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2011-12-22 15:27:46

For distant stage, decreases were 32.6 percent versus 4.6 percent A new study finds that while colorectal cancer mortality rates dropped in the most recent two decades for every stage in both African Americans and whites, the decreases were smaller for African Americans, particularly for distant stage disease. The authors say concerted efforts to prevent or detect colorectal cancer at earlier stages in blacks could improve worsening black-white disparities. Before 1980, colorectal...

2011-12-21 12:55:01

Community-dwelling African Americans less likely to be diagnosed and treated Despite improvements to diagnostic tools and therapies in the two last decades, significant disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of depression remain,  according to Rutgers research published online by the American Journal of Public Health (print, February 2012). In the study “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Depression Care in Community-Dwelling Elderly in the United States,” lead author...

2011-12-01 11:08:57

Nearly 2 million adults in California, about 8 percent of the population, need mental health treatment, but the majority receive no services or inadequate services, despite a state law mandating that health insurance providers include mental health treatment in their coverage options, a new report by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research shows. The report, which provides some of the first comprehensive data ever collected on the mental health of California's adult population, found...

2011-09-09 14:18:46

A new study finds that lung cancer patients treated in hospitals that care for a high percentage of uninsured and Medicaid-insured patients, so-called "high safety-net burden facilities," were significantly less likely to undergo surgery that was intended to cure the cancer compared to patients treated at low safety-net burden facilities. This difference persisted even after controlling for other factors that significantly decreased the likelihood of curative-intent surgery, such as race,...

2011-07-06 16:14:02

If Canada's smoking rates were cut by half to an average national rate of 11% within five years, it would result in 35,900 fewer cases of lung cancer by 2030 and save $656 million in treatment costs, according to analysis using a new web-enabled platform developed for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and presented at the 14th World Conference on Lung Cancer in Amsterdam, hosted by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC). "The Cancer Risk Management simulation...

2011-07-02 00:00:32

First-of-its-Kind Diagnostic Service Package Offers Patients Fast Answers, a Comprehensive Treatment Plan and Transparent Costs; CareEdge Service Guarantee Reflects CTCA Commitment to Quality and Accountability Schaumburg, IL (PRWEB) July 01, 2011 Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) announced today its launch of CareEdgeSM, a personalized cancer evaluation for patients that includes a full suite of diagnostics, clinical team consultations, and a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment...

2011-05-24 22:32:30

Medicare beneficiaries residing in areas with higher levels of primary care physicians per population have modestly lower death rates and fewer preventable hospitalizations, according to a study in the May 25 issue of JAMA. "Strengthening the role of primary care is a key element in most proposals to improve the outcomes and efficiency of health care delivery in the United States. With the aging population and the waning interest in primary care by U.S. medical school graduates, some have...

2011-05-18 17:05:00

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten percent of cancer patients failed to fill their initial prescriptions for oral anti-cancer drugs, according to a new study published jointly today in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) and American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). The study was based on an analysis conducted by Avalere Health LLC using pharmacy transaction data over a two-year period from 2007 to 2009. This study has also been accepted for presentation at the American...

2011-04-07 16:30:54

Two new studies of standard quality metrics at Veterans Affairs medical centers show that the system has made substantial improvements in quality, in some cases providing substantially better care than is available in private insurance plans. But for all its improvements, the VA hasn't been able to close a gap between the health outcomes of white and black patients. As recently as the 1990s, the Veterans Affairs health care system had a subpar reputation for quality, but two new studies of...

2011-03-30 07:00:00

Prolonging quality of life and accessing treatments for late-stage cancers are issues of growing importance To view the Social Media Release, click here: http://smr.newswire.ca/en/ccac/cancer-hits-close-to-home-for-82-per-cent-of-canadians MONTREAL, March 30 /PRNewswire/ - The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC) today announced findings from the Weighing Quality of Life in Cancer National Survey showing that an alarming 82 per cent of Canadians have been touched closely...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.