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Month: March 2015

New Study Finds Cancer Risk Associated With Medical Power Tool Is Lower Than Previously Thought
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New Study Finds Cancer Risk Associated With Medical Power Tool Is Lower Than Previously Thought

Last April, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that a medical power tool sometimes used to remove uterine fibroids could spread hidden cancers throughout patients' bodies. However, a new study reveals that the likelihood of this actually happening is fairly low. Fibroids are common tumors that develop in the wall of the uterus. Although the vast majority are benign and asymptomatic, some fibroids can cause serious issues such as abdominal pressure, pain during intercourse, and menstrual bleeding heavy enough to cause a woman to develop anemia. In order to remove these problematic tumors, doctors would often use morcellators, small power tools that divide uterine tissues into smaller pieces so that they can be removed through a small incision in the abdomen, thusly removing the...
Study Suggests Patient Demands, Medical Malpractice Not to Blame for Ballooning Health Spending
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Study Suggests Patient Demands, Medical Malpractice Not to Blame for Ballooning Health Spending

Physicians often believe that patient requests for inappropriate care are responsible for a major portion of rapidly rising healthcare costs, but that perception isn’t borne out by the latest research. In a study published Feb. 12 in the journal JAMA Oncology, Ezekiel Emanuel and colleagues found that the rate at which such requests are fulfilled, at least in the field of oncology, is quite low, and therefore patient requests “are unlikely to add significantly to health care costs.” The researchers used data from 5,050 patient-clinician encounters occurring in three outpatient oncology centers between October of 2013 and June of 2014. Of those, only 8.7% included a patient demand for any specific medical intervention. Most of the time, physicians judged those requests to be clinicall...
Due To Severe Winter Weather, Heating Assistance Funds for Low-Income Households Have Already Begun Depleting
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Due To Severe Winter Weather, Heating Assistance Funds for Low-Income Households Have Already Begun Depleting

It's only mid-February, and homeowners across the Northeast and Midwest regions are already counting down the days until spring begins, thanks to the constant snowstorms and sub-freezing temperatures that have caused entire cities to shut down for days on end. But for thousands of homeowners, the inconvenience of winter weather weather goes beyond messy work commutes and extra layers of winter clothing. According to the Boston Herald, about 150,000 low-income residents in Massachusetts depend on heating assistance programs, and 18,000 homes in the Boston area alone are in need of immediate aid at the moment, despite the $13 million that the federal government awarded to Massachusetts on January 21. That $13 million, bringing the state's total federal fuel assistance to $144 million for 2...
New Startup Redesigns Interior Design
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New Startup Redesigns Interior Design

Interior design is typically a service affordable only to the wealthy, but a new startup is looking to change that.Laurel and Wolf, which recently just raised $4.4 million in its Series A round of fundraising, aims to bring interior design into the digital age. The new company is a web-based platform that connects professional interior designers with clients, who -- for a small, flat fee -- can get their residential and/or commercial spaces custom designed. Designers compete to win a client, offering them concept designs for their spaces, and once chosen, the selected designer will continue to revise the plan until it's been perfected.The startup is the brainchild of Leura Fine, a Los Angeles-based professional designer who has done designs for Elton John, and even designed the interior of...
David Butler’s New Book “Design to Grow” Discusses Branding Efforts At Coca-Cola
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David Butler’s New Book “Design to Grow” Discusses Branding Efforts At Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola is one of the biggest and most recognizable brands in the world, responsible for everything from Diet Coke to Sprite and Minute Maid. However, according to the company's former head of global design, David Butler, the brand actually lacked a consistent approach to design until 2004. His views, available in his newly published book, "Design to Grow: How Coca-Cola Learned to Combine Scale and Agility," are a must-read for website design agencies, small business owners, and everyone in between. Upon joining Coca-Cola in 2004, Butler says that he was immediately charged with helping the company develop a vision, strategy and approach to ensure that the business would be getting the most out of their design efforts. At that point, Coca-Cola was already one of the largest brands in ...