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FMA and Aetna Launch FL Obesity Initiative Print E-mail
Written by Health News Florida   
Friday, 10 August 2018 16:50
 
The Florida Medical Association's philanthropic arm has joined with its counterpart at Aetna to try to combat obesity. The effort will include providing free continuing medical education courses and arming physicians with information about fighting obesity and supporting patient health. Dubbed the "Healthy Living Initiative," the FMA's Foundation for Healthy Floridians is collaborating with the Aetna Foundation. The initiative will provide toolkits over the next year to physicians in Tampa, Jacksonville and Tallahassee. The toolkits are designed to help reduce incidents of chronic disease by promoting, among other things, better diets.

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Last Updated on Friday, 10 August 2018 16:56
 
Just two weeks' inactivity can trigger diabetic symptoms in vulnerable patients Print E-mail
Written by Medical Xpress   
Tuesday, 31 July 2018 18:04
 
Just two weeks without much activity can have a dramatic impact on health from which it is difficult to recover, according to researchers who studied overweight older adults at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Not only did an abrupt, brief period of inactivity hasten the onset of the disease and elevate blood sugar levels among pre-diabetic patients, but researchers reported that some study participants did not fully recover when they returned to normal activity for two weeks. The findings are published online in The Journals of Gerontology.
 
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 18:06
 
Northwestern researchers on a big breakthrough: Slowing cancer cell growth Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 16 July 2018 17:19
 
Monica Ginsburg, reporting for Crain's Chicago Business on 7.12.18, interviews Karl Scheidt, PhD director of the Center for Molecular Innovation and Drug Discovery at Northwestern University. New research led by teams from Northwestern University and Oregon Health & Science University shows that it may be possible to significantly slow down the growth of cancer cells, potentially making them easier to target with existing treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. The study, published in June in the journal Nature Communications, also includes researchers from Xiamen University in China, University of Chicago and the University of Washington. Research funding was provided by the Department of Defense and the Veteran's Administration.
 
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Last Updated on Monday, 16 July 2018 17:22
 
Insurance Companies Protect Patients or Profits? Print E-mail
Written by MD Whistleblower   
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 16:56
 
A patient came to see me with lower abdominal pain. Was she interested in my medical opinion? Not really. She was advised to see me by her gynecologist who had advised that the patient undergo a hysterectomy. Was  this physician seeking my medical advice? Not really. Was this patient coming to see me as her day was boring and she was bored and needed an activity? Not really. After the visit with me, was the patient planning to return for further discussion of her medical status? Not really.

So, what was going on here? What had occurred that day was the result of an insurance company practice that I had thought had been properly interred years ago.
 

Last Updated on Monday, 16 July 2018 17:19
 
Ohio health system says it cut opioid prescriptions for acute pain by 62% Print E-mail
Written by Tina Reed | Fierce Healthcare   
Friday, 06 July 2018 16:23
 
An electronic medical record system is being credited with helping a public health system in Ohio reduce its opioid prescriptions for acute pain by more than 60% in the last 18 months. Officials from Cleveland-based MetroHealth System said they also cut opioid prescriptions by 25% for chronic pain. In all, they estimate they cut opioid prescriptions by 3 million pills. How'd they do it? Officials pointed to the alerts they set up in the EMR system. In particular, those alerts for prescribers were set up to flag patients who may be at risk for addiction to guide them toward alternative drugs and lower doses.
 
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Last Updated on Friday, 06 July 2018 16:24
 
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