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New book describes worldwide initiatives to prevent the crisis of obesity and diabetes

New book describes worldwide initiatives to prevent the crisis of obesity and diabetes

Prediabetes and Diabetes increasingly consume the healthcare community and remain priority areas that require immediate attention. [More]
State highlights: Public comments on Mass. hospital deal; Wash. insurance case brings allegations; Mo. clinic reaps dividends from new law

State highlights: Public comments on Mass. hospital deal; Wash. insurance case brings allegations; Mo. clinic reaps dividends from new law

Quite an "only in Massachusetts" moment. Patriots owner Robert Kraft and leaders of Raytheon, Suffolk Construction and Putnam Investments have all filed letters in support of an anti-trust agreement that would not normally see the light of day before a judge approves the deal. The opposition includes public health professors, a group of top economists and politicians battling Attorney General Martha Coakley in the governor's race. This show of force is weighing in on a deal Coakley negotiated with Partners HealthCare. It would let the state's largest hospital network expand its market power, but with constraints, some of which would last for 10 years (Bebinger, 7/24). [More]
Health care organizations partner to improve patient care, health care delivery and reduce costs

Health care organizations partner to improve patient care, health care delivery and reduce costs

The American Society of Anesthesiologists- (ASA-) today announced the launch of its ASA Perioperative Surgical Home Learning Collaborative, a national initiative designed to improve the patient experience before, during and after surgery. More than 40 leading health care organizations from across the country will participate in the collaborative, which will convene for the first time at the ASA's PSH Learning Collaborative Launch, July 25-26, in Schaumburg, Ill. [More]

States could opt to operate their own exchanges to blunt impact of recent federal appeals court decision

Of course, CQ Healthbeat reports, this scenario is still a long shot, but it offers a possible workaround if the recent ruling that consumers could not use health law subsidies to buy insurance on healthcare.gov becomes law. [More]
RI Defeats Hepatitis C project aims to eliminate HCV in Rhode Island

RI Defeats Hepatitis C project aims to eliminate HCV in Rhode Island

Lynn E. Taylor, M.D., director of The Miriam Hospital's HIV/Viral Hepatitis Coinfection program, states in the July, 2014 Rhode Island Medical Journal special edition, "RI Defeats Hep C" that eliminating hepatitis c virus infection (hep c or HCV) is feasible, can provide economic benefits, enhance capacity to address other health challenges, and improve health care disparities. [More]
Health Canada offers tips on proper use of topical antiseptics to reduce infections

Health Canada offers tips on proper use of topical antiseptics to reduce infections

Health Canada is reminding healthcare professionals, caregivers and consumers of the safe use of topical antiseptics used to clean the skin before an operation (preoperative) or before an injection (preinjection). [More]

New book shows how psychopathic traits can lead to success in life

A new book called The Good Psychopath's Guide To Success shows that psychopathic traits can lead to success in life. [More]
Colgate-Palmolive launches new health initiative in New Orleans

Colgate-Palmolive launches new health initiative in New Orleans

Building on a partnership spanning more than 20 years, Colgate-Palmolive proudly joined the National Dental Association (NDA) today for the launch of NDA-HEALTH NOW – a new health initiative that will send dental professionals, physicians, optometrists and nurses into New Orleans' underserved communities to provide free health services and screenings. [More]
Three community pharmacies win Cardinal Health Independent Pharmacy Best Practices Competition

Three community pharmacies win Cardinal Health Independent Pharmacy Best Practices Competition

Cardinal Health will today name three of the nation's most innovative community pharmacies as winners of its prestigious Independent Pharmacy Best Practices Competition, during the company's Retail Business Conference, one of the nation's largest gatherings of independent pharmacists. [More]
Hamlin Dental Group provides easy and comfortable teeth straightening treatment

Hamlin Dental Group provides easy and comfortable teeth straightening treatment

It's easy to feel self-conscious if you're suffering from crooked teeth but, for many, the thought of having uncomfortable metallic braces obscuring your smile is even less appealing. [More]

Best Practices: Forces of change likely to impact library and information services

Corporate libraries are constantly being faced with a variety of challenges, including understanding new advancements in technology and how to cope with flat or shrinking budgets. [More]
Medical malpractice attorney establishes Birth Injury Scholarship

Medical malpractice attorney establishes Birth Injury Scholarship

The tragedy of a medical error resulting in a birth injury extends long past the insurance settlement. Victims and their families deal with the disability or the death of an infant for a lifetime. [More]

Bay Area Pain Medical Associates issues notification related to security, protection of medical records

On May 19, 2014, the medical office of Bay Area Pain Medical Associates was broken into and many items were stolen including three desktop computers. [More]

For consumers, some pitfalls in Obamacare coverage could lie ahead

Stateline reports that automatic re-enrollment of health plans bought through the state and federal exchanges could mean that people pay more than they would if they comparison shopped. In addition, The Associated Press reports that inconsistent subsidy amounts are leading some people to go without insurance. [More]
Beckman ranks among industry's highest performing Service providers in clinical diagnostics

Beckman ranks among industry's highest performing Service providers in clinical diagnostics

Committed to providing the solutions labs need to meet the challenges they face, Beckman Coulter Diagnostics has been ranked among the industry's highest performing Service providers in the clinical diagnostics industry in the 2014 IMV ServiceTrak Executive Summary Report. [More]
Baltimore Mayor to launch community-based projects to improve health and nutrition

Baltimore Mayor to launch community-based projects to improve health and nutrition

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will join local community leaders on July 30, 2014 to launch two community-based projects designed to improve nutrition and health status for residents of Baltimore. [More]

People who think of relationships as perfect unity between soulmates have worse relationships

Aristotle said, "Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies." Poetic as it is, thinking that you and your partner were made in heaven for each other can hurt your relationship, says a new study. [More]

GOP and Dems' feud over funding threatens bill to fix VA

With only a week before the August recess, negotiations broke down over how much money to spend and how to pay for it. [More]

NC Senate votes for managed care Medicaid overhaul

The move would offer a set amount of money per patient for care to managed care plans and would take administration of the program out of the hands of the state Department of Health and Human Services and into the hands of a politically appointed board. [More]

Two ASA-affiliated organizations win ASAE's 2014 Power of A Award

The American Society of Association Executives announced its 2014 Power of A Award winners, including two affiliated organizations of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. [More]