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May 5, 2015

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May 5, 2015

Connecting Uninsured Patients to Primary Care Could Reduce Emergency Department Use

May 5, 2015 — An intervention to connect low-income uninsured and Medicaid patients to a reliable source of primary health care shows promise for reducing avoidable use of hospital emergency departments in ... read more

Primary Care Visits Available to Most Uninsured, but at a High Price

May 4, 2015 — Uninsured people in the United States don't have any more difficulty getting appointments with primary care doctors than those with insurance, but they get them at prices that are likely ... read more

Percentage of Texans Without Health Insurance Drops Dramatically

Apr. 30, 2015 — The percentage of Texans without health insurance dropped 31 percent since enrollment began in the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplace, according to a new report. Despite this ... read more

Low Health Literacy Linked to Heart Failure Deaths After Hospitalization

Apr. 29, 2015 — Acute heart failure patients are more likely to die within two years of hospitalization if they have trouble understanding and using health information. Living with heart failure can be complex, so ... read more

Pharmaceutical Industry Regulation Undermines NICE Drugs Appraisal Work in U.K., Experts Say

Apr. 29, 2015 — Government policies that support UK pharmaceutical science and enhance export income are costing the NHS millions and undermine the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, experts ... read more

Novel Rapid Method for Typing of Clostridium Difficile Could Limit Outbreaks

Apr. 29, 2015 — A method of typing has been been developed that can allow laboratories to faster establish the presence of hospital outbreaks of the intestinal bacterium Clostridium difficile, scientists ... read more

Improved Sanitation May Reduce Sexual Violence in South African Townships

Apr. 29, 2015 — Improving access to public toilets in South African urban settlements may reduce both the incidence of sexual assaults by nearly 30 percent and the overall cost to ... read more

Medical Education Risks Becoming Two-Tiered Unless Strong Research Focus Is Preserved, Argue Medical Leaders

Apr. 29, 2015 — For more than 100 years, exposing students to basic and clinical research has been an essential component of a medical school education in the United States. However, today, new models of medical ... read more

Make Calorie Labels Compulsory on All Alcoholic Drinks, Says Public Health Expert

Apr. 28, 2015 — Calorie counts should be mandatory on all alcoholic drinks as a matter of urgency, argues a leading public health doctor. She explains that, since 2011, packaged foods in the European Union have been ... read more

Uk Coalition Government Derailed Efforts to Reduce Salt in Food

Apr. 28, 2015 — A poor diet is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. Large amounts of salt, for example, are added to food by industry and eating too much can raise blood pressure, a major factor ... read more

Patient Portals Could Widen Health Disparities

Apr. 28, 2015 — Online patient portals are increasingly important for doctor-patient communication and access to health care information. But patient portals could widen the gap in health disparities. Patients with ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — In a study that looked at a handful of quality measures for chronic disease care, veterans who used both Veterans Affairs care and a Medicare Advantage plan during 2008 or 2009 did no better or worse ... read more

Transgender Patients Are Dodging Doctors

Apr. 24, 2015 — Discussing your sexual history with a doctor, or anyone for that matter, can be an uncomfortable experience. But for many transgender people, the conversation never takes place because they aren’t ... read more

Orphaned Boys as Vulnerable to Abuse as Girls

Apr. 24, 2015 — Orphaned children in low- and middle-income countries face a high risk of physical and sexual abuse and boys are as vulnerable as girls. Researchers have found that physical and sexual abuse affects ... read more

Alternative Providers of GP Services Perform Worse Than Traditional Practices

Apr. 23, 2015 — Alternative providers of primary care in the National Health Services in England, including private sector companies, do not perform as well as traditional GP practices. Alternative providers have ... read more

3.5 Million Extra Untreated Cases of Malaria and 11000 Additional Malaria Deaths in Ebola-Affected Countries in 2014

Apr. 23, 2015 — As many as 10900 extra malaria deaths may have occurred in 2014 due to the disruption of healthcare services in the three countries in west Africa currently experiencing widespread Ebola virus ... read more

Use of Oxygen Therapy Investigated Among COPD Patients

Apr. 23, 2015 — A new study about the use of oxygen to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease has found that the majority of patients receiving oxygen therapy were low-income, non-Hispanic white females about ... read more

Lessons to Be Learned from Caribbean Treatment of Mental Health

Apr. 22, 2015 — With Caribbean people in the UK nine times more likely than white British counterparts to be diagnosed with schizophrenia, a mental health researcher has visited Jamaica and Barbados to find out what ... read more

Treating Patients With Dignity, but What About Hands-on Care?

Apr. 22, 2015 — Health and social care professionals put a different emphasis on the meaning of dignity than their patients do, research suggests. Although the United Kingdom has well-established local and national ... read more

High-Level Commission Focuses on Law's Power to Significantly Improve World's Health

Apr. 21, 2015 — Law should be viewed as a major determinant of health and safety and can be utilized as a powerful and innovative tool to address pressing global health concerns, says a newly formed, high-level ... read more

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