Medicare Regional Analysis Masks Substantial Local Variation In Health Care Spending

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Also Included In: Public Health
Article Date: 02 Nov 2012 – 0:00 PDT

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Reforming Medicare payments based on large geographic regions may be too bluntly targeted to promote the best use of health care resources, a new analysis from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health suggests. The analysis will be published in the Nov. 1 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Why Women Tend to Rise Earlier

By Colleen Oakley
WebMD the Magazine – Feature

Jeri Solomon is a morning person. Jim, her husband of 11 years, is not. Early in their relationship, it posed quite a problem. “When we were planning our wedding, I wanted to have these big discussions at 8 a.m., when I had been up for two hours and was fresh, but Jim would just be getting out of bed,” says the 46-year-old floral designer from Melrose, Mass. “We ended up getting into a lot of arguments because I took his shrugs to be disinterest, when really he was just still half-asleep.”

What to Know About Triglyceride-Lowering Meds

If you have high triglycerides, your doctor may prescribe medicine to help you keep your levels in check. That’s okay — sometimes, diet and exercise alone can’t do the trick. Your cholesterol levels need an extra nudge — in the form of medicine.

What Your Numbers Mean

A common triglycerides goal is to have less than 150 mg/dL, but goals can be different. Your doctor will review your risks for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity, and set a goal that works best for you.

Leukemia Drug Is Highly Effective MS Treatment

Alemtuzumab Lessens Relapses, Improves Disability

Oct. 31, 2012 — Two new trials offer proof that a leukemia drug long used to treat multiple sclerosis works better than a common treatment.

When compared with the widely used drug interferon beta, the leukemia drug alemtuzumab reduced relapse rates by half, researchers say.

Alemtuzumab Reverses Disability in Some

Alemtuzumab has been used to treat MS for close to two decades, but it has never been approved for this use. It is given by IV infusion.

More Independence For People With Paraplegia Using Advanced Exoskeleton

Main Category: Rehabilitation / Physical Therapy
Also Included In: Neurology / Neuroscience;  Medical Devices / Diagnostics
Article Date: 01 Nov 2012 – 1:00 PDT

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The dream of regaining the ability to stand up and walk has come closer to reality for people paralyzed below the waist who thought they would never take another step.

A team of engineers at Vanderbilt University’s Center for Intelligent Mechatronics has developed a powered exoskeleton that enables people with severe spinal cord injuries to stand, walk, sit and climb stairs. Its light weight, compact size and modular design promise to provide users with an unprecedented degree of independence.

Arthritis Patients’ Lives Improved By Complementary And Alternative Therapy

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine
Article Date: 31 Oct 2012 – 3:00 PDT

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Water Workouts Offer Same Aerobic Benefits With Less Wear And Tear

Main Category: Sports Medicine / Fitness
Also Included In: Arthritis / Rheumatology;  Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness
Article Date: 31 Oct 2012 – 1:00 PDT

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Cartilage Engineered From Pluripotent Stem Cells

Main Category: Stem Cell Research
Also Included In: Arthritis / Rheumatology;  Bones / Orthopedics
Article Date: 31 Oct 2012 – 0:00 PDT

ACR Supports Best Practices For Ultrasonography Use In Rheumatology

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Lupus;  Gout
Article Date: 31 Oct 2012 – 0:00 PDT

ACR Supports Best Practices For Ultrasonography Use In Rheumatology
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