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Prolonged Use Of Vitamin E Ups Prostate Cancer Risk
2011-10-12 09:04:04

New evidence that taking vitamin E supplements can be risky to your health adds to the concerns that doctors have that many people may be overusing vitamins and other supplements. A new study that followed up on men who took high doses of vitamin E for around five years found they had a slightly increased risk of developing prostate cancer -- even after they had stopped taking the pills. The study, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, followed more than...

2011-10-05 14:26:32

Hospital compliance makes little difference Researchers studying the first national quality measure for hospitalized children have found that no matter how strictly a health care institution followed the criteria, it had no actual impact on patient outcomes. The scientists examined 30 hospitals with 37,267 children admitted for asthma from 2008 to 2010 and discovered that the quality of discharge planning made no difference to the rate of return to the hospital for another asthma attack...

2011-10-04 18:29:35

Advance directives do have an impact on health care at the end of life, especially in regions of the country with high spending on end-of-life care, according to a University of Michigan study. People who had completed advance directives stating their preferences for care were less likely to die in a hospital and more likely to receive palliative hospice care than similar decedents without advance directives. "Advance directives may help patients get the care they want if they prefer...

2011-09-27 18:07:21

Medical evidence suggests that psychiatric drugs known as atypical antipsychotics are effective in reducing symptoms for some off-label conditions, but not others, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Evidence supports the effectiveness of some atypical antipsychotics in reducing symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and behavioral symptoms in elderly patients with dementia, although significant side effects were...

2011-09-27 18:05:59

University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center study shows older patients who undergo procedure by less experienced physicians have higher death risk Preventing a stroke by placing a stent in the carotid artery, a major artery of the head and neck, is a procedure that's skyrocketing in the United States, but the outcomes can be deadly if older patients are not in the right hands. Older patients receiving carotid artery stenting from lesser experienced physicians had an increased risk of...

2011-09-27 18:04:37

NIH-funded study finds dietary supplement does not alleviate BPH Saw palmetto, a widely used herbal dietary supplement, does not reduce urinary problems associated with prostate enlargement any better than a placebo, according to research funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study was published Sept. 28 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Prostate enlargement, also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), can cause frequent urination, a weak or intermittent...

2011-09-27 12:08:50

A survey of US primary care physicians shows that many believe that their own patients are receiving too much medical care and many feel that malpractice reform, realignment of financial incentives and having more time with patients could reduce pressures on physicians to do more than they feel is needed, according to a report in the September 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Per capita U.S. health care spending exceeds, by a factor of two,...

Stroke Risk Increased With Depression
2011-09-21 09:21:40

  Researchers have compiled data from multiple studies and found that people with depression are more likely to have a stroke than those who are mentally healthy, and their strokes are also more likely to be fatal. The research, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), analyzed data consisting of 28 studies and including more than 315,000 patients. The researchers noted that depression is a relatively minor risk factor for stroke compared to...

2011-09-06 14:30:00

Almost 18 months after President Obama signed healthcare reform into law, Americaâs physicians have not forgiven the American Medical Association for supporting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a new survey released today by Jackson & Coker, a division of Jackson Healthcare. ATLANTA, GEORGIA (PRWEB) September 06, 2011 Almost 18 months after President Obama signed healthcare reform into law, Americaâs physicians have not forgiven the...

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Journal of the American Medical Association
2012-05-15 08:58:52

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) is a peer-reviewed medical journal published weekly by the American Medical Association. It was established in 1883 with Nathan Smith Davis as the first editor of the journal. As of May 2012, the editor in chief is Howard C. Bauchner MD (Boston University's School of Medicine). JAMA is published in English, French and Spanish. JAMA publishes original research, reviews, commentaries, editorials, essays, medical news, correspondence, and...

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  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
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