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Meet the Doctor Who Gave $1 Million of His Own Money to Keep His Gun Research Going

( - Federal funding for research on gun violence has been restricted for nearly two decades. President Obama urged Congress to allocate $10 million for new research after the Newtown school shooting. But House Republicans say they won't approve it.

Apr 22, 2014 - 1:49:36 PM

News : National
Picking Wild Mushrooms Can Be Deadly

( - San Francisco - April 14, 2014 - Tasty mushrooms are a staple for many dishes, but buying cultivated varieties at a reputable food market is far safer than collecting and eating wild mushrooms, according to experts at California Poison Control System(CPCS).

Apr 14, 2014 - 2:21:30 PM

News : National
Going viral: How ‚Äėsocial contagion‚Äô Begins and Escalates

( - New Haven, Conn.-Understanding the roots of a global, contagious spread of online information may help better predict political revolutions, consumer behavior, box office revenues, public policy debates, and even public health epidemics, a new study co-led by Yale University reveals.

Apr 10, 2014 - 11:24:51 AM

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March Of Dimes Honors Founder FDR At Presidential Library

( - HYDE PARK, N.Y., April 10, 2014  -- The March of Dimes unveiled a new exhibit commissioned to tell the story of its history and that of its founder - FDR - today at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, N.Y.

Apr 10, 2014 - 11:20:22 AM

News : National
More Tools Coming to Pick Your Doctor

( - This week, the federal government is planning to release a massive database capable of providing patients with much more information about their doctors.

Apr 8, 2014 - 10:48:26 PM

News : National
National Fire Dog Monument Top Monument in Washington, D.C. Area

( - April Fools' Day is usually reserved for pranks. But the support you showed for the National Fire Dog Monument yesterday - and throughout the Washington Post's Monument Madness tournament - was anything BUT a joke!

Apr 1, 2014 - 9:37:59 PM

News : National
Leaders of Teaching Hospitals Have Close Ties to Drug Companies

( - Pharmaceutical company payments to doctors extend far beyond rank-and-file clinicians - and deep into the leadership of America's teaching hospitals, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Apr 1, 2014 - 4:31:07 PM

News : National
Untrained Volunteers May Do Harm as Well as Good During Disasters

( - In the immediate aftermath of hurricanes, floods and other disasters, it's not uncommon for people to turn out in large numbers to assist victims, clear debris and chip in on dozens of other tasks to get a community back on its feet.

Mar 26, 2014 - 1:23:58 PM

News : National
IBM Launches New Software and Services to Fight Medical and Insurance Fraud

( - NEW YORK - March 20, 2014 - IBM (NYSE: IBM) today introduced new software and services to help organizations use Big Data and Analytics to address the $3.5 trillion lost each year to fraud and financial crimes.

Mar 20, 2014 - 12:23:31 PM

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Problematic Prescribing: a Q&A With the CDC's Thomas Frieden

( - Twice this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has pointed to the harm caused by aberrant and inappropriate prescribing by physicians.

Mar 7, 2014 - 6:25:07 PM

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Improving Antibiotic Prescribing in Hospitals Can Make Health Care Safer

( - ATLANTA, March 4, 2014 -- A new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that clinicians in some hospitals prescribe three times as many antibiotics than clinicians in other hospitals, even though patients were receiving care in similar areas of each hospital.

Mar 4, 2014 - 1:29:20 PM

News : National
Promise of Value-Based Payments in Health Care Remains Unproven

( - After a decade of experimentation with reforms that give health providers financial incentives to improve performance, relatively little is known about how to best execute such strategies or judge their success, according to a new RAND Corporation report.

Mar 4, 2014 - 12:39:42 PM

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As Full Disclosure Nears, Doctors’ Pay for Drug Talks Plummets

( - Some of the nation's largest pharmaceutical companies have slashed payments to health professionals for promotional speeches amid heightened public scrutiny of such spending, a new ProPublica analysis shows.


Mar 4, 2014 - 10:59:55 AM

News : National Airs First Marijuana Television Commercial Ever Shown on a 'Major Network'

( - Today began airing a television commercial that looks to be the first ever marijuana commercial on a "Major Network". The spot began airing in New Jersey and is believed to be the first time that any major television network in the U.S. has allowed a commercial addressing the controversial subject matter and advertising the first ever medical marijuana service.

