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Economy: How Clinics Can Ease Health Cost Burdens

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Photo: Stethoscope and money [24/04/2014] Health clinics that can provide primary care for low-income patients may ease the financial burden on both hospitals and insurance companies while improving patient health, researchers have concluded.Economy: How Clinics Can Ease Health Cost Burdens - Read more

Occupational Health: “Employees, who like to contribute their talents, stay healthy”

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[08/04/2014] Dr. Walter Kromm, Master of Public Health, is not just a general practitioner, but also a health advisor for management professionals. During his many years of practical experience, he kept realizing how important employee health is for the health of an entire company.Occupational Health: “Employees, who like to contribute their talents, stay healthy” - Read more

USA: 1 Billion Dollars Worth of Brain Scans for Headache Sufferers

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Photo: Headache [02/04/2014] One in eight visits to a doctor for a headache or migraine end up with the patient going for a brain scan, at a total cost of about $1 billion a year, a new University of Michigan Medical School study finds.USA: 1 Billion Dollars Worth of Brain Scans for Headache Sufferers - Read more

Emergencies: Trauma Center Closures Increase Odds of Death

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Photo: Ambulance [17/03/2014] Injured patients who live near trauma centers that have closed have higher odds of dying once they reach a hospital, according to a new analysis by UC San Francisco researchers.Emergencies: Trauma Center Closures Increase Odds of Death - Read more

“Pediatric conditions often require pediatric-specific engineering”

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[10/03/2014] Children are not just small adults and they cannot be treated as such. Physicians have recognized this but manufacturers of medical devices have a hard time here: the market for pediatric medical devices is very small and researchers have difficulties to turn their ideas into commercially successful products.“Pediatric conditions often require pediatric-specific engineering” - Read more

Healthcare: Promise of Value-based Payments in Remains Unproven

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Photo: Patient and doctor [05/03/2014] 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.Healthcare: Promise of Value-based Payments in Remains Unproven - Read more

UK: Study Reveals Record Rise in Insulin Use

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Photo: Insuline rise [17/02/2014] The use of insulin to treat type 2 diabetes has trebled in the UK over the last 20 years, a new study has revealed.UK: Study Reveals Record Rise in Insulin Use - Read more

UK: Thatcher's Policies Condemned for Causing 'Unjust Premature Death'

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Photo: Union Jack, Red Bus, Signs of London [13/02/2014] Dr Alex Scott-Samuel and colleagues from the Universities of Durham, West of Scotland, Glasgow and Edinburgh, sourced data from over 70 existing research papers, which concludes that the former prime minister's legacy "includes the unnecessary and unjust premature death of many British citizens, together with a substantial and continuing burden of suffering and loss of well-being."UK: Thatcher's Policies Condemned for Causing 'Unjust Premature Death' - Read more

Cancer: Costs Important for Treatment Adherence

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Photo: Dollar in pocket [08/01/2014] The cost of insurance co-payments for cutting-edge pharmaceuticals can vary widely from patient to patient. When the patient's share of prescription costs becomes too high, many patients skip doses or stop taking medication entirely.Cancer: Costs Important for Treatment Adherence - Read more

Health System: Broader Health Insurance Linked to Better Care

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Photo: Waiting room [13/12/2013] Compared with other New England states, health status and preventive care improved in Massachusetts after reform - especially for poor and near-poor.Health System: Broader Health Insurance Linked to Better Care - Read more

Hospital Construction: “Single rooms are private and at the same time efficient”

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[09/12/2013] Are hospital patients merely cured by medicine? Or does maybe architecture support the healing, too? A hospital does not have to be built like a typical hospital: Its planning can enable patients to access family, privacy and normalcy. Fears are taken away from the patient and the process of healing is supported.Hospital Construction: “Single rooms are private and at the same time efficient” - Read more

Training Centers: “German medical technology is in demand worldwide, but there is often a lack of skilled personnel”

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[01/12/2013] Markus Kamann is CEO of Paderborn-based Society for Project and Service Management and he knows how high the demand for modern medical technology from Germany is abroad. But technology alone is not enough. It also has to be properly applied, maintained and repaired. It is this expertise which is taught in the gpdm’s technical training centers.Training Centers: “German medical technology is in demand worldwide, but there is often a lack of skilled personnel” - Read more

Osteoporosis: 22 Million Women Over 50 Affected in the EU

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Photo: EU Flags [13/11/2013] A recent report issued by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) estimates that more than 22 million women aged between 50-84 years in the European Union (EU) have osteoporosis.Osteoporosis: 22 Million Women Over 50 Affected in the EU - Read more

ICU: Ultrasound Safer and Just as Effective as X-Rays

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Photo: Ultrasound [30/10/2013] A new study shows that the use of ultrasound testing rather than x-rays or CT scans in the ICU reduces patient radiation exposure and lowers costs of care.ICU: Ultrasound Safer and Just as Effective as X-Rays - Read more

Survey: Doctors Face Moral Dilemmas in Health Care System

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Photo: Dilemma [29/10/2013] A survey among rheumatologists finds many face moral dilemmas when trying to do what is best for their patients in the current health care environment.Survey: Doctors Face Moral Dilemmas in Health Care System - Read more

PET: Pain Processes in Tennis Elbow Illuminated

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Photo: Imaging tennis elbow [29/10/2013] Physiological processes in soft tissue pain such as chronic tennis elbow can be explored using diagnostic imaging methods. This is demonstrated by researchers from Uppsala University.PET: Pain Processes in Tennis Elbow Illuminated - Read more

Older Adults: Delaying Age Rather Than Fighting Fatal Diseases

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Photo: Aging happily [15/10/2013] A new study shows that research to delay aging and the infirmities of old age would have better population health and economic returns than advances in individual fatal diseases such as cancer or heart disease.Older Adults: Delaying Age Rather Than Fighting Fatal Diseases - Read more

Hospital IT: Efficiency and Safety through Networking and Automation

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[01/10/2013] Modern information and communication technology can effectively support hospital operations. It increases safety in patient care and alleviates the organization of time-consuming operations. This saves money and relieves the staff so that investing in modern IT pays off.Hospital IT: Efficiency and Safety through Networking and Automation - Read more

