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Readmission Penalties Don’t Correlate to Heart Attack Outcomes

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A program that penalizes hospitals for high early readmission rates of heart attack patients may be unfairly penalizing hospitals that serve a large proportion of African-Americans and those with more severe illness, a study by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers suggests.

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Research, Patient Care, Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute, Brain and Spine, Ut Southwestern

JAMA Study, Clinical Trials Offer Fresh Hope for Kids with Rare Brain Disease

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Anna Gunby can’t run around as smoothly as most 4-year-olds because her wobbly legs are affected by a rare brain disease that also hinders her intellect. She can’t identify colors. She can’t count objects. Her attention span is short.

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Physicians Vastly Underestimate Patients' Willingness to Share Sexual Orientation, Study Finds

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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.

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price transparency, Behavioral Economics, Penn Medicine, Society of General Internal Medicine, Electronic Health Records, Health Care Costs

Displaying Lab Test Costs in Electronic Health Records Doesn’t Deter Doctors from Ordering Them

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.

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Pediatric Dentistry, Medicaid Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis, Medicaid

Research Examines Effects of Early Preventive Dental Care in Medicaid-Enrolled Children

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Contrary to prevailing wisdom, preventive visits to a dentist for children under 2 years old may not reduce the need for more care later, at least among those children enrolled in Medicaid in Alabama, according to a study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

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Cardiology, JAMA, JAMA Cardiology, Trans Fat, Trans Fat Ban, Trans Fatty Acids

Research Suggests Trans Fat Bans Lessen Health Risks

People living in areas that restrict trans fats in foods had fewer hospitalizations for heart attack and stroke compared to residents in areas without restrictions, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Chicago Medicine and Yale School of Medicine.

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Quest for Balance in Radiation Leads to Lower Doses

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New UC Project Finds Roadmap to Improve Patient Safety in Radiation Exposure

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Opioid, Surgery, Prescription, pain, Post-Surgical Care

From Opioid-Free to Long-Term User, in One Operation: Study Shows Key Role of Surgery

Having surgery always comes with risks. But a new study suggests a new one to add to the usual list: the risk of becoming a long-term opioid user. About 6 percent of people who hadn’t been taking opioids before their operation, but were prescribed the drugs to ease their post-surgery pain, were still getting the drugs three to six months later, the study finds.

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Chiropractic, Chiropractors, Spinal adjustment, Spinal Manipulation, Spinal manipulative therapy, Back Pain

JAMA Study Provides Further Support for Spinal Manipulation for Acute Low Back Pain

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), adds to a growing body of recent research supporting the use of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) as a first line treatment for acute low back pain, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

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Cancer, Breast Cancer, contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, Mastectomy

When the Doctor Recommends Against the Surgery a Breast Cancer Patient Wants

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A new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center examines the complex interaction between patients’ desires for contralateral prophylactic mastectomy and surgeons’ responsibility to minimize harm.







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