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New report: Rate of uninsured young adults drops by more than one-third in Texas
The percentage of young adults ages 18 to 34 in Texas without health insurance has dropped by 35 percent since the Affordable Care Act went into effect, according to a new report released today by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Episcopal Health Foundation. (2016-08-23)

Study finds better definition of homelessness may help minimize HIV risk
Being homeless puts people at greater risk of HIV infection than those with stable housing, but targeting services to reduce risk behaviors is often complicated by fuzzy definitions of homelessness. (2016-08-19)

Super stair-climbers
They have big ambitions: nine students from ETH Zurich and ZHdK are preparing to take on developers from renowned manufacturers and universities from around the world with their 'Scewo' wheelchair at the Cybathlon. For months now, they have been investing every free minute into making sure their prototype is ready for the competition. (2016-08-19)

ACA coverage hikes prescription drug use, lowers out-of-pocket spending, study finds
There are few studies tracking changes in the use of health services by people newly insured under the federal Affordable Care Act. But a new study of nearly 7 million Americans shows that those who gained health coverage sharply increased their use of prescription drugs, while their out-of-pocket spending for medications dropped significantly. (2016-08-17)

Syracuse University professor John Burdick to study social housing projects in Rio
Over three years, the team will observe a state-planned housing project that aims to provide housing titles to its residents; two buildings managed by a partnership between a housing rights organization and the state; a building physically occupied by squatters who are negotiating rights to turn the building into a self-managed cooperative; and a building of state-subsidized rentals. (2016-08-16)

Study finds B.C. physician incentives not enough to improve complex patient care
A program that offers incentives for B.C.'s primary care physicians to care for patients with complex health conditions has failed to improve access to primary care or reduce hospitalizations, according to a study led by SFU health sciences professor Ruth Lavergne. (2016-08-15)

Dear future US president: A wish list from a physician-scientist
In this Editorial, Scott Friedman lays out his wish list for the 2016 US presidential candidates. (2016-08-10)

Study finds Medicaid expansion did not increase emergency department use
GW researchers published a Health Affairs study finding that the expansion of Medicaid insurance coverage in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act did not increase hospital emergency department visits, as was widely predicted by policymakers and researchers. (2016-08-09)

Medicaid expansion under ACA linked with better health care for low-income adults
Two years after Medicaid coverage was expanded under the Affordable Care Act in their states, low-income adults in Kentucky and Arkansas received more primary and preventive care, made fewer emergency department visits, and reported higher quality care and improved health compared with low-income adults in Texas, which did not expand Medicaid (2016-08-08)

Insurance status impacts survival in men with testicular cancer
Men with testicular cancer who were uninsured or on Medicaid had a higher risk of death from what is normally a curable disease than insured patients, a new study found. (2016-08-08)

Alternative insurance expansions under ACA linked to better access, use of care
Two different approaches to insurance expansion under the Affordable Care Act were associated with increased outpatient and preventive care, reduced emergency department use, and improved self-reported health compared to nonexpansion in another state, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. (2016-08-08)

Autism risk in younger children increases if they have older sibling with disorder
A new Kaiser Permanente study found that the risk of younger siblings developing an autism spectrum disorder is 14 times higher if an older sibling has ASD. The study, which was published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, also found the risk level was consistent across gestational age at birth. (2016-08-05)

Working full time not enough to lift thousands of Florida's working parents out of poverty
Even after working 40 or more hours a week, thousands of Florida parents would need to earn nearly double the state's current hourly minimum wage in order to break even. Findings from the National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, on Florida's minimum wage, underscore the importance of considering the consequences of policies -- and policy interactions -- on the lives of working families. (2016-08-04)

Rapid bacterial infection test reduces antibiotic use
A trial of a 5-minute test at ten primary care centres in Vietnam reduced antibiotic use for respiratory infections. The rapid test detects C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of infections caused by bacteria, in patients' blood: low CRP is suggestive of viral infection where antibiotic treatment is not required. (2016-08-02)

