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Heart-Healthy Diets In Early Adulthood Linked To Better Brain Function

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, moderate in nuts, fish and alcohol and low in meat and full-fat dairy is associated with better cognitive performance in middle age, according to a study published in the March 6, 2019, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Cognitive abilities include…

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Eating Healthy On A Limited Budget Is Possible

The affordability of healthy food is often cited as a barrier to low-income families eating nutritious meals. A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that with menu planning and access to stores selling items in bulk, the average daily cost for serving healthy meals to a family of four was $25…

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$1.36 Million Grant To Adapt Patient Driven Model Of Diabetes Care

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been awarded a $1.36M grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to adapt a patient-driven model of care that Clinical Diabetes Director, Jennifer Raymond, MD, MCR, developed to increase treatment compliance among difficult to reach populations. Helmsley’s funding will also be used to investigate how to…

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GPs and Pharmacists Don't Have Time To Involve Patients In Medication Reviews

GPs and pharmacists struggle to find the time to involve patients in medication reviews, despite National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance advising them to do so, according to a study by researchers at the University of Bristol’s Center for Academic Primary Care. Care Research Medication reviews are important for patients who are…

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Primary Care Physicians Lack Enough Knowledge Of Cancer Treatment Options

The idea of team-based cancer care most often focuses on involving primary care physicians in the care of cancer survivors. But research has shown patients are discussing initial cancer treatment options with their primary care doctors. And now a new study finds that a significant number of these physicians report notable gaps in their knowledge…

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Vulnerable Migrants Study Highlights Barriers To Healthcare For Migrants

A pilot study by the University of Birmingham has identified major barriers to healthcare access for migrants, including denial of entitlements, administrative issues, lack of understanding, language barriers and fears of being arrested. Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the ‘Vulnerable migrants and well-being’ pilot study, is led by Dr. Laurence Lessard-Phillips from the Institute for…

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Study Finds No Association Between Trazodone And Reduced Dementia Risk

In a large UK population-based study, Ian Wong and colleagues at the University of Hong Kong and University College London, UK, found no statistically significant association between the antidepressant trazodone and a reduced risk of dementia when compared to other antidepressants. Their findings were published this week in PLOS Medicine. Health Improvement In vitro and animal…

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Educational Intervention Cuts Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescriptions

An educational intervention aimed at rural Chinese primary care doctors reduced antibiotic prescriptions for childhood upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) by 36%, even a year after the intervention ended, according to a study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Xiaolin Wei from Dalla Lana School of Public Health of the University of Toronto in Canada, Qiang…

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New Online Software Package Trains Health Care

In a world where they travel the globe by jet, diseases that are once thought to plague faraway places can now strike close to home. The U.S. had to learn this the hard way. In 2014, a patient harboring Ebola returned home to Dallas, Texas from Liberia. Within 15 days of this person’s arrival, the…

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Patients Suffer When Health Care Behemoths

David Lerman, a Berkeley, Calif., lawyer, changed health plans this year only to learn that his new insurer has no contract with the dominant medical provider in his community. Anthem Blue Cross of California, one of the state’s largest health insurers, is battling with Sutter Health over how much it should pay to care for…

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Primary Care Improves Experience, Quality Of Care

Receipt of primary care is linked to more high-value care and better patient experiences, a study published online today in JAMA Internal Medicine shows. they find receipt of primary care was associated with more high-value care, somewhat more low-value care, and better respondent access and experience,” write David M. Levine, MD, MPH, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston,…