Well: Why Chocolate Is Good for Us

New York Times - Health : April 24, 2014
Our digestive system has trouble with chocolate, which is why it may be good for us.

F.D.A. Will Propose New Regulations for E-Cigarettes

New York Times - Health : April 24, 2014
The federal government is also proposing to include cigars and tobacco pipes under its regulatory control.

Should you use a VNA? What's a VNA?

Healthcare IT News : April 24, 2014
As the volume and variety of medical images increases, providers are looking for better ways to store and access them. Vendor neutral archives are fast finding favor -- but in many respects the jury is still out on just what a VNA is, and what it should offer. [See also: PACS Americana: The U.S. radiology IT market is saturated and stable, but change is on the way] read more

Healthcare analytics enters new age

Healthcare IT News : April 24, 2014
The shift toward value-based care has sparked a demand for analytics like never before, according to a new report from research firm KLAS. The report, "Healthcare Analytics Perception 2014: Analytics for Value-Based Care-A New Paradigm," also points out that the demand has vendors rushing a wave of new products to market. read more

Life and death ideas

CNN Health : April 24, 2014
These 10 ideas are revolutionizing health care -- from the operating table to the kitchen table.

HHS leaders call for expanded use of medications to combat opioid overdose epidemic

National Institutes of Health : April 24, 2014
Commentary describes vital medications are being underutilized in addiction treatment.

FDA to Propose E-Cigarette Regulations

WebMD : April 24, 2014
Opponents of the increasingly popular devices worry about their impact on children

FDA proposes to extend its tobacco authority to additional tobacco products, including e-cigarettes

FDA US Food & Drug : April 24, 2014
As part of its implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act signed by the President in 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today proposed a new rule that would extend the agency’s tobacco authority to cover additional tobacco products.

Treats in moderation make kids happy

BBC Health : April 24, 2014
Seven-year-olds are happier when they are allowed sweets, snacks and television in moderation, suggests a study of children's well-being.

'Healthy' foods can backfire

CNN Health : April 24, 2014
You've proudly switched your morning bacon, egg and cheese biscuit to a slice of whole-grain toast with avocado and hummus, and your vanilla latte has become a big glass of fresh-squeezed juice. You feel more energetic, but you're not losing the weight you thought would fall right off. What's up with that?

'Healthy' foods that can backfire

CNN Health : April 24, 2014
You've proudly switched your morning bacon, egg and cheese biscuit to a slice of whole-grain toast with avocado and hummus, and your vanilla latte has become a big glass of fresh-squeezed juice. You feel more energetic, but you're not losing the weight you thought would fall right off. What's up with that?

FDA proposes e-cigarette regulations

CNN Health : April 24, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration is making another attempt at regulating electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Veterans on secret list die waiting

CNN Health : April 24, 2014
At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list.

AUDIO: The effects of Spinal Muscular Atrophy

BBC Health : April 24, 2014
Kelly Fletcher explains the serious genetic condition Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

VIDEO: Surgery 'won't cure confidence issues'

BBC Health : April 24, 2014
Cosmetic surgery will not cure all issues related to image confidence, psychologist Emma Kenny says.

Dog bites highest in deprived areas

BBC Health : April 24, 2014
Hospital admissions for dog bites are three times as high in the most deprived areas of England as in the least, official figures show.

Cancer teen 'making huge difference'

BBC Health : April 24, 2014
A teenager with terminal cancer will make a "transformational difference" after raising more than £1.5m, the Teenage Cancer Trust says.

Technology group to decide Cover Oregon's future

Associated Press Healthwire : April 24, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- After weeks of deliberation, a committee is poised to make a final recommendation Thursday on what to do with Oregon's botched health insurance exchange portal....

Worries over young wanting surgery

BBC Health : April 24, 2014
Plastic surgeons say they're worried about the number of young people who want cosmetic procedures.

Deal Flurry Shows Drug Makers' Swing Toward Specialization

Wall Street Journal : April 23, 2014
After decades of broadening their drug portfolios through acquisitions, pharmaceutical companies are reversing course to focus more narrowly on what they think they can do best.

