Screening mammo for women 40 to 49 finds cancers earlier, reduces need for chemo; U.S. veterans dying from colonoscopy delays;

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> Screening mammography for women between the ages of 40 to 49 not only finds breast cancers earlier, but also reduces the need for chemotherapy and the resulting exposure to risks from that treatment, according to a study in the American Journal of Roentgenology. "Our findings clearly underscore the impact of neglecting to screen women with mammography for women in their 40s," study author Donna Plecha, M.D., said. "Foregoing mammography for women in this age group leads to diagnoses of later stage breast cancers. We continue to support screening mammography in women between the ages of 40 and 49 years." Announcement

> U.S. veterans are dying because of delays receiving medical screenings like colonoscopies and endoscopies. According to an internal document from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that deals with patients diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and 2011, 82 veterans died, are dying, or have suffered serious injuries as a result of diagnosis and treatment delays, CNN reported. Article

> The global medical imaging equipment market will was valued at $24.4 billion in 2012, and should hit $35.4 billion by 2010, according to a new market report by Transparency Market Research. Growth in this market will be driven by the global rise of various conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, brain disorders, lung disorders and even oral conditions such as gingivitis. Announcement

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> With an eye on improving healthcare quality and efficiency, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the U.K.'s National Health Service will share health IT information and tools with one another after signing an agreement at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's recent annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Article

Health Finance News

> Larger, more expensive hospitals in certain urban markets did not necessarily perform as well as their lower-priced counterparts, according to a new study in Health Affairs. Data suggests that while larger, pricier hospitals may have done a better job than smaller facilities in preventing readmissions and blood clots, their survival rates for heart attack and pneumonia patients were virtually indistinguishable. However, more expensive hospitals were more likely to provide specialized care and treat the uninsured. Article

And Finally... If only crime prevention were this easy. Article

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