, 2013

Proper Metered-Dose Inhaler-Spacer Technique Lacking
Findings among caregivers of urban, minority children with persistent asthma
Friday, November 01, 2013

FDA Announces Moves to Avert Drug Shortages
The FDA's strategic plan for drug shortages involves two major strategies
Thursday, October 31, 2013

Top 100 EHR Systems Sorted by Company Revenue
Some companies offer information about their product and services, but most vendors do not
Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sebelius: 'Hold Me Accountable' for Website 'Debacle'
HHS Secretary insists the troubled online registration site will be fixed by end of November
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Expedited Review Speeds Approval of New Drugs by FDA
But, drugs are tested in fewer patients, and many questions about safety remain
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

2013 Health Care Quality Report Shows Some Improvements
Medicaid patients are happy with their care; antibiotic overuse still a concern
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Consultant Offers Tips for Training Staff to Use EHR System
Six tips focus on choosing a team, developing a plan, and scheduling regular training and testing
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Health Agency Chief Apologizes for Federal Website Woes
Head of CMS insists HealthCare.gov will be much improved within a month
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Most Negative Online Posts Aren't Defamation
Physicians should try to reach out to unhappy posters to fix the problem
Friday, October 25, 2013

Many Interns Don't Practice Etiquette-Based Communication
Interns overestimate the extent to which they introduce themselves and their role, sit with patient
Friday, October 25, 2013

Physicians Should Motivate and Retain Top Employees
Article notes that superstar employees are hard to replace
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Penalty Delayed As Federal Exchange Comes Under Fire
Lawmakers demand answers on HealthCare.gov foul-up
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Scribes Can Be Beneficial in Medical Practices
Ensure accurate documentation of provider dictates, allowing providers to focus on patient care
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Research Backlog at NIH Due to Shutdown
Labs suffered loss of momentum with their research; grant applications pushed back to November
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Obama: 'No Excuse' for Troubled HealthCare.gov Website
But he insists that the health-reform law that created the site is good for the country
Monday, October 21, 2013

Seniors Rarely Consider Switching Medicare Plan, Provider
Despite reporting high satisfaction 59 percent cut spending for unexpected health care costs
Monday, October 21, 2013

Small Businesses Weigh Health Insurance Options
Most features of exchanges rated favorably, but prices for premiums are critical issue
Monday, October 21, 2013

Eye Contact Affects Patients' Perception of Clinician Empathy
Social touch during clinical encounter also important
Friday, October 18, 2013

In Buying Exchange Insurance, It Helps to Have Help
New online marketplaces don't do enough to let consumers weigh their options, experts say
Friday, October 18, 2013

Sebelius: Exchange Launch 'Rockier Than We Would Have Liked'
HHS secretary said improvements under way at HealthCare.gov website
Thursday, October 17, 2013

'Coverage Gap' Likely to Affect 5.2 Million Uninsured Adults
Nationally, about 27 percent of uninsured adults in states without Medicaid expansion will be affected
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Steps Given to Minimize Burden of Prior Authorizations
Use payer's website, not phone; designated staff within practice should handle authorizations
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Medicare, Medicaid Will Be Affected by Federal Debt Default
Failure to raise debt ceiling by Oct. 17 will impact nation's health care programs
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Nonprofit U.S. Hospital CEO Compensation Varies Widely
Compensation tied to hospital technology deployment and patient satisfaction
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hospital Care Quality Varies by Insurance Coverage
Medicare patients appear most vulnerable to receiving inferior care
Monday, October 14, 2013

Study Discusses How to Create Value in Insurance Marketplaces
Accrediting bodies play role in performance measures, setting standards, providing feedback
Monday, October 14, 2013

Regional Variation Seen in Medicare ACO Formation
Measures of underlying provider integration may drive accountable care organization formation
Friday, October 11, 2013

'Cyberchondria' Worse in Those Troubled by Uncertainty
For those with fear of uncertainty, greater Internet searching leads to greater health anxiety
Friday, October 11, 2013

Consumers Frustrated With First Days of ACA Exchanges
Three-quarters of those who tried to sign up for insurance reported problems
Friday, October 11, 2013

State-Run Health Exchanges Off to Smoother Start
Experts say that local insurance marketplaces are smaller so problems can be fixed faster
Thursday, October 10, 2013

AAFP Urges Congress to End Federal Government Shutdown
Shutdown is putting health of public at risk, with no impact on ACA funding
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Greater Potential for Health Gains From Delayed Aging
Yet most medical research remains focused on fighting individual diseases
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Patterns of Health Insurance Coverage Vary by State
States can tailor outreach efforts for coverage expansion to match the needs of their uninsured
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Patient Satisfaction Is Poor Measure of Hospital Quality
And busier hospitals tend to perform better
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Confusion Still Surrounds ACA Health Insurance Exchanges
However, Gallup poll suggests most will get insurance by December rather than pay a fine
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Both Patients and Doctors Tend to Be Creatures of Habit
Physicians can be reluctant to go against established grain
Monday, October 07, 2013

Design and Software Problems Plague Health Exchanges
Efforts to improve the federal registration website are under way, officials say
Monday, October 07, 2013

Senators Request Delay in Transition to Meaningful Use 2
Noting that many providers and EHR vendors are not ready, senators ask for one-year delay
Monday, October 07, 2013

U.S. Health Exchange Website Faced Intermittent Shutdowns
HealthCare.gov offline after 1 a.m. ET a few hours each night this past weekend
Monday, October 07, 2013

Majority of Physicians Concerned About Future of Medicine
But most surveyed doctors also report being satisfied with practice of medicine
Friday, October 04, 2013

Number of EMR Functions Linked to Physician Stress
Physicians with moderate versus low number of EMR functions report more stress, less satisfaction
Friday, October 04, 2013

Patient Portal Market Earned $279.8 Million in 2012
In the next five years, market is expected to reach $898.4, mainly driven by stage 2 meaningful use
Friday, October 04, 2013

Flu Vaccine Recommendations Updated for Egg-Allergic
Patients should have vaccine in primary care or allergist office, depending on allergy severity
Friday, October 04, 2013

IDSA: Antibiotics Still Overused in Bronchitis, Sore Throats
Two studies show antibiotic prescribed for most cases of acute bronchitis, sore throats in U.S. adults
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Impact of Shutdown on Docs, Patients Discussed
Meaningful use incentives unlikely to be affected; Medicare reimbursements will continue in short term
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Glitches Still Dog Online Health Exchanges
Officials work to correct problems, speed up capacity
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Fallout From Increase in High-Deductible Plans Examined
Increase likely with ACA implementation; research will aid creation of more sophisticated system
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Demand for Doctors Remained High in 2012
Physician recruiters from 156 organizations conducted nearly 5,000 active searches in 2012
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Expanding Scope of Nurse Practitioners Practice Discussed
Non-physician practitioners can ease burden on physicians; valuable in team-based care model
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Government Shutdown Impacting Health Care Agencies
Activities that relate to safety of human life and protection of property will not be affected
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Technical Problems Still Vex Day 2 of ACA Exchange Rollout
Federal officials remind consumers that enrollment runs through March 31, 2014
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

AMA: More Than Half of Doctors Self-Employed in 2012
Less than one-quarter work in practices that are at least partially owned by hospitals
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Technological Advances in Health Care for Google, Apple
Google launches company that will research health and wellness, with Apple chairman as CEO
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Technical Glitches Mar Affordable Care Act Exchange Debut
Consumers are reminded that insurance enrollment runs through March 31, 2014
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Poor Performance Triggering EMR Switch for Small Practices
Small physicians practices leaving vendors as software systems fail to meet expectations
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Many Health Care Professionals Oppose ACA Proposals
Despite recognizing benefits, 56 percent oppose most, if not all, proposals in law
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Affordable Care Act Exchanges Are Up and Running
'Obamacare' marketplaces open amid some technical problems and a government shutdown
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Lower National Health Spending Due to Slow Economy
Over the period of 2012 to 2022, national health spending expected to grow at 5.8 percent annually
Monday, September 30, 2013

Only One-Third of Voters Think Congress Should Delay ACA
About half of voters will blame the Republicans 'a lot' if the government shuts down
Monday, September 30, 2013

Medicare, Medicaid Will Still Run If Government Shuts Down
But other programs could be curtailed, according to contingency plans
Monday, September 30, 2013

DOL Clarifies Employer Health Insurance Notification Duty
Companies should provide notification to employees by Oct. 1, but no fines for failing to do so
Monday, September 30, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: ACA Impact on Medicare Recipients Unclear
Seniors may not grasp effects of health care reform
Friday, September 27, 2013

Health Worker Roles Impacted When 'Undervalued' by Patients
Frustrations can affect both performance and pay
Friday, September 27, 2013

Practical Tips Offered for Medical Employee Satisfaction
Training, respect, and reward go a long way
Friday, September 27, 2013

CDC: Flu Shot Coverage of Health Care Personnel Increasing
CDC finds that easy access to vaccination appears to be a motivator
Thursday, September 26, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Medicaid Expansion Will Up Coverage
Many will benefit, but some will still fall through the cracks
Thursday, September 26, 2013

More Options, Lower Premiums With Insurance Exchanges
HHS report finds health insurance premiums will be even less than expected
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Exchanges Offer Options for the Uninsured
Tax credits will benefit low and moderate earners
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

ACP Provides Overview of Health Insurance Marketplaces
Ahead of enrollment, overview discusses implications for patients and physicians
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Health Care Reform a Mixed Bag for Workers
Those with job-based coverage can expect some changes
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

FDA Gives Final Guidance on Mobile Medical App Oversight
Oversight will be focused on medical apps that could potentially pose greater risk to patients
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

FDA Issues Final Rule for Device Identification System
The unique device identification system will improve patient safety, catalogue every device
Monday, September 23, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Young People Likely to Be Key to Success
However, only about one-quarter of young adults are aware of health insurance exchanges
Monday, September 23, 2013

HFES: Multi-Tasking Can Impair Diagnostic Performance
Performing concurrent complex memorization task has negative impact of diagnostic performance
Monday, September 23, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Health Care Exchanges Going Into Effect
Coverage could start as early as January 2014
Monday, September 23, 2013

Little Correlation Between Care Quality, Patient Experience
Strongest correlations with clinical quality were seen for patient assessments of access
Friday, September 20, 2013

Millions Are Harmed by Unsafe Medical Care Each Year
About two-thirds of adverse events occur in low-income and middle-income countries
Thursday, September 19, 2013

EHR Systems Meeting Meaningful Use Criteria Beneficial
Most systems meet criteria; linked to time savings, reports of enhanced confidentiality
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

About Half of Health Care Providers Are 'Digital Omnivores'
Use tablet, smartphone, and laptop/desktop; prefer mobile devices for all tasks
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

'Meaningful Use' Achievement Not Uniform Across Hospitals
Critical-access, smaller, publicly-owned or nonprofit hospitals most at risk for 2015 penalties
Monday, September 09, 2013

Study of Topical Corticosteroid Use in Pregnancy Reassuring
No adverse outcomes studied linked except low birth weight with high potency exposure
Friday, September 06, 2013

More Asthma Hospitalizations in Middle-Aged Women Than Men
Findings among women in their 40s and 50s, despite controlling for common comorbidities
Friday, September 06, 2013

Male-Female Physician Earnings Gap Has Persisted for 20 Years
No significant difference in the adjusted earnings of female physicians relative to males since 1987
Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Docs' Confidence in Diagnosis Unrelated to Diagnostic Accuracy
Vignette study shows little difference in confidence for cases diagnosed correctly, incorrectly
Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Workaholics Have Poorer Physical and Mental Health
Working more than 50 hours per week linked to reduced physical and mental well-being
Monday, September 02, 2013

Employer-Based Health Insurance Premiums Rose Modestly in 2013
Smaller firms and those with many lower-wage workers asking beneficiary to pay more
Monday, September 02, 2013

Final Rules Issued for Individual Shared Responsibility Mandate
Individual mandate starting in 2014; individuals expected to carry health insurance or get fined
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Health Care Savings With Early Accountable Care Organizations
Reduced spending for elderly Medicare beneficiaries, but not necessarily improved quality
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Implications, Solutions for U.S. Health Disparities Discussed
Considerable disparities linked to geographic location, demographics; many can be prevented
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Expansion of Pharmacists' Practice Will Benefit Patients
Ethical, legal, financial, professional implications for docs; communication key during transition
Monday, August 19, 2013

HHS Awards $67 Million to Marketplace Navigators
Navigators will need to complete initial and ongoing training, renew certification annually
Monday, August 19, 2013

