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First Edition: July 15, 2014

First Edition: July 15, 2014

Today's headlines include news about how some states are planning to address their backlogs of new Medicaid enrollees. [More]
Acupuncture can affect severity of hot flashes for women in natural menopause

Acupuncture can affect severity of hot flashes for women in natural menopause

In the 2,500+ years that have passed since acupuncture was first used by the ancient Chinese, it has been used to treat a number of physical, mental and emotional conditions including nausea and vomiting, stroke rehabilitation, headaches, menstrual cramps, asthma, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, to name just a few. [More]
Three Genesis facilities recognized for commitment to improving quality care for people with disabilities

Three Genesis facilities recognized for commitment to improving quality care for people with disabilities

Genesis HealthCare, one of the nation's largest providers of skilled nursing and rehabilitation, today announced that three of its Centers have been recognized as recipients of the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award presented by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living. [More]

Lawmakers seek lower price for bill on vets’ care

Members of Congress are scrambling to lower the cost of a bill to fix veterans' health care amid a growing uproar over long waits for appointments, meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that congressional inaction is threatening a program for brain-damaged vets. [More]
Study examines how gardens in care homes can help patients suffering from dementia

Study examines how gardens in care homes can help patients suffering from dementia

A new study has revealed that gardens in care homes could provide promising therapeutic benefits for patients suffering from dementia. [More]
Medac Pharma's Rasuvo injection gets FDA approval for RA, pJIA and psoriasis

Medac Pharma's Rasuvo injection gets FDA approval for RA, pJIA and psoriasis

Medac Pharma, Inc., a privately held pharmaceutical company focused on the development of new molecules and improving the effectiveness of existing medicines, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Rasuvo, a subcutaneous injectable methotrexate (MTX) therapy delivered in an auto-injector for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), polyarticular-course juvenile idiopathic arthritis (pJIA) and psoriasis. [More]
First Edition: July 14, 2014

First Edition: July 14, 2014

Today's headlines include coverage of Medicare, the health law and veterans' care policy issues as well as reports from the campaign trail. [More]
Research roundup: Clinics and electronic records; young adults baffled by exchange; Medicare spending slowdown

Research roundup: Clinics and electronic records; young adults baffled by exchange; Medicare spending slowdown

We found that in 2012 nine out of ten health centers had adopted a EHR system, and half had adopted EHRs with basic capabilities. Seven in ten health centers reported that their providers were receiving meaningful-use incentive payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). [More]
Twitter should be better utilized to convey public health messages, say researchers

Twitter should be better utilized to convey public health messages, say researchers

Twitter and other social media should be better utilized to convey public health messages, especially to young adults, according to a new analysis by researchers at UC San Francisco. [More]
"Expressive therapy" intervention helps HIV women, improves social support

"Expressive therapy" intervention helps HIV women, improves social support

New research from UC San Francisco shows that an "expressive therapy" group intervention conducted by The Medea Project helps women living with HIV disclose their health status and improves their social support, self-efficacy and the safety and quality of their relationships. [More]
High intensity exercise significantly reduces risk of death in older women

High intensity exercise significantly reduces risk of death in older women

Women would benefit from being prescribed exercise as medicine, according to a QUT study that revealed moderate to high intensity activity is essential to reducing the risk of death in older women. [More]
Study: People with mobility impairments under age 65 have higher rates of smoking

Study: People with mobility impairments under age 65 have higher rates of smoking

Researchers from The Miriam Hospital have found that people with mobility impairments under age 65 have significantly higher rates of smoking than those without mobility impairments. [More]
New hope for patients with tuberous sclerosis complex

New hope for patients with tuberous sclerosis complex

Although it is rare, tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) can be a difficult and frightening diagnosis for parents and children. The genetic disorder causes nonmalignant tumors to form in many different organs, including the brain, eyes, kidneys and heart. [More]
Charles H. Hennekens wins prestigious Alton Ochnser Award

Charles H. Hennekens wins prestigious Alton Ochnser Award

The Ochnser Clinic Foundation recently announced that the 29th annual recipient of the prestigious Alton Ochnser Award is Charles H. Hennekens, M.D., Dr.P.H., the first Sir Richard Doll professor and senior academic advisor to the dean in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. [More]
New chemical compound protects against blindness and diabetes in animals

New chemical compound protects against blindness and diabetes in animals

In a new study led by UC San Francisco scientists, a chemical compound designed to precisely target part of a crucial cellular quality-control network provided significant protection, in rats and mice, against degenerative forms of blindness and diabetes. [More]

Medicare providers say they lose millions due to excessive audits

Health care providers say they're losing millions that are tied up in appeals because of the increasing number of Medicare audits. Meanwhile, the trade group representing family physicians complains about Congress' failure to fix Medicare's outdated physician payment formula. [More]

Aviv acquires two ALFs and one post-acute and long-term care SNF for $82 million

Aviv REIT, Inc. announced today it has acquired two assisted living facilities ("ALFs") and one post-acute and long-term care skilled nursing facility ("SNF") for $82.0 million (the "Acquisition"), and two parcels of land and the entitlements for the construction of two new ALFs and a 50 unit addition to one of the existing ALFs for $12.2 million (the "New Construction Projects"), all of which are located in Massachusetts, for a total of $94.2 million. [More]
Researchers address under-representation of racial/ethnic groups in HIV medical research

Researchers address under-representation of racial/ethnic groups in HIV medical research

A New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN) research team found that a social/behavioral intervention vastly increased the number of African American and Latino individuals living with HIV/AIDS who enrolled in HIV/AIDS medical studies. [More]
First Edition: July 10, 2014

First Edition: July 10, 2014

Today's headlines cover health policy headlines from the marketplace, the campaign trail and regarding the health law's implementation. [More]
Trial to evaluate safety of FRED- flow diversion system for treatment of aneurysms

Trial to evaluate safety of FRED- flow diversion system for treatment of aneurysms

After Susan Wakulich was told she had an aneurysm, she figured an invasive brain surgery and lengthy recovery lay ahead of her. [More]