Archives Jan. 1, 2013
The 2013 flu season is upon us. While there is direct positive impact of influenza vaccination on infection rate, there may also be indirect mortality benefits such as improving cardiovascular mortality based on a meta-analysis published in the most recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Nevertheless, vaccination rates remain low with less than 50 percent of those younger than 65 years old receiving the vaccine during the 2012-2013 flu season. While individuals older than 65 years old have higher rates of adoption at around 66 percent. Dr. Kathleen Neuzil of University of Washington ...
Medicaid currently provides health and long-term care for 66 million low-income Americans. Additionally, Medicaid provides assistance to 9.5 million low-income Medicare beneficiaries.
The thirteenth annual Kaiser Family Foundation Medicaid report, predicts that fiscal years 2013 and 2014 will be historic and transformative for Medicaid. The study reports on the results of surveys of Medicaid directors and budget staff for all 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC). Enrollment and budget data from all states and DC were analyzed from fiscal years 2011 and 2012. Below are some highlights from the report;
- Factors shaping Medicaid ...
A recent study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics journal, Pediatrics, highlighted an association between the regularity of children’s bedtimes and the prevalence of behavior problems. Specifically, children who did not have regular bedtimes had worse behavioral scores, as rated by their mothers and teachers. The study was an analysis of data from the UK Millennium Cohort study (MCS), a longitudinal population based study on children similar to the landmark US Cardiology study, the Framingham Heart Study (FHS). The study drew from interviews of mothers of 10,230 children, which is twice ...
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With headlines like these, who needs critics.
Even when the analysis seems objective and favorable, the optimism is wrapped in cynicism;
So how do doctors actually feel about health care reform and the Accountable Care Act (ACA)? This question is still one that cannot be clearly defined or at least too ...
CurbsideMe posts that social media fans and followers found most interesting from the past week (8/2/2013)
3. The Best Hospitals Rankings is out...and the winner is... (US News and World Report)
The edge of darkness conversely is the brink of light
Here I stand frozen with fright on the verge of hope
What should frighten and what should I fear?
When all the worry and the storm’s fury
Dissipates with you here…
Amish Dangodara, M.D.
A patient comforted me at seeing my obvious discomfort in giving her bad news. She reminded me that what she had to confront, good or bad, could not be changed; all she needed was someone to guide her through the road ahead.
(photo credit: Munch und Warnemünde 1907-1908)
(a tribute to all the new interns and the patients who educate them)
There is always an exception to a rule. Even a wise and inviolable rule such as “the only reasons not to do a digital rectal exam is if you don’t have fingers or the patient does not have an anus.” I learned this lesson and many others like it the hard way during my memorable year as a medical intern.
Late one on-call night, a middle aged man rolls into the coronary care unit on a gurney.
“Our chest pain admission is here. You’re up ...