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Seeing waste: Many Medicare patients given needless tests before cataract surgery, study finds

...outpatient center versus somewhere else made little difference in testing rates.The study is in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.The results are surprising, said Ellen Meara, a professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2015-04-15/seeing-waste-many-medicare-patients
Catheter procedure can help stroke victims

...They can decrease quality of life and limit one's ability to walk, talk or even eat.A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that a catheter-based procedure could help many people having a stroke.A stroke occurs when the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/life-style/2015-03-11/catheter-procedure-can-h
Race to the bottom

...in 10 ? refuse to see Medicaid patients, according to a Health Affairs analysis.Another study, by the New England Journal of Medicine, found Medicaid recipients were six times more likely to be denied appointments and wait twice as long on...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2015-02-16/race-bottom
Dignity, darkly defined

...physician-assisted suicide is that it's "fundamentally incompatible with the physician's role as healer." A New England Journal of Medicine poll last year of more than 1,700 medical experts found 67 percent opposed to the practice.The right-to-die...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2014-11-07/dignity-darkly-define
New drug might help heart failure

...is progressive, and almost 50 percent of patients die within five years of diagnosis. A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine reports a new medication might help patients with heart failure live longer.The heart functions as an engine...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/life-style/2014-09-03/new-drug-might-help-hear
Bionic pancreas controls blood sugar

...blood. If levels become too high or too low, the condition can be life-threatening. A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine describes the success of a new way to control sugar levels using an implantable device and an iPhone.The...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2014-08-14/bionic-pancreas-controls-blood-suga
Gene discovery holds promise for heart disease treatment

...doctors have been looking for a new medicine to further lower the risk of heart disease. A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine may have found it using genetics.Statins, like Lipitor or Crestor, are taken by over 30 million Americans...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/health/2014-07-09/gene-discovery-holds-promise
Augusta's University Hospital improves safety ranking

...occur daily in U.S. hospitals and harm patients, said Leapfrog CEO Leah Binder. She pointed to a recent New England Journal of Medicine estimate that 1 in 25 patients acquires an infection while in the hospital."That's just one more reason...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-04-29/augustas-university-hosptial
Millions gain health coverage, but Georgia lags behind, reports show

...particularly for the poor.The report today from The Commonwealth Fund follows research it reported last week in the New England Journal of Medicine that an estimated 20 million people gained coverage. In the new report, looking at those it considers...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-07-10/millions-gain-health-coverag
Who pays your doc? Coming soon to a site near you

...and other services from companies that make the drugs and medical products they prescribe, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.This has been a common practice for decades and studies show it affects doctors' prescribing decisions...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-07-13/who-pays-your-doc-coming-s