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Trump administration hits brakes on law to curb unneeded Medicare CT scans, MRIs

August 14, 2019

Category: Regulatory

Five years after Congress passed a law to reduce unnecessary MRIs, CT scans and other expensive diagnostic imaging tests that could harm patients and waste money, federal officials have yet to implement it. The law requires that doctors consult clinical […]


New study finds digital devices may help identify dementia signs

August 9, 2019

The research has revealed that these devices may help in the identification of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s disease dementia. As part of the 12-week study, it was found that an iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and the Beddit sleep […]


Use of broad-spectrum antibiotics to treat pneumonia does more harm than good

July 31, 2019

A new study by researchers at Intermountain Healthcare has found that administering broad-spectrum antibiotics, which act against a wide range of disease-causing bacteria, to treat patients with pneumonia often does more harm than good. The study, published in the European […]


Clinical Research, Innovation

Fatty foods increase CBD absorption, finds new research

August 14, 2019

Via: The Medical News

In 2018 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) passed its stamp of approval on oral capsules of cannabidiol (CBD) for the treatment of seizures. However, nobody quite knew at the time what effect food would have on its absorption. […]


Innovation, Medical Devices

North America’s medical devices industry sees a rise of 5.1% in deal activity in July 2019

August 14, 2019

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

A total of 82 medical devices industry deals worth $5.82bn were announced for the region in July 2019, against the 12-month average of 78 deals. Of all the deal types, venture financing saw most activity in July 2019 with 51 […]


Clinical Research, Innovation

Intensive blood pressure control may slow dementia progression

August 14, 2019

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

The study, funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), found that intensively controlling a person’s blood pressure was 57% more effective at slowing the accumulation of white matter lesions than standard treatment of high blood pressure. White matter […]


Opinions

Cultural factors influence Chinese Americans’ health, study reveals

August 13, 2019

Via: The Medical News

Since 2011, the Population Study of Chinese Elderly in Chicago (PINE), the most extensive epidemiological cohort study of Chinese older adults in the United States, has revealed critical health disparities among the growing Chinese American population. In the current issue […]


Innovation, Patient Experience

Charity care spending by hospitals plunges

August 13, 2019

Via: The Medical News

California hospitals are providing significantly less free and discounted care to low-income patients since the Affordable Care Act took effect. As a proportion of their operating expenses, the state’s general acute-care hospitals spent less than half on these patients in […]


Regulatory

DoD, VA adopt single healthcare logistics information system

August 13, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

Under a new strategic partnership, the Department of Veterans Affairs will have access to the Defense Logistics Agency’s worldwide procurement system to acquire medical and surgical products, among other items. According to Monday’s announcement, the agreement will have a direct […]


EHR & EMR

6 ways to optimize EHR system performance and usage

August 13, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

A healthcare organization has gone through the process of selecting an electronic health record system. The process was arduous, but it is done. Now, however, comes a new phase that likely will be more difficult—the leveraging of all of the […]


Wellness

Eat more plant‐based food, less meat, for better heart health

August 12, 2019

Via: The Medical News

What many scientists been saying for decades turns out to be most likely true, according to a recent study that looked at diet. Eating more food from the plant category and less animal-based food could benefit your heart and reduce […]