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.

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

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

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

In lab tests, the antimicrobial ingredient triclosan spurs growth of breast cancer cells

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 23, 2014
Some manufacturers are turning away from using triclosan as an antimicrobial ingredient in soaps, toothpastes and other products over health concerns. And now scientists are reporting new evidence that appears to support these worries. Their study found that triclosan, as well as another commercial substance called octylphenol, promoted the growth of human breast cancer cells in lab dishes and breast cancer tumors in mice.

Legalizing medical marijuana doesn't increase use among adolescents, study says

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 23, 2014
Parents and physicians concerned about an increase in adolescents' marijuana use following the legalization of medical marijuana can breathe a sigh of relief. According to a new study that compared 20 years worth of data from states with and without medical marijuana laws, legalizing the drug did not lead to increased use among adolescents.

Physical activity keeps hippocampus healthy in people at risk for Alzheimer's disease

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 23, 2014
Moderate physical activity may preserve the hippocampus -- the brain region responsible for memory and spatial orientation that is attacked first in Alzheimer's disease, a study of older adults at increased risk for Alzheimer's disease shows. It is the first evidence that physical activity may protect against cognitive decline and the onset of dementia symptoms in those who carry the genetic marker for Alzheimer's.

Stolen laptops mean $2M in mega fines

Healthcare IT News : April 23, 2014
Serving notice that "covered entities and business associates must understand that mobile device security is their obligation," the HHS Office for Civil Rights has settled with two organizations for a combined $1,975,220 penalty after their unencrypted computers were stolen. [See also: Why does healthcare resist encryption? ] read more

High-calorie, low-nutrient foods in kids' TV programs

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 23, 2014
Fruits and vegetables are often displayed in the popular Swedish children’s TV show Bolibompa, but there are also plenty of high-sugar foods. A new study explores how food is portrayed in children’s TV programs, as well as the link between young children’s TV viewing, dietary habits and weight status.

Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments nominations open today

Healthcare IT News : April 23, 2014
If you think your hospital IT department is one of the best in the U.S., nominate it for Healthcare IT News' 4th annual Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments program. Nominations open today, April 23, and close May 23. Based on data gathered from anonymous employee surveys, Healthcare IT News will publish an October 2014 special report, in print and online, profiling the top IT departments, exploring those qualities that make them exceptional. read more

Uniting community development efforts could benefit members of underserved communities

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 23, 2014
Although many organizations address poverty, they often serve similar demographics and may compete for clients and resources. Recently, researchers studied one effort to link community development organizations and concluded that this program is the hub that can improve resource access for members of underserved communities.

Toward unraveling the Alzheimer's mystery: New step points to proteins

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 23, 2014
Getting to the bottom of Alzheimer's disease has been a rapidly evolving pursuit with many twists, turns and controversies. In the latest crook in the research road, scientists have found a new insight into the interaction between proteins associated with the disease. The report could have important implications for developing novel treatments.

ADHD drug may help preserve self-control resources

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 23, 2014
Methylphenidate, also known as Ritalin, may prevent the depletion of self-control, according to research. Self-control can be difficult -- sticking with a diet or trying to focus attention on a boring textbook are hard things to do. Considerable research suggests one potential explanation for this difficulty: Exerting self-control for a long period seems to "deplete" our ability to exert self-control effectively on subsequent tasks.

2.5 million basketball injuries to high school athletes in 6 seasons, research finds

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 23, 2014
The first study to compare and describe the occurrence and distribution patterns of basketball-related injuries treated in emergency departments and the high school athletic training setting among adolescents and teens has been conducted. The study found that in general, injuries that are more easily diagnosed and treated, such as sprains/strains, were more likely to be treated onsite by an athletic trainer while more serious injuries, such as fractures, that require more extensive diagnostic and treatment procedures were more commonly treated in an ED.

Hip width, sexual behavior compared

ScienceDaily: Health & Medicine : April 23, 2014
Hip width and risk of birth-related trauma may play a role in a woman's decision to have sex. Women who were more inclined to have one-night stands had wider hips, reveals a study into how a woman's build influences her sexual behavior. Results of the study show that the number of sexual partners a woman had is largely driven by one-night stand behavior. This, in turn, correlates with a woman's hip width and not waist-to-hip ratio. Overall, women in this study with hips wider than 14.2 inches had more sexual partners and more one-night stands than women with hips under

Immunization Resources Aim to Keep You Up-to-Date

American Academy of Family Physicians : April 23, 2014
Have you checked your mailbox lately? The AAFP has mailed laminated copies of the 2014 immunization schedules and other helpful resources to all active and resident members. In addition to the full-color schedules, the packet includes a number of documents aimed at helping family physicians stay up-to-date on vaccine-related issues.

CMS deputy administrator to step down

Healthcare IT News : April 23, 2014
Jonathan Blum, principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be stepping down from his position on May 16. The announcement came by way of an internal email via CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. read more

Wine and Your Kidneys

NIH Medline Plus : April 23, 2014
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Alcohol, Kidney Diseases

Ebola death toll rises again

CNN Health : April 23, 2014
A total of 142 deaths have been reported from the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Liberia, the World Health Organization says.

This is you on stress

CNN Health : April 23, 2014
Obsessing about Bad Things That Could Happen can damage your body. But it's possible to retrain an anxious brain.

Hospice boss cleared of misconduct

BBC Health : April 23, 2014
The director of care at a children's hospice is cleared of professional misconduct over the way she dealt with a dying teenager.

Opinion: We are killing ourselves with antibiotics

CNN Health : April 23, 2014
Martin Blaser says the overuse of antibiotics threatens to deplete our bodies of "good" microbes, leaving us vulnerable to an unstoppable plague--an "antibiotic winter."

Cancer teen reaches £1m target

BBC Health : April 23, 2014
A teenage blogger with terminal cancer raises £1m for charity after posting his final message to followers.

How Much Protein Can the Body Absorb?

Scientific American: Health : April 23, 2014
Nutrition Diva: Quick and Dirty Tips for Eating Well and Feeling Fabulous -- Read more on

Well: High Altitudes May Aid Weight Control

New York Times - Health : April 23, 2014
A four-year study of overweight military personnel has found that those stationed at high altitudes are less likely to progress to obesity.

Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'

Associated Press Healthwire : April 23, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision....

Violent crime 'continues to fall'

BBC Health : April 23, 2014
Violent crime is continuing a long-term fall in England and Wales, according to annual figures from NHS hospitals.

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