Mar 3, 2014 - 10:23:59 AM

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Watchdog Group Honors March of Dimes as Top Nonprofit in 2013

( - WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Feb. 28, 2014  -- The March of Dimes is being honored as a top charity by Philanthropedia, a division of GuideStar, it was announced today. Philanthropedia is a web-based nonprofit group that rates charities according to their financial responsibility and outstanding work, helping donors to give wisely.

Feb 28, 2014 - 12:30:23 AM

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Hidden in a Heart, A Discovery ‚ÄėBeyond Belief‚Äô

( - Linda Carswell thought her quest to recover her husband's heart had come to an end. Finally, after almost a decade, she would be able bury it with his other remains. She could have peace of mind.

Feb 21, 2014 - 1:55:45 PM

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The Weather Channel and American Humane Association Announce Selection of New National Weather Therapy Dog

( - ATLANTA, GA, Feb. 14, 2014 -After weeks of traveling to rescue shelters across the United States and an overwhelming response from weather and puppy fans, The Weather Channel¬ģ has selected Butler, a shepherd mix, as its weather therapy dog.

Feb 14, 2014 - 10:04:23 AM

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FTC Warning: Watch Out for Online Dating Scams

( - If you're looking for love, you might end up on an online dating site, where, as some people will attest, you'll meet all kinds of people.  Unfortunately, though, you might just meet some scammers. So, especially as Valentine's Day nears, look out for warning signs of a scam, such as any request for money for any reason, and any mention of wiring money.

Feb 13, 2014 - 1:36:15 PM

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America's First Hospital

( - Profile America -- Tuesday, February 11th. - Among his very many achievements, Benjamin Franklin played a leading role in the founding of America's first hospital, decades before the Declaration of Independence. Together with Dr. Thomas Bond, he obtained a charter for a hospital to serve the poor, sick and insane in Philadelphia.

Feb 11, 2014 - 9:28:20 AM

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Valentine's Day 2014: Feb. 14 (Facts & Figures)

( - Expressing one's love to another is a celebrated custom on Valentine's Day. Sweethearts and family members present gifts to one another, such as cards, candy, flowers and other symbols of affection.

Feb 6, 2014 - 2:03:02 PM

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The PTSD Crisis That’s Being Ignored: Americans Wounded in Their Own Neighborhoods

( - Chicago's Cook County Hospital has one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation, treating about 2,000 patients a year for gunshots, stabbings and other violent injuries.

Feb 3, 2014 - 3:45:04 PM

News : National
U.S. Abortion Rate Hits Lowest Level Since 1973

( - The U.S. abortion rate declined to 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 in 2011, well below the 1981 peak of 29.3 per 1,000 and the lowest since 1973 (16.3 per 1,000), according to "Abortion Incidence and Service Availability in the United States, 2011," by Rachel Jones<> and Jenna Jerman.

Feb 3, 2014 - 10:10:13 AM

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CDC Confirms That Illnesses Reported on Royal Caribbean Ship Were Caused by Norovirus

( - CDC's laboratory has confirmed that the gastrointestinal illness that sickened more than 600 passengers and crew aboard Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas this week during a cruise to the Caribbean was caused by norovirus.

Jan 31, 2014 - 4:24:00 PM

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In California, a Raft of Measures to Improve Conditions and Oversight of Assisted Living

( - California lawmakers last week unveiled a dozen legislative proposals aimed at stiffening regulations governing the state's roughly 7,700 assisted living facilities, residences that offer room and care to tens of thousands of frail or ailing people, most of them seniors.

Jan 22, 2014 - 11:59:39 AM

News : National
Wide Variation Found in Quality of Evidence Used By FDA For Approval of New Drugs

( - Chicago - Clinical trials used by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve new drugs between 2005 and 2012 vary widely in their characteristics, according to a study in the January 22/29 issue of JAMA.

Jan 21, 2014 - 4:07:03 PM

News : National
Over-The-Counter Pills Left Out of FDA Acetaminophen Limits

( - Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration urged health care providers to stop writing prescriptions for pain relievers containing more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol.

Jan 16, 2014 - 12:52:44 PM

News : National
Urban Night Shift Police More Likely to Suffer Long-term Job Injuries

( - BUFFALO, N.Y. - Police officers working the night shift are significantly more likely to suffer long-term on-the-job injuries than officers on day and afternoon shifts, according to new research conducted at the University at Buffalo.

