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August 31, 2015

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August 31, 2015

Many Physicians Overestimate Their Ability to Assess Patients' Risk of Ebola

Aug. 27, 2015 — While most primary care physicians responding to a survey expressed confidence in their ability to identify potential cases of Ebola and communicate Ebola risks to their patients, when asked how they ... read more

Health Workers Wasting Expensive Malaria Drugs in Nigeria

Aug. 27, 2015 — Health providers trained to perform malaria rapid diagnostic tests are still prescribing valuable malaria medicines to patients who do not have malaria, according to new ... read more

One in Four Hepatitis C Patients Denied Initial Approval for Drug Treatment

Aug. 26, 2015 — Nearly one in four patients with chronic hepatitis C are denied initial approval for a drug therapy that treats the most common strain of the ... read more

Electronic Trigger Reduces Delays in Evaluation for Cancer Diagnosis

Aug. 24, 2015 — Electronic triggers designed to search for key data, developed by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, were able to identify and reduce ... read more

Uninsured Texans Are Twice as Likely to Delay Seeking Primary Care, Mental Health Care, Report Shows

Aug. 20, 2015 — Texans without health insurance are twice as likely to skip seeking primary and mental health care because of cost, find ... read more

The Global Cost of Unsafe Abortion

Aug. 19, 2015 — Seven million women a year in the developing world are treated in healthcare facilities for complications following unsafe abortion, finds a new study, and every day, approximately 800 women die from ... read more

Women Choose Contraception Based on Relationships Not Just Pregnancy Desires

Aug. 18, 2015 — Women's contraceptive choices are more often driven by current relationships and sexual activity than by long-term pregnancy intentions, according to ... read more

Patients With Immediate Medical Needs Tend to Perceive Doctors as Emotionless, Study Finds

Aug. 18, 2015 — The greater patients' need for medical care, the more likely patients will view their doctors as 'empty vessels,' devoid of emotions or personal lives of their own; at the same time, ... read more

E-Cigarettes Could Have Health Impacts in Developing World, Research Suggests

Aug. 18, 2015 — Two researchers are urging greater regulatory oversight of e-cigarettes in poorer countries, where sales of the devices are growing. Public awareness of the devices is high in some developing ... read more

Aug. 18, 2015 — As hospitals across America brace for rigorous mandates for care of septic patients that will be adopted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in October, a new review unveils ... read more

Pediatric Training Essential to Improving out-of-Hospital Emergency Care for Children

Aug. 18, 2015 — Researchers conducted a national survey of more than 750 EMS providers to identify airway management, personal anxiety and limited pediatric care proficiency among to top contributors for children in ... read more

Patient Satisfaction a Poor Surrogate for Quality of Care in Brain Surgery

Aug. 18, 2015 — Patient satisfaction is a very poor proxy for quality of care comparisons in elective cranial neurosurgery. Because deaths are rare events in elective cranial neurosurgery, reporting of surgeon or ... read more

Just One in 10 Are Referred for Cardiac Rehab After Treatment for Heart Failure

Aug. 18, 2015 — Very few heart failure patients are referred to a cardiac rehabilitation program after being hospitalized, despite strong evidence that such exercise programs improve quality of life and reduce the ... read more

Researchers Sound Off on the Dangers of Hospital Consolidation

Aug. 18, 2015 — Consolidation of hospitals into massive chains threatens healthy competition, reduces patient choice and could drive up medical expenses, experts say in a new ... read more

Some Health Insurance Websites Show Improved Efforts to Support Patient Decision Making

Aug. 17, 2015 — Websites for national and state health insurance marketplaces show evidence of improved efforts to assist patients in choosing health insurance plans, such as providing decision support tools, ... read more

Return on Investment Slipping in Biomedical Research

Aug. 17, 2015 — As more money has been spent on biomedical research in the United States over the past 50 years, there has been diminished return on investment in terms of life expectancy gains and new drug ... read more

In First Year, Two Florida Laws Reduce Amount of Opioids Prescribed, Study Suggests

Aug. 17, 2015 — Two Florida laws, enacted to combat prescription drug abuse and misuse in that state, led to a small but significant decrease in the amount of opioids prescribed the first year the laws were in ... read more

IRS Rules to Protect Patients from Health Care Financial Burdens Are Inadequate, Need Legal Reform, Law Professor Says

Aug. 17, 2015 — Recently issued new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules for tax-exempt, typically nonprofit, hospitals designed to help protect patients from health care financial burdens are inadequate and need ... read more

African-Americans Most Likely to Stop Taking Meds in Medicare Part D's Coverage Gap

Aug. 14, 2015 — Medicare Part D provides help to beneficiaries struggling with the cost of prescriptions drugs, but the plan's coverage gap hits some populations harder than others, particularly ... read more

Study Shows How Climate Change Threatens Health

Aug. 14, 2015 — A new study is focused on the public health implications of climate change on the US Gulf Coast. The study has implications for other coastal regions, including the Northeast and West Coast, author ... read more

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