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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

Nonprofit Hospital CEOs Earn $600K on Average: Report

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

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

FDA Sets Rules for Smartphone Medical Apps

Agency will only regulate those that turn phones into medical devices

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

Pay Gap Between Male, Female Doctors Persists, Study Finds

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

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

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

Obama Administration Delays Key Piece of Health-Reform Law

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

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

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

Nighttime Docs at ICUs Don't Boost Patient Outcomes: Study

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

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

Hospital Bills Can Vary Widely, Even in Same Cities

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

Med School Students Still Get Gifts From Drug Companies: Survey

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

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

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

Survival of 'Obamacare' Tops List of Biggest Health News in 2012

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

Many States Say 'No' to Health Insurance Exchanges

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

Doctors' Pay Increases Lag Other Health Professionals

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

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

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

Many Studies' 'Wow' Results Usually Fade in Follow-Up

Most treatments offer only modest benefits, reports large review

When Prescription Drugs Go OTC, Ads Talk Less of Harms: Study

Two different federal agencies monitor each, researcher explains

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

E-Records Linked to Fewer Malpractice Claims

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

Bridging the Doctor-Patient Gap

Narrative medicine aims to improve communication -- and care

Doctors Detail High Costs of Fighting Malpractice Claims

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

Reported Decline in U.S. Pneumonia Deaths May Be False: Study

Dips in hospitalizations, deaths may reflect diagnosis coding changes

Pay-for-Performance Hospitals Don't Offer Better Care: Study

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

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

Giving Docs iPads Might Boost Patient Care

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

Efforts to Improve Research on Kids' Drugs Paying Off: Report

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

Screening by Primary-Care Doctors May Spot Dementia

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

Baltimore Deemed U.S. City With Most Top-Ranked Hospitals

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

Growth in U.S. Health Spending Stayed Slow in 2010

3.9 percent rise similar to 2009 figure, study finds

Health Care Reform Battle Tops Health News for 2011

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

Good News for Those Worried About U.S. Nursing Shortage

Study finds more young people are joining the profession

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

Supreme Court to Rule on Obama's Health Care Reform

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

Illegal Silicone Buttock Injections Can Be Deadly: Experts

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

Report Tracks Patient Outcomes at 5,000 U.S. Hospitals

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

Many on Medical Guideline Panels Have Conflicts of Interest: Study

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

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

Drug Shortages Even Worse This Year: FDA

Specialty meds for cancer patients among those in short supply

Most Patients Want Experienced Surgeons, Not Trainees

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

Hysterectomies Not Well Understood by U.S. Women

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

Some Older Americans Overwhelmed by Medicare Options, Study Says

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

Bed Sores Afflict More Blacks in Nursing Homes Than Whites: Study

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

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