Childhood ADHD Linked to Atopic Diseases, Impetigo
Independently increased odds of asthma, impetigo, antihistamine drug prescriptions
Friday, August 16, 2013

IOM Describes Themes Relating to Patients' Role in Health Care
Sessions describe their roles in informed care decisions, knowledge generation, value improvement
Friday, August 16, 2013

Involved Patients Have Better Health Care Experiences
Patient knowledge, skills, and confidence influences response from the provider
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Doctors Pessimistic About Future of U.S. Health Care
Physician unsure that benefits of EMRs outweigh costs, have little confidence in transition to ICD-10
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Perceived Doc Verbal Abuse Impairs Nurses' Work Attitude
Link between verbal abuse and job satisfaction, organizational commitment, intent to stay
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New Initiative Announced for Patient-Doc Collaboration
Center for Patient Partnership in Healthcare will include patient organizations, docs, nurse, PA
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

U.S. Hospitals Up Exchange of Electronic Health Information
Exchange of clinical care summaries and medication lists remains limited
Monday, August 12, 2013

Medical Center Farmers Market Aids in Medical Home Goals
Medical center-based farmers market can contribute to patient-centered care
Monday, August 12, 2013

ASA: Working Moms Experience More Stresses Than Dads
For mothers, job-linked concerns spill over into free time; thinking about family matters tied to stress
Monday, August 12, 2013

Guidelines for Post-HIV Exposure Management Updated
Exposed personnel should be provided with close follow-up, including counseling, HIV testing
Monday, August 12, 2013

Physicians' Malpractice Concerns Predict More Testing
Changing defensive practices must target physicians' underlying malpractice concerns
Friday, August 09, 2013

Obese Youth More Likely to Develop Asthma
Asthma exacerbations needing aggressive tx more frequent with moderate, extreme obesity
Friday, August 09, 2013

Exposure to Tobacco Smoke Higher in Children With Asthma
From 1999 to 2010, drop in percentage of children without asthma exposed to environmental smoke
Thursday, August 08, 2013

Caregivers, Children With Asthma Tend to Agree About QOL
But children report significantly better QOL than caregivers in domain of activity limitation
Wednesday, August 07, 2013

AMA, AHA Call for Realignment of Meaningful Use Stage 2
Letter to HHS expresses concern about readiness for stage 2; urges flexibility in adoption
Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Asthma During Pregnancy Linked to Disease in Offspring
Higher risk of infectious and respiratory diseases
Monday, August 05, 2013

Participation Increases in Online CME Activities
In 2012, 82 percent of accredited CME activities did not receive commercial support
Monday, August 05, 2013

FDA Standardizes 'Gluten-Free' for Food Labeling
Foods with claims of no gluten, free of gluten, and without gluten must meet definition of gluten-free
Monday, August 05, 2013

ASID: Doctors May Be to Blame for Antimicrobial Resistance
Five experts discuss the roles of animals, airlines, doctors, drug companies, nursing homes
Thursday, August 01, 2013

Health 'Mutual Accountability' Pilot Program Launching
MedEncentive's health outcomes/costs improvement program to be tested over three years in Oklahoma
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Reversal of Medical Practices Common Over Past Decade
Over 40 percent of studies that tested current practice led to medical reversal
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

About One in Five Children Outgrow Asthma
Less likely for females, those sensitized to animals, and those with severe asthma
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

IOM Confirms Geographic Variation in Health Spending
Geographically-based value index unlikely to be beneficial; decision making occurs at individual level
Thursday, July 25, 2013

Support for Banning Smoking in Locations With Children
Widespread support for ban in vehicles with young children, daycare/babysitting facilities
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Docs Need to Follow Patients' Lead, Embrace Social Media
As more patients discuss, manage their health care online, doctors need to make use of social media
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

U.S. Physicians Not Supportive of Changes in Payment Models
Although docs agree on need to reduce costs, most don't want to eliminate fee-for-service approach
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pros and Cons of Electronic Cigarette Regulation Discussed
Two editorials discuss implications of regulations of ECs as medicinal devices in U.S., Europe
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tablets Help Physicians Keep Up With Medical Research
Smartphones mainly used to access drug information, to access research, communicate
Monday, July 22, 2013

Premiums Expected to Be About 20 Percent Lower in 2014
Proposed premiums for 2014 lower than expected for individual market and small group market
Monday, July 22, 2013

Use of Radiographs Increasing for Children With Asthma
Second study shows hospital-wide variation in use of diagnostic testing for children with pneumonia
Monday, July 22, 2013

Missed Diagnoses, Med Errors Most Common Malpractice Claims
Missed diagnosis represents 26 to 63 percent of all primary care claims across included studies
Friday, July 19, 2013

Top Challenges for Docs Include Financial Management
Challenges include shifting reimbursement models, insufficient time with patients, ACA effects
Friday, July 19, 2013

Financial Incentives Can Drive Health IT Adoption
Financial incentives increased e-prescribing use even among existing users
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

CMS Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Could Benefit Docs
However, proposed implementation of sustainable growth rate formula threatens primary care
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

EHRs May Slow Growth in Ambulatory Health Care Costs
Among projected savings are significant decreases in ambulatory radiology costs
Monday, July 15, 2013

Physicians Frustrated by Third-Party Interference
Frustrations vary for those employed in hospitals/institutions or in practice, partners
Friday, July 12, 2013

AMA Offers Guidance for Improving EHR Effectiveness
Policies established to help docs navigate patient communication while using electronic devices
Friday, July 12, 2013

Grants of $150 Million for Community Health Centers
Walgreen Co. to distribute brochures to inform consumers about health law, obtaining coverage
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Health Searches May Be Leaked to Third Parties
Third-party tracking generally not present on government or physician-oriented sites
Thursday, July 11, 2013

U.S. Adults Value Health Care Provider Skill Evaluation
Most adults feel health care providers who treat them should adhere to a recertification program
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Docs Don't Often Talk to Patients About Dietary Supplements
Primary care docs discuss dietary supplements with patients in about one-quarter of visits
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Low-Income Patients Prefer Hospital to Outpatient Care
Urban patients cite lower cost, ease of access, and better care as reasons for using hospital care
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood Donors
Blood donations down about 10 percent in June; 50,000 fewer donations than expected
Thursday, July 11, 2013

One in Five U.S. Adults Will Have Trouble Paying Medical Bills
In 2013, 10 million adults with year-round health insurance expected to have bills they can't pay
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tablets More Useful Than Smartphones for Docs Using EHRs
Fifty-one percent of tablet users access EHRs, compared with 7 percent of smartphone users
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Health Insurance Marketplaces Not Required to Verify Claims
Due to legislative and operational barriers, they can rely on self-reported information
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Improvement Needed in Drug Post-Marketing Studies
Many studies have not yet been started and studies with delays have doubled
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Digital Divide Plagues Underserved Areas
Lower adoption of EHRs seen in underserved areas across the United States
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Adoption of Electronic Health Records Is Progressing
In 2012, 44 percent of hospitals have an EHR; 42 percent implement stage 1 meaningful use
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Food Allergy Treatment Loses Efficacy With Time
Children initially treated successfully often lose tolerance
Monday, July 08, 2013

Practices Are Not Ready for Implementation of ICD-10
Only 4.8 percent of practices report significant progress or are ready for implementation
Monday, July 08, 2013

Obama Administration: ACA's Employer Mandate Delayed
Major news out of the White House: the delay of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate
Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Avoidable Health Care Costs Exceed $200 Billion in 2012
Progress being made, with increases in meds adherence, use of generics, drop in antibiotics Rx
Friday, June 28, 2013

Bipartisan Recommendations Can Strengthen Health System
Recommendations related to Medicare, tax policy reform, preventive care, empowering states
Thursday, June 27, 2013

Adults With Chronic Conditions Earn C+ for Meds Adherence
Twenty-four percent completely adherent; about half have two or more non-adherent behaviors
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

HHS Launches Insurance Marketplace Website, Call Center
Initiatives form part of consumer-focused education effort to help prepare for enrollment
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

8.5 Million Enrollees to Receive Health Insurance Rebates
Rebates averaging $100 per family to be paid as part of ACA '80/20' rule
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Publicly Reported Mortality Predicts Hospital Performance
Hospitals with high performance on publicly reported index conditions have lower overall death rate
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Guide Issued for Tying Primary Care to Regional Organizations
AHRQ guide will help assess readiness for linking EHRs to regional health information organizations
Monday, June 24, 2013

Survival of England's National Health Service Questioned
Financial austerity, administrative reorganization, report of shortcomings have caused turmoil in NHS
Monday, June 24, 2013

AHRQ Offers Strategies to Prevent Adverse Drug Events
Strategies provided for stages of ordering, transcribing, dispensing, administration of meds
Friday, June 21, 2013

CMS Implementing Physician Quality Reporting System
System offers incentives to physicians and practices that submit data on quality measures
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Obesity Is a Disease, Says American Medical Association
New designation may intensify focus on prevention and treatment
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Practices Are Not Prepared for Implementation of ICD-10
Problems include lack of response from vendors, lags in internal software testing, external testing
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Potential of Mobile Remote-Presence Devices Discussed
Potential to increase access to and delivery of health care in developed, developing world
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

EHR Implementation First Step Toward Quality Improvement
Farzad Mostashari urges physicians to redesign care flow to maximize productivity of EHRs
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New Rule Proposes Insurance Program Integrity Guidelines
Rule focuses on integrity of state Marketplaces; aims to safeguard federal funds, protect consumers
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Penicillin Skin Testing Can ID Tolerance to β-Lactam Agents
Patients with reported history of penicillin allergy with negative PST tolerate β-lactam therapy
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

State-Based Health Care Price Websites Lacking
Greater focus needed on pricing for predictable, non-urgent services subject to deductibles
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

About 15 Percent of People Currently Uninsured in U.S.
In 2012, 6.6 percent of children, 26.4 percent of 19- to 25-year-olds uninsured at time of interview
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Unauthorized Immigrants Make Up 1.4% U.S. Medical Spending
Infectious disease services, participation in insurance marketplaces may aid access to care
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

FDA Discusses Cybersecurity for Medical Devices, Hospitals
Medical device manufacturers and health care facilities should take appropriate preventive action
Monday, June 17, 2013

New Treatments Outperforming Placebo Becoming Less Common
Comparative effectiveness studies may be needed
Friday, June 14, 2013

Survey Examines Physician Satisfaction With EHRs
About one-quarter of practices have no EHR; more than half of adopters report increased efficiency
Thursday, June 13, 2013

Use of EHRs Can Enhance Doc-Patient Communication
EHR use during clinical encounters can invite patients into participatory model of care
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Most Doctors Feel They Are Under-Using Mobile Apps
Most favor iPhones, tablets/iPads; most would use additional functionalities if they were available
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

APIC: CDC Develops Toolkit to Assist With Patient Notification
Toolkit includes resources to help notify patients after potential exposure to infectious organisms
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Secondhand Smoke Impacts Infants With Family Hx of Atopy
SHS linked to longer hospital stay for infants with lower respiratory tract infection, familial atopy
Thursday, June 06, 2013

HHS: Marketplaces Open New Insurance Options for Consumers
New health insurance choices will be available in most states via Health Insurance Marketplaces
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Few Physicians Meeting Meaningful Use in Early 2012
Managing patient populations with electronic systems not easy for many physicians
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

CDC: Small Drop in Those With Difficulty Paying Medical Bills
Decrease in adults (<65 years) and children in families with difficulty paying medical bills
Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Health of Nation Reviewed With Focus on Emergency Care
Twenty percent of people reported visiting emergency department at least once in last year
Monday, June 03, 2013

Patients Who Share in Care Decisions May Up Costs of Care
Hospitalized patients who preferred to be involved in care decisions had longer stays and higher costs
Thursday, May 30, 2013

One-Third of Medical Students Have Implicit Anti-Fat Bias
Most are unaware of their significant implicit bias, although it could affect quality of care
Thursday, May 30, 2013

Doc Passengers Assist in Half of In-Flight Medical Emergencies
Most common in-flight medical problems syncope, respiratory symptoms, nausea and vomiting
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Billions Can Be Saved With Pharmacy Benefit Management
Strategies include use of generic drugs, affordable brands, negotiation of pharmacy dispensing fee
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Transparency Key to Improving Value Care for Patients
Data on price, utilization, and quality should be made publicly available to ensure greater value
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

HHS: End-of-2013 Targets for EHR Use Already Reached
>50 percent of doctor offices, 80 percent of eligible hospitals using electronic health records
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Docs Anticipating Changes Ahead As ACA Progresses
Most expect ACA to continue as planned; expect further integration for themselves, hospitals
Monday, May 27, 2013

