Media Articles, Special Issues & TV Reports
Cancer Diagnosis Later in Life Poses Significant Risk to Offspring, Study Suggests ScienceDaily, Dec 20, 2012
Dec. 20, 2012 — Relatives of family members diagnosed with cancer are still at risk of the disease even if the diagnosis came at an older age, suggests a paper published on bmj.com today
"The Obama administration has agreed to settle a class-action suit by revising rules that have barred tens of thousands of Medicare beneficiaries from getting coverage for skilled nursing-home care, home health care and various forms of outpatient therapy.
For decades, the federal health program for the elderly and disabled has denied claims when such care was not expected to result in an improvement of a patient's condition."
- NEWS: Oct 23, 2012
Obama Administration Agrees to Settle Suit Over Medicare Rules
Oregonian, Oct. 22, 2012, 11:12 p.m. [The Washington Post News Service with Bloomberg News]
See also: Settlement Reached To End Medicare’s “Improvement Standard”
[Center for Medicare Advocacy]
Looming Health Care Ruling [CNN June 2012]
Study to test antibody crenezumab for preventing Alzheimer's
By Janice Lloyd, USA TODAY (May 2012) [with Video]
The government will launch a first-ever collaborative, multimillion-dollar drug trial to try to prevent a form of Alzheimer's disease,
officials said during a two-day research summit at the National Institutes of Health here.
Many Medical Implants Such As Surgical Mesh and Metal-On-Metal Hips Never Tested For Safety, Leaving Patients At Risk
Consumer Reports, May 2012, pp.24ff.
Plus, how to fix a broken regulatory system that fails to protect consumers....
YONKERS, NY — "A new investigation by Consumer Reports reveals that while tens of millions
of American consumers live with medical devices implanted in their bodies,
many of these implants have never been tested for safety and manufacturers are often required
to do nothing more than file paperwork and pay a user fee before bringing their products to market...."
Why Medical Bills Are a Mystery New York Times, By ROBERT S. KAPLAN and MICHAEL E. PORTER
Published: April 14, 2012
"... Because health care charges and reimbursements have become disconnected from actual costs, some procedures are reimbursed
very generously, while others are priced below their actual cost or not reimbursed at all. This leads many providers to expand into
well-reimbursed procedures, like knee and hip replacements or high-end imaging, producing huge excess capacity for these at the
same time that shortages persist in poorly reimbursed but critical services like primary and preventive care...."
Health Insurance Is for Everyone By Fareed Zakaria in: Time, March 26, 2012
"... Twenty years ago, Switzerland had a system very similar to America's--private insurers, private providers--
with very similar problems. People didn't buy insurance but ended up in emergency rooms, insurers screened
out people with pre-existing conditions, and costs were rising fast. The country came to the conclusion that to
make health care work, everyone had to buy insurance. So the Swiss passed an individual mandate and reformed
their system along lines very similar to Obamacare. The reform law passed by referendum, narrowly.
The result two decades later: quality of care remains very high, everyone has access, and costs have moderated.
Switzerland spends 11% of its GDP on health care, compared with 17% in the U.S. ..."
Generic Drugs Proving Resistant to Damage Suits, New York Times,
Published: March 20, 2012
Life-threatening germ poses threat across medical facilities
[CDC highlights steps to prevent spread of deadly C. difficile bacteria, which impacts
patients in nursing homes and outpatient care, not just hospitals]
For Immediate Release: March 6, 2012.
Contact: CDC Division of News and Electronic Media
Op-Ed Contributor: The Diabetes Dilemma for Statin Users New York Times, By ERIC J. TOPOL, March 4, 2012,
"Safety Alerts Cite Cholesterol Drugs’ Side Effects (February 29, 2012) We’re overdosing
on cholesterol-lowering statins, and the consequence could be a sharp increase in the incidence of Type 2 diabetes.
This past week, the Food and Drug Administration raised questions about the side effects of these drugs and
developed new labels for these medications that will now warn of the risk of diabetes and memory loss...."
