A new study conducted in Bangladesh finds that folic acid supplements can dramatically lower blood arsenic levels in individuals chronically exposed to arsenic-contaminated drinking water. Arsenic is a toxic element that is naturally present in some soils and water. Arsenic-contaminated drinking water is currently a significant public health problem in at least 70 countries, including several developing countries and also parts of the United States.
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Hillenbrand Industries's Hill-Rom subsidiary has introduced a revolutionary new hospital bed surface that can enhance care for patients with pressure ulcers. The Hill-Rom E700 Wound Surface (a low air loss therapy surface) also offers new levels of flexibility for use within health care facilities. Unlike traditional mattress replacement systems, this surface easily converts to fit multiple bed frames, including Hill-Rom frames and a variety of other frames.
Fauquier Hospital of Warrenton, VA has been formally recognized by Planetree as a "Designated Planetree Patient-Centered Hospital."
The World Institute on Disability and the American Red Cross created an innovative national training, awareness and action program to help Red Cross staff and volunteers better serve people with disabilities during disasters.
ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements project's pilot phase yielded provocative new insights into the organization and function of the human genome.
The Wall Street Journal examined the growing trend of medical identity theft.
Efforts in Alabama and Florida to address immigrants' access to health care.
Biospace med announced that it has received 510k clearance from FDA to market EOS, a new digital Xray imager in the United States for 2D imaging use.
Visitors on Castle Connolly's Web site who are searching for "top doctors" will now have the option to also rate these and other physicians they have been to as patients.
Te legality under federal and state law of physician ranking systems used by health plan provider networks.
Cancer patients perceived no major changes in their quality of care following the passage of the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act.
Hispanics' experience with the Medicare managed care system and ability to obtain health services varies based on geographic location and language barriers.
The study of 383 health plans compares quality-of-care data for within and between the Medicaid and commercial populations in three types of managed care plans.
Nine Republican presidential candidates focused on economic issues discussedsome health care concerns.
A solid majority of Iowa voters agree the current health care system is broken-and they don't trust politicians to fix it.
Oncologists want to see significant improvement in overall survival before adopting targeted polypharmacy in first-line settings.
In light of care cost increases and declining funding, Purchasing Solutions has created a webinar for long term and health care organizations. States Mike Cronk, CEO of Purchasing Solutions, "One of the leading concerns of health and long term care executives is how to reduce cost without impacting the quality of care and service. This webinar addresses this issue and provides solutions to create competitive differentiation."
Blood stored in a bank loses a vital gas that is important for transferring oxygen from the blood. The discovery on stored blood may explain why a significant number of people die after receiving blood transfusions.
An "increasing number" of patients are traveling to receive care at "top-notch hospitals in the hopes of a better outcome," the Wall Street Journalreports. In response to the trend, more medical centers have begun to publish online information about survival and complication rates for different procedures to allow patients to compare outcomes at their local hospitals with facilities nationwide. More medical centers also have begun "doing more to make life easier for those who move far awayfor care," the Journal reports.
State lawmakers are working to remove barriers that prevent volunteer health care personnel from providing assistance after a disaster in a state in which they are not licensed to work.
A research team has developed a simple tool that can improve the effectiveness of communication between doctors and patients.
Researchers have a developed a totally new approach to treating liver failure - manipulating the immune response.
The For What Ails You campaign is designed to promote Concentra's quality patient care for typical injuries and illnesses, as well as a cure for the high price of emergency services and the headaches.
Although rising health care costs are a primary concern among America's local governments, most jurisdictions do not offer preventive and disease management programs targeting their stated top health issues.
Exposure to ozone, a major component of urban air pollution, is associated with increased cardiovascular and pulmonary hospitalizations and deaths.
Mario R. Capecchi, Ph.D., distinguished professor of human genetics and biology at the University of Utah's Eccles Institute of Human Genetics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, has won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
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