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February 23, 2017

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February 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who Needs a Flu Shot? Not Me

Feb. 8, 2017 — What impact do public health messages actually have on us? Are we going to race out and get our flu shot? According to a communication researcher, probably not. And it's not because we think ... read more

How Thailand Eliminated Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

Feb. 8, 2017 — Thailand has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, thanks to a pragmatic multi-sector response backed by strong political commitment and heavy government ... read more

Concerns Over Wasting Doctor's Time May Affect Decision to See GP

Feb. 7, 2017 — Worries over wasting their doctor's time, particularly at a time when NHS resources are stretched, may influence when and whether patients choose to see their GP, according to a ... read more

Malaria Control Efforts Can Benefit from Forecasting Using Satellites

Feb. 7, 2017 — Links between patterns of malaria in Kenya and environmental factors (temperature, rainfall and land cover) are measurable by satellite imagery, says a researcher. In his doctoral dissertation, the ... read more

The Heavier the Person, the Lower the Chance of Getting Hospice Care or Dying at Home, Study Finds

Feb. 7, 2017 — The heavier someone is, the less likely they are to have what many people might call a "good death," with hospice care and a chance to die at home, a new study finds. And that difference ... read more

Medicare Could Overpay Medicare Advantage Plans by $200 Billion Over Ten Years

Feb. 7, 2017 — Current trends in diagnostic coding for patient risk scores will lead to Medicare overpaying Medicare Advantage (MA) plans substantially through 2026-likely to the tune of hundreds of billions of ... read more

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