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April 26, 2017

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April 26, 2017

Physicians Vastly Underestimate Patients' Willingness to Share Sexual Orientation, Study Finds

Apr. 24, 2017 — A study that surveyed a national sample of emergency department health care providers and adult patients suggests that patients are substantially more willing to disclose their sexual orientation ... read more

Displaying Lab Test Costs in Health Records Doesn't Deter Doctors from Ordering Them

Apr. 21, 2017 — Hospitals nationwide are seeking ways to use price transparency -- displaying the price of lab tests at the time when doctors are placing the order -- to nudge doctors to consider whether the ... read more

Examining Cost-Effectiveness of Initial Diagnostic Exams for Microscopic Hematuria

Apr. 17, 2017 — Routine urinalysis for screening of genitourinary cancer isn't recommended by any major health group but patients who undergo urinalysis for a variety of other reasons are often found to have ... read more

Adolescents With Frequent PE More Informed About Physical Activity's Role in Health

Apr. 12, 2017 — Frequent, long-term instruction in physical education not only helps adolescents be more fit but also equips them with knowledge about how regular physical activity relates to good ... read more

Substantial Increase in Chronic Venous Insufficiency Procedures in Medicare Population

Apr. 12, 2017 — Utilization of procedures to treat chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) in the Medicare population increased markedly from 2005 through 2014, research has ... read more

E-Cigarette Flavors Linked to Use in Youth and Young Adults, Researchers Report

Apr. 1, 2017 — Flavored e-cigarettes and e-cigarette marketing could be increasing e-cigarette use among youth and young adults, according to ... read more

More Access to Opioid Treatment Programs Needed in Southeast, Says Study

Mar. 29, 2017 — Large portions of the Southeast don’t have enough opioid treatment programs to match their high rates of opioid use disorder, suggests a new ... read more

Prostate Screening Often Occurs Without Discussion of Benefits, Risks

Mar. 28, 2017 — Less than a third of men in a large national survey reported talking with their doctor about both the pros and cons of the PSA blood test for prostate cancer, and the likelihood has decreased further ... read more

'Substantial' Room for Improvement in HPV Vaccination Coverage, Study Finds

Mar. 28, 2017 — While an HPV vaccine became available over 10 years ago, a study finds that there is “substantial” room for improvement in the way it is recommended and discussed. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is ... read more

Honesty May Not Be the Best Policy for Hospital Safety Grades, Study Suggests

Mar. 28, 2017 — A new study finds that a well-known hospital grading system may put too much weight on the wrong things. The grades are based in part on hospitals' self-reported use of safety-related protocols. ... read more

Patients Face Rising Costs for Epipen Allergy Drug

Mar. 27, 2017 — Commercially insured patients who use the life-saving epinephrine autoinjector known as 'EpiPen' have experienced skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs since 2007, according to ... read more

A Little Nudge May Provide a Big Boost to Flu Vaccination Rates

Mar. 27, 2017 — Currently, only 44 percent of adults in the United States receive an annual flu vaccination. But, a new study suggests that a simple behavioral economics technique may be able to help. In the study, ... read more

Implementing Large-Scale Teleretinal Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Program

Mar. 27, 2017 — Can a large-scale, primary care-based teleretinal diabetic retinopathy screening (TDRS) program reduce wait times for screening and improve the timeliness of care in the Los Angeles County Department ... read more

High Burden of Iodine Deficiency Found in Israel’s First National Survey

Mar. 27, 2017 — 62% of school-age children and 85% of pregnant women in Israel have low iodine intakes, according to the country's first national iodine survey. Government funding and legislation, and a ... read more

Men With Learning Difficulties Four Times More Likely to Die of Testicular Cancer

Mar. 27, 2017 — People with learning difficulties are 4 times more likely to die of testicular cancer than the general population. This is the first work relating cancer deaths to learning difficulties, with ... read more

Concern Over High US Prescribing Levels of Common Drug Linked to Dementia

Mar. 27, 2017 — A new analysis raises concern over high prescription rates in the USA of a common drug used to treat overactive bladder. The drug, oxybutynin, when taken orally, is consistently linked with cognitive ... read more

Most Remaining Smokers in US Have Low Socioeconomic Status

Mar. 24, 2017 — After decades of declining US smoking rates overall, most remaining smokers have low income, no college education, no health insurance or a disability. About 15 percent of US adults -- more than 36 ... read more

Overcoming Workplace Barriers to Breastfeeding

Mar. 23, 2017 — For mothers of new infants, going back to work may pose a number of obstacles to continued breastfeeding. Workplace policies affecting the ability to breastfeed -- and the role of nurse practitioners ... read more

Global Rise of Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis Threatens to Derail Decades of Progress

Mar. 23, 2017 — The rise of multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis (TB) threatens to derail decades of progress in controlling the disease, according to a new ... read more

Use of Mobile App Reduces Number of in-Person Follow-Up Visits After Surgery

Mar. 22, 2017 — Patients who underwent ambulatory breast reconstruction and used a mobile app for follow-up care had fewer in-person visits during the first 30 days after the operation without affecting complication ... read more

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