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Study Demonstrates Safety & Effectiveness Of Asthma Drug

...enteeism, resulting in estimated annual healthcare costs of more than $4.6 billion. Prior to 1990 most asthma experts believed that prescribing beta-agonistson a regularly scheduled basis improved overall control of asthma symptoms.Several studies since then have suggested that regular beta-agonist usemig...

Study Shows Major Savings In Supervising TB Care

... Care Medicine. The Hopkins team compared standard costs and fees for laboratory and hospital care and health care worker salaries for DOT with two other strategies, conventional individual drug therapy and fixed-dose combination individual drug therapy. In conventional individual drug therapy, patients t...

Stents Work Well, But Are Costly: Will Hospitals Continue To Use Them?

... Peterson performed a detailed examination of the costs associated withdoing an angioplasty alone, or an a...ults in about 400 patients, he found that stenting costs about $13,000-- roughly $2,000 to $3,000 more than regular angioplasty. To many cardiologists and...

It Matters Where, In America, You Suffer A Heart Attack

... for almost 30 percent of the bill. The lowest costs for 12 months of heart attack care belonged to the...sing complications or bad outcomes. Minimizing costs in the short-run may result in increased costs later on follow-up. "Managed care and other health ca...

Learning From Experience: New Pattern Recognition & Detection Helps Radiologists Analyze Digital Mammograms

... The system is user friendly and keeps engineering costs low, Barnessays. "All that is required is for a user to build the database, and thenuse some of our developmental tools to generate a software/firmwareinterface allowing efficient searches to be performed," he noted. "Infact, our goal is to have a s...

"Super Aspirin" Holds Long-Term Benefits For Some Patients Who Undergo Balloon Angioplasty

...ade; but points out that patient profiles, drug costs and other interventional alternatives are issues to consider when deciding who should receive this "super aspirin." In his editorial, Dr. Fischman notes that the multicenter study, which is a three-year follow-up to an initial stud...

Jefferson Researcher Finds New Digital X-Ray Technology May Cut Costs And Improve Patient Care

...lm X-ray technology, while reducing health care costs and improving patient care, says Gary S. Shaber, M.D., research professor of Radiology, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, and director, Division of General Diagnostic Radiology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. ...

Drug Regimen Reduces Atrial Fibrillation After Heart Surgery

... experienced by the placebo group. Hospital costs were several thousand dollars less per case. In addition, reducing the occurrence of atrial fibrillation lowers the risk of stroke, which is a possible complication of atrial fibrillation, and decreases the need to shock the heart (defibrillati...

Society Of Actuaries Surveys Experts On Longer Life Spans And Forecasting Mortality For Social Security

...s from theseminar are available in two packages -- costs are $25 and $75 -- through the Society's Books Department (phone:847/706-3566; fax: 847/706-3599; e-mail: bhaynes@soa.org ), which can provide details on thepackages. EDITOR'S NOTE: All materials are free of charge to journalists....

Cardiovascular Costs, Deaths Projected To Rise In 1998

...cost the nation about $15 billion more in economic costs in 1998 than they didin 1997, according to figures...atments do cost money." Hospital and nursing home costs - estimated at $119.9 billion - is the largestcategory of direct costs. Physician and other professi...

Researchers Study 'Natural' Screen For Cancer

...t no side effects from the use of hypericin, which costs much less than other substances created synthetically to track cancer cells. "Patients who take these other substances can become photo toxic when in sunlight, for up to one month," explains Rawicz. "Hypericin actually has a 10 times higher phototox...

SOA Study Says Social Security Financing Would Be Relatively Unaffected By Largest Expected Mortality Improvements, But Uncertainty Persists

...he Phase 2seminar are available in two packages -- costs are $25 and $75 -- through the Society's Books Department (phone:847/706-3566; fax: 847/706-3599; e-mail: bhaynes@soa.org ), which can provide details on thepackages. EDITOR'S NOTE: All materials are free of charge to journalists....

Cardiovascular Disease Epidemic Threatens Developing Countries, Global Economy

...eloping nations. Even at current levels, the high costs of treating thesediseases consume a disproportionate share of health-care spending in countriesthat also are battling pre-industrialized infectious and nutritional deficiencydiseases. In 1990 cardiovascular disease caused an estimated 5.3 mil...

Setting Prescribing Budgets In General Practice

...ied and rewarded) General practice prescribing costs have risen rapidly in recent years and there are wide variations between practices in rates and costs of prescribing. In this week's BMJ, Majeed and Head argue that capitation based formulas for prescr...

Hospitals Discourage Consumer Questioning Of Bills, Study Suggests

...oming involved withchallenges or audits because it costs them a great deal of time and money." The study sh...d be, "One thing we do not have is an aspirin that costs $1.50. We try tomake all generic items like Tylenol or Maalox cost close to market value." The study...

Cost, Use Of Health Services Is Not Affected By Physician Compensation: A StudyOf Washington State Medical Groups/Managed Care Organizations

...ee-for-service basis would drive up the amount and costs ofmedical services for patients, but at the physic...an visits, hospital days and totalestimated health costs for each patient during that time period.Results found no significant difference related to physicia...

Drug Is First In Decade To Show Promise Treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder

...ricans who have depression. Thedirect and indirect costs associated with anxiety disorders in the U.S. were$46.6 billion in 1990, nearly one-third of the nation's total mental health billof $148 billion, according to a study by Dr. Robert Dupont, president of theInstitute for Behavior and Health in Rockvil...

Poor Heart Disease Patients Pay More For Medications, Get Less Preventative Care

...d about their medications,out-of-pocket medication costs and whether they had not taken their medicationsbe...$800 a month and manyhave out-of-pocket medication costs of $100 to $150 a month. If it comes down toa choice between paying the rent, buying food or taking ...

Increased Public Access To Defibrillation Could Prove Potentially Cost-Effective And Life-Saving

... thatseat belts save about 2,000 lives a year. It costs about $2 billion a year toput seat belts in cars and it saves about 2,000 lives. That's a million dollarsper life saved. "With public access defibrillation, if we took $2 billion in one yearand bought AEDs, we'd have over a million, or 1 def...

Acceptability Of Alternative Health Care Growing In U.S.

...cts, biomedicine can be very austere and uncaring, costs have soared and the benefits of biomedicine are often poorly distributed." Aging baby boomers are interested in health and wellness, and they are open to using healthcare outside the boundaries of biomedicine. Boomers shop the medical marketp...

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