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October 6, 2015

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October 6, 2015

Severe Liver Damage in Mid/late-Adulthood Among People Who Inject Drugs With Chronic Hepatitis C

Oct. 5, 2015 — The Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a chronic blood-borne viral infection that affects an estimated 160 million people worldwide. Alarmingly, chronic HCV infection accounts for one-quarter of ... read more

What Is the Cost of Lung Cancer in Germany?

Oct. 1, 2015 — With more than 50,000 newly diagnosed cases each year, lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in Germany. As yet, however, very few statistics are available on the care situation of ... read more

Sep. 30, 2015 — The volume of hip fracture cases seen at a skilled nursing facility in the prior 12 months is a good predictor of whether a facility can successfully discharge patients back home within 30 days, a ... read more

Universal TB Screening of Immigrants to Canada Costly, Inefficient

Sep. 28, 2015 — Canada's blanket practice of screening all newly arriving immigrants for tuberculosis is highly inefficient and should focus on only those arriving from countries with high rates of TB, ... read more

Over Three-Quarters of People With Cancer Worldwide Have No Access to Safe Surgery

Sep. 28, 2015 — Over 80 percent of the 15 million people diagnosed with cancer worldwide in 2015 will need surgery, but less than a quarter will have access to proper, safe, affordable surgical care when they need ... read more

Health Hazards of Occupational Exposure to Talc

Sep. 28, 2015 — Talc, a substance commonly used in a number of manufacturing processes, including many in the food processing industry, is a health hazard and exposure to it should be closely monitored, say ... read more

The Lancet Oncology: Tackling the Global Shortfall in Radiotherapy Could Save Millions of Lives and Boost the Economy of Poorer Countries

Sep. 26, 2015 — Millions of people are dying from potentially treatable cancers like breast and prostate because of a chronic underinvestment in radiotherapy resources, according to a major new Commission on access ... read more

Medicaid Study Uncovers Rise in Costly ER Visits Due to Possible Gaps in Postpartum Care

Sep. 25, 2015 — Citing an analysis of more than 26,000 Maryland Medicaid claims, researchers report evidence that poor women with recent complications during their pregnancies are using the emergency room (ER) at ... read more

Information Handling by Some Health Apps Not as Secure as It Should Be

Sep. 24, 2015 — Some health apps that have been clinically accredited may not have been complying with principles of data protection, according to research. In some instances health apps were found to be sending ... read more

Stillbirth Should Be Given Greater Priority on the Global Health Agenda, Argue Experts

Sep. 23, 2015 — Clear targets to prevent stillbirths should be included in national and global health plans, argue ... read more

Investigation Questions Expert Advice Underpinning New US Dietary Guidelines

Sep. 23, 2015 — The expert report underpinning the latest dietary guidelines for Americans fails to reflect much relevant scientific literature in its reviews of crucial topics and therefore risks giving a ... read more

Accountable Care Organizations: A First Look at Shared Savings Distributions

Sep. 23, 2015 — Taking the first close look at a federal program designed to provide cost-savings incentives in exchange for more efficient health care, a new study has found that, while using those cost-savings as ... read more

Around the World, Those Treated for Addiction Far More Likely to Smoke

Sep. 22, 2015 — A review of studies from 20 countries indicates that tobacco use is not addressed in substance abuse treatment programs. The results agree with an earlier review that found that the median smoking ... read more

Overweight Firefighters More Likely to Attempt Weight Loss If Advised by Doctor

Sep. 22, 2015 — Overweight firefighters are twice as likely to attempt to lose weight if their health care provider gives them weight loss advice, according to new research. More than 75 percent of firefighters are ... read more

Outcomes of ICU Admission for Older, Low-Risk Patients With Pneumonia

Sep. 22, 2015 — Among Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized with pneumonia, intensive care unit (ICU) admission of patients which appeared to be discretionary was associated with improved survival and no significant ... read more

Substance Abuse Recovery Odds Increase in a Community Setting

Sep. 21, 2015 — Following substance abuse treatment, individuals who live in a collaborative housing setting with community rules and responsibilities have their substance abuse treated more effectively than those ... read more

Obamacare Saps Enthusiasm for Government Health-Care Spending

Sep. 21, 2015 — The Affordable Care Act has eroded support for federal health care spending not just from Republicans, but also from Democrats and independents, a study has ... read more

Pioneer ACO Program Sees Modest Reduction in Low-Value Services

Sep. 21, 2015 — The Medicare Pioneer ACO (accountable care organization) program in its first year was associated with modest reductions in low-value services that provide minimal clinical benefit to patients, ... read more

Public Health Must Be Top Priority If Cannabis Is Legalized in Canada

Sep. 21, 2015 — If Canada's new government decides to legalize cannabis, public health must be the top priority to prevent commercialization and promotion by 'Big Cannabis' and subsequent possible ... read more

New Report Examines Implications of Growing Gap in Life Span by Income for Entitlement Programs

Sep. 17, 2015 — As the gap in life expectancy between the highest and lowest earners in the US has widened over time, high earners have disproportionately received larger lifetime benefits from government programs ... read more

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