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Who's writing open access articles?
Open access (OA) democratizes access to research literature, but OA authors are more likely to be males in STEM fields at wealthier institutions. (2021-01-19)

Patients with kidney disease may delay AVF creation
Many patients start hemodialysis with temporary vascular access despite regular kidney care and pre-dialysis education. Delay is often related to patient choice but research on patients' perspectives is limited. In this study, researchers surveyed pre-dialysis patients and their family members about their perceptions of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and their intentions to undergo access creation. They also report on a new survey instrument to measure attitudes towards hemodialysis preparation. (2020-12-03)

Rural counties with access to obstetrics have healthier infant birth outcomes
This study does not prove a causal link between access to obstetrical care and infant health outcomes, but it does suggest that obstetrical access may play a role in these disparities. These findings have broader implications for the more than half of all rural counties in the United States that do not have access to hospital-based obstetrical care. (2020-09-15)

Patient access to after-hours primary care could prevent some less urgent ER visits
Patients who receive in-home nursing care have lower emergency room utilization if they have access to after-hours primary care. Previous research found that home nursing patients in Ontario, Canada, have an increased risk of visiting the ER after normal clinic hours on the same day they receive a home nursing visit. These ER visits may be linked to the visiting nurse identifying a health issue they are unable to appropriately address during the visit. (2020-09-15)

New study identifies better treatment option for common complication of dialysis
Use of drug-coated balloon angioplasty to treat blocked blood vessels used for hemodialysis offers hope for millions of patients globally (2020-08-19)

Does early access to pension funds improve health?
In a recent study from Singapore, early access to pension wealth was associated with improved health status. The findings are published in Economic Inquiry. (2020-07-08)

New study finds 2 billion people without proper sanitation at high risk for coronavirus
Without access to soap and clean water, more than 2 billion people in low- and middle-income nations -- a quarter of the world's population -- have a greater likelihood of acquiring and transmitting the coronavirus than those in wealthy countries. That's the conclusion of a new study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington's School of Medicine. (2020-05-20)

Trouble getting a doctor's appointment may drive Medicaid enrollees to opt for the ER
The expansion of Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program, gave millions of low-income Californians access to health insurance, but this study conducted in Northern California found that new patients may have to wait up up to a month for an appointment with a participating primary care provider, depending on their county of residence. It is not uncommon for Medi-Cal enrollees to visit emergency rooms if they require more immediate care. (2020-05-12)

Accessing medical records improve patients care -- but only 10% of patients do so
Despite the numerous benefits associated with patients accessing their medical records, a new Portland State University study found only 10% of patients utilize the resource. More than 95% of patients recently discharged from a hospital had access to electronic records. But use was disproportionately low across all hospital types. (2019-12-10)

Study examines Appalachian Kentucky's breast cancer care disparities
Despite the benefits of breast reconstruction, women from Appalachia are less likely to have the surgery than non-Appalachian Kentuckians, according to a new study by the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center. (2019-11-20)

UBC study highlights need to improve health care access in Vancouver, Portland and Seattle
UBC researchers have developed a data science method that analyzes how easily citizens can access hospitals and walk-in health clinics -- and it's a tool that could eventually help city planners and policymakers build smarter, more equitable cities. (2019-09-30)

Infanticide by mammalian mothers
The killing of rivals' offspring represents a violent manifestation of competition, and a significant source of offspring mortality in some mammalian populations. Previous research on such infanticide has focused on males, but a new study by Dieter Lukas from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and Elise Huchard from the Institut des Sciences de l'√Čvolution, Universit√© Montpellier shows that infanticide by females is also widespread across mammals and that females are likely to gain substantial benefits from it. (2019-07-14)

Food access near schools and homes illuminated for children in New York city
A study of nearly 800,000 schoolchildren in New York City shows that Black, Hispanic, and Asian students live and go to school closer to both healthy and unhealthy food outlets than do White students. Brian Elbel of the New York University School of Medicine and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE. (2019-06-12)

Zebrafish capture a 'window' on the cancer process
Cancer-related inflammation impacts significantly on cancer development and progression. New research has observed in zebrafish, for the first time, that inflammatory cells use weak spots or micro-perforations in the extracellular matrix barrier layer to access skin cancer cells. (2019-06-04)

EU project identifies obstacles to transnational research access to large prospective cohorts
A four-year EU infrastructure project BBMRI-LPC analyzed the gaps and needs involved in the transnational access provision to large human research sample cohorts in Europe. The results show that there still are substantial obstacles for sample and data transfer in Europe. (2019-02-04)

Study highlights lack of fair access to urban green spaces
People with higher incomes and more education tend to have greater access to urban green spaces than their less privileged neighbors, a new University of British Columbia study of parks and greenery in 10 major North American cities has found. (2019-01-17)

The current state of transradial access
In the current issue of Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (Volume3, Number 2, 2018, pp. 149-162(14); DOI: Jennifer A. Rymer and Sunil V. Rao from the Duke Clinical Research Institute, Durham, N.C., USA consider the current state of transradial access. (2018-09-10)

A tool to improve the design of growing urban areas
Scientists interested in minimizing numbers of slums globally have reported a way to diagnose city spaces as slums and solve access problems inherent to these complex urban spaces. Their approach is designed to transform these informal neighborhoods, characterized by a lack of access to necessary urban services, into formal city blocks. (2018-08-29)

Mandate patient access to primary care medical records
Canada's provincial governments should mandate patient access to their electronic medical records, argue authors of a commentary in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2018-07-23)