Telestroke program closes gaps in treatment, increases access to timely stroke remedy
The use of a life-saving clot-dissolving treatment for patients with acute ischemic stroke increased by 73 percent following the implementation of a Kaiser Permanente telestroke program, according to a study published today in The Permanente Journal. (2016-07-29)

Should the gray wolf keep its endangered species protection?
A decision by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the gray wolf from protection under the US Endangered Species Act may be made as early as this fall. Research published today in the journal Science Advances presents strong evidence that the scientific reason advanced by the service for delisting the gray wolf is incorrect. (2016-07-27)

Health insurance coverage is associated with lower odds of alcohol use by pregnant women
Researchers studied the relationship between health insurance coverage and tobacco and alcohol use among reproductive age women in the US, and whether there were differences according to pregnancy status. The findings showed that pregnant women with insurance coverage had lower odds of alcohol use in the past month; however the odds of tobacco use were not affected. For non-pregnant women, insurance coverage resulted in higher odds of alcohol use but lower odds of using tobacco. (2016-07-26)

The Lancet: Simpler, cheaper psychological treatment as effective as cognitive behavioural therapy for treating depression
A simple and inexpensive psychotherapy or talking therapy known as behavioral activation (BA) is as effective at treating depression in adults as the gold-standard cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and can be delivered by non-specialist staff with minimal training at far less cost, according to new research published in The Lancet. (2016-07-22)

Stanford researchers reveal cost-effective path to drought resiliency
California needs to better prepare for droughts. A new study highlights the costs, benefits and obstacles of a possible solution -- managed aquifer recharge. (2016-07-21)

Risk of low blood sugar differs among similar diabetes drugs
Adding sulphonylureas (SUs) to metformin remains a commonly used strategy for treating type 2 diabetes, but individual SUs differ and may confer different risks of abnormally low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia. SUs -- which include newer generation agents such as gliclazide, glipizide, glimepiride, and glibenclamide -- stimulate the production of insulin in the pancreas and increase the effectiveness of insulin in the body. (2016-07-19)

Surgical expenses cause financial catastrophe for millions each year
According to an analysis of publicly available data from 186 countries, direct medical costs of surgery put an estimated 43.9 percent of the world's population at risk of financial catastrophe and between 30.8 and 57.0 percent at risk of falling below national and international poverty lines. (2016-07-19)

Study finds quality of care in VA health care system compares well to other settings
The quality of health care provided to US military veterans in Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities compares favorably with the treatment and services delivered outside the VA. In fact, VA facilities perform better in some cases when it comes to the safety and effectiveness of the treatment provided. This is according to review that was led by Dr. Courtney Gidengil of the RAND Corporation in the US, and appears in Springer's Journal of General Internal Medicine. (2016-07-18)

Quality of care in VA health system compares well to other settings, study finds
A new study finds that the Veterans Affairs health care system generally performs better than or similar to other health care systems on providing safe and effective care to patients. The project was part of an assessment of the VA health system mandated by the US Congress after reports that veterans faced long delays for care at some VA health facilities. (2016-07-18)

Soft drink, soft price: Soda prices found to be significantly low
Drexel University researchers found a huge disparity between the price of soda, which is linked to the prevalence of health issues like diabetes, and milk -- a difference in price that could be narrowed by taxes like the one on sugary drinks recently approved in Philadelphia. (2016-07-18)

Loss of employer-based health insurance in early retirement affects mental, physical health
The loss of private health insurance from an employer can lead to poorer mental and physical health as older adults transition to early retirement, according to a study by Georgia State University. (2016-07-18)

New report: Nearly a third of Hispanics in Texas don't have health insurance
The percentage of Hispanics in Texas without health insurance has dropped by 30 percent since the Affordable Care Act went into effect, but almost one-third of Hispanic Texans ages 18 to 64 remain uninsured. That's one of the conclusions of a new report released today by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Episcopal Health Foundation. (2016-07-14)

Review: Telehealth poised to revolutionize health care
Telehealth is growing rapidly and has the potential to transform the delivery of health care for millions of persons. That is the conclusion of a review article appearing today in the New England Journal of Medicine. (2016-07-13)

