• FDA-approved robot assistant gives surgeons force feedback October 17, 2017
    Surgeons are trained to accurately operate on you when you need it, but robotic assistants could help them get to hard-to-reach areas and boost their accuracy even more. Senhance, the robotic surgical assistant that has just earned the FDA's approval, was designed to accomplish both of those.
  • How the Next Generation ACOs compared on shared savings in 2016 October 17, 2017
    Eleven of 18 Next Generation ACOs generated shared savings in 2016 while seven saw losses, according to data CMS released Friday. ACOs participating in the Next Generation model are veterans of the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer ACO Model. The Next Generation program requires taking on more financial risk than other ACO models. […]
  • Breast cancer more lethal for blacks than whites October 17, 2017
    Differences in insurance are a major reason why black women are more likely to die of breast cancer than white women in the United States, a new study contends. "We found that differences in insurance explained one-third of the total excess risk of death in non-elderly black women compared to white women diagnosed with early […]
  • Healthcare order expands insurance October 17, 2017
    For all the headlines about “dismantling Obamacare,” President Donald Trump’s executive order will likely have less of an impact than its supporters hope or critics fear. Still, it represents a modest step toward giving consumers more choices and expanding millions of Americans’ access to lower cost insurance that better fits their individual needs. First, understand […]
  • Millennials and depression: Should workplaces adapt? October 17, 2017
    Of the many stereotypes about millennials in the workplace, there are at least a few that are objectively and demonstrably true. For example, millennials are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than the generations that came before them; in fact, 20 percent of millennials — about 1 in 5 — report experiencing depression, […]
  • Study: 1 in 9 American men has oral HPV October 17, 2017
    About 1 in 9 American men is infected with the oral form of human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a new study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Nationwide, rates for oral HPV infections are 11.5 percent of men and 3.2 percent of women: 11 million men, compared with 3.2 million women, the researchers […]
  • Does breast-feeding really decrease my cancer risk? October 17, 2017
    For babies, the benefits of breast-feeding are clear: a stronger immune system, reduced risk for some chronic health conditions and a closer bond with mom. But does breast-feeding also protect women against breast cancer? Nursing has been linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer in both pre- and post-menopausal women. But, says Virginia Borges, […]
  • What to know about hepatitis A, as California outbreak triggers state of emergency October 17, 2017
    As California finds itself in the grips of the largest person-to-person hepatitis A outbreak in more than two decades, health officials are taking emergency measures to curb the spread of the deadly disease. On Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency in light of the outbreak that has killed at least 18 […]
  • Delivery system reform hampers ACO progress on risk-based contracts October 17, 2017
    Accountable care organizations are participating more and more in risk-based contracts, but that progress has been stalled by sluggish care-delivery changes, a new survey suggests. Roughly 50 percemt of ACOs are involved in at least one downside risk contract, such as shared savings and capitation contracts, according to a Leavitt Partners and National Association of […]
  • Scientists discovered people who are highly-intelligent have 52 genes in common October 17, 2017
    If you aced your SATs, you can thank at least a few of your genes. Scientist analyzed the DNA of 78,308 people. They discovered a link between intelligence and 52 specific genes. The better individuals did in broad intelligence tests, the more frequently these genes appeared. But researchers aren't sure what the correlations mean because […]