60+ health care groups urge CMS to maintain coverage for medically necessary cancer testing

WASHINGTON, DC — February 1, 2019 — Leading health care companies and organizations representing patients, providers, academic medical centers, laboratories, and diagnostic manufacturers urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to revise its interpretation of the National Coverage Determination (NCD) for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma,…

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New UC study may help guide treatment of pediatric anxiety

Researchers from the University of Cincinnati (UC) examined common medications prescribed for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders, to determine which are the most effective and best-tolerated. This study revealed that the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) performed best overall compared to other types of medications. The results, available online in the Journal of Clinical…

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SFU researchers find new clues to controlling HIV

IMAGE: Simon Fraser University professor Mark Brockman (l) is part of an international research team that is investigating a connection between infection control and how well antiviral T cells respond to… view more  The immune system is the body’s best defense in fighting diseases like HIV and cancer. Now, an international team of researchers is harnessing…

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Protecting those on the frontline from Ebola

IMAGE: This photo shows Dr. Lacey MenkinSmith (left) and Dr. Jerry Reves (right) in the Health Care Simulation Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. view more  In a world where we can travel the globe by jet, diseases that were once thought to plague faraway places can now strike close to home. The U.S.…

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Walking for health benefits just got easier to track

IMAGE: Professor of kinesiology at University of Massachusetts Amherst. view more  Credit: UMass Amherst In an ongoing study exploring walking for health across the adult lifespan, University of Massachusetts Amherst kinesiology researchers found that walking cadence is a reliable measure of exercise intensity and set simple steps-per-minute guidelines for moderate and vigorous intensity. Catrine Tudor-Locke, professor…

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Keeping the peace when mom and grandma disagree on feeding the kids

Many mothers have to navigate a sea of advice from family and experts when it comes to feeding their babies. Nonetheless, nutrition educators typically focus only on the mother, even in Latino communities where grandmothers and other older female relatives often play major roles in caring for children. A new study shows programs to reduce…

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Common e-cigarette chemical flavorings may impair lung function

Boston, MA — Two chemicals widely used to flavor electronic cigarettes may be impairing the function of cilia in the human airway, according to a new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Cilia are antennae-like protuberances that are present on 50-75% of the cells that line human airways. They play a…

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Modern Love: Want Lasting Love? First, Take This Test

I asked Claire to take the test after our third date. Things had gone well — hands touching, knees skimming, heads close. By the time I flopped into bed, I was flush with possibility. I was also quite drunk. Claire had sounded intrigued by the 16 Personalities test, so I texted her the link. Then…

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Medical News Today: How does psoriatic arthritis affect the nails?

Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that commonly develops in people with psoriasis. Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes a rapid buildup of skin cells. These cells form patches of itchy, often irritating skin that doctors call plaques. Changes in the nails are common symptoms of both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. However, psoriatic…

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