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12:25 EDT 28th July 2014 | BioPortfolio

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Monday 28th July 2014

Many People Never Grow Out of Growing Pains

A new research project from Aarhus University shows that many adolescents suffer from knee pain for several years. The pain impacts both sporting activities and quality of life.  Read mor

Six New Genetic Risk Factors for Parkinson’s Found

Using data from over 18,000 patients, scientists have identified more than two dozen genetic risk factors involved in Parkinson’s disease, including six that had not been previously reported.

A New Look at Stomach Cancer

In a massive effort to catalog the molecular causes of stomach cancer, scientists, including researchers at Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, have identified four subtypes of tumors based on shared mutations and other molecular abnormalities.Read more about A New Look at Stomac

NHS leaders note: organisational culture is key

“Free tea and coffee is no longer available.” That saves a few hundred pounds a year but is it worth the dent to staff morale? Why shouldn’t staff pay their employer’s extortionate yet unavoidable...

Scientists ID New Mechanism of Drug Resistance

Microorganisms like bacteria and fungi can evade treatment by acquiring mutations in the genes targeted by antibiotics or antifungal drugs. These permanent mutations were once thought to be the only way for drug-resistant strains to evolve.Read more

Cloning Offers Intriguing Stem Cell-Making Tips

Two recent studies— one human, one mouse— have found cloning creates better pluripotent stem cells than the Nobel-Prize winning induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) method.Read more about Cloning

Deal Said To Address VA's Short- And Long-Term Needs

Negotiators on Sunday reported reaching an agreement, which is expected to authorize billions of dollars in emergency spending to bring more physicians, nurses and clinic sites to the Veterans Affairs system. Legislation is to be unveiled today. Lawmakers have only about five working days before the August break to finalize the agreement.   Politico: Deal Reached On V...

Plan Renewals, Narrow Networks Draw Scrutiny

Some industry officials say the automatic renewal of some health law insurance plans could have a negative impact on the financial aid that consumers receive. Meanwhile, narrow networks continue to be the subject of backlash.    The Associated Press: Plan To Simplify 2015 Health Renewals May Backfire If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don’t g...

Research reveals hepatitis E risk level for blood donors

One in every 3,000 blood donors in England could be infected with hepatitis E, new figures suggest.

States Explore Strategies To Protect Exchanges, Subsidies From Court Decisions

News outlets report that states are working hard to demonstrate that they are now or will soon be operating their own online insurance marketplaces. Meanwhile, states are pushing for more time and support from the federal government for exchange planning and construction.   The Wall Street Journal: States Try To Protect Health Exchanges From Court Ruling A number of states are scram...

Medicare Turns Up Heat On Fraud Investigations

One U.S. attorney in South Dakota says such cases will be one of the fastest-growing areas of criminal investigations, while some providers are crying foul. Philadelphia Inquirer: Costs Of Expanded Audits Aimed At Medicare Fraud Hit Health Care Firms In a bid to cut Medicare spending and help pay for health-care changes, the Obama administration has significantly expanded audits designed to r...

New Wave Of Patients Boosting Hospital Earnings

Earnings reports offered last week by two hospital operators offer evidence that the health law's coverage expansion is leading more patients to seek treatment. The Wall Street Journal: Health-Law Patients Boost Hospital Profits A wave of newly insured patients helped boost hospitals' earnings in recent months, two hospital operators said Friday, a sign the law's coverage expansion is leading mor...

Ga. Working Through Medicaid Application Backlog After Federal Scrutiny

In the meantime, some in Alabama say no Medicaid expansion there is hurting economic development in rural parts of the state. Georgia Health News: State Says It’s Hard At Work On Medicaid Backlog A state health agency says it’s working though the application backlog for Medicaid that recently provoked federal scrutiny. The Department of Community Health has made decisions on eligibilit...

Hardship Exemptions Allow Some To Continue To Buy Coverage On Health Law's Marketplaces

Elsewhere, the San Jose Mercury News examines who can opt out of the health law's mandate to have insurance on religious grounds. Philadelphia Inquirer: Medical-legal Alliances Help Low-income Patients It took Sheena Sheard two hours on two buses, towing two children and a three-wheeled stroller, to get to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. It would have been three buses but the trio le...

Health Law Playing Key Role In Virginia Politics

News outlets examine how the overhaul is factoring into the state's Senate race and changing the political landscape.   The Richmond Times-Dispatch: Warner-Gillespie Debate Offers Look At The Politics Of Health Care When Sen. Mark R. Warner faces his Republican challenger Ed Gillespie in their first debate today at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, the two are likely to c...

State Highlights: Va. Lt. Gov. Juggles Politics And Pediatrics

A selection of health policy news from Virginia, Maryland, Florida, New York, Wisconsin, Washington state, New Jersey and Kansas. The Washington Post: Ralph Northam, Va.’s Low-Key Lieutenant Governor, Juggles Politics And Pediatrics Ralph S. Northam read Noah’s electroencephalogram and sent the 7-year-old home from the hospital with a dose of powerful anti-seizure medication and instru...

Tape Recording Reveals Health Subsidy 'Gotcha Moment' For Health Law Mastermind

Tape-recorded comments made by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber in 2012 are being used by backers of the latest legal challenge to the health law to support the argument that the overhaul's subsidies were not intended to be used by consumers shopping for coverage on the federal exchange.  The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Health Law Architect's Taped Remarks Fuel Subsidy Debate Ba...

Viewpoints: GOP's 'Political Sideshow;' Boehner Says House Must Defend The Constitution; Jonathan Gruber On Center Stage About Subsidies

USA Today: GOP Lawsuit Looks Like Political Sideshow: Our View This week, before the House leaves for its August recess, the GOP majority is expected to approve a lawsuit against Obama. Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says it will accuse the president of unconstitutionally abusing his executive power by delaying the Obamacare requirement that larger companies provide health insurance or pay a fine...

Political Cartoon: 'Relapse?'

Kaiser Health News provides a fresh take on health policy developments with "Relapse?" by Bob Englehart. Meanwhile, here's today's haiku: WATCHING THE CALENDAR, AND THE AGREEMENT It's almost recess... Countdown hastens lawmakers' deal for vets' health care. -Anonymous  If you have a health policy haiku to share, please send it to us at

Tape Recording Reveals Health Subsidy 'Gotcha Moment' For Health Law Architect

Tape-recorded comments made by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber in 2012 are being used by backers of the latest legal challenge to the health law to support the argument that the overhaul's subsidies were not intended to be used by consumers shopping for coverage on the federal exchange.  The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Health Law Architect's Taped Remarks Fuel Subsidy Debate Ba...

New guidance published by nursing infection control experts

Healthcare organisations should use a series of indicators to support performance management of infection prevention and control, according to updated guidance.

The exam scam

bmj;349/jul28_1/g4808/FIG1F1fig1To the two certainties of death and taxes should be added, for doctors, professional exams.My client was a registrar undergoing a second attempt at her specialty...

What is the optimal pharmacological management of retained placenta?

The third stage of labour is the period between childbirth and delivery of the placenta. It can be managed physiologically, with early cord clamping, cutting of the cord, and controlled cord...

A new settlement for health and social care?

A story currently circulating in English social services tells how, at the end of the world, there will be four living organisms left on our planet. Two will be cockroaches and the other two will be...

Lateral radiograph of the ankle

Identify the structures labelled A, B, C, D, and E on this lateral radiograph of the ankle.bmj;349/jul28_4/g4796/FIG1F1fig1AnswersA: Base of fifth metatarsalB: Navicular boneC: Head of talusD. Medial...

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