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8 Billion Saved By Reducing Medical Billing Errors

CHICAGO, (UPI) — The American Medical Association says efforts by its members and private health insurers to reduce billing errors saved the healthcare system $8 billion. Dr. Robert M. Wah, chairman of the AMA board of directors, said efforts to transform the health insurance billing and payment system cut in half the number of medical […]

AMA: Excessive Light At Night Hurts Sleep

CHICAGO, (UPI) — The American Medical Association has adopted a policy saying exposure to excessive light at night disrupts sleep and causes unsafe driving conditions. The AMA, the nation’s largest physician organization, voted during its annual policy-making meeting in Chicago to support the need for developing lighting technologies that minimize circadian — body clock — […]

AMA Votes In Favor Of Soda Tax

CHICAGO, (UPI) — The American Medical Association voted at its meeting in Chicago in favor of taxing soda and beverages with added sweeteners to fight obesity and diabetes. Dr. Alexander Ding, an AMA board member, said numerous studies have shown intake of sugar-sweetened beverages has been strongly and consistency associated with increased body weight and […]

7 Years After Bariatric Surgery, Heart Risk Lowered

SAN DIEGO, (UPI) — Eleven risk factors for heart attack remained greatly reduced among gastric bypass patients seven years after they had the surgery, U.S. researchers found. Lead author Dr. John Morton, associate professor of surgery and director of bariatric surgery at Stanford Hospital & Clinics at Stanford University, and colleagues analyzed cardiac risk factors […]

AMA Moving To Change Medicare Financing

CHICAGO, (UPI) — The American Medical Association House of Delegates, meeting in Chicago, voted to explore alternative ways of financing Medicare. The AMA Council on Medical Service — which recommends policies and actions on socioeconomic factors affecting medicine — presented a report on options for changing the current way of financing Medicare. The report recommended […]

Heavy Tea Drinkers Have Higher Prostate Cancer Risk

GLASGOW, Scotland, (UPI) — Men who drink several cups of tea a day for decades have a higher risk of prostate cancer, researchers in Scotland say. Dr. Kashif Shafique of the Institute of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow and colleagues found those who drank more than seven cups of tea per day […]

Parents May Be Slow To Act On Suicide Risk

PHILADELPHIA, (UPI) — Rural parents may be slow to act if told their children may be at risk of suicide, U.S. researchers said. Study co-authors Jonathan Singer of Temple University and Karen Slovak of Ohio University said interviews with clinicians suggest frank discussion of guns is key to helping rural families with children at risk […]

Some Fat With Vegetables Beneficial

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., (UPI) — Those who choose no-fat or low-fat dressings for vegetables or salads may miss out on a significant amount of vitamins and nutrients, U.S. researchers found. Lead author Mario Ferruzzi, a Purdue University associate professor of food science, and colleagues fed subjects salads topped off with saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat-based […]

Toddler Puzzles May Help Math Skills

CHICAGO (UPI) — Toddlers working with puzzles and shapes may improve their spatial understanding, which in turn may improve their math skills, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Elizabeth Gunderson and co-author Susan Levine at the University at Chicago said the results of their study suggest improving children’s spatial thinking at a young age might not […]

Fathers Help Children Learn Persistence

PROVO, Utah (UPI) — One unique role a father has on a child is developing persistence in his offspring, U.S. researchers found. Laura Padilla-Walker and Randal Day of Brigham Young University tracked 325 families for several years. “This research also helps to establish that traits such as persistence — which can be taught — are […]

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