DEA Lookup.com Healthcare Industry Breaking News: July 2009



Americans Spend Billions on Alternative Medicine
Americans spent $33.9 billion out-of-pocket on complementary and alternative medicine in 2007 alone, U.S. health officials report. More...

Dentists Fined For Mercury Contamination
Fourteen Massachusetts dental practices have been fined $500 by the state Department of Environmental Protection for failing to prevent mercury from being released into the water supply. More...

Divorce takes health toll that remarriage can't heal
Divorce causes more than bitterness and broken hearts. The trauma of a split can leave long-lasting effects on mental and physical health that remarriage might not repair, according to research released this week. More...

Obesity costs US health system $147 billion-study
U.S. obesity rates rose 37 percent between 1998 and 2006, driving an 89 percent increase in spending on treatments for obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and other conditions. More...

Sunshine Key to Beating Swine Flu
Dozens of studies have shown vitamin D - which our bodies make from sunshine - protects against a number of inflammatory conditions. More...

NY to Repay $500 Million in Improper Medicaid Claims
Though neither city nor state officials admit wrongdoing under the agreement, it does require the state's Department of Education to submit to independent monitoring of its Medicaid-financed programs. Whistleblower Hedy Cirrincione is to receive $10 million from the settlement under a formula set by federal law. More...

Blacks Have Highest Obesity Rate, Whites Lowest, CDC Says
Blacks were 51 percent more likely and Hispanics were 21 percent more likely to be obese than whites, a disparity that may be linked to cultural attitudes, income and education levels, a U.S. government study found. More...

Transplant Drug May Extend Life Span
Rapamycin, a medication prescribed for transplant patients, may help old mice live longer, the Associated Press reports. More...

'Pharm' parties are feeding teenage prescription drug abuse
Seven of the top ten drugs being abused by teenagers today are legal prescriptions or over-the-counter medications. More...

Medicare Plans Deep Cuts For Physicians
The Obama administration announces plans to cut specialists payments. Cuts include 42% less to doctors for echocardiograms, 24% less for cardiac catheterization, and 20% less for MRI and CT scans. More...

Maryland Medicaid Costs Soar, Enrollment Double Projected
The economic downturn is driving more people into the public plan. Nearly double the number of residents originally projected have enrolled in 2009 costing the state $50 more in the process. More...

Drug Enforcement Agents Join Jackson Investigation
The federal Drug Enforcement Administration's diversion division, which oversees prescription-drug issues, will be assisting the Los Angeles Police Department with its ongoing investigation into Jackson's death, ABC News reported Wednesday. More...

Sound Waves Offer Prostate Cancer Hope
The technique, called High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU), uses sound waves to heat and kill cancerous cells. The researchers from University College and Princess Grace hospitals in London used it on 172 men with high rates of success and low levels of side effects. More...

Medicare Part D Increased Spending Significantly
Researchers find that drug spending actually went up in the group that had the most coverage before joining Part D. The study suggested that drug overuse was partly responsible for increased drug spending under Medicare Part D coverage. More...

Two anti-smoking drugs to carry severe mental-health warnings
The FDA said Chantix and Zyban will carry the warnings to alert consumers to the risks of depression and suicidal thoughts when using the drugs. The drugs also have been reported to cause changes in behavior, hostility and agitation in users, whether users had a history of psychiatric illness or not. More...

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