Tag: "cuts" at medical news
IOM report should end nevirapine controversy, HIVMA says
... results of the study: that single-dose nevirapine cuts
the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV nearly in half. "The IOM panel was made up of some of the most highly respected experts in HIV/AIDS research, biostatistics, and bioethics," says pediatrician Kathryn Edwards, MD, of Vanderbilt Univers...
Doing a spin with DNA
...A molecule. The topoisomerase clamps onto the DNA, cuts
through one of the two DNA strands, and then lets ...ble-stranded DNA like a clamp and then temporarily cuts
through one of the two DNA strands. The accumulated torsional forces in the DNA are then spun out ar...
Short sugar chains-a future drug for Alzheimer's?
...rmal amounts of the enzyme heparanase. This enzyme cuts
the normal-length heparansulfate chain into short segments. Both the genetically altered and the normal control mice were stimulated with a treatment that usually leads to rapid build-up of amyloid (AA amyloidosis) in several internal organs, includi...
Tamoxifen shows no benefit, risk for breast cancer survivors' heart health
...east, as well as breast cancer recurrence. It also cuts
breast cancer risk in half among women considered at high risk for the disease. But tamoxifen's long-term effects on other aspects of health have not been fully explored. To assess the tamoxifen's effects on cardiovascular risk, Bernstein approached ...
New kidney cancer drug response rate is more than double that of standard treatment
...receptor. By targeting multiple receptors, SU11248 cuts
off the blood supply to the tumor and destroys cellular reproduction. Physicians in the SU11248 Study Group from Memorial Sloan-Kettering, the University of California, San Francisco, Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Michigan Hospit...
Diagnostic imaging in line with other hospital costs
...gs, Dr. Gazelle cautioned against across-the-board cuts
in diagnostic imaging use in hospitals. "The danger in healthcare is that we look at something that is growing quickly but we look at it in isolation--not how it relates to the rest of the profession--and then we look at attempts to limit that growth...
Higher medicaid payments are good, but not great
...eneficiary access and use suggests that modest pay cuts
might be an appropriate policy option when state b...ited impact of rates on access and use, modest pay cuts
may also be an option that will not adversely affect users when state budgets tighten. Fees can be r...
Avoiding amputation: Early infection intervention can save feet & legs
...eir feet daily for any signs of redness, blisters, cuts
or sores; to wear well-fitting shoes and protect their feet from injury; and to remove their shoes and socks at each diabetes-related checkup so feet can be examined The researchers also find that patients whose wounds didn't heal, and those who didn...
Special scalpel reduces blood loss, facial nerve trauma in salivary surgery
...ic scalpel that uses ultrasound to coagulate as it cuts
can reduce blood loss and postoperative facial paralysis in patients who need a portion of their salivary gland removed, surgeons say. Infection of the sponge-like parotid gland is uncomfortable but temporary, says Dr. Christine G. Gourin, otolaryngo...
4D proton therapy, radiation-resistant tumors, interpreting medical images
...wider use is the need to develop an algorithm that cuts
down the currently lengthy time it takes to calculate and plan the proton beam's direction and intensity for each breathing phase. The 4D approach is also applicable to radiation therapy using carbon ions, which is currently being used to help defea...
Weight-loss surgery produces unexpected drop in heart disease risk, Stanford researchers find
... approximately 20-foot-long small intestine, which cuts
down on nutrient absorption. The number of gastric bypass surgeries has shot up in recent years, increasing from 29,000 procedures in 1999 to about 141,000 in 2004, according to the bariatric surgery society. The procedure poses about a 2 percent ris...
Medical research poll cannot be ignored
...ortant priority for funding and resources than tax cuts
and border protection, a new poll has found. It shows that Australians believe extra funding should be pumped into researching diseases and conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and mental health. These will become even greater ...
Yale researcher leads successful effort to access HMO fees for Medicaid patients
...(GI) and cardiology since Connecticut state budget cuts
in 2002. Data collected included key interviews with six referral staff and five specialty physicians from each of the four participating agencies between January and April 2005. The team also statistically analyzed the two hospital databases, examin...
US health care cuts are costing lives
Health care cuts
in the US are costing lives, argues one American c...lans to cut health spending. These are the largest cuts
in US history, and deaths have already occurred as a result, she says. For the 1.1 million who remai...
Alcohol biomarker test cuts care costs for chronically ill patients
...irms excessive alcohol consumption and the patient cuts
back on alcohol use. Miller was not involved in the CDT cost-benefit study from Fleming and his colleagues. Today Medicare reimburses about $26 for the CDT test, Fleming said. But laboratory analysis of the blood test is not uniformly available acros...
Squinting while staring at a computer monitor can cause painful dry eye
...arly define objects that are out of focus. It also cuts
down on the brightness from sources of glare. It may be voluntary or involuntary a person working at a computer may not realize that he is squinting. Dry eye is usually treatable with over-the-counter eye drops. It's rarely a debilitating condition...
Medicare payment stabilization options suggested by ACP
...s for a minimum of two years by preventing the SGR cuts
from going into effect and, beginning in 2007, by ...orting program should not be subjected to punitive cuts
in Medicare payments (i.e. negative updates). Also included among the options are recommendations ...
Ninety-six percent of minimally invasive knee replacement patients leave same day, no complication
...lit. The knee is not dislocated; instead, in situ cuts
are made. The patient is out of surgery in less than two hours." After surgery, patients see an occupational and physical therapist. To be released, patients must be able to independently get in and out of bed, rise from a chair, walk 100 feet, and w...
Failure to resolve budget reconciliation leaves patients and doctors uncertain
...ainable growth rate (SGR) formula by Jan. 1st, the cuts
will take effect. "Patients and physicians will no...e cuts. Both the House and Senate have agreed the cuts
should be halted, and we appreciate their good intentions. Yet we are faced with uncertainty and co...
The American College of Cardiology calls on Congress to reject cuts to office-based imaging
...he Senate-passed reconciliation bill. The payment cuts
to physicians who provide life-saving medical imag...House has an opportunity to reject these arbitrary cuts
to physicians who depend on medical imaging to effectively diagnose and treat their patients. The 4....
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