Drug Resistance: UK Is Not Funding Research Enough

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Photo: Research [13/09/2013] Study of funding awarded to antimicrobial resistance research projects in the UK calls for political leadership and sustained and targeted spending.Drug Resistance: UK Is Not Funding Research Enough - Read more

USA: Poor Blacks Likely to Get Worse Nursing Home Care

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Photo: Old hands [04/09/2013] Prof. Latarsha Chisholm conducted a study, which found that nursing homes that serve predominantly black residents tend to struggle financially and provide lower quality care than nursing homes with no black residents.USA: Poor Blacks Likely to Get Worse Nursing Home Care - Read more

Finances: Chronic Illness and Food Insecurity

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Photo: Salad [02/09/2013] Research findings provide direct evidence that people with chronic diseases are more likely to be food insecure - that is suffering from inadequate, insecure access to food as a result of financial constraints.Finances: Chronic Illness and Food Insecurity - Read more

Knowledge Transfer: “There is no panacea on how a new idea can be economically implemented”

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[02/09/2013] New treatments, devices or materials can potentially revolutionize medical technology. But besides a good network also money and know-how are necessary to turn results of research into a product. An example for successful knowledge transfer is a recent German development. It solved a problem that has been known for decades.Knowledge Transfer: “There is no panacea on how a new idea can be economically implemented” - Read more

HIV/AIDS: Growing Burden Shifts to Other Regions

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Photo: AIDS [30/08/2013] Patients attending clinical nurse specialist clinics do not get inferior treatment to that offered by consultant rheumatologists, the results of a major new clinical trial have revealed.HIV/AIDS: Growing Burden Shifts to Other Regions - Read more

Drugs: Lower-cost Drug Substitutions Could Save a Lot

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Photo: Pills and dollars [23/08/2013] A new study points to a simple solution that could result in hundreds of dollars in savings per patient when it comes to medication costs: Instead of brand-name drugs, substitute less expensive counterparts that have a similar therapeutic effect.Drugs: Lower-cost Drug Substitutions Could Save a Lot - Read more

Transplants: Unemployment Restricts Access to Kidneys

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Photo: Waiting [21/08/2013] People in end-stage kidney failure in need of a new kidney are much less likely to be placed on a waiting list or to actually receive a new kidney once on the list if they are unemployed or work part time.Transplants: Unemployment Restricts Access to Kidneys - Read more

Hospitals: Boosting Medical Safety Innovation

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Photo: Data sheet [10/07/2013] As health care personnel race to improve the quality of their care to save lives and prevent unneeded harm, a new study indicates there is more they can do to learn about what errors are occurring and why.Hospitals: Boosting Medical Safety Innovation - Read more

Public Health: Aging Population and Emergency Departments

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Photo: Waiting room [09/07/2013] As the population gets older, and the baby boomers begin to enter their 60's and 70's, one might assume that the number of trips to the emergency department will also increase.Public Health: Aging Population and Emergency Departments - Read more

Exports: "There are many differences in how healthcare is delivered in different markets and countries"

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[01/07/2013] Medical technology is a high-reward business that requires a lot of preparation in research, engineering and legal matters. Export business further increases revenues, even though accessing a foreign market also increases the necessary preparation work: A company needs competent local distribution partners to establish its product range and to constantly supply the market.Exports: "There are many differences in how healthcare is delivered in different markets and countries" - Read more

Medical Technology Exports: Demand Is Increasing

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[01/07/2013] Exports move all over the world. Countless goods – ranging from foods to technology – from hundreds of countries travel the world every day and supply the different markets. The medical technology sector is also a part of this. The demand for medical equipment keeps increasing and prompts more and more companies to offer their products in foreign markets.Medical Technology Exports: Demand Is Increasing - Read more

Training Centers: “German medical technology is in demand worldwide, but there is often a lack of skilled personnel”

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[01/07/2013] Markus Kamann is CEO of Paderborn-based Society for Project and Service Management and he knows how high the demand for modern medical technology from Germany is abroad. But technology alone is not enough. It also has to be properly applied, maintained and repaired. It is this expertise which is taught in the gpdm’s technical training centers.Training Centers: “German medical technology is in demand worldwide, but there is often a lack of skilled personnel” - Read more

Flu: School-located Vaccination Programs

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Photo: Vaccination [07/06/2013] Offering flu vaccines at elementary schools could expand vaccination rates and reduce costs, according to a new study.Flu: School-located Vaccination Programs - Read more

Acitivity: Pedometer Program Motivates Participants

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Photo: Pedometer [31/05/2013] Indiana University researchers found that a program using pedometers to monitor how much people move was effective at increasing physical activity, decreasing sitting time, and helping participants drop some pounds.Acitivity: Pedometer Program Motivates Participants - Read more

Hospitals: Management of High Blood Glucose

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Photo: Measuring blood glucose [24/05/2013] High blood glucose is associated with poor outcomes in hospitalized patients, and use of intensive insulin therapy (IIT) to control hyperglycemia is a common practice. Recent evidence does not show a consistent benefit, but even shows harm associated with IIT.Hospitals: Management of High Blood Glucose - Read more

Bloodstream: Hospitals Profit from Infections

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Photo: Central line [23/05/2013] Johns Hopkins researchers report that hospitals may be reaping enormous income for patients whose hospital stays are complicated by preventable bloodstream infections contracted in their intensive care units.Bloodstream: Hospitals Profit from Infections - Read more

Healthcare: Breakup of Physician Drug Company Relationship Cut Cost

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Photo: Doctor and drug company concultant [21/05/2013] A new report suggests that improved health care and significant reductions in drug costs might be attained by breaking up the age-old relationship between physicians and drug company representatives who promote the newest, more costly and often unnecessary prescription drugs.Healthcare: Breakup of Physician Drug Company Relationship Cut Cost - Read more

Blue Hospital Concept: “We offer hospitals an independent sustainability certification”