The Quest: $84,000 Miracle Cure Costs Less Than $150 to Make

Scientific American: Health : April 23, 2014
What are the likely manufacturing costs for sofosbuvir (Brand name: Sovaldi), the newly approved miracle drug that cures hepatitis C at a cost of $84,000 for the full 12-week course of treatment? -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Well: The Limits of ‘No Pain, No Gain’

New York Times - Health : April 23, 2014
A new study helps to explain why exercise makes our muscles ache, and suggests that it’s not always a good idea to ignore fatigue and push on.

How Piketty's research shaped wealth gap debate

Associated Press Healthwire : April 23, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- French economist Thomas Piketty and his research partners have transformed the wealth gap debate by popularizing the concept of a financially elite 1 percent....

HIMSS Media postpones ICD-10 Forum

Healthcare IT News : April 23, 2014
HIMSS Media is postponing the ICD-10 conference scheduled for June 2-3, 2014 in San Diego, California. read more

Care needs to 'outstrip' family help

BBC Health : April 23, 2014
The number of older people in England needing care will "outstrip" the number of family members able to provide it by 2017, a think tank warns.

Researchers See New Importance in Y Chromosome

New York Times - Health : April 23, 2014
Two surveys have reconstructed the full history of the shrunken male chromosome, which provides regulatory genes that play a role throughout the body.

More Americans in their golden years are going hungry

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 23, 2014
The seniors who are dealing with hunger are also facing negative health and nutrition consequences, American research indicates. In a country as wealthy as the United States, it may come as a surprise that one in 12 seniors do not have access to adequate food due to lack of money or other financial resources. They are food insecure.

Airport security-style technology could help doctors decide on stroke treatment

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 23, 2014
A new computer program could help doctors predict which patients might suffer potentially fatal side-effects from a key stroke treatment. The program assesses brain scans using pattern recognition software similar to that used in airport security and passport control. Currently, stroke affects over 15 million people each year worldwide. Ischemic strokes are the most common and these occur when small clots interrupt the blood supply to the brain.

Surface area of the digestive tract much smaller than previously thought

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 23, 2014
The internal surface area of the gastro-intestinal tract has long been considered to be between 180 and 300 square meters. Scientists have used refined microscopic techniques that indicate a much smaller area. The digestive tract, which passes from the mouth through the esophagus and onwards through the intestines, has a length of about 5 meters in a normal adult, and is built up with many folds and protrusions. Previous calculations, which are reproduced in reference works and textbooks, state that the area of the inner surface of the digestive tract is as large as, or even larger than, a tennis

Forecast Cut on Spending for Health

New York Times - Health : April 23, 2014
The new cost estimate could help state officials and others pushing for the expansion of Medicaid undue the Affordable Care Act.

Graham Center Projects Increase in Physicians Working in Shortage Areas

American Academy of Family Physicians : April 23, 2014
The AAFP's Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care recently published a one-page policy brief that looked at the projected impact of the Primary Care Residency Expansion program on the number and distribution of new primary care physicians. One key finding: Federal dollars invested in family medicine residencies paid off in terms of physicians practicing primary care in areas of need.

Epidural Corticosteroid Injection: Drug Safety Communication - Risk of Rare But Serious Neurologic Problems

Safety Alerts : April 23, 2014
Injection of corticosteroids into the epidural space of the spine may result in loss of vision, stroke, paralysis, and death.

HIT leads list of top 10 safety concerns

Healthcare IT News : April 23, 2014
Health information technology systems have made their way to the No. 1 patient safety concern for healthcare organizations, according to the findings of a new ECRI industry report. The report, which includes data on more than 300,000 safety event reports, underscores healthcare's top 10 patient safety concerns for 2014 and puts data integrity failures with HIT systems at the very top. read more

Teen went into 'frozen state'

CNN Health : April 23, 2014
Erin Burnett talks to Dr. Armand Dorian, who treated a man who spent hours in a plane's wheel well and lived.

Doctor: Teen went into 'frozen state'

CNN Health : April 23, 2014
Erin Burnett talks to Dr. Armand Dorian, who treated a man who spent hours in a plane's wheel well and lived.

Data sharing: positive patient outomes?

Healthcare IT News : April 23, 2014
Meanwhile, the European Commission has expedited plans to bring in new data protection laws since the Snowden revelations brought the importance of privacy issues to the general public. However, it has been suggested by Peter Knight of the UK Department of Health that new EU rules on data protection would make research ‘impractical’. read more

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