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Thanksgiving's most popular but unwelcome dinner guest - Campylobacter jejuni.

Back To Vidyya Campylobacter jejuni—An Emerging Foodborne Pathogen
Some of us will get more than a full stomach this Thanksgiving. Campylobacter jejuni is the most commonly reported bacterial cause of foodborne infection in the United States. Adding to the human and economic costs are chronic sequelae associated with C. jejuni infection—Guillian-Barré syndrome and reactive arthritis. In addition, an increasing proportion of human infections caused by C. jejuni are resistant to antimicrobial therapy. Mishandling of raw poultry and consumption of undercooked poultry are the major risk factors for human campylobacteriosis. Efforts to prevent human illness are needed throughout each link in the food chain. More...

Back To Vidyya Good News For CHF Patients, Physicians And Insurance Companies: HCFA To Offer Extra Payments For Care of Congestive Heart Failure
The Health Care Financing Administration announced guidelines today for Medicare+Choice organizations to receive extra risk adjustment payment for outpatient care of enrollees with congestive heart failure (CHF) beginning in 2002. Currently, adjustments to payment based on an enrollee's health status rely solely on inpatient encounter data. The new guidelines will ensure that Medicare+Choice organizations are paid more for the costs of providing high quality outpatient care as well. More...

Back To Vidyya Heart Failure Provider Performance Quality Indicators
In January, 1999, HCFA launched the Heart Failure National Project, a major effort to improve the care provided to Medicare patients with heart failure. Peer Review Organizations in all states and territories will work with hospitals over three years to improve left ventricular function evaluation and appropriate use of ACEI in patients hospitalized with heart failure. Get an outline of suggested performance quality indicators made by the group in today's issue of Vidyya. These indicators are part of a new set of guidelines that will increase outpatient payment for patients with CHF. More...

Back To Vidyya Research Insights Into Alcoholism And Alcohol Abuse Highlighted In 10th Special Report
Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna E. Shalala has announced the availability of the 10th Special Report to the U.S. Congress on Alcohol and Health, produced by the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA). The report highlights recent research advances on the causes, consequences, treatment, and prevention of alcohol addiction (alcoholism) and alcohol abuse. Read a summary of some of the highlights. More...

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10th Special Report To The US Congress On Alcohol And Health
Alcohol is widely used in our society. Most individuals who use alcohol drink in ways that do not increase risk for alcohol use problems. Some, however, drink in ways or at times during their life course that increase risk to themselves or others. Still others who use alcohol may derive a health benefit from its use. Defining precisely who is at risk for alcohol use problems and assessing the risks versus benefits of alcohol use are the first steps toward providing accurate public health information and designing effective interventions to reduce alcohol use problems. The Tenth Special Report presents important new findings about biological and behavioral factors that affect the risks and benefits of drinking over the life span. Get the full report, complete with several files for you to download in today's issue. More...

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