Health

Study identifies potential fix for hospital star rating program

Allowing for more quality measures in the federal government's Quality Star Rating program would create a fairer and more equitable model for assessing the level of quality at U.S. acute-care hospitals, according to a Henry ...

Oncology & Cancer

Solving the 'Catch-22' of rectal cancer

Today's standard procedure to treat rectal cancer includes radical surgery to remove the tumour along with the rectum and its encasing tissue (called mesorectum). After the surgery, the specimen is analysed in the pathology ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Study looks at seasonal and geographic trends in syphilis

Much of the public health impact of syphilis revolves around its impact on fetuses and neonates through the mother-to-child transmission of the disease. Researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have now analyzed ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

How body ideals shape the health of gay men

Gay men currently receive little research attention when it comes to health issues such as eating disorders and other body image concerns. Yet expectations are high for gay men, as the western ideal masculine body is muscular ...

Surgery

Lean six methodology can cut health care-linked infections

(HealthDay)—Application of the Lean Six Sigma (LSS) methodology can reduce the risk of health care-associated infections (HAI) among patients undergoing surgical procedures, according to a study published online Nov. 18 ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Majority of fibromyalgia drug trials are industry sponsored

(HealthDay)—Most fibromyalgia drug therapy randomized controlled trials (FM-RCTs) are funded by industry, and many authors have financial conflicts of interest (FCOIs), according to a study published online May 27 in the ...

Oncology & Cancer

Breast cancer: DMP is largely consistent with guidelines

On 16 July 2014 the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) published the results of a literature search for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on the treatment of people with breast cancer. ...

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