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February 27, 2017

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February 27, 2017

Many Stroke Patients Do Not Receive Life-Saving Therapy

Feb. 23, 2017 — Many ischemic stroke patients do not get tPA, which can decrease their chances for recovery. Blacks, Hispanics, women and 'Stroke Belters' are less likely to get tPA. Patients treated in ... read more

Study Reveals Ways to Improve Outcomes, Reduce Costs for Common Heart Procedure

Feb. 21, 2017 — Hospitals can improve patient care and reduce costs associated with coronary angioplasty if cardiologists perform more of these procedures through an artery in the wrist and if they take steps to ... read more

Many Cancer Survivors Change Their Prescription Drug Use for Financial Reasons

Feb. 20, 2017 — A new analysis indicates that many cancer survivors change their prescription drug use (including skipping doses or requesting cheaper medications) for financial ... read more

Mapping a Path to Better Oral Health

Feb. 19, 2017 — Dentists aren't the only people who influence how we take care of our teeth; our friends and family play a big role, ... read more

Adaptable Model Recommends Response Strategies for Zika, Other Pandemics

Feb. 19, 2017 — A new biological-behavioral-operational computer model could help policy makers choose the best intervention strategies to rapidly contain an infectious disease outbreak. The model is based on the ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — In some areas of the US, medical providers consistently order more tests and treatments for patients than providers do elsewhere -- a fact that has generated considerable public debate. Now a new ... read more

Physicians’ Opioid Prescribing Patterns Linked to Patients’ Risk for Long-Term Drug Use

Feb. 16, 2017 — At a glance: New research shows great variation among clinicians’ opioid prescribing practices and links physician prescription patterns to patients’ risk for subsequent long-term opioid use. ... read more

When Does a Man Say 'I'm the Father'?

Feb. 15, 2017 — American men much more readily acknowledge that they are the legal father of a child born out of wedlock when the woman involved is more affluent, educated, and healthy. It also helps (slightly) if ... read more

One in Four ER Visits for Eye Problems Aren't Actually Emergencies, Study Finds

Feb. 14, 2017 — Pinkeye isn’t a medical emergency. Neither is a puffy eyelid. But a new study finds that nearly one in four people who seek emergency care for eye problems have those mild conditions, and ... read more

Communicating Health Risks in a Post-Truth World

Feb. 14, 2017 — Public officials faced with the tough task of communicating risk on contentious issues like vaccination or fluoridation -- where the actual risk is low but public concern remains high -- need to show ... read more

Cardiovascular Disease Costs Will Exceed $1 Trillion by 2035

Feb. 14, 2017 — By 2035, cardiovascular disease, the most costly and prevalent killer, if left unchecked, will place a crushing economic and health burden on the nation's financial and health care systems, a ... read more

Sugar, Salt, and Fat Taxes Could Save Billions in Health Care Costs

Feb. 14, 2017 — Australia could save AUD $3.4 billion (USD $2.3 billion) in healthcare costs over the remaining lifetimes of all Australians alive in 2010 by instituting a combination of taxes on unhealthy foods and ... read more

Shock from Heart Device Often Triggers Further Health Care Needs

Feb. 14, 2017 — Shock from an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) may trigger an increase in health care needs for many patients, regardless whether the shock was appropriate needed or not. Whether the ... read more

Mind the (Osteoporosis Treatment) Gap

Feb. 14, 2017 — A new review, referencing key clinical studies, guidelines and audits, outlines the main global challenges (and their solutions) facing healthcare professionals and policymakers responsible for ... read more

Examining Different Accountable Care Organization Payment Models

Feb. 13, 2017 — Two new studies take a look at different accountable care organization (ACO) payment ... read more

Insurance Status Impacts Complication Rates After Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Feb. 13, 2017 — Patients undergoing shoulder replacement surgery who have Medicaid, Medicare or no health insurance, had higher complication rates as compared to patients who had private insurance, research ... read more

New Study Re-Evaluates the Total Burden of Norovirus on the UK

Feb. 10, 2017 — The annual number of estimated number of norovirus cases annually in the UK is approximately 800,000 greater than previously estimated, new research ... read more

Feb. 10, 2017 — In the largest epidemiological study conducted in the developing world, researchers found that as exposures to fine particulate air pollution in 272 Chinese cities increase, so do deaths from ... read more

Support for Health Professionals Reduces Unnecessary Use of Antibiotics in Hospitals

Feb. 9, 2017 — Dffective and safe ways to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics in hospitals have been identified in a new study. Guidelines and policies that promote better targeting of antibiotics in patients who ... read more

Digital Photography Could Be a Key Factor in Rural Health Care

Feb. 9, 2017 — Photographs may lead to better treatment and care for patients in rural communities, a new study ... read more

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