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AHCPR-Funded Studies Address Insulin Therapy For Type 2 Diabetes; Diagnostic Protocols For Chest Pain

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Two AHCPR-funded research projects appear in the November 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The first study is about the use of insulin in the management of type-2 diabetes. The other is about treating chest pain effectively without a costly hospital admission.

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29-Nov-1997 12:00 AM EST
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AHCPR Announces New Center, Consolidating Two Components to Improve Efficiency

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) is consolidating two existing components to create the Center for Practice and Technology Assessment (CPTA), which will oversee the Agency's Evidence-based Practice Program. CPTA will house the existing Office of the Forum for Quality and Effectiveness in Health Care, and will include the functions of the previous Center for Health Care Technology. The consolidation, designed to improve efficiency, is being announced in today's Federal Register.

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AHCPR Studies Suggest Quality Improvements

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Five new papers supported by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) present findings and suggestions that could be used to improve the quality of medical care.

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Helping Smokers Quit Is Cost-Effective

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

A new report released by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) finds that smoking cessation interventions are cost-effective. While all types of cessation treatment were found to be cost-effective, those involving more intensive counseling and the nicotine patch proved to be especially worthwhile. Smoking cessation interventions are less costly than other preventive medical interventions such as the treatment of high cholesterol.

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Holograms of CT Scans Display Neurovascular & Spine Pathology More Accurately and Clearly Than Software Renderings

Communications Plus

A physician reporting at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting this week will describe how the Digital Holographyô System from VoxelÆ (NASDAQ:VOXL) improves display of cerebral vasculature and reduces or eliminates image artifacts in patients with surgical hardware. Additionally, Voxel will introduce software for previewing three-dimensional holograms on a computer.

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27-Nov-1997 12:00 AM EST
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University of Iowa study finds that a non-invasive, low-cost test for lung cancer is appropriate for many patients

University of Iowa

When it comes to lung cancer diagnosis sometimes less is more, even in the high-tech world of medicine. That is the message of a University of Iowa study showing that the analysis of sputum -- a low-cost, low-risk method for detecting lung cancer -- makes more sense as an initial diagnostic test for many patients than the more expensive invasive methods. In addition, the potential national savings in testing costs with the adoption of sputum analysis would be at least $30 million per year.

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American Heart Association's 23rd International Joint Conference on Stroke and Cerebral Circulation

American Heart Association (AHA)

You are invited to cover the AHA's 23rd International Joint Conference on Stroke and Cerebral Circulation, which will be held February 5-7, 1998 at the Omni Rosen in Orlando. This is the largest conference in the world that draws together medical scientists and physicians engaged in research and treatment of stroke, the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of serious disability. More than 1,500 scientists are expected to attend from the United States and other nations

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Cell Article: Single Genetic Locus Linked to Top Cancer-Targeted Biochemical Pathways

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

While identifying a new cancer-fighting tumor suppressor gene called ARF, scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have made another, potentially more far-reaching discovery, that a single genetic locus called INK4a encodes protein products that regulate the most frequently targeted biochemical pathways in human cancers.

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Tips from the American Psychiatric Association

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

December Online Tipsheet from the American Psychiatric Association: 1) Antidepressants and Sexual Dysfunction: Women Fare Better than Men, 2) Child Abuse Linked to Multiple Personality Disorder, 3) Poor Quality of Life for PTSD Vietnam Vets, 4) ECT Effective Among Elderly, 5) Public and Private Health System Treatment Both Work for Children

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26-Nov-1997 12:00 AM EST
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Research Finds Insulin Ineffective For Many Diabetics

University of Michigan

People with type 2 diabetes are routinely encouraged to strictly control their blood sugar at near-normal levels, but a new study indicates this is extremely difficult to do through conventional use of insulin. The study evaluates how effective, safe and costly insulin treatment is in a typical setting.

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26-Nov-1997 12:00 AM EST
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