Patients admitted overnight, on weekends more likely to die; Blood test may predict diabetes 10 years before a symptom;

> More doctors are making house calls, thanks to the Independence at Home provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, reports NWI Times. Nationwide, roughly 4,000 physicians, nurse practitioners and other medical professionals either specialize in in-home care or make it a part of their practice. Article

> Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital performed the nation's first full face transplant, reports the Associated Press. More than 30 doctors, nurses and other staff performed the 15-hour operation last week on a Texas construction worker who was badly disfigured in a power line accident. Article

> A blood test may be able to predict the risk of diabetes 10 years before symptoms arise, reports Zee News. A team at Massachusetts General Hospital found that elevated levels of a group of five amino acids may forecast the onset of Type II diabetes. Article

> Patients who are admitted to hospital intensive care units during late hours and weekends are more likely to die, reports the Herald Sun. The study of 41 Australian hospitals found those admitted to an ICU between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. had a 17 percent mortality rate and those admitted on weekends had a 20 percent risk of death. Article

> As emergency rooms overflow, more entrepreneurial doctors are opening urgent care centers, reports the St. Post-Dispatch. Article

And Finally... This doctor's office should have no problem paying repair costs. Article