Perceptions of primary care notes by patients with mental health diagnoses
Primary care patients with mental health diagnoses are as enthusiastic about the utility of viewing their doctors' notes as other patients. (2018-07-10)

Study: Transgender people who are denied mental health care at higher risk of self-harm
When those who identify as transgender are denied mental health care, they stand at higher risk of substance abuse as a coping method. In turn, this can increase their vulnerability to attempted suicide. (2018-05-03)

Medical aid-in-dying laws are increasing, but substantial barriers to access remain
Medical aid-in-dying is now legal in eight U.S. jurisdictions, but patients still face substantial barriers to access, according to a new analysis by Dr. Mara Buchbinder of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. (2018-05-02)

Access and utilization of dental services for Medicaid children 2013-2015
At the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR), held in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR), Natalia I. Chalmers, D.D.S., Ph.D. of the DentaQuest Institute, Westborough, Mass., presented an oral session titled 'Access and Utilization of Dental Services for Medicaid Children 2013-2015.' The AADR/CADR Annual Meeting is in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., USA from March 21-24, 2018. (2018-03-23)

UT professor studies effects of medicaid expansion
UT social work professor Sunha Choi recently published an article in Population Health Management on the effects of Medicaid expansion on low-income individuals' access to health care. (2017-10-30)

ACA reduced disparities in health care access, report shows
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped to close the gap in health care access between residents of poor and higher-income households, a new report by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers shows. (2017-07-26)

Early adopters prefer earliest access
Widespread adoption of a new technology often relies on a small subpopulation of people who take the lead, but what happens if those natural early adopters can't adopt early, or, choose not to? (2017-07-13)

Insured patients have limited access to behavioral health care
This article is published in the July/August 2017 Annals of Family Medicine. Article link will go live at 5 p.m. ET, July 10. (2017-07-10)

Sanitation access linked to children's growth and health
An estimated 1 billion people in the world live without access to any type of sanitation facility, such as a toilet or latrine. Sanitation access is known to be associated with the risk of transmitting certain diseases, including parasitic worms. But the impacts don't stop there. For children, living in a community with poor levels of sanitation access increases their odds of stunted growth, anemia, and diarrhea, even if their household has access to a sanitation facility researchers report in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. (2017-06-08)

HUD housing assistance linked to improved health care access
A study examining the impact of access to affordable housing on health showed that people receiving housing assistance were more likely to have medical insurance and less likely to have unmet medical need than other low-income people who were on a US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) wait list. Led by University of Maryland School of Public Health researcher Dr. Andrew Fenelon, the findings suggest housing is an important social determinant of health. (2017-06-05)

Dairy farmers should rethink a cow's curfew, says UBC researchers
Dairy cows housed indoors want to break curfew and roam free, suggests new research from the University of British Columbia, published today in Scientific Reports. (2017-03-23)

Living standards lag behind economic growth
Even as average incomes rise in developing countries, access to sanitation and clean energy have yet to reach the poorest people, a new study shows. But there is room for optimism. (2017-02-13)

Lack of transportation limits healthy food access among Washington State residents
Having convenient or reasonable access to supermarkets is often associated with healthier diets and a lower risk for obesity among neighborhood residents. However, simply improving residents' proximity to grocery stores may not be as consequential as some previous studies have reported. Researchers from the Washington State Department of Health investigated the food environment in Washington State, assessing the impact of access as well as proximity. They concluded that programs for improving nutrition should consider broader interventions to increase access to healthy food. (2017-02-08)

Max Planck and Taylor & Francis Group sign open-access agreement
The Max Planck Digital Library and Taylor & Francis Group have signed an agreement which enables researchers based in Max Planck institutes to publish open access in 2,390 journals. (2017-01-17)

New online pharmacy research journal uses open-access publishing to increase dissemination
The University of Huddersfield launches new British Journal of Pharmacy showcasing the latest global research. (2016-11-23)

Leading STEM publisher launches open access platform
Mary Ann Liebert Inc. publishers announces the launch of its platform, featuring the company's open-access publications and services in one online destination. Using the latest technology, offers an intuitive interface and tools to help researchers discover free, open-access content and explore the Liebert Open Access publishing services. (2016-10-18)

ECS takes down the paywall to free the science during open access week
ECS is celebrating Open Access Week this year by giving the world a preview of what complete open access will look like. From Oct. 24th through Oct. 30th, we are taking down the paywall to the ECS Digital Library, making over 132,000 scientific articles free and accessible to anyone. (2016-10-17)

Is Internet service reaching marginalized groups?
Politically excluded groups suffer from lower Internet access compared to groups in power, a new study reports. (2016-09-08)

BMJ signs pre-payment agreement with OpenAIRE
BMJ, a leading healthcare knowledge provider, has signed a new pre-payment agreement with the European Commission's OpenAIRE2020 project to enable researchers funded by the Seventh Framework programme (FP7) to apply for Open Access publishing fees for eligible BMJ journals. (2016-08-09)

Inserting stents through the wrist reduces bleeding, death rates in heart disease patients
Access through the wrist, or radial access, when inserting stents to restore blood flow in heart disease patients has fewer complications and should be the default approach over access through the groin, or femoral access, according to researchers involved in a study today in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. (2016-06-29)

The Journal of Pain Research receives first impact factor of 2.363
Dove Medical Press are pleased to announce that the Journal of Pain Research has received its first Thomson Reuters Impact Factor, a score of 2.363. (2016-06-16)

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