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Food Insecurity a Critical Issue for New Yorkers Trying to Eat Healthy

Leading a busy life makes it tough for anyone to find the time to buy and prepare healthy fare, such as fresh produce and other nutritious foods. Add extreme financial stress, say New Yorkers telling their stories in the new The New York Academy of Medicine report “Food and Nutrition: Hard Truths about Eating Healthy,” and it can be nearly impossible to maintain a healthy diet.

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Testing for Malaria—or Cancer—at Home, via Cheap Paper Strips

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Chemists at The Ohio State University are developing paper strips that detect diseases including cancer and malaria—for a cost of 50 cents per strip.

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People in Hotter, Poorer Neighborhoods at Higher Risk of Death During Extreme Heat

New research from the University of British Columbia shows a higher risk of mortality during extreme heat events in neighbourhoods that tend to get hotter and where people tend to be poorer.

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Car Ownership Has the Biggest Influence Over How Much Londoners Exercise While Traveling

Oxford, June 28, 2016 - Owning a car or bicycle has the strongest influence on how much active travel a Londoner engages in. Car ownership leaves them two to three times less likely to travel actively. And in Outer London, simply owning a bicycle makes you more likely to get 30 minutes of active travel in, even if you have not used it recently. These findings, published in a study in the Journal of Transport & Health, will help policymakers better target interventions to promote active travel.

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Latest Research on Physical Therapy in ICU Setting a "Surprising Reversal"

In a surprising about-face, researchers have determined that a protocol providing physical therapy to ICU patients did not shorten hospital length of stay. The study, which is the largest to-date, reversed the findings from earlier pilot studies.

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Monkey Study Shows Zika Infection Prolonged in Pregnancy

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University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers studying monkeys have shown that one infection with Zika virus protects against future infection, though pregnancy may drastically prolong the time the virus stays in the body.

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New Research Shows Vaccine Protection Against Zika Virus

The rapid development of a safe and effective vaccine to prevent the Zika virus (ZIKV) is a global priority, as infection in pregnant women has been shown to lead to fetal microcephaly and other major birth defects. The World Health Organization declared the Zika virus epidemic a global public health emergency on February 1, 2016.

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Novel Lipid Lowering Medication Improves Blood Sugar Control in Type 2 Diabetes

Volanesorsen, an experimental lipid-lowering medication, improved insulin sensitivity and glucose control by significantly decreasing patients’ overall hemoglobin A1c – the standard clinical measurement of blood glucose levels for diabetics – in a new study reported by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The results are published online this month in Diabetes Care.

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Next Flu Pandemic Could Double Past Cost Estimates

Policy makers’ and public health officials’ proper reactions could hold down the total costs to U.S. GDP of an influenza outbreak. Otherwise, costs could be nearly double previous estimates.

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Researcher Receives Grant to Understand Why Some HIV+ Individuals Avoid the “Duet of Death”

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine experts and colleagues in the United States and Africa have received an $11 million, five-year NIH grant to understand why some people living with HIV in Africa avoid becoming infected with the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB) despite exposure to high-TB-risk circumstances.

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3D Printed Kidney Helps Doctors Save Woman's Organ During Complicated Tumor Removal

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Doctors and scientists at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City printed and used a 3D kidney to help save a patient's organ during a complicated tumor-removal procedural.

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UCLA Health Experts Advisory for July

UCLA Health Experts are available to discuss a wide variety of topics of interest for the month of July.

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AMGA Provides Comments on MACRA Implementation

AMGA today recommended that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) increase possible pathways to participate in Medicare as an advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) in written comments on the proposed rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). In addition, AMGA addressed many other issues, including the restrictions on qualifying as an advanced APM, risk adjustment and resource use measurement under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), and the importance of considering outcomes when determining value in health care.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Anti-Abortion Provisions in Texas Case: GW Experts Available

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Penn-CHOP Named CDC Prevention Epicenter Site

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have been awarded over $5 million to serve as a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Prevention Epicenter site to help develop and test innovative approaches to preventing superbugs and improving patient safety.

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Researchers Discover the 2009 Swine Flu Pandemic Originated in Mexico

The 2009 swine H1N1 flu pandemic — responsible for more than 17,000 deaths worldwide — originated in pigs from a very small region in central Mexico, a research team headed by investigators at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is reporting.

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Teaching an Old Drug New Tricks to Fight Cytomegalovirus

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that an old drug once mostly used to treat amebiasis — a disease caused by a parasite — and induce vomiting in cases of poisoning appears to also halt replication of cytomegalovirus (CMV), a herpesvirus that can cause serious disease in immunocompromised individuals, including those with HIV or organ transplant recipients.

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When Reality Bites: Procedures Meet Practice in Community Pharmacies

High workload, rigid rules, and conflicting pressures from their employers are all leading to community pharmacy staff deviating from standard procedures at times to ensure patients receive the tailored care they require, a new study from The University of Manchester has found.

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Political Pitfalls in Handling Ebola May Carry Over to Zika

If the United States responds to Zika the way it did to Ebola—and early indications are that in many ways it is—the country can expect missteps brought about by a lack of health care coordination and a lot of political finger pointing, according to an analysis by the University of Michigan.

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Researchers Uncover Global, Evolving, and Historic Make-Up of Malaria Species

A team of scientists has uncovered the global, evolving, and historic make-up of Plasmodium vivax, one of the five species of malaria that infect humans. The research, which links the spread of the parasite back to colonial seafaring, among other phenomena, underscores the challenges health experts face in controlling the parasite.