Advanced Breast Cancer Striking More Younger Women

More young women are being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer than three decades ago, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers found the rate of metastatic breast cancer increased about 2 percent annually between 1976 and 2009 among younger women. The metastatic breast cancer rate remains small, rising from 1 in 65,000 to 1 in 34,000 during that time period for women aged 25 to 39. The same trend was not seen among older women, according to the analysis. The findings affect an “age group that already has the worst prognosis, no… Full Story

Southlake-based Sabre Shows Strong Workplace-Health Success

Southlake-based Sabre Holdings has been able to show a financial return on investment in its health and wellness programs by focusing on sustainable reductions in health risks, according to chief executive officer Sam Gilliland. Gilliland was the keynote speaker Monday at the Health & Productivity Forum, sponsored by the National Business Coalition on Health and Integrated Benefits Institute, at the Fairmont Hotel. The conference, traditionally held in San Francisco, is making a one-year appearance in Dallas, according to the organizers. The meeting attracted more than 300 attendees from around the nation. Sabre, which includes Travelocity, is the world’s leading travel… Full Story

Morning Rounds (02.22.03)

Parkland Ex-CMO has been hired by the Chicago public health system.

Only about 1 out of 8 of about 509,000 eligible physicians said they met requirements for meaningful use incentives for electronic health records.

The American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation added 90 tests and procedures to its Choosing Wisely campaign that identifies tests and procedures it considers unnecessary or harmful. Full Story

Morning Rounds (02.21.13)

More people are meeting recommended goals in the three key markers of diabetes control, according to a study conducted and funded by NIH and CDC.

More than half of the U.S. population lives in areas served by accountable care organizations, according to Oliver Wyman, a consulting firm.

The Obama administration has released its final rule on essential health benefits that insurers must offer.

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Food for (Better) Thought?

If you go to the grocery store with a specific list of ingredients for a favorite meal that you cook all the time, you can probably get competitive prices pretty efficiently. However, if you and your family are just hungry, on a budget, and want to eat something good that you may not have had before, you probably need to get together and come up with the list, before you run out and go shopping—I don’t know about you, but we get all kinds of stuff we don’t need with no list on an empty stomach. More often than not,… Full Story

More Have Diabetes Under Control

More people are meeting recommended goals in the three key markers of diabetes control, according to a study conducted and funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, published online in Diabetes Care, shows the number of people with diabetes able to meet or exceed all three of the measures that demonstrate good diabetes management rose from about 2 percent to about 19 percent from 1988 to 2010.  Each measure also showed substantial improvement, with over half of people meeting each individual goal in 2010. The measures are A1C — which… Full Story

Morning Rounds (02.20.13)

Texas is among the 11 states that still had high levels of flu activity during the week of Feb. 9, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Parkland Health & Hospital System officials plan to tell the system board of managers that focus remains on evaluating and auditing the system’s overhauled safety and quality infrastructure.

American Medical News details 9 ways doctors can help lower readmission rates. Full Story

Flu Still Going Strong in Texas

Texas is among the 11 states that still had high levels of flu activity during the week of Feb. 9, according to the Centers for Disease Control. However, most other parts of the U.S. saw a decrease in flu prevalence during that week. The flu hit the elderly the hardest, with more than 50 percent of hospitalizations involving adults 65 years and older. Sixty-four children have died from the flu this season, with five deaths reported during the week of Feb. 9, the CDC said. Flu season usually peaks in late January or early February.

Morning Rounds (02.15.13)

The healthcare sector continues to add jobs, despite the continued slow growth in overall healthcare spending.

Workplace health management programs report greater success when spouses are included.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a technology that will give limited vision to people who are blind with an “artificial retina.” Full Story

Including Spouses Boosts Workplace Health Programs, Report Says

Workplace health management programs report greater success when spouses are included, according to a report by the Health Enhancement Research Organization and Mercer. In an analysis of more than 700 employers for its HERO Employee Health Management Best Practice Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer, researchers found that among the best program practices were: Including spouses in key components of the program Promoting all wellness activities under a single brand name Having a formal, written strategic plan with financial objectives Active participation by senior leadership in wellness programs