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Get smart about using antibiotics

Author: | November 22nd, 2013 | Category : Health News

As we enter flu season, you may seek fast relief when illness strikes, but think twice before asking your doctor for antibiotics. Did you know that if you have a cold or flu, antibiotics won’t work for you? That’s because antibiotics cure bacterial infections, not viral infections. Every time someone takes antibiotics, sensitive bacteria are killed, but resistant germs may survive to grow and multiply. These resistant germs lead to … Read more »

CMS Releases Latest Value-Based Purchasing Program Scorecard

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Health News

November 14 By Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Centers for Clinical Standards and Quality On November 14, for the second year in a row, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted Hospital Value-Based Purchasing payment incentive adjustment factors for fiscal year 2014. We think this second anniversary deserves recognition—it’s a sign that value-based purchasing in Medicare is becoming routine. The Affordable Care … Read more »

Virtual Research Data Center Offers Secure Timely Access to Data at Lower Cost

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Health News

November 12 By Niall Brennan, Acting Director, Offices of Enterprise Management One of the Obama administration’s top priorities is to make healthcare affordable through better quality and more efficient delivery.  But a thoughtful approach to health system transformation requires the country’s best minds working on it, using the most comprehensive, up-to-date evidence available. On November 12, the Obama administration took an important step forward on this path.  At the White … Read more »

Fighting Medicaid Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Through Education

Author: | November 19th, 2013 | Category : Health News

November 7 By Ted Doolittle, CMS Deputy Director, Center for Program Integrity The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants everyone to join in the fight against fraud, waste, and abuse as part of our comprehensive strategy to protect federal health care programs and taxpayer dollars.  We are now making it easier than ever before for health care providers, managed care plans, and individuals and families with Medicaid benefits … Read more »

Fitness Linked to Lower Heart Attack Risk in Heart Disease Patients

Author: | November 17th, 2013 | Category : Health News

SUNDAY, Nov. 17, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Being physically fit can help prevent heart attacks and increase survival in people with stable coronary artery disease, a new study finds. This was true whether or not the patients underwent a procedure to open blocked heart arteries. Researchers analyzed data from more than 9,800 adults with coronary artery disease who underwent a treadmill stress test. They were also followed for … Read more »

Kids’ Cancer Treatments May Cause Heart Trouble, Study Says

Author: | November 17th, 2013 | Category : Health News

SUNDAY, Nov. 17, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Children who survive cancer often have treatment-related changes to their arteries that may put them at risk for heart disease while still in childhood, a new study says. The finding suggests doctors need to monitor these patients earlier, and manage their risk factors for heart diseases while they are still young. “Research has shown childhood cancer survivors face heart and other … Read more »

Heart Disease No. 1 Cause of Pregnancy-Related Deaths in California: Study

Author: | November 17th, 2013 | Category : Health News

SUNDAY, Nov. 17, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Heart disease is the top cause of pregnancy-related deaths in California, but almost one-third of those deaths could be prevented, a new study suggests. “Women who give birth are usually young and in good health. So heart disease shouldn’t be the leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths, but it is,” lead researcher Dr. Afshan Hameed, an associate professor of clinical cardiology, obstetrics … Read more »

Transfusions During Hospital Transport May Help Trauma Patients Survive

Author: | November 17th, 2013 | Category : Health News

SATURDAY, Nov. 16, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Giving blood transfusions to severely injured patients while they’re on the way to the hospital could save their lives, at least in the short term, new research suggests. The study included 97 trauma patients who received transfusions of either plasma or red blood cells in a ground or air ambulance before they arrived at the hospital. These patients were compared with … Read more »

Giving CPR for More Than 30 Minutes May Be Worth It

Author: | November 17th, 2013 | Category : Health News

SATURDAY, Nov. 16, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Experts agree that after someone’s heart stops, the sooner CPR is started the better the chances of survival. And now Japanese researchers report that continuing CPR for a half hour or more may help more victims survive with good brain function. The study found that even after 38 minutes of CPR, people could still recover and have good brain function. The … Read more »

When, Where Did Dogs Become Man’s Best Friend?

