CT lung screening benefits smokers with highest risk factors; Ultrasound applied to the brain may affect mood;

News From Around the Web

> A study has determined that using low-dose CT scans to screen heavy smokers for lung cancer will benefit those with the highest risks. These risk factors include lengthy smoking history, family history of lung cancer and other lung diseases. According to the study, published in the July 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, 60 percent of smokers in the highest-risk group accounted for 88 of the lives saved by screening. Article

> Applying ultrasound vibrations to the brain may affect mood, offering the possibility of new treatments for psychological and psychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety, according to a recent PsychCentral post. Researchers from the University of Arizona reported their findings in the journal Brain Stimulation. Article

> A combination of memory tests and brain imaging may help identify Alzheimer's disease before symptoms actually appear, when measures to slow the disease process may work best. Dorene M. Rentz, an associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, Boston, reported the study findings at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2013 in Boston, Medscape Medical News reported. Article

Health Finance News

> Healthcare prices are rising at the lowest rate in nearly a quarter century, according to a new study by the Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending, and it may be the lowest rate of all time. Article

Health IT News

> Vendor selection and technology adoption are two of the biggest challenges for providers looking to implement telehealth at their facilities, according to Erin Denholm, CEO at Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Centura Health at Home, the post-acute care division of 15-hospital Centura Health. Article

And Finally… If you're paranoid about bugs eating your brain, this story isn't for you. Article

Free Webinar

Take Control of Your Escalating Claim Costs through a Comprehensive Pre-payment Hospital Bill Review Solution

Today managing high dollar claim spend is more important than ever for Health Plans, TPAs, Employers, and Reinsurers, and can pose significant financial risks. How can these costs be managed without being a constant financial drain on your company resources? Our combination of the right people and the right technology provides an approach that ensures claims are paid right, the first time. Register Now!

Suggested Articles

A three-way deal between UpHealth, Cloudbreak, and a blank check company has created a new public digital health company valued at $1.35 billion.

By being proactive and using predictive models that target the most at-risk populations, payers can identify members who need help and intervene.

On the heels of its partnership with Cerner, Well Health scored a major funding round and announced that a Haven executive has joined its team.