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December 2, 2015

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December 2, 2015

State Workers' Compensation Policies Affect Costs, Disability Time

Dec. 1, 2015 — Certain workers' compensation (WC) policies explain much of the state-level variation in costs and outcomes of claims for low back pain (LBP), reports an American ... read more

Why Some People Would Pay for a Drug They Probably Won't Ever Need

Dec. 1, 2015 — A sick person is obviously willing to pay for a good medical treatment, but economists have found that healthy people are potentially a much broader, if largely overlooked, market for medical ... read more

Physicians and Burnout: It's Getting Worse

Dec. 1, 2015 — Burnout among US physicians is getting worse. An update from a three-year study evaluating burnout and work-life balance shows that American physicians are worse off today than they were three years ... read more

Higher Cigarette Taxes Linked to Fewer Infant Deaths

Dec. 1, 2015 — Higher taxes and prices for cigarettes are strongly associated with lower infant mortality rates in the United States, according to a new study. The association was stronger for African American ... read more

Lower Survival Rates in Women With Breast Cancer Diagnosed With Depression

Nov. 30, 2015 — Women with breast cancer who subsequently had a recorded diagnosis of depression had a 45% higher risk of death from all causes, according to a study. The researchers suggest this finding could help ... read more

Genetic Study of Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease Could Lead to Better Treatments

Nov. 30, 2015 — Genetic variation in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) appears to play a major role in determining how sick they will become and could provide a road map for more effective ... read more

Sleep Gene Found to Be Linked to Heart Failure

Nov. 30, 2015 — A gene that, when working properly, appears to reduce the risk of heart failure and improve treatment outcomes has been identified by researchers, highlighting a possible target for the development ... read more

First Outcomes Report from Novel Heart Surgery Registry Shows Excellent Results for TAVR

Nov. 30, 2015 — Four years after its approval in the United States, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) continues to evolve and demonstrate positive outcomes for patients with aortic stenosis, a common ... 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

Promising New Antimicrobials Could Fight Drug-Resistant MRSA Infection

Nov. 30, 2015 — A novel class of antimicrobials that inhibits the function of a key disease-causing component of bacteria could be effective in fighting methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), one of the ... read more

Method to Prevent Lethal Bone Marrow Transplant Complication Discovered

Nov. 30, 2015 — Researchers discover method to prevent graft-versus-host disease, a dangerous and common complication of bone marrow ... 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

Imaging Identifies Cartilage Regeneration in Long-Distance Runners

Nov. 30, 2015 — Using a mobile MRI truck, researchers followed runners for 4,500 kilometers through Europe to study the physical limits and adaptation of athletes over a 64-day period, according to new ... read more

Reduced Blood Flow Seen in Brain After Clinical Recovery of Acute Concussion

Nov. 30, 2015 — Some athletes who experience sports-related concussions have reduced blood flow in parts of their brains even after clinical recovery, according to new research. The results suggest a role for MRI in ... read more

Nov. 27, 2015 — Even patients over the age of 75 may recover from severe traumatic brain injury, suggests new research. This is the first study to describe the results of surgically treated elderly patients with ... read more

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Can Help Overcome Fear of the Dentist

Nov. 27, 2015 — Cognitive behavioral therapy could help many people with a dental phobia overcome their fear of visiting the dentist and enable them to receive dental treatment without the need to be sedated, ... read more

Personally Tailored Diabetes Care Reduces Mortality in Women, but Not Men, Study Suggests

Nov. 27, 2015 — A follow-up study to assess the effects of personally tailored diabetes care in general practice has revealed that such care reduces mortality (both all-cause and diabetes-related), in women, but not ... read more

Neuromyelitis Optica: Conventional Therapies Do Not Achieve the Best Results

Nov. 26, 2015 — Medical professionals have compared different treatment methods for Neuromyelitis optica, an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system. It turned out that the best results were not achieved ... read more

Harmful Use of Topical Steroids in India Is out of Control, Says Expert

Nov. 25, 2015 — The widespread misuse of skin creams and lotions that contain steroids in India is harmful and out of control, argues an ... read more

Patient Deaths Do Not Increase During Doctor Strikes

Nov. 25, 2015 — As doctors in England prepare for strike action next month, researchers show that, in high-income countries, 'patients do not come to serious harm during industrial action provided that ... read more

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