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.

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association|21-Oct-2014 4:00 PM 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, laboratory, pharmaceutical and ancillary services than did physician-owned organizations, according to a study in the October 22/29 issue of JAMA.

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association|21-Oct-2014 4:00 PM 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 specialties, according to a study in the October 22/29 issue of JAMA.

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association|21-Oct-2014 4:00 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 receiving care, according to a study in the October 22/29 issue of JAMA.

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association|21-Oct-2014 4:00 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.

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association|21-Oct-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Study Shows How Troubled Marriage, Depression History Promote Obesity

The double-whammy of marital hostility and a history of depression can increase the risk for obesity in adults by altering how the body processes high-fat foods, according to new research.

– Ohio State University|21-Oct-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Getting Healthier Before Surgery Gives Patients a Jump Start on Recovery

Following a conditioning, nutritional, and relaxation program before surgery is more helpful than waiting until after surgery to rehabilitate, suggests a new study. Colorectal cancer patients who participated in a “prehabilitation” program before surgery recovered more quickly than those who only did traditional rehabilitation afterward, according to research published in the November issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®).

– American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)|21-Oct-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Overweight Women Lose in the Labor Market: Vanderbilt Study Finds

Overweight women are more likely to work in lower-paying and more physically demanding jobs; less likely to get higher-wage positions that include interaction with the public; and make less money in either case compared to average size women and all men, according to a new Vanderbilt study.

– Vanderbilt University|21-Oct-2014 2:55 PM EDT
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