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11:55 EDT 30th September 2014 | BioPortfolio

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Tuesday 30th September 2014

Authors' reply to McGregor and Foley

McGregor and Foley draw attention to the design of our study on mode of commuting and body composition.1 2 3 We concur with their comments that cross sectional data do not allow causal inference, but...

Differences observed in study of associations between active commuting, body fat, and body mass index are unlikely to be clinically significant

Flint and colleagues’ conclusions that men and women who commuted to work by active or public modes of transport had lower body mass index and percentage body fat than people who commuted to work...

Legislation governing the US incentive scheme for neglected diseases needs to be amended, urges MSF

As a medical humanitarian organisation diagnosing and treating people with neglected diseases for almost 30 years,1 2 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) understands only too well that the dearth of...

Where is the evidence for the existence of the Cancer Drugs Fund?

Professor Peter Clark congratulates the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) for reimbursing drugs only at the lowest price proposed for use in the NHS, but he is later quoted conceding that “some...

New GP contract sets out less bureaucracy and more responsibility for patients

All general practices in England will have to display GPs’ average net earnings in 2014-15 on their websites by the end of March 2016, under terms agreed in the new general medical services (GMS)...

Cameron reiterates promise of seven day access to GPs

Everyone in England will be able to see a GP seven days a week between 8 am and 8 pm by 2020 if the Conservative Party is elected next year, the prime minister has pledged. In an announcement at the...

News and press releases: Facilitating applications for paediatric investigation plans

European Commission’s new guideline is applicable as of today

Human medicines European public assessment report (EPAR): Sildenafil ratiopharm, sildenafil, Revision: 13, Authorised

Barrie Patrick Marmion

Barrie Patrick Marmion excelled as a clinical microbiologist, medical researcher and academic, mentor to many younger colleagues, and outstanding human being. His professional life and activity...

To be good physicians, we must all fight against the battle against cancer

I’m not a fighter, or at least I’m not a fighter when the fight is pointless. A fight “to beat” metastatic cancer is usually pointless.This use of military metaphors1 chimes with modern Western ideas...

Orthopaedics in the UK is ahead of proposed regulations for incremental innovation in medical devices

Nieuwenhuijse and colleagues’ article on the evidence base for introducing new implants in joint replacement along with Kesselheim and Rajan’s accompanying editorial on regulating incremental...

Coloured filters may reduce symptoms of dyslexia in those with visual stress

Henderson and colleagues did not consider one obvious explanation for the endorsement of coloured filters by dyslexia charities: these charities are in close contact with their members, some of whom...

Authors' reply to Evans and Allen

We thank Professors Evans and Allen for their interest in our article.1 2The charity websites we reviewed refer to colour as though it offers a scientific, evidence based treatment; none referred to...

Human medicines European public assessment report (EPAR): Sildenafil Actavis, sildenafil, Revision: 7, Authorised

All GP practices to publish doctor earnings under new contract

Every general practice will be required to publish the average earnings of their GPs as part of the new contract announced today.

State Highlights: New Calif. Health Laws Signed; Mass. Judge Considers Partners Deal

A selection of health policy stories from California, Massachusetts, New York, the District of Columbia, Minnesota and Kansas. Kaiser Health News: Capsules: California To Launch Medicaid-Funded Teledentistry California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that would require Medi-Cal, the state’s insurance program for the poor, to pay for dental services delivered by teams of hygie...

State Highlights: Calif. Health Laws Signed; Mass. Judge Considers Partners Deal

A selection of health policy stories from California, Massachusetts, New York, the District of Columbia, Minnesota and Kansas. Kaiser Health News: Capsules: California To Launch Medicaid-Funded Teledentistry California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that would require Medi-Cal, the state’s insurance program for the poor, to pay for dental services delivered by teams of hygie...

Morecambe Bay boosts establishment with overseas recruitment

A group of Greek nurses has been recruited by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust in an attempt to boost staffing levels.

More Insurers Change How They Pay Medical Providers

Commercial insurers are moving rapidly from the old system of paying health providers for every test or procedure they do toward payments based on the value rather than volume of services, according to a report by Catalyst for Payment Reform, a business coalition focused on health care costs. Marketplace: How Insurers Are Adjusting Payment To Medical Providers Commercial insurers are ditching or a...

Drug And Device News: Study Questions Medical Devices' Safety Evidence

Elsewhere, The Associated Press reports on a new advertising approach for Viagra -- a TV commercial that targets women.   The Wall Street Journal: Medical Devices Lack Safety Evidence, Study Finds The majority of moderate- to high-risk medical devices approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lack publicly available scientific evidence to verify their safety and effectiveness des...

Website Launches Today Showing Drugmakers' Payments To Doctors

The so-called Open Payments program is intended to shine a light on potential ethical conflicts and allow patients to look up their doctors online. The first batch of data, however, will be incomplete, covering only a few months at the end of 2013. Journalism website ProPublica says it has tracked 3.4 million payments to health professionals since 2009, totaling more than $4 billion. The Associate...

Today Is The Deadline For Thousands To Provide Information To Keep Subsidies

The administration has notified more than 300,000 people that they need to provide documentation to keep their health insurance subsidies. Also in news on the health law, supporters are weighing a new focus on the individual mandate and the administration promises changes to the ACO rules. The Wall Street Journal: Hundreds Of Thousands Face Health Law Subsidy Deadline Hundreds of thousands of Amer...

Federal Database On Physician Quality Ratings Comes Up Short, Experts Say

The database, which was created by the health law, offers only the most basic information, according to USA Today.  USA Today: Federal Doctor Ratings Face Accuracy, Value Questions Consumers searching this fall for the best doctor covered by their new public or private insurance plan won't get very far on a federal database designed to rate physician quality. The Affordable Care Act requ...

Senate Control Still Up In The Air As Democrats Shift Focus To Medicare, Other Popular Programs

The strategy being employed by Democrats -- to nationalize the election by highlighting popular programs such as Medicare and Social Security as well as issues that resonate with younger voters -- is a regular approach during midterm elections. Meanwhile, in Virginia, Senate candidate Ed Gillespie promises to disclose specifics of his plans to replace the health law.  Los Angeles Times: As El...

Viewpoints: Shop Around For Health Coverage; 'Gaming' Obamacare; FDA And Painkillers

The New York Times' The Upshot: Auto-Renewing Your Health Plan May Be Bad For You, And For Competition My colleagues Margot Sanger-Katz and Amanda Cox wrote recently that shopping around for the best price can be crucial for people renewing their coverage on the health insurance exchanges this fall. But evidence suggests that many people probably won’t do that. Not only is that bad for them...


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