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Hospital Switch to For-Profit Status Associated With Improvements in Financial Health, But Not With Differences in Quality of Care, Mortality Rates

( - Hospital conversion from nonprofit to for-profit status in the 2000s was associated with better subsequent financial health but had no relationship to the quality of care delivered, mortality rates, or the proportion of poor or minority patients receiving care, according to a study in the October 22/29 issue of JAMA.

Oct 21, 2014 - 4:17:46 PM

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Pricey Hepatitis C Drug Could Make Financial Sense

( - Despite its $7,000-per-week cost, sofosbuvir provides better value than other current treatments for prisoners with hepatitis C, according to Stanford researchers.

Oct 21, 2014 - 9:40:39 AM

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Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola

( - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tightening previous infection control guidance for healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola, to ensure there is no ambiguity.

Oct 20, 2014 - 7:56:26 PM

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Los Angeles Residents Rate Cedars-Sinai No. 1

( - LOS ANGELES (Oct. 17, 2014) -  For the 19th straight year, Cedars-Sinai has earned a national consumer award for offering the highest quality medical care, doctors and nurses in the Los Angeles area, based on a survey of local households.

Oct 17, 2014 - 5:19:53 PM

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Hair Pulling Disorder Afflicts Millions

( - Parsippany, NJ, October 2014 - Many young girls and grown women play with their hair. Often they unconsciously twirl it around a finger, especially when they're bored or tired. It's a harmless habit.

Oct 16, 2014 - 5:17:31 PM

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How to Shave Your Head

( - Michael Jordan made it cool for black men and Bruce Willis paved the way for white guys to be bald and bold.  When it comes to style, hair is not only the main thing on your head, but also the main thing on your mind, especially when your hair begins to disappear.

Oct 16, 2014 - 5:00:38 PM

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Johns Hopkins Named a 'Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality'

( - Johns Hopkins Hospital has been recognized as a "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.

Oct 15, 2014 - 2:55:27 PM

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Texas Reports Positive Test for Ebola in One Additional Healthcare Worker

( - A second healthcare worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the index patient has tested positive for Ebola according to preliminary tests performed overnight by the Texas Department of State Health Services' laboratory.

Oct 15, 2014 - 8:52:15 AM

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Tag A Texter Hopes to Stop Distracted Driving

( - LOS ALTOS, Calif., October 14, 2014 - In its mission to reduce distracted driving through technology, Life Apps has released its latest mobile app calledTag a Texter, available for Android and iPhone users.

Oct 14, 2014 - 12:41:06 PM

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Get Your Car Ready For Winter Roads

( - There are a few things you need to do to keep yourself and your precious cargo-kids, friends, pets-safe on snow, ice, slush, black ice and wet roads.

Oct 11, 2014 - 1:52:30 PM

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Endoscopic Discectomy for Relief from Chronic Lower Back and Neck Pain

( - West Orange, NJ, October 9, 2014 - With chronic lower back or neck pain so common that 8 of 10 people suffer from it at some point in their lives, many wonder what happens if they exhaust all treatment options but still haven't found relief.

Oct 9, 2014 - 7:31:29 PM

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How Much Backup Power Do You Need During An Outage?

( - With more and more choices available in automatic home standby power, selecting the right backup power system can be confusing. Here are three important things to think about when considering an automatic standby power system:

Oct 8, 2014 - 3:44:07 PM

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Dollars for Dudes: Almost No Women Among Medical Industry’s Top-Paid Speakers, Consultants

( - Few women are on the list of doctors paid the most money by drug and medical device companies last year, according to a ProPublica analysis of new data released by the federal government.

Oct 8, 2014 - 2:44:33 PM

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Use of Antibiotics While Hospitalized

( - A one-day prevalence survey of 183 hospitals found that approximately 50 percent of hospitalized patients included in the survey were receiving antimicrobial drugs, and that about half of these patients were receiving 2 or more antimicrobial drugs, according to a study in the October 8 JAMA, a theme issue on infectious disease. Most antimicrobial use was for infection treatment.

