Focus of the Week

February 11, 2020
While many Americans may associate firearm-related suicides with access to handguns, a report released this month documents the high prevalence of long gun (rifle and shotgun) use in youth and rural suicide rates.
February 10, 2020
There are more than 36 million smokers in the United States today, and most (70%) admit they want to quit. Individuals who decide to quit see a smaller risk of heart disease within 1 to 2 years, along with reduced risks of stroke and peripheral vascular disease. However, annual deaths from smoking still exceed 480,000 in the United States, where over 16 million live with smoking-related diseases that include infertility, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
February 07, 2020
The plan represents the latest element of the Trump administration’s comprehensive approach to renal care, which seeks to keep patients from advancing to dialysis. For those who do, the plan promotes transplants and home dialysis options.
February 06, 2020
When effectively integrated into healthcare systems, well-vetted and scientifically backed healthcare quality measures can have significant impacts on patient health, stressed Shantanu Agrawal, MD, president and CEO of the National Quality Forum, at the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute’s Quality Breakfast on February 6.
February 05, 2020
A novel protein misfolding cyclic amplification technology was able to distinguish between 2 progressive neurodegenerative diseases, Parkinson disease (PD) and multiple system atrophy, signaling potential improvements in diagnosis of PD.
February 04, 2020
Infectious disease experts at the University of Maryland School of Medicine recently warned there is an urgent need for the administration of influenza vaccines among detainees at the southern border.
February 03, 2020
Antiretroviral treatment (ART) is the regimen mainstay for everyone who has HIV, irrespective of infection duration. More than twice as many options for ART were available in 2018 as were offered in 2012—but this did not equal cheaper prices. Between 2012 and 2018, the average wholesale price for initial ART jumped 34% for most people with HIV.
January 31, 2020
Results come at the decision point for practices: Will it be 1-sided or 2-sided risk?
January 30, 2020
The drug-shock strategy was more effective for patients experiencing atrial fibrillation for the first time and for patients younger than 70 years, the researchers said.
January 29, 2020
Researchers from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) estimate that if hospital unit prices matched physician office (PO) prices of cancer drugs, holding drug mix and treatment intensity constant, commercial insurers would have saved $9766 (45%) per user of these medicines in 2016, with statistically significant relative differences ranging from 128.3% (nivolumab) to 428% (fluorouracil).
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