Robot bladder surgery fails to deliver fewer complications | Reuters – ” Using robotic techniques to remove a cancerous bladder doesn’t reduce the risk of complications compared with conventional “open” surgery, according to a new comparison of 118 patients . . . . The study, detailed in the New England Journal of Medicine, marks the first ongoing comparison of the risks and benefits of the two techniques. Past studies concluded that the robotic technique meant less time in the hospital and fewer complications . . . .”
Health care jobs lift less-educated workers – “The boom in health care jobs is skewed toward positions requiring less education, providing lower-paid workers a potential pathway to better careers, a new Brookings Institution report says. From 2000 to 2011, the number of workers in 10 large health care occupations who had less than a bachelor’s degree surged 46%, vs. 39% growth for all health care jobs, the study says.”
More U.S. teens’ report using human growth hormone, group says | Reuters – “U.S. teenagers’ reported use of synthetic human growth hormone more than doubled between 2012 to 2013 as they sought to improve athletic performance and appearance, a survey by anti-drug advocates found. Eleven percent of 3,705 teenagers in grades 9 to 12 polled by the non-profit Partnership for Drug-Free Kids said they had used synthetic human growth hormone at least once without a prescription, up from 5 percent in 2012.”
Hispanic Americans need tailored heart care: report | Reuters – “Hispanic Americans make up the fastest growing minority group in the U.S. and healthcare professionals need to better understand their unique heart health risks in order to tailor their care, according to a new report from the American Heart Association.”
Checking pulse could help detect risk of a second stroke | Reuters – Stroke patients and their families can be taught to monitor the patient’s pulse and detect irregular heartbeats that might lead to another stroke, according to a new study. Of people who have a stroke, 40% will suffer another one within the next 10 years. Taking a pulse reading can detect atrial fibrillation, a major risk factor for stroke, and facilitate appropriate treatment to reduce the risk of another stroke or death.
Acetaminophen Fails in Back Pain Trial – “The use of acetaminophen for acute low-back pain was no more effective than placebo, with similar times to recovery regardless of whether the drug was taken regularly or as needed, a large randomized trial found. “
U.S. health insurers to pay $330 million in premium rebates | Reuters – “The law, often called Obamacare, requires insurance companies to refund customers when they spend less than 80 percent or 85 percent of healthcare premiums they collect for medical care.”