Focus of the Week
November 15, 2018
An Oklahoma verdict against Aetna highlights insurer reluctance to pay for proton beam therapy.
November 14, 2018
While obesity is a risk factor for cancer and can promote cancer growth and recurrence, research published this week has found that, paradoxically, obesity can make checkpoint inhibitors more effective in treating cancer.
November 13, 2018
As a result of increased prevention and improved medical treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD), and despite increasing rates of obesity and diabetes, cancer has gradually surpassed CVD as the leading cause of death in high-income counties. However, CVD is more likely to be the leading cause of death in low-income counties.
November 12, 2018
If the trial is successful, venglustat could be the first treatment to target the mechanism of action in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (PKD), which affects 120,000 people in the United States.
November 09, 2018
Progress in health around the globe has stagnated in some countries and gotten worse in others as the world faced increases in conflict and terrorism, epidemics, and noncommunicable diseases, according to global disease estimates published in The Lancet.
November 08, 2018
With healthcare in the spotlight after this week's midterm elections, there are a number of things elected officials can do to encourage hospital safety, said the head of the Leapfrog Group as it released its fall 2018 rankings of Hospital Safety Grades.
November 07, 2018
The Commonwealth Fund, together with The New York Times and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has published a new paper on the experiences of Americans with serious illnesses. The found that the healthcare system adds to patients’ burden of illness, and paying for care can be financially challenging or even ruinous for millions of patients.
November 06, 2018
Elevated blood pressure and stage 1 and 2 hypertension before age 40 puts young adults at higher risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) events later in life compared to those with normal blood pressure, according to a new study published in JAMA.
November 05, 2018
Developing a predictive model can identify which patients could be at risk of developing an opioid use disorder and allow health systems to prevent this from happening.
November 02, 2018
Avoid the allergen. For decades, that was the only advice for people with life threatening food allergies. While that is still true, the food allergy community is cautiously, but excitedly, watching research unfold that could help patients tolerate more of the allergen that might otherwise have serious or deadly consequences.