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  • Little Gains in Efforts to Boost Outpatient Care

    Posted: 10/23/2016

    Little Gains in Efforts to Boost Outpatient Care MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Efforts to improve the quality of care in the United States have had little impact on many aspects of outpatient care, a new, sweeping analysis shows. The researchers examined the quality of office-based care -- meaning visits to physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners -- between 2002 and 2013. Ongoing deficits in care "pose serious hazards to the health of the American public," the study authors ...

  • Lasting Jump in ER Visits After Oregon Medicaid Expansion

    Posted: 10/23/2016

    Lasting Jump in ER Visits After Oregon Medicaid Expansion WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Oregon had a significant and lasting increase in emergency department visits after Medicaid coverage was expanded, a new study shows. "For policymakers thinking about expansions, our results suggest that a typical Medicaid program will increase health care use across settings -- including the ED [emergency department] -- for at least two years, and that it won't lead people to go to the doctor instead ...

  • Leave Those Raking Injuries Behind

    Posted: 10/19/2016

    Leave Those Raking Injuries Behind TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Jumping in piles of leaves can be great fun, but raking them up afterward can leave you with an aching back. Each year, more than 76,000 Americans are hurt while raking leaves or using other manual garden tools. That's according to The Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at The Chester County Hospital at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia. One reason why these injuries may occur is that raking leaves forces peopl...

  • Like People, Power Tools Need Checkups

    Posted: 10/17/2016

    Like People, Power Tools Need Checkups SATURDAY, Oct. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Once temperatures drop and activities move indoors, it's time to store gardening power tools safely for the winter. It's also time to tune up leaf- and snow-blowers, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International. Check these cold-weather machines and their cords for signs of wear and replace damaged parts, the group advises. Also, unplug and safely store battery chargers until spring. When working outside in ...

  • Love Your Co-workers? It Could Boost Your Health

    Posted: 10/12/2016

    Love Your Co-workers? It Could Boost Your Health WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Your social links with your co-workers could have a significant impact on your health, researchers say. "We are less burnt out and have greater well-being when our team and our organization provide us with a sense of belonging and community -- when it gives us a sense of 'we-ness,' " said lead researcher Niklas Steffens, of the University of Queensland, Australia. Steffens and colleagues analyzed 58 studies that...

  • Laser Device Approved for Nearsightedness

    Posted: 09/21/2016

    Laser Device Approved for Nearsightedness WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The VisuMax Femtosecond Laser has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat nearsightedness in candidates 22 and older. Nearsightedness, medically called myopia, is present when a person can see close objects clearly, but not objects farther away. Common causes include a misshapen cornea or excess length of the eyeball, the FDA said in a news release. The procedure to permanently reshape the cor...

  • Laser Pointers Can Cause Serious Eye Damage in Kids

    Posted: 09/10/2016

    Laser Pointers Can Cause Serious Eye Damage in Kids THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Laser pointers may look harmless enough, but when children play with them kids can end up with blurry vision, blind spots or potentially permanent vision loss, eye experts report. A new study details the cases of four children, aged 9 through 16, whose horseplay with laser pointers caused dramatic injury to the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that is essential to seeing clearly. The ...

  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding What is laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding? Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is one of the least invasive operations available for obesity. It’s done with a few tiny abdominal cuts, instead of with one large cut. The surgeon puts instruments through the cuts. One of those instruments is a laparoscope, a tool with a tiny camera. The surgeon uses these tools to place a band around the top portion of the stomach, leaving a very small pouch availabl...

  • Lead Extraction

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Lead Extraction What is lead extraction? Many people have surgically implanted cardiac devices. These devices include pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators or ICDs. Pacemakers can help treat slow heart rhythms, and ICDs stop dangerous rapid heart rhythms. Both these devices have two main components: a pulse generator and a set of leads. The pulse generator is a small computer with electric circuits and a battery. The leads are wires that run between the pulse generator and the heart. Th...

  • Loop Recorder Implantation

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Loop Recorder Implantation What is loop recorder implantation? An implantable loop recorder, or ILR, is a device that helps the heart. It has several uses. The most common ones include looking for causes of fainting, palpitations, very fast or slow heartbeats, and hidden rhythms that can cause strokes. During a loop recorder implantation, your heart health care provider (cardiologist) does a minor procedure. He or she places the machine under your skin, on your chest wall, a few inches below your collar...