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The Abortion Pill' Bounced Back In Texas After FDA Label Change

A new Texas Policy Evaluation Project  study shows that use of medication abortion, also known as “the abortion pill,” bounced back in Texas after a March 2016 label change by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The label change impacted the use of mifepristone, one of the two medications used for medication abortion, and…

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Public Sector Must 'Step Up' To Advance Interoperability

In the public-private partnership to reduce the cost of US healthcare and create true interoperability of patient data, the federal government believes it is taking a significant step forward. And it would like to see the private sector take that step along with it. This message comes one day after the Centers for Medicare &…

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Daily Strain Are Causing 'Professional Loneliness' In Health Care

Rushed clinical visits and an increased reliance on technology in medicine that replaces in-person communication between doctor and patient have led to “a kind of professional loneliness” and “a crisis in job satisfaction” among physicians, writes Richard Wenzel, M.D., in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Wenzel’s essay, “RVU Medicine, Technology, and…

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Johnson & Johnson Will List Drug Prices In TV Commercials

Johnson & Johnson said Thursday it will start giving the list price of its prescription drugs in television ads. The health care giant will begin with its popular blood thinner, Xarelto, said Scott White, head of J&J’s North American pharmaceutical marketing. By late March, commercials will give the pill’s list price plus typical out-of-pocket costs.…

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Cure For Conflicts Created By Pharma Payments To Physicians

A law meant to shame doctors who receive payments and gifts from drug companies in exchange for prescribing their medications to patients has given rise to some unexpected consequences. Researchers from the University of Michigan and Duke University wanted to find out what, if any, effect the public disclosure as required by the Affordable Care Act in…

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Hearts And Minds Fruit And Veg Boost Well-Being

Consuming more fruit and vegetables can improve your mental well-being, according to a new study, ‘Lettuce be happy.’ Researchers at the universities of Leeds and York analysed data from more than 40,000 people in the UK, and found that changes in fruit and vegetable consumption are correlated with changes in mental well-being. Marital status A key feature of…

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Study Finds Patient Messages Help Predict Medication Adherence

Around two-thirds of patients treated for breast cancer will have had hormone-sensitive tumors and, after their initial treatment, will be advised to undergo hormone therapy for five to 10 years to prevent recurrence. But around half of these patients will for various reasons decide to discontinue these drugs early and face increased risk of recurrence.…

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What Would Happen If U.S. Hospitals Openly Shared Their Prices

Imagine there was a store where there were no prices on items, and you never knew what you’d pay until you’d picked out your purchases and were leaving the shop. You might be skeptical that the store would have any incentive to offer reasonable prices. This exact situation has become the norm in U.S. health care,…

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Folate Levels Decrease Significantly When Solar Radiation Is Higher

For the first time, researchers from the University of Malaga have evidenced this relationship, confirming that ultraviolet radiation affects directly in proportion to folate in blood. Thus, this team of scientists have determined a seasonal risk threshold among patients with folate deficiency, since; according to this study; folate levels decrease significantly in those months when…

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New Drug for Sleeping Sickness Approved In The Democratic Republic

Marketing authorization of fexinidazole for the treatment of Trypanosoma brucei gambiense human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), more commonly known as sleeping sickness, has been granted in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This approval paves the way for the distribution of fexinidazole in endemic countries this year; with another submission planned in Uganda. Debilitating disruption Sleeping…

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Hospital Patients' Poor Food Intake Is Putting Their Health And Lives At Risk

For the 36 million Americans hospitalized each year, adequate nutrition plays a critical role in their health and recovery. Yet research from nutritionDay in the U.S., in collaboration with Abbott, shows malnutrition is still an unaddressed and widespread problem in hospitals. The study, published in The Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition; is the most robust analysis…

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Not All Saturated Fats Are Equal When It Comes To Heart Health

The type of saturated fats we eat can affect our risk of a heart attack; according to a study published in the International Journal of Cardiology. People whose diets contain relatively little palmitic and stearic acid saturated fats composed of 16 or more carbon atoms that are typically found in meats and eat plant-based proteins instead…