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[08/05/2013] Just because green plants sprout from the ground, it doesn’t mean that the sky is blue. There are numerous green areas in Shanghai for example, yet the air is very polluted. To act in an ecologically conscious manner, you need to focus on sustainability. Hospitals and clinics also want to achieve this at this point and are being certified through different processes.Blue Hospital Concept: “We offer hospitals an independent sustainability certification” - Read more

Leukemia: High Treatment Costs Harming Patients

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Photo: Blood clots [29/04/2013] The increasing cost of treatments for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in the United States has reached unsustainably high levels and may be leaving many patients under- or untreated because they cannot afford care, according to a study.Leukemia: High Treatment Costs Harming Patients - Read more

Health Insurance Survey: 84 Million People Were Uninsured

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Photo: Waiting room [26/04/2013] Eighty-four million people ― nearly half of all working-age adults in the United States ―went without health insurance for a time last year or had out-of-pocket costs that were so high relative to their income they were considered underinsured, according to the Commonwealth Fund 2012 Biennial Health Insurance Survey.Health Insurance Survey: 84 Million People Were Uninsured - Read more

Surgical Complications: Greater Hospital Profit-margins

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Photo: Operation [17/04/2013] Privately insured surgical patients who had a complication provided hospitals with a 330 percent higher profit margin than those without a complication, according to new research from Ariadne Labs.Surgical Complications: Greater Hospital Profit-margins - Read more

Children: Household Income Affects Diabetes Control

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Photo: Cookies [10/04/2013] Researchers at the University of Montreal have found that the glycated hemoglobin levels of children with type 1-diabetes are correlated linearly and negatively with household income.Children: Household Income Affects Diabetes Control - Read more

Hospitals: Fighting Pathogens with Modern Means

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[02/04/2013] Associations of medical professionals assume that each year about 730 000 patients suffer an infection connected to stationary or ambulatory treatment. Presumably 30 00 cases are fatal. Thus, the most important areas of work in a hospital are hygiene and infection prevention.Hospitals: Fighting Pathogens with Modern Means - Read more

Losing Weight: Money Talks

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Photo: Money and bread [14/03/2013] Weight loss study participants who received financial incentives were more likely to stick with a weight loss program and lost more weight than study participants who received no incentives, according to Mayo Clinic research.Losing Weight: Money Talks - Read more

Hospitals: Improving Floor Design Against Fatigue

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Photo: Floor Plan [04/02/2013] In hospitals, poor floor design, storage closet clutter and crowded corridors can contribute to staff fatigue. These distractions can hurt patient care quality and result in higher medical costs. A new study offers a spatial solution.Hospitals: Improving Floor Design Against Fatigue - Read more

Children: Personalized Medicine Eliminates Need for Drug

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Photo: Genes [01/02/2013] Using genome-wide analysis, investigators at the University of Montreal have potentially eliminated a lifetime drug prescription that two children with a previously unknown type of adrenal insufficiency had been receiving for 14 years. Children: Personalized Medicine Eliminates Need for Drug - Read more

Management: Success for Primary Care Networks

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Photo: Stethoscope and calender [28/01/2013] A newly-released study on early adoptees of the Primary Care Network (PCN) initiative proposes that their success lies with three key elements: strong leadership, a redefined, inclusive workspace and allowance for creative discord.Management: Success for Primary Care Networks - Read more

Rotavirus: Vaccinating Children Protects Adults

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Photo: Vaccination [24/01/2013] Pediatric rotavirus vaccination also indirectly protects unvaccinated adults from the highly contagious cause of severe diarrhea and vomiting, suggests a new study. The findings suggest pediatric immunization against the virus may be more cost effective than previously thought, given rotavirus-related health care costs among adults.Rotavirus: Vaccinating Children Protects Adults - Read more

HIV: Treatment Strategy Could Save 1 Billion Dollars

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Photo: HIV [16/01/2013] Replacing the combination of brand-name, antiretroviral drugs currently recommended for control of HIV infection with soon-to-be-available generic medications could be saved 1 billion Dollars a year but may diminish the effectiveness of HIV treatment.HIV: Treatment Strategy Could Save 1 Billion Dollars - Read more

USA: Health Disadvantages in All Groups

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Photo: Population [15/01/2013] On average, Americans from all ages and socioeconomic groups die sooner and experience higher rates of disease and injury than people in other high-income countries, says a new report from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine.USA: Health Disadvantages in All Groups - Read more

Intensive Care: Physical Therapy Benefits Hospitals’ Balance

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Photo: Physical Therapy [14/01/2013] In a study evaluating the financial impact of providing early physical therapy for intensive care patients, researchers found that the up-front costs are outweighed by subsequent financial savings.Intensive Care: Physical Therapy Benefits Hospitals’ Balance - Read more

Genomics: Costs of Bringing Research Into Care

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Photo: Genomics [09/01/2013] Genomic research is widely expected to transform medicine, but progress has been slower than expected. Critics argue that the genomics "promise" has been broken – and that money might be better spent elsewhere.Genomics: Costs of Bringing Research Into Care - Read more

Telestroke Networks: Cost-effective for Hospitals, Good for Patients

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Photo: Patient in hospital [18/12/2012] Telestroke networks that enable the remote and rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke can improve the bottom line of patients and hospitals, researchers report.Telestroke Networks: Cost-effective for Hospitals, Good for Patients - Read more

USA: Increase of Health Insurance Premiums

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Photo: Dollars and stethoscope [18/12/2012] According to a new Commonwealth Fund report, average premiums for employer-sponsored family health insurance plans in the United States rose 62 percent between 2003 and 2011. Health insurance costs rose far faster than incomes in all states.USA: Increase of Health Insurance Premiums - Read more

Surgery: Checklist Can Reduce Costly Complications

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Photo: Surgical team [10/12/2012] As the nation grapples with surging health care costs, researchers have confirmed two simple cost-effective methods to reduce expensive postoperative complications — communications team training and a surgical checklist.Surgery: Checklist Can Reduce Costly Complications - Read more

High-cost Care: Hospices Restrict Patient Enrollment

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Photo: Nurse and patient [10/12/2012] In a national survey of enrollment policies at hospices, researchers have found that the majority of hospices in the United States have at least one enrollment policy that could restrict access for terminally ill Medicare patients with high-cost medical needs.High-cost Care: Hospices Restrict Patient Enrollment - Read more

