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May 23, 2015

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May 23, 2015

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

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

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

Tackling Obesity Needs a Number of Magic Bullets

May 15, 2015 — No one health issue has the most impact on human health, or engenders more debate about how to tackle it, than obesity. It has become the scourge of the health agenda, especially in the west, and it ... read more

Recreational Drug Use on Weekends Often Morphs Into Daily Use, Study Finds

May 13, 2015 — More than half of patients who report 'weekend-only' drug use end up expanding their drug use to weekdays, too -- suggesting that primary care clinicians should monitor patients who ... read more

Patient-Centered Outcomes Studies Needed in Pain Management

May 14, 2015 — People suffering chronic pain have valuable information to share about their condition and overall health that can help pain researchers and physicians in treatment planning, according to ... read more

New Analytics Model Predicts Readmission of Congestive Heart Failure Patients

May 14, 2015 — Readmission of patients with chronic diseases is a growing problem, costing the U.S. health-care system about $25 billion each year. Researchers have developed a predictive analytics model that can ... read more

Unemployment Linked to Rise in Prostate Cancer Deaths

May 14, 2015 — The knock-on effects of the economic downturn have been explored in economy and psychology. Now researchers are examining the effects of unemployment on an even darker subject - cancer ... read more

Public Health Advisories Linked With Reduction of Codeine Dispensing to Postpartum Women

May 12, 2015 — Public health advisories from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada were associated with significant reductions in the rate of dispensing of codeine to postpartum women, ... read more

Playing Games Can Shift Attitudes, Study Shows

May 13, 2015 — A research laboratory is working to quantify the effects of playing games. In a study, researchers found that attitudes toward public health issues shift to be more accepting and understanding after ... read more

How to Build a New Global Health Framework

May 7, 2015 — Can a true, robust global health framework be created to help prevent tragedies like Ebola while at the same time allow countries to meet everyday health needs? Global health and law experts say it ... read more

Inconsistent Medicaid Expansion Would Widen Disparities in Screenings for Women's Cancers

May 12, 2015 — Researchers recently conducted a study that found low-income and uninsured women in states that are not expanding their Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid coverage are less likely to receive breast ... read more

Global Health Leaders Call for Global Biomedical Research and Development Fund, Mechanism

May 11, 2015 — World leaders should consider the establishment of a global biomedical research and development fund and a mechanism to address the dearth in innovation for today's most pressing global health ... read more

Antibiotic Resistant Typhoid Detected in Countries Around the World

May 11, 2015 — There is an urgent need to develop global surveillance against the threat to public health caused by antimicrobial resistant pathogens, which can cause serious and untreatable infections in humans. ... read more

40 Million Deaths a Year Go Unrecorded, Study Shows; Mobile Phone Data Collection Could Crack the Problem

May 11, 2015 — In a sobering finding for global health authorities and governments around the world, a group of leading epidemiologists say two in three deaths globally – or 40 million people - go unreported. And ... read more

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