Oct 7, 2014 - 8:11:38 PM

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Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries are Frequent and Costly

( - More than 2.5 million people went to the emergency department (ED) - and nearly 200,000 of them were hospitalized - because of motor vehicle crash injuries in 2012, according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Oct 7, 2014 - 1:03:00 PM

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$1.1 Billion in Drug, Device Payments to Doctors Not Included in New Federal Database

( - The federal government's new database of drug and device industry payments to doctors is even more incomplete than has been reported previously.

Oct 6, 2014 - 6:22:50 PM

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Belly Fat May Lead to High Blood Pressure by Affecting Kidneys

( - It's been known for a while that a spare tire around the midsection is more of a risk for cardiac-health problems than a flatter stomach. Now researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center may have discovered why.

Oct 6, 2014 - 6:12:36 PM

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JetBlue Recycles 18.5 Tons of Used Uniforms, Saves Fabric from Landfills Giving It New Life

( - NEW YORK (September 30, 2014) - JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU), today announces a donation of more than 18.5 tons of used uniforms, clothing and fabric to several non-profit partners including Planet Aid, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that collects and recycles worn clothing and shoes.

Oct 3, 2014 - 7:59:19 PM

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Veterans Day 2014: Nov. 11

( - Veterans Day originated as "Armistice Day" on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.

Oct 3, 2014 - 4:51:52 PM

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Bulging Discs vs. Herniated Discs: What's the Difference?

( -  West Orange, NJ, October 2014 - With back pain causing more lost work productivity than any other medical condition in the United States, who hasn't heard the complaint, "Oh, my aching back?"

Oct 2, 2014 - 10:05:17 AM

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High Blood Sugar May Worsen Spinal Cord Injury

( - Scientists have discovered yet another reason to curb sugar consumption: high levels of it in the blood may make recovery after spinal cord injury harder.

Oct 1, 2014 - 2:36:04 PM

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After Hospital Discharge Care and Readmission Rates

( - In a trial involving patients at high risk of hospital readmission or death, use of a virtual ward model of care (using some elements of hospital care in the community) after hospital discharge did not significantly reduce the rate of readmission or death up to a year following discharge, according to a study in the October 1 issue of JAMA.

Sep 30, 2014 - 7:05:12 PM

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What to be Wary of in the Govt’s New Site Detailing Industry Money to Docs

( - The government's release today of a trove of data detailing drug and device companies' payments to doctors has been widely hailed as a milestone for transparency.

Sep 30, 2014 - 10:52:00 AM

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Cedars-Sinai Certified by ALS Association as Center of Excellence for Treatment, Research

( - LOS ANGELES (Sept. 30, 2014) - The ALS Program at Cedars-Sinai has become the first in Southern California to be named an ALS Association Certified Treatment Center of Excellence - a distinction that recognizes the quality of its treatment and research programs for patients with Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

Sep 30, 2014 - 10:10:12 AM

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5 Ways to Create a Culture of Wellness in Your Family

( - SPOTSYLVANIA, Virginia - (September 29, 2014) - According to the American Psychological Association, children see an average of 40,000 commercials each year are for unhealthy foods, prompting them to want more of those items when they see them in the stores.

Sep 29, 2014 - 3:15:27 PM

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Seven Steps Toward A Greener, Cleaner Bathroom

(HealthNewsDigest.coom) - When people think of ways to live green and save energy in their homes, the bathroom may not be the first place that comes to mind. However, Carter Oosterhouse, home and design expert, proves there are several simple ways you can make a big difference in one of the most trafficked rooms in your home.

Sep 27, 2014 - 11:59:45 AM

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Threats to Air Quality

( - The main threats to local air quality across the United States (as well as most everywhere else) remain smog and particulate pollution, which combined or acting alone trigger millions of hospital visits and health complications for citizens every year.

