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Kaiser Health News Roundup. Some of the best headlines about healthcare on the web. This batch includes articles about “saying no” to more care, Medicare cost reduction, and stem cell research.
Nutrition science is undergoing a bit of an upheaval. Why is this not surprising?
More on drug shortages. It’s getting a little scary out there!
Social Security Disability is in trouble. 2017 is the year everything hits the fan.
Most clinical trials exclude the elderly. But, how can you exclude the elderly for drugs that are meant to be used in that age group? Interesting problem.
Hospice has been a big issue in the news lately, and it will continue to be a bigger issue as Medicare struggles to bring end-of-life costs under control.
Both articles are worth reading. Gawande is an extraordinary writer, and I highly recommend his articles and books.
Anti-Aging Medicine isn’t Great (Cosmetic Surgery Truth.com) This plastic surgeon says that there’s no evidence that hormone-based anti-aging treatments actually work.
Consumer Reports and the Scientific Method (Get Better Health.com) Consumer Reports is testing alternative medicines using less-than-scientific methods. The author cries foul.
Antidepressant Prescriptions without a Diagnosis (Pharmalot) This post summarizes an article from Health Affairs which found that the majority of patients who take antidepressants do not have a formal diagnosis of depression or mental illness.
Consumer Health Information Panel to be Formed (Kaiser Health News) As a result of health reform legislation, the federal government is creating a panel to give consumers information about treament options.
Research Points to Alzheimer’s Early Toll (from the Wall Street Journal) Drug companies will focus their efforts on patients with early stages of dementia.
Boomers still get Heart Disease (from Health Populi) Despite an increased emphasis on staying fit and active, many Boomers still have heart disease.
Patients Want Online Communication from their Doctor (from Health Populi) …sort of. It still hasn’t completely caught on yet, but providers and experimenting with new ways of communicating with patients.
Pfizer and Over-the-Counter Lipitor (from Wall Street Journal Blog) It’s unclear whether or not the FDA would approve something like this, but if it does, it might change the way patients with high blood pressure interact with their doctors.