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January 20, 2019

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January 20, 2019

Bioethicists Call for Oversight of Consumer 'Neurotechnologies' With Unproven Benefits

Jan. 17, 2019 — The marketing of consumer 'neurotechnologies' can be enticing: apps that diagnose a mental state, and brain devices that improve cognition or 'read' one's emotional state. ... read more

Less Than Half of U.S. Youth Discuss Sensitive Topics With Their Doctors

Jan. 16, 2019 — Fewer than half of young people in the United States are having discussions of sensitive topics with their regular healthcare providers, according to a new study. The research suggests that modifying ... read more

Fighting Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders on Multiple Levels

Jan. 16, 2019 — Over the past several decades, it's become increasingly recognized that perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), including postpartum depression, are more than just "baby blues." ... read more

Physical Activity Reduces Mortality in Patients With Diabetes

Jan. 15, 2019 — Patients with type 2 diabetes should be prescribed physical activity to control blood sugar and improve heart health, researchers recommend in a newly published ... read more

Seeing Soda's Influence

Jan. 9, 2019 — A complex network of research funding, institutional ties and personal influence has allowed the Coca-Cola Company, through its connections with a nonprofit group, to exert substantial influence over ... read more

Older People Who Use Hearing Aids Still Report Hearing Challenges

Jan. 7, 2019 — A high proportion of older people with hearing aids, especially those with lower incomes, report having trouble hearing and difficulty accessing hearing care services, according to a new ... read more

Dropping Individual Mandate Penalty Could Reduce Coverage Enrollment, Increase Premiums

Jan. 7, 2019 — A new study reports the results of a survey asking Californians enrolled in the individual marketplace in 2017 whether they would have purchased health insurance without the ... read more

US Health Care Spending Highest Among Developed Countries

Jan. 7, 2019 — Americans on average continue to spend much more for health care -- while getting less care -- than people in other developed countries, according to a new ... read more

Rising Drug Prices Linked to Older Products -- Not Just Newer, Better Medications

Jan. 7, 2019 — Drug companies cite R&D as the reason for ever-increasing drug prices, but a new study shows it's actually price hikes on older drugs that's driving the ... read more

Introducing Gun Safety Into Health Care Providers' Checklists to Prevent Teen Suicide

Jan. 7, 2019 — Mental health services researchers at UMass Amherst and elsewhere assessed the needs of stakeholders who would implement a new approach to promoting a program, the Firearm Safety Check. They found ... read more

Pre-Medicare Years Bring Health Insurance Worries for Many

Jan. 3, 2019 — With the dawn of a new year, most Americans have just started a new health insurance coverage period -- whether they receive their coverage through a job, buy it themselves or have a government plan. ... read more

Technology and Doctors Combine to Detect Patients Who Don't Take Their Pills

Jan. 3, 2019 — Almost everyone does it at some point -- skip a dose of a medication, decide to not schedule a recommended follow-up appointment or ignore doctor's orders to eat or exercise differently. Such ... read more

Medicare's Bundled Payment Experiment for Joint Replacements Shows Moderate Savings

Jan. 2, 2019 — Medicare's randomized trial of a new bundled payment model for hip and knee replacement surgeries led to $812 in savings per procedure, or a 3.1 percent reduction in costs, when compared with ... read more

No Compelling Evidence for Health Benefits of Non-Sugar Sweeteners

Jan. 2, 2019 — There is no compelling evidence to indicate important health benefits of non-sugar sweeteners, and potential harms cannot be ruled out, suggests a new ... read more

Antibiotic Overuse Is High for Common Urology Procedures

Dec. 21, 2018 — A new study suggests that antibiotics are being overused in up to 60 percent of patients undergoing common urological procedures. The study shows that the high rates of overuse were mostly due to ... read more

Study of Traditional Medicine Finds High Use in Sub-Saharan Africa Despite Modern Medicine

Dec. 18, 2018 — Researchers who have undertaken the first systematic review of into the use of traditional, complementary and alternative medicines (TCAM) in Sub-Saharan Africa found its use is significant and not ... read more

School-Based Nutritional Programs Reduce Student Obesity

Dec. 17, 2018 — In-school nutrition policies and programs that promote healthier eating habits among middle school students limit increases in body mass index (BMI), a new study ... read more

Average Outpatient Visit in US Approaching $500

Dec. 17, 2018 — The average outpatient visit in the United States costs nearly $500, according to a new scientific study. In addition, the average inpatient stay had a price tag in 2016 of more than $22,000. Both of ... read more

Excess Body Weight Responsible for Nearly 4 Percent of Cancers Worldwide

Dec. 12, 2018 — Excess body weight accounted for approximately 3.9 percent of all cancers worldwide in 2012, a figure that is expected to rise in the coming decades given current ... read more

Subway Train Travel Linked to Spread of Flu-Like Illnesses

Dec. 12, 2018 — Despite the commuter cold being a widely accepted concept, it has never been proven that public transport contributes to the spread of airborne infections. Now new research on the London underground ... read more

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