Internists say cost sharing, particularly deductibles, may cause patients to forgo or delay care
The American College of Physicians (ACP) today said that cost sharing, particularly deductibles, may cause patients to forgo or delay care, including medically necessary services. 'The effects are particularly pronounced among those with low incomes and the very sick,' said Nitin S. Damle, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.P., president of ACP. (2016-07-13)

Grant aims to expand inland Southern California's primary care workforce
The School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside has received a $2.3 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to help transform the local healthcare system. The school plans to accomplish this by embedding continuous quality improvement in inland Southern California primary care practices throughout the healthcare provider training spectrum. The school emphasizes primary care and improving the health of the community - both of which constitute the focus of the grant. (2016-07-12)

New diabetes screening recommendation misses more than half of high-risk patients
Fifty-five percent of high-risk patients were missed by diabetes screening guidelines, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. Not identifying patients with diabetes and prediabetes prevents them from getting the necessary preventive care. This is the first study to examine how the latest diabetes screening guidelines, issued in October 2015, may perform in practice. (2016-07-12)

Ben Kliger & colleagues offer new strategies for integrating mind-body medicine into primary care
A growing body of research supports the role for mind-body medicine (MBM), including mindfulness, hypnosis, and biofeedback techniques. These approaches offer safe and cost-saving treatment for common disorders such as pain, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, and mental health illnesses. Time and cost pressures on primary care physicians are driving a need to discover novel strategies to provide MBM to more patients. A recently published study in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. (2016-07-12)

Preventive procedure for ovarian cancer adopted without adverse surgical outcomes
A surgical procedure recommended to reduce the future risk of ovarian cancer has been successfully implemented throughout Kaiser Permanente in Northern California without a change in surgical outcomes, according to research published today in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. (2016-07-11)

A step towards palliative care policy in Africa
ecancer's latest Special Issue provides an update on rapidly evolving developments in palliative cancer care in Africa. (2016-07-07)

Many top selling sunscreens don't offer adequate protection
About 40 percent of top selling sunscreens on Amazon.com don't meet AAD guidelines, largely due to a lack of water resistance. The study also found consumers spend up to 3,000 percent more for products that provide the same sunscreen protection as lower-cost sunscreens. Dermatologists wanted to identify high performing products that are affordable and popular to know what to recommend to their patients and increase the likelihood of their using it. (2016-07-06)

ACA's tobacco surcharges reduce smokers' insurance take-up, study finds
A new study by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health reveals an unexpected consequence of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) tobacco surcharges: High surcharges resulted in lower rates of insurance enrollment among smokers in the first year of the ACA's implementation, without increasing smoking cessation. These effects are at odds with the ACA's mission of universal coverage. (2016-07-06)

LSU professor publishes study on state Medicaid provision, federal subsidization
'Federal Subsidization and State Medicaid Provision,' a paper by LSU Economics and Policy Research Group Director Stephen Barnes, was recently accepted for publication by Review of Economic Dynamics. (2016-07-06)

Kaiser Permanente study: National rates of death due to heart disease, stroke leveling off
After more than a decade of steady improvements, the decline in mortality rates from heart disease and stroke has slowed nationally and nearly leveled out since 2011, according to a new analysis from Kaiser Permanente published in JAMA Cardiology. (2016-06-29)

Low socioeconomic status associated with risk of death in patients with diabetes
Access and use of health care resources in Sweden is equitable and affordable and the management of those resources is well developed. (2016-06-27)

Heading to the hospital? Even with insurance, it may cost $1,000 or more, study finds
Even people who have what they might think of as good health insurance, may find that their next hospital stay could cost more than $1,000 out of their own pocket. And that amount has gone up sharply in recent years -- a rise of more than 37 percent just for straightforward hospital stays for common conditions. (2016-06-27)

DFG approves international research project on the transnationalization of long-term care
The provision of elderly care by migrant care workers in private households can be observed in many countries, also in Germany. While the oftentimes precarious working conditions of migrant care workers have been the focus of several studies, only little is known about how care is delivered and negotiated in these arrangements. A new research project at Mainz University will focus on this subject. The project will be supported by the German Research Foundation. (2016-06-27)

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