Quarterly Medical Co-pays Abolished: “The health insurance companies will be compensated”

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[10/12/2012] It annoys patients, physicians and the medical staff in Germany: the quarterly medical co-pay. After nine years, on January 1, 2013, it will now be abolished again much to the delight of all involved. However, this decision raises some concerns. MEDICA.de asked Christian Albrecht, spokesperson for the German Federal Ministry of Health, what consequences the abolition bears.Quarterly Medical Co-pays Abolished: “The health insurance companies will be compensated” - Read more

Health Insurance: Finding Physicians May Be Problematic

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Photo: Accept or refuse [06/12/2012] Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expected to result in up to 50 million currently uninsured Americans acquiring some type of health insurance coverage. However, newly insured patients may have trouble finding primary care physicians.Health Insurance: Finding Physicians May Be Problematic - Read more

Public Funding: What Counts as a Disease?

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Photo: Qustionary [04/12/2012] While some states of the human body are clearly considered diseases, others are not. But the classification influences whether treatment can be funded publicly. The Finnish FIND Survey tried to shed some light on this distinction among health care professionals, politicians and laypeople.Public Funding: What Counts as a Disease? - Read more

World AIDS Day Report: 50 Percent Drop in New HIV Infections

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Photo: Red ribbon and the earth [26/11/2012] A new World AIDS Day report: Results, by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), shows that unprecedented acceleration in the AIDS response is producing results for people.World AIDS Day Report: 50 Percent Drop in New HIV Infections - Read more

Tuberculosis: New Test Could Improve Treatment

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Photo: Man coughing [22/11/2012] A new rapid test for tuberculosis (TB) could substantially and cost-effectively reduce TB deaths and improve treatment in southern Africa — a region where both HIV and tuberculosis are common — according to a new study by Harvard School of Public researchers.Tuberculosis: New Test Could Improve Treatment - Read more

Obesity: Epidemic Threatens Health of All Social Groups

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Photo: Obese woman [16/11/2012] A new thesis shows that obesity is increasing across all social groups and that we need to look at factors other than socioeconomic status to understand and solve one of the major public health concerns of the Western world.Obesity: Epidemic Threatens Health of All Social Groups - Read more

Diabetes: Options for Leaders to Reduce Costs

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Photo: Insulin test [16/11/2012] Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes calls for national decision makers to consider local experience in reducing disparities in diabetes as health reform implementation advances.Diabetes: Options for Leaders to Reduce Costs - Read more

Hospital Mortality Rates: Financial Incentives May Improve

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Photo: Foot [08/11/2012] New research into controversial pay-for-performance schemes has suggested they may help to save the lives of National Health Service (NHS) patients. A “significant” fall in mortality rates for certain conditions emerged in a study into the use of incentives at hospitals in the North West of England.Hospital Mortality Rates: Financial Incentives May Improve - Read more

CeramTec: “Every 30 seconds a hip joint prosthesis by CeramTec is implanted”

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[02/11/2012] High quality ceramic products play an increasingly important role in medical technology. From lithotripters about hip prosthesis up to anesthesia devices – Advanced Ceramic is used in a variety of medical equipments, but also in the human body.CeramTec: “Every 30 seconds a hip joint prosthesis by CeramTec is implanted” - Read more

Health Care Services: Strategy for "Choosing Wisely"

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[24/10/2012] Cutting the expenses associated with "low-value" medical tests and treatments – such as unnecessary imaging tests and antibiotics for viral infections that won't benefit from them – will require a multi-pronged plan targeting insurance companies, patients, and physicians, according to a study of the University of Pennsylvania.Health Care Services: Strategy for "Choosing Wisely" - Read more

Uterus: Cost-effective Treatment for Endometrial Cancer

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[18/10/2012] A common birth control device is effective in treating early-stage endometrial cancer in morbidly obese and high-risk surgery patients, said Georgia Health Sciences University Cancer Center researchers, and could lead to a cost-effective treatment for all women with this cancer type.Uterus: Cost-effective Treatment for Endometrial Cancer - Read more

Health Economics: State Deregulation of Open-heart Surgery

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[08/10/2012] The Certificate of Need, a form of state government regulation for open-heart surgery, has been designed to keep mortality rates and health care costs down. A new study suggests that neither is the case, but that deregulation is beneficial to patients.Health Economics: State Deregulation of Open-heart Surgery - Read more

CSA Group: ”We do everything to make our customer’s entry into a new market as easy as possible“

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[01/10/2012] A lot needs to be considered when medical device manufacturers want to successfully launch new products in global markets. Hans-Werner Zeller from CSA Group, which among other things is specialized in certification procedures, explains the special challenges to MEDICA.de that companies are faced with at this juncture. CSA Group: ”We do everything to make our customer’s entry into a new market as easy as possible“ - Read more

Elderly: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Increases Mortality

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[10/09/2012] Untreated severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular mortality in the elderly, and adequate treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) may significantly reduce this risk, according to a new study from researchers in Spain.Elderly: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Increases Mortality - Read more

Health System: Improving Care and Reducing Costs

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[07/09/2012] America's health care system has become too complex and costly to continue business as usual, says a new study from the Institute of Medicine. Inefficiencies, an overwhelming amount of data, and other economic and quality barriers hinder progress in improving health and threaten the nation's economic stability and global competitiveness.Health System: Improving Care and Reducing Costs - Read more

Non-invasive Diagnostic Imaging: Costs Down Since 2006

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[05/09/2012] According to a study, overall non-invasive diagnostic imaging (NDI) costs to Medicare Part B dropped 21 percent from 2006 to 2010. The study reveals that medical imaging is not a driver of escalating Medicare costs.Non-invasive Diagnostic Imaging: Costs Down Since 2006 - Read more

PACS Network: Lower Costs and Less Radiation Exposure

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[04/09/2012] According to a study, using a combination of the Internet and compact discs (CD) to transfer images during inter-hospital transfer is associated with much lower repeat imaging rates, suggesting that regional PACS networks may be useful for reducing cost and radiation exposure associated with trauma.PACS Network: Lower Costs and Less Radiation Exposure - Read more

