DEA Lookup.com Healthcare Industry Breaking News: June 2009



UnitedHealth sees $332 bln in U.S. health savings
Making better use of technology could reap savings of $332 billion across the U.S. health care system over a decade, UnitedHealth Group Inc said in a report released on Tuesday. More...

U.S. Doctors Treat Heart Attack With Man's Own Stem Cells
Pioneering procedure aims to repair damaged cardiac muscle, surgeons say. More...

Another Major Medicare Fraud Discovered
Since 2005 800 suspects in Miami have been charged for filing $2 billion in phony claims to the government healthcare service. About 60 are fugitives who have fled to Cuba, Latin America, and Europe. More...

Most New HIV Cases in Minority Counties
The HIV/AIDS Atlas finds that 80% of those infected are in counties that are primarily gay, black, or latino. More...

79% of Cancer Treatments Botched at VA Hospital
A common surgical procedure for the treatment of prostate cancer was botched at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia 79 percent of the time. The VA hospital physicians continued the treatments for a year even though the equipment that measured whether patients received the proper radiation dose was broken. More...

Blue Cross Seeks Immediate 44% Rate Hike
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has asked the state to let it immediately raise rates for 400,000 people. The state government of Michigan is reviewing Blue Cross' request. More...

Green Tea Could Delay Prostate Cancer: U.S. Study
Active compounds in green tea may slow down the progression of prostate cancer, researchers reported on Friday. Capsules made using green tea extracts called polyphenols lowered levels of proteins that tumors use to grow, the researchers found. More...

Red Yeast Rice Helps Reduce Cholesterol
This latest study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found those taking the supplements saw LDL, the 'bad cholesterol' drop by a remarkable 27 percent. More...

President Obama Proposes $200 Billion in Cuts to Hospitals
In a speech on Monday before the American Medical Association, Obama proposed eliminating another $313 billion in spending from programs such as Medicare and Medicaid to help pay for healthcare reforms that would include a public insurance plan. More...

Pharmacy Groups Sue Over Medicaid Reimbursement
$800 million budget gap in Delaware leads to a 12.5% reduction in reimbursements to pharmacies. Walgreens to drop out of Medicaid, pharmacy trade groups sue Delaware. Many drugs now set below a pharmacy's break-even cost. More...

Protesters Rally Against Hiv/Aids Services Cuts
California budget woes have led to a proposal by Governor Schwarzenegger that would eliminate nearly all direct state funding for AIDS programs and services through the state Office of AIDS. More...

Researchers Uncover How Nanoparticles May Damage Lungs
In an article published in the Journal of Molecular Cell Biology, the Chinese experts said a class of nanoparticles used in medicine, ployamidoamine dendrimers (PAMAMs), may cause lung damage by triggering a type of programmed cell death known as autophagic cell death. More...

Adult Stem Cell Breakthrough Heralded
The prospect of treating genetic diseases with corrected stem cells grown from patients' own bodies has moved closer, after the results of a remarkable experiment. Scientists have successfully reprogrammed skin tissue from people with a rare form of anaemia to create powerful stem cells, while at the same time rectifying the genetic defect that causes the condition. More...

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