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Robert Dubois, MD, PhD, chief science officer of the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC), has advised the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to be cautious when using the information provided by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER)’s drug assessment reports to inform formulary decisions.
A new commentary suggests that interventions to promote physical activity in survivors of cancer should be delivered at home and guided by oncologists.
Dr Arwen Podesta: Better Communication and More Compassion Needed for Patients With Pain
There is a stigma that comes with being addicted to opioids, even if they are prescribed to manage pain, that can hurt the care patients need to receive, said Arwen Podesta, MD, ABPN, FASAM, ABIHM, of Tulane University.
Consumers spend $2 billion worldwide on body moisturizers each year, but a new study found that many skin-quenching products marketed as hypoallergenic or fragrance free actually contain some of the allergens known to pose a risk of contact dermatitis.
Dr Thomas Kosten Highlights Payer Oversight of Opioids
Payers have made tremendous progress in improving oversight of opioids and other pain medications, but what is really needed is a shift to abuse-deterrent formulations, which are more expensive, said Thomas Kosten, MD, a psychiatrist with Baylor College of Medicine.
Obesity and overweight in individuals were associated with a lower risk and frequency of chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD) exacerbations in Taiwan.
Experiments with baker's yeast showed why a fat-regulating enzyme is needed in the body.
A survey of patients with ADHD showed that two-thirds of those who augment their morning medication do so because it stops working, and 42% have to plan their day around their medication fading.
While exercise tends to taper off after age 65, the findings show the mental health benefits are greater for seniors who keep moving, which is an important lesson for health professionals.
Salt intake may be associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes. Research presented at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes and published in Diabetologia found sodium intake increased the risk of developing both type 2 diabetes and latent autoimmune diabetes in adults.
While many payers, and the Blues in particular, have invested in digital health startups, a new agreement will pair Horizon with a company whose philosophy rejects the operating mentality of most insurers.
New results published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report have identified a surge in pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) during the period 2001 to 2008, followed by stabilization during 2008 to 2014.
In light of rising rates of preventive mastectomies among women with breast cancer, a new study looks at whether patient and surgeon factors, including attitudes toward breast conservation, affect the odds of receiving this surgery.

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The authors examined the effect of narrow network plan selection on beneficiaries’ outpatient visits and outpatient out-of-pocket expenditures in the 2014 nongroup health insurance market.
New statin prescriptions at the Veterans Health Administration were reviewed using a cross-sectional study design. Statins were frequently prescribed outside of guideline recommendations.
This study examined the early impacts of closing the donut hole in Medicare Part D.
Racial and ethnic differences in hip fracture incidence and mortality outcome were observed within a diverse population of older men, with lower rates of both among Asians.
Provider-owned insurers have the potential to reduce costs, but face challenges building competitive provider networks.
Geographic variation in healthcare spending and utilization within the Military Health System is higher and significantly correlated with Medicare across hospital referral regions.
Placing formulary restrictions on brand name drugs shifts use toward generics, lowers the cost per prescription fill, and has minimal impact on overall adherence for antidiabetes, antihyperlipidemia, and antihypertension medications among low-income subsidy recipients in Medicare Part D plans.
This lifetime economic analysis demonstrates vagal nerve blocking therapy to be a cost-effective alternative to conventional therapy in class 2 and 3 obesity patients.
The authors examined 2 high-risk classification methods to compare and contrast the patient populations, and to identify the preferred method for predicting subsequent emergency department visits.
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