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Managing disease spread through accessible modeling

A new computer modeling study is aimed at making epidemiological models more accessible and useful for public-health collaborators and improving disease-related decision making.

Physicians vastly underestimate patients' willingness to share sexual orien…

A study that surveyed a national sample of emergency department health care providers and adult patients suggests that patients are substantially more willing to disclose their sexual orientation than health care workers believe.

Displaying lab test costs in health records doesn't deter doctors from orde…

Hospitals nationwide are seeking ways to use price transparency -- displaying the price of lab tests at the time when doctors are placing the order -- to nudge doctors to consider whether the benefits are worth the cost. But, results of a new study show that simply displaying the Medicare allowable fees did not have an overall impact on how clinicians ordered these tests.

Medicaid expansion linked with increase in prescriptions filled for chronic…

During the first one and a half years of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the number of prescriptions filled by adults using Medicaid coverage increased by 19 percent in states that expanded Medicaid compared to states that did not, according to a new study. The largest increases were for medications to manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, and for birth control.

Risk of psychosis from cannabis use lower than originally thought, say scie…

Scientists have shown that the risk of developing psychosis, such as hallucinations, from cannabis use is small compared to the number of total users.

Examining cost-effectiveness of initial diagnostic exams for microscopic he…

Routine urinalysis for screening of genitourinary cancer isn't recommended by any major health group but patients who undergo urinalysis for a variety of other reasons are often found to have microscopic hematuria, which prompts further evaluation. A new article explores the cost-effectiveness of four initial diagnostic protocols for these patients.

Common drugs, uncommon risks? Higher rate of serious problems after short-t…

People taking corticosteroids for short-term relief were more likely to break a bone, have a potentially dangerous blood clot or develop sepsis in the months after treatment, compared with similar adults who didn't use the drugs, a new study finds. Though only a small percentage of both groups went to the hospital for these serious health threats, the higher rates seen among people who took steroids are cause for caution, the researchers say.

Adolescents with frequent PE more informed about physical activity's role i…

Frequent, long-term instruction in physical education not only helps adolescents be more fit but also equips them with knowledge about how regular physical activity relates to good health.

Substantial increase in chronic venous insufficiency procedures in Medicare…

Utilization of procedures to treat chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) in the Medicare population increased markedly from 2005 through 2014, research has found.

Norwegian women drink least while pregnant, British women drink most

A study among over 7000 women in 11 European countries shows the proportion of women in Europe who drink alcohol when they know they are pregnant is lowest in Norway and highest in the UK. The countries with the highest proportion of women who reported alcohol consumption during pregnancy were the UK (28.5 %), Russia (26.5 %) and Switzerland (20.9 %).

Higher tobacco taxes needed to reduce smoking rates in South Asia, new anal…

Higher taxes on tobacco could reduce consumption in South Asia by at least one-third and avoid 35-45 million premature deaths, concludes a new analysis.

Patients uncertain about how to best manage their cholesterol, survey finds

People who have high cholesterol may understand they need to manage their condition, but many aren’t sure how to do that, nor do they feel confident they can, according to a new survey.

Hospitals put your data at risk, study finds

Lying in a hospital bed, the last thing you should have to worry about is a personal data breach. Yet recent research found nearly 1,800 occurrences of large data breaches in patient information over a seven-year period.

Serving the Millennial Patient

4/6/2017 05:00 AM - Patient Engagement
While the younger generation may be at ease in the digital world, its members still want a personal relationship with their health care providers, Sita Ananth says.

The value of second opinions demonstrated in study

Many patients seek a second opinion or diagnosis confirmation before treatment for a complex condition. In a new study, researchers report that as many as 88 percent of those patients go home with a new or refined diagnosis -- changing their care plan and potentially their lives. Conversely, only 12 percent receive confirmation that the original diagnosis was complete and correct.

Multipurpose Clinic Reduces Care Silos

4/4/2017 05:00 AM - Patient Engagement
Public-private partnership allows for better collaboration between primary care providers and residents.

Typologies: Women drinkers are more diverse than men drinkers

People drink alcohol for a number of reasons. This study focused on understanding why people drink and the consequences of their drinking. First, researchers identified “clusters” of drinkers in New Zealand, based on how much alcohol they drank, their beverage of choice, and a preference for public or private drinking locations. Second, it investigated the relations among drinker types and harms experienced, and considered their policy implications.

Real-world massage is effective treatment for low back pain, study shows

Real-world massage therapy to be an effective treatment for chronic low back pain, researchers found in a first study of its kind.

Where you live could determine risk of heart attack, stroke or dying of hea…

People living in parts of Ontario with better access to preventive health care had lower rates of cardiac events compared to residents of regions with less access, found a new study.

E-cigarette flavors linked to use in youth and young adults, researchers re…

Flavored e-cigarettes and e-cigarette marketing could be increasing e-cigarette use among youth and young adults, according to researchers.

 Research Updates   Show all: Research Updates

New way to speed search for cancer cures dramatically

A new technique will let a single cancer research lab do the work of dozens, dramatically accelerating the search for new treatments and cures. And the technique will benefit not just cancer research but research into every disease driven by gene mutations, from cystic fibrosis to Alzheimer's disease.

Does the microbiome play a role in the effectiveness of colorectal cancer t…

C. elegans, fed a diet of E. coli bacteria, are 100 times more sensitive to the chemotherapy drug floxuridine, commonly used to treat colon cancer, than worms fed different bacteria. These findings suggest that the bacteria residing in your digestive tract may play an important role in your ability to respond to chemotherapy.

Metastatic breast cancers: Characterizing the profile of metastases for imp…

A new study offers a better understanding of the progression of breast cancer. The conclusions could have an impact on care for patients suffering from a metastatic breast cancer. This is one of the first studies based on the analysis of multiple metastases obtained at the time of patient autopsies.

Could genetics influence what we like to eat?

Gene variants could affect food preferences in healthy people, according to a new study. The findings could lead to new strategies that make it easier for people to stick to an optimal diet.

Genetics are key to hormone therapy lowering risk of broken bones in older …

Women at the highest genetic risk for fracture benefit the most from hormone therapy, according to a first-of-its-kind study.

Using CRISPR to reverse retinitis pigmentosa and restore visual function

Using the gene-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9, researchers have reprogrammed mutated rod photoreceptors to become functioning cone photoreceptors, reversing cellular degeneration and restoring visual function in two mouse models of retinitis pigmentosa.

New blood test offers potential for faster, targeted treatment of non-small…

Identification of a specific genetic mutation in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) helps clinicians select the best treatment option. Potential NSCLC patients usually undergo invasive tissue biopsy, which may often be unnecessary and delays treatment. A new report describes a new blood test that can accurately and quickly identify genetic mutations associated with NSCLC, allowing clinicians to make earlier, individualized treatment choices -- a step forward in personalized cancer treatment.

Personalized workouts to prevent heart disease designed by new digital inst…

Personalized workouts to prevent heart disease can be designed by a new digital instrument, according to research. The EXPERT tool specifies the ideal exercise type, intensity, frequency, and duration needed to prevent a first or repeat cardiovascular event.

A new blue gene: NKPD1 variant increases depression risk

A study of people from an isolated village in the Netherlands reveals a link between rare variants in the gene NKPD1 and depressive symptoms. The study helps researchers understand the molecular pathology of the disease, which could eventually improve how depression is diagnosed and treated.

Novel method for generating airway cells from stem cells

Researchers have developed a new approach for growing and studying cells they hope one day will lead to curing lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis through 'personalized medicine.'

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