U.s. News Chases Health-care Dollars

U.S. News will add the Hospital of Tomorrow conference next month. U.S. News, which ceased its print edition in December 2010, began its lists in 1983 with its ranking of the nations best colleges. The magazine followed it up with lists of the best law schools, business schools and hospitals. The company has been able to stay alive while other print publications have fallen by the wayside. Newsweek, for example, once owned by The Washington Post Co., has been sold twice since 2010 and is now owned by IBT Media. This week, The Washington Post flagship completed the sale of its newspaper to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. And earlier this year, locally owned media empire Allbritton Communications sold its eight broadcasting properties for nearly $1 billion. Allbritton is investing heavily in digital media, including the political Web site Politico. U.S. News employs 150 journalists, staffers and producers at its Georgetown offices. There are an additional 40 or so employees on the business side. The company is believed to turn a profit of between $5 million to $10 million, according to sources.

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‘Obamacare’ and Mental Health

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Department of Health and Human Services. Much of this will stem from the requirement that small group and individual insurance plans offer coverage for mental health issues and substance abuse services. Most large insurance plans already include such coverage. In addition, “parity has been written into the law so mental health coverage ostensibly should be much easier to access,” said Susan Lindau, a licensed clinical social worker and associate adjunct professor at the University of Southern California School of Social Work in Los Angeles. Parity means that coverage for mental health issues, for instance, must be comparable to the coverage provided for general medical and surgical care. The Affordable Care Act expands the limited parity that was first introduced into law in 2008. However, Andrew Sperling, director of legislative advocacy for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is somewhat circumspect about the upcoming changes. “We’re still waiting for the final regulations,” he said, noting that the government has promised that information by year’s end. “And, because of the Supreme Court decision, the Medicaid expansion is optional, and a large number of states are talking about not participating.” Because some benefits vary depending on where people live, he explained, people in some states won’t see the full benefits accorded by the law. However, changes that should help those seeking mental health care include: Coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. No longer can insurers deny coverage to someone with a diagnosis of depression or bipolar disorder, for instance, nor can they cancel coverage if an insured person gets such a diagnosis.

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Dentists And Ob/gyns Are Medical Specialists Most Sought After In Singapore, According To Docdoc, The Leading Healthcare Specialist Portal In Asia

18 percent of DocDoc users are seeking Obstetricians & Gynecologists (OB/GYNs), the second most sought after type of medical specialist. General Practitioners are in third with 6.5% of all search requests. The 10 most sought after medical specialists in Singapore: 1. Dentists – 49.9% 8. Ear Nose and Throat – 1.3% 9. Urologists – 1.1% 10. Chiropractors & Osteopaths – 1.1% When it comes to medical procedures, patients in Singapore are actively seeking medical assistance in the areas of dental, gynae, dermatology, pregnancy, braces, eye and pediatrics. Plastic Surgery and non-invasive skin rejuvenation procedures such as Botox and hair removal are treatments that are rising in popularity across Singapore, according to DocDoc. “This data highlights the huge demand for dental specialist care in Singapore,” said John Sharp, President and CTO of DocDoc. “The findings indicate either an undersupply of dentists or an uptick in popularity for cosmetic dentistry, or a combination of both.” According to a story published on HRMAsia.com ( http://www.hrmasia.com/news/dentist-numbers-in-singapore-set-to-rise/120017 ), chief executive officer of Q&M Dental Group Dr. Ng Chin Siau is quoted as stating that in developed countries such as Japan and Switzerland, the ratio is one dentist to about 1,000 people.

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Specialist Medical Practices in the UK Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld

According to IBISWorld industry analyst Robert Scotton, the economic downturn of 2008 squeezed government budgets and resulted in curtailment of the rate at which health-care expenditure had been growing. However, household budgets were also hit by the downturn and many who may once have invested in private health care turned to public provisions in the interest of cost-cutting. Though NHS budgets continued to grow, albeit at a reduced rate, they were insufficient to cater to rapidly rising demand. In an effort to reign in health-care expenditure and yield some of the burden to the private sector, the government oversaw wide-ranging NHS reform in 2013. The uncertainty introduced by this shakeup and frustration with an inundated public health-care system has recently encouraged patients to return to lucrative private sector treatment, bolstering industry bottom line. As a result, industry revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 1.6% over the five years through 2013-14, to reach 9.0 billion. For the 2013-14 financial year itself, subdued revenue growth of 0.7% is forecast. Britain’s economic recovery is happening in unison with a gradual recovery in household disposable income. Scotton adds, annoyance with an oversubscribed NHS is likely to mean more Britons opt for private specialist care in coming years, helping to inflate industry revenue. Demand for industry services is expected to remain strong into the future, driven predominantly by the elderly. Medical advancements are also likely to boost demand as new treatments and less invasive remedies are made available.

