MRI after stroke can reduce number of minimally invasive procedures; Mammography decision aids useful for women over 75;

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> Performing an MRI brain scan promptly after a patient has suffered a stroke can reduce by about half the number of minimally invasive procedures he or she will undergo, according to researchers at the Cleveland Clinic, the Plain Dealer reported. The study, published in the journal Stroke, demonstrates that MRI, unlike CT, can quickly show whether there has been damage to the brain due to a blocked blood vessel and can help determine which patients can benefit from endovascular procedures and those who won't. Article

> A decision aid can help women age 75 and older decide whether to undergo mammography screening, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study involved surveying 45 women between the ages of 75 and 89 before and after they underwent breast screening. The researchers found that a comparison of the pre-test and post-test survey results showed that the knowledge of the benefits and risks of screening improved among the study participants. Article

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> The House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill to bolster security for, requiring the government to alert users of data breaches involving their personal information entered into the site within two days of any incident. The bill, H.R. 3811, passed by a vote of 291-122; it aims to protect patients entering their personal data into the exchanges when signing up for healthcare, according to its sponsors. Article

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> In spite of efforts to extend their longevity and youth, Baby Boomers are aging and nearing retirement, which will create millions of jobs in the healthcare industry. As the Baby Boomer generation continues to age, the number of jobs that involve caring for them will continue to grow. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that altogether, the healthcare sector is expected to grow at a 2.6 percent annual rate until 2022 and comprise about 5 million of the 15.6 million new jobs created during that period. Article

And Finally... The 3,118th time is the charm. Article

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