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July 29, 2016

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July 29, 2016

New Cloud-Computing Platform to Further the Analysis of Microbial Genomes

July 29, 2016 — A cloud-based microbial bioinformatics resource has been developed by researchers, which is believed to be the largest of its kind in the ... read more

Allaying Fears: Patient Safety Found to Be Unaffected by Disruption of Switching to Electronic Health Records

July 28, 2016 — As more and more hospitals move from old record keeping to digital electronic health record systems, some health-care experts have expressed fears the transition may disrupt care and lead to a spike ... read more

Medicaid Expansion Increased Medicaid Enrollment Among Liver Transplant Recipients

July 26, 2016 — Researchers have found that Medicaid expansion increased Medicaid enrollment among people who received liver transplants funded by commercial ... read more

New Era in Global Fightback Against Deadly Antibiotic Resistance

July 26, 2016 — 2016 marks the year a ‘long overdue’ scientific fightback against the threat of antibiotic resistance finally gets ... read more

National Survey Says Many, Not All, Open to Doctors Talking About Guns

July 25, 2016 — In perhaps the first national survey of its kind, two-thirds of people sampled said it is at least sometimes appropriate for health care providers to talk to patients about firearms. The remainder ... read more

Blood Disorders Cost €23 Billion to European Economy

July 22, 2016 — Healthcare costs per patient with blood cancers are two times higher than average cancer costs, due to long hospital stays and complex treatment and diagnosis, a new report ... read more

July 21, 2016 — A new project to promote the use of pharmacogenetics -- the study of how genetics influence drug response -- has the goal of improving medication safety and ... read more

Policy Makers Must Act to Reduce Energy Drinks Consumption by Children, Adolescents, Says New Report

July 21, 2016 — UK policy makers must act against excessive energy drinks consumption by children and young people, argues a new ... read more

Majority of Physicians Have Favorite Patients, Study Finds

July 20, 2016 — Physicians like the majority of their patients, but a majority like some more than others, a study indicates. This study is thought to be among the first to explore the positive aspects of ... read more

Rationing Healthcare: More Than Half of US Doctors Say No to Clinical Services

July 20, 2016 — More than half of US physicians included in a national survey have withheld certain medical interventions with small benefits from their patients because of the cost-implications these hold. Such ... read more

Ship Engine Emissions Adversely Affect Macrophages

July 19, 2016 — Ship emissions adversely affect the health of inhabitants of coastal regions. This was the main finding of a study on the influence of ship engine emissions on macrophages in the lungs. Since ... read more

Medication Costs Likely to Jump This Year in the US

July 18, 2016 — Prescription medication costs are expected to rise at least 11 percent, and possibly up to 13 percent, in 2016, according to a new report on American national trends and projections in prescription ... read more

Loss of Employer-Based Health Insurance in Early Retirement Affects Mental, Physical Health

July 18, 2016 — The loss of private health insurance from an employer can lead to poorer mental and physical health as older adults transition to early retirement, according to a ... read more

Quality of Care in VA Health Care System Compares Well to Other Settings

July 18, 2016 — The quality of health care provided to US military veterans in Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities compares favorably with the treatment and services delivered outside the VA. In fact, VA facilities ... read more

Global Experts Call on UN to Mobilize a Global Action Plan to Widen Access to Antibiotics

July 15, 2016 — Today some of the world's experts on antibiotic resistance called on the UN to act to reduce the growing number of deaths due to limited access to effective ... read more

Nearly a Third of Hispanics in Texas Don't Have Health Insurance

July 14, 2016 — The percentage of Hispanics in Texas without health insurance has dropped by 30 percent since the Affordable Care Act went into effect, but almost one-third of Hispanic Texans ages 18 to 64 remain ... read more

Team-Trained Health Care Staff Can Reduce Patient Deaths by 15 Percent

July 14, 2016 — Team training of health care employees can reduce patient mortality by 15 percent, according to a new study. These study results are encouraging and demonstrate that health care organizations can see ... read more

Which Strategies Are Most Effective for Reducing Use of Low-Value Health Services?

July 13, 2016 — A new study is the first systematic literature review to examine the entire field of interventions designed to reduce low-value care. It also outlines which strategies are potentially the most ... read more

Nivolumab Cost-Effectiveness Improves by Selecting Non-Squamous NSCLC PD-L1+ Patients

July 13, 2016 — Nivolumab (NIV), a checkpoint inhibitor approved for all squamous and non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients in 2015, is not cost-effective when compared to treatment with docetaxel ... read more

Possible to Account for Disadvantaged Populations in Medicare's Payment Programs

July 13, 2016 — Medicare's value-based payment programs could take into account social risk factors -- such as low socio-economic position, residence in disadvantaged neighborhoods, or race and ethnicity -- but ... read more

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