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Alternative Approach To Achieve Wider Access To Care

Medicare-for-all, a solution that would bring United States healthcare policies more in line with other industrial nations, faces strong opposition and is unlikely to be enacted in the foreseeable future. A commentary appearing in the American Journal of Medicine, published by Elsevier, proposes another approach that the authors believe would achieve wider access to care without…

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UPS Eyes In Home Health Services With U.S. Vaccine

United Parcel Service Inc wants to get beyond U.S. doorsteps with a new push into healthcare. The world’s largest package delivery firm is preparing to test a U.S. service that dispatches nurses to vaccinate adults in their homes, Reuters has learned, as the company and its healthcare clients work to fend off cost pressures and…

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Health And Economic Impacts Of Healthy Food Prescriptions

Healthy food prescriptions through Medicare and Medicaid could generate substantial health gains and be highly cost-effective, according to a study published March 19 in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine by Yujin Lee and Dariush Mozaffarian of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, Massachusetts, United States and colleagues. Diet-related diseases As noted by…

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Personal Care Products Result In New Contaminants

When you flush the toilet, you probably don’t think about the traces of the medicine and personal care products in your body that are winding up in sewage treatment plants, streams, rivers, lakes, bays and the ocean. But Rutgers scientists have found that bacteria in sewage treatment plants may be creating new contaminants that have…

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Doctor Video Visits Increase Access To Healthcare

Healthcare In today’s fast paced digital society, virtual doctor visits are on the rise and offer patients a more convenient way to receive medical care from anywhere. If you can’t leave work or don’t have childcare, for example, online video visits can provide live, face to face physician consultations from the comfort of your home…

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New AHA/ACC CVD Primary Prevention Guideline

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have released new guidance on the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. As expected, one of the major changes is a recommendation against the broad use of aspirin in primary prevention, after recently reported results of the ARRIVE, ASCEND, and ASPREE trials called the balance of risk and benefit with…

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Waiting Room Tool Aids Patient Physician Communication

Patients who use a simple waiting room tool are more prepared and more likely to begin heir primary care visit by communicating their top priorities, according to a study published in the March/April issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. Richard W. Grant, M.D., M.P.H., from Kaiser Permanent Northern California in Oakland; and colleagues designed and…

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Most Americans Report Excellent Good Health

Most Americans report having excellent or good health and have a usual place to go for medical care, according to a report published March 13 for the National Health Interview Survey Early Release Program. Tainya C. Clarke, Ph.D., from the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville; Maryland, and colleagues provide update estimates for select…

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Democracy Linked To Global Health Gains In Low

Most studies that look at whether democracy improves global health rely on measurements of life expectancy at birth and infant mortality rates. Yet those measures disproportionately reflect progress on infectious diseases such as malaria, diarrheal illnesses and pneumonia which relies heavily on foreign aid. Noncommunicable diseases A new study led by Stanford Medicine and the…

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Programs To Promote Rural Healthcare In Japan

An ambitious health economics study from a consortium of five Japanese universities has shown that different university programs to promote the equal geographic distribution of physicians; increases the number of graduates practicing in rural areas in Japan. Graduates from these programs are on average 24 % more likely to work in non-metropolitan areas than those…

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Healthy Diets May Protect Against Dementia

One study looked at participants following a Mediterranean-style diet,  the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, and A Priori Diet Quality Scores (APDQS) (a food quality score based on the nutritional benefits of particular foods). The study included over 2600 participants, both male and female, aged 25 – 45 years. The diet of each participant…

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13% Decrease In Consumption Of Fruit And Vegetables By Canadians

Two surveys taken 11 years apart show a 13-% decrease in the amount of fruit and vegetables being consumed by Canadians, new University of British Columbia research has found. And while consumption of milk and dairy products also declined during the study period between 2004 and 2015, Canadians are eating more meat and alternatives in…