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The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, will go into full effect in 2014, giving millions of uninsured Americans access to health care.
Making good decisions requires that physicians have reliable and practical data. Comparative effectiveness reviews and objective findings on different medical interventions and strategies, as provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in its Effective Health Care Program, can help physicians make the most informed choices among treatment options.
A company specializing in digital medical applications via cloud computing has announced that its free Apple iPad app has been certified for "meaningful use" by physicians as an electronic health records (EHR) platform.
Patients prescribed higher daily opioid doses for pain are at increased risk of opioid overdose death, according to a study published in the April 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Researchers have identified four new genes linked to Alzheimer's disease that individually appear to add to the risk of developing the disease; their findings have been published online April 3 in Nature Genetics.
The relatively high proportion of patients with type 1 diabetes for 50 years or more without complications indicates the presence of protective factors, according to a study published in the April issue of Diabetes Care.
In men with locally advanced prostate cancer, six months of hormone therapy combined with radiation significantly reduces prostate-cancer-specific and all-cause mortality compared with radiotherapy alone, according to a study published online March 25 in The Lancet Oncology.
Dementia associated with Alzheimer's disease is preceded by five or six years of rapid cognitive decline in multiple functions, according to a study published in the March issue of the Archives of Neurology.
Bariatric surgery is a viable option that often leads to long-term weight loss and reductions in cardiac and other risk factors in severely obese patients who have failed other weight-loss therapies, according to an American Heart Association scientific statement published online March 14 in Circulation.