Website helps smokers quit

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A new, comprehensive website gives one-stop access to the latest evidence-based methods on how to quit smoking, U.S. officials say.

Effort reduces hospital ICU infections 40%

BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Central line-associated bloodstream infections in U.S. hospital intensive care patients dropped 40 percent after a special effort, a U.S. official says.

Health disparities worsen from '02 to '08

WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) -- Access to U.S. healthcare did not improve for most racial and ethnic groups from 2002 through 2008, federal officials reported.

Report cards rate healthcare providers

WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- There are more than 150 public reports -- "report cards" -- that rate the quality of care from doctors, hospitals and nursing homes, a U.S. expert says.

U.S. consumers equate cost with quality

EUGENE, Ore., March 7 (UPI) -- If American consumers are asked to choose a healthcare provider based only on cost, they choose the more expensive option, U.S. health officials said.

AHRQ's publication compares medications

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Six Spanish-language publications from the U.S. government help patients compare treatments for common illnesses such as heart disease, officials say.
Fran Drescher urges patients ask questions

Fran Drescher urges patients ask questions

ROCKVILLE, Md., April 20 (UPI) -- U.S. TV and movie star Fran Drescher is urging patients in to ask their health professionals questions.

Health checklist for those 50 and older

WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. government and the AARP released two checklists to help men and women over age 50 stay healthy and prevent disease, officials said.

Insurance costs vary widely by city

WASHINGTON, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- A new U.S. government database comparing health insurance costs finds significant variations depending on geographic locations.

Database compares health coverage costs

ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Consumers, companies and analysts can compare health coverage costs in the largest U.S. metro areas using a new database developed by the U.S. government. The data bank, developed by the Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Resea

U.S. brochure advises on surgery

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released a brochure on questions patients should ask before surgery.

U.S. medical system creates errors

PHILADELPHIA, May 4 (UPI) -- American doctors write about 3.5 billion prescriptions every year and new research suggests nearly one in every 100 of those prescriptions is wrong -- the wrong drug, the wrong dose or the wrong patient.
PEGGY PECK, United Press International
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