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Making Your Own End-of-Life Decisions: “All options of palliative care, pain management and continued life need to have been explained to the patient“

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[01/12/2014] How does a physician handle a patient, who wants to die and what rights do I actually have as a patient? Legal practitioners do not automatically answer these and other questions. We talked about this subject with MD-PhD Ralf Jox from the Institute of Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany.Making Your Own End-of-Life Decisions: “All options of palliative care, pain management and continued life need to have been explained to the patient“ - Read more

Obesity fuels silent heart damage

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Photo: Measuring tape that forms a heart [28/11/2014] Using an ultrasensitive blood test to detect the presence of a protein that heralds heart muscle injury, researchers from Johns Hopkins and elsewhere have found that obese people without overt heart disease experience silent cardiac damage that fuels their risk for heart failure down the road.Obesity fuels silent heart damage - Read more

'Antibiogram' to help improve antibiotic use, effectiveness

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Photo: White blood cell eats MRSA [25/11/2014] Use of "antibiograms" in skilled nursing facilities could improve antibiotic effectiveness and help address problems with antibiotic resistance that are becoming a national crisis.'Antibiogram' to help improve antibiotic use, effectiveness - Read more

Antibiotics get a “time-out”

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Photo: Glas of water next to some pills [19/11/2014] Resistance to antibiotics is an important health concern that affects both the spread of infections, like Clostridium difficile, and the medication budget. Researchers at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) examined the effectiveness of adopting an antibiotic “time-out” during treatment, which involves regularly re-evaluating the treatment strategy as the clinical situation evolves.Antibiotics get a “time-out” - Read more

US preterm birth rate hits healthy people 2020 goal 7 years early

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Graphic: Map of premature birth USA [10/11/2014] The national preterm birth rate fell to 11.4 percent in 2013 – the lowest in 17 years -- meeting the federal Healthy People 2020 goal seven years early. Despite this progress, the U.S. still received a "C" on the 7th annual March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card because it fell short of the more-challenging 9.6 percent target set by the March of Dimes. US preterm birth rate hits healthy people 2020 goal 7 years early - Read more

Biosimilar drugs could create billions in health care savings

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Graphic: Capsules with leafs inside [06/11/2014] Introducing competing "biosimilar" versions of complex biologic drugs used to treat illnesses such as cancer and rheumatoid arthritis could cut spending on biologics in the United States by $44 billion over the next decade, according to new analysis from the RAND Corporation.Biosimilar drugs could create billions in health care savings - Read more

More penalties on the way for hospitals that treat the poor?

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Photo: Dollar bill, stethoscope on an insurance form [03/11/2014] New policy targeting hospital readmissions for COPD may hurt vulnerable patients, lung disease experts say.More penalties on the way for hospitals that treat the poor? - Read more

Mediterranean diet may help protect kidney health

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Photo: family eating a mediterranean meal [31/10/2014] Eating fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes, and heart-healthy fats linked with decreased risk of developing chronic kidney disease. A Mediterranean-style diet may significantly reduce the risk of developing chronic kidney disease, according to a new study.Mediterranean diet may help protect kidney health - Read more

Scientists discover hidden subpopulation of melanoma cells

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Photo: Intensity-colored image of blood flow in a PECAM1-positive tumor [23/10/2014] UNC School of Medicine researchers have pinpointed a set of intriguing characteristics in a previously unknown subpopulation of melanoma cancer cells in blood vessels of tumors. These cells, which mimic non-cancerous endothelial cells that normally populate blood vessels in tumors, could provide researchers with another target for cancer therapies.Scientists discover hidden subpopulation of melanoma cells - Read more

Hospitals converting to for-profit status show better financial health, no loss in quality

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Graphic of a hospital [22/10/2014] Switching from nonprofit to for-profit status appears to boost hospitals' financial health but does not appear to lower the quality of care they provide or reduce the proportion of poor or minority patients receiving care, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Hospitals converting to for-profit status show better financial health, no loss in quality - Read more

 
 

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