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New Ruling Means Patients
Can Access Their Own Lab Results - Medscape, 2/4/14 -
"A final ruling issued February 3 by the US Department
of Health and Human Services (HHS) will give patients direct access to their
laboratory results instead of having to get them through a doctor's office ...
The rule would take effect 60 days after its official publication in the Federal
Register, which is set for February 6"
Swabbing: Spit Sampling Gets a Whole Lot Easier - Science Daily, 1/20/12 -
"The new Whole Saliva Collection Device -- available for
use in February -- is a small, polypropylene collection tube with an integral
adapter that comes individually wrapped in a clean, foil pouch with ready-to-go
instructions, and is a universal fit with common cyro vials"
An app that could save your life - USATODAY.com, 12/29/11 -
Emergency Medical Center Locator (emcl) is a free iPhone app that geo-tags
your location to offer a list of names and addresses of the closest medical
centers, because having easy access to such information in an emergency could be
a real lifesaver. The app contains addresses for hospitals in 101 countries,
including France, Peru and Spain ... Since not all care facilities are created
equal, only medical centers certified by the American College of Cardiology and
American College of Surgeons are included. The app also offers recommendations
for facilities with the best patient outcomes in six key areas: trauma, stroke,
eye, pediatric, cardiac and burn. This is vital when emergency rooms are equal
distances from where you're located in order to allow you to choose the center
that specializes in treating your particular health problem, such as heart
attack and stroke" - Note: If you search for that app in the app store
you won't see it. After playing around with it, here's the way to find it:
Email the link
to your iPhone or iPad and click on it and it will bring up that app in the app
Supersized market economy, supersized belly: Wealthier nations have more
fast food and more obesity - Science Daily, 12/28/11
Physicians Spend Nearly Four Times More On Health Insurance Costs Than
Canadian Counterparts - Science Daily, 8/4/11
10 Top-Selling Drugs Coming Off Patent - ABC News, 7/25/11 -
"could cost up to 80 percent less ... Plavix ...
Lipitor ... Seroquel ... Actos ... Enbrel ... Levaquin ... Zyprexa
...Concerta ... Protonix"
Prostate Cancer Kills Half Those Diagnosed in UK, But Not US - Medscape,
6/17/11 - “New data from the United Kingdom show
that prostate cancer kills half of the men diagnosed with this disease ...
The situation is much different in the United States, where recent estimates
suggest that only about 15% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer die from
Quality of Cancer Care Falling With Doc Shortages and Rising Costs -
Medscape, 3/11/11 - "The quality of cancer care is
under pressure in part because of the rising number of cancer patients in
the United States ... But in addition to more patients, there is also a
looming shortage of oncologists ... The number of cancer patients is
expected to grow by 55% by the year 2020, which will significantly outpace
the availability of oncologists (J Clin Oncol. 2008;26:3242-3247). This will
lead to an estimated shortage of between 2550 to 4080 oncologists in the
United States by 2020"
Physicians Face 29.5% Medicare Pay Cut in 2012 - Medscape, 3/10/11 -
"Medicare reimbursement rates for physicians will
decrease by 29.5% on January 1, 2012, unless Congress once again acts to
postpone what organized medicine likens to doomsday"
Rates of Suicidal Ideation Among US Surgeons 'Very Concerning' -
Medscape, 1/17/11 - "The fact that 6% of US surgeons
thought of killing themselves in the last 12 months is certainly very
concerning ... even more striking considering that surgeons are highly
educated, nearly universally employed, and overwhelmingly (88%) married —
all factors known to reduce risk of suicide in the general population ...
rates were substantially higher among surgeons age 45 to 54 years"
scientists significantly more likely to publish fake research - Science
Daily, 11/15/10 - "US scientists are significantly
more likely to publish fake research than scientists from elsewhere, finds a
trawl of officially withdrawn (retracted) studies ... A total of 788 papers
had been retracted during this period. Around three quarters of these papers
had been withdrawn because of a serious error (545); the rest of the
retractions were attributed to fraud (data fabrication or falsification)"
iPhone images: Good enough for medical use? - Science Daily, 10/17/10 -
"We found high consistency-more than 85 percent agreement-between
evaluations based on the standard computer monitor and on the iPhone for all
image sections tested ... There were no significant differences between
evaluations and recommendations using the two systems, and the doctors rated
the iPhone images as excellent"
Massachusetts health reform fails the disadvantaged, study finds -
Science Daily, 9/9/10 - "it has not increased
people's access to a personal physician or improved their self-rated health.
