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November 27, 2015

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November 27, 2015

Complex Hospital Infection Data Confuses Consumers

Nov. 23, 2015 — Patients have difficulty deciphering complex numeric data on healthcare-associated infections used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to help consumers choose hospitals, according to a ... read more

Law Experts Propose Revisions for International Health Regulations

Nov. 23, 2015 — A trio of global health law experts warn the window for fundamental reform of the International Health Regulations -- opened by the Ebola epidemic -- is 'rapidly ... read more

Independent Panel of Global Experts Calls for Critical Reforms to Prevent Future Pandemics

Nov. 23, 2015 — A hard-hitting analysis of the global response to the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been issued by an independent group of 20 experts from around the ... read more

UK Health Professionals Unite for Stronger Measures to Tackle Climate Change

Nov. 19, 2015 — As world leaders prepare to meet in Paris for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, UK health professionals have formed an alliance of doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals to ... read more

Has Syria Painted a Target on Medical Teams Around the World?

Nov. 18, 2015 — Even in war, hospitals have a kind of invisible bubble around them. But in Syria, that bubble has burst dozens of times, says a new report. And that may put medical facilities and workers in other ... read more

Ethnicity Does Not Predict Type of End-of-Life Care Patients Want, Study Shows

Nov. 18, 2015 — Ethnicity does not predict the type of end-of-life care people want, according to a ... read more

Minority Patients Less Likely to Receive Analgesic Medications for Abdominal Pain

Nov. 17, 2015 — Minority patients with acute abdominal pain are less likely to receive analgesic medications, compared to their white counterparts, new American research ... read more

Researchers Find New Risk Posed by Opioid Pain Medication

Nov. 17, 2015 — Patients with no recent history of taking opioid pain medication had a 25 percent higher risk of chronically using the drugs if they received them when discharged from the hospital, according to ... read more

What Leads to the Local Adoption and Implementation of Recreational Marijuana Policies?

Nov. 17, 2015 — When states move to legalize marijuana, local governments are faced with enacting -- or in some cases restricting -- the policy change in their jurisdictions. Using Colorado as a case study, a new ... read more

New Guideline for Treating Acne in Children and Adults

Nov. 16, 2015 — A new guideline aims to help Canadian physicians, nurses and pharmacists treat children and adults with acne, a disease that can severely affect quality of life. The guideline updates the previous ... read more

China Continues to Lag in Effective Tobacco Control, Studies Show

Nov. 16, 2015 — Efforts over the past seven years to reduce tobacco use in China have been strikingly ineffective and leave tobacco use a top threat to the health and economic well-being of the world's largest ... read more

Population Health Promotion: Stratified Approach for Cardiovascular Health

Nov. 16, 2015 — Promoting cardiovascular health worldwide, experts discuss how the practice of medicine will change to reflect an increase in ambulatory ... read more

Kids With Medicaid, CHIP Get More Preventive Care Than Those With Private Insurance

Nov. 16, 2015 — Children insured by Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) were more likely to get preventive medical and dental care than privately insured children in a study that compared ... read more

Alzheimer's Patients' Health Care Costs Higher Already Before Diagnosis: Finnish Study

Nov. 16, 2015 — The health care costs of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease (AD) start to increase already one year before the diagnosis, shows a new study. The differences in the health care costs ... read more

Nov. 16, 2015 — More than three fourths of both teens and adults say e-cigarettes should be restricted in public spaces, come with health warnings and be taxed like conventional ... read more

Researchers Call for Next Chapter in Improving Patient Safety by Reducing Misdiagnosis

Nov. 14, 2015 — Approximately 12 million people in the United States experience diagnostic errors annually, but it is time for a change, according to experts, who say that by reducing misdiagnosis, patient safety is ... read more

'You Can Always Look Better:' On Norms and Ideals in Dental Care

Nov. 13, 2015 — The dental care industry spends a lot of time on supporting young people as they get through their often long and difficult orthodontic treatment. A new study has looked at the importance of norms ... read more

Large Study Sums Up Health Issues for New Child Refugees to U.S.

Nov. 13, 2015 — For refugee children newly arrived in the US, hepatitis B, tuberculosis, parasitic worms, high blood lead levels and anemia are among the top public health concerns covered by screening programs. In ... read more

Reducing Misdiagnosis: Time for the Next Chapter in Improving Patient Safety

Nov. 12, 2015 — Diagnostic errors involve several types of missed opportunities to make a correct and timely diagnosis; a diagnosis may be missed completely, the wrong one may be provided, or diagnosis may be ... read more

Researchers Call for Investment in Cancer Control in Low And Middle-Income Countries

Nov. 12, 2015 — Investments in cancer control -- prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and palliative care -- are increasingly needed in low- and, particularly, middle-income countries, where most of the ... read more

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