Comorbidities Common With Alopecia Areata
Including autoimmune diagnoses, mental health, GI reflux, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia
Friday, May 24, 2013

About One in Four Uninsured Could Be Excluded From ACA
Twenty-seven percent of those eligible for assistance tax credits do not have checking account
Friday, May 24, 2013

Data Support Basing Health Decisions on Both Benefit, Cost
Health care cost varies from $2 to $224 per month of health status-adjusted life expectancy
Friday, May 24, 2013

Systematic Screening of Med Adherence Will ID Barriers
Tailored interventions will be feasible following systematic monitoring of adherence
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Digital Divide Exists With Physician EHR Adoption
Adopters found to be optimistic about IT's potential, while non-adopters remain skeptical
Monday, May 20, 2013

New FDA Survey to Assess Doc Attitudes on DTC Advertising
New survey will examine attitudes among non-physicians, including nurses, physician assistants
Monday, May 13, 2013

User Satisfaction With Electronic Health Records Down
Twelve percent decrease in user satisfaction since 2010; increase in very dissatisfied users
Friday, May 10, 2013

Poor Service, Bedside Manner Top Patients' Online Complaints
Review of 'rate-your-doctor' websites reveals patients' most common gripes
Friday, May 10, 2013

Smartphones, Smartphone Apps Increasingly Used by Docs
Two reports show use of smartphones and apps for professional purposes is increasing
Thursday, May 09, 2013

HHS Releases Data on Inpatient Charges for Hospital Services
HHS is also providing funding to data centers to collate, analyze, publish data to assist consumers
Thursday, May 09, 2013

Application for Health Coverage Has Been Simplified, Shortened
First-time consumers will be able to complete one three-page application, see all available options
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Guidelines Issued for Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction
Evidence-based guidelines developed for diagnosis and appropriate management of EIB
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Parental Saliva on Infant's Pacifier Protects From Allergies
Children whose parents 'clean' their pacifiers have significantly reduced odds of asthma, eczema
Monday, May 06, 2013

Patients Most Annoyed by Long Waits, Unclear Test Results
Survey regarding doctor's office grievances identifies patients' top pet peeves
Friday, May 03, 2013

1997 to 2011 Saw Increase in Allergies Among U.S. Children
Prevalence of all allergies lower among Hispanic children; prevalence varies with income level
Friday, May 03, 2013

Health Industry Payment Details to Be Publicly Available
New CMS website will detail financial ties between drug, device manufacturers and docs, hospitals
Thursday, May 02, 2013

Foreign-Born U.S. Children Have Lower Odds of Atopic Disorders
After 10 years of residence in U.S., odds increase for allergic disorders, not asthma, food allergies
Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Renewed Efforts From AAFP to Repeal OTC Provision in ACA
Provision will increase costs to health care system; add to burden on physician offices
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

FDA Announces New Network to Focus Exclusively on Patients
Interactive tool designed to educate patients and advocates about processes of drug development
Monday, April 29, 2013

Medical Interns Spending Less Time With Patients
More time being spent at a computer since work hours were limited in 2011
Friday, April 26, 2013

Saturday Marks Sixth Annual Rx Drug Take-Back Day
Collection sites will be available around the country
Friday, April 26, 2013

Physicians Less Empathetic in Talking to Heavy Patients
Patient weight plays no role in quantity of physicians' biomedical communications
Thursday, April 25, 2013

American Lung Association Stresses Clean Air Act Benefits
Despite uptick in short-term unhealthy air days, across the nation, year-round pollution declines
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Diagnostic Errors Are the Leading Type of Malpractice Claim
Diagnosis-related payments from 1986 to 2010 totaled $38.8 billion
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

>40 Percent of Parents Give Cough Meds to Young Children
Despite warning label that products should not be used for young children, many parents give meds
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

TEDMED: Get the Joy Back Into Health and Wellness
Surgeon General talks about importance of bringing joy back into movement and medicine
Monday, April 22, 2013

TEDMED: Patients Can Become Leaders on the Health Team
Communities can raise their own leaders; may be key approach to change at community level
Monday, April 22, 2013

Dangers of the 'Cinnamon Challenge' Need Emphasis
Attempt to swallow dry cinnamon carries risk of aspiration; inhalation can cause lung inflammation
Monday, April 22, 2013

Patient-Centered Decision Making Ups Health Outcomes
Health care outcomes improved for 71 percent of contextual factors that were addressed by PCDM
Friday, April 19, 2013

Family-Centered Teaching Rounds Good for Patients, Students
Higher patient satisfaction with exam room presentations; many residents have concerns
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Relative Proportion of MRSA Increasing in S. aureus Isolates
Methicillin-sensitive S. aureus becoming more resistant to antibiotics
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Community Benefit Spending Varies for Tax-Exempt Hospitals
Most spent on charity care, patient services; less spent on community health improvement
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Speech Details Practices to Improve U.S. Health Systems
Mayo Clinic CEO outlines key steps to create high-quality, low-cost care in America
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Sales Representatives Provide Inadequate Safety Information
Physicians ready to prescribe with lack of data on harmful effects of promoted medicines
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Delayed Allergy Reactions Seen With Pediatric Meat Consumption
Evidence of IgE-specific delayed allergic reactions due to mammalian meat product consumption in kids
Monday, April 08, 2013

More Research Is Needed on Use of Prebiotics in Infants
Review finds some evidence these supplements may prevent allergy in formula-fed babies
Thursday, April 04, 2013

Many Uninsured Vets Will Be Eligible for Medicaid Under ACA
But most of uninsured will have new coverage options only if their state expands Medicaid
Friday, March 29, 2013

Using Internet Search Logs Can Help Identify Drug Interactions
Tool may alert authorities to potential problems and aid in surveillance of adverse events
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Study: Primary Care Extension Program Should Be Funded
Authors say PCEP important to improving public health, translating research into practice
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Regional Variation Noted in Prevalence of Delayed Care
Populations in counties with high prevalence likely to be Hispanic, have low income, chronic disease
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Inpatient Deaths Fell by 8 Percent in Last Decade
But total number of hospitalizations increased by 11 percent
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

AHA: Active Docs More Likely to Advise Patients to Be Active
Review sees link between health care providers' physical activity level, counseling offered
Friday, March 22, 2013

Mobility Impaired May Have Difficulty Accessing Docs
Inability to transfer patient from wheelchair to examination bed most commonly reported issue
Friday, March 22, 2013

Impact of Budget Sequestration on Health Care Discussed
Cuts will not be equal: Medicaid protected; 2 percent cut for Medicare; 8.2 percent cut for NIH
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Effect of Immigration Status on Medicaid Eligibility Discussed
Seventeen percent of low-income, uninsured nonelderly are unauthorized or recently legal
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Conflict-of-Interest Disclosures Common at 2011 AAOS Meeting
All featured symposia at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons disclosed conflicts
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Final Rule in Notice of Benefit, Payment Parameters Issued
Rule expands on existing standards for risk adjustment, reinsurance, risk corridors
Friday, March 15, 2013

Pharmaceutical Companies Are Reducing Promotional Spending
Much less spent to promote biologics compared with small molecule drugs, study finds
Friday, March 15, 2013

Health Insurance Exchanges Will Mainly Be Run by Feds
Federal government will establish exchanges for 26 states; state-run exchanges for 17 states, D.C.
Friday, March 15, 2013

$120 Million to Be Sequestered From Health Centers in 2013
Losses likely to be more severe for health centers that are especially grant dependent
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Clinical Trials Published Almost Two Years After Completion
Funding source, number of participants, and journal impact factor all affect time to publication
Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Most Docs Report Information Overload in EHR-Setting
Docs who report information overload more likely to have missed results leading to delayed care
Wednesday, March 06, 2013

U.K. Health Performance Worse Than Comparable Countries
Tobacco, high blood pressure, high BMI leading risk factors for disability-adjusted life-years
Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Panel Recommends 10 Patient Safety Strategies
Ten strategies strongly encouraged for adoption; a further 12 strategies encouraged
Monday, March 04, 2013

CMS Reports on Progress Toward Improved Health Care
Progress includes slowing of growth in health care spending, decrease in readmissions
Monday, March 04, 2013

Computerized Provider Order Entry System Cuts Rx Errors
Given effect size, CPOE use, estimated reduction of 12.5 percent in medication errors each year
Monday, March 04, 2013

AAD: Complications of Tattoos and Tattoo Ink Discussed
Complications include allergic reactions, serious infections, and reactions that mimic skin cancer
Friday, March 01, 2013

Sequestration to Impact Health Care-Related Programs
Medicare providers and medical researchers brace for cuts from fiscal impasse
Friday, March 01, 2013

AAAAI: EpiPens Should Be Given in Lower Thigh in Heavy Kids
In very obese children, calf injections offer greater chance of intramuscular administration
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Preparation Underway for Implementation of ACA in 2014
Medicaid and CHIP are still main source of insurance coverage for children, pregnant women
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

AAAAI: Omalizumab Treatment Effective for Urticaria
Reduces itch severity in patients resistant to antihistamines
Monday, February 25, 2013

Early Life Lung Function Tied to Persistent Wheezing to Age 18
Persistent childhood wheezing tied infant atopy, maternal asthma, active smoking
Friday, February 22, 2013

CMS Proposes Payment and Policy Updates for 2014
Suggested changes will increase value and protection for beneficiaries
Thursday, February 21, 2013

Faster Adoption of Electronic Health Records Needed
Penalties under 2009 law start in 2015
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Multimodality Approach Needed to Reengineer Health Care
Rethinking, redesign, and application of necessary tools suggested for health care value reform
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

CMS: Unnecessary Medicare Regulations to Be Reformed
Proposed rule aims to increase ability of health care professionals to improve patient care
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Patient Care
Modeling shows that computers can improve medical decisions and outcomes at lower costs
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Acupuncture May Help Treat Seasonal Allergies
Acupuncture improves quality of life and reduces antihistamine use, but further study required
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

IOM Urges International Action to Eradicate Fake Drugs
Falsified and substandard meds are ineffective; may trigger resistance and cause illness, death
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Psychological, Sexual Impact of Female Breadwinners Explored
Men who are outearned by their wives more likely to use erectile dysfunction medications
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Oregon Experiment Will Provide Insight Into ACO-Based Reform
Program centered on coordinated care organization highlights challenges of contracting with ACOs
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Health Insurance Exchanges Are Top Priority on U.S. Agenda
Fifty-five percent view establishment of insurance exchange as top policy priority for their state
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Obstetric Outcomes for Women With Asthma Evaluated
Significantly higher odds noted for nearly all pregnancy, labor, and delivery complications
Monday, February 11, 2013

Increasing Patient Activation Tied to Lower Health Care Costs
Having a higher score on the Patient Activation Measure linked to improved outcomes, lower costs
Monday, February 11, 2013

Urban School-Based Asthma Treatment Cost-Effective
Administration of preventative asthma medication each school day reduces asthma symptoms
Monday, February 11, 2013

Flu Vaccine Safe in Children With Severe Egg Allergy
Single dose safe even in children with a history of anaphylaxis
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Physicians Commonly Report Unsafe Hospital Workloads
Findings from an online survey of hospitalists show excess workload affects patient outcome
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Brain Scans Show Doctors Empathize With Patients
Regions associated with pain relief and reward activated
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Physician Education Ups Communication for New Meds
Patients rate the new medication information transfer higher for docs in intervention group
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Care Transition Initiative Decreases Rehospitalizations
However, no significant reduction in 30-day rehospitalization as percent of hospital discharges
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Large Teaching Hospitals Face More Readmission Penalties
After adjustment, likelihood of being penalized highest for safety-net hospitals
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Occupation Implicated in 16 Percent of Adult Asthma in U.K.
Includes farmers, hairdressers, printing workers, occupations involving cleaning products
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Efforts Failed to Up Primary Care, Rural Resident Training
Net growth in primary care training, but outpaced by growth in non-primary care training
Friday, January 18, 2013

Differences in Care for E-Visits, Office Visits for Sinusitis, UTI
Follow-up similar with both visits; more antibiotics prescribed, less preventive care with e-visits
Thursday, January 17, 2013

Influenza Burden Remains High in Young Children
Less than 45 percent of children vaccinated despite expanded recommendations
Thursday, January 17, 2013

