Carolyn Y. Johnson, The Washington Post Published 1:23 pm, Monday, May 7, 2018 There are 75,000 genetic tests available for sale today - a flood of information that could provide major new insights into health or an unwieldy abundance of information that overloads doctors and drives medical spending higher. A new study in the journal Health Affairs reveals an explosion of genetic tests over the past four years, with about 10 new ones entering the market each day. Another study, of hundreds of primary-care providers in New York City, found only a third had ever ordered a genetic test or referred a patient for counseling. A minority - 14 percent - said they felt confident interpreting results. The studies point to the huge opportunity and challenges that face the booming business of clinical genomics, which is forecast to grow to a $7.7 billion global industry by 2020. As the cost of sequencing genes has plummeted and tests have proliferated, the knowledge about the best … [Read more...] about Medicine’s Wild West: 10 new genetic tests enter the market each day
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May 23, 9:27 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Science By Avaneesh Pandey @avaneeshp88 03/11/15 AT 1:33 AM The Los Angeles County Department of Health has warned doctors and public health officials to be on the alert for symptoms associated with ocular syphilis -- a sexually-transmitted disease that can cause blindness -- after two potential cases were reported in Los Angeles on Tuesday. So far, 14 confirmed cases of the disease have been reported across the West Coast since December, including eight in San Francisco and six in Washington state, according to local media reports.According to the Los Angeles Times, most of the cases so far have been reported among gay men, a few of whom are also HIV positive. In Seattle, two patients reportedly went blind as a result of the disease. Ocular syphilis usually develops as a complication of early syphilis and can cause blindness if left untreated.“These new cases … [Read more...] about Blinding Cases Of Syphilis On The West Coast Prompt Health Alert In LA County
News / UK and world by Press Association September 13, 2018, 2:29 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Campaigners have accused the Government of treating thousands of women as “acceptable collateral damage” after it rejected calls to introduce national buffer zones outside abortion clinics. Introducing protest-free areas outside clinics to prevent harassment of patients “would not be a proportionate response”, Home Secretary Sajid Javid said. His decision was slammed by politicians, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who called it a “shocking failure to protect women” and urged the Home Secretary to reverse it. While a Home Office review found examples of harassment and damaging behaviour, such as the handing out of model foetuses, displaying graphic images and blocking patients’ paths, these activities were not the norm, Mr Javid said. He said: “Having considered the evidence … [Read more...] about Government accused after abortion clinic buffer zones rejected
Earlier this week, I mentioned the Doe v. Guthrie Clinic, Ltd. case and what it may mean for provider liability. In a nutshell, the plaintiff in Guthrie seeks to extend the fiduciary duty of patient confidentiality beyond the licensed provider to the medical corporation, including hospitals and medical practices. Under the proposed theory, the hospital or medical practice could be held directly liable for the unauthorized disclosure of patient information regardless of whether an employee disclosed the information within the scope of employment. In other words, the unauthorized disclosure of patient information would be attributed to the medical corporation, which acting through its representatives, breached patient confidentiality.In Guthrie, the Plaintiff was at the Guthrie Clinic for the treatment of a sexually transmitted disease. Megan Stalbird was a nurse at the clinic and also the sister-in-law of Plaintiff’s girlfriend, Jessica.While Plaintiff was … [Read more...] about Doe v. Guthrie Clinic, Ltd.: A New Privacy Battleground?, cont.
The U.S. Supreme Court has partly stayed a Texas abortion law that had closed all but eight of the state’s abortion clinics.As a result of the Supreme Court order (PDF) on Tuesday, 13 abortion clinics can reopen, report SCOTUSblog, the New York Times, the National Law Journal and the Washington Post. At one time the state had 41 abortion clinics.Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. would not have granted the stay.The eight abortion clinics that remained open were in metropolitan regions in the eastern part of the state, the New York Times says. No abortion clinics remained open west or south of San Antonio.One of the law’s requirements said abortion-clinic doctors in Texas must have admission privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic. The U.S. Supreme Court stayed enforcement of that provision against clinics in El Paso and McAllen, the southwestern part of the state.A second requirement said abortion clinics must upgrade their … [Read more...] about SCOTUS partly stays Texas abortion law that closed all but eight abortion clinics in the state