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July 28, 2015

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July 28, 2015

Don't Make Me Wait: Doctor Appointment Availability Went Up After Michigan Medicaid Expansion

July 22, 2015 — Getting access to health insurance, and getting access to a doctor, are two very different things. But a new study suggests that the two have gone hand-in-hand in Michigan, despite a rapid influx of ... read more

Apartment Owners See Benefits to Going Smoke-Free

July 22, 2015 — A survey of 324 multiunit owners/operators in South Dakota showed that adopting smoke-free policies reduced maintenance costs while improving safety. State tobacco control officials have developed ... read more

For Kids With Injured Ankles, Less Treatment May Be More

July 20, 2015 — Emergency physicians can safely reduce X-rays in children with hurt ankles by as much as 23 percent and save emergency patients both money and time. These results of a cost analysis of the Low Risk ... read more

State Regulations Linked to Late Cancer Diagnoses

July 20, 2015 — States' regulations of health insurance and practitioners significantly influence when patients receive colorectal or breast cancer diagnoses, especially among people younger than the ... read more

Life-Saving Breast Cancer Drugs Going Untaken in Appalachia

July 20, 2015 — Nearly one-third of breast cancer survivors in Appalachia are not taking the critical, potentially life-saving follow-up treatment -- despite having insurance that would pay for it, a troubling new ... read more

Most Chronic Pain Patients Use Alternative Therapies, but Many Don't Tell Their Doctors

July 20, 2015 — More than half of chronic pain patients in a managed care setting reported using chiropractic care or acupuncture or both, but many of these patients didn't discuss this care with their primary ... read more

Highly Qualified Healthcare Workers With Migrant Background: Loss to the Country of Origin, Too Little Opportunity in Destination Country

July 20, 2015 — A recent intercontinental study using the example of women from sub-Saharan Africa has shown that, on the one hand, there is a shortage of qualified healthcare professionals but, on the other, huge ... read more

What Are the Causes and Effects of Increased Gaming in Adolescent Girls and Boys?

July 17, 2015 — Technological innovations, multiple genres, online gaming and mobile apps have led gaming to become big business. Call of Duty Black Ops sold 1.4 million copies and registered 2.6 million Xbox Live ... read more

Grandparents' Affection Piling on the Pounds in Chinese Children

July 17, 2015 — Affection from grandparents towards their grandchildren may play a major role in contributing to the childhood obesity pandemic in China, new research reveals. Chinese children who are mainly cared ... read more

July 16, 2015 — In the first study that looks at a variety of health-care providers and their implicit attitudes towards lesbian women and gay men, researchers found there is widespread implicit bias toward lesbian ... read more

Health Researchers Far Behind Industry Using Automation, Leaves Critical Research Unfunded

July 16, 2015 — The National Institutes of Health has experienced funding cuts even as the number of scientists has grown significantly. University laboratories are closing, faculty positions are being cut, less ... read more

How Can You Plan for Events That Are Unlikely, Hard to Predict and Highly Disruptive Should They Occur?

July 16, 2015 — The Ebola epidemic and resulting international public health emergency is referred to as a “Black Swan” event in medical circles because of its unpredictable and impactful nature. However, a new ... read more

Many Opioid Overdoses Linked to Lower Prescribed Doses, Intermittent Use

July 15, 2015 — Overdoses of opioid pain medications frequently occur in people who aren't chronic users with high prescribed opioid doses -- the groups targeted by current opioid prescribing guidelines, ... read more

Rates of Drunk Driving Tied to State Alcohol Policies

July 15, 2015 — States with more restrictive alcohol policies and regulations have lower rates of self-reported drunk driving, according to a new ... read more

Pneumonia Investment Doesn't Match Mortality Burden

July 15, 2015 — UK investment in pneumonia research is lacking when compared to spending on influenza and tuberculosis, according to a new study. By calculating the amount spent on researching respiratory infections ... read more

Key Measure of Hospital Quality Does Not Give Accurate Indication of Avoidable Deaths

July 14, 2015 — Standardized mortality ratios for hospitals do not provide an accurate picture of how many deaths could have been avoided, according to a new ... read more

Teen Birth, Mental Health Lead Child Hospitalizations in Texas

July 14, 2015 — From 2004 to 2010 in Texas, mental illness was the most common reason for the hospitalization of children ages 10-14 while pregnancy/birth was the most common reason for the hospitalization of ... read more

Obesity-Related Behaviors Increase When School's out

July 14, 2015 — Regardless of family income, children on summer break consume more sugar, watch more television, and eat fewer vegetables than the rest of the year, according to researchers. Although ... read more

Nixoncare Vs. Obamacare: Comparing the Rhetoric and Reality of Two Health Plans

July 13, 2015 — Few people today would dare call President Richard Nixon a radical liberal. But 44 years ago, he proposed a health plan that went far beyond what today's Affordable Care Act includes. After the ... read more

Donor Funds Fall Short for Key Global Health Functions

July 12, 2015 — Some $22 billion was spent on global health aid in 2013, yet only a fifth of this went toward such global imperatives as research on diseases that disproportionally affect the poor, outbreak ... read more

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