Health Care Buzz Today

July 12, 2011
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Poor are Healthier with Medicaid. Enrolling patients in Medicaid increases their use of healthcare services, reduces financial strain on these impoverished patients and improves their sense of well-being, according to a randomized study.

Poor are Healthier with Medicaid. Enrolling patients in Medicaid increases their use of healthcare services, reduces financial strain on these impoverished patients and improves their sense of well-being, according to a randomized study.

Romance Novels are Bad for Your Health. The novels’ escapist fantasies can get confused with reality, leading women to make poor choices, according to psychologist Susan Quilliam. Real-life sex is not always perfect, relationships are not always smooth and pregnancies are not always trouble-free, she said.

MIT Researchers Use iPhone To Detect Cataracts. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed Catra, a cheap plastic lens that clips onto the iPhone’s screen. Catra software can provide a diagnosis within minutes and requires no training.

Docs Averse to Sharing Patient Data, Even for Public Health. When it comes to disclosing identifiable patient information, family doctors are reluctant to do so – even for public health purposes such as tracking influenza, according to a recent study.

Scientists Fear Spread of a Gonorrhea Superbug. Scientists announced the discovery of a new, antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea in Japan, raising concern among health officials worldwide.