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May 28, 2016

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May 28, 2016

Gaps in Vaccine Coverage Highlighted With New Report and Online Tool

May 24, 2016 — As the 69th World Health Assembly discusses progress on the Global Vaccine Action Plan, a new data visualization platform, the Vaccine Information Epidemiology Window (VIEW-hub), identifies ... read more

Lipid Testing Underutilized in Adults Taking Antipsychotic Medications

May 24, 2016 — Too few adults taking antipsychotic medications are being screened for abnormalities in lipids, which include cholesterol and triglycerides, new research finds. The biggest gap in screening is among ... read more

'Facebooking' Your Doctor's Appointment

May 24, 2016 — Telemedicine, which allows doctors to communicate, diagnose and even treat their patients remotely is on the rise thanks to advances in information technology. It allows healthcare workers to ... read more

Reflecting on Ebola Outbreak

May 19, 2016 — To make the world safer against future infectious disease threats, national health systems should be strengthened, the World Health Organization's emergency and outbreak response activities ... read more

Excessive Drinkers, High Income Households Pay Majority of State Alcohol Tax Increases

May 19, 2016 — People who drink too much and those with higher household incomes would pay more following an increase in state alcohol taxes than those who drink less and have lower household incomes, according to ... read more

'Right to Try' Laws Make Safety, Efficacy Secondary to Speedy Access

May 19, 2016 — State 'right to try' laws can give terminally ill patients early access to experimental drugs and medical devices, but they arguably make safety and efficacy secondary to speedy access, ... read more

Racial, Ethnic Differences Found in Psychiatric Diagnoses, Treatment, According to Researchers

May 18, 2016 — Non-Hispanic blacks are almost twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with schizophrenia, but they're significantly less likely to receive medication for treatment, according to ... read more

Many Physicians Make Lack a Firm Understanding of the Costs of Medical Tests, Procedures

May 17, 2016 — Physicians are increasingly being asked to help contain costs and reduce the use of low-value health care services. However, a recent study found that while the overwhelming majority of physicians ... read more

Leading Sexual Health Specialist Calls for HIV Prevention PrEP to Be 'Available Now'

May 17, 2016 — Following the decision by NHS England to not make pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) available to HIV-negative persons in England at risk of acquiring HIV, an expert outlines how: "PrEP is ... read more

May 17, 2016 — They may be in small towns. They may only have a couple of surgeons. But for common operations, they may be safer and less expensive than their larger cousins, a new study ... read more

HIV-Infected Patients More Likely to Lack Cancer Treatment

May 17, 2016 — HIV-infected patients with cancer in the United States appear to be less likely to receive cancer treatment, regardless of insurance and other existing health conditions, a new report ... read more

Promise of Nearly a Year of Life on Targeted Drug Not Reality for All Liver Cancer Patients, Study Finds

May 16, 2016 — The median survival for a group of Medicare patients on the drug sorafenib was three months, which was significantly lower than the median survival of nearly 11 months for patients treated with the ... read more

Canada's Plans to Legalize Marijuana Contravene UN's International Conventions, Say Experts

May 16, 2016 — The Canadian government's plan to legalize marijuana contravenes its current legal obligations to the United Nation's international drug-control conventions, states a new expert ... read more

International Experts Publish Guidelines for Cardiac Rehab in Developing Countries

May 16, 2016 — The cardiac rehab model of care is quite standard in developed countries, and consists of risk factor assessment and management, exercise training, patient education, as well as dietary and ... read more

Home-Based Pulmonary Rehabilitation as Effective as Hospital-Based

May 16, 2016 — Home-based pulmonary rehabilitation may be equally effective in improving fitness and quality of life as a traditional center-based program for COPD ... read more

Performance of Direct-to-Consumer Teledermatology Services

May 15, 2016 — A study that used fake patients to assess the performance of direct-to-consumer teledermatology websites suggests that incorrect diagnoses were made, treatment recommendations sometimes contradicted ... read more

Two-Minute Video Boosts Pneumonia Vaccinations

May 14, 2016 — A two-minute video about pneumococcal vaccination sent to patients before a primary care visit tripled the likelihood they would get the vaccine. Only about 60 percent of older adults get the vaccine ... read more

US Patients Face Significant Barriers in Accessing Adequate Care for Chronic Lung Disease

May 13, 2016 — Despite being the third leading cause of death in the USA, people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (lung disease) face significant challenges in accessing care, with treatment costs ... read more

Obesity on the Rise in Indonesia

May 13, 2016 — Obesity is on the rise in Indonesia, one of the largest studies of the double burden of malnutrition in children has ... read more

May 12, 2016 — Reconciliation programs promote societal healing, but that these gains come at the cost of reduced psychological health, worsening depression, anxiety, and ... read more

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