Even Brief Interruptions Dramatically Increase Errors
Error rate doubled or tripled in response to brief interruptions of only 2.8 to 4.4 seconds
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Family Docs Are Early Adopters of Electronic Health Records
Sixty-eight percent currently use EHR systems; likely to surpass 80 percent by 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Fast Food Tied to Risk of Severe Asthma in Children, Teens
Three or more servings per week tied to increased risk of severe asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis, eczema
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

High In Utero Pollen Exposure Linked to Asthma in First Year
Risk of hospitalization for asthma up with high pollen exposure in last 12 weeks of pregnancy
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Mismatched Expectations on Average Duration of Cough
Patients dramatically underestimate the mean duration of acute cough illness
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Certain Online Behaviors of Docs Warrant Investigation
Consensus in seven of ten vignettes; outcome less clear for other doc online behavior scenarios
Monday, January 14, 2013

Top Five Issues for Docs and Patients Identified for 2013
Issues include access to care, physician shortages, preparation for 30 million new patients
Monday, January 14, 2013

National U.S. Health Care Spending Relatively Stable
But during 2011, personal health care spending growth accelerated
Friday, January 11, 2013

SPIRIT 2013 Clinical Trial Protocol Guidelines Issued
Thirty-three-item SPIRIT checklist will serve as guideline for the minimum content of clinical trial
Thursday, January 10, 2013

Health Care Use Dropped Among All During Recession
Little evidence of racial or ethnic disparities, except for fewer physician visits for Hispanics
Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Shared Savings May Promote Care Coordination Entity Use
Sharing savings with dually eligible patients may foster enrollment in coordinated care entities
Monday, January 07, 2013

Association Between Health Care Cost, Quality Inconsistent
Review of 61 studies shows inconsistent evidence for the direction of the association
Thursday, January 03, 2013

House Joins Senate to Avert Medicare Cuts
U.S. health care could be significantly affected by failure to reach 'fiscal cliff' agreement
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

High Risk of Pulmonary Embolism Seen in Severe Asthma
Severe asthma, oral corticosteroid use are significant, independent risk factors for asthma
Friday, December 28, 2012

Childhood Abuse Tied to Adult-Onset Asthma in Black Women
Asthma associations weaker for childhood sexual abuse and any abuse during adolescence
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Health Care Satisfaction Rated As High by Unacculturated Hispanics
Unacculturated or biculturated Hispanics give higher ratings for health care experiences
Monday, December 17, 2012

Health Care Law Boosts Savings on Meds for Medicare Recipients
Savings on prescription drugs has reached $5.1 billion; for more than 5.8 million beneficiaries
Friday, December 07, 2012

Increasing Number of Workers in Self-Insured Health Plans
In 2011, 58.5 percent with health coverage self-insured; increase driven by large employers
Monday, December 03, 2012

Political Leaders Face Voter Opposition to Medicare Cuts
Voter poll analysis portends conflict in ACA implementation
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Doc Earnings Growth Lags Behind Other Health Professionals
Adjusted physician earnings dropped by 1.6 percent from 1996-2000 to 2006-2010
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Growing Number of Drugs Possibly Inhibited by Grapefruit
All drugs orally administered; have low-to-intermediate bioavailability; metabolized by CYP3A4
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Obama Administration Moving Forward With Health Care Law
From 2014, insurance companies prohibited from discrimination based on pre-existing conditions
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Research Supports Role of BMI in Incident Asthma in Children
Dose-response effect seen for BMI; gender difference noted, with larger effect in obese boys
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Increasing Evidence for Small Airway Role in Asthma Intensity
Small airway disease linked to symptoms, disease severity, bronchial hyper-responsiveness
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mental Illness, Job Stress Both Factors in Physician Suicides
Docs more likely to have antipsychotics, barbiturates, not antidepressants on toxicology testing
Friday, November 16, 2012

Link ID'd for Introduction of Fish, Childhood Wheeze
Lower risk correlates with introduction of fish at 6 to 12 months, not consumption at 14 months
Monday, November 12, 2012

ACAAI: Baked Eggs Tolerated by Some Egg-Allergic Children
Second study shows about quarter of children with food allergies develop tolerance
Friday, November 09, 2012

Actigraphy Is Poor Measure of Eczema Activity
Accelerometer data do not correlate with validated eczema severity scales
Monday, November 05, 2012

New Autoinflammatory Disease Linked to NOD2 Mutations ID'd
Common clinical features include inflammatory polyarthritis/polyarthralgia, dermatitis, weight loss
Friday, November 02, 2012

U.S. Medicare Spending on Elderly Has Outpaced Canada's
Growth three times faster in the U.S., while Canada offers more comprehensive benefits
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Genuine Very Large Effects in Trials Rare in Medicine
Very large effects typically seen in small trials and diminish subsequently; seldom address mortality
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

AACR: Hay Fever, Asthma Tied to Lower Colorectal Cancer Death
Having both conditions linked to modestly lower risk of death; no significant effect on CRC incidence
Thursday, October 18, 2012

Filaggrin Mutations Up Risk of Irritant Contact Dermatitis
People with atopic dermatitis and a mutation in the filaggrin gene at about five times higher risk
Friday, October 12, 2012

Limiting the Problem of Missing Data Urged for Clinical Trials
Special report: analysis methods can not compensate for missing data, simple fixes ruled out
Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Patients Benefit From Access to Physician Notes
Patients frequently access visit notes; almost all patients want open note policy to continue
Monday, October 01, 2012

Parent-Reported Child Food Allergies Often Unsubstantiated
Approximately one in five physician-diagnosed allergies is assessed with oral food challenge
Thursday, September 20, 2012

No Superior Method of Adjusting Inhaled Steroids in Asthma
Time to treatment failure similar for physician-, biomarker-, symptom-based strategies
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Not All Docs/Nurses Want to Be Asked About Hand Hygiene
Few were asked in the past month; more than a quarter do not want patients to remind them
Friday, September 07, 2012

Child Glucocorticoid Use Linked to Reduced Adult Height
Budesonide-linked growth reduction mainly seen for prepubertal children treated for asthma
Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Language Barrier Linked to Poorer Asthma Outcomes
Elderly asthma patients with limited English proficiency also have poorer medication adherence
Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Addition of Tiotropium Effective in Poorly Controlled Asthma
Beneficial effect seen for patients with poorly controlled asthma despite standard therapy
Tuesday, September 04, 2012

LABA Withdrawal Increases Asthma-Related Impairment
Study looks at patients with asthma controlled by long-acting a2-agonist plus an inhaled corticosteroid
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

High IgE Levels Inversely Associated With Risk of Glioma
Link between allergy biomarker and glioma development seen 20 years before tumor diagnosis
Thursday, August 09, 2012

Oral Corticosteroids Deemed Ineffective for Rhinosinusitis
No significant difference in symptom relief between steroid group and placebo group
Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Clinicians Can Unintentionally Prompt Nocebo Effect
Negative expectations, being informed about complications up likelihood of adverse effects
Thursday, August 02, 2012

Cases of Delayed Anaphylaxis to Red Meat Described
Tick bite may induce allergy to mammalian meat, including beef, pork, lamb, and venison
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Poorer Patient Experience at Safety-Net Hospitals
Worse performance on nearly every measure of patient experience; discrepancy persisted over time
Thursday, July 19, 2012

~12,000 Preventable Deaths in English Hospitals Annually
Main causes are poor clinical monitoring, diagnostic errors, and inadequate drug/fluid management
Thursday, July 19, 2012

Oral Immunotherapy Promising for Children With Egg Allergy
Subset of children with egg allergy achieved sustained unresponsiveness at 24 months
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Social Network Analysis IDs Informal Physician Networks
Geographic variation in network characteristics; similar physician, patient features within networks
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Missed Sleep May Contribute to Asthma Morbidity
Study of urban children shows stronger association for Latinos than for other ethnicities
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Free Light Chains Identified in Chronic Rhinosinusitis
Increased concentration of free light chains most prominent in those with nasal polyps
Monday, July 16, 2012

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Poorer Lung Function in Children
Vitamin D levels should be monitored in children with asthma treated with inhaled corticosteroids
Friday, July 13, 2012

Handling of Confounding in Diet and Asthma, Allergy Studies Poor
Substantial shortcoming also seen with effect modification in childhood asthma/allergy studies
Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Impact of Cutaneous Lupus on Quality of Life Evaluated
Cutaneous lupus erythematosus found to have similar negative impact for patients from two centers
Friday, June 29, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform Law
'Individual-mandate' insurance requirement deemed constitutional
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Prenatal Exposure to Butylbenzyl Phthalate Linked to Eczema
Higher levels of urinary monobenzyl phthalate linked to higher risk of developing eczema by age 2
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Duplicate Payments by Federal Government Increasing
Dually enrolled patients in the VA and Medicare account for substantial, duplicate costs
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Accidental Exposure Causes Most Reactions in Allergic Infants
Undertreatment of severe reactions with epinephrine partly due to not identifying severity
Monday, June 25, 2012

Obese Asthma Patients Have Reduced Treatment Response
Neutrophil counts up in obese women; less corticosteroid-induced improvement in obese
Monday, June 25, 2012

Antimicrobials Tied to Allergic Sensitization in Children
Antimicrobial endocrine-disrupting compounds triclosan, propyl, butyl parabens linked to allergies
Friday, June 22, 2012

Half of Residents Report Working While Sick
Most frequent reasons for presenteeism include feeling obligation to colleagues and to patient care
Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Shift in Pediatric Drug Utilization Seen 2002 to 2010
Increased utilization of ADHD medication; decreased antibiotic, allergy medication use
Monday, June 18, 2012

Child Food Allergy Prevalence Linked to Urban/Rural Status
Increasing population density linked to increased food allergy prevalence, even after adjustment
Friday, June 15, 2012

Elimination Diet Can Treat Eosinophilic Esophagitis in Adults
Study finds patients respond well to six weeks of a six-food elimination diet
Friday, June 08, 2012

Pollution Exposure, Obesity Linked to Poor Asthma Control
Exposure to traffic exhaust correlates with poor control, exacerbations in elderly with asthma
Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Skin Testing Not Sufficient to ID Contrast Media Sensitivity
In more that 50 percent of cases, drug provocation test needed to establish hypersensitivity
Friday, June 01, 2012

Individual Variation in Antiviral Response Present at Birth
Differences in innate immune response may predict susceptibility to respiratory illness during first year
Friday, May 25, 2012

ATS: Anticholinergics May Up Arrhythmia Risk in Children
Finding raises concern regarding interest in the use of anticholinergics in asthma patients
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Outcomes Good for Status Asthmaticus Patients in ICU
Although majority of patients require mechanical ventilation, mortality, complication rates are low
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Small Benefit of Inhaled Corticosteroids for Sinusitis
Review shows benefits may be greater at increased doses and with courses of several weeks duration
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Asthma Has Adverse Effect on Physical Health in Elderly
Increased allergic sensitization, decreased lung function, worse quality of life for those over 60
Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Methodological Heterogeneity Seen in Clinical Trials
Trials registered with ClinicalTrials.gov from 2007 to 2010 mainly small, single-center
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Food Allergy Risk Up for Children Born in the Fall
Seasonal association with food allergy only seen in Caucasians, children with eczema
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

S. Aureus, Enterotoxins ID'd in Atopic Keratoconjunctivitis
S. aureus-secreted enterotoxin found significantly more often in patients with corneal ulcers
Monday, April 23, 2012

IL-32 Expression Upregulated in Chronic Rhinosinusitis
Increased expression of IL-32 in sinonasal tissues suggests a potential role in pathogenesis
Monday, April 16, 2012

Alternative Medicine Doesn't Affect Asthma Care in Children
Pediatric asthma patients have high med adherence regardless of alternative medicine
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Low Blood Adiponectin Predicts Future Asthma Risk in Women
Women with levels in lowest tertile at year 15 have about two-fold increased asthma risk at year 20
Friday, April 06, 2012

Medical Malpractice Claims Incur Substantial Defense Costs
Costs higher for claims resulting in indemnity payments; significant variation by specialty
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Secondhand Smoke Exposure, Lung Function Link Explored
Exposure affects lung function; girls with allergic sensitization have greatest deficits
Thursday, March 29, 2012

Majority of Children Affected by Allergy-Related Diseases
Eczema, asthma, and rhinitis occur in 58 percent of children; 7.5 percent have comorbidities
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New Guidelines Issued for Acute Bacterial Rhinosinusitis
Includes evidence-based recommendations for diagnosis and management in adults and children
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Alternative Medicine Alleviates Symptoms of Rhinosinusitis
Integrative East-West medicine adjuvant approach improves sinonasal symptoms and quality of life
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Health Care Team Members Key for Antimicrobial Stewardship
Epidemiologists, preventionists help stop infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Poorer Health Literacy Linked to Increased Mortality
About one-third of older adults in England have medium or low functional health literacy
Friday, March 16, 2012