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Salem Gastroenterology Practice Closes, But Doctors Stay In Area

Plan your route with our mobile-friendly yard sale map , where you’ll find addresses, sale hours and more. Salem gastroenterology practice closes, but doctors stay in area Laurence Hammack | 981-3239 Saturday, September 7, 2013 An independent gastroenterology practice in Salem has closed, with four of its physicians joining Carilion Clinic and two going to LewisGale Physicians. Carilion announced Friday that Valley Gastroenterology of Southwest Virginia was joining Carilion Clinic Gastroenterology. The four physicians from the Salem clinic will nearly double the size of Carilions practice, the Roanoke-based health care system said in a news release. However, two of the six doctors at the former Valley Gastroenterology are in the process of joining LewisGale, a spokeswoman for the Salem health care system said. The moves come at a time of growing demand in the Roanoke Valley for gastroenterology services, which include the treatment of digestive disorders such as heartburn, acid reflux, ulcers and inflammatory bowel diseases. Carilions news release quoted Dr. Robert Moylan, previously of Valley Gastroenterology, who could not be reached Friday. Carilions expanding role as a medical center and teaching facility makes this an excellent choice for us, Moylan was quoted as saying. But LewisGale is also gaining new positions and expanding its services. Our gastroenterology program is robust and its still growing, LewisGale spokeswoman Joy Sutton said. Saturday, October 5, 2013

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Mom Chooses Medical Marijuana Over Chemo As Treatment For 3-year-old Son’s Cancer

Medical-device tax repeal is an idea full of holes

Childhood cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States, according to Children’s Hospital Colorado . In a statement to CBS4 , they write that 25 percent of childhood cancers are acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The survival rate for these patients treated at Children’s Oncology Group is over 90 percent and is attained with two-to-three years of chemotherapy. Riddle says that no matter what people think about her decisions, the plain and simple truth is that marijuana has helped her son . “As soon as we started taking the oil, his platelets have been a regular healthy person’s level and [doctors] can’t understand why,” Riddle told CNN . As unusual as it may seem, the Riddle family is not alone in choosing medical marijuana treatment for a child with a severe illness. In 2012, then 7-year-old Mykayla Comstock of Oregon , who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, made headlines for her use of medical marijuana to combat the side effects of chemotherapy. The family of 6-year-old Charlotte Figi was the subject of a CNN documentary earlier this year regarding their daughter’s use of medical marijuana to help treat the debilitating seizures that result from her rare form of epilepsy. Also on HuffPost: Legalized for medical use. Flickr: alana sise Arizona Legalized for medical use. Flickr: Bill Ward’s Brickpile California Legalized for medical use. Flickr: gerbache Colorado Also legalized possession by non-medical users. Flickr: dok1 Connecticut Legalized for medical use. Flickr: ~MVI~ (off to coron) Delaware Legalized for medical use.

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on the medical-device tax, as long as the House first passes a clean spending bill, with no Obamacare-related strings attached, and agrees to replace the $30 billion in revenue that the tax would raise over the next decade. It figures that the only policy idea that might bring the two parties together is not a terribly good one. The medical-device tax is one part of a package that was supposed to pay the $1.3 trillion cost (over 10 years) of covering 27 million uninsured people. The excise tax amounts to asking the medical-device industry to chip in 2.3 percent of the tab, just as other health-care interests, such as insurance companies and the drug industry, were also asked to pony up. We hasten to add that this is hardly the optimal financing method; a generally applicable program ought to be financed with generally applicable taxes. Still, the $100 billion-plus medical-device industry is highly profitable . While the tax might impose some pain on the business, we doubt that it would doom it . Were also skeptical of free-market pleadings from an industry that owes much of its prosperity to federal programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Indeed, the influx of new insured patients because of expanded coverage would, to some extent, create offsetting demand for devices. Were also skeptical of Congresss ability to agree on a gimmick-free offset for the lost revenue though, admittedly, a credible pay-for would mitigate the harm of repeal. What cant be undone, however, is the precedent. If this interest group can lobby successfully to shed its share of the cost of expanded coverage, whats to stop everyone else from seeking a break?