Arrhythmia Treatment: Gaps Between Eastern and Western Europe

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[31/08/2012] The EHRA White Book by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) reports on the current status of arrhythmia treatments in the 54 member of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) countries and has been published every year since 2008.Arrhythmia Treatment: Gaps Between Eastern and Western Europe - Read more

United Kingdom: Public Health Needs a Radical Shake Up

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[22/08/2012] Professor Gerard Hastings from the Institute for Social Marketing at the University of Stirling argues that marketing by multinational corporations "threatens our mental wellbeing, exacerbates inequalities, and encourages unsustainable consumption."United Kingdom: Public Health Needs a Radical Shake Up - Read more

Alzheimer's Patients: Delirium and Long-term Cognitive Decline

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[21/08/2012] Patients with Alzheimer's disease who suffered episodes of delirium while hospitalized had a sharply increased rate of mental decline for up to five years after being hospitalized compared to those who did not have any such episodes, according to a study by researchers at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife.Alzheimer's Patients: Delirium and Long-term Cognitive Decline - Read more

Diabetic Patients: Investing in Quality of Care Reduces Costs

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[20/08/2012] University of Minnesota School of Public Health researchers have found that medical group practices can reduce costs for patients with diabetes by investing in improved quality of care.Diabetic Patients: Investing in Quality of Care Reduces Costs - Read more

Economy: Use of Retail Medical Clinics Continues to Grow

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[20/08/2012] Fast-growing retail medical clinics are attracting more older patients and delivering more preventive care, particularly flu shots and other vaccinations, according to a new study from the RAND Corporation.Economy: Use of Retail Medical Clinics Continues to Grow - Read more

Trauma Care: Spending More - No Higher Survival Rates

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[13/08/2012] A large-scale review of national patient records reveals that although survival rates are the same, the cost of treating trauma patients in the western United States is 33 percent higher than the bill for treating similarly injured patients in the Northeast.Trauma Care: Spending More - No Higher Survival Rates - Read more

Medicaid: Poorest Americans at Risk

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[07/08/2012] Health coverage for the poorest Americans could be in jeopardy in many states as a result of the United States Supreme Court's ruling last month on the Affordable Care Act, according to a new legal analysis.Medicaid: Poorest Americans at Risk - Read more

Nurse Staffing: Burnout Linked to Hospital Infections

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[01/08/2012] Nurse burnout leads to higher healthcare-associated infection rates (HAIs) and costs hospitals millions of additional dollars annually, according to a study of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.Nurse Staffing: Burnout Linked to Hospital Infections - Read more

CVD: Half of Deaths Could Be Avoided with Regulation

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[25/07/2012] Population level prevention produces greater impacts on cardiovascular diseases (CVD) than individualised approaches, according to the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).CVD: Half of Deaths Could Be Avoided with Regulation - Read more

Cholesterol: New Lipid Screening Guidelines for Children

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[24/07/2012] Recent guidelines recommending cholesterol tests for children fail to weigh health benefits against potential harms and costs, according to three physician-researchers at University of California – San Francisco.Cholesterol: New Lipid Screening Guidelines for Children - Read more

Medicare: Revised Geographic Adjustments to Improve Payments

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[18/07/2012] Changing the way that Medicare payments are adjusted to account for regional variations in the cost of providing care as recommended by a previous report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) would result in payment increases for some hospitals and practitioners and decreases for others.Medicare: Revised Geographic Adjustments to Improve Payments - Read more

Surgical Site Infections: Rehospitalisations Add Costs

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[04/06/2012] Preventing further complications in patients who develop infections after surgery to replace a knee or hip could save the United States healthcare system as much as 65 million Dollars annually, according to an analysis of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.Surgical Site Infections: Rehospitalisations Add Costs - Read more

Mobile Technology: Improving Diet and Physical Activity Behaviour

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[29/05/2012] A new study, supported in part by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health, suggests that a combination of mobile technology and remote coaching holds promise in encouraging healthier eating and physical activity behaviour in adults. The study focused on the best way to change multiple health behaviours.Mobile Technology: Improving Diet and Physical Activity Behaviour - Read more

Microfluidic Chip: TB Test Promises to Be Cheap and Fast

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[24/05/2012] Biomedical engineers at University of California Davis have developed a microfluidic chip to test for latent tuberculosis. They hope the test will be cheaper, faster and more reliable than current testing for the disease.Microfluidic Chip: TB Test Promises to Be Cheap and Fast - Read more

Benefits and Risks: Direct-to-consumer Genetics Tests

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[11/05/2012] Patients see potential benefits from direct-to-consumer genetic testing, but are also concerned about how the test results will be used, and generally are unwilling to pay more than 10 or 20 Dollars for them, according to focus groups conducted by researchers at Loyola University Chicago.Benefits and Risks: Direct-to-consumer Genetics Tests - Read more

Cardiac Death: Costs of Screening Children

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[10/05/2012] A study by Doctor Laurel K. Leslie from the Tufts Clinical and colleagues has evaluated the lifesaving benefits and costs of screening programs for the prevention of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in children and adolescents. The authors found that screening can save lives.Cardiac Death: Costs of Screening Children - Read more

Hidden Cost: Breastfeeding is not free

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[27/04/2012] Paediatricians often encourage new mothers to breastfeed their babies for at least the first six months of their infants' lives. Many breastfeeding proponents argue that breastfeeding has financial advantages over formula-feeding — breastfeeding is free, they say. But, according to a new study, it is patently untrue.Hidden Cost: Breastfeeding is not free - Read more

Unique Device Identification: "Global interconnectedness makes uniform traceability systems necessary"

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[23/04/2012] In order to design safety standards and traceability of medical devices more professionally in the future, international committees are currently working on a new identification system that could apply worldwide in the future. In doing so, products could be identified during their entire life cycle.Unique Device Identification: "Global interconnectedness makes uniform traceability systems necessary" - Read more

