Vision-related disease costs $139B a year; Patients' Internet use predicts participation in their own care;

News From Around the Web

> Vision-related disease is the fourth most expensive chronic disease at $139 billion a year and has greater direct costs than hypertension, diabetes and stroke, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Announcement

> Amid looming physician shortages, preliminary research found only one certified headache specialist for every 73,661 migraine sufferers, MedPage Today reported. Article

> A new report shows a steep decline in the number of people hospitalized in California for gun-related injuries, but the costs to treat those injuries have risen just as dramatically. Report (.pdf)

Health IT News

> Patients who use the Internet more frequently are more likely to embrace patient-centered healthcare efforts and participate in their own care, according to a study published this week in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Article

> Researchers in Switzerland have developed a matchbox-sized device that can quickly determine a bacterial infection's response to antibiotic treatment. Article

And Finally… That must have been some burger. Article