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August 24, 2016

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August 24, 2016

Simplify, Standardize Health Insurance Plans, Advise Behavioral Economists

Aug. 23, 2016 — Behavioral economists argue that the best way to address the problems caused by health plan complexity is to simplify and standardize the plans, a new report ... read more

Recommended Blood Pressure Targets for Diabetes Are Being Challenged

Aug. 23, 2016 — The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare recently raised the recommended target blood pressure for patients with diabetes. This may lead to more patients suffering from stroke or heart ... read more

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

Rx Associated With Fracture Risk Infrequently Reduced After Fracture Occurrence

Aug. 22, 2016 — Is the occurrence of a fragility fracture -- where Medicare beneficiaries broke a hip, wrist or shoulder -- a missed opportunity to reduce exposure to prescription drugs associated with fracture ... read more

New Care Plan Improves Crohn’s Disease Complication Outcomes

Aug. 22, 2016 — The first published medical and surgical approach care plan for managing septic perianal Crohn’s disease, a serious complication that occurs in around 40 percent of Crohn’s disease patients has ... read more

Many Stroke Patients Experience Delays in Seeking and Receiving Care

Aug. 22, 2016 — A new study reveals that many patients are not aware that they are having a stroke when they are experiencing ... read more

Answering the Call for Quality Colorectal Cancer Patient Info

Aug. 22, 2016 — Patients depend on the Internet for health information, but when it comes to colorectal cancer, currently available resources are not meeting their ... read more

Full Adherence to Guideline-Recommend Therapies Associated With Lower Rate of MACE

Aug. 22, 2016 — MINERVA results demonstrate full adherence to guideline-recommended therapies associated with lower rate of a second major cardiovascular event and cost ... read more

One Approach Can Prevent Teen Obesity, Eating Disorders, New Guidelines Say

Aug. 22, 2016 — A single approach can prevent both obesity and eating disorders in teenagers, according to new ... read more

Socioeconomic Factors -- Not Race or Ethnicity -- Influence Survival of Younger Patients With Multiple Myeloma

Aug. 22, 2016 — Advances in the treatment of multiple myeloma, a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell, have led to improved survival predominantly among young and white patients, with less of an increase ... read more

Health-Care Consumer Advocates Chose Moderation, Won Some Successes in Medicaid Debate

Aug. 22, 2016 — Even though most consumer advocate groups were likely opposed to Medicaid reform, advocates tended to frame the problem of reform in terms of symptoms, such as accountability, transparency and ... read more

Color-Graded Pictogram Label to Reduce Medicine-Related Traffic Crashes Found Ineffective

Aug. 21, 2016 — A new study questions the effectiveness of using pictogram message on the labels of anxiety and sleep medications that interfere with driving -- an approach this is currently implemented across ... read more

MRI Technology Quantifies Liver Response in Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Patients

Aug. 19, 2016 — Researchers have found that a form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that non-invasively measures fat density in the liver corresponds with histological (microscopic tissue analyses) responses in ... read more

Vertebroplasty Helps Reduce Acute Pain Among Patients With Spinal Fractures

Aug. 19, 2016 — Vertebroplasty is a safe and effective procedure to reduce acute pain and disability in patients who have experienced spinal fractures within a 6-week period, according to a new study. In this ... read more

'Born to Be Bad' or 'Born to Be Benign:' Testing Cells for Esophageal Cancer Risk

Aug. 19, 2016 — Genetically analyzing lesions in the food pipe could provide an early and accurate test for esophageal cancer, according to research. Barrett's Esophagus is a common condition that affects ... read more

Swimming Is an Effective Part of the Treatment for Fibromyalgia, Study Suggests

Aug. 19, 2016 — Swimming is as effective as walking to relieve pain and improve quality of life for patients with fibromyalgia, that experience chronic diffuse non-inflammatory pain in the musculoskeletal system ... 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

New Oral Diabetes Drugs May Also Protect Patients' Kidney Health

Aug. 18, 2016 — In a clinical trial of patients with type 2 diabetes, canagliflozin (a sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitor) slowed kidney function decline to a greater extent than glimepiride (a sulfonylurea), ... read more

Nivolumab in Advanced Lung Cancer: Indication of Major Added Benefit

Aug. 18, 2016 — Patients with advanced nonsquamous NSCLC who have already undergone chemotherapy survive longer with the drug Nivolumab than with ... read more

Postoperative Telephone Clinic Can Be Used in Lieu of in-Person Care for Some Patients

Aug. 18, 2016 — Implementation of a telephone postoperative clinic at a Veterans Affairs facility significantly improved utilization of surgeon and facility resources while maintaining satisfactory patient outcomes, ... read more

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