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Age Shouldn't be a Factor in Kidney Transplantation
Growing evidence suggests that age alone shouldn't prevent older
adults from being organ donors -- or having a kidney transplant themselves
-- according to researchers. The findings could help alleviate a serious
shortage of organs for transplantation. (Embargo expired on 11-Mar-2005 at
16:10 ET)
Central Surgical Association
--Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Blood Levels of Flame Retardant Are Rising
Levels of commercial flame retardants in human blood samples have
risen sharply since the 1970s even as levels of dioxin and other
"persistent organic pollutants" have decreased, reports a study.
J. of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Mar-2005
--Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Impoverished Areas Have Low Access to Occupational Medicine Services
High-poverty counties in the Southeastern United States have limited
access to physicians and clinics specializing in occupational and
environmental medicine, reports a study.
J. of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Mar-2005
--Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Workplace Health Promotion Programs Show 16:1 Return on Investment
A new study explains that employees who participate in workplace
health promotion programs miss fewer workdays than those who choose not to
participate, with the decrease in absenteeism translating into a cost
savings of nearly $16 for each dollar spent on the program.
Preventive Medicine
--Brigham Young University

Tips to Avoid Falls at Home
In the United States, about 30,000 people die each year as a result
of injuries at home. Falls are responsible for about one-third of home
injury fatalities. Older adults are often more susceptible to falling
because of a decline in mobility and balance.
--Mayo Clinic

Exercising When You're Older
No matter how well you take care of yourself, it's not realistic to
think your body can do at 65 what it did at 45 or even 55. That doesn't
mean you should reduce physical activities. It does mean you'll need to
modify your expectations.
--Mayo Clinic

Genetic Testing -- Is It Right for You?
Cancer seems all too common in your family, but should you have a
genetic test to learn more about your risk?
--Mayo Clinic

Afghani Girl with Heart Defect to Get Treatment Through Project Kids
Vasila, an 11-year-old Afghani girl, has a beaming smile, a bold
singing voice, five brothers and sisters, a house they and their parents
share with six other families. Vasila also has a congenital heart defect
that could take her life if it is not treated within six months.
--New York University Medical Center


Weight Status of Children Ages 8 to 15 Predicts Obesity, High Blood
New research shows that children between 8 and 15 years old who are
in the upper half of the normal weight range are more likely than their
leaner peers to become obese or overweight as young adults. (Embargo
expired on 10-Mar-2005 at 15:00 ET)
Obesity Research, Mar-2005
--Harvard Medical School

Failure to Count Iraqi Casualties Is Irresponsible
An international group of public health experts has accused the
British and American governments of being "wholly irresponsible" over
their failure to count Iraqi casualties. (Embargo expired on 10-Mar-2005
at 18:10 ET)
BMJ, 12-Mar-2005
--British Medical Journal

Steady Rise in HIV Among Heterosexuals in the UK
Numbers of HIV infections acquired through heterosexual intercourse
in the United Kingdom are rising steadily, according to surveillance
figures. (Embargo expired on 10-Mar-2005 at 18:10 ET)
BMJ, 12-Mar-2005
--British Medical Journal

Openness Is Key to Winning the War Over MMR
Openness and communication between experts and the public is key to
winning the war over MMR, says an expert. (Embargo expired on 10-Mar-2005
at 18:10 ET)
BMJ, 12-Mar-2005
--British Medical Journal

New Guideline Tackles Leading Cause of Mother and Child Death
A new guideline will help to tackle one of the leading causes of
illness and death during pregnancy. Pre-eclampsia is a serious condition
in which abnormally high blood pressure and many other disturbances
develop in the second half of pregnancy. (Embargo expired on 10-Mar-2005
at 18:10 ET)
BMJ, 12-Mar-2005
--British Medical Journal

European Folic Acid Policies Are Not Effective Enough
The prevalence of neural tube defects in Europe has not declined
substantially in the past decade, despite national policies of folic acid
supplementation in half the countries, finds a study. (Embargo expired on
10-Mar-2005 at 18:10 ET)
BMJ, 12-Mar-2005
--British Medical Journal

New NHS Payment System "Is No Panacea"
The new NHS payment system has already run into problems and requires
careful monitoring, say researchers at Dr Foster. (Embargo expired on
10-Mar-2005 at 18:10 ET)
BMJ, 12-Mar-2005
--British Medical Journal

