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December 1, 2015

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December 1, 2015

Optimal Global C-Section Rate May Be as High as 19 Percent to Save Lives of Mothers, Infants

Dec. 1, 2015 — New research examining the relationship between C-section rates and maternal and neonatal mortality in 194 countries concludes that as the country-level C-section rate increases up to 19 percent, ... read more

Level of Computer Use in Clinical Encounters Associated With Patient Satisfaction

Nov. 30, 2015 — Patients at safety-net hospital clinics where there was high computer use by clinicians were less likely to rate their care as excellent, according to an ... read more

Medicaid Expansion Improves Breast Cancer Screening for Low-Income Women

Nov. 30, 2015 — Low-income women in Medicaid expansion states in the US are more likely to have a breast screening performed than those in non-expansion states, according to new ... read more

NTDs Disproportionately Found in Areas of Poverty in Islamic Nations

Nov. 25, 2015 — The Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation is an inter-governmental organization of 57 Muslim-majority countries with a mission to promote human rights and advance science and technology ... read more

Racial, Ethnic Disparities in Unintended Pregnancy Explained

Nov. 23, 2015 — A new study examined why African American and Hispanic women have higher rates of unintended pregnancy than White women, and found that unique factors explained the differences in unintended ... read more

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

Prostate Cancer Screening Drops Dramatically in Middle-Aged Men

Nov. 17, 2015 — Prostate-specific antigen testing has dropped significantly in middle-aged men after a 2012 recommendation that all men should not be routinely screened for prostate cancer, according to a new ... 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

Tougher Disability Benefit Assessment May Have Taken 'Serious' Toll on Mental Health

Nov. 16, 2015 — The introduction of a more stringent test to assess eligibility for disability benefit in England may have taken a 'serious' toll on the nation's mental health, concludes new ... read more

Nearly Half of Hepatitis C Patients on Medicaid Denied Coverage for Life-Saving Drugs

Nov. 16, 2015 — Nearly 50 percent of Medicaid patients infected with chronic hepatitis C whose doctors had prescribed newer, life-saving antiviral drugs were denied coverage to the therapies because they ... read more

Lifesaving Approach to Screening for Colon Cancer Steps Forward

Nov. 16, 2015 — Mailing yearly stool kits -- an alternative to the often-dreaded colonoscopy -- has helped an organization to boost rates of lifesaving screening for colon cancer, according to new research. Mailing ... 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

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