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February 15, 2019

Online Support for GPs Reduces Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescriptions

Feb. 12, 2019 — New research shows that electronically-delivered prescribing feedback and online decision support for GPs reduces unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions for respiratory ... read more

Insurance Rules Make It Harder to Treat Opioid Use Disorder

Feb. 12, 2019 — Insurance industry cost-control measures may be worsening the nation's opioid epidemic by limiting access to a key medication that treats addiction, according to ... read more

Parenting in the Age of Legal Pot: Household Rules, Conversations Help Guide Teen Use

Feb. 7, 2019 — The legalization of marijuana in Washington state in 2012 gave parents the opportunity for a new teachable moment. Many say that as society has become more permissive, they want information and ... read more

Mental Illness Not to Blame for Gun Violence, Study Finds

Feb. 7, 2019 — Counter to a lot of public opinion, having a mental illness does not necessarily make a person more likely to commit gun violence. According to a new study, a better indicator of gun violence was ... read more

Side-Effects Not Fully Reported in More Than 30 Percent of Healthcare Reviews

Feb. 6, 2019 — The potential side-effects of health interventions were not fully reported in more than a third of published health study reviews, research has ... read more

Doctors Dramatically Reduce Racial Disparities in Early-Stage Lung Cancer Treatment

Feb. 5, 2019 — A pragmatic system-based intervention within cancer treatment centers can eliminate existing disparities in treatment and outcomes for black patients with early-stage lung cancer across the U.S. The ... read more

Government Payment Policies Tied to Hospital Performance Fail to Improve Patient Safety, Study Finds

Feb. 5, 2019 — Value-based incentive programs (VBIPs) aim to drive improvements in quality and reduce costs by linking financial incentives or penalties to hospital performance. However, a new study has found no ... read more

Educational Outreach, Public Policy Changes Needed to Reduce Health Hazards at Nail Salons

Feb. 5, 2019 — The nail salon industry has seen rapid growth within the last 20 years, becoming increasingly popular among women of all ages. For the technicians in those salons, this beauty can come with a cost: ... read more

Demand for Long-Acting Contraception Rose Sharply After 2016 Election

Feb. 4, 2019 — A new study finds that rates of long-acting, reversible contraception went up by 21.6 percent in the 30 days after the presidential election compared to rates at the same time of year in ... read more

Lower Obesity Rates Linked With Public Transportation Use, Study Shows

Jan. 29, 2019 — Public transportation systems provide numerous economic benefits for a community. An added public health bonus provided by such systems may be lower obesity rates. A new study compared and analyzed ... read more

Use of Synthetic Drug Flakka Rare Among High School Seniors, but Most Users Take Numerous Drugs

Jan. 29, 2019 — Nearly one percent of high school seniors report using Flakka, a highly potent and potentially dangerous synthetic drug, according to a new ... read more

Bioethicists Call for More Robust System of Ethical Governance in Human Gene-Editing

Jan. 28, 2019 — Bioethicists are calling for a more robust system of ethical governance in human gene-editing in the wake of the Chinese experiment aiming to produce HIV immune ... read more

Alarming Numbers of Violent Injuries Among Schoolchildren

Jan. 24, 2019 — Nearly 1 in 5 fifth-graders has received violent injuries, the majority delivered by guns or knives, according to recent ... read more

Short-Term Hospital Readmissions for Gun Injuries Cost $86 Million a Year

Jan. 23, 2019 — Hospital readmissions of patients within six months of suffering a firearm injury cost taxpayers, private insurers and uninsured families an average of $86 million a year from 2010 through 2015, ... read more

Cannabis Use Disorder: The Policy Climate Matters

Jan. 23, 2019 — Adolescents and young adults living in states with more liberal policies reported higher average rates of past-year cannabis use than those in states with more conservative policies. However, the ... read more

Parental PTSD Affects Health Behavior and Aging Among Offspring of Holocaust Survivors

Jan. 22, 2019 — A new study on intergenerational transmission of trauma has found evidence that Holocaust survivors suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and their adult offspring exhibit more unhealthy ... read more

Payments to Physicians May Increase Opioid Prescribing

Jan. 22, 2019 — US doctors who receive direct payments from opioid manufacturers tend to prescribe more opioids than doctors who receive no such payments, according to new ... read more

Physician-Targeted Marketing Is Associated With Increase in Opioid Overdose Deaths, Study Shows

Jan. 19, 2019 — New research shows that increased marketing of opioid products to physicians -- from consulting fees to free meals -- is associated with higher opioid prescribing rates and elevated overdose deaths ... read more

Violence in PG-13 Rated Movies Not Linked to Violence in US Society

Jan. 18, 2019 — New research suggests that policy makers should remain focused on issues that have been demonstrated to impact criminal behavior, such as family environment, mental health, poverty and ... read more

Salad, Soda and Socioeconomic Status: Mapping a Social Determinant of Health in Seattle

Jan. 17, 2019 — Seattle residents who live in waterfront neighborhoods tend to have healthier diets compared to those who live along Interstate-5 and Aurora Avenue, according to new research on social disparities. ... read more

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