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8/13/2008
Many Hispanics Shut Out of U.S. Health Care System

Immigration status and health insurance play key roles in access to care, survey finds

8/6/2008
ER, Doctor Visits Topped 1 Billion in 2006

As America grows older, that's an average of 4 a year per person, CDC report says

8/6/2008
What's in a Name? When It Comes to Drugs, Plenty

Doctors and pharmacists struggle to keep pace with medications that sound alike but aren't

7/28/2008
Surgical Errors Cost Almost $1.5B a Year

Insurers paid thousands more per patient for avoidable mistakes, U.S. study finds

7/17/2008
Disease Prevention Programs Worth the Investment

Within five years, $16 billion a year could be saved, report claims

6/10/2008
Medicare Costs for Cancer Treatment Soar

Increased expenses for chemotherapy may affect treatment decisions, expert says

6/10/2008
Weekly Drug Helps Type 2 Diabetics

Longer-lasting exenatide maintained glucose levels, helped patients lose weight, study reports

5/27/2008
Spending Doesn't Improve Patients' Perception of Care

Sense of quality higher in low-expenditure areas than in high-expenditure ones, study shows

5/21/2008
Day of Admission Dictates Length of Stay for Heart Failure

Patients admitted to a hospital on Thursdays or Fridays have longer stays, study found

5/20/2008
New Latent TB Drug Saves Lives, Money

Rifampin improved compliance, reduced side effects, saved $10,000 per patient

5/16/2008
Partnerships Effective Communicators of Cancer Advances

Treatment guidelines quickly disseminated to community physicians, audit finds

5/9/2008
Telemedicine a Cost-Effective Alternative to ER Visits

Study finds more than 25% of pediatric 'emergencies' could have been handled online

5/8/2008
Mental Illness Costs U.S. Billions in Lost Earnings

Study say figures are most likely too conservative

5/7/2008
Bipolar Disorder Might Be Overdiagnosed

Availability of meds and pharmaceutical marketing might be swaying clinicians

5/6/2008
Costs Can Vary By $100 or More for Same Drugs

It pays to shop around for the best prescription prices, survey finds

4/25/2008
1 in 4 Uninsured Are Eligible for Aid But Aren't Enrolled

Expanding coverage, subsidies best way to meet low-income group goals, report says

4/24/2008
Increase in Diagnostic Imaging Fueled by Self-Referring Doctors

Revamping reimbursements could ensure high-quality care at best cost, study says

4/22/2008
Antipsychotic Drugs Linked to Pneumonia in Elderly

Mechanism unclear, but nursing home study says risk greatest week after meds begin

4/21/2008
Review Urges Aggressive MRSA Screening for Health Workers

Even good adherence to infection control did not entirely prevent transmission, study finds

4/16/2008
Patient-Controlled Health Records Could Change Future of Research

Used wisely, they may spur discoveries, but some warn privacy needs regulation

4/16/2008
Cardiac Patients Admitted During Week More Likely to Survive

Those going to hospital on weekend faced 13.4% lower chance of recovery, study finds

4/11/2008
Clinical Trial Volunteers Uneasy About Some Financial Ties

They were least surprised when researchers got paid but more upset when they owned stock

4/11/2008
Cancer Drug Trials Often Halted Early

Without thorough review, Italian study says the trend poses risks to patients

4/10/2008
User Registry May Help Docs Stem Painkiller Abuse

Stricter policies could protect patients and physicians from consequences of misuse

4/9/2008
Medical Errors Costing U.S. Billions

Mistakes resulted in 238,337 preventable deaths from 2004-06, survey finds

4/4/2008
Small Firms Shoulder Burden of Increasing Health Costs

But spike in plan fees did not cause employers to abandon benefits, study finds

4/2/2008
Off-Label Drug Use Needs Strong Oversight

Stanford researcher chides FDA for proposing less governance of the practice

3/31/2008
Majority of U.S. Doctors Back National Insurance Plan

Survey finds 59% feel fragmented system is obstructing good patient care

3/25/2008
High Costs Force Third of Americans to Skip Needed Health Care

AFL-CIO report found 95 percent of those surveyed feel U.S. system needs overhaul

3/5/2008
Genetic Test Predicts Response to Warfarin

Using it could save money and lives, expert says

11/10/2007
Blacks in Poor Areas Less Likely to Be On Kidney Transplant Lists

Distance to care not a factor, study finds, urging greater outreach to bridge racial gap

11/6/2007
Experts Propose Rules to Rate Hospitals' Safety

Concise reporting would ensure validity of patient safety findings, group says

11/1/2007
Many Americans Dissatisfied With Their Medical Care

They're more likely to skip care because of costs and experience medical errors, survey finds

9/7/2007
Theater Classes Help Docs' Bedside Manners

Just six hours of instruction improved relationships with patients, study claims

7/26/2007
High-Tech Home Devices Spur 'Smart' Health Care

They instantly transmit health info to doctors, loved ones, developers say

6/26/2007
AMA Wants Probe of Pharmacy-Based Health Clinics

Doctors' group cites possible conflict of interest; stores say they're responding to public's needs

6/26/2007
Rise in Child Chronic Illness Could Swamp Health Care

Diabetes, asthma will follow American kids as they age, experts warn

6/25/2007
New Cancer Drugs Prove Their Worth

They may cost more, but they extend lives, improve quality of life, studies find

6/13/2007
Quality of Health Care Varies Widely Among U.S. States

New review says care tends to be better in Northeast and Upper Midwest

5/8/2007
Hospital Markups on Care Toughest on Poor: Study

Uninsured, self-payers charged 2.5 times more than what health insurers pay

4/26/2007
Electronic Medical Records Proved Their Worth in Katrina's Wake

Some doctors and nurses could save lives by accessing patients' histories

4/25/2007
Doctors' Ties to Drug Companies Called Commonplace

Study authors raise the possibility of conflict of interest with patient care

4/12/2007
Majority of State Medicaid Programs Plan 'Pay-for-Performance' Standards

Nationwide survey finds focus is on improving quality of U.S. care

4/2/2007
U.S. Hospital Errors Continue to Rise

Rate increased to 3% between 2003-2005, analysis finds

3/22/2007
Report Finds Fault With Health Insurance

High deductibles, co-payments could leave many in financial bind, authors say

2/26/2007
Industry-Funded Breast Cancer Trials Show More Positive Results

Study also found lack of comparison group in research backed by drug makers

2/26/2007
Ads on Sexy TV Shows a Turnoff for Women

Product pitchers may want to avoid racier programming, British study finds

1/16/2007
More Americans Paying Their Medical Bills With Credit Cards

Higher costs, dwindling insurance pushing people to financial brink, report says

1/12/2007
End-of-Life Caregiving Is Rewarding But Challenging

And the task typically falls to relatives, survey finds

1/9/2007
Growth in U.S. Health Care Spending Slows

But out-of-pocket costs continue to rise, annual government report shows