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October 27, 2016

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October 27, 2016

New Effort Aims to Prevent Surgery-Related Opioid Addiction Across Michigan

Oct. 24, 2016 — With 40 percent of opioid medications in Michigan prescribed by surgeons, a team has launched an effort to encourage safer prescribing across the state, and a map of drug takeback ... read more

Patients Weigh in on Orthopedic Surgeons' Pay, Reimbursement

Oct. 20, 2016 — Most patients don’t think an orthopedic surgeon is overpaid but they greatly exaggerate how much a surgeon is reimbursed by Medicare for performing knee surgery, according to a study of patient ... read more

Texas Must Reduce Nonmedical Exemptions to Vaccinations

Oct. 20, 2016 — As one of the states with the least restrictive vaccine exemption laws in the country, Texas should make the process of obtaining nonmedical exemptions more rigorous to avoid the public health risks ... read more

Reshaping the Future of Global Clinical Trials Practice

Oct. 19, 2016 — A new international guideline has been developed to help standardize how results from clinical trial studies are reported. This new guideline could increase the efficiency and value of clinical ... read more

Medical Ethicists Challenge Court Ruling on Lethal Injection in Alabama Case

Oct. 18, 2016 — Court orders demanding death row inmates to provide "specific, detailed and concrete alternatives" to a state's lethal injection protocol compel those inmates to produce evidence that ... read more

Foster Care Children at Much Greater Risk of Physical, Mental Health Problems

Oct. 17, 2016 — Children who have been in the U.S. foster care system are at a significantly higher risk of mental and physical health problems – ranging from learning disabilities, developmental delays and ... read more

Teens Light Up Cigarettes to Slim Down

Oct. 13, 2016 — Many doctors and public health experts assume that people smoke cigarettes simply because they're addicted to the nicotine. But a group of researchers has found that overweight and obese teens ... read more

Link Found Between Marriage Attitudes, Risky Sexual Behaviors Across Ethnic Groups

Oct. 13, 2016 — Attitudes and desires about marriage can place young people on trajectories toward or away from healthy sexual behaviors, research has found. This is the first study to investigate links between ... read more

Researchers Study Diagnostic Error in Asthma, COPD

Oct. 13, 2016 — A $1.5 million grant has been awarded to a research team to study the impact of diagnostic error on outcomes for pulmonary patients and the use of lung-function testing in primary care. Studies ... read more

Preventing Child Obesity in the Next Generation Must Start Before Conception

Oct. 13, 2016 — The key to preventing obesity in future generations is to make their parents healthier before they conceive, leading health researchers ... read more

New Data from National Violent Death Reporting System Shed Light on Law Enforcement Officer Deaths, Their Use of Lethal Force

Oct. 13, 2016 — Violence-related deaths, including homicides and suicides, are an urgent public health problem, according experts. Their commentary and contributions by other noted experts in the supplement to the ... read more

Raising Soda Taxes May Sound Good, but Likely to Fall Flat With US Consumers

Oct. 12, 2016 — The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended governments raise taxes on sugary drinks and increase subsidies on fruits and vegetables, in an effort to fight global obesity and diabetes. An ... read more

High-Dose Influenza Vaccine Is Expected to Provide Cost Savings and Better Outcomes Compared to Standard-Dose Influenza Vaccine in Canadian Seniors

Oct. 11, 2016 — Seasonal influenza is a global public health concern. The World Health Organization estimates 3-5 million cases of severe infection annually, resulting in up to half a million deaths. In ... read more

New Report on Medicaid Payment Reform at Community Health Centers

Oct. 11, 2016 — A new report on Medicaid payment reform and community health centers reviews the key elements of Medicaid’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) payment rules, describes the flexibility ... read more

Largest Soda Companies in U.S. Sponsored Multiple National Health Organizations

Oct. 10, 2016 — America's two largest soda companies sponsored at least 96 national health organizations from 2011 to 2015, dampening the health groups' support of legislation to reduce soda consumption ... read more

Failures in Mental Health System Flagged in New Report in England

Oct. 10, 2016 — Significant numbers of people with learning disabilities, particularly very young adults, remain inappropriately incarcerated in English hospitals, new research ... read more

Obesity-Linked Conditions Are Projected to Rise Sharply in Children

Oct. 10, 2016 — Researchers' global estimates indicate that by 2025, some 268 million children aged 5 to 17 years may be overweight, including 91 million obese, assuming no policy interventions have proven ... read more

UK's Approach to Health Needs Radical Rethinking, Experts Say

Oct. 7, 2016 — As the NHS lurches from crisis to crisis, the UK’s approach to health needs radical rethinking to create a healthy and health-creating society. Just as the founding of the NHS in 1948 was a great ... read more

Most Gay Men Not Aware of Treatment to Protect Them from HIV

Oct. 5, 2016 — Only four in 10 gay and bisexual men in Baltimore without HIV are aware that pre-exposure prophylaxis medication (PrEP) may significantly reduce their risk of contracting the virus, even those who ... read more

Empowering Diabetes Patients Through Technology

Sep. 28, 2016 — Researchers have received a five-year, $4 million federal grant to study how mobile technology can assist African American and Hispanic patients in adhering to their diabetes treatment ... read more

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