Videoconferencing Can Increase Patient Access To Stroke Specialists; Immediate, Thorough Testing Needed After
High-quality videoconferencing can increase patient access to stroke specialists, especially in rural or other underserved areas; and a transient ischemic attack (TIA), once known as a "mini" or "warning" stroke, should be treated with the same urgency as a full-blown stroke, according to two separate scientific statements and a policy statement.
Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Stanford University's Victor Fuchs agree on one key aspect of health-care reform: President Obama should scuttle the public agency option.
About 6.3 million Americans have diabetes without knowing it, and complications from their undiagnosed disease account for an estimated $18 billion in U.S. healthcare costs each year, U.S. researchers said.
Prior studies have shown that diabetes cost the U.S. economy about $174 billion in 2007 in medical expenses and lost productivity.
A new study has linked coffee consumption in early pregnancy to a slightly increased risk of having a baby with cleft lip -- but the findings shouldn't be cause for alarm, according to one of the scientists who did the research.
"Clefts are a very rare outcome," Dr. Allen J. Wilcox. "Even if it were true, it would contribute a very small risk to an individual woman. But in fact we don't really know that it's true."
A New York doctor is offering flat-rate health care for the uninsured for $79 a month, but he has run afoul of state insurance regulations in a case that challenges the established norms of the U.S. health system.
U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged a major overhaul of the $2.5 trillion U.S. healthcare industry, which operates on a system of private health insurance and state-funded Medicare and Medicaid programs for the elderly and poor.
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