Fast-Updosed Subcutaneous Immunotherapy Effective
Immunologically-enhanced immunotherapy effective when injected every three to four days
Thursday, March 15, 2012

U.S. Mortality Rates Dropped 60 Percent From 1935 to 2010
For every year, heart disease, cancer, and stroke are among the five leading causes of death
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Flu Vaccine Up Among Medical Staff When They Believe It Works
Hospital health care workers more likely to get vaccinated when committed to preventing flu
Friday, March 09, 2012

Buprenorphine Maintenance Therapy Not Recommended
Abstinence-based therapy recommended instead for opioid-addicted health care professionals
Thursday, March 08, 2012

Financial Burden of Medical Care Affects One in Three
More than one in five poor or near-poor adults younger than 65 have bills they are unable to pay
Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Electronic Test Result Access Does Not Reduce Test Ordering
Office-based physician access to computerized images may up image ordering by 40 to 70 percent
Tuesday, March 06, 2012

AAAAI: 2000 to 2009 Saw Rise in Angioedema Hospitalizations
Increase especially high for African-Americans; often due to adverse effects of ACE inhibitors
Tuesday, March 06, 2012

AAAAI: Corticosteroid Response in Asthma Impacted by BMI
For children, high BMI linked to decreased CS response, increased requirement for inhaled CS
Monday, March 05, 2012

AAAAI: Prevalence of Asthma, Hay Fever Lower Among Amish
Asthma, hay fever, and allergic sensitization lower in Amish children than in Swiss farm children
Monday, March 05, 2012

AAAAI: Third Trimester Smoke Exposure Affects Infant Skin
Increased prevalence of atopic eczema/dermatitis syndrome with exposure in third trimester
Monday, March 05, 2012

AAAAI: Asthma Patients More Tolerant of Food Challenges
Patients with a history of food allergy less likely to fail an oral food challenge than those without asthma
Monday, March 05, 2012

Increasing Shift From Islet Antibody Positivity to Diabetes
Shift in antigens and autoantibodies seen at diagnosis when incidence of T1DM is increasing
Friday, March 02, 2012

Allergy-Related Diseases Affect Majority of Children
By age 12, 58 percent of children have had at least one disease, with comorbidity increasing with age
Friday, February 24, 2012

Stability Predicts Treatment Success for Vitiligo
Melanocyte transplantation more successful in patients with longer clinical stability
Thursday, February 23, 2012

Abortive Acupuncture Reduces Allergen-Induced Itch
Similar effect to cetirizine in atopic dermatitis, with no impact on attention
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Maternal Flu Vaccine Improves Health of Unborn Child
Vaccinated mothers have higher birth weight infants, fewer small-for-gestational-age infants
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Small Risk of Febrile Seizures With DTaP-IPV-Hib Vaccine
Increased risk seen on day of first and second vaccinations, but not third vaccination
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Replacing PPSV23 With PCV13 May Prevent More Pneumonia
PCV13 vaccine might prevent more pneumococcal disease; still economically reasonable
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pharmacist-Led Intervention Reduces Medical Errors
Intervention includes feedback, educational outreach, dedicated support and is cost-effective
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Topical Corticosteroids Impair Restoration of Skin Barrier
Corticosteroids OK for acute atopic dermatitis, but calcineurin inhibitors better for long-term treatment
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Prenatal Stress May Affect Infant Immune System
Stress and dust mite exposure during pregnancy may influence fetal immune system development
Friday, February 10, 2012

Two-Way Flow of Data Best for Electronic Records, IIS
Bidirectional data sharing suggested for electronic records, immunization information systems
Thursday, February 09, 2012

Anaphylactic Shock After Immunizations Is Rare
In cases of anaphylaxis in children following vaccines, symptoms may be delayed
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Overuse of Health Care Services Understudied
Research limited primarily to unnecessary antibiotic use and a few cardiovascular procedures
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Unemployed Have Poorer Mental and Physical Health
And are less likely to receive needed medical care and prescriptions
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lansoprazole Does Not Improve Asthma Control in Children
Treatment with lansoprazole associated with increased number of respiratory infections
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fetal Growth Not Linked to Childhood Asthma
But, accelerated growth in first three months tied to increased risk of childhood asthma symptoms
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Negative Social Interactions Linked to Inflammation
Negative and competitive interactions associated with elevated levels of inflammatory cytokines
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mild-to-Moderate Asthma Frequently Non-Eosinophilic
Nearly half of patients with mild-to-moderate asthma have non-eosinophilic phenotype
Monday, January 23, 2012

Positive Patch Test Reaction Rates Similar for Elderly, Adults
Particularly sensitive to preservatives, fragrance and flavoring markers, and topical antimicrobials
Friday, January 20, 2012

Osteoporotic Fracture Risk High in Systemic Mastocytosis
Higher prevalence of osteoporotic manifestations in men with indolent systemic mastocytosis
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Airway Smooth Muscle Layer Has Key Role in Asthma
Extracellular matrix in ASM layer influences airway function in patients with asthma
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Maternal Asthma Meds Not Linked to Most Birth Defects
Few defects positively associated with maternal asthma medication use during early pregnancy
Monday, January 16, 2012

U.S. Health Care Expenditure Still Unevenly Distributed
In 2008 and 2009, 1 percent of population account for ~20 percent of spending
Friday, January 13, 2012

Gene Variant Identified in Families With Cold Urticaria
PLCG2 gene deletions associated with cold urticaria, immunodeficiency, and autoimmunity
Thursday, January 12, 2012

Montelukast Doesn't Cut Upper Respiratory Infection Incidence
For preschool children, 12-week prophylactic treatment doesn't reduce incidence of URI
Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Tobacco Smoke Ups Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease
Combined childhood and adulthood environmental tobacco smoke exposure tied to highest AERD risk
Thursday, December 22, 2011

Little Risk to Offspring From Maternal Inhaled Steroids
But may be associated with increased risk of endocrine/metabolic disorders
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

High BMI Up to Age 4 Does Not Impact School-Age Asthma Risk
No increased risk if BMI normalized by age 7, but high BMI at age 7 is risk factor for asthma
Monday, December 19, 2011

Physician Opinions on Benefits of Open Visit Notes Vary
And, 79 percent of patients are interested in sharing their personal health record information
Monday, December 19, 2011

Laws Impact School Support for Anaphylaxis Management
Gaps exist in awareness of anaphylaxis procedure and EpiPen administration technique
Monday, December 19, 2011

Factors Affecting Micro-RNA Detection Accuracy Identified
Include variations in plasma samples, collection method, anticoagulant used, inhibitors in plasma
Friday, December 09, 2011

Preventive Asthma Medication Use Increasing in Children
Lower use reported among minority children, adolescents, and uninsured
Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Medical Students Fail to ID Hand Hygiene Indications
Preclinical phase medical students lack knowledge about hand disinfection indications
Monday, December 05, 2011

U.S. Patients Highly Satisfied With Outpatient Medical Care
Patient satisfaction scores tied to waiting time, time spent with provider, and age category
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Temperature-Controlled Laminar Airflow Helps Atopic Asthma
Nocturnal temp-controlled laminar airflow improves quality of life, inflammation in atopic asthma
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Concomitant MMRV With PCV-7 Highly Immunogenic, Safe
Measles, mumps, rubella, varicella vaccine co-administered with pneumococcal vaccine safe
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

High-Performing Docs Learn Equally From Success, Failure
High performers learn from successes, failures; low performers have asymmetric learning rates
Monday, November 28, 2011

Adverse Effects of Pediatric Acupuncture Usually Mild
Mild adverse effects include pain, bruising, bleeding, and worsening of symptoms
Monday, November 21, 2011

Nonpunitive Method Improves Medical Error Reporting
Most common errors: misfiled or incorrectly entered patient info
Monday, November 21, 2011

Half of U.S. Adult Smokers Tried to Quit Last Year
Cessation services, however, tend to be under-utilized
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Glove Use Linked to Reduced Hand Hygiene Compliance
Gloves often worn when not indicated, and not worn when indicated
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hemodialysis Preferred Therapy in End-Stage Lupus Nephritis
Race, ethnicity, employment, insurance influence choice for peritoneal dialysis as initial therapy
Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Great Achievement at Young Age Function of Time, Not Field
Age dynamics tied to proportion of theoretical work, age of attainment of foundation knowledge
Monday, November 07, 2011

ACAAI: Statin Treatment Tied to Worse Asthma Control
Worsened FEV1, increased nocturnal awakenings, rescue medication use, and daytime symptoms
Monday, November 07, 2011

ACAAI: RNS60 Safe, Promising for Mild to Moderate Asthma
RNS60 improves physiological parameters without adverse events or safety concerns in Phase I trial
Monday, November 07, 2011

Causal Link Suggested Between Acetaminophen Use, Asthma
Children at risk or with asthma should avoid acetaminophen until safety is documented
Monday, November 07, 2011

ACR: Vitamin D Beneficial in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
And, interferon-α-kinoid immunization is safe, shows promise for SLE
Monday, November 07, 2011

Receptionists Contribute to Safety of Repeat Prescriptions
Clinicians often unaware of input of receptionists and administrative staff in repeat prescribing
Friday, November 04, 2011

Rooms of Patients With A. baumannii Often Contaminated
Supply carts, floors, infusion pumps, ventilator touch pads are most commonly contaminated
Friday, November 04, 2011

C1 Esterase Inhibitor Effective in Hereditary Angioedema
Single 20 U/kg dose safe, complete symptom resolution at any body location in 15.5 hrs
Thursday, November 03, 2011

No Medicare Savings From Disease-Management Hotline
Modest improvement in quality of care, but no reduction in costs of care or acute care utilization
Thursday, November 03, 2011

Risks for C. difficile Infection, Colonization Identified
Host, pathogen factors differentially affect this health care-associated infection, colonization
Thursday, November 03, 2011

Basophil Status Doesn't Predict Immunotherapy Response
Activation not tied to efficacy of sublingual grass pollen allergy immunotherapy, adverse events
Wednesday, November 02, 2011

APHA: Rates of Personal Belief Vaccination Exemptions Are Up
Ten percent of kindergarteners in California attend school with rates of PBE exceeding 5 percent
Monday, October 31, 2011

Switching From IV to Oral Meds Cuts Health Care Costs
In patients eligible for oral intake, switch from IV to oral equivalents cuts hospital costs
Monday, October 31, 2011

Fecal Assays Help Identify Food Hypersensitivity in IBS
Eosinophil cationic protein assay most accurate with 65 percent sensitivity, 91 percent specificity
Friday, October 28, 2011

Ghost Authorship Prevalent in About One-Fifth of Articles
Prevalence of honorary, ghost authorship, down from 29.2 to 21.0 percent from 1996 to 2008
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

LABA Use Ups Risk of Serious Asthma Events in Children
Concomitant use of inhaled corticosteroids, long acting β²-adrenergic receptor agonists may cut risk
Monday, October 24, 2011

H. pylori Not Detected in Hyperplastic Adenoids
H. pylori, other Helicobacteraceae family members not major cause of enlarged adenoids in children
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Different CD8+ T-Cell Targets in New, Established Diabetes
Autoreactive CD8+ T cells specific for preproinsulin target different epitopes
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Readmission Risk Models Display Poor Predictive Ability
Current hospital readmission risk models for comparative or clinical purposes perform poorly
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pediatric Asthma Drug Prescriptions on the Upswing
Costs associated with medications significantly up since late 1990s
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Rare Disorders ID'd by NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program
Integrated high-density SNP arrays, whole exome or genome analyses used to aid diagnosis
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Vitamin D Dependent Pathway Key in Immunity Against TB
T cells release interferon-γ to induce antimicrobial activities by human macrophages
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Financial Conflicts of Interest Prevalent, Under-Reported
Conflicts of interest prevalent; under-reported by members, chairs of panels developing guidelines
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

More Minority Patients in Low-Quality, High-Cost Hospitals
More elderly black, Hispanic, Medicaid patients consult worst rather than best hospitals
Thursday, October 06, 2011

High Children's Asthma Care Compliance in Peds Hospitals
But moderate compliance for post-discharge home-management plan of asthma care in children
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Doctors, Patients Identify Tacit Clues in Their Interactions
Non-verbal tacit clues most common, but interpretation differs for doctors and patients
Friday, September 30, 2011

