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May 6, 2016

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May 6, 2016

Zika Virus and Health Systems in Brazil: From Unknown to a Menace

May 3, 2016 — A new article examines the Zika Virus epidemic in Brazil and the Americas. On February 1, 2016, a World Health Organization (WHO) emergency committee declared clusters of birth defects suspected of ... read more

Giving Patients a Tool to Search for Health Care Prices Did Not Result in Lower Spending

May 3, 2016 — Offering a price transparency website and app to employees at two large companies was not associated with reduction in outpatient spending or out-of-pocket ... read more

Funding Decline for a US Government HIV/AIDS Initiative Raises Concerns

May 3, 2016 — A new study finds a significant decline in funding for an important part of the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR. The study finds a 33 percent drop in funding ... read more

Nonprofit Hospitals Earn Substantial Profits

May 2, 2016 — Seven of the 10 most profitable hospitals in the United States in 2013 – each earning more than $163 million in profits from patient care services – were nonprofit hospitals, according to new ... read more

Corporate Churning Associated With Lower Nursing Home Quality

May 2, 2016 — Nursing homes that underwent chain-related transactions such as mergers and acquisitions experienced a larger number of deficiency citations both before and after transactions than nursing homes that ... read more

Mental Health Diagnoses Rise Significantly for Military Children

Apr. 30, 2016 — Mirroring national estimates, a new study found the percentage of children enrolled in the US Military Healthcare System diagnosed with and treated for mental health disorders increased significantly ... read more

Costs for Orally Administered Cancer Drugs Skyrocket

Apr. 28, 2016 — New cancer drugs, taken in pill form, have become dramatically more expensive in their first year on the market compared with drugs launched 15 years ago, calling into question the sustainability of ... read more

Electronic Cigarettes Are Beneficial to UK Public Health, New Report Shows

Apr. 27, 2016 — Electronic cigarettes have the potential to contribute to reducing death and disability caused by Britain's biggest killer, say experts. The evidence summarized in the report shows that ... read more

Expert Panel Evaluates Role of Osteoporosis Medications in Fracture Healing

Apr. 27, 2016 — Using a structured expert-opinion process, an expert panel has written a consensus report on the use of osteoporosis medications in patients with recent fracture and the potential role of these ... read more

Strengths and Weaknesses of Global Health Networks

Apr. 26, 2016 — Tuberculosis, childhood pneumonia, maternal death in childbirth, tobacco-related illnesses: how do global health networks select issues and seek to address these public health challenges that affect ... read more

Type 2 Diabetes Patients 'Let Down' Over Delayed Treatment

Apr. 26, 2016 — 'Clinical inertia' is preventing tight control of blood sugar levels, a new report suggests. Research has shown the average waiting time for increased treatment for Type 2 diabetes from the ... read more

Medical Literature May Overemphasize Role of Hospital Volume in Patient Outcomes

Apr. 25, 2016 — Current medical research and literature may be overemphasizing the role that hospital volume plays in patient outcomes, according to a study by ... read more

Stark Medicare Advantage Disparities Present in Puerto Rico

Apr. 25, 2016 — Wide disparities have been found in the quality of care for Medicare Advantage plan holders in Puerto Rico compared to those in the 50 states. The quality gaps exist in the context of the ... read more

Expand HPV Vaccination Programs in Canada to Include Males, Say Experts

Apr. 25, 2016 — Expanding human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programs to include males in Canada will help protect them against HPV-related cancers, according to an ... read more

Drug-Overdose Deaths Hold Steady in Some High Drug Trafficking Areas

Apr. 22, 2016 — Areas in the US with the highest drug-overdose death rates are not always places with high drug trafficking, according to a new analysis. Drug-overdose mortality rates have increased an average of ... read more

New Study Shows Electronic Health Records Often Capture Incomplete Mental Health Data

Apr. 21, 2016 — This study compares information available in a typical electronic health record (EHR) with data from insurance claims, focusing on diagnoses, visits, and hospital care for depression and bipolar ... read more

Machine Learning as Good as Humans' in Cancer Surveillance, Study Shows

Apr. 21, 2016 — Machine learning has come of age in public health reporting. Researchers have found that existing algorithms and open source machine learning tools were as good as, or better than, human reviewers in ... read more

Infectious Outbreaks Must Be Combatted Strategically, Experts Argue

Apr. 21, 2016 — New funding is not enough to guarantee success against emerging infectious diseases around the world. Rather, good governance, a long-term technology investment strategy and strong product management ... read more

Global Snapshot of Indigenous Peoples Health Released

Apr. 21, 2016 — A world-first study into the health and wellbeing of more than 154 million indigenous and tribal people globally reveals the extent of work that needs to be done if the United Nations is to meet its ... read more

New Report Calls for Effort to Reduce Negative Attitudes Toward People With Disorders

Apr. 20, 2016 — Scientists should lead efforts among federal partners and stakeholders to design, implement, and evaluate a multipronged, evidence-based national strategy to reduce stigma toward people with mental ... read more

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