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Illness and medical bills cause half of all bankruptcies

...blem, but millions of Americans will never recover financially from their encounters with the health care system." According to study co-author Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard and primary care physician in Cambridge, Massachusetts: "We need to rethink health reform. Cove...

How to avoid the health risks of Hajj

...ation for all adult Muslims who are physically and financially able. Each year, more than two million people globally, including more than 20,000 Britons take part in the Hajj. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are important hazards, write Abdul Rashid Gatrad and Aziz Sheikh. Even when Hajj occurs during winter, t...

Report finds new model of care can improve quality, lower costs and increase physician efficiency

...emy's goal is to make this process as turn-key and financially attainable as possible." According to the report, the estimated cost of transitioning to the New Model ranges from $23,442 to $90,650 per physician, depending on the temporary productivity loss associated with implementing an electronic health record...

Vioxx should have been withdrawn 4 years ago

...es and market capitalisation slashed. It has been financially disabled and its reputation lies in ruins. It is not at all clear that Merck will survive this growing scandal." "But the most important legacy of this episode is the continued erosion of trust that public-health institutions will suffer. Failure to ...

Global strategies for improving child health under scrutiny

... be founded, one that is supported technically and financially by the affluent nations and integrated within the policy and health systems of less-developed countries. This research specialty must focus on narrowing the gap between what is known and what is done, and should lead to a culture where policy and pra...

Major overhaul needed in end-of life care for patients with dementia

...f patients with dementia. Nursing homes should be financially rewarded for providing good end-of-life care rather than for transferring dying patients to a hospital. Finally, caregivers need to shift away from the reigning concept of a sudden, and usually quite late, switch from curative to pall...

IDSA offers policy Rx for influenza vaccine shortage

... out of influenza vaccine production because it is financially risky and less profitable than other markets. Because the flu virus changes from year to year, a new vaccine must be created each flu season. This is a difficult and time-consuming process. The demand for flu shots fluctuates from year to year as pu...

Major overhaul needed in end-of life care for patients with dementia

...f patients with dementia. Nursing homes should be financially rewarded for providing good end-of-life care rather than for transferring dying patients to a hospital. Finally, caregivers need to shift away from the reigning concept of a sudden, and usually quite late, switch from curative to palliat...

Doctors miss chances to provide diet, exercise counseling to patients at risk of heart disease

...ursement for counseling activities while making it financially attractive to prescribe medications or procedures. "Even in those instances where medications are necessary, the guidelines for doctors still suggest that patients be encouraged to watch their diet and exercise," Stafford said. "Our study shows that ...

Disability researchers identify barriers to independent living

...uction, if not the elimination, of unmet need is a financially achievable goal for the nation and one that long-term policy should focus on. The study was supported by a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research....

Beta blockers cost effective to society for heart failure treatment

...ggests beta blocker therapy is both clinically and financially beneficial over the long term from a societal standpoint," said Robert Califf, M.D., senior author of the study and director of DCRI. "The clinical benefit of beta blockers is unquestioned. The issue here is that hospitals and physicians have no clea...

Income important in tracking health status

...overty status will help pinpoint gaps in care that financially needy may face, and raise awareness to correct it."...

Phone support group helps older people with HIV/AIDS develop coping skills, new study finds

...verything is not well," he said. "The telephone is financially and psychologically easier." The study is funded by a two-year, $435,000 grant from the National Institute on Aging to evaluate the ability of the telephone-delivered mental health intervention to improve the quality of life of older persons living w...

A global strategy for reducing catastrophic health-care payments

...nversely, small costs for common treatments can be financially disastrous for poor households with no insurance cover. Christopher Murray, Ke Xu, and colleagues from WHO, Geneva, Switzerland used data from household surveys in 59 countries to explore variables associated with catastrophic health expenditure. Cat...

Trends in private Medicare+Choice plans provide warnings for Medicare debate

...ontinued participation in the Medicare market less financially attractive, plans have reduced their service area or simply withdrawn from local markets altogether, disrupting health care for more than 2.4 million beneficiaries from 1999 to 2003. Any new Medicare program that depends on private plans is likely to...

Who will take responsibility for corporate killing?

...w may well be a step towards making companies more financially accountable for their actions, but until chief executives are made directly responsible for decisions that lead to injury, it is unlikely that the huge toll of work-related injuries will fall.'...

Secret documents reveal how tobacco industry targeted gay men

... "Philip Morris settled the boycott by agreeing to financially support groups fighting HIV/AIDS," said Naphtali Offen, B.S., a research associate in the UCSF School of Nursing department of social and behavioral sciences and lead author. Following the boycott, Philip Morris began advertising in the gay periodica...

Desperation drives patients

...romoting cures, who exploit vulnerable people both financially and emotionally. As a warning to patients, he said "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."...

Jurys still out on use of marijuana derivative for MS

...end using a higher dosage, he said. The study was financially supported by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.In an editorial accompanying the article, neurologist Alan J. Thompson, MD, of Institute of Neurology at University College London in England, noted that a study of 660 patients receiving p...

Cycled light promotes growth in pre-term infants

...ks gestation. Pre-term deliveries are costly both financially and emotionally for families, and the infants are at risk for multiple health and developmental problems. By creating an environment that may encourage growth, the Duke research suggests, these pre-term complications may be reduced. "Additional rese...

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