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Women doctors may be better at treating patients: researchers say

Women doctors may be better at treating patients: researchers say

A study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine made an intriguing suggestion that female doctors may be better than their male counterparts at treating patients and keeping them healthy in the long-term.

A team of researchers at Harvard examined a random sample of Medicare patients who were hospitalized from January 2011 through December 2014 and treated by general internists. After a profound scrutiny of more than 1.5 million hospitalizations, they found that 10.82 per cent of those who were treated by female doctors died within a month of their hospitalization.

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McDowell County sues prescription painkiller distributors over addiction epidemic

McDowell County sues prescription painkiller distributors over addiction epidemic

A West Virginia county has filed a lawsuit against three national drug distributors and a local physician, alleging they are responsible for the county’s growing addiction epidemic.

Filing the suit in a state court, the McDowell County Commission cited the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) records showing the three distributors of prescription painkillers shipped nearly 423 million pills like hydrocodone and oxycodone to local pharmacies and doctors between 2007 and 2012.

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L.A. County facing measles outbreak

L.A. County facing measles outbreak

Public health officials in Los Angeles County issued an alert on Friday, warning that the number of measles cases is on the increase and an outbreak might be occurring in area.

In a newly released statement, health officials said they were investigating seven cases of the viral infection, but the figure grew to nine by Friday.

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Cardinal to pay $44M to settle lawsuits regarding distribution of controlled substances

Cardinal to pay $44M to settle lawsuits regarding distribution of controlled substances

Dublin-based healthcare giant Cardinal Health on Friday agreed to pay $44 million to settle multiple lawsuits regarding the distribution of various controlled substances.

Cardinal Health admitted that it failed to report large orders for powerful painkillers like oxycodone in 2011 and 2012. The company hit the $44 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ).

Kinray LLC., a New York-based subsidiary of Cardinal Health, also agreed to pay $10 million as part of the settlement.

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Shorter treatment isn’t better for infant with ear infections: study

Shorter treatment isn’t better for infant with ear infections: study

Shorter antibiotic treatment for infants with ear infections isn't better than standard-duration treatment, a new study by American researchers suggested.

Lead by Dr. Alejandro Hoberman, chief of the division of general pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, researchers assigned 520 children with acute otitis media to two groups, with children in one group receiving the standard 10-day course of amoxicillin-clavulanate and the second group receiving a 5-day course followed by a 5-day course of placebo.

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Former HHS officials criticize Trump’s health secretary pick

Former HHS officials criticize Trump’s health secretary pick

Republican Rep. Tom Price’s nomination the new chief of the U.S. Health & Human Services Department next year under the Donald Trump administration would raze Obamacare and replace the healthcare system with plans that would be in favor of the well-to-do people, some experts believe.

Rep. Price is an orthopedic surgeon and a Republican congressman from Georgia. Two experts argued on Wednesday that he would allow insurers to return to abuse patients and take away subsidies that have enabled the poor to afford medical care under Obamacare.

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VPT therapy shows ray of hope for prostate cancer patients

VPT therapy shows ray of hope for prostate cancer patients

Showing a new ray of hope for prostrate cancer patient, a team of doctors have successfully demonstrated how injecting a light-sensitive drug into the patient’s bloodstream and then activating it using a laser can destroy tumor tissue in the low-risk prostate.

In a phase-3 trial, the new approach called Vascular-Targeted Photodynamic (VTP) therapy was found successful in achieving complete remission of tumor in half of the men who were treated in the trial.

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U.S. grocers report shortage of canned whipped toppings

U.S. grocers report shortage of canned whipped toppings

Ahead of the holiday season, grocery stores across the United States are reporting a stubborn shortage of canned whipped toppings like Reddi-wip that use nitrous oxide as a propellant.

The shortage of whipped toppings is due to shortfalls of nitrous oxide. Industry representatives have acknowledged that the problem has been caused by an industry-wide nitrous oxide supply issue.

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Red Cross encouraging people to donate blood ahead of busy holiday season

Red Cross encouraging people to donate blood ahead of busy holiday season

The number of blood donations normally declines during the holiday season simply because people become very busy at time of the year, leaving hospitals to struggle to meet demand.

As per the American Red Cross, someone needs blood every two seconds, and this need increases during the holiday season. On the other hand fewer people come forward to donate blood.

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Obama administration abandons controversial Medicare drug payment experiment

Obama administration abandons controversial Medicare drug payment experiment

Bowing to increasing pressure from physicians and pharmaceutical groups, the Obama administration has decided to abandon a controversial proposal designed to overhaul how Medicare reimburses physicians for drugs.

The withdrawn proposal was an attempt to improve health care and discourage spending on expensive medicines. In Medicare Part B, doctors are currently paid 6 per cent on drugs' average wholesale prices. The proposal aimed at lowering that percentage, and adding a flat fee.

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