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May 29, 2015

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May 29, 2015

Study Cites Federal Policy as Key to Primary Care Access and Nurse Practitioner Workforce Development

May 28, 2015 — With demand for primary care expected to increase sharply over the next five years– due to passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), population growth and aging – the role of advanced-practice ... read more

US Healthcare: Medication Data Provides Insights Into Who Is Covered by ACA

May 27, 2015 — As the US Supreme Court considers the legality of tax subsidies to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), an investigation provides an unprecedented look at prescription data ... read more

Congressional Action Needed to Optimize Regulation of Genomic Tests

May 27, 2015 — Latest generation genomic testing offers a chance for improvements in patient care, disease prevention and healthcare cost-effectiveness. A new report recommends that Congress incentivize development ... read more

Ending Medicaid Dental Benefit Is Costly, Experts Say

May 27, 2015 — A study finds states gain little when dropping adult dental coverage. Researchers say adults in California made 1,800 more hospital visits annually for dental care after losing the benefit. ... read more

A Push to Open Doors to Care for the Homebound

May 26, 2015 — A new study examines a nearly invisible population of shut-ins for ways to treat the infirm, assist the rest. Researchers looked at the community-dwelling Medicare population, which they estimate to ... read more

How Big Tobacco Is Able to Woo Parliamentarians

May 20, 2015 — An investigation asks to what extent is the tobacco industry able to reach out and influence parliamentarians? The findings raise important questions about how far the vested interests of the tobacco ... read more

Large Urban Hospitals Disadvantaged by Medicare/Medicaid Patient Satisfaction Rating System

May 19, 2015 — The largest urban health systems, which serve as safety nets for large patient populations with lower socioeconomic status and greater likelihood to speak English as a second language, do worse on ... read more

Gun Violence Restraining Orders: A Promising Strategy to Reduce Gun Violence in U.S.

May 20, 2015 — Gun violence restraining orders (GVROs) are a promising strategy for reducing firearm homicide and suicide in the United States, and should be considered by states seeking to address gun violence, ... read more

Tracking Trends in Youth Self-Harm Visitation Rates to Alberta's Emergency Rooms

May 19, 2015 — New insight is being gained into the youth visiting Alberta's emergency rooms for self-harming behavior. The study examined approximately 6,000 visits of young patients from 2002 until 2011. It ... read more

UK Population Is Becoming Overweight and Obese at Younger Ages

May 19, 2015 — Children born since the 1980s are two to three times more likely than older generations to be overweight or obese by the age of 10, according to new research. The study characterized population ... read more

Osteoporosis Screening Is Too Common for Low-Risk Women and Too Uncommon for Higher-Risk Women

May 19, 2015 — Many of those who should get it, don't. And many of those who shouldn't, do. That's the story of a common screening test for osteoporosis, according to new research. Researchers ... read more

Washington DC Tops the List of Fittest Cities in the U. S.

May 19, 2015 — Residents of the nation’s capital, followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul, and San Diego, enjoy a variety of outdoor exercise options, and have relatively low rates of smoking, obesity and diabetes. That ... read more

Americans Know Someone Who Has Abused Prescription Painkillers, Poll Shows

May 18, 2015 — Results of a new poll show that in an era when concern about drug abuse has been very high, more US adults are concerned about prescription painkiller abuse than about ... read more

Early Detection, Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes May Reduce Heart Disease, Mortality

May 18, 2015 — Screening to identify Type 2 diabetes followed by early treatment could result in substantial health benefits, according to new research that combined large scale clinical observations and innovative ... read more

New School-Based Program Helps Reduce Absentee Rate for Urban Minority Children With Asthma

May 18, 2015 — Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in children, and it can only be managed, not cured. It affects a disproportionally higher percentage of low-income, urban minority children, and is ... read more

Implications of Flawed Prostate Specific Antigen Data in SEER

May 18, 2015 — NCI recently announced that it had removed all PSA data from the SEER and SEER-Medicare programs. The data were removed after quality control checks revealed that a substantial number of PSA values ... read more

Lives Could Be Saved With Hepatitis C Treatment

May 18, 2015 — A research team is asking for hepatitis C virus patients to gain improved access to drugs to prevent liver related deaths. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major public health burden in ... read more

Medicaid Patients Need Support to Use Primary Care Rather Than Emergency Rooms

May 14, 2015 — More than half of all Medicaid enrollees prefer the 'one-stop shop' of a hospital emergency department to receive care for conditions that could be treated effectively at a primary care ... read more

New Guidelines Aim to Resolve Conflicts in Treating Critically Ill Patients

May 17, 2015 — Who should decide what life-prolonging medical treatments the intensive care patient should receive: the clinician or the patient's family? The answer in almost all circumstances should be ... read more

Lower Depression, Better Mental Health During the Great Recession, National Study Finds

May 13, 2015 — Americans had fewer depression diagnoses and better mental health during the Great Recession (2007-09) compared to pre-recession, according to a study. This large, American study also showed that ... read more

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