A sweaty defense against hospital superbugs; More hospitals offer alternative medicine;

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> An antibiotic created from human sweat could ward off hospital superbugs and deadly strains of tuberculosis, according to research in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, noted Medical News Today. Article

> Abington (Pa.) Health and Independence Blue Cross are partnering with healthcare IT firm Lumeris to create an accountable care initiative, the insurer announced. Statement

> Two Capitol Hill committees with jurisdiction over healthcare will hold hearings this week to examine Medicare's benefit design and to review reform law provisions designed to improve efficiency, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

> Hospitals in Kentucky are offering alternative services such as healing touch, yoga and music therapy to form "integrative medicine," reported The Courier-Journal of Louisville. Complementary medicine has been shown to lower hospital admissions, inpatient days and outpatient visits. Article

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> Is UnitedHealth's Health Plan of Nevada liable for the physician who caused a major hepatitis C outbreak? Article

> Since the health reform law removed many factors insurers can use to adjust rates, they likely will start emphasizing geographical locations when setting premium rates. Article

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