Maternal, Cord Blood Folate Not Tied to Childhood Eczema
But, infants exposed to >500 µg folic acid/day in third trimester have increased risk of eczema
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Asthma Prevalence Elevated in Youth With Diabetes
Asthma associated with poor glycemic control in youth with type 1 diabetes, especially if untreated
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

GLCCI1 SNP Lowers Response to Inhaled Steroids in Asthma
rs37973 single neucleotide polymorphism tied to decreased inhaled glucocorticoid response
Monday, September 26, 2011

F1+2, VEGF, D-Dimer Levels Up in Nonallergic Asthma
Patients exhibit autoreactivity, increased coagulation levels and angiogenesis markers
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mortality Up in Hospitals With More Minority Trauma Patients
Trauma patients' odds of mortality linked to the proportion of minority patients in the hospital
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

No Benefit of Long-Term Azithromycin for Rhinosinusitis
Low weekly dose of 500 mg for 11 weeks provides no benefit over placebo in chronic rhinosinusitis
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Many Mistakenly Believe FDA OKs Only Safe, Effective Drugs
Consumer explanations about safety, efficacy of drugs help public make better decisions
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Climate Change Model Predicts Increase in Childhood Asthma
Models predict an increase in children's emergency departments visits for asthma by the 2020s
Monday, September 12, 2011

Persistent Asthma Diagnosis Tied to Late-Preterm Birth
Late-preterm birth ups persistent asthma risk, use of inhaled corticosteroids, respiratory visits
Monday, September 12, 2011

Comparative Efficacy Proposed for European Drug Approval
Superiority, equivalence, inferiority of new drugs should be compared with existing therapies
Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Many Hospital Staff Uniforms Contaminated With Bacteria
More than 60 percent of uniforms are contaminated, with similar rates between nurses, physicians
Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Increased Food Allergen Sensitization in Black Children
Children of African ancestry have increased likelihood of sensitization to peanuts
Tuesday, September 06, 2011

FDA: Antipsychotic Drug May Cause Severe Allergic Reaction
FDA advises of updated label for Saphris reflecting risk
Friday, September 02, 2011

Researchers Ponder 9/11 Health Impact a Decade Later
The disaster may have had lasting, multiple effects on those exposed
Friday, September 02, 2011

Loss of Jobs Means Loss of Health Coverage for Many in U.S.
Majority report delay in getting needed healthcare and financial difficulties paying medical bills
Monday, August 29, 2011

Complementary Medicine Used More by Health Care Workers
U.S. health care providers use complementary, alternative medicine more than support workers
Friday, August 26, 2011

Pharmaceutical Ads Often Don't Adhere to U.S. FDA Guidelines
Only 18.1 percent of advertisements fully adhere to FDA guidelines, over half do not quantify serious risks
Thursday, August 25, 2011

Firazyr Approved for Acute Hereditary Angioedema
Most common side effects: injection site reactions, fever, increase in liver enzymes, dizziness, rash
Thursday, August 25, 2011

NSAID Intolerance Indicative of Intolerance to Etoricoxib
Patients with urticaria or angioedema reactions to NSAIDs may also be intolerant to etoricoxib
Monday, August 22, 2011

CDC: 2010/2011 Flu Vaccination Coverage Studied
Coverage in health care personnel and pregnant women remained stable versus previous season
Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cost of Interacting With Payers Higher in U.S. Than Canada
U.S. physicians and nursing staff spend more time and money interacting with health plans
Friday, August 05, 2011

Stable Rate of Chronic Conditions for Children Born at <1 kg
Increase in obesity rate; rates of asthma and chronic illness stable from age 8 to 14 years
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Treatment of Syndromes Linked to Spider Bites Ineffective
Research needed to identify and treat associated clinical syndromes of latrodectism, loxoscelism
Thursday, July 14, 2011

Albuterol Not Better Than Placebo in Self-Report Outcomes
FEV1 improves but self-reported outcomes not significantly better than placebo, sham acupuncture
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Prenatal Distress Tied to Higher Risk of Childhood Wheeze
Prenatal demoralization linked to childhood wheeze among low income urban minorities
Friday, July 08, 2011

Home Stress Adds to Child's Lung Damage by Air Pollutants
Stress increases susceptibility to lung function deficits caused by traffic-related air pollution
Friday, June 24, 2011

Long-Term Pollutant Exposure Tied to Uncontrolled Asthma
Exposure to PM10 and O3 affects three main domains of asthma control
Friday, June 24, 2011

U.S. Food Allergy Prevalence Higher Than Reported
Prevalence is 8 percent, and severe reactions are seen in 38.7 percent of food-allergic children
Monday, June 20, 2011

Childhood Asthma Linked to ADHD in Adolescence
Risk of hyperactivity-impulsivity increases in children with asthma, independent of medication
Friday, June 17, 2011

Unequal Care Access for Children With Public Insurance
Disparities exist in providers' acceptance of public insurance compared to private insurance
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Early Childhood Exposure to Pets Influences Sensitization
Having dogs and cats as pets in the first year of life may influence sensitization in adulthood
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Life Expectancy in U.S. Counties Below Many Nations
Women, and black men and women have lower life expectancy in all U.S. counties
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Effect Estimates May Be Inflated in Biomarker Studies
Highly cited studies overestimate biomarker effect compared to meta-analyses
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Contact With Drug Industry Linked to Positive Attitudes
Substantial proportion of medical students believe gifts from drug industry affect prescribing
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing Common in Asthma
Co-dispensing of antibiotics and asthma drugs among children found to be very common
Monday, May 23, 2011

ATS: Many Parents of Children With Asthma Avoid Flu Vaccine
Parents reluctant to vaccinate kids due to safety concerns and not seeing flu as asthma trigger
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Childhood Eczema, Rhinitis Predict Adult Asthma
The conditions predict atopic asthma but are not associated with nonatopic asthma
Friday, May 13, 2011

Medical Education Participants Recognize Funding Bias
Yet most are unwilling to pay more for continuing medical education registration to overcome bias
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Adding Omalizumab May Improve Uncontrolled Asthma
Omalizumab provides added clinical benefits in patients on standard treatment
Friday, May 06, 2011

Leukotriene-Receptor Antagonist Effective in Asthma
May be equivalent to inhaled glucocorticoid, long-acting beta2-agonist
Wednesday, May 04, 2011

CDC: Asthma Prevalence on the Rise in United States
Prevalence of the disease increased by 12.3 percent between 2001 and 2009
Tuesday, May 03, 2011

AAP: Chemical Management Policy Needs Revision
American Academy of Pediatrics says change needed to better protect pregnant women, children
Monday, April 25, 2011

Antenatal Paracetamol Use May Be Tied to Childhood Wheeze
More research needed to determine impact of prenatal paracetamol use on risk of asthma
Monday, April 11, 2011

'Global Trigger Tool' Identifies 10 Times More Errors
New tool identifies many more adverse events in hospital admissions compared to other methods
Thursday, April 07, 2011

ACS: U.S. Troops Exposed to Fine Particulate Matter
Exposure may pose immediate and long-term health risks in troops stationed in Iraq
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Online Health Records Less Used by Minorities, Poor
Low-income patients, blacks, and Hispanics less likely to use Internet personal health record
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Maternal Anemia Associated With Childhood Wheezing
With or without maternal asthma, anemia ups childhood asthma risk
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Reduced Hours for Trainees Has Had Little Effect in U.S.
Shorter work week for doctors in training has had little impact, positive or negative, on patient safety
Thursday, March 24, 2011

AAAAI: Regimen Desensitizes Youth With Milk Allergy
Omalizumab combined with oral desensitization improves tolerance with few side effects
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

AAAAI: Asthma Tied to Higher Risk of Certain Diseases
Associated with increased risk of developing diabetes and coronary artery disease
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

AAAAI: Combined OCPs Not Tied to Respiratory Issues
Progestin-estrogen oral contraceptives prior to pregnancy not tied to higher risk in offspring
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

AAAAI: One-Third of Infants Outgrow Milk Allergy
Children with more severe atopic dermatitis less likely to outgrow egg or milk allergy
Monday, March 21, 2011

AAAAI: Birth Order Impacts Specific Allergy Risk
Prevalence of rhinitis, conjunctivitis, and food allergy decrease with increasing birth order
Monday, March 21, 2011

Majority of Parents Approve of Smoke Exposure Testing
Both smoking and nonsmoking parents want their children tested during pediatric visits
Monday, March 21, 2011

Professional Values of U.S. and U.K. Doctors Examined
Nearly one-third of doctors fail to report inadequate colleague, often for fear of retribution
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Adding Omalizumab Improves Asthma Control in Youth
When drug added to guidelines-based therapy, reduces need for other medications
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Heavy Smoking Prevalence Decline Greatest in California
Decrease in heavy smoking prevalence also seen in remaining states between 1965 and 2007
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ethnic Differences Seen in Academic Measures for U.K. Docs
Gap exists in academic performance of white versus nonwhite medical students and doctors
Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Pharmacological Meta-Analyses Rarely Report Disclosures
Meta-analyses of pharmacological interventions rarely disclose funding or conflicts of interest
Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Inhaled Epinephrine Gives Temporary Relief From Croup
Children's croup symptoms improve for up to two hours after treatment with epinephrine
Monday, March 07, 2011

FDA Cracking Down on Unapproved Prescription Drugs
Agency to remove unapproved cough, cold, and allergy medications from U.S. market
Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Family Mealtime Interaction Affects Children's Health
Positive communication at mealtime predicts improved quality of life for children with asthma
Thursday, February 24, 2011

New U.S. Report on the Nation's Health 2010 Released
The 34th annual CDC report includes a special feature on death and dying
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Most Recalled Medical Devices Given Lenient Approval
Over 70 percent of the medical devices recalled were considered low or moderate risk
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Corticosteroid Effective Asthma Rescue Addition
Albuterol, corticosteroids more effective rescue treatment than albuterol for mild childhood asthma
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Researchers Explore Nature of Difficult Clinical Encounters
Patients, physicians both contribute characteristics; difficult patients have worse outcomes
Monday, February 14, 2011

Public Sector Plays Big Role in Drug Research
Role of public-sector research institutions larger than previously thought
Wednesday, February 09, 2011

AAD: Atopic Dermatitis Precursor for Food Allergies
Guidelines suggest children <5 years with atopic dermatitis should be evaluated for food allergies
Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Air Filters May Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk
High efficiency particle air filters tied to improved endothelial function, reduced inflammation
Friday, January 28, 2011

Diet May Be to Blame for Rise in Asthma Prevalence
Some association seen, but more research needed; salty snacks tied to asthma in children
Friday, January 28, 2011

Electronic Health Records May Not Improve Care Quality
Use with clinical decision support not tied to better quality of care
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Allegra Approved for Over-the-Counter Sale
Beginning in March
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

CDC Report Highlights Important Health Disparities
Outlines disparities by sex, race/ethnicity, income, and other social characteristics
Thursday, January 13, 2011

Burnout Levels Particularly High in Residents
High percentage of anesthesiology chairs also meet criteria for high or moderately-high burnout
Monday, January 10, 2011

Burnout Driving Away Many Emergency Physicians
French study finds work-family conflicts, poor teamwork associated with burnout
Thursday, December 02, 2010

Patch-Test Screening for Product Allergy Falls Flat
Combination standard, supplemental tests appear better for diagnosing skin care product reactions
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Peanuts During Pregnancy Linked to Infant Sensitization
Infants have apparent milk or egg allergy; mothers' consumption linked to indicator of peanut allergy
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Reallocation of Care Would Increase PCPs' Work Weeks
Study investigates plausibility of reallocating specialty care follow-up to primary care physicians
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

U.S. Health Insurance Compared to 10 Other Nations
U.S. adults spend more time, money on insurance; have more coverage denials
Friday, November 19, 2010

Fraud in Scientific Literature Appears Intentional
Characteristics of articles retracted for fraud versus error suggest deliberate effort
Thursday, November 18, 2010

ACAAI: Many Children, Adults Unable to Identify Nut Types
Only half with nut allergies can visually identify all nuts that they are allergic to
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

ACAAI: Amoxicillin Allergy More Commonly Found in Children
More likely than adults to test positive for the allergy on penicillin skin testing
Monday, November 15, 2010

ACAAI: Influenza Vaccines May Vary in Allergen Amounts
Individuals with allergies who tolerated a flu vaccine in the past may not in future
Monday, November 15, 2010

ACAAI: Drug Combo Tied to Higher Costs in Mild Asthma
But inhaled corticosteroid plus long-acting beta agonist not linked to clinical benefit
Monday, November 15, 2010

Physician-Industry Financial Ties Decreased Since 2004
But 83.8 percent of physicians still have some type of industry financial relationship
Friday, November 12, 2010

