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Genetic Predisposition to Elevated LDL-C Associated With Narrowing of the Aortic Valve

In an analysis that included approximately 35,000 participants, genetic predisposition to elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) was associated with aortic valve calcium and narrowing of the aortic valve, findings that support a causal...
23-Oct-2014 1:00 PM EDT

Making Health Services Prices Available Linked to Lower Total Claims Payments

Searching a health service pricing website before using the service was associated with lower payments for clinical services such as advanced imaging and laboratory tests, according to a study in the October 22/29 issue of JAMA.
16-Oct-2014 11:00 PM EDT

Effect of Hospital Conversions to For-Profit Status

Hospital conversion from nonprofit to for-profit status in the 2000s was associated with better subsequent financial health but had no relationship to the quality of care delivered, mortality rates, or the proportion of poor or minority patients...
20-Oct-2014 11:00 AM EDT

More Competition Among Physicians Related to Lower Prices Paid By Private PPOs

An examination of the relationship between physician competition and prices paid by private preferred provider organizations (PPOs) for common office visits finds that more competition is associated with lower prices paid to physicians in 10 large...
20-Oct-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Study Examines Differences Between Types of Physician Practice Ownership and Expenditures

From the perspective of the insurers and patients, between 2009 and 2012, hospital-owned physician organizations in California incurred higher expenditures for commercial health maintenance organization enrollees for professional, hospital,...
20-Oct-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Study Finds High Percentage of Recalled Dietary Supplements Still Have Banned Ingredients

About two-thirds of FDA recalled dietary supplements analyzed still contained banned drugs at least 6 months after being recalled, according to a study in the October 22/29 issue of JAMA.
20-Oct-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Antimicrobial Use in Hospitals Appears to Be Common

A one-day prevalence survey of 183 hospitals found that approximately 50 percent of hospitalized patients included in the survey were receiving antimicrobial drugs, and that about half of these patients were receiving 2 or more antimicrobial drugs,...
2-Oct-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Studies Examine Vaccination Strategies For Prevention, Control of Avian Flu

Two randomized trials in the October 8 issue of JAMA examine new vaccination strategies for the prevention and control of avian influenza, often referred to as “bird flu.” This is a theme issue on infectious disease.
2-Oct-2014 4:25 PM EDT

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