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May 6, 2015

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May 6, 2015

Connecting Uninsured Patients to Primary Care Could Reduce Emergency Department Use

May 5, 2015 — An intervention to connect low-income uninsured and Medicaid patients to a reliable source of primary health care shows promise for reducing avoidable use of hospital emergency departments in ... read more

Primary Care Visits Available to Most Uninsured, but at a High Price

May 4, 2015 — Uninsured people in the United States don't have any more difficulty getting appointments with primary care doctors than those with insurance, but they get them at prices that are likely ... read more

Hot Under the Collar: The Untold Dangers Firefighters Face in the Line of Duty

May 4, 2015 — What do you think is the biggest cause of death for firefighters on duty? Well if your first thought was burns or smoke inhalation you'd be wrong. According to research, since 1977, sudden ... read more

Study Questions Quality of U.S. Health Data

Apr. 30, 2015 — Most U.S. clinical registries that collect data on patient outcomes are substandard and lack critical features necessary to render the information they collect useful for patients, physicians and ... read more

Worm Index Closely Associated With a Nation's Human Development Index

Apr. 30, 2015 — With the Millennium Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2000 coming to an end in 2015, and the new Sustainable Development Goals now in the works to establish a set of targets for ... read more

Percentage of Texans Without Health Insurance Drops Dramatically

Apr. 30, 2015 — The percentage of Texans without health insurance dropped 31 percent since enrollment began in the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplace, according to a new report. Despite this ... read more

Bottleneck Analysis Can Improve Care for Mothers and Newborns in Poor Settings

Apr. 30, 2015 — A new model for identifying “bottlenecks” when it comes to implementing health interventions for mothers and newborns in rural areas in low income countries has been presented by a team of ... read more

Calling 911 in Rural Areas Leads to Faster Heart Attack Care

Apr. 29, 2015 — Fifty-two percent of patients in rural areas with severe heart attacks drove themselves to the hospital or were driven in instead of calling 911. However, patients who called 911 got to the hospital ... read more

Pharmaceutical Industry Regulation Undermines NICE Drugs Appraisal Work in U.K., Experts Say

Apr. 29, 2015 — Government policies that support UK pharmaceutical science and enhance export income are costing the NHS millions and undermine the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, experts ... read more

Improved Sanitation May Reduce Sexual Violence in South African Townships

Apr. 29, 2015 — Improving access to public toilets in South African urban settlements may reduce both the incidence of sexual assaults by nearly 30 percent and the overall cost to ... read more

Medical Education Risks Becoming Two-Tiered Unless Strong Research Focus Is Preserved, Argue Medical Leaders

Apr. 29, 2015 — For more than 100 years, exposing students to basic and clinical research has been an essential component of a medical school education in the United States. However, today, new models of medical ... read more

Make Calorie Labels Compulsory on All Alcoholic Drinks, Says Public Health Expert

Apr. 28, 2015 — Calorie counts should be mandatory on all alcoholic drinks as a matter of urgency, argues a leading public health doctor. She explains that, since 2011, packaged foods in the European Union have been ... read more

Uk Coalition Government Derailed Efforts to Reduce Salt in Food

Apr. 28, 2015 — A poor diet is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. Large amounts of salt, for example, are added to food by industry and eating too much can raise blood pressure, a major factor ... read more

Patient Portals Could Widen Health Disparities

Apr. 28, 2015 — Online patient portals are increasingly important for doctor-patient communication and access to health care information. But patient portals could widen the gap in health disparities. Patients with ... read more

Scientists Confirm Impact of Submicroscopic Malarial Infections During Pregnancy

Apr. 27, 2015 — A scientific study conducted in Benin confirms the harmful impact of submicroscopic malarial infections during pregnancy. These complications include maternal anemia, premature births and low ... read more

Sexual Risk Reduction Intervention More Effective for Adolescent Boys Than Girls, New Research Shows

Apr. 27, 2015 — Nearly half of high school students in the U.S. have had sexual intercourse and one third did not use a condom during their last sexual encounter, this study examined whether an intensive ... read more

Health Insurance Coverage Among Cancer Patients Varies Greatly by Demographics and Cancer Type

Apr. 27, 2015 — Among patients with cancer, rates of health insurance coverage vary by patient demographics and by cancer type, a new analysis has found. The researchers found that younger, non-white, unmarried ... read more

Two Thirds of the World's Population Have No Access to Safe, Affordable Surgery

Apr. 27, 2015 — Millions of people are dying from common, easily treatable conditions like appendicitis, fractures, or obstructed labor because they do not have access to, or can't afford, proper surgical care, ... read more

Despite Warnings, Health Food Stores Recommend Over-the-Counter Dietary Supplements to Minors

Apr. 26, 2015 — Fifteen year olds are not only able to buy over-the-counter dietary supplements from a sampling of health food stores across the country, the staff at those stores actually went so far as to ... read more

Program Puts a Dent in Summer Hunger

Apr. 26, 2015 — When schools close their doors for the summer, many low-income children who rely on subsidized breakfasts and lunches don't know when they will get their next meal. An innovative program to fill ... read more

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