Rheumatoid Joint Disease

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Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Article Date: 26 Dec 2011 – 0:00 PST

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A small study published online in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases reveals that “Mindfulness” exercises, irrespective of how difficult they are, that focus on experiencing the present moment can help to limit the stress and fatigue linked to painful rheumatoid joint disease.

High-Risk Pregnancies

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Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 26 Dec 2011 – 0:00 PST

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A new legislative proposal by The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) aims to expand the use of telemedicine for Medicaid enrollees with high-risk pregnancies and neonatal care needs. If the plan should be adopted, it would mean an improvement in providing care for people who are at-risk, whilst creating substantial long-term savings for the government as well as taxpayers.

Discovery May Lead To Safer Treatments For Asthma, Allergies And Arthritis

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Allergy
Article Date: 22 Dec 2011 – 1:00 PST

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Scientists have discovered a missing link between the body’s biological clock and sugar metabolism system, a finding that may help avoid the serious side effects of drugs used for treating asthma, allergies and arthritis.

In a paper published last week in Nature, scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies report finding that proteins that control the body’s biological rhythms, known as cryptochromes, also interact with metabolic switches that are targeted by certain anti-inflammatory drugs.

Medicare And Private Insurance Spending Similar Throughout Texas

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Article Date: 22 Dec 2011 – 1:00 PST

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Variations in health care spending by Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) are similar throughout the state despite previous research, which found significant spending differences between the private and commercial sector in McAllen, Texas. The latest research results from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), the Commonwealth Fund, and the Brookings Institution are published in The American Journal of Managed Care’s December web exclusive issue.

The Academy Of Nutrition And Dietetics Advocates For Expanded Nutritional Coverage Under Medicare

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Also Included In: Nutrition / Diet
Article Date: 21 Dec 2011 – 0:00 PST

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Knee Pain Common In Older Women

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Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Women’s Health / Gynecology;  Seniors / Aging
Article Date: 20 Dec 2011 – 6:00 PST

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It appears that knee pain of some kind is a common complaint in middle-aged and mature women, with varying possible causes leading to varying types of pain. A new study on knee-pain patterns assessed periodically over 12 years in a representative UK population finds that nearly two-thirds (63%) of women
aged 50 and over experience knee pain at least once, persistently, or intermittently over such a period.

Salk Discovery May Lead To Safer Treatments For Asthma, Allergies And Arthritis

Main Category: Respiratory / Asthma
Also Included In: Allergy;  Arthritis / Rheumatology
Article Date: 20 Dec 2011 – 1:00 PST

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Scientists have discovered a missing link between the body’s biological clock and sugar metabolism system, a finding that may help avoid the serious side effects of drugs used for treating asthma, allergies and arthritis.

Physical Function Following Hip Replacement Surgery Improved By Walking Skills Program

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Bones / Orthopedics;  Rehabilitation / Physical Therapy
Article Date: 18 Dec 2011 – 0:00 PST

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Researchers in Norway report that patients who receive walking skills training following total hip arthroplasty for osteoarthritis show improved physical function. The physical therapy program displayed a positive effect on walking distance and stair climbing which continued 12 months following hip replacement surgery. Results of the study appear in Arthritis Care Research, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).

Introducing A New Knee Replacement Model Increases The Likelihood Of Early Revision Surgery

Main Category: Bones / Orthopedics
Also Included In: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Article Date: 18 Dec 2011 – 0:00 PST

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Orthopaedic surgeons face a steep learning curve to get used to new prostheses, and the instruments and methods that go with them, before new total knee replacement procedures are as safe and effective as conventional methods. Patients who undergo the first 15 operations using a new device in a hospital are 48 percent more likely to need early revision surgery, than patients undergoing an operation to fit a prosthesis previously used in the hospital. The work by Mikko Peltola from the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Finland, and colleagues, is published online in Springer’s journal, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.

Overall Hospital Admission Rates In US Linked With High Rates Of Readmission

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Also Included In: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP;  Heart Disease
Article Date: 16 Dec 2011 – 0:00 PST

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High hospital readmission rates in different regions of the U.S. may have more to do with the overall high use of hospital services in those regions than with the severity of patients’ particular conditions or problems in the quality of care during and after hospital discharges, according to a new study from researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).