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Examination of High Prescription Drug Prices for Medicare

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a presidential candidate, unveiled the 2019 version of his “Medicare-for-all” bill this week. But even more than two decades after first proposing a single-payer plan for the U.S., Sanders still has not proposed a way to finance such a major undertaking. Congress continued to pursue its examination of high prescription drug…

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Insurers' Denials of Opioid Coverage Spurs CDC to Clarify Guidelines

People with severe pain from cancer or sickle cell anemia should not be denied coverage for opioid painkillers, a new clarification on federal guidelines states. In the wake of the national opioid epidemic, various medical societies had encouraged doctors to rein in prescriptions for the powerful painkillers. In 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and…

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Nutrients from Food, not Supplements, Linked to Lower Risks of Death

In addition, excess calcium intake was linked to an increased risk of cancer death, which the researchers found was associated with supplemental doses of calcium exceeding 1,000 mg/day. The study is publish on April 9 in Annals of Internal Medicine. “As potential benefits and harms of supplement use continue to be study, some studies have…

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Health Impacts From Oil and Natural Gas Extraction

An examination of peer-reviewed studies published over six years on hazardous air pollutants associated with the extraction of oil and natural gas finds that measurements of hazardous air pollutant concentrations near operational sites have generally failed to capture levels above standard health benchmarks; yet, the majority of studies continue to find poor health outcomes increasing…

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Last Names and Address Improve Linking of Patient Health Records

Standardizing last names and address information can improve the linking of patient health records by as much as 8% more than 2 billion records and enhance data available to clinicians to inform their care decisions. Researchers at Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, IU School of Medicine and…

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Key to Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections

Healthcare-associated infections  illnesses that people contract while being treated in a hospital or other healthcare facility sicken millions of people each year and cost billions of dollars in additional treatment. While there has been some improvement over the years, on any given day, about three percent of the hospitalized population in the United States has…

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Medicare Costs Tend to be Lower in Counties with More Forests

A new study finds that Medicare costs tend to be lower in counties with more forests and shrublands than in counties dominated by other types of land cover. The relationship persists even when accounting for economic; geographic or other factors that might independently influence health care costs, researchers report. The analysis included county-level health and…

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New Offshoots Of Old Health Policy Roots

As political leaders debate the future of the U.S. health care system, a pair of health financing experts discovered that all of the current proposals from Medicare for All to “repeal and replace” have been circulating in various forms since the 1940s. In an article published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine, “Medicare for All…

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The 1-Parent Family and Kids' Health Risks

It’s been known for some time that when one parent is absent because of death, divorce or separation, kids are at higher risk for drinking alcohol and smoking than their counterparts in a two-parent household. A study done in the United Kingdom found that these risks rise even before the teen years, typically viewed as…

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Financial Aid To Cover Childcare Costs For Female Academics

Offering financial aid to cover childcare costs for female academics attending conferences is one of the suggestions offered by QUT researchers who surveyed Australian women on how caring for children has affected their careers. The decreased opportunity to network is a serious barrier to many women when it comes to getting their name out and…

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A New Evaluation For Assessing Stress Load In Primary Care

A new evaluation strategy for assessing stress, allostatic load and distress has been found of clinical value in a trial in primary care published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. A number of studies have documented psychosocial problems; psychiatric morbidity and impaired quality of life in primary care patients.The aim of this trial…

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Patient Online Consultation Requests 'Mirror' Busiest Surgery Times

Patients are using online consultations in the same way they would arrange a consultation via traditional means; a new independent evaluation by the University of Warwick reveals. Despite this; the study identifies several opportunities to tailor online platforms to specific patient requirements and improve their experience. Online consultation platforms Primary care researchers from Warwick Medical School…