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August 24, 2016

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August 24, 2016

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

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

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

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

For the First Time in History, High Blood Pressure Is More Common in Lower-Income Countries

Aug. 8, 2016 — Nearly one-third of the adult population worldwide had hypertension in 2010. For the first time in history, high blood pressure is more common in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income ... read more

Flu Vaccine Uptake Slightly Higher in Provinces That Allow Vaccination by Pharmacists

Aug. 8, 2016 — People who live in provinces with policies that allow pharmacists to administer influenza vaccines are more likely to be vaccinated, according to a new Canadian ... read more

Assisted-Living Facilities Limit Older Adults' Rights to Sexual Freedom, Study Finds

Aug. 8, 2016 — Older adults in assisted-living facilities experience limits to their rights to sexual freedom because of a lack of policies regarding the issue and the actions of staff and administrators at these ... read more

Aug. 8, 2016 — The estimated burden of cancer from environmental carcinogens is significant, particularly when compared to other known cancer risk factors. Between 3,540 and 6,510 new cancer cases in Ontario each ... read more

Economic Burden of Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea in US Is Nearly $150 Billion Per Year

Aug. 8, 2016 — A new analysis has been published that reveals the staggering cost of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea. The new work summarizes the results of an online survey completed by patients currently ... read more

Medicaid Expansion Under ACA Linked With Better Health Care for Low-Income Adults

Aug. 8, 2016 — Two years after Medicaid coverage was expanded under the Affordable Care Act in their states, low-income adults in Kentucky and Arkansas received more primary and preventive care, made fewer ... read more

Insurance Status Impacts Survival in Men With Testicular Cancer

Aug. 8, 2016 — Men with testicular cancer who were uninsured or on Medicaid had a higher risk of death from what is normally a curable disease than insured patients, a new study ... read more

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