Researchers ID 108 locations on the human genome tied to schizophrenia risk

Researchers ID 108 locations on the human genome tied to schizophrenia risk

July 22, 2014 3:26 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Over 100 locations on the human genome may play a role in a person’s risk of developing schizophrenia, according to a new study. While the…


CMS experiment tests the impact of eliminating ‘observation care’ penalties

CMS experiment tests the impact of eliminating ‘observation care’ penalties

July 22, 2014 10:01 am by | 0 Comments

Medicare officials have allowed patients at dozens of hospitals participating in pilot projects across the country to be exempted from the controversial requirement that limits nursing home coverage to seniors…



Narrow networks getting wide attention from regulators

Narrow networks getting wide attention from regulators

July 22, 2014 6:04 am by | 1 Comments

With the proliferation of narrow networks being rolled out as a cost-containing effort on health plan costs, the Obama administration and state insurance commissioners are vowing to more closely scrutinize…


Survey: HIT consultants better paid, happier than full-timers

Survey: HIT consultants better paid, happier than full-timers

July 22, 2014 5:48 am by | 0 Comments

A survey found that 43 percent of consultants working in the health IT realm were “very satisfied” with their jobs, while a meager 19 percent of full-time health IT workers…


#ShowMeYourPump is diabetes education at its best

#ShowMeYourPump is diabetes education at its best

July 22, 2014 4:53 am by | 2 Comments

I have a friend whose son is very allergic to peanuts, so much so that he can’t eat any food processed on the same machines as peanuts. To make sure…


This guy’s standing desk turned computer work into the most exercise-intensive part of the day

This guy’s standing desk turned computer work into the most exercise-intensive part of the day

July 21, 2014 6:03 pm by | 0 Comments

It’s possible to make a desk job the best way to become fit. Traditionally, computer-chained jobs have been responsible for an epidemic in sitting-related disorders, which afflict the tech industry…


Probiotics might help lower blood pressure

Probiotics might help lower blood pressure

July 21, 2014 5:17 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Regularly consuming probiotics, or the “good” bacteria found in yogurt, milk and cheese, may help control blood pressure, according to a new review of past…



Johns Hopkins will pay $190M to thousands of women secretly filmed by gynecologist

Johns Hopkins will pay $190M to thousands of women secretly filmed by gynecologist

July 21, 2014 4:55 pm by | 0 Comments

(Reuters) – Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to pay $190 million to thousands of women who were secretly filmed by a doctor during gynecological exams. The proposed settlement, announced Monday,…


Will Apple pick Watson’s brain for healthcare apps in partnership deal with IBM?

Will Apple pick Watson’s brain for healthcare apps in partnership deal with IBM?

July 21, 2014 4:04 pm by | 0 Comments

The Apple-IBM partnership deal raises some interesting questions for the healthcare sector, as mobihealthnews pointed out. This is what interests me: What will it mean for healthcare applications of Watson’s…


20 most advanced hospitals on “Most Wired” list use tech to improve communication and patient safety

20 most advanced hospitals on “Most Wired” list use tech to improve communication and patient safety

July 21, 2014 4:02 pm by | 0 Comments

Hospitals and Health Networks released its list of the most wired hospitals as part of an effort to highlight which health systems and facilities are best connecting to patients. Among…


Childhood obesity rates have plateaued, but they’re still way too high, experts say

Childhood obesity rates have plateaued, but they’re still way too high, experts say

July 21, 2014 1:15 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – After rising steadily for more than 10 years, the proportion of U.S. kids defined as obese due to a large waist circumference held steady between…


Florida Blue is under ‘tremendous financial pressure.’ Translation? Rate hikes for members

Florida Blue is under ‘tremendous financial pressure.’ Translation? Rate hikes for members

July 21, 2014 10:04 am by | 0 Comments

Florida Blue, the state’s dominant health insurer, snagged more than one in three consumers on the health law’s exchange, but many could face rate hikes as the carrier struggles with…


16K doctors petition against cumbersome new board certification processes

16K doctors petition against cumbersome new board certification processes

July 21, 2014 8:56 am by | 1 Comments

Many specialists are balking at what they say are onerous new rules to get recertified, warning the demands will force some physicians out of practice at a time when the…


Researchers say HIV diagnosis rate has dropped by 30% since 2002

Researchers say HIV diagnosis rate has dropped by 30% since 2002

July 20, 2014 10:00 am by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The annual rate of diagnosis with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, fell by a third in the United States between 2002 and 2011, researchers reported on Saturday.
Fewer people in all U.S. groups tested positive for human immunodefi…


Musicians On Call planning to expand to hospitals and hospices nationwide

Musicians On Call planning to expand to hospitals and hospices nationwide

July 19, 2014 4:27 pm by | 0 Comments

Musicians On Call, a nonprofit providing live music to the seriously ill, hopes to aggressively expand to other major cities across the U.S. next year.