Blog | Tuesday, September 21, 2010

QD: News Every Day--Overestimating cardiovascular risk


How accurate is that online calculator for cardiovascular risk? According to a recent study, it depends on the formula behind it. The New York Times reports that some popular online versions of the Framingham risk score use a simplified formula that may overestimate a patient's risk.

Approximately one in three office-based U.S. doctors are now using e-prescriptions, a steady increase from 2009 and 2008, according to new data released today by electronic prescribing network Surescripts and reported by Reuters.

And finally, obesity is bad not only for your health but also for your wallet. Researchers from George Washington University found that obesity costs $4,879 annually for women and $2,646 annually for men. Men's costs may be lower because unlike women, they don't appear to suffer wage penalties because of their weight, the researchers said. (New York Times, Reuters, MSNBC.com)