People with Type 1 diabetes are reporting good results from using a new Internet-based blood-sugar monitoring program that allows them to privately manage their condition. A study found patients showed improvements in diabetes management and knowledge after using the BGAThome program.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law a health care bill that includes a provision requiring drugmakers and device firms to report all gifts to medical providers that exceed $50. Patrick said the measure will boost health care quality and cost-effectiveness, but some drug industry groups said the measure could hinder research in the state.
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are two growing professions with seemingly similar roles, but the positions differ in many ways, from education to clinical practice. Nurse practitioners are licensed as independent health care providers, often train in a specialty and are licensed by state boards of nursing, while PAs must practice under a physician's supervision, are generalists and are licensed by state boards of medicine.
New professional guidelines and, in some states, new laws are aimed at making health care providers more aware of cultural norms as the U.S. population's ethnic mix continues to diversify. "The critical thing here is developing sensitivity and the understanding that not every culture responds to medical providers in the same way, sees medicine in the same way," one expert said.