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10/24/2013
Do Some Docs Have Vested Interest in Prescribing Radiation for Prostate Cancer?

Study found greater increases in use of expensive treatment in practices that owned the equipment

10/14/2013
Nonprofit Hospital CEOs Earn $600K on Average: Report

Patient satisfaction, more than quality of care, appears to determine income, study suggests

10/9/2013
Doctors Want to Provide Best Care Possible to Patients: Survey

But time spent dealing with electronic health records one of the biggest obstacles they see to doing that

9/23/2013
FDA Sets Rules for Smartphone Medical Apps

Agency will only regulate those that turn phones into medical devices

9/17/2013
Doctors Quick to Order Knee MRIs When They Own a Scanner, Study Finds

Test results were more likely to be normal when doctors 'self-referred' knee pain patients

9/3/2013
Pay Gap Between Male, Female Doctors Persists, Study Finds

Although there was a significant increase in number of women physicians, salary differences stayed constant

7/23/2013
Most Docs Don't Think They're Big Part of Rising Health Care Costs

Instead, those surveyed pointed to lawyers, insurance companies, hospitals and even patients

7/16/2013
Electronic Health Records May Slow Rise of Health-Care Costs

Study found small but measurable savings in 3 Mass. communities that have embraced the technology

7/3/2013
Obama Administration Delays Key Piece of Health-Reform Law

Employers with more than 50 workers now have until 2015 to provide health insurance coverage

6/18/2013
Lots of Americans Want Health Care Via Their Smartphone

But all too often, the demand outpaces the technology to deliver it, Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll finds

6/3/2013
More Men Taking Testosterone, But Risks Unclear

Study finds upsurge in use among men worried about 'low T,' but research suggests the drug has hazards

5/20/2013
Nighttime Docs at ICUs Don't Boost Patient Outcomes: Study

Patients do just as well with medical residents and nurses, researchers say

5/15/2013
Doctors Reluctant to Expand Nurse Practitioners' Role: Survey

But shortage of primary care physicians will change the look of U.S. health care, experts say

5/8/2013
Hospital Bills Can Vary Widely, Even in Same Cities

New U.S. initiative designed to bring more transparency to cost of health care

3/6/2013
Med School Students Still Get Gifts From Drug Companies: Survey

Continued efforts needed to restrict trainees' exposure to drug industry promotion, researchers say

2/1/2013
Medical School Ethics Policies May Affect How Doctors Prescribe

When drug company gift restrictions are taught, physicians shy away from newly marketed meds, study says

1/15/2013
U.S. Gives States More Time to Set Up Health Insurance Exchanges

The online marketplaces to purchase coverage are key element of the 2010 health reform law

1/1/2013
Survival of 'Obamacare' Tops List of Biggest Health News in 2012

Other headlines included steroid/meningitis outbreak, demise of the routine PSA test

12/18/2012
Many States Say 'No' to Health Insurance Exchanges

Obama administration must now take lead in running online marketplaces for affordable coverage

11/27/2012
Doctors' Pay Increases Lag Other Health Professionals

Since 1987, their growth in income has been much less than that of pharmacists, others, study finds

10/30/2012
Using Canada's Health System as Model Might Cut U.S. Costs: Study

But Canadian cost-control measures won't translate to U.S., expert says

10/25/2012
Partisanship Guides Americans' Attitudes on Health-Care Reform Law: Poll

As presidential election nears, Republicans tend to see the effects as negative, while reverse is true for Democrats

10/23/2012
Many Studies' 'Wow' Results Usually Fade in Follow-Up

Most treatments offer only modest benefits, reports large review

9/11/2012
When Prescription Drugs Go OTC, Ads Talk Less of Harms: Study

Two different federal agencies monitor each, researcher explains

7/17/2012
U.S. Doctors Embracing Electronic Health Records: Survey

Over half have such a system, and another quarter plan to use one in the coming year

6/25/2012
E-Records Linked to Fewer Malpractice Claims

Harvard study shows dramatic dip after paper files are replaced, but exact connection isn't clear

6/1/2012
Bridging the Doctor-Patient Gap

Narrative medicine aims to improve communication -- and care

4/4/2012
Doctors Detail High Costs of Fighting Malpractice Claims

Expenses reach tens of thousands even when patient receives no payout, researchers say

4/3/2012
Reported Decline in U.S. Pneumonia Deaths May Be False: Study

Dips in hospitalizations, deaths may reflect diagnosis coding changes

3/28/2012
Pay-for-Performance Hospitals Don't Offer Better Care: Study

Mortality rates the same in hospitals that don't offer bonuses for improved care

3/12/2012
Health Insurance Premiums Will Surpass Median Household Income in 2033: Study

Experts say what kind of care should be covered, not who pays for it, is the real issue

3/12/2012
Giving Docs iPads Might Boost Patient Care

Tablet computers improved efficiency, cut delays in clinical duties among medical residents in study

2/29/2012
Efforts to Improve Research on Kids' Drugs Paying Off: Report

But information still limited on long-term safety, efficacy, especially for infants

2/13/2012
Screening by Primary-Care Doctors May Spot Dementia

Findings run counter to current recommendations, which advise against routine mental checks

1/24/2012
Baltimore Deemed U.S. City With Most Top-Ranked Hospitals

Other cities with top-performing hospitals include Phoenix, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Richmond

1/9/2012
Growth in U.S. Health Spending Stayed Slow in 2010

3.9 percent rise similar to 2009 figure, study finds

12/30/2011
Health Care Reform Battle Tops Health News for 2011

Debates over cellphone safety, cigarette-pack images also grabbed headlines

12/5/2011
Good News for Those Worried About U.S. Nursing Shortage

Study finds more young people are joining the profession

11/23/2011
Merck to Pay $950M to Settle Probe of Vioxx Marketing

Controversial painkiller was pulled from the market in 2004 due to heightened heart attack, stroke risk

11/14/2011
Supreme Court to Rule on Obama's Health Care Reform

At issue is whether the federal government can require people to buy health insurance

10/24/2011
Illegal Silicone Buttock Injections Can Be Deadly: Experts

At least one woman died and others came close after illicit procedures from non-physicians

10/18/2011
Report Tracks Patient Outcomes at 5,000 U.S. Hospitals

Researchers also outline who is using the Internet to compare doctors, hospitals

10/12/2011
Many on Medical Guideline Panels Have Conflicts of Interest: Study

Drug industry connections a possible influence on recommended treatments for cholesterol, diabetes

10/11/2011
Direct-to-Consumer Gene Tests Cause Little Anxiety: Study

But people found to be at low risk for disease by mail-in kits may make poor health decisions, researchers say

9/30/2011
Drug Shortages Even Worse This Year: FDA

Specialty meds for cancer patients among those in short supply

9/23/2011
Most Patients Want Experienced Surgeons, Not Trainees

Most support teaching hospitals, but few want a junior resident performing their operation

9/16/2011
Hysterectomies Not Well Understood by U.S. Women

More than 1 in 10 mistakenly thought women could get pregnant without a uterus, researchers found

8/29/2011
Some Older Americans Overwhelmed by Medicare Options, Study Says

Those experiencing mental decline may have the most trouble sorting through the options

7/12/2011
Bed Sores Afflict More Blacks in Nursing Homes Than Whites: Study

Differences in staffing and even mattress quality may help explain disparity, researchers say

7/11/2011
Deaths Up, Care Levels Down at Teaching Hospitals in July

Problem linked to the annual mass exodus of experienced medical residents as newbies pour in, researchers say