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Vital Signs
HCA shows interest in Australia's Healthscope
By Beth Kutscher | April 22, 2014
HCA, the largest U.S. hospital chain by revenue, is considering a bid for Australian hospital company Healthscope, according to media reports.The Nashville-based hospital operator has tapped Deutsche Bank as its financial adviser, the reports said, citing sources familiar with the situation.
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Government should back money-saving medical devices, drug development: study
By Steven Ross Johnson | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Government should promote the development of new medical devices and medications that provide more value and so help reduce overall healthcare costs, according to a new study funded by the RAND Corp.
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CMS to weigh Medicare coverage of CT scans for smokers
By Virgil Dickson | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
On April 30 the CMS will convene a meeting of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee to decide if Medicare will cover annual screenings for lung cancer with low-dose CT scans for current or past heavy smokers.
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Colorado center will offer treatments targeted by patient DNA
By Andis Robeznieks | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Four Colorado healthcare organizations planning a $63 million Center for Personalized Medicine aim to use patients' DNA to predict their risk of disease and develop targeted treatments based on the genetic information.
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Cancer drugs' high prices impede comparative research: study
By Sabriya Rice | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The high prices of some cancer drugs drew attention from oncologists last week. Two National Cancer Institute researchers wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine that steep prices make it difficult or impossible to conduct randomized trials comparing the effectiveness of different therapies.
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Outliers: Can't stomach your spouse? Eat something
By Modern Healthcare | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Have you ever wanted to poke your spouse with pins and needles? Or perhaps, blast them with unbearably loud sounds? No? Well, more than 100 married couples in a new study did something like that. But it turns out they were just hungry.
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Outliers: Running the numbers on jet lag
By Modern Healthcare | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Recovering from jet lag is just a numbers game. That's the word from researchers at the University of Michigan who've calculated the optimal way to help passengers adjust as they journey across time zones. Naturally, they've also created a related smartphone app to aid weary travelers.
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Vital Signs
Consumer-driven health plans draw healthier, wealthier enrollees
By Virgil Dickson | April 18, 2014
People enrolled in consumer-driven health plans are better educated, wealthier and healthier than those in other coverage options, according to a report by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.
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Cancer drugs: Too expensive to compare?
By Sabriya Rice | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The prices of some cancer drugs are so high that they preclude trials comparing their effectiveness, according to two National Cancer Institute researchers.
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Misdiagnosis could affect 12M U.S. adults annually, study finds
By Sabriya Rice | April 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
An estimated 1 in 20 U.S. adults could be misdiagnosed during outpatient visits, and about half of those errors could prove to be harmful for the patient, finds a new study in the journal BMJ.
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