Primary Care Trails Other Specialties in Hourly Wages
In other study, physicians point to Medicare reimbursement problems, differ on reforms
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Children With Food Allergies May Face More Bullying
Most events occur at school, involve classmates; teachers reported as perpetrators in some cases
Thursday, October 21, 2010

Mother's Stress Levels Affect Child's Asthma Status
Different types of parental stress and coping behaviors predict child's asthma severity
Friday, October 08, 2010

Epinephrine for Anaphylaxis by Trained Individuals Endorsed
Wilderness Medical Society endorses in-field treatment by non-medical professionals
Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Dog Ownership Reduces Risk of Eczema in Dog-Sensitive Children
Allergic kids exposed to dogs, but not cats, have attenuated eczema risk at 4 years of age
Friday, October 01, 2010

No-Smoking Law Linked to Lower Asthma Rates
Study assesses asthma admissions in children before and after public smoking ban in Scotland
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sacrifice Makes Industry Gifts Seem More Acceptable
Residents reminded of med school sacrifices tend to perceive gifting more favorably
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Re-Consent Important Before Secondary Use of Genetic Data
Research participants want to be asked before their data are added to federal database
Monday, September 13, 2010

Many Pediatric Primary Care Doctors Don't Use Spirometry
In survey of family physicians and pediatricians with young asthma patients, about half used spirometry
Friday, September 10, 2010

Annual Medical Liability Costs Surpass $50 Billion
Account for more than 2 percent of total health care spending in the United States
Thursday, September 09, 2010

Aerobic Training for Asthma Shows Psychosocial Benefits
At three months, program linked to improvements in quality of life, anxiety, and depression
Thursday, August 05, 2010

Industry-Funded Clinical Trials Yield More Positive Outcomes
Also less likely than government-, nonprofit-funded trials to be published within two years
Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Diet Appears to Influence Gut Bacteria Types
Comparative study finds different gut microbes in Italian and African children
Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Zinc Nasal Gel May Lead to Loss of Sense of Smell
Researchers find evidence of link between zinc gluconate and anosmia
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

FDA Warns Public Regarding Stolen Advair Diskus Inhalers
Inhalers stolen from distribution warehouse in 2009 recently found in some pharmacies
Monday, July 19, 2010

Doctors Agree Malpractice Fears Drive Overuse of Tests
Almost all surveyed physicians say more tests and procedures are ordered than needed
Monday, June 28, 2010

Moldy Homes Linked to Higher Risk of Severe Asthma Attacks
Children with CHIT1 variants, high mold exposure at increased risk of exacerbations
Friday, June 25, 2010

Some Moist Toilet Paper Can Cause Severe Reaction
Chemical in toilet paper can cause perianal, perineal allergic contact dermatitis
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Interest by Physicians Can Play Role in Medication Adherence
Patients more likely to properly use asthma meds when doctors opt to view detailed adherence info
Friday, June 18, 2010

Fatal Medication Errors Rise in July at Teaching Hospitals
Researchers say arrival of new medical residents at least partly explains the increase
Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Racial Differences Exist in Asthma Prevalence and Care
Black, Hispanic children more likely to have asthma diagnosis, less likely to see specialist
Monday, June 07, 2010

Mediterranean Diet May Lower Childhood Asthma Risk
International study also finds increased asthma risk with high consumption of hamburgers
Friday, June 04, 2010

Self-Reported Peanut, Tree Nut Allergies in Children on the Rise
Self-reported prevalence of peanut allergies in those under 18 has more than tripled since 1997
Thursday, May 20, 2010

FDA Warns Consumers Against Swallowing Topical Benadryl
Diphenhydramine in product can lead to unconsciousness, hallucinations, confusion
Thursday, May 13, 2010

New FDA Program Targets Misleading Drug Advertising
Aims to teach health care providers their role in recognizing, reporting untruthful ads
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Children's and Infants' Liquid Medicines Recalled
Not due to adverse events; includes some Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl products
Monday, May 03, 2010

Risk Factors for Physician Misconduct Identified
Male sex, lower socioeconomic status, and difficulty in medical school increase misconduct risk
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

ALA Report Finds Good, Bad News on Air Pollution
Lung association says particle and ozone pollution down in many cities, but threats remain
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

FDA Changes Medical Device Advisory Committee Process
Expert panels reviewing devices for premarket approval will discuss information differently
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Financial Ties Negatively Affect Perceptions of Research Quality
Patients believe their physicians' ties also influence clinical care
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Most Doctors Not Knowledgeable About Herbals
Survey also finds health care providers think the public has 'misplaced faith' in herbal medicines
Monday, April 26, 2010

Secondhand Smoke Linked to Chronic Rhinosinusitis
Study suggests eliminating secondhand smoke exposure could cut 40 percent of cases
Monday, April 19, 2010

Seven Metered-Dose Inhalers to Be Phased Out
FDA releases timetable for withdrawal of asthma and COPD inhalers from U.S. marketplace
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Graded Doses of Flu Vaccine Safe for Egg-Allergic Children
Those without anaphylaxis to egg don't need to undergo vaccine skin test prior to vaccination
Monday, April 05, 2010

Influenza Vaccination Coverage Remains Inadequate
Improvement for future seasons needed for health care workers and general population
Thursday, April 01, 2010

Anaphylaxis Often Requires Repeat Epinephrine Treatment
Boston study highlights need for at-risk children to carry two doses of self-injectable epinephrine
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Stress in Pregnancy May Hike Baby's Asthma Risk
Study of stressed women and their infants finds biomarkers of heightened immune response
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Pregnancy Effects on Asthma Severity Studied
Severity similar to year before pregnancy if asthma medication taken appropriately
Tuesday, March 09, 2010

LABAs Can Harm Asthma Patients When Used Alone
FDA warns of increased risk of severe worsening of asthma symptoms
Thursday, February 18, 2010

2009 H1N1-Related Deaths and Hospitalizations Examined
CDC finds cases, related hospitalizations and deaths highest among 18 to 64 year olds
Monday, February 15, 2010

Hormone Replacement Therapy Linked to Higher Asthma Risk
Study finds increased asthma risk observed only in women taking estrogen alone
Thursday, February 11, 2010

Dietary Supplement Suspected of Causing Selenium Poisoning
Case finding study suggests liquid supplement responsible for 201 cases in 10 states
Thursday, February 11, 2010

AHRQ: U.S. Adults Seeing Big Barriers to Specialty Care
About one in 13 who need specialty care report 'big problem' in gaining access to specialists
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

FDA Initiative Aims to Cut Medical Radiation Exposure
Focus of efforts include computed tomography, nuclear medicine studies and fluoroscopy
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

H1N1 Vaccination Still Highly Recommended
H1N1 activity leveling off, but CDC still recommends vaccination
Monday, February 08, 2010

Many American Adults Do Not Get Recommended Vaccines
40,000 to 50,000 die each year of vaccine-preventable diseases, per report
Monday, February 08, 2010

Coalition Launches Campaign to Limit Residents' Hours
Advocates say 30-hour workdays cause fatigue and medical errors that impact patient safety
Friday, February 05, 2010

Health Care Spending Makes Record Leap in GDP Share
GDP health share now estimated at 17.3 percent; health spending in 2019 projected at $4.5 trillion
Thursday, February 04, 2010

Diversity Growth Incremental in the Medical Professions
A century after the Flexner Report, minorities still woefully underrepresented and obstacles remain
Thursday, February 04, 2010

The Lancet Retracts Study Linking MMR Vaccine, Autism
Medical panel finds several elements of the controversial study to be incorrect
Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Tylenol Recall in Effect Includes Several Other Drugs
Motrin, Benadryl and Rolaids are also part of recall by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Number of People Infected by H1N1 Reaches 55 Million
About 20 percent of people have been vaccinated; health officials urge others to do so
Monday, January 18, 2010

Biomedical Research Funding Shows Decline in 2008
The decline followed 7.8 percent annual increases in 1994 to 2003, 3.4 percent in 2003 to 2007
Tuesday, January 12, 2010

H1N1 Flu Waning, but Many Vaccine Doses Unused
CDC says 60 million people have been vaccinated, but 111 million doses have been distributed
Wednesday, December 23, 2009

CDC: 15 Percent of Americans Have Had H1N1 Flu
Report says most of the deaths have been in children and young adults
Friday, December 11, 2009

Patients Often Lack Knowledge of Their Own Medications
Study suggests incorporating them into medication management would improve safety
Thursday, December 10, 2009

Most Early Cases of H1N1 Across China Were Mild
Research into May and June cases highlights rapid improvements in surveillance in China
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

H1N1 Influenza Rates Drop in Many States
Another surge may happen later; enough vaccine available for most people to get vaccinated soon
Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Women Researchers Lag Behind Men in Grant Awards
Study finds 36.2 percent of women researchers earn awards versus 45.6 percent of men
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

CDC: Worrisome Spike Seen in Pneumococcal Disease
CDC also relays that H1N1 vaccine supply continues to increase
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Most Medical Journals Have Conflict of Interest Policies
Still, study suggests definition of conflict and disclosure requirements of authors vary greatly
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Salmeterol Found Similarly Effective in Asthma Genotypes
Treatment with salmeterol and inhaled corticosteroid should continue despite genotype
Friday, November 20, 2009

Acetaminophen Use Linked to Asthma and Wheezing
Study finds higher risks in both children and adults exposed to acetaminophen
Friday, November 13, 2009

CDC: New H1N1 Tracking Method Ups Estimates
Revised estimation method may provide more accurate picture of pandemic
Thursday, November 12, 2009

Study Finds Costs of Quality Programs Burden Practices
Another study finds many clinical trials change study design outcomes without explanation
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Medical Errors Disclosure Can Help Physicians and Patients
Second study suggests patients give higher quality ratings when staff report mistakes
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

ACAAI: Discharge Benefits Seen From Asthma Educators
In other research, case management linked to fewer asthma symptoms in New York children
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pollutants May Increase Bronchiolitis Risk in Infants
Study finds that some pollutants put infants at modest risk for respiratory health compromise
Monday, November 09, 2009

Stats Helps Paint Picture of H1N1 Hospitalizations
Study reviews cases of flu hospitalizations and deaths in California from April to August
Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Background Disease Rates Important in H1N1 Pandemic
Awareness is essential to prevent public fears that could hinder mass immunization programs
Monday, November 02, 2009

Pediatric H1N1 Influenza Deaths Reach at Least 114
CDC says 90 percent of swine flu deaths are in people younger than 65 years
Monday, November 02, 2009

Medical School Enrollment Continues to Expand
Number of residency slots also needs to increase to meet future demand for physicians
Monday, October 26, 2009

Far Fewer H1N1 Vaccine Doses Than Expected Are Available
And FDA authorizes certain use of investigational antiviral peramivir intravenous
Monday, October 26, 2009

Some Hospital Staff Predicted to Be Infection Superspreaders
Hand washing compliance by staff in contact with all patients has biggest impact
Thursday, October 22, 2009

Most H1N1 Hospitalizations Are in Young Patients
According to CDC report, about a quarter of deaths are occurring in those younger than 25
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sources Find Different Numbers of Active Physicians
Study compares projections of future physician work force using U.S. Census, AMA Masterfile
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

CDC Says New Child Deaths Raise H1N1 Beyond Epidemic
Manufacturing problems mean goal of 40 million vaccines by month's end will not be reached
Monday, October 19, 2009

FDA Launches Drug Disposal Advice Web Page
Flushing recommended for some drugs with potentially deadly effects
Friday, October 16, 2009

Health Care Disparities Among States Found to Be Widening
Commonwealth Fund Commission state report card emphasizes need for health care reform
Friday, October 09, 2009

Seasonal Flu Vaccine Protects Somewhat Against A/H1N1
However, Mexican study still recommends specific swine flu vaccination
Thursday, October 08, 2009

Roundtable Discussion Tackles Health Care Reform
Improvements in payment, more data to guide decisions could lead to wiser health spending
Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Medical Students Want More Practice of Medicine Training
Report finds time devoted to medical economics does not adversely affect clinical training quality
Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Effectiveness and Cost Help to Make Coverage Decisions
Study suggests countries that use these two criteria can also incorporate other factors
Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Surgical Masks Found to Be Non-Inferior to Respirators
Masks may be just as effective as respirators in preventing flu in health care workers
Thursday, October 01, 2009

CDC Says States Not Meeting Fruit and Veggie Objectives
State-by-state report finds states deficient in supporting healthy food in stores and schools
Thursday, October 01, 2009

