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July 4, 2015

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July 4, 2015

Millions of Children's Lives Saved Through Low-Cost Investments

July 3, 2015 — More than 34 million children's lives have been saved since 2000 because of investments in child health programs at a cost of as little as $4,205 per child, according to a new analysis. From ... read more

Hospital-Wide Program for Delirium, Alcohol Withdrawal and Suicide/harm Impacts Readmission Rates

June 30, 2015 — In a new report, clinicians describe the implementation and effectiveness of a hospital-wide clinical improvement initiative for acute care patients at risk for delirium, alcohol withdrawal and ... read more

Should Drinking Water Be Centralized or Decentralized?

June 30, 2015 — A Canadian civil engineering graduate evaluates claims that more centralized US-style regulation of drinking water would improve outcomes for Canadians. The paper finds limited support for these ... read more

New Cardiac Arrest Recommendations: Increased CPR/AED Training Will Improve Survival Rates

June 30, 2015 — In response to a new Institute of Medicine report on improving cardiac arrest survival rates, the Red Cross is taking a key first step in convening those who can make a significant difference in ... read more

Lack of Research Funding Could Leave Health Care Training 'to Chance'

June 30, 2015 — British health care education researchers have penned a heartfelt editorial calling for more research funding to support the evidence base for medical ... read more

Hepatitis C: Life-Threatening Barriers in Access to Breakthrough Drugs in US

June 29, 2015 — Most states violate federal Medicaid law because they deny coverage for sofosbuvir, a new and highly effective treatment to cure hepatitis C. According to a team of researchers who examined Medicaid ... read more

Experts Cover Korean MERS Outbreak in New Article

June 29, 2015 — An overview and analysis of the factors underlying the recent Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus outbreak in Korea has been published by ... read more

New Strategies for Combatting Chronic Kidney Disease, Other Long-Term Conditions

June 25, 2015 — New strategies for using electronic health records (EHRs) to treat patients with chronic kidney disease have been outlined by investigators. Their recommendations may help clinicians and hospitals ... read more

Infection Preventionists May Spend More Time Collecting Data Than Protecting Patients

June 25, 2015 — Collecting and reporting hospital infection data to federal health agencies takes more than five hours each day, at the expense of time needed to ensure that frontline healthcare personnel are ... read more

World Must Drastically Accelerate AIDS Efforts or Face More HIV Infections, Deaths Than Five Years Ago

June 24, 2015 — Countries most affected by HIV must focus on stopping new HIV infections and expanding access to antiretroviral treatment or risk the epidemic rebounding, urges a major new ... read more

Investigation Examines Bitter Dispute Over E-Cigarettes in the Public Health Community

June 24, 2015 — An investigation reveals how the controversial concept of 'harm reduction', embraced enthusiastically by the tobacco industry, has sharply divided the public health community when it comes ... read more

Patient Outcomes Could Improve by Preparing Nursing Homes for Health Information Exchange

June 24, 2015 — When older adults transfer between nursing homes and hospitals, inefficient and unclear communication between the organizations can hinder patient care. Now, a team of researchers is working to ... read more

Oh, to Have Dr. Facebook on Call

June 24, 2015 — If it were up to Internet-savvy Americans, more of them would be emailing or sending Facebook messages to their doctors to chat about their health. That's the result of a national survey that ... read more

Ebola Epidemic in Guinea May Have Led to 74,000 Extra Untreated Cases of Malaria in 2014

June 23, 2015 — Around 74,000 fewer malaria cases than expected were seen at health facilities in Guinea in 2014 compared with pre-Ebola years, new research has found. This has led to a rising number of malaria ... read more

Unauthorized Immigrants Prolong the Life of Medicare Trust Fund, Study Suggests

June 23, 2015 — Unauthorized immigrants pay billions more into Medicare's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund each year than they withdraw in health benefits. In 2011 alone, unauthorized immigrants paid in $3.5 ... read more

Dietary Guidelines for Americans Shouldn't Place Limits on Total Fat Intake

June 23, 2015 — Researchers call on the American federal government to drop restrictions on total fat consumption in the forthcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines for ... read more

Independence at Home Program National Demonstration Saves More Than $25 Million

June 22, 2015 — House calls, a long-running option dating back to the early days of medicine, can be used in a new way to improve geriatric care and lower costs, says a new ... read more

How Can Health Professionals Enhance Cognitive Health in Older Adults?

June 22, 2015 — An expert panel has clarified the cognitive aging process by making a distinction from Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and provided recommendations to enhance cognitive health in ... read more

Clients Lost in System When Safety-Net Agencies Close

June 22, 2015 — Safety-net agencies, such as food banks and nonprofits offering health care, serve vulnerable individuals who are uninsured or underinsured and help them connect with services, such as health care, ... read more

Smoking Allowed in Growing Number of Restaurants, Bars in Georgia

June 22, 2015 — Despite the passage of Georgia's Smokefree Air Act in 2005, the number of restaurants and bars that allow smoking has doubled in recent years, according to ... read more

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