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Antibiotics: One in three prescriptions unnecessary
At least 30% of antibiotics prescribed in the U.S. are unnecessary, according to the most-comprehensive study yet of an ongoing issue in clinical care. The study by the CDC and the Pew Charitable Trusts, published May 3 in JAMA, analyzed antibiotic use in doctors’ offices and emergency...[MORE]
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Article 2302 ER death rate drops 50%
Deaths in hospital emergency departments dropped nearly 50% between 1997 and 2011, the last year for which figures are available, according to a study published in the July 2016 issue of Health Affairs. Researchers analyzed data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. ...[MORE]
Article 2301 Absorbable heart stent approved
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first fully absorbable stent to treat coronary artery disease, which each year kills nearly 370,000 people in the U.S. As the FDA explains it, the Absorb GT1 BVS is manufactured from a biodegradable polymer which is similar to materials ...[MORE]
Article 2300 Online tools broadening healthcare
All the pieces seem to be falling into place to enable consumers to choose online from a variety of healthcare providers, much as consumers today are able to buy products online from a variety of retailers. The tools to purchase healthcare on the internet are available from, among others, ...[MORE]
Article 2299 AMA calls digital apps snake oil
Dr. James Madara, CEO of the American Medical Association, recently gave voice to long-simmering physician resentment by referring to electronic health records and ineffective health apps as “the digital snake oil of the early 21st century." Addressing AMA’s annual meeting in June, Dr. Madara ...[MORE]
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