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July 28, 2015

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July 28, 2015

Marked Improvement in Health, Healthcare for Medicare Patients

July 28, 2015 — In a 15-year study of older Medicare patients, researchers saw an estimated 20 percent drop in mortality, about 30 percent fewer hospitalizations, and 40 percent reduction in deaths after ... read more

Cancer Healthcare Disparities Exist in LGBTQ Community, Say Researchers

July 28, 2015 — The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community is a growing and medically-underserved minority population in the United States, with 3 to 12 percent of the ... read more

Pharmacy Expenditures for Children With Serious Chronic Illness

July 28, 2015 — In an analysis of expenditures for outpatient pharmacy products used by publicly insured children with serious chronic illness in California, treating hemophilia accounted for about 40 percent of ... read more

Report Examines Medicare, Medicaid Programs at 50 Years and Challenges Ahead

July 28, 2015 — Although Medicare and Medicaid are playing a role in health care payment and delivery reform innovation, it will be difficult to enact large-scale program changes because of the conflicting ... read more

ACA Open Enrollment Periods Associated With Improved Coverage, Access to Care and Health

July 28, 2015 — Results of a national survey that included more than half a million adults indicates significant improvements in trends for self-reported insurance coverage, access to a personal physician and ... read more

Report Documents an Unmet Need for Expanded Family Planning Services at CHCs

July 28, 2015 — As part of a unique survey of nearly 2,000 women of childbearing age who receive health care at the nation's community health centers, 90 percent reported that they were not actively seeking to ... read more

Don't Make Me Wait: Doctor Appointment Availability Went Up After Michigan Medicaid Expansion

July 22, 2015 — Getting access to health insurance, and getting access to a doctor, are two very different things. But a new study suggests that the two have gone hand-in-hand in Michigan, despite a rapid influx of ... read more

Apartment Owners See Benefits to Going Smoke-Free

July 22, 2015 — A survey of 324 multiunit owners/operators in South Dakota showed that adopting smoke-free policies reduced maintenance costs while improving safety. State tobacco control officials have developed ... read more

For Kids With Injured Ankles, Less Treatment May Be More

July 20, 2015 — Emergency physicians can safely reduce X-rays in children with hurt ankles by as much as 23 percent and save emergency patients both money and time. These results of a cost analysis of the Low Risk ... read more

State Regulations Linked to Late Cancer Diagnoses

July 20, 2015 — States' regulations of health insurance and practitioners significantly influence when patients receive colorectal or breast cancer diagnoses, especially among people younger than the ... read more

Life-Saving Breast Cancer Drugs Going Untaken in Appalachia

July 20, 2015 — Nearly one-third of breast cancer survivors in Appalachia are not taking the critical, potentially life-saving follow-up treatment -- despite having insurance that would pay for it, a troubling new ... read more

Most Chronic Pain Patients Use Alternative Therapies, but Many Don't Tell Their Doctors

July 20, 2015 — More than half of chronic pain patients in a managed care setting reported using chiropractic care or acupuncture or both, but many of these patients didn't discuss this care with their primary ... read more

Highly Qualified Healthcare Workers With Migrant Background: Loss to the Country of Origin, Too Little Opportunity in Destination Country

July 20, 2015 — A recent intercontinental study using the example of women from sub-Saharan Africa has shown that, on the one hand, there is a shortage of qualified healthcare professionals but, on the other, huge ... read more

What Are the Causes and Effects of Increased Gaming in Adolescent Girls and Boys?

July 17, 2015 — Technological innovations, multiple genres, online gaming and mobile apps have led gaming to become big business. Call of Duty Black Ops sold 1.4 million copies and registered 2.6 million Xbox Live ... read more

Grandparents' Affection Piling on the Pounds in Chinese Children

July 17, 2015 — Affection from grandparents towards their grandchildren may play a major role in contributing to the childhood obesity pandemic in China, new research reveals. Chinese children who are mainly cared ... read more

July 16, 2015 — In the first study that looks at a variety of health-care providers and their implicit attitudes towards lesbian women and gay men, researchers found there is widespread implicit bias toward lesbian ... read more

Health Researchers Far Behind Industry Using Automation, Leaves Critical Research Unfunded

July 16, 2015 — The National Institutes of Health has experienced funding cuts even as the number of scientists has grown significantly. University laboratories are closing, faculty positions are being cut, less ... read more

How Can You Plan for Events That Are Unlikely, Hard to Predict and Highly Disruptive Should They Occur?

July 16, 2015 — The Ebola epidemic and resulting international public health emergency is referred to as a “Black Swan” event in medical circles because of its unpredictable and impactful nature. However, a new ... read more

Many Opioid Overdoses Linked to Lower Prescribed Doses, Intermittent Use

July 15, 2015 — Overdoses of opioid pain medications frequently occur in people who aren't chronic users with high prescribed opioid doses -- the groups targeted by current opioid prescribing guidelines, ... read more

Rates of Drunk Driving Tied to State Alcohol Policies

July 15, 2015 — States with more restrictive alcohol policies and regulations have lower rates of self-reported drunk driving, according to a new ... read more

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