- Nine in 10 U.S. adults get too much sodium every day
Main sources of sodium include many common foods CDC, Feb 7, 2012
"Nearly all Americans consume much more sodium than they should, according to a report from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of the sodium comes from common restaurant or grocery store items...."
Products can help first responders access your medical information [During a medical emergency, it's vital that first responders have your medical information on which to base critical decisions.
Two products make it easier for you to get the help you may need. File of Life ....]
By Debra Atlas Special to Scripps Newspapers
Posted January 30, 2012 at 11 p.m.
[also published in Kitsap Sun, Feb 2, 2012, p.8B under this headline: "Medical History, Condensed: Two Products inform first responders"]
The Vial of Life launched more than a decade ago as a giant pill bottle you put medical information in, then place inside your refrigerator.
It was reintroduced in 2010 by manufacturer Store Smart as the File of Life, a set of vinyl pockets made of heavy-duty vinyl to slip your
medical information forms into.
- The Money Traps in U.S. Health Care
New York Times, By PHILIP M. BOFFEY, January 21, 2012
"Why does an appendectomy in Germany cost roughly a quarter what it costs in the United States?...
Our aging population has played a role in driving up medical costs
, but Germany, Italy and Japan have
much bigger percentages of elderly people while spending much less per capita on health care...
Administrative costs are high here — no surprise given the hordes of clerks and accountants needed to deal with insurance paperwork...
Surprisingly, American doctors lag far behind their counterparts abroad in using electronic health records,..."
Opinion: What We Give Up for Health Care New York Times,
By EZEKIEL J. EMANUEL (oncologist, former White House adviser & a vice provost & prof. at the Univ of Pennsylvania), January 21, 2012.
"There is an inevitable trade-off between rising health care costs and things liberals really care about, like access to college and good wages
for working Americans. We cannot have it all. The health care reform act will help us save — mainly by changing
how physicians and hospitals are paid and delivering better care to our most expensive patients. But more can be done:..."
The high school student who devised a cure for cancer (that we could be using in as little as 15 years) Mail Online, By Hannah Roberts
Last updated at 5:07 PM on 15th January 2012
"... Angela's idea was to mix cancer medicine in a polymer that would attach to nanoparticles – These nanoparticles
that would then fasten themselves to cancer cells and show up on an MRI allowing doctors to exactly where tumors are.
An infrared light aimed at the tumours would melt the polymer and release the medicine, killing the cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed.
When tested on mice the tumours almost completely disappeared...."
The High Cost of Failing Artificial Hips, New York Times, Dec 27, 2011
The most widespread medical implant failure in decades — involving thousands of all-metal artificial hips that need to be replaced prematurely —
has entered the money phase.
- Ask about Hip Replacement
- California Hospital Chain Eyed for Possibly Bilking Medicare for Millions
PBS Dec 19, 2011 | Decoding Prime:
How a major California hospital chain boosts its bottom line through aggressive billing practices.
California Watch, December 2011.
"In an analysis of more than 50 million Medicare patient records over the past year, California Watch has found thousands of cases for which Prime has aggressively
billed for treating unusual conditions. Medicare pays providers significant bonuses for treating patients diagnosed with hundreds of major complications, including kwashiorkor.
Reports of kwashiorkor at Shasta Regional Medical Center exploded after Prime acquired the hospital in November 2008.
That year, the hospital reported only eight cases of kwashiorkor. But in the two years that followed, 1,030 cases were billed to Medicare –
more than 70 times the statewide rate for general hospitals."
Why does Health Care cost so much in the United States? PBS, November 25, 2011.
F.D.A. Revokes Approval of Avastin as Breast Cancer Drug New York Times,
By ANDREW POLLACK
Published: November 18, 2011
"The commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration on Friday revoked the approval of the drug Avastin as a treatment for breast
cancer, ruling in an emotional issue that pitted the hopes of some desperate patients against the statistics of clinical trials...."
