October 18, 1995 |
Hospitals face real cuts, not just a slower rate of growth, if Congress adopts the Senate version of Medicare reforms, the American Hospital Assn. said Tuesday. The lobbying group appealed to Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) and the rest of the Senate to back off plans to exact $86 billion of their seven-year, $270-billion Medicare savings from hospitals. The hospitals, which drew a rebuke from House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.
April 3, 2007 |
The nation's largest medical specialty group is challenging the widely accepted recommendation that women should routinely undergo mammograms in their 40s, saying the risks of the breast exams may outweigh the benefit for many women. The American College of Physicians, which represents 120,000 internists, plans to issue new guidelines today that instead urge women in their 40s to consult with their doctors individually about whether to get the breast X-rays.
March 15, 1998 |
Low cholesterol could be responsible for higher rates of violent death among some people, particularly men, a study released Saturday suggests. Researchers found that men with blood cholesterol levels of less than 160 milligrams per deciliter met with homicide, suicide or fatal accidents 50% to 80% more often than those with the highest levels of cholesterol. Women with low cholesterol were nearly 30% more prone to violent death, the study showed.
November 2, 2010 |
Students who texted, surfed the Internet or played video games before bedtime had problems falling asleep at night, but some also were prone to mood and cognitive learning problems during daytime hours, an early study has found. Seventy-seven percent of the 40 students who participated in the study had "persistent" problems going to sleep after engaging in such activities, and each student was awakened by an electronic device on average at least once during the night, according to the findings.
April 5, 2012 |
Our 7-year-old daughter awoke screaming and could not be comforted or touched. We took her to the emergency room. Now our insurance company is denying the visit, saying that it wasn't medically necessary for her to be seen in the ER. Yet the emergency room physician considered a spinal tap to rule out meningitis. How could this visit not be necessary? The situation you describe certainly seems to qualify as an emergency, and you should fight to have your insurer pay for your daughter's ER visit.
October 30, 2006 |
Want to quit smoking? Hit the gym. A study released Tuesday by the American College of Chest Physicians found smokers who combine exercise with nicotine gum or transdermal patches are more likely to quit than those who rely on nicotine replacement therapy alone. Sixty-eight patients at two Austrian hospitals were randomly assigned either a treatment program that included exercise or one that only used nicotine replacement therapy.
August 22, 1990 |
The most common cause of women's injuries--abuse at home--is largely ignored by doctors, the Journal of the American Medical Assn. said. Twenty-two percent to 35% of women who visit emergency rooms have physical or stress-related abuse symptoms, it said. The report said most of the victims are "discharged without any arrangements made for their safety, to return to the same abusive relationships." But Dr.
February 5, 2009 |
Researchers tracking Sept. 11 responders found many with lung problems years after exposure to the toxic dust caused by the World Trade Center's collapse. The study by the Mount Sinai Medical Center's medical monitoring program examined more than 3,000 responders between 2004 and 2007, repeating exams conducted from mid-2002 to 2004. Slightly more than 24% of the patients had abnormal lung function, the study found. In the earlier exams, about 28% had similar problems. The study appears in today's editions of Chest, a journal published by the American College of Chest Physicians.
April 8, 1991 |
Crews worked Sunday to remove from a forest the charred wreckage of the commuter plane that crashed last week and killed former Sen. John Tower of Texas and 22 other people. National Transportation Safety Board investigators have focused on the plane's engines, primarily because of witness reports that the Atlantic Southeast Airlines plane made unusual noises before it went down Friday. Crews began removing the plane parts investigators wish to see, said NTSB spokesman Michael Benson.
April 9, 2001 |
Got a stuffy nose, sore throat, cold or bronchitis? Tough it out without the antibiotics and try some over-the-counter remedies or gargling with salt water, says a panel of doctors concerned about antibiotic overuse. Most of the time, your condition will resolve itself in a couple of weeks and the medication wouldn't have done anything for you, they say. That's because in most cases, these infections are caused by viruses. Antibiotics are good only in attacking bacteria.