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UnitedHealth's 1st quarter profit falls 7.8%

Officials blame part of the downturn on reductions in federal funding for the Medicare Advantage program and new taxes resulting from the health law. [More]

Actuary says stats point to smaller premium increases next year

Also, the disparities in insurance coverage between states that embraced the health law and those that did not are more closely examined. And many Iowans will get to keep their pre-health law coverage. [More]

Highlights: N.Y. court ends taxi health care fund; Colo. psychotropic drug efforts lag

Until late last week, help seemed close. In 2012, the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission had voted to take six cents on every fare for a fund that would help with exactly these kinds of situations, providing upwards of $300 per week in assistance as soon as a driver could produce a doctor's note. [More]

Will Sebelius run?

News outlets report that outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is contemplating a run for the Senate in Kansas. [More]

Le Bonheur Children's takes aggressive steps to minimize blood loss during heart surgery

More than 20 percent of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital's open heart surgeries are now bloodless, meaning no blood or blood products given during surgery. The Memphis, Tenn., hospital's Heart Institute has been taking aggressive steps to minimize blood loss during surgery and reduce perioperative blood transfusions over the last 18 months. [More]

Quirk Healthcare donates over 800 hours of customization work to CDTC

Ben Quirk and Quirk Healthcare donated over 800 hours of customization work to the Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center's new Electronic Health Records system that launched on Monday, April 7, 2014. [More]

Health law strategies emerge for congressional campaigns

Some Democrats are pointing to recent good news about the health law and urging candidates in tough races to embrace the overhaul. At the same time, GOP leaders say criticism of the law will resonate with voters. [More]

Skin docs prescribe costlier drugs after free samples

In other news, panels recommend a costly hepatitis C drug for the sickest patients, and cancer doctors will compare the value of costly cancer drugs. [More]
Patients Honor Dr. Jason Wendel For Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award

Patients Honor Dr. Jason Wendel For Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award

Vitals is pleased to announce that Dr. Jason Wendel has been honored with the prestigious 2013 Compassionate Doctor Award. [More]

PolyOne receives first Supplier Excellence Award from Qure Medical and QSR

PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL), a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, today announced that it has received the first Supplier Excellence Award jointly granted by Quality Synthetic Rubber (QSR) and Qure Medical, specialty divisions of Q Holding Co. [More]

Va. small business owners press GOP to expand Medicaid

More than 400 have signed a letter to Virginia's House speaker asking Republicans to drop their opposition to the effort. Meanwhile, Utah's governor says he is encouraged about his state's prospects for its plan after talks with federal officials, and a Florida senator is trying to find a way around the logjam there. [More]

Industry coalition pushes for price transparency

A report put out Wednesday by a coalition of hospitals, insurers, doctors and consumer advocates recommends how providers can make information available about the costs of various tests and procedures. An accompanying guide tells consumers how to find it. [More]
Dr. Cynthia Lee Jackson listed in San Diego Magazine's 2014 Top Dentists and Specialists

Dr. Cynthia Lee Jackson listed in San Diego Magazine's 2014 Top Dentists and Specialists

Announcing a special recognition appearing in the April, 2014 issue of San Diego Magazine published by San Diego Magazine Publishing Company. Dr. Cynthia Lee Jackson was selected for the following honor: "2014 Top Dentists and Specialists" [More]

April 21-27 officially proclaimed as Ann Arbor Veg Week

VegMichigan has teamed up with US VegWeek to bring you Ann Arbor Veg Week 2014, a week-long celebration of meat-free living. [More]

MNsure picks Deloitte to revamp exchange

Other state developments include the District of Columbia's decision to extend enrollment until April 30, New York's announcement that nearly 1 million residents enrolled in coverage and a Georgia report that only about half of the 220,000 enrollees in that state have paid their first month's premiums. [More]

IMA World Health offers Safe Motherhood Kits this Mother's Day

Every minute, a woman dies of complications from pregnancy or childbirth and many more suffer infection or injury. [More]

New parents need to pay attention to baby’s poop color, say pediatric gastroenterologists

Fecal color and consistency are well-known markers of digestive health in both children and adults, but paying attention to a newborn’s shade of poop can be a decided lifesaver in babies born with the rare, liver-ravaging disorder biliary atresia, commonly heralded by white or clay-colored stool. [More]

Medicare pays doctors even after they're sanctioned

A ProPublica report finds that the agency continued paying doctors, pharmacists and other health professionals even after they were charged with bilking the program. Meanwhile, a report recommends that Medicare pay hospitals less for low-risk outpatient surgeries. [More]
Food shortage will have serious implications for people and governments in the world

Food shortage will have serious implications for people and governments in the world

The world is less than 40 years away from a food shortage that will have serious implications for people and governments, according to a top scientist at the U.S. Agency for International Development. [More]

Researchers recommend early colorectal cancer screening guidelines for cervical cancer survivors

Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston are the first to recommend that young women treated with radiation for cervical cancer should begin colorectal cancer screening earlier than traditionally recommended. [More]