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U.S. Medical Groups Join to Fight Prescription Painkiller Abuse July 29, 2015

Special task force aims to curb 'epidemic' of addiction to narcotic meds such as Oxycontin, Vicodin

Deaths, Hospital Stays and Costs All Down Among U.S. Seniors July 28, 2015

Study finds steady improvement among Medicare enrollees from 1999 through 2013

Expert Panel Recommends Questionnaire to Help Spot Depression July 27, 2015

Form could be filled out during visit to family doctor, and patient could be referred for follow-up care

New Moms Often Get Poor Advice on Baby Care: Study July 27, 2015

Tips from family or media can run counter to expert guidelines on vaccines, breast-feeding

U.S. Oncologists Decry High Cost of Cancer Drugs July 23, 2015

They suggest letting Medicare negotiate prices, back grassroots movement calling for change

Access to Doctors Eases in Michigan After Obamacare July 22, 2015

Wait time didn't change after the health law's Medicaid expansion went into effect, researchers say

Doctors May Play Big Role in Antibiotic Overuse: Study July 20, 2015

Research based on VA data found many docs wrote prescriptions even if the drug might be useless

Cancer Trials Need to Include More Seniors: Experts July 20, 2015

Older adults react differently to treatment, oncologists' group notes

Many Don't Tell Docs About Using Alternative Therapies for Pain July 20, 2015

Although most said they'd let their physician know if asked, survey finds

Antibiotics Myths Still Common Among Parents July 20, 2015

Those with Medicaid insurance tend to know less about the drugs, study finds

Study Questions Radiation Use for 'Low-Risk' Prostate Cancers July 17, 2015

Upping the dosage didn't alter survival rates for men with these slow-growing tumors

Health Care Workers Harbor Biases About Sexual Orientation: Study July 16, 2015

Findings show need for sensitivity training, expert suggests

U.S. Hospitals May Often Miss Signs of Child Abuse July 13, 2015

Less than half follow up on suspicious fractures among at-risk kids, study finds

No Change in Number of 'Living Wills' by U.S. Cancer Patients: Study July 09, 2015

A second study finds many younger cancer patients still receive treatment, even as they near death

When New Doctors 'Train' During Surgery, Risks Don't Rise: Study July 06, 2015

Findings might help reassure concerned patients

Many Doctors Work While Sick, Survey Shows July 06, 2015

But practice puts patients at risk, researchers note

Unapproved Ear Drops Targeted by FDA July 01, 2015

These prescription meds have been available for years, but safety, quality are concerns

Americans Want Online Access to Doctors, Health Records: Survey June 30, 2015

But many are unaware of existing options, findings suggest

Many Americans Wait Too Long for Needed Health Care: Report June 29, 2015

Institute of Medicine experts say patient-focused system could help

Many Doctors Underestimate Risks of Prescription Painkillers: Survey June 26, 2015

Nearly half questioned were misinformed about potential for abuse

Many Hospital Patients Not Asked About Supplements: Study June 24, 2015

This raises risk of harmful drug interactions

Many Migraine Sufferers Given Narcotic Painkillers, Barbiturates June 17, 2015

These are a poor choice, especially for children, doctors say

The Doctor Who Does Your Colonoscopy Matters June 16, 2015

Those with higher polyp detection rates prevent more cancers, save more lives, study says

Many U.S. Women Live Far From Gynecologic Cancer Care June 15, 2015

Long distances may impede evaluation, treatment, researcher says

Doctors Can Influence End-of-Life Care June 08, 2015

Terminally ill patients of physicians who frequently refer to hospice more likely to choose it, study says

Parents of Child Cancer Patients Prefer Honesty, Study Finds May 18, 2015

Parents say they're less anxious, better able to plan

Prostate Cancer Testing Drops Off After Controversial Guidelines May 18, 2015

More men will die without PSA screening, researchers contend; other experts applaud the downward trend

Men Should Be Screened for Osteoporosis, Too May 15, 2015

Study found males less likely to have their bone density checked, but suffered worse outcomes

Local Anesthesia May Be Best for Infants During Surgery May 14, 2015

Study found not putting young patients to sleep tied to fewer breathing problems afterwards

Obesity Tied to Risk of Complications After Plastic Surgery May 04, 2015

Study findings suggest these patients might need more thorough care before and after procedure

ER Doctors Cautious When Prescribing Narcotic Painkillers: Study May 04, 2015

They're dispensing lower number of pills, using meds that carry less overdose risk

Unsupervised Home Births on the Rise: Study May 01, 2015

Not having either doctor or midwife present is risky, researcher warns

Routine Heart Care Similar From Nurse Practitioners, Doctors: Study May 01, 2015

No differences seen in basic measurements for those with chronic cardiac disease

C-Section Rates Drop Slightly With Hospital Review Program April 29, 2015

Newborn complications also decreased, Canadian study reports

Knowledge Is Power for Patients With Heart Failure April 29, 2015

Death rates may be higher for those lacking clear grasp of doctor's instructions, study suggests

ER Practices Key to Helping Those Addicted to Painkillers: Study April 28, 2015

Giving patients drug that helps ease withdrawal works better than simple referrals, experts say

Health Visits May Offer Chance to Prevent Suicide April 24, 2015

Study says many see a doctor before ending their life

Daily Aspirin Taken by More Than Half of Older U.S. Adults April 24, 2015

Usage doesn't always comply with national guidelines

Antibiotic Shortages On the Rise in U.S. April 23, 2015

Commonly used medicines are essential, but not profitable for companies, expert says

Babies May Be More Sensitive to Pain Than Adults April 21, 2015

Study of newborns upends some longstanding beliefs

Medical Groups Issue Guidelines for Treating First Seizure April 20, 2015

Epilepsy medication recommended to help stave off second attack

Antibiotics May Be Overused in Many Neonatal ICUs, Study Finds April 20, 2015

Big variation seen in prescribing rates, despite little difference in infection rates

Spring Allergy Season Could Be a Bloomin' Nightmare April 17, 2015

Doctors predict a shorter but rougher stretch of coughing, sneezing and wheezing

Americans Get Too Many Tests Before Cataract Surgery, Study Finds April 15, 2015

Costs for unnecessary blood work, urine tests and EKGs add up

Doctors Often Ignore Parents' Concerns About Autism in Young Kids: Study April 15, 2015

Research suggests that needless delays in diagnosis, treatment, occur as a result

Unauthorized Breaches of Medical Records on the Rise April 14, 2015

Researchers call for enhanced security as more patient information is stored online

Too Few Kids With Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy Get Flu Shot: Study April 10, 2015

But they are more likely to develop flu-rated complications

Older Donated Blood Safe for Heart Surgery Patients, Study Finds April 08, 2015

No difference in outcomes between use of fresher or older red cells, researchers report

Lonely Seniors Visit Doctors More Often April 07, 2015

Study findings suggest increasing social connections might reduce health costs

Uninsured May Face Much Higher Charges for Cancer Drugs April 07, 2015

Chemotherapy fees can be 43 times more than those for insured patients, study finds

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