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Massachusetts hospital helps smokers kick the habit

Massachusetts General hospital in Boston has developed a program to help discharged patients quit smoking. Plus, a new study out of Britain shows that commuting without a car has health benefits. Bigad Shaban reports on the day's top health news.

Self-reported health measures can predict Medicaid adults who need intensive health services

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Just three types of simple self-reported health measures can predict which Medicaid-eligible adults are more likely to access intensive and costly health services over the next year, a new study in Health Services Research suggests. The findings could provide a new way to save a substantial amount of money while also providing better care for Medicaid's neediest patients.

Amicus's fat accumulation drug effective in second late-stage study

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(Reuters) - Amicus Therapeutics Inc said its experimental drug was as effective as enzyme replacement therapies (ERTs) after 18 months in patients with an inherited disorder that leads to the abnormal build-up of fat. The company's shares soared 60 percent in premarket trading. Amicus said in April that the drug, migalastat HCl, significantly reduced the abnormal accumulation of fat, compared with a placebo, related to a rare genetic disorder that could lead to heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. The ... more

Women could benefit from Affordable Care Act's mandate for contraceptive coverage

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Women could benefit greatly from the Affordable Care Act's mandate for contraceptive coverage, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

France urges Israel, Palestinians to talk after ceasefire ends

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French President Francois Hollande called on Israel and the Palestinians to resume truce talks after a Gaza ceasefire collapsed and said the demilitarization of the enclave and a lifting of a blockade should be part of a deal. Israeli air strikes killed 11 Palestinians in Gaza, including the wife and infant son of Hamas's military leader, Mohammed Deif, in what the group said was an attempt to assassinate him after the failure of Egyptian-brokered negotiations. France supports the Egyptian mediation," ... more

Deaths rise with shift from in-hospital to outpatient procedures for urology surgeries

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(Henry Ford Health System) As hospitals have shifted an array of common urological surgeries from inpatient procedures to outpatient, potentially preventable deaths have increased following ... more

Natural (born) killer cells battle pediatric leukemia

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(Children's Hospital Los Angeles) Researchers at Children's Hospital Los Angeles have shown that a select team of immune-system cells can be multiplied in the lab, ... more

Straight Talk: The Future of Medical and Health Research

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(Research!America) Leaders from government, industry, academia and patient advocacy organizations will explore the future of R&D investments, policy trends, public-private partnerships, public health and social ... more

VCU Massey Cancer Center receives $4.4 million NCORP grant

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(Virginia Commonwealth University) Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center was awarded a $4.4 million, 5-year, renewable grant from the National Cancer Institute to support a ... more

San Antonio Life Sciences Institute awards $750,000 to innovators

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(University of Texas at San Antonio) The University of Texas at San Antonio and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and ... more
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Practice guidelines in the context of primary care, learning and usability in the physicians' decision-making process - a qualitative study

published about 12 hours ago
Background: Decision-making is central for general practitioners (GP). Practice guidelines are important tools in this process but implementation of them in the complex context of ... more

Drug prescription by telephone consultation in Danish out-of-hours primary care: a population-based study of frequency and associations with clinical severity and diagnosis

published about 12 hours ago
Background: Danish general practitioners (GPs) answer all calls to the out-of-hours primary care service. About 60% of the calls are terminated on the telephone through ... more

Lippes Loop intrauterine device left in the uterus for 50 years: case report

published Thu, Aug 14 2014 19:00 GMT
Background: The first Lippes Loop intrauterine device (IUD) was introduced in 1962. It was a plastic double "S" loop, a trapezoid shaped IUD that closely ... more

Simplified follow-up after medical abortion using a low-sensitivity urinary pregnancy test and a pictorial instruction sheet in Rajasthan, India - study protocol and intervention adaptation of a randomised control trial

published Thu, Aug 14 2014 19:00 GMT
Background: The World Health Organisation suggests that simplification of the medical abortion regime will contribute to an increased acceptability of medical abortion, among women as ... more

Breast bud detection: a validation study in the Chilean Growth Obesity Cohort Study

published Tue, Aug 12 2014 19:00 GMT
Background: Early puberty onset has been related to future chronic disease; however breast bud assessment in large scale population studies is difficult because it requires ... more