Health Updates 26 May 2011

  • GOP Medicare reform plan fails in Senate: “Five of 47 Senate Republicans voted against it – four because they said it went too far, one on the grounds that the budget measure that contained it did not go far enough fast enough to address the budget deficit”. (NY Times)
  • Knee and hip replacement surgeries have seen a sharp rise: “And here’s a surprise: It’s not all due to obesity.  Ironically, trying to stay fit and avoid extra pounds is taking a toll on a generation that expects bad joints can be swapped out like old tires on a car”. (Associated Press)
  • Emergency room doctors say they order tests out of fear: “According to a recent survey of more than 1.700 emergency room doctors conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), 53% of respondents said the main reason they conduct the number of tests they do is fear of lawsuits.  Another 44% said that very fear was the biggest hindrance to cutting emergency department costs.  The issue is not strictly financial.  In addition to driving up costs, many physicians believe that medical imaging tests have potential long-term repercussions on patients’ health.” (Huffington Post)
  • Brisk walks tied to lower prostate cancer progression rate: “Men who walked briskly had a significantly lower risk of prostate cancer progression than those who walked at a slower pace, researchers found.  Progression risk for prostate cancer patients was inversely associated with walking pace, regardless of duration.  ‘It appears that men who walk briskly after their diagnosis may delay or even prevent progression of their disease’ said Erin Richman, MS, of the University of California San Francisco.” (Cole Petrochko, MedPage Today)
  • CDC sees bump in measles cases: “There has been an abnormally high number of measles cases reported in the US, this year, mostly related to outbreaks in countries visited by American travelers, according to the CDC.  ‘The largest outbreak occurred among 21 persons in a Minnesota population in which many children were unvaccinated because of parental concerns about the safely of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.  That outbreak resulted in exposure to many persons and infection of a least seven infants too young to receive MMR vaccine‘.” (Todd Neale, MedPage Today)

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