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Rochester researchers awarded $1.5 million to develop a technology to concentrate sunlight
University of Rochester researchers have been awarded $1.5 million to develop a technology that could reduce the cost of electricity from solar power. (2015-09-04)
There's an app for that
The University of Alberta Faculty of Science continues its leadership in the field of digital learning with the launch of its first electronic textbook this fall. (2015-09-01)
Examining service delivery, patient outcomes in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program
Outpatient human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) health care facilities funded by the federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program were more likely to provide case management, mental health, substance abuse and other support services than those facilities not funded by the program, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. (2015-08-31)
Clinic notes should be re-engineered to meet needs of physicians
Now, in a new study, University of Missouri researchers say it is time to redesign EHR documentation tools to better meet the needs of physicians in order to deliver the best care to patients. (2015-08-31)
Immatics and MD Anderson announce launch of Immatics US Inc. to develop multiple T-cell and TCR-based adoptive cellular therapies
Immatics Biotechnologies GmbH (Immatics) and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center announced today the launch of Immatics US, Inc., a new company aiming at becoming a global leader in adoptive cellular therapies for the treatment of a range of tumor types. (2015-08-26)
Shift focus from calorie counting to nutritional value for heart health, say experts
It's time to stop counting the calories, and instead start promoting the nutritional value of foods if we are to rapidly cut illness and death from cardiovascular disease and curb the rising tide of obesity, say experts in an editorial published in the online journal Open Heart. (2015-08-26)
FIC proteins send bacteria into hibernation
Bacteria do not cease to amaze us with their survival strategies. (2015-08-20)
Report shows uninsured Texans are twice as likely to delay seeking primary care, mental health care
Texans without health insurance are twice as likely to skip seeking primary and mental health care because of cost. (2015-08-20)
New report offers first nationwide look at the impact of the ACA on medically underserved
A new report examining newly-released data from the 2014 Uniform Data System, which collects patient and health care information from the nation's community health centers, shows how the Affordable Care Act is changing insurance coverage and health care in the nation's most medically underserved urban and rural communities. (2015-08-19)
Women choose contraception based on relationships not just pregnancy desires
Women's contraceptive choices are more often driven by current relationships and sexual activity than by long-term pregnancy intentions, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. (2015-08-18)
Health care must be key issue in Canada's federal election
Health care is a major responsibility of Canada's federal government and must be a key issue in the fall election, argues Dr. (2015-08-17)
IRS rules to protect patients from health care financial burdens are inadequate, need legal reform
Recently issued new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules for tax-exempt, typically nonprofit, hospitals designed to help protect patients from health care financial burdens are inadequate and need further legal reform, Georgia State University Law Professor Erin C. (2015-08-17)
Health insurance websites show improved efforts to support patient decision making
Websites for national and state health insurance marketplaces show evidence of improved efforts to assist patients in choosing health insurance plans, such as providing decision support tools, experts from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have found. (2015-08-17)
African-Americans most likely to stop taking meds in Medicare Part D's coverage gap
Medicare Part D provides help to beneficiaries struggling with the cost of prescriptions drugs, but the plan's coverage gap hits some populations harder than others, particularly African-Americans age 65 and older. (2015-08-14)
Analysis identifies disparities in pediatric primary care accessibility in multiple states
An analysis of pediatric primary health care accessibility and availability in multiple states that uncovered systematic disparities between and within states was presented today at a session of the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings in Seattle. (2015-08-10)
Kids, teens win when mental health providers team with pediatricians, family doctors
Amid growing interest in the value of teaming mental health providers with family doctors, the first meta-analysis of research on so-called 'integrated care' finds that children and adolescents were 66 percent more likely to have a positive outcome with the approach than with more traditional primary care. (2015-08-10)
Dental coverage for patients with Medicaid may not prevent tooth-related ER visits
Access to dental care by low-income Americans has become the exception, rather than the rule, as fewer dentists accept Medicaid, according to a new study. (2015-08-04)
Waiving Medicare's 3-day rule lessens hospital stay
A new study finds that when Medicare Advantage plans have waived a rule requiring a minimum of three days in the hospital before skilled nursing care can be covered, the effect was less time in the hospital, which can save money and reduce potential hospital complications for patients. (2015-08-03)
Not-for-profit hospitals may not trump for-profits in providing uncompensated care
While not-for-profit hospitals receive substantial tax benefits, some do not provide free or subsidized care for a higher percentage of patients living in poverty than their for-profit counterparts, according to a study of California medical centers. (2015-08-03)
The uneasy, unbreakable link of money, medicine
In the AMA Journal of Ethics, Dr. Eli Adashi writes that after centuries of concerns about the potentially compromising role of money in medicine, the debate remains irreconcilable and the link remains indivisible. (2015-08-03)
Dementia patients, caregivers prefer better care, support over research for Alzheimer's cure
A new study found most people with dementia and those caring for them ranked funding for caregiving support and long-term care ahead of funding research to find a cure. (2015-08-03)
Every country in the world can afford to support its smokers to stop