California's Medi-Cal Caregivers: Majority Live in or Near Poverty

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[12/04/2012] The demand for caregivers is growing rapidly as California's population ages, but the majority of state's Medi-Cal caregivers earn poverty or near-poverty wages and have poor access to health care and food, a new study from the University of California Los Angeles Centre for Health Policy Research has found.California's Medi-Cal Caregivers: Majority Live in or Near Poverty - Read more

Medical Services: “Many patients feel blindsided by individual health benefits“

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[22/03/2012] Individual health benefits, so-called IGeL in Germany, are more and more often offered to German patients at their doctor’s office. Many recipients however are unsure whether the benefit is really necessary or whether their health really depends on paying for some benefits out of their own pocket. Medical Services: “Many patients feel blindsided by individual health benefits“ - Read more

Adults over 65: Virtual Colonoscopy Effective Screening Tool

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[23/02/2012] Computed tomography (CT) colonography can be used as a primary screening tool for colorectal cancer in adults over the age of 65, according to a new study. Some previous medical studies have found no significant difference in the diagnostic accuracy of CT colonography, also known as "virtual colonoscopy," and traditional optical colonoscopy.Adults over 65: Virtual Colonoscopy Effective Screening Tool - Read more

Home Visits for Asthma: A Win for Both Patients and Payers

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[22/02/2012] Nearly 1 in 10 children have asthma, according to government statistics, and in low-income parts of Boston, nearly 16 per cent of children are affected. A program called the Community Asthma Initiative (CAI), developed and implemented in 2005 by clinicians at Children's Hospital Boston, demonstrates the potential to dramatically reduce hospitalisation and emergency department visits for asthma.Home Visits for Asthma: A Win for Both Patients and Payers - Read more

Healthcare Branding: “A systematic approach to product naming saves both time and money“

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[08/02/2012] The number of national brand applications has increased by 9 percent in the medical technology and pharmaceutical leading classes in 2010 compared to the previous year. And yet in many companies there is a lack of a long-term branding strategy. The consequence of which is an unsystematic growing brand portfolio that offers little orientation and gets in the way of successful product marketing. Healthcare Branding: “A systematic approach to product naming saves both time and money“ - Read more

Health and Costs: Traffic-Related Air Pollution

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[27/01/2012] A research team led by University of Massachusetts Amherst with colleagues in California and Switzerland have revised the cost burden sharply upward for childhood asthma and for the first time include the number of cases attributable to air pollution, in a study.Health and Costs: Traffic-Related Air Pollution - Read more

Drug-Cost: Anti-Malaria Drug Synthesised with Oxygen and Light

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[19/01/2012] It will be possible to provide medication for the 225 million malaria patients in developing countries at an affordable price. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam have developed a very simple process for the synthesis of artemisinin, the active ingredient that pharmaceutical companies could only obtain from plants up to now.Drug-Cost: Anti-Malaria Drug Synthesised with Oxygen and Light - Read more

Children: Hospitalisation Following Drowning-Related Incidents

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[16/01/2012] Fewer children required hospitalisation following a drowning incident over the last two decades, according to a new study from the Johns Hopkins Centre for Injury Research and Policy.Children: Hospitalisation Following Drowning-Related Incidents - Read more

Cirrhosis: High Rates of Disability and Health Care

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[12/01/2012] Older patients with cirrhosis have significant functional disability, require twice the amount of informal care giving, and contribute added strain on the health care system, according to University of Michigan research. Given the increase in obesity and aging of those with hepatitis C (HCV), researchers expect the prevalence of cirrhosis to climb among older Americans.Cirrhosis: High Rates of Disability and Health Care - Read more

Germany’s Electronic Health Insurance Card: “Data protection for the insured person is unquestionably guaranteed”

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[08/12/2011] Since October 2011, Germany’s electronic health insurance card (“elektronische Gesundheitskarte” eGK) has been adopted into the everyday lives of patients and physicians for good. After a long and tedious process, it finally meets the required regulations to ensure data protection for the insured.Germany’s Electronic Health Insurance Card: “Data protection for the insured person is unquestionably guaranteed” - Read more

Duesseldorf: MEDICA 2011 + COMPAMED 2011 Start with a Record Number of Participants

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[11/11/2011] In the week ahead, from 16 - 19 November 2011, the attention of health and medical care professionals from around the world will once again focus on Düsseldorf, as the world's largest medical trade fair, MEDICA 2011, World Forum for Medicine, and COMPAMED 2011, High tech solutions for medical technology, the leading trade fair for the suppliers market in medical manufacturing, get underway.Duesseldorf: MEDICA 2011 + COMPAMED 2011 Start with a Record Number of Participants - Read more

Pharmacology: Nano-Technology Makes Medicine Greener

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[07/11/2011] Researchers at the University of Copenhagen are behind the development of a new method that will make it possible to develop drugs faster and greener. This will lead to cheaper medicine for consumers.Pharmacology: Nano-Technology Makes Medicine Greener - Read more

Health Care: Poorer Countries Have Worse Stroke Outcomes

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[02/11/2011] People living in poor countries or countries that spend proportionately less on health-care are about 30 per cent more likely to have a stroke, a new study shows. They are also more likely to die from a stroke within 30 days, have a stroke at a younger age or have a hemorrhagic stroke – a more severe type caused by a burst blood vessel bleeding in or near the brain.Health Care: Poorer Countries Have Worse Stroke Outcomes - Read more

Global Market Research: Hiring Index jumps 17.6 Percent in the Second Quarter with Research and Development Spending on the Rise

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[07/09/2011] The ZRG Global Life Science Hiring Index posted a surprising jump in Q2 hiring, logging a 17.6 percent increase from Q1. The Index now stands at 90.9, a 34 percent increase from average 2010 hiring levels.Global Market Research: Hiring Index jumps 17.6 Percent in the Second Quarter with Research and Development Spending on the Rise - Read more

Unemployment: Three-quarters of Those Without Jobs Are Skipping Health Care

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[26/08/2011] Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of people who lost their health insurance when they lost their jobs over the last two years said that they skipped needed health care or did not fill prescriptions because of cost, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. Unemployment: Three-quarters of Those Without Jobs Are Skipping Health Care - Read more

