Thursday, April 28, 2011

Payment Rates May Affect Breast Cancer Treatment

Use of a costly breast cancer therapy called intensity-modulated radiation therapy is strongly influenced by what Medicare will pay for the treatment and where radiation oncologists practice, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed Medicare data for 26,163 women with localized breast cancer who had surgery and radiation therapy between 2001 and 2005. During that time, Medicare billing for the treatment, called IMRT, increased more than 10-fold (from 0.9 percent to 11.2 percent of patients).

Monday, April 18, 2011

Corporate Fundraising and Philanthropy

Many companies have philanthropy policies so are very willing to support a cause which they deem suitable. It is important to market your charity to businesses who will want to endorse it, and help you with your efforts. Corporate fundraising and philanthropy is a proven successful fundraising strategy.

Corporate fundraising and philanthropy is a large part of many businesses who feel they would like to give back to the local community, or support causes on a wider scale. This concept has many meanings, to begin, charities need to work on corporate fundraising, meaning that they need to secure a corporation to support their cause, through or from which they can raise money. Furthermore, corporate fundraising encompasses the efforts that will then be made by that corporate towards fundraising for your cause.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

With head in the sand, Indonesia struggles to tackle AIDS

Financial troubles drove Liana into prostitution almost four years ago, but the 30-year-old ex-accountant said she'd had no idea then that unprotected sex could give her HIV/AIDS, a disease she now has to live with.

Liana, who holds an economics degree, is one of 300,000 Indonesians in the world's most populous Muslim nation who have fallen victim to widespread ignorance about AIDS, and the government's inability to campaign effectively against it for fear of being accused by conservatives of promoting promiscuity.

Social taboos and strict laws that ban prostitution also work against those most vulnerable to the incurable disease, because police often use condoms -- one of the best protection against AIDS -- as evidence against sex workers.