That is the conclusion of a major new review, written by leading world experts and published in the medical journal, Addiction. (2015-07-30)
UChicago Medicine supports new organ transplant fund for the uninsured
The University of Chicago Medicine has become the first transplant center to contribute to the Illinois Transplant Fund, a new not-for-profit that provides financial support for organ transplants to qualified uninsured residents of northern and central Illinois and Northwest Indiana. (2015-07-30)
amfAR report highlights priorities to help states achieve national HIV/AIDS strategy goals
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, in collaboration with the National HIV/AIDS Initiative at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law, has released a set of recommendations for how states across the US can improve HIV prevention and care outcomes in an effort to achieve the goals identified within the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. (2015-07-30)
RAND analysis shows more work needed to engage consumers after enrolling in health insurance plans
To understand the issues facing consumers as well as the payers, providers and support organizations who work directly with them, RAND researchers conducted phone-based interviews with insurance companies, physician groups and community support nonprofit organizations. (2015-07-29)
ACA open enrollment periods associated with improved coverage, access to care and health
Results of a national survey that included more than half a million adults indicates significant improvements in trends for self-reported insurance coverage, access to a personal physician and medications, affordability and health after the Affordable Care Act's first and second open enrollment periods, according to a study in the July 28 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on Medicare and Medicaid at 50. (2015-07-28)
Report examines Medicare and Medicaid programs at 50 years and challenges ahead
Although Medicare and Medicaid are playing a role in health care payment and delivery reform innovation, it will be difficult to enact large-scale program changes because of the conflicting priorities of beneficiaries, health practitioners and organizations, and policy makers, according to an article in the July 28 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on Medicare and Medicaid at 50. (2015-07-28)
Findings question measures used to assess hospital quality
Hospitals that were penalized more frequently in the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program offered advanced services, were major teaching institutions and had better performance on other publicly reported process-of-care and outcome measures, according to a study in the July 28 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on Medicare and Medicaid at 50. (2015-07-28)
New study: Consumers don't view GMO labels as negative 'warnings'
A new study released just days after the US House passed a bill that would prevent states from requiring labels on genetically modified foods reveals that GMO labeling would not act as warning labels and scare consumers away from buying products with GMO ingredients. (2015-07-27)
Don't make me wait: Doctor appointment availability went up after Michigan Medicaid expansion
Getting access to health insurance, and getting access to a doctor, are two very different things. (2015-07-22)
New drug assessment program to offer value-based price benchmark
With drug prices for cancer and many other conditions soaring to new highs amid questions about their true value to patients, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review today launched a program to transform the way new drugs are evaluated and priced in the United States. (2015-07-21)
Life-saving breast cancer drugs going untaken in Appalachia
Nearly one-third of breast cancer survivors in Appalachia are not taking the critical, potentially life-saving follow-up treatment -- despite having insurance that would pay for it, a troubling new study has found. (2015-07-20)
Most chronic pain patients use alternative therapies, but many don't tell their doctors
More than half of chronic pain patients in a managed care setting reported using chiropractic care or acupuncture or both, but many of these patients didn't discuss this care with their primary care providers. (2015-07-20)
Georgia State study finds state regulations linked to late cancer diagnoses
States' regulations of health insurance and practitioners significantly influence when patients receive colorectal or breast cancer diagnoses, especially among people younger than the Medicare-eligible age of 65, according to a new study by researchers at Georgia State University's School of Public Health and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (2015-07-20)
Food scientists to work with small farms and growers on food safety
Amanda Kinchla, extension assistant professor of food science, will lead the advanced training project funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture's National Needs Graduate Fellowship Grant Program, which is intended to train 'the next generation of policy makers, researchers and educators in the food and agricultural sciences.' (2015-07-16)
Closing the quality chasm in mental health and substance use care
A plan to ensure that evidence-based psychosocial interventions are routinely used in clinical practice and made a part of clinical training for mental health professionals was released today by the National Academy of Medicine. (2015-07-14)
Nixoncare vs. Obamacare: Comparing the rhetoric and reality of 2 health plans
Few people today would dare call President Richard Nixon a radical liberal. (2015-07-13)
Group Health and UW get $13 million to study aging and the brain
The National Institute on Aging awarded the Group Health-University of Washington Adult Changes in Thought study a grant of nearly $13 million to continue its work for the next five years through April 2020. (2015-07-12)
Spinal cord injuries increasing, especially among older individuals
Traumatic spinal cord injuries are increasing with the population, and incidence is higher in older individuals, according to a Vanderbilt study that was published in the June 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. (2015-07-09)
Learn cutting-edge research opportunities using new DNA sequencing technologies
'Next-Generation DNA Sequencing Informatics, 2e,' from CSHL Press, provides a thorough, plain-language introduction to the necessary informatics methods and tools for analyzing NGS data and provides detailed descriptions of algorithms, strengths and weaknesses of specific tools, pitfalls, and alternative methods. (2015-07-08)
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