Whether sipping wine, beer or whiskey, light drinkers face slightly higher breast cancer risk
By Associated Press, Washington Post, Tuesday, November 1, 1:00 PM
U.S. Panel Says No to Prostate Screening for Healthy Men New York Times,
By GARDINER HARRIS
Published: October 6, 2011
Healthy men should no longer receive a P.S.A. blood test to screen for prostate cancer
because the test does not save lives over all and often leads to more tests and treatments
that needlessly cause pain, impotence and incontinence in many, a key government health panel has decided. ...
When the Nurse Wants to Be Called ‘Doctor’
New York Times, 2 Oct 2011
As more nurses, pharmacists and physical therapists claim this honorific, physicians are fighting back.
Study Shows Insulin Spray Boosts Memory in Alzheimer's Patients PBS Lehrer Report, September 12, 2011
[University of Washington Research]
Results from the trial -- a so-called Phase II trial designed to test the safety and early efficacy of such an approach -- were published in the Journal of Neurology. Scientists tested 104 patients with either early to moderate-stage Alzheimer's or mild cognitive impairment (often a harbinger for Alzheimer's) to see how they responded to the insulin spray.
Patient Data Posted Online in Major Breach of Privacy
By KEVIN SACK
New York Times, September 8, 2011
A medical privacy breach led to the public posting on a commercial Web site of data for 20,000 emergency room patients at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., including names and diagnosis codes, the hospital has confirmed. The information stayed online for nearly a year.
Colorectal Cancer: Second Most Deadly Cancer Can Be Stopped Before It Starts
Nearly two thirds of Americans screened by 2010, but 22 million who need to be screened still haven't been
CDC: For Immediate Release: July 5, 2011
"...The report finds that colorectal cancer screening increased overall from 52 percent in 2002 to 65 percent in 2010. Still, about 1 in 3 people between the ages of 50 and 75 are not up to date with recommended colorectal cancer screening..."
Planning for special pediatric care during nuclear disaster
By Marcia Frellick, nurse.com, Monday June 27, 2011
"....many Americans are concerned about how prepared U.S. healthcare networks are to handle similar nuclear disasters. New York and New Jersey are among the states formulating their own disaster plans, including strategies for caring for the youngest victims — those most susceptible to the effects of radiation..."
As Physicians’ Jobs Change, So Do Their Politics
June 1, 2011 [
originally published by New York Times on May 30, 2011]
Health Special Report: The Next Wave of Cancer Treatment Time Magazine (Cover) June 13, 2011
Patient Responsibility in Health Care: An AARP Bulletin Survey [AARP May 2011]
by: Teresa A. Keenan, Ph.D
"What Doctors Wish Their Patients Knew," Consumer Reports March 2011
(Cover Story), pp.20-23.
Online Release: Feb 8, 2011[Subscription Required]
Buy Drugs," Consumer Reports, 02/08/2011, pp.24-27
BBC: The revolution in the operating theatre
February 15, 2011 (listen!)
... is only just beginning, but
robotic surgery could change the way we think about healthcare - and
the way surgeons work.
A Barbara Walters Special, 'A Matter of Life and Death,' Airs Friday (4
[Barbara Walters, President Bill Clinton, David Letterman, Robin
Williams, Regis Philbin and Charlie Rose: Life Can Change in a
Heartbeat, No Matter How Famous You Are]
"Think ‘FAST’ to save lives by recognizing warning signs of stroke", Univ. of Washington,
Jan. 12, 2011
By Anthony M. Avellino, M.D.,
Director, UW Medicine Neuroscience Institute
Guru Tom Peters' 10 Tips to Senior Tom Peters [US News - Money Blog]
September 1, 2010
Magazine February 22, 2010. "Time Health" (Special
How to live 100 years -- Lab Report -- The Map -- The Cost -- The Diet
When Patients Share Medical Data Online Time Magazine,
By Bonnie Rochman Monday, Feb. 08, 2010
"Thousands of patients ... are learning as much online — and from one another — as they are from their doctors. These laypeople are banding together and
starting websites to help figure out which practitioners to see and which hospitals to avoid, which clinical trials show promise and which experimental treatments are