Dementia: An underestimated problem

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[01/08/2011] Dementia is a disorder caused by malfunctions in brain performance, from which in Germany alone approximately 1.2 million people are suffering from. Since dementia mostly appears in the third phase in one’s life and the number of affected people is increasing constantly, all industrial nations are facing entirely new challenges.Dementia: An underestimated problem - Read more

Global Market Research: Life Science Hiring Index Highlights Growth In Medical Device Jobs

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[28/06/2011] An industry indicator has reported that medical device and diagnostics segment and the European market is driving job growth in the life science sector.Global Market Research: Life Science Hiring Index Highlights Growth In Medical Device Jobs - Read more

Country Doctor: “Sadly, humanity will fall by the wayside“

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Photo: Countryside [22/04/2011] Rural exodus is not just a well-known German problem, but happens all over the world. In the foreseeable future, this development will have a negative impact on the rural infrastructure and with it also on medical care. The fact remains: Many physicians prefer the city and a country atmosphere doesn’t do much for them.Country Doctor: “Sadly, humanity will fall by the wayside“ - Read more

Reports: Accountable Care Organisations May Curb Costs and Improve Care

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[19/04/2011] If implemented successfully, accountable care organizations (ACOs) have the ability to achieve better care, better population health, and lower costs, according to a new report released today by the Commonwealth Fund Commission. Reports: Accountable Care Organisations May Curb Costs and Improve Care - Read more

Statutory Health Insurance: “Extensive service does not automatically mean higher premiums“

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Photo: Health insurance Card [08/06/2010] Many patients get the feeling that they have to keep paying more for increasingly worse service. This is why all the commotion over the additionally levied premiums by the statutory health insurance was high in the past and remains so now.Statutory Health Insurance: “Extensive service does not automatically mean higher premiums“ - Read more

Healthcare: The Cost of Medicalizing Human Conditions

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[25/05/2010] Medicalization of human problems is a growth industry -- but what does it cost?Healthcare: The Cost of Medicalizing Human Conditions - Read more

Nurses: Can Wage Regulation Be Deadly?

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[17/05/2010] A new study links regulated wages for nurses with increased deaths in UK hospitals. It suggests that government regulation of nurses' pay leads to higher death rates in U.K. hospitals.Nurses: Can Wage Regulation Be Deadly? - Read more

Medical Care: Children's Health Suffers Due to Bills

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[03/05/2010] When the high cost of health care forces families to forgo paying for basic household expenses, such as rent, utilities or food, children's health suffers, according to new research.Medical Care: Children's Health Suffers Due to Bills - Read more

Profit: Health Insurers Invest in Fast-Food

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[20/04/2010] Harvard researchers have detailed the extent to which life and health insurance companies are major investors in the fast-food industry – to the tune of nearly two billion U.S. dollars.Profit: Health Insurers Invest in Fast-Food - Read more

Health Care: Educate Individuals to Prevent Costs

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[09/04/2010] Educating individuals about the costs of healthcare could save money and lead to a more efficient use of the healthcare system, policy researchers report.Health Care: Educate Individuals to Prevent Costs - Read more

Imaging: CT and MRI Associated With Decreased Costs

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[06/04/2010] Advanced imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) might shorten the length of a person's hospital stay and decrease the high costs associated with hospitalization if used early. Imaging: CT and MRI Associated With Decreased Costs - Read more

Chronic Diseases: Good Guidance Impacts Effectiveness of Treatment

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[23/03/2010] Researchers have come to the conclusion that the percentage of successfully treated patients with chronic conditions could increase with optimum guidance.Chronic Diseases: Good Guidance Impacts Effectiveness of Treatment - Read more

Surgeries: More than Half Are Done Outpatient

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[11/03/2010] Nearly 58 percent of the surgeries performed in hospitals in 2007 were done as outpatient procedures, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.Surgeries: More than Half Are Done Outpatient - Read more

Medical Fundraising: “It Works Primarily Through Networks“

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[08/03/2010] In times of financial crisis money is tight. Nobody has anything to give away. This is also evident in everyday life at a hospital. There are some exceptions: Some private individuals or companies are helping clinics out financially and therefore help themselves and the hospital to gain more recognition.Medical Fundraising: “It Works Primarily Through Networks“ - Read more

Costs: Going Green in the Hospital

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[05/03/2010] Recycling medical equipment could save hospitals hundreds of millions of dollars annually and curb trash at medical centers, the second-largest waste producers in the United States after the food industry.Costs: Going Green in the Hospital - Read more

Insurance: Value-Based Seems Beneficiary

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[26/02/2010] Charging less for more effective treatments could reduce health care costs while improving health.Insurance: Value-Based Seems Beneficiary - Read more

Mental Illnesses: Second Leading Cause of Time Off Work

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[01/02/2010] An interdisciplinary team of researchers has evaluated the economic impact of mental illness in Spain, and estimated their social cost. Mental Illnesses: Second Leading Cause of Time Off Work - Read more

Health Care System: The Future Lies in A Fixed Premium

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The Future Lies in A Fixed Premium [01/02/2010] Well over four months ago, the power in Berlin was handed over – since then, the Union (of CDU/CSU) and Free Democratic Party (FDP) have been in charge. The coalition intends to create a new structure for the Health Care System in the long run. Just exactly how this is going to be done is still a bit hazy in the coalition contract and leaves a lot of room for speculation. Health Care System: The Future Lies in A Fixed Premium - Read more

Per Capita Premium: „Top Earners Will Not Necessarily Get to Pay Less“

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„Top Earners Will Not Necessarily Get to Pay Less“ [01/02/2010] The controversial per capita premium is coming. That is what the Black-Yellow coalition in Germany intends to implement. Unfortunately, politicians are still fairly mum about further details. MEDICA.de spoke with Thomas Drabinski, member of the Chair for Finance, Social Politics and Health economics at the University of Kiel, about what a per capita premium could actually look like. Per Capita Premium: „Top Earners Will Not Necessarily Get to Pay Less“ - Read more

Routine Screening: For Postnatal Depression not Cost Effective

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[05/01/2010] Routine screening for postnatal depression in primary care - as recommended in recent guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) - does not appear to represent value for money for the National Health Service (NHS). Routine Screening: For Postnatal Depression not Cost Effective - Read more

Lower Income: Rising Mortality in People with Diabetes

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[04/01/2010] While mortality from diabetes has declined in Canada, the income-related mortality gap is increasing, with lower income groups faring worse than higher income groups.Lower Income: Rising Mortality in People with Diabetes - Read more

Costly Cancer Treatments: No Easy Access in U.S. or U.K.

