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September 30, 2016

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September 30, 2016

Empowering Diabetes Patients Through Technology

Sep. 28, 2016 — Researchers have received a five-year, $4 million federal grant to study how mobile technology can assist African American and Hispanic patients in adhering to their diabetes treatment ... read more

If Legalizing Pot, Consider Health, Not Profits, Analysis Says

Sep. 28, 2016 — A new analysis of marijuana legislation offers a framework for states that are considering legalizing the drug and want to protect public health, rather than corporate ... read more

Study Reveals Tremendous Clinical, Economic Burden of Common Chronic Liver Disease

Sep. 27, 2016 — Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the most common liver disease worldwide, is increasing in prevalence and is currently estimated to affect approximately one-quarter of the general ... read more

Healthcare Leaders Recommend Restructuring Health Care System to Better Serve Needs of U.S. Throughout 21st Century

Sep. 26, 2016 — To keep up with the evolving needs of our nation’s health and health care system, a series of papers recommends restructuring the U.S. health care system in ways that will support more efficient, ... read more

Young Cancer Survivors in Economic Struggle

Sep. 26, 2016 — Young cancer survivors have a 40 per cent higher risk of becoming unemployed, than others, say researchers, noting that they also have a 40 per cent higher risk of receiving governmental financial ... read more

Fear of Stigma or Sanction Keeps Many Doctors from Revealing Mental Health Issues, Study Finds

Sep. 22, 2016 — Even as doctors across America encourage their patients to share concerns about depression, anxiety and other concerns, a new study suggests the doctors may be less likely to seek help for those same ... read more

New Report Examines How Medicare Shared Savings Program Can Affect Radiology Practices

Sep. 20, 2016 — A new study examines how the incentives in an alternative payment model (APM) - the Accountable Care Organization Shared Savings Program (ACO SSP) - might influence cost, quality, utilization and ... read more

Ensuring Transparency in Health Care Provider Performance

Sep. 19, 2016 — Patients deserve valid and transparent measures of quality in health care, but a lack of standards and auditing for these measures can misinform consumers rather than guide their health care choices, ... read more

Researchers Seek Better Patient Adherence Recommendations for Diabetic Retinopathy

Sep. 16, 2016 — Complications of diabetes can lead to blindness, yet only 29.9 percent of diabetic patients studied adhered to recommendations to have an eye examination, say ... read more

HHS Takes Steps to Provide More Information About Clinical Trials to the Public

Sep. 16, 2016 — In an effort to make information about clinical trials widely available to the public, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today issued a final rule that specifies requirements for ... read more

Linking Terrorism With Mental Illness Fuels Stigma and Impedes Prevention Efforts

Sep. 16, 2016 — An 'automatic assumption' to link terrorist acts with mental illness unfairly stigmatizes the millions of people with mental health problems and impedes prevention efforts, warn psychiatry ... read more

Language Barriers Impede Treatment of Children With Special Health Care Needs

Sep. 16, 2016 — Language barriers can have dangerous consequences for children with special health care needs, according to a new paper. Children with special health care needs account for two-thirds of pediatric ... read more

Costs of US Prescription Opioid Epidemic Estimated at $78. 5 Billion

Sep. 14, 2016 — Prescription opioid overdose, abuse, and dependence carries high costs for American society, with an estimated total economic burden of $78.5 billion, according to a new ... read more

To Image or Not?

Sep. 14, 2016 — A Library of Evidence has now been launched, a free, publicly accessible online resource to help clinicians choose the most appropriate imaging tests based on the best available research evidence. ... read more

Families Caring for an Aging America

Sep. 13, 2016 — The demand for family caregivers for adults who are 65 or older is increasing significantly, and family caregivers need more recognition, information, and support to fulfill their responsibilities ... read more

New Set of Recommendations Developed to Improve Quality of Cost-Effectiveness Analyses

Sep. 13, 2016 — The Second Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine reviewed the current status of the field of cost-effectiveness analysis and developed a new set of recommendations, with major changes ... read more

Time to Outsource Key Tasks of WHO to Better-Placed and Capable Agencies, Say Experts

Sep. 12, 2016 — It's time to outsource key functions of The World Health Organization to bodies such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The World Bank and The Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and ... read more

Accountable Care Model Savings on the Upswing

Sep. 12, 2016 — The Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model -- the signature payment reform of the Affordable Care Act -- generated savings to Medicare in its second year of existence, new research ... read more

Study Examines Financial Losses for Inpatient Care of Children With Medicaid

Sep. 12, 2016 — Freestanding children's hospitals had the largest financial losses for pediatric inpatients covered by Medicaid, suggesting hospitals may be unlikely to offset decreased Disproportionate Share ... read more

Many Parents Lack the Confidence to Get Their Kids to Exercise

Sep. 12, 2016 — If Canadian parents are going to get their kids to exercise more, they need more than just public awareness campaigns. Parents exposed to one such national campaign were actually less confident they ... read more

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