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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

11/19/14 Health News: Screen for colon cancer,♦ Cancer-causing gene ♦ Premature infants are exposed to unsafe levels of chemical in medical products


Physicians prescribe less brand name drugs when electronic health record default settings show generics first
Programming electronic health records to make generic drugs the default choice when physicians write prescriptions may offer one way to reduce unnecessary spending and improve health care value in the face of spiraling U.S. health expenditures, according to a new study.Continue Reading
Need to encourage patients to screen for colon cancer? Try a lottery
Convincing patients to do an often dreaded colon cancer screening test could just take a little extra nudge – like a chance to win $50. Patients who were told they had a 1-in-10 chance of winning $50 were more likely to complete home stool blood tests that help screen for colon cancer, according to a new study.Continue Reading

Researchers silence leading cancer-causing gene
A new approach to block the KRAS oncogene, one of the most frequently mutated genes in human cancer, has been developed by researchers. The approach offers another route to attack KRAS, which has proven to be an elusive and frustrating target for drug developers.Continue Reading
Premature infants are exposed to unsafe levels of chemical in medical products used to save their lives
Hospitalized premature infants are exposed to unsafe levels of a chemical found in numerous medical products used to treat them, raising questions about whether critically ill newborns may be adversely affected by equipment designed to help save their lives  Continue Reading



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