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[18/12/2009] Cancer patients in both the United States and the United Kingdom face challenges in gaining access to expensive treatments, according to new research. Costly Cancer Treatments: No Easy Access in U.S. or U.K. - Read more

Cost-Effectiveness: Randomized Clinical Trials Unrealistic

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[11/12/2009] Cost-effectiveness studies are widely used to guide prescribing policy. However, a new study suggests that cost-effectiveness analyses based on data from randomized controlled trials may not be realistic enough to accurately inform policy. Cost-Effectiveness: Randomized Clinical Trials Unrealistic - Read more

Computerized Systems: Solution to Managing Imaging Utilization

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[01/12/2009] Providing physicians with a computerised support system that provides feedback regarding imaging appropriateness may be an effective solution to managing imaging utilization, according to a new article.Computerized Systems: Solution to Managing Imaging Utilization - Read more

Diabetes: Cases to Double, Costs to Triple by 2034

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[27/11/2009] In the next 25 years, the number of Americans living with diabetes will nearly double, researchers report. Over the same period, they say, spending on diabetes will almost triple, rising from 113 billion U.S. dollars to 336 billion U.S. dollars.Diabetes: Cases to Double, Costs to Triple by 2034 - Read more

Costs: Doctors Forced to Talk About Money

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[09/11/2009] As health insurers require people to base more treatment decisions on out-of-pocket costs, physicians should learn to talk to patients about money, according to researchers.Costs: Doctors Forced to Talk About Money - Read more

32. German Hospital Conference: „We Pin Our Hopes on a Change of the Political Style“

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[01/11/2009] „Angie“ remains Chancellor. Yet this seems to be the only analogy between the old grand coalition and the new black-yellow one in Germany. As it remains to be seen how federal politics will develop, the hospital employees at MEDICA 2009 will discuss hard what to expect of the new government. 32. German Hospital Conference: „We Pin Our Hopes on a Change of the Political Style“ - Read more

Companies: Care for Outwardly Healthy Workers Costs Millions

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[23/10/2009] Someone healthy enough to work could still cost an employer more than 4,000 U.S. dollars annually in unnecessary health care costs, a new study says.Companies: Care for Outwardly Healthy Workers Costs Millions - Read more

Uninsured: Illness Devastates Older Adults’ Finances

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[20/10/2009] For the more than four million uninsured adults in the United States nearing retirement age, a serious illness often spells financial disaster, according to a recent study.Uninsured: Illness Devastates Older Adults’ Finances - Read more

Health Fund: “Health Insurance Companies Are Frozen because of Additional Fees like a Deer Caught in Headlights”

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[21/08/2009] The highly controversial health fund was established on January first. Seven months later experts believe that the fund will show a deficit of about four billion euros by the end of the year. Health Fund: “Health Insurance Companies Are Frozen because of Additional Fees like a Deer Caught in Headlights” - Read more

Global Health: Unprecedented Private Giving

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[24/06/2009] Well-heeled donors, private corporations and average citizens sending money to their favorite charities are changing the landscape of global health funding, according to a new study. Global Health: Unprecedented Private Giving - Read more

Market Development: „Many Of The Smaller Hospitals Have Potential That Lies Idle“

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[01/05/2009] Boosting medical tourism in Germany – this is the aim of a university project group in Aachen. Three years and a half engineers, together with IT experts and clinics, researched how hospitals could do better in winning over international patients.Market Development: „Many Of The Smaller Hospitals Have Potential That Lies Idle“ - Read more

International Patients: „The Physician Should Have Blond Hair And Blue Eyes“

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[01/05/2009] For many foreigners, „made in Germany“ is also in the fields of medicine a sign of quality. Especially Arabs and Russians enter Germany to get treatment from a specialist - with somehow different demands regarding the hospital stay than the German patients. International Patients: „The Physician Should Have Blond Hair And Blue Eyes“ - Read more

Health Insurance: "You Can't Always Get What You Want"

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[01/01/2009] The quest for supporters of the health fund is like looking for a needle in a haystack. The politicians who were mainly involved in the implementation of the fund refused an interview in unison. Only the statuory health insurancy AOK who is seen as one of the winners of the health fund agrees to an interview. The insurancy, however, does not show enthusiasm about the changes. Health Insurance: "You Can't Always Get What You Want" - Read more

Health Insurance: "You Can't Always Get What You Want"

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[01/01/2009] The quest for supporters of the health fund is like looking for a needle in a haystack. The politicians who were mainly involved in the implementation of the fund refused an interview in unison. Only the statuory health insurancy AOK who is seen as one of the winners of the health fund agrees to an interview. The insurancy, however, does not show enthusiasm about the changes. Health Insurance: "You Can't Always Get What You Want" - Read more

German Hospital Conference: Tug of War in the Health Care Sector

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[01/11/2008] Are 3.2 billion Euros a cash injection or a cheat? On the 31st German Hospital Conference at MEDICA 2008, practitioners and politicians discuss about this, and how it should go on with hospitals in Germany of which about one third is in the red. German Hospital Conference: Tug of War in the Health Care Sector - Read more

Report: Chronic Kidney Disease in the US

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[09/10/2008] A 30 percent increase in chronic kidney disease over the past decade has prompted a report documenting the disease. It affects an estimated 27 million Americans and accounts for more than 24 percent of Medicare costs. Report: Chronic Kidney Disease in the US - Read more

Transplant Patients: Kidney Donors May Fear Economic Problems

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[21/07/2006] People who donate a kidney to help someone else often suffer financially to do so, according to a study done in part by the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.Transplant Patients: Kidney Donors May Fear Economic Problems - Read more

 
 

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