The CMS announced Friday that Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles for 2018 will be the same as last year, but monthly premiums for Medicare Part A will rise by $9 to $422, while the deductible for hospitalization will increase by $24 to $1,340. The standard monthly Part B premium for seniors earning $85,000 or below will remain at $134 with a $183 deductible, but some beneficiaries have been paying less because of several years of little or no Social Security cost-of-living raise, so those seniors will pay more as Social Security checks rise.
Horses that undergo surgery are at high risk of developing a drug-resistant infection if they were previously treated with an antimicrobial and have weakened immune systems, but effective treatments are available, according to a study presented at the 2017 Swiss Equine Research Day. Following good biosecurity protocols can prevent infections, said study leader and veterinarian Julia Nora van Spijk, who recommends robust hand hygiene protocols and thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting equipment after each use.
Researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have been recording sounds in Wellfleet Harbor for the past two years and are analyzing the data for patterns that could be used to predict and prevent dolphin strandings. Early results suggest dolphins' vocalization patterns change before a stranding event, and the next step is to develop a real-time alert system, said WHOI marine researcher and veterinarian Michael Moore.
More than 40% of health care professionals go to work when they have symptoms of influenza, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. Pharmacists and physicians were the most likely to work while sick, and hospital-based HCPs were more likely than those in other settings to work while ill.
Researchers evaluated the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey data on 48,526 adults and found that those who reported experiencing sexual abuse in childhood had the greatest increased type 2 diabetes risk, followed by those who experienced verbal and physical abuse. The findings in the Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications also revealed that those whose parents had a mental illness were at a 19% higher risk for diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes patients who had heart failure or vascular disease of the lower limbs had poorer survival than those who had vascular disease of the cerebral vessels, according to a study in Diabetes Care. French researchers used a cohort of 987 adults and found that in multivariate models, heart failure was the strongest predictor of poor survival among type 2 diabetes patients.
A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology showed that psoriasis patients with a body surface area of up to 2% had a 21% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, compared with those without the skin condition. Researchers analyzed data on 84,723 adults with and without psoriasis and found that for every 10% increase in psoriasis BSA, the diabetes risk increased by another 20% among those with a BSA of more than 10%.
Recent cyberattacks making headlines have overshadowed another serious threat to cybersecurity -- data manipulation. This type of attack is used to change sensitive information and can go undetected, bringing serious risks to health care organizations, banks and government agencies, writes Betsy Cooper of the Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity.
A report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics showed that 28.8 million Americans had no health insurance in the first half of 2017, statistically unchanged from 28.6 million in the same period a year before, but 19.8 million lower than in 2010. The percentage of people under the age of 65 who enrolled in high-deductible plans rose to 42.9% this year from 39.4% a year before, according to the report.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the Trump administration won't object if senators remove a provision that would repeal the Affordable Care Act's requirement that Americans purchase health insurance from their tax bill. Legislation that passed the House last week does not include the repeal, and as the Senate prepares to consider its legislation, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, expressed opposition to the repeal provision, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said market stabilization legislation would become critical if the repeal provision is enacted.
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