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February 6, 2016

Study Measures Impact of Removing Planned Parenthood from Texas Women's Health Program

Feb. 4, 2016 — The public defunding of Planned Parenthood in Texas may have led to a decrease in highly effective forms of contraceptive services and an increase in Medicaid-paid childbirths among women who ... read more

Syrian Aid: Lack of Evidence for 'Interventions That Work,' Say Researchers

Feb. 4, 2016 — The lack of an evidence base in the donor-funded response to Syrian migrant crisis means funds may be allocated to ineffective interventions, say researchers, who call on funders and policymakers in ... read more

What's the Impact of New Marijuana Laws? The Data So Far

Feb. 3, 2016 — How has new legislation affected marijuana use in the United States? The best available data suggest that marijuana use is increasing in adults but not teens, with a decrease in marijuana-related ... read more

Use of and Barriers to Access to Opioid Analgesics Worldwide

Feb. 3, 2016 — Use of common opioid painkillers such as codeine, morphine and oxycodone has more than quadrupled in Australia over the past decade and doubled worldwide over the same period. Yet at the same time ... read more

Rate of Office Visits, Cumulative Costs Prior to Colonoscopies for Colon Cancer Screening

Feb. 2, 2016 — Researchers analyzed billing data to determine the proportion of colonoscopies for colon cancer screening and polyp surveillance that were preceded by office visits and the associated payments for ... read more

Experts Cite Multiple Contacts for Hepatitis C Virus Exposure in Ghana

Feb. 1, 2016 — West African residents have frequent opportunities for exposure to the hepatitis C virus, according to a new comprehensive ... read more

Uncovering the Financial Ties of Advocates for Cancer Drug Approval

Feb. 1, 2016 — Speakers who nominally represent cancer patients at advisory meetings on new drugs often have financial ties with the company seeking marketing approval. And those ties aren't always disclosed, ... read more

Appalachia Continues to Have Higher Cancer Rates Than the Rest of US, but Gap Is Narrowing

Feb. 1, 2016 — Men and women in Appalachia continue to have higher cancer incidence rates compared with those in the rest of the United States regardless of race or location. The disparity is attributed in part to ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — An online 'pop quiz' researchers developed in 2009 shows promising accuracy in predicting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in young women, although not, apparently, in young ... read more

United States Has Greater Link Between Low Birth Weight, Inequality, Study Shows

Jan. 29, 2016 — New research found that while low birth weight was linked to lower income and education levels in four comparable countries, that connection was most persistent in the United ... read more

Most Uninsured Texans Say Cost of Health Insurance Too High

Jan. 29, 2016 — Almost 70 percent of uninsured Texans said the high cost of health insurance is the reason they remain uninsured, according to a new report. The report found less than 20 percent of uninsured Texans ... read more

Clashes With Cops More Injurious Than Civilian-Only Skirmishes

Jan. 29, 2016 — People hospitalized due to an encounter with a law enforcement officer are more likely to have a mental illness, have longer hospitalizations, more injuries to the back and spine, and greater need ... read more

Refugee Women at Higher Risk of Preterm Birth, Study Finds

Jan. 29, 2016 — Refugee women who come to Canada have greater risk of giving birth prematurely than non-refugee immigrants, a Canadian study shows. Preterm or premature birth describes infants who are born before 37 ... read more

Minorities Had Lower Risk of Coronary Heart Disease Than Whites, Study Shows

Jan. 28, 2016 — In a study of more than 1.3 million members in Northern California that stretched over 10 years, researchers found that blacks, Latinos and Asians generally had lower risk of coronary heart disease ... read more

Maya Healers' Conception of Cancer May Help Bridge Gap in Multicultural Settings Care

Jan. 28, 2016 — Understanding and integrating patients’ cultural beliefs into cancer treatment plans may help improve their acceptance of and adherence to treatment in multicultural settings. Researchers examined ... read more

New Programs Help Prepare Low-Income Children for School Success

Jan. 28, 2016 — New pediatric programs report an increase school readiness in children of low-income ... read more

Transplant Centers Often Reject Potential Donor Livers for Sickest Patients in Need

Jan. 27, 2016 — As patients in desperate need of a liver transplant lay waiting, many livers that might give them a new life go unused by centers across America, according to new ... read more

Emerging Zika Pandemic Requires More WHO Action Now, Experts Say

Jan. 27, 2016 — The World Health Organization's Director-General should convene 'urgently' a meeting of International Health Regulations' Emergency Committee to advise on the emerging Zika ... read more

High Drug Price Trend Has 'Infected' Generics, Experts Say

Jan. 27, 2016 — Pharmaceutical companies use several strategies to keep affordable generic drugs from the market, illustrating an emerging trend that authors say is becoming as harmful to consumers as high-cost ... read more

Cancer in China

Jan. 26, 2016 — There were 4.3 million new cancer cases and more than 2.8 million cancer deaths in China in 2015, with lung cancer the most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in China, a new report ... read more

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