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Hospital evaluations increase, but not created equally

The rate of available public information about healthcare and hospitals has gone from a trickle to a steady stream in the last decade. Now, patients and other consumers have a world of evaluations, ratings and rankings they can use to […]

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American Heart Association launches new sodium reduction campaign

Americans have had a long love affair with salt, but it hasn’t been a very healthy relationship. Research shows that too much sodium in the diet can increase

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Childhood malnutrition linked to higher blood pressure in adults

Severe malnutrition in childhood may increase the risk for high blood pressure in adulthood — a possible significant impact on global health, according to new research in the

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FDA asked to extend its jurisdiction to all tobacco products

With the 5th anniversary of the landmark tobacco law looming, the American Heart Association called on the Food and Drug Administration to do much more. Nine public health groups

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Hispanics cut medication adherence gap after Medicare Part D launch

Hispanics have reduced the gap with whites in taking prescribed heart medicines since the 2006 launch of Medicare’s prescription drug benefit called Medicare Part D, according to a

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Gene therapy may reduce risk of sudden cardiac death from heart disorder

A single dose of gene therapy reduced the risk of sudden cardiac death for one year from an inherited disorder that causes abnormal heart rhythm, according to a

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Reporting program certification to award incentives for healthcare improvements

The Guidelines Advantage, a healthcare improvement reporting program, was awarded a certification that allows doctors to use it to report quality information to the Centers for Medicare &

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Proposed waiver would allow schools to withdraw from nutrition standards

A proposal to let some schools opt out of healthier school lunch and breakfast programs moved forward Thursday, to the disappointment of healthy eating advocates. “Any attempt to suspend

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Marathoner reaches goal of good health

Three days before his first marathon, Keith Schroth was not anxious about finishing the 26.2-mile run. As far as he was concerned, he’d already overcome a major challenge. For

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Anti-clotting drugs may help save stent patients’ lives

Coronary artery stent patients’ lives may depend on filling their prescriptions and taking an anti-clotting drug within days of leaving the hospital, according to a large study in