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August 25, 2016

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August 25, 2016

Seniors With More Continuity of Care Use the ER Less

Aug. 24, 2016 — Seniors with traditional Medicare coverage who have more continuity of care -- defined as consistently seeing the same physician in an outpatient setting -- have lower chances of visiting an ... read more

Majority of US Doctors Discussing Electronic Cigarettes With Their Patients

Aug. 24, 2016 — A new survey of US doctors reveals they are frequently discussing electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) with patients in a clinical setting. A substantial proportion of physicians also recommend e-cigs to ... read more

Simplify, Standardize Health Insurance Plans, Advise Behavioral Economists

Aug. 23, 2016 — Behavioral economists argue that the best way to address the problems caused by health plan complexity is to simplify and standardize the plans, a new report ... read more

Integrated Team-Based Care Shows Potential for Improving Health Care Quality, Use and Costs

Aug. 23, 2016 — Among adults enrolled in an integrated health care system, receipt of primary care at integrated team-based care practices compared with traditional practice management practices was associated with ... read more

Protecting Plain Tobacco Packaging Against Industry Influence

Aug. 22, 2016 — Canada's public consultation on plain packaging for tobacco requires strict guidelines to protect against interference by the tobacco industry, and media must also be wary, according to a new ... read more

Researcher Provides Recommendations to Stop Violence Against Clinicians in China

Aug. 19, 2016 — Responding to the number of violent attacks on physicians in China, researchers organized an initiative to rebuild patient-physician trust with recommendations published in a new ... read more

Study to Explore the Scale of Physical Activity, Nutritional Health Messaging at Major Sporting Events

Aug. 18, 2016 — An international consortium is examining how physical activity and nutritional health messages are promoted in the run up to and during large-scale sporting ... read more

Low-Income Kids Less Likely to Receive Strabismus Diagnoses

Aug. 17, 2016 — Back to school eye exams may not be the norm for all kids. A large study shows strabismus is diagnosed much less in poor communities which puts kids at risk for permanent vision ... read more

Recently Approved Cholesterol Medication Not Cost-Effective

Aug. 16, 2016 — Although the recently FDA-approved cholesterol-lowering drugs, PCSK9 inhibitors, could substantially reduce heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular deaths, they would not be cost-effective for use ... read more

New Guidance for Administering Hemorrhage Prevention Treatment

Aug. 15, 2016 — Tranexamic acid (TXA) is currently being administered to injured patients by many prehospital air and ground systems, despite a lack of evidence supporting or refuting its efficacy in preventing ... read more

GPs' Uncertainty at Dealing With Those Bereaved by Suicide Revealed

Aug. 15, 2016 — Interviews with GPs of parents whose children have died by suicide have revealed a lack of knowledge and confidence on how best to respond to and support those ... read more

Study Charts Provide Picture of Drug Use in the United States

Aug. 15, 2016 — An extensive and easy-to-use collection of charts that present findings from decades of government survey data of drug use in the United States is now available to the ... read more

Physician Incentive Program to Improve Care for Complex Patients Did Not Result in Improvements

Aug. 15, 2016 — Incentive payments to primary care physicians for the provision of care for patients with complex health conditions did not improve primary care or decrease hospitalizations in British Columbia, ... read more

Indoor Tanning: Women Say No to Total Ban, Yes to Stricter Policies

Aug. 15, 2016 — Most young adult women who regularly visit indoor tanning salons support the introduction of policies to make it safer, but are against a total ban, a new study concludes. The findings are good news ... read more

Phone Checklist Can Help Detect Changes in Clinical Status Among Home Care Recipients

Aug. 12, 2016 — Millions of elderly Americans with physical or cognitive impairments receive nonmedical home-care services and are often hospitalized for potentially avoidable complications. A phone-based checklist ... read more

Breastfeeding Twice as Likely After Home Births Than Hospital Births

Aug. 10, 2016 — There is a strong positive relationship between planned birth at home and breast feeding, research has found: breastfeeding was twice as likely after planned home births compared to hospital births. ... read more

Researchers Develop Tool to Counter Public Health IT Challenges

Aug. 9, 2016 — Front-line protection of US communities against disease epidemics relies on seamless information sharing between public health officials and doctors, plus the wherewithal to act on that ... read more

Medicaid Expansion Did Not Increase Emergency Department Use

Aug. 9, 2016 — Researchers have found that the expansion of Medicaid insurance coverage in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act did not increase hospital emergency department visits, as was widely ... read more

African American Surgical Patients Benefit in Universally Insured Health System

Aug. 9, 2016 — A new study utilized claims data from more than 630,000 patients living in the state of California and found no significant differences in post-operative complications or mortality between African ... read more

Latin-American, Caribbean Health Systems Need More Investment as Populations Age

Aug. 9, 2016 — Though the health systems in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama have considerable strengths, citizens still reported gaps in the way primary care is organized, financed and ... read more

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