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July 3, 2015

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July 3, 2015

End Pharmacists' Monopoly on Selling Certain Drugs, Argues British Expert

July 1, 2015 — Evidence is lacking that having a category of drugs that can be sold only by pharmacists or under their supervision ('pharmacy medicines') has benefits, writes a pharmacy professor in a new ... read more

Should Drinking Water Be Centralized or Decentralized?

June 30, 2015 — A Canadian civil engineering graduate evaluates claims that more centralized US-style regulation of drinking water would improve outcomes for Canadians. The paper finds limited support for these ... read more

New Cardiac Arrest Recommendations: Increased CPR/AED Training Will Improve Survival Rates

June 30, 2015 — In response to a new Institute of Medicine report on improving cardiac arrest survival rates, the Red Cross is taking a key first step in convening those who can make a significant difference in ... read more

Hepatitis C: Life-Threatening Barriers in Access to Breakthrough Drugs in US

June 29, 2015 — Most states violate federal Medicaid law because they deny coverage for sofosbuvir, a new and highly effective treatment to cure hepatitis C. According to a team of researchers who examined Medicaid ... read more

Public Health Surveillance System May Underestimate Cases of Acute Hepatitis C Infection

June 29, 2015 — Massive under reporting may occur within the system set up by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to estimate the incidence of acute hepatitis C virus infection, a new study suggests. A ... read more

Experts Cover Korean MERS Outbreak in New Article

June 29, 2015 — An overview and analysis of the factors underlying the recent Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus outbreak in Korea has been published by ... read more

Scoring System Can Help Trauma Centers Improve Care During Surges in Trauma Cases

June 29, 2015 — A scoring system that can identify periods of high activity and increased trauma patient deaths in hospital emergency rooms may help hospitals better prepare for surges in trauma patient volume that ... read more

Interest in Child-Specific Nurse Practitioner Programs Dwindling Despite Strong Job Market for Graduates

June 29, 2015 — While the number of graduates from family or adult nurse practitioner programs continues to rise, student applications to pediatric and neonatal nurse practitioner programs are falling, a new study ... read more

New Strategies, Solutions to Fight Pediatric Asthma

June 27, 2015 — Low flu vaccination rates, medication compliance and limited access to primary care providers have contributed to the high pediatric asthma rates in California, researchers conclude. This new study ... read more

Children With Asthma Likely Born in Area With High Air Pollution

June 27, 2015 — Children who develop asthma in Toronto are more likely to have been born in a neighborhood that has a high level of traffic-related air pollution, new research ... read more

Fatalistic Beliefs May Prevent Appalachian Women from Completing HPV Vaccination Series

June 27, 2015 — Could a fatalistic attitude toward cervical cancer serve as a barrier to prevention of the disease? A recent study suggests a link between fatalistic beliefs and completion of the human ... read more

June 26, 2015 — What impact can exercise done early in life have on the propensity for exercising during the adult years? Researchers did experiments on mice in the lab to find out. They found that early-age ... read more

India's Abortion Law Puts Women at Risk, Should Be Changed, Experts Say

June 26, 2015 — Proposed amendments to India's abortion law are 'contradictory' and need 'urgent redrafting' to prevent women from making ill informed decisions and risking their lives with ... read more

Scientists Pinpoint Mutations Responsible for Ineffectiveness of 2014-2015 Flu Vaccine

June 25, 2015 — Viruses like influenza have the ability to mutate over time, and given that the flu vaccines administered during the 2014-2015 season were largely ineffective at preventing the spread of the flu, it ... read more

Infection Preventionists May Spend More Time Collecting Data Than Protecting Patients

June 25, 2015 — Collecting and reporting hospital infection data to federal health agencies takes more than five hours each day, at the expense of time needed to ensure that frontline healthcare personnel are ... read more

Investigation Examines Bitter Dispute Over E-Cigarettes in the Public Health Community

June 24, 2015 — An investigation reveals how the controversial concept of 'harm reduction', embraced enthusiastically by the tobacco industry, has sharply divided the public health community when it comes ... read more

Needle Exchanges Can Prevent More HIV Outbreaks Like One in Indiana

June 24, 2015 — Congress needs to immediately lift the ban on federal funding for needle exchange programs to counter the threat of HIV outbreaks among injection drug users like the one that has seen an alarming ... read more

As Smoking Declines, More Are Likely to Quit

June 24, 2015 — Smokeless tobacco and, more recently, e-cigarettes have been promoted as a harm reduction strategy for smokers who are “unable or unwilling to quit.” The strategy, embraced by both industry and ... read more

Geography Is Destiny in Deaths from Kidney Failure, Study Shows

June 24, 2015 — The notion that geography often shapes economic and political destiny has long informed the work of economists and political scholars. Now a study led by medical scientists reveals how geography also ... read more

Minority Students Are Underrepresented in Special Education

June 24, 2015 — A new federally funded study finds that racial, ethnic, and language minority elementary- and middle-school students are less likely than otherwise similar white, English-speaking children to be ... read more

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