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July 26, 2016

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July 26, 2016

Blood Disorders Cost €23 Billion to European Economy

July 22, 2016 — Healthcare costs per patient with blood cancers are two times higher than average cancer costs, due to long hospital stays and complex treatment and diagnosis, a new report ... read more

Policy Makers Must Act to Reduce Energy Drinks Consumption by Children, Adolescents, Says New Report

July 21, 2016 — UK policy makers must act against excessive energy drinks consumption by children and young people, argues a new ... read more

Majority of Physicians Have Favorite Patients, Study Finds

July 20, 2016 — Physicians like the majority of their patients, but a majority like some more than others, a study indicates. This study is thought to be among the first to explore the positive aspects of ... read more

Loss of Employer-Based Health Insurance in Early Retirement Affects Mental, Physical Health

July 18, 2016 — The loss of private health insurance from an employer can lead to poorer mental and physical health as older adults transition to early retirement, according to a ... read more

Nearly a Third of Hispanics in Texas Don't Have Health Insurance

July 14, 2016 — The percentage of Hispanics in Texas without health insurance has dropped by 30 percent since the Affordable Care Act went into effect, but almost one-third of Hispanic Texans ages 18 to 64 remain ... read more

Nivolumab Cost-Effectiveness Improves by Selecting Non-Squamous NSCLC PD-L1+ Patients

July 13, 2016 — Nivolumab (NIV), a checkpoint inhibitor approved for all squamous and non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients in 2015, is not cost-effective when compared to treatment with docetaxel ... read more

Possible to Account for Disadvantaged Populations in Medicare's Payment Programs

July 13, 2016 — Medicare's value-based payment programs could take into account social risk factors -- such as low socio-economic position, residence in disadvantaged neighborhoods, or race and ethnicity -- but ... read more

Study Shows a Rising, but Uneven, Tide of in-Home Care for Disabled Seniors

July 12, 2016 — More seniors are getting help from family, friends and hired helpers to keep them in their homes, despite disabilities that keep them from total independence, a new study finds. Half of disabled ... read more

New Model of Care for Healthy Menopause and Aging

July 12, 2016 — A new position statement by the European Menopause and Andropause Society provides a holistic model of care for healthy ... read more

Health Issues Due to Sea Level Rise Impact Communities in South Florida

July 12, 2016 — The Florida Institute for Health Innovation released a report today on communities from Palm Beach to Key West with the greatest risk for adverse health effects of sea level rise and mapped zones ... read more

Average Joint Contains Much Less Marijuana Than Thought, Research Shows

July 11, 2016 — By analyzing more than 10,000 drug transactions, researchers have found the average joint contains 0.32 grams of marijuana, key data for ... read more

Physician Payment Reform Has Led to Decrease in Home-Based Dialysis in United States

July 11, 2016 — The US Medicare program's transition in 2004 to tiered fee-for-service physician reimbursement for dialysis care had the unintended consequence of reducing use of home dialysis, according to a ... read more

Insurance Mandates Lead to More Children Diagnosed and Treated for Autism Spectrum Disorder

July 11, 2016 — State mandates requiring commercial health plans to cover the cost of services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have resulted in an increased number of children being diagnosed and ... read more

Advertising by US Cancer Centers Soars Over the Past Decade, New Analysis Shows

July 11, 2016 — Cancer centers promoting their services dramatically increased their advertising spending from 2005 to 2014, with the bulk of the spending by for-profit organizations, according to the results of a ... read more

Researchers Show Phone Calls Can Forecast Dengue Fever Outbreaks

July 8, 2016 — A team of scientists has developed a system that can forecast the outbreak of dengue fever by simply analyzing the calling behavior of citizens to a public-health hotline. This telephone-based ... read more

Despite Advances, HIV Epidemic Continues Among Gay Men Across the Globe

July 7, 2016 — Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men continue to have disproportionately high burdens of HIV infection in countries of low, middle and high income around the world, a new study ... read more

No Evidence of Weekend Increase in Mental Health Patient Suicide

July 7, 2016 — A new study prompted by current government policy for a 'seven-day NHS,' has found that suicide deaths by mental health patients are actually lower at the ... read more

Routine Screenings Prevent Cervical Cancer in Elderly Women

July 7, 2016 — A new study confirms a link between routine Pap smear screenings and a lower risk of developing cervical cancer in women over age 65. However, most American health guidelines discourage women in that ... read more

Critical Care Health Care Professionals Have High Rates of Burnout Syndrome

July 7, 2016 — A new report on burnout syndrome in critical care health care professionals gives key stakeholders guidance on mitigating the development of burnout syndrome and calls for initiating research to ... read more

Blurring of National Security Interests, Global Health Agendas Are an Unavoidable Reality

July 7, 2016 — Society must align the overlapping priorities and often clashing interests of medical intelligence, national security agendas and the global health community, according to global health ... read more

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