Bacterial Infections Are a Factor in Many H1N1 Deaths
Finding underscores importance of pneumococcal vaccination for those at high risk for pneumonia
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

H1N1 Virus's Genetic Makeup Appears to Be Staying Stable
CDC suggests forthcoming vaccine likely to be very effective in preventing the disease
Monday, September 28, 2009

Review Advises Hand Washing, Other Antiviral Measures
Masks, gloves, focusing on children's hygiene helpful in preventing respiratory virus spread
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Spotlight on Social Networking Use Among Medical Students
Survey finds a minority of medical schools have policies governing online posting by students
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Most Pediatric Emergency Asthma Cases Not Followed Up
Education level of mother strongly associated with likelihood of follow-up
Friday, September 18, 2009

FDA Approves Four Vaccines for H1N1 Influenza
Clinical studies have shown robust immune response in adults within 10 days
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Drug Interaction E-Alerts Show Benefit to Patient Safety
Electronic alerts reduce adverse events including death and disability, as well as costs
Monday, September 14, 2009

Chlorinated Pools Linked to Problems in Atopic Teens
Exposure to pools may contribute significantly to asthma, respiratory allergies in some adolescents
Monday, September 14, 2009

Mutated H1N1 Virus Resistant to Antiviral Drug Oseltamivir
Resistant H1N1 prompts new CDC advisory on prophylactic use of antviral drug
Friday, September 11, 2009

One Dose of H1N1 Vaccine May Offer Substantial Protection
Preliminary studies suggest single-dose and adjuvant strategies can stretch vaccine supply
Friday, September 11, 2009

Most H1N1 Flu Patients Don't Need Antiviral Medication
But for high-risk patients, antiviral treatment for H1N1 infection should begin promptly
Wednesday, September 09, 2009

H1N1 Vaccines Appear Safe for Adults, Children
And case report details successful but unlicensed use of IV zanamivir for H1N1 pneumonitis
Monday, September 07, 2009

Department Issues New HIPAA Notification Regulations
HHS regulations cover need to notify individuals after breaches of their health information
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Alarm Symptoms Often Do Not Result in Timely Diagnosis
Many evaluated for hematuria, hemoptysis, other conditions lack definite diagnoses after three years
Friday, August 14, 2009

HHS Releases Reports on Health Insurance Reform
Health and Human Services says reform would decrease costs, increase number of options
Friday, August 07, 2009

Editorial Opposes European Commission Proposals
Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin editorial warns against loosening restrictions on drug promotion
Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Electronic Disease Surveillance Systems Vary Widely
Lack of unified systems will increase cost of data sharing, report predicts
Friday, July 31, 2009

U.S. Health Data Network a Powerful Tool for Quality
DARTNet, a prototype for data sharing, already gives clinicians access to data on 400,000 patients
Friday, July 31, 2009

Pregnant Women, Children Among H1N1 Vaccine Priorities
CDC panel also says health care workers should be among first-line recipients
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Methods to Determine Health Care Priorities Questioned
Debate over whether to base resource allocation on measures of patient or public attitudes
Friday, July 24, 2009

Camera Phones Can Help Doctors Make Rare Diagnoses
Patient captured images of transient symptoms and gave them to her doctor
Friday, July 24, 2009

FDA Approves 2009-2010 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine
Vaccine not effective against H1N1 flu, but high-risk populations should be vaccinated
Monday, July 20, 2009

Obesity Rates Highest Among African-American Population
Prevalence among African-Americans 51 percent higher than among Caucasians
Friday, July 17, 2009

Obesity Rates for American Adults Still Going Up
CDC survey finds a quarter of the population in 32 states is now obese
Thursday, July 09, 2009

Priorities Set for Comparative Effectiveness Research
Best ways to spend $400 million research budget identified
Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Standardized Asthma Terms and End Points Issued
Comprehensive recommendations will offer new consistency for clinical trials and practice
Monday, June 29, 2009

Americans Paying for More of Their Health Care Costs
Families with individual coverage may spend 22 to 50 percent of household income on health care
Wednesday, June 24, 2009

President Signs Tobacco Law, Acts on Medicare Coverage
New law regulates tobacco marketing; Medicare reform to cut costs for seniors in coverage gap
Monday, June 22, 2009

Reinforced Infection Control Needed to Combat H1N1
Health care personnel are picking up infections in medical and community settings
Monday, June 22, 2009

AMA: Policy Statement Supports Health Care Reform
Association also adopts strategies to reduce medical school debt, increase supply of physicians
Thursday, June 18, 2009

Individual Mandate for Health Insurance Affordable and Fair
Perspective offers that compulsory minimum health insurance would benefit health care reform
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

AMA: Air Travel Guidelines Needed to Prevent Flu's Spread
Separate policy recognizes health care facilities' role in sustainable, healthy food system
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

FDA Issues Warning on Three Zicam Products
The cold remedies appear to be associated with a loss of the sense of smell
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

AMA: Guidance Offered on Medical Record Breaches
American Medical Association also addresses male breast cancer, anti-aging hormone use
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sweeping Medical Reforms Lack Medical Liability Element
Focus is on cost control, with other issues not yet addressed
Monday, June 15, 2009

Bill Giving FDA Authority Over Tobacco on Way to President
House of Representatives rapidly endorses Senate's version of bill passed late Thursday
Friday, June 12, 2009

Senate Approves Bill Giving FDA Authority Over Tobacco
Measure requires companies to list ingredients and agency to approve new products
Thursday, June 11, 2009

WHO Declares H1N1 Influenza Pandemic
U.S. health officials caution that declaration simply means virus is more widespread
Thursday, June 11, 2009

Many U.K. Trained Doctors Stay in National Health Service
And men and women found to choose similar career paths
Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Democrats Set Ambitious Goal for Health Care Reform
Physicians can take lead to get much-needed federal legislation passed
Thursday, May 21, 2009

Medical Center Press Releases Often Lacking Key Details
Many overstate importance and clinical relevance of studies but omit cautions and limitations
Tuesday, May 05, 2009

New Web-based Information Source to Support UK Clinicians
NHS Evidence employs technology and rigorous criteria to assure relevance and quality
Thursday, April 30, 2009

NEJM Commends New Conflict of Interest Proposal
Editorialist says comprehensive recommendations could significantly impact practices, institutions
Thursday, April 30, 2009

FDA Requires OTC Pain Relievers to Display Warnings
New rule requires warnings on stomach bleeding, liver damage on NSAIDs and acetaminophen
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pharmacist Involvement May Decrease Medication Errors
Two studies suggest benefits of an interdisciplinary medication reconciliation process
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Steep Copayments Increase Risk of Non-Adherence
Higher out-of-pocket drug costs delay initiation of therapy for patients with chronic conditions
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

ACP: Board Votes to Enhance Perception of Primary Care
Regents support measures including legislation to fund studies assessing value of primary care
Friday, April 24, 2009

Having Health Insurance May Not Improve Mortality Risk
Researchers say finding suggests universal coverage would not decrease US death rate
Thursday, April 23, 2009

Stretches Without Health Insurance More Common
Change from early 1980s to early 2000s seen particularly in those with lowest education level
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Continuity of Care Declining for Medicare Beneficiaries
Less than a third of beneficiaries saw their PCP when they were hospitalized in 2006
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Financial Rewards for Healthy Behavior Can Be Effective
But the practice can be fraught with moral dilemmas
Friday, April 10, 2009

Electronic Prescribing Online-Learning Tools Launched
American Medical Association tools will help physicians evaluate ePrescribing systems
Thursday, April 02, 2009

Changes Needed in New-Drug Evaluation Process
Patients get 'poor return on investment'; independent evaluation and transparency needed
Wednesday, April 01, 2009

New Health Program Leads to Questions in the UK
Program calls for each primary care trust to seek a general practitioner-led health center
Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Safe Practice Scores Do Not Add Up to Fewer Patient Deaths
Safe Practices Survey data only shows how hospitals have implemented safety guidelines
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cost Barriers Slow Adoption of Electronic Health Records
But government intervention and funding could quickly spur improvement
Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Transdermal Patches Pose Burn Risk During Scans
Metal in patches can cause burns during MRI
Friday, March 06, 2009

Obama Wants to Spend $630 Billion on Health Care Reform
President's plan calls for replacement of Medicare reimbursement system, increase in FDA budget
Thursday, March 05, 2009

US Motor Vehicle-Related Death Rates Vary Geographically
Mortality rate in the South double that of the Northeast
Monday, March 02, 2009

Insurance Essential for Good Health, Well-Being
Report calls on policymakers, public to address uninsurance problem
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

US Health Spending May Have Hit $2.4 Trillion in 2008
Private health spending growth due to hit 15-year low
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Proposed Changes to Health Care Would Reduce Costs
Investing in health care reform will improve outcomes, save money
Thursday, February 19, 2009

Transparency, Globalization Growing in Clinical Research
Enhanced data reporting, increased globalization among recent trends in clinical trial research
Thursday, February 19, 2009

Implementing a Quality Improvement Faculty Path
Criteria include broadening promotion factors, considering publication alternatives
Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ads Featuring 'Drug Facts Box' Help Educate Consumers
Replacement of brief summary with 'facts box' may lead to better informed medication choices
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Care Coordination Programs Don't Benefit Medicare Patients
Few such programs reduce hospitalizations, monthly expenditures or improve quality of care
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Medication Safety Alerts Frequently Ignored
Current alert system may be failing to ensure patient protection
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Corticosteroid Use Associated with Pneumonia in COPD
Using inhaled drugs for at least 24 weeks linked to higher pneumonia risk, but not risk of death
Monday, February 09, 2009

CDC Analyzes Salmonella Peanut Butter Outbreak
Report highlights complexities of 'ingredient-driven' outbreaks and importance of rapid investigation
Monday, February 09, 2009

Clinical Information Technology Leads to Safer Hospitals
Automated records associated with lower mortality, fewer complications
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Occupational Exposures Increase Nurses' Asthma Risk
Cleaning products, disinfectants, adhesives, glues, solvents linked to asthma and asthma symptoms
Thursday, January 22, 2009

AHA: Medical Usage High Among Heart Failure Patients
Each year, those with severe disease see up to 23 clinicians
Wednesday, November 12, 2008

ACAAI: School System Shows Divergent Food Allergy Plans
Single-district survey reveals differences in management of food-allergic students
Monday, November 10, 2008

Premiums Up, Coverage Down for Medicare Part D Plans
Nearly all stand-alone Medicare Part D plans will have a coverage gap in 2009
Monday, November 10, 2008

Access to Primary Care Key to US Health Care Reform
Careers in primary care should be supported and promoted
Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Credit Crisis to Take Long-Term Toll on Health System
UK's National Health Service will have no real growth in funding
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Rice Is a Common and Severe Allergen
It can induce enterocolitis reactions more severe than those caused by cow's milk and soy
Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Placebo Treatments Commonly Utilized
Prescribing placebo treatments viewed as both common and ethical
Friday, October 24, 2008

Financial Bailout Puts US Health Care Reform in Jeopardy
Neither McCain's nor Obama's proposals would escape unscathed
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

UK Researchers Demand Regulatory Relief
Regulatory burden of clinical research threatens to inhibit delivery of potential life-saving benefits
Friday, October 17, 2008

News Media Under-Report Drug Company Funding of Research
Few newspapers have written policy on reporting funding and using generic names for drugs
Tuesday, September 30, 2008

No Change to 2009 Part B Medicare Premium
First time since 2000 that premium has not been raised yearly
Monday, September 22, 2008

Antibiotic Resistance Has Become a Global Pandemic
Major medical breakthroughs under threat from loss of antibiotic efficacy
Friday, September 19, 2008

Lancet Supports WHO Report on Health Inequality
Journal applauds report's call to action, will participate in conference and publish theme issue
Friday, August 29, 2008

Outlook Mixed on US Presidential Candidates' Health Plans
Commentary examines potential benefits, flaws in McCain and Obama health care proposals
Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Seniors Likely to Find Medicare Health Web Site Unusable
Study of computer-savvy seniors shows the site is difficult to use and navigate
Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Over 1 Billion U.S. Doctor, Hospital Visits Logged in 2006
CDC attributes increase to aging of the U.S. population
Thursday, August 07, 2008

International Issue of Torture Complicity Analyzed
Medical community may condone torture or fail to intervene
Friday, August 01, 2008

Exception Reporting Improves Pay-for-Performance Benefits
Inappropriate exclusion is rare
Thursday, July 17, 2008

Health Cash Incentives for Poor People Debated
Affirmative side says they may reduce health inequality; negative side doubts significant benefit
Wednesday, July 09, 2008


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