Rasagiline Reduces Disability for Patients with Advanced Parkinson's
Giving Parkinson's patients on levodopa treatment an additional drug
called rasagiline once daily can improve their motor function, concludes a
study. (Embargo expired on 10-Mar-2005 at 18:30 ET)
Lancet, 12-Mar-2005

Aircraft Cabin Ventilation Influences Transmission of Diseases In-Flight
Increasing ventilation within aircraft cabins can reduce the spread
of infectious diseases in-flight, suggests a review. (Embargo expired on
10-Mar-2005 at 18:30 ET)
Lancet, 12-Mar-2005

Sharing Clinical Trial Results with Participants May be Beneficial
Offering patients the results of clinical trials that they have
participated in could have a positive effect, suggests a study. (Embargo
expired on 10-Mar-2005 at 18:30 ET)
Lancet, 12-Mar-2005

Flaws in Use of Computerized Order Entry Could Lead to Errors
While computerized physician order entry (CPOE) is expected to
significantly reduce medication errors, systems must be implemented
thoughtfully to avoid facilitating certain types of errors.
JAMA, 9-Mar-2005
--Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Drug Abuse Treatment Slashes HIV-Related Sex Behaviors in Urban Meth
A randomized, controlled study evaluated the effectiveness of four
behavioral drug abuse treatments in reducing methamphetamine use and
HIV-related sexual risk behaviors among 162 gay and bisexual
methamphetamine addicts in Los Angeles County.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence
--University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Sex Selection Popular Among Infertile Women
A new survey says a significant number of women being treated for
infertility would choose the sex of their next child if given the option
-- and those as yet childless would choose baby girls and boys in
approximately equal numbers.
Fertility and Sterility, Mar-2005
--University of Illinois at Chicago

Best in Health Care Gather for Networking and Professional Development
The AMGA is convening approximately 1,000 attendees, representing the
leaders of the nation's leading healthcare provider organizations, at its
2005 Annual Conference, March 10-13, 2004 at the Westin Century Plaza in
Los Angeles.
--American Medical Group Association (AMGA)

ProfNet Wire: Health & Medicine -- Smallpox/Kendra's Law
1) ACL Injury Greater in Women; 2) Are We as Healthy as We Think We
Are? 3) Diet and Exercise to Achieve Conception; 4) Early Detection for
Skin Cancer; 5) Stay Healthy with Epsom Salt and more.

World's First Hospital to Introduce Remote Presence Robots in ICU
UCLA Medical Center has announced initial clinical tests of the RP-6
mobile robot system in its neurosurgery intensive care unit. The RP-6
robot allows doctors to "virtually" consult with patients, family members
and health care staff at a moment's notice, even if miles away from the
--University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

MedWire Announcements

Clinic Receives Medical Group Preeminence Award
The AMGA presented the annual Medical Group Preeminence Award today
to Northeast Arkansas Clinic (NEA Clinic) at AMGA's 2005 Annual
Conference, being held March 10-13, 2005 in Los Angeles.
--American Medical Group Association (AMGA)

Philanthropist Paul F. Glenn Launches Labs for Aging Research
Seeking to accelerate the pace of research into the molecular
mechanisms that govern aging, philanthropist Paul F. Glenn has committed
$5 million to Harvard Medical School over five years to launch the Paul F.
Glenn Laboratories for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging.
--Harvard Medical School

New Models of Excellence Collaborative Launched
The AMGA and Pfizer Inc. proudly announce the launch of the latest
Models of Excellence Collaborative. This yearly program is designed to
bring together medical groups for a 12-month collaborative and support
them in their efforts to improve the quality of patient care.
--American Medical Group Association (AMGA)

ASTRO Debuts New Logo
In an effort to give the Society a more global identity, the American
Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology has adopted a new logo. The
new logo will be introduced to members with the newest issue of the
ASTROnews, ASTRO's quarterly magazine.
--American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO)

Provider Incentive System Linking Compensation to Patient Outcome Measure
The AMGA announced the launch of a quality-based reimbursement
initiative. The broader aim of the initiative is to support enhancements
in health by developing new incentive systems for practitioners in which a
significant portion of compensation is linked to quality measures.
--American Medical Group Association (AMGA)

One-Stop Resource to Help Providers Find Medicare Information
The American Medical Group Association and the U.S. Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services today unveiled the CMS Web page "Medical
Group Physician Information Resource for Medicare" during AMGA's Annual
Conference March 10-13 at the Westin Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
--American Medical Group Association (AMGA)

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