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Medical Waste Management Market Worth $10,327.0 Million by 2018 Forecasted in MarketsandMarkets Recent Report

Markets closed Medical Waste Management Market Worth $10,327.0 Million by 2018 Forecasted in MarketsandMarkets Recent Report Press Release: MarketsandMarkets 23 hours ago Related Content DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The report “Medical Waste Management Market by Sector (Hospital & Pharmaceutical), Service (Collection, Transportation & Storage, Treatment, Disposal & Recycling), Treatment Technology (Mechanical, Thermal, Chemical, Microwave Irradiation) & Geography – Global Trends & Forecast to 2018 by MarketsandMarkets, defines and segments the Medical Waste Management Market with analysis and forecasting of the global revenue. Browse 78 market data tables and 20 figures spread through 174 pages and in-depth TOC on Medical Waste Management Market http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/medical-waste-management-market-1256.html The Medical Waste Management Market is likely to grow reasonably in the upcoming years. With the growth of western markets, the medical waste management industry is projected to achieve a slower, yet stable growth. The growing environmental concerns with regards to the dumping of medical waste and rapid expansion in the pharmaceutical industry over the years, have led to an overall increase in the Medical Waste Management Market. The Americas and Europe are the major regional markets growing at a steady pace. The market has been estimated from on the basis of demand. This report breaks the market into smaller product segments. In order to provide a deeper understanding of the competitive landscape, the report profiles 19 companies in the Medical Waste Management Market. The Medical Waste Management Market revenue, in terms of geography, is expected to reach $10,327.0 million, growing at a CAGR of 4.9% from 2013 to 2018. The Americas dominates the market with $3,100.0 million in 2013, and is expected to reach $4,040.0 million by 2018, at a CAGR of 5.4%. This is followed by Europe, which is expected to reach $2,710.0 million by 2018, at a CAGR of 4.8% from 2013 to 2018. About MarketsandMarkets MarketsandMarkets is a global market research and consulting company based in the U.S. We publish strategically analyzed market research reports & serve as a business intelligence partner to Fortune 500 companies across the world.

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Will Australian Uranium Head For India?

Uranium is the key energy commodity that differentiates how Rudd and Abbott approach relations with India. On paper, a bipartisan position Australia, which has about a third of the world’s recoverable low-cost uranium resources, sells the nuclear fuel to China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States, Canada and the European Union, but not so far to India. Both the Labor and Liberal parties have a policy that they will sell Australian uranium to energy-starved India. So on paper, it looks like a bipartisan position. But Rudd is a reluctant helmsman for his party’s policy, believing India must accept stringent conditions before it gets Australian uranium for its power plants. In his first stint as prime minister in 2007-2010, he was adamant that because India was not a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, uranium sales to it were precluded. He said this was not a policy directed against India, but one that applied globally. When Julia Gillard, the deputy prime minister who overthrew Rudd for the leadership in June 2010 (before herself being ousted in June this year by Rudd), decided to push through a Labor Party policy change on the uranium issue in late 2011, Rudd was not consulted. Rudd has said that India does not need to source uranium from Australia. It gets most of its supply now from Russia, France and Kazakhstan. Abbott’s Indian ambitions In contrast, Abbott is happy to see Australian uranium shipped to Indian nuclear power plants. At the India Australia Friendship Fair in Sydney last year, he said: “Yes, we will sell uranium to India because we know that India is one of the world’s great democracies.” In reality, any uranium sales are years away, so the Australia-India nuclear trade is more symbolic than substantial. New Delhi views it as a touchstone for the state of the bilateral relationship. In March this year, the first official-level talks were held on a civil nuclear cooperation agreement that is the first step towards uranium sales.

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Australian doctors bring woman back from the dead

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Monday, Aug 19, 2013 AFP SYDNEY – An Australian woman has lived to tell the tale after being brought back to life from being clinically dead for 42 minutes, doctors said on Monday. Mother-of-two Vanessa Tanasio, 41, was rushed to Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne last week after a major heart attack, with one of her main arteries fully blocked. She went into cardiac arrest and was declared clinically dead soon after arrival. Doctors refused to give up and used a compression device called a Lucas 2 – the only one of its kind in Australia – to keep blood flowing to her brain while cardiologist Wally Ahmar opened an artery to unblock it. Once unblocked, Ms Tanasio’s heart was shocked back into a normal rhythm. “(I used) multiple shocks, multiple medications just to resuscitate her,” Dr Ahmar said. “Indeed this is a miracle. I did not expect her to be so well.” Ms Tanasio said she had no history of heart conditions and was grateful to be alive. “I remember being on my couch, then the floor, then arriving at hospital, and then two days go missing,” Ms Tanasio said. “I was dead for nearly an hour and only a week later I feel great. It’s surreal.” The Lucas device physically compresses the chest, like during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), allowing doctors to work non-stop to put a stent into a blocked artery. It is the first time a patient has successfully used the device, which was donated to the medical centre, for such a length of time in Australia, the hospital said. Clinical death is a medical term for when someone stops breathing and their blood stops circulating.

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