Neither has it reduced healthcare inequalities between ethnic or income
groups ... The research by Jane Zhu from Harvard Medical School and team ...
study is published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine ... In
2006, Massachusetts passed comprehensive health reform legislation to expand
health coverage to all its residents and has achieved near-universal
coverage ... Although there were improvements in both coverage and cost
barriers in Massachusetts for some disadvantaged groups compared to trends
in New England, overall this did not reduce healthcare inequalities between
ethnic or socioeconomic groups, largely because of comparable or larger
improvements among whites and those on higher incomes"
Study: Number of children born to illegal immigrants jumps - The Boston
Globe, 4/15/09 - "The number of US-citizen children
born to illegal immigrants has dramatically increased over the past five
years from 2.7 million in 2003 to 4 million in 2008 ... 1 in 4 US-born
children of unauthorized immigrants went without health insurance in 2008,
compared with 14 percent of those born to legal immigrants and 8 percent
born to US-born parents"
Health Spending to Double by 2018 - WebMD, 2/24/09 -
"National spending on health care is expected to
double to $4.4 trillion per year by 2018 ... more than 20% of the economy
will be taken up by health costs by 2018"
Health Care Costs To Top $8,000 Per Person - cbs2chicago.com, 2/24/09 -
"As the recession cuts into tax receipts, Medicare's
giant hospital trust fund is running out of cash more rapidly, and could
become insolvent as early as 2016 ... That's three years sooner than
previously forecast ... The health care cost forecast did not take into
account recent legislation that expanded medical coverage for children of
low income working parents, and added to the government's obligations ...
The government statisticians estimated that health costs will reach $13,100
per person in 2018, accounting for $1 out of every $5 spent in the economy"
'Paperless' Hospitals Are Better For Patients, Study Confirms - Science
Businesses Wary of Details in Obama Health Plan - NYTimes.com, 10/26/08
- “To all of a sudden whack 6 to 7 percent of
payroll costs, forget it,” he said. “If they do that, prices go up and
employment goes down because nobody can absorb that.” - That's coming
from one of the most pro-Obama newspapers in the U.S.
Costs Soar for Mass. Health Care Law - washingtonpost.com, 4/12/08
Microsoft Rolls Out Health Records - New York Times, 10/4/07 -
"Microsoft is starting its long-anticipated drive
into the consumer health care market by offering free personal health
records on the Web ... The organizations that have signed up for HealthVault
projects with Microsoft include the American Heart Association, Johnson &
Johnson LifeScan, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the Mayo Clinic and MedStar
Vitamin controls backed by Europe - BBC News, 7/12/05 -
"Under the EU Food Supplements Directive, due to
come into effect in August, supplements will only be able to include
vitamins and minerals taken from an approved list"
Pharmacogenetics May Improve Blood-Pressure Control - Doctor's Guide,
Technology for Doctors - WebMD, 9/26/03
- Online Medical
Records and Privacy - WebMD, 9/26/03
Technology for Patients - WebMD, 9/26/03
- 1 in 3 Doctors
Withhold Info - WebMD, 7/10/03
- Doctors Stuck
in Time Warp - WebMD, 1/21/03 -
"Millions of people with chronic disease are not
getting the care they need because of outdated systems ... most doctors work
in a system -- the two- or three-doctor medical practice -- that isn't
keeping pace with new treatment guidelines ... As a result, many patients
end up in emergency rooms for medical crises that could easily have been
prevented" - A good reason to take a proactive approach by using my
web site. - Ben
- Web Filters More
Effective at Blocking Health Info Than Pornography - Medscape, 12/10/02
"All Web filtering software mistakenly blocks access
to medical information"
Adult Marrow Cells Show Versatility - Intelihealth, 1/25/02
Compaq, Allscripts to offer handhelds to doctors - USA Today, 3/26/01
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