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AHRQ State Snapshots Expanded to Include New Data on Health Insurance Coverage

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s annual release of state-by-state quality data has been expanded to include new data on health insurance, including data on health care quality categorized by source of payment, including private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and those without insurance. The 2009 State Snapshots released by AHRQ today are available athttp://statesnapshots.ahrq.gov/.

July 23, 2010 Posted by | Health News Items | , | Leave a comment

Cancer Docs ‘Frustrated’ By Lack of Useful Info in Journal Articles

 

 

 

Excerpts from the news article:

Medical journals should include more clinical details in cancer research studies to help doctors better understand and utilize results, according to U.S. researchers.

[The researchers] analyzed 262 articles published from 2005 to 2008 in the Journal of Clinical OncologyThe New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and the journals Cancer and Blood.

Only 11 percent of the articles offered all the information required by doctors in order to prescribe and monitor new cancer therapies, said the researchers at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

The dose of the drug was almost always reported in the articles, but only 43 percent reported what premedication was necessary, and only 42 percent provided details about adjusting dosages if the therapy proved toxic to patients.

July 23, 2010 Posted by | Health News Items | , | Leave a comment

Heat-Related Illness Advice for Older People

This National Institutes of Health (NIH) news release includes tips on preventing heat-related illness as well as first aid measures. 

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July 23, 2010 Posted by | Consumer Health | Leave a comment

   

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