Sep 26, 2014 - 6:59:07 PM

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COPD Patients Breathe Easier with Lung Flute

( - BUFFALO, N.Y. - Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) report improved symptoms and health status when they use a hand-held respiratory device called the Lung Flute¬ģ, according to a new¬†study by the University at Buffalo.

Sep 26, 2014 - 11:48:12 AM

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Strategic or Random? How the Brain Chooses

( - Many of the choices we make are informed by experiences we've had in the past. But occasionally we're better off abandoning those lessons and exploring a new situation unfettered by past experiences.

Sep 26, 2014 - 11:42:52 AM

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Gastric Bypass Bests Banding for Weight Loss, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol Control

( - DALLAS - Sept. 25, 2014 - Gastric bypass surgery has better outcomes than gastric banding for long-term weight loss, controlling type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, and lowering cholesterol levels

Sep 25, 2014 - 3:42:36 PM

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Massive Weight Loss Increases Risk of Complications

( - DALLAS - Sept. 25, 2014 - Patients who lost more than 100 pounds and those who shed weight through bariatric surgery had the highest risk of complications from later surgical procedures to reshape their leaner bodies, a new study from UT Southwestern Medical Center shows.

Sep 25, 2014 - 9:53:52 AM

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Mesothelioma: Know the Symptoms and Diagnosis

( - Mesothelioma is a silent and distant health hazard, which sometimes does not infect victims until 70 years after exposure. Knowing the symptoms, and aligning proper diagnosis with possible solutions, helps relatives and concerned parties help loved ones.

Sep 24, 2014 - 11:58:24 AM

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College Enrollment Declines for Second Year in a Row

( - College enrollment declined by close to half a million (463,000) between 2012 and 2013, marking the second year in a row that a drop of this magnitude has occurred.

Sep 24, 2014 - 11:35:29 AM

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Rare Movement Disorder

( - It's a debilitating disorder that causes people to feel like they are going to fall down when they are standing.

Sep 23, 2014 - 7:30:38 PM

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Reversing the Effects of Pulmonary Fibrosis with a microRNA Mimic

( - New Haven, Conn.-Yale University researchers are studying a potential new treatment that reverses the effects of pulmonary fibrosis, a respiratory disease in which scars develop in the lungs and severely hamper breathing.

Sep 22, 2014 - 12:55:09 PM

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FDA Approves Updating Label for Stendra

( - Today the FDA approved updated labeling (or prescribing information) for STENDRA (avanafil) tablets. STENDRA 100mg and 200mg are now approved to be taken as early as ~15 minutes before sexual activity - that's a 50 percent reduction from the previous dosing recommendation of ~30 minutes.

Sep 18, 2014 - 12:19:39 PM

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Combination Therapy for COPD Associated With Better Outcomes

( - Among older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), particularly those with asthma, newly prescribed long-acting beta-agonists (LABAs) and inhaled corticosteroid combination therapy, compared with newly prescribed LABAs alone, was associated with a lower risk of death or COPD hospitalization, according to a study in the September 17 issue of JAMA.

Sep 16, 2014 - 4:29:45 PM

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Healthy Humans Make Nice Homes for Viruses

( - The same viruses that make us sick can take up residence in and on the human body without provoking a sneeze, cough or other troublesome symptom

Sep 16, 2014 - 4:11:28 PM

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More Health Symptoms Reported Near ‚Äėfracking‚Äô Natural Gas Extraction

( - A Yale-led study has found a greater prevalence of health symptoms reported among residents living close to natural gas wells, including those drilled by hydraulic fracturing.

Sep 16, 2014 - 2:46:40 PM

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Eggs from Backyard Chickens Pose Potential Consumption Problems

( - MANHATTAN - Whether raising chickens in your backyard as pets or as a source of fresh eggs, a Kansas State University pharmacologist says what you don't know about your chickens could hurt you or others.

Sep 16, 2014 - 10:40:03 AM

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