Author: | November 17th, 2013 | Category : Health News

FRIDAY, Nov. 15, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Dogs are practically part of many human families, but it wasn’t always that way. At some point in history, biologists think humans figured out how to tame wolves. Over time, the ones that lived with humans evolved to have traits more suited to being treasured pets than fearsome predators. Exactly when and where that process began has been the subject of … Read more »

Preterm Boys Face Worse Odds Than Girls, Study Says

Author: | November 17th, 2013 | Category : Health News

FRIDAY, Nov. 15, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Boys are 14 percent more likely than girls to be born prematurely, and preterm boys have a greater risk of disability and death than preterm girls, new research finds. These disabilities range from learning problems, blindness or deafness, to motor problems such as cerebral palsy, according to the authors of six studies published in the journal Pediatric Research in advance of … Read more »

Could Weight-Loss Surgery Help Slow Aging for Some?

Author: | November 17th, 2013 | Category : Health News

FRIDAY, Nov. 15, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Beyond slimming the waistlines of morbidly obese patients, weight-loss surgery also may help reverse the aging process in some patients, turning back the clock on a key sign of decline in the body’s cells, a small, early study suggests. Investigators said the finding could be an unforeseen positive side effect of invasive weight-loss (bariatric) surgery for some people with cholesterol and … Read more »

Health Highlights: Nov. 15, 2013

Author: | November 17th, 2013 | Category : Health News

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Obama Nominates Health Care Law Backer To Be Surgeon General An early supporter and advocate for the Affordable Care Act has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the country’s next surgeon general. Dr. Vivek Murthy is founder and president of Doctors for America, a group that campaigned for the … Read more »

Health Tip: Cutting Down on Fat

Author: | November 17th, 2013 | Category : Health News

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S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine (SAMe): An Introduction

Author: | November 17th, 2013 | Category : Health News

On this page: Introduction Key Points About SAMe Safety What the Science Says If You Are Considering SAMe NCCAM-Funded Research Key References For More Information Introduction S-Adenosyl-L-methionine (also called S-adenosyl methionine, S-adenosylmethionine, SAMe, or SAM-e in the United States or ademetionine in Europe, and also often abbreviated as SAM and AdoMet) is a chemical that is found naturally in the body. SAMe is sold in the United States as a dietary supplement. This fact sheet … Read more »

Clinical Digest: St. John’s Wort and Depression

Author: | November 17th, 2013 | Category : Health News

NCCAM Clinical Digest is a service of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NIH, DHHS. NCCAM Clinical Digest, a monthly e-newsletter, offers evidence-based information on CAM, including scientific literature searches, summaries of NCCAM-funded research, fact sheets for patients, and more. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, training CAM researchers, and disseminating authoritative … Read more »

NIH Funds Will Strengthen National Capacity for Cost-Effective, Large-Scale Clinical Studies

Author: | November 17th, 2013 | Category : Health News

Funds, totaling approximately $11.3 million, will support the first year of the Health Care Systems (HCS) Research Collaboratory, which will engage health care systems as research partners in conducting large-scale clinical studies. The funds are managed through the Common Fund at the National Institutes of Health.   Health care systems, which include health maintenance organizations and other large integrated care settings, see large populations of patients. By partnering with these entities, … Read more »

Health From the Patient Perspective: The Promise of PROMIS®

Author: | November 17th, 2013 | Category : Health News

In the 1990s my grandmother was trying to make a number of decisions including where to live and what trips to take following her diagnosis with a chronic disease. At one point she was frustrated that her doctors could not tell her what chance she had of being able to attend my cousin’s wedding. While doctors spoke about her chances of dying, she was focused on how to live. She … Read more »

Clinical Digest: Children and Dietary Supplements

Author: | November 17th, 2013 | Category : Health News

NCCAM Clinical Digest is a service of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NIH, DHHS. NCCAM Clinical Digest, a monthly e-newsletter, offers evidence-based information on CAM, including scientific literature searches, summaries of NCCAM-funded research, fact sheets for patients, and more. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, training CAM researchers, and disseminating authoritative … Read more »