Jan 14, 2014 - 2:49:28 PM

News : National
Valentine’s Day 2014: Feb. 14

( - Expressing one's love to another is a celebrated custom on Valentine's Day. Sweethearts and family members present gifts to one another, such as cards, candy, flowers and other symbols of affection.

Jan 14, 2014 - 2:39:44 PM

News : National
Obamacare: A Midterm Report Card

( - The first half of the Obamacare open enrollment period is over, and yesterday,federal health officials announced sign-up figures from the first three months.

Jan 14, 2014 - 2:05:50 PM

News : National
No Easy Definition for ‚ÄėAbusive‚Äô Prescribing

( - When the agency that runs Medicare announced last week that it would take action against doctors who prescribe abusively in its massive drug program - perhaps banning them - it raised an interesting question.

Jan 14, 2014 - 10:07:00 AM

News : National
Big Data + Big Pharma = Big Money

( - Need another reminder of how much drugmakers spend to discover what doctors are prescribing? Look no further than new documents from the leading keeper of such data.

Jan 10, 2014 - 1:44:56 PM

Cancer Issues
Rates of New Lung Cancer Cases Drop in U.S. Men and Women

( - ATLANTA, Jan. 9, 2014  -- Tobacco control efforts are having a major impact on Americans' health, a new analysis of lung-cancer data suggests. The rate of new lung cancer cases decreased among men and women in the United States from 2005 to 2009, according to a report in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Jan 9, 2014 - 3:18:59 PM

News : National
Use Certain Laxatives with Caution

( - FDA is warning that some sodium phosphate laxatives are potentially dangerous if dosing instructions or warnings on the Drug Facts label are not properly followed or when there are certain coexisting health conditions. In fact, there have been dozens of reports of serious side effects, including 13 deaths.

Jan 8, 2014 - 2:11:34 PM

News : National
Amid Abortion Debate, the Pursuit of Science

( - For the last decade or so, Tracy Weitz has been one of the most prominent abortion researchers in the United States.

Jan 7, 2014 - 9:21:24 PM

News : National
Almost One in Three Americans Were Poor at Least Two Months from 2009 to 2011

( - According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 31.6 percent of Americans were in poverty for at least two months from 2009 to 2011, a 4.5 percentage point increase over the prerecession period of 2005 to 2007. Poverty was a temporary state for most people; however, 3.5 percent of Americans were in poverty for the entire three-year period.

Jan 7, 2014 - 11:05:55 AM

News : National
Hard Water Scaling Linked to Bacterial Growth in Homes:

( - Alexandria, VA- New research by the School of Sustainable Engineering at Arizona State University has found that the hard water scaling normally found in the pipes of homes is an active environment for harmful bacterial growth.

Jan 7, 2014 - 10:29:53 AM

News : National
National Health Spending Growth Remains Low for 4th Consecutive Year

( - WASHINGTON - Overall national health expenditures grew at an annual rate of 3.7 percent in 2012, marking the fourth consecutive year of low growth, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary reported today

Jan 6, 2014 - 5:34:06 PM

News : National
Monday: the Best Friend a New Year’s Resolution Ever Had

( - As we begin 2014, many Americans-120 million, in fact-will be struggling to stick with their resolutions with health-related goals like losing weight, exercising and quitting smoking topping the list. Unfortunately, only 8% of all resolutions are actually kept and many of us don't even make it to Groundhog Day.

Jan 6, 2014 - 12:01:00 AM

News : National
HEALTHeCAREERS Network Announces 2014 Physician/Mid-level Career Fairs

( - Denver, CO. - January 2, 2014 - HEALTHeCAREERS Network, the only single-source healthcare recruiting solution for providers and job seekers, announced its 2014 Physician & Mid-level Career Fair dates. Healthcare employers can now register for any or all of five in-person events across the United States.

Jan 2, 2014 - 12:53:11 PM

News : National
More State Abortion Restrictions Were Enacted in 2011‚Äď2013 Than in the Entire Previous Decade

( - Reproductive health and rights were once again the subject of extensive debate in state capitols in 2013. Over the course of the year, 39 states enacted 141 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. Half of these new provisions, 70 in 22 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services.

Jan 2, 2014 - 11:52:06 AM

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