Patients are Accountable for Their Health

Physicians and hospitals earn bonuses or face penalties for how well they meet various metrics of quality based on patient outcomes. Is it really fair for the doctors to be penalized for things out of their control? What if a diabetic patient does not exercise, fails to check their sugar levels, and consumes sugar-laden sodas and…

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Keep on Walkin’

Data from the Harvard Nurses Health Study has found that physical activity and body mass index (BMI) suggests there is a specific gene pathway linked with cancer of the colon. Those who exercise regularly and have a lean BMI seem to upregulate this pathway reducing their risks.

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Pump that Chest!

Analysis of two long-term, randomized trials comparing standard CPR with compression-only CPR followed-up for 5 years found that compression-only CPR was associated with a lower risk for death at all time intervals. (The adjusted hazard ratio was 0.91). This is the first long-term definitive data that supports the 2010 Advanced Cardiac Life Support Guidelines. PositiveTip: If you…

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Do Commercial Interests Influence Drug Trials?

The old adage "follow the money" can be true with drug research outcomes, too. U.S. and Canadian researchers examined more than 500 drug trials to find out whether their source of funding had any affect on the outcome.Researchers found that drug trials funded by the pharmaceutical industry, even after adjustments for trial phase, reported 85%…

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Gastric Bypass vs. Gastric Banding: Which is Better?

Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight or with a BMI greater than 40 is considered morbidly obese. Gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding are the two most commonly performed procedures for the treatment of morbid obesity. A recent randomized trial demonstrated that gastric bypass results in greater weight loss than gastric banding over a four year period…

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