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Surprising Finding on Moderate Drinking

Moderate alcohol consumption has been linked with decreased risk for papillary and follicular thyroid carcinoma.

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Medicare Reimbursement

Changes to Medicare’s reimbursement plans have inadvertently cut payments to cancer specialists, causing many cancer care centers to lose money and possibly close, according to results of a study commissioned by the Community Oncology Alliance (COA), an advocacy group for oncologists who practice outside of large hospital centers.1

This study investigated the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of treatments for moderate to severe psoriasis from a managed health care systems perspective. An analysis was conducted of randomized clinical trials evaluating biologic and oral systemic medications and phototherapy for patients with moderate to severe psoriasis.

The 2 physicians who now oversee the FDA want the agency to think of itself less as a regulator and more as a part of the nation’s public health apparatus.

WASHINGTON -- Most Medicare patients will pay .90 more per month in Part B premiums next year -- to .40.

TORONTO -- Two well-accepted adjuvant therapies for early breast cancer proved cost-effective for improving survival, according to a pair of studies.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Offering hospitals a relatively small financial incentive improved their quality of care for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia, researchers here reported.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Older Americans are flocking to gastroenterologists to take advantage of Medicare's all-beneficiary coverage of colonoscopy screening, and that's paying off in earlier colon-cancer detection, a study here suggested.


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