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May 29, 2015

US Healthcare: Medication Data Provides Insights Into Who Is Covered by ACA

May 27, 2015 — As the US Supreme Court considers the legality of tax subsidies to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), an investigation provides an unprecedented look at prescription data ... read more

Congressional Action Needed to Optimize Regulation of Genomic Tests

May 27, 2015 — Latest generation genomic testing offers a chance for improvements in patient care, disease prevention and healthcare cost-effectiveness. A new report recommends that Congress incentivize development ... read more

ER Doctors Stress Need for Good Communications With Police

May 26, 2015 — Not surprisingly, differences of opinion arise from time to time over a health care worker's duty to protect patient privacy and the police need to conduct a criminal investigation. A good ... read more

Time to Move Beyond 'Medieval' Cyber Security Approach, Expert Says

May 21, 2015 — The nation's approach to cyber security has much in common with medieval defense tactics, and that needs to change, says a cyber security ... read more

Occupational Sun-Safety Policies Examined for Local Government Workers in Colorado

May 20, 2015 — Few local government organizations in Colorado had policies on environmental controls, such as the provision of outdoor shade, or administrative procedures, including training and resource ... read more

Nerve Tracts for the Smart City

May 19, 2015 — The Smart City is one of today's major hypes. Everything is to become more progressive, more efficient, cleaner. A lot of projects are working towards this goal. What is lacking, however, is a ... read more

Beyond Facebook: The Social Media Alternatives Project

May 14, 2015 — Researchers are scouring the Internet for what they call "alternative social media" sites and services built as a critical response to corporate social media. He is cataloging what he finds ... 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

Should Malpractice Settlements Be Secret? Nondisclosure Agreements in Medical Malpractice

May 11, 2015 — A review of medical malpractice claim files at an academic medical center found that while most settlements included nondisclosure clauses there was little standardization or consistency in their ... read more

Political Talk on Facebook Mirrors Political Talk Offline

May 12, 2015 — Researchers found political discussions conducted on social networking sites like Facebook mirror traditional offline discussions and don't provide a window into previously untapped participants ... read more

May 6, 2015 — Storms are capable of paralyzing entire cities. Only recently, in the first week of April, large parts of Germany were deprived of power due to hurricane-force winds. Rail services were cancelled, ... read more

Should Voting Be Compulsory or Should We Have a Right Not to Vote?

Apr. 28, 2015 — Each year, millions of people fail to vote without reproach. Does abstention constitute a citizen's right not to vote? A new article explores whether we have a legal right to a 'no ... read more

Social Consequences of Digital Inequality

Apr. 9, 2015 — Digital inequalities, defined broadly in terms of people’s internet usage, skills and self-perceptions, should be considered as important as the ‘traditional axes of inequality’ with which we ... read more

Social Media Study of Pinterest to Clinical Practice Effectiveness

Mar. 30, 2015 — Aside from the societal increase and prevalence of social media, a researcher has discovered that doctors and patients sometimes blur lines of their relationships. Instances where social media ... read more

Will You Ever Pay Off Your Student Loan?

Mar. 25, 2015 — Would-be participants of higher education must be given full and transparent advice before they accumulate debts as students that follow them into the workplace, according to a new ... read more

The Challenges for Anthropologists When They're the Expert in the Courtroom

Mar. 24, 2015 — Researchers are examining the intellectual, practical and ethical challenges for anthropologists when they're hired to serve as expert ... read more

Simple Tasks Help Protect Your Credit

Mar. 23, 2015 — With mega data breaches coming from entities such as retail stores, insurance providers and restaurant chains, someone could more easily gain access to personal financial information that consumers ... read more

The Price of Protection: Abused Women and Earnings

Mar. 6, 2015 — 'Why doesn't she just leave?' is a timeworn question about women trapped in relationships that are physically and/or emotionally abusive to them. Economic dependence is clearly part of ... read more

First Validated Method of Detecting Drugs of Abuse in Exhaled Breath

Mar. 6, 2015 — Drug testing is most commonly performed using urine samples. The methodology and regulations for reliable urine testing are well developed and can be considered the current gold standard for drug ... read more

You Can't Take Your Genes With You: Strategies to Share Genetic Information After Death

Mar. 2, 2015 — Does the child of a person with a heritable form of cancer have the right to access their parent's genetic information after death? What if no consent was ever established? Biomedical ethicists ... read more

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