New health insurance insights

A new analysis of a randomized health insurance program in Oregon sheds light on the value the program has for enrollees and providers alike. The study, by MIT economist Amy Finkelstein and two co-authors, suggests that adults with low incomes value Medicaid at only about 20 cents to 50 cents per dollar of medical spending…

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Utah Cardiac Recovery Symposium to be held Jan. 16-17, 2020

The 8th Annual Utah Cardiac Recovery Symposium (U-CARS) will be held on January 16-17, 2020, at the University of Utah Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House in Salt Lake City, Utah. See the symposium website for the full agenda and registration. The 2020 symposium will host thought leaders and noted speakers in the field of cardiac…

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Radiation breaks connections in the brain

One of the potentially life-altering side effects that patients experience after cranial radiotherapy for brain cancer is cognitive impairment. Researchers now believe that they have pinpointed why this occurs and these findings could point the way for new therapies to protect the brain from the damage caused by radiation. The new study — which appears…

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How mysterious circular DNA causes cancer in children

Cancer development is associated with the gradual accumulation of DNA defects over time. Thus, cancer is considered an age-related disease. But why do children develop cancer? An international team of researchers, led by Charité — Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, now reveal that mysterious rings of DNA known…

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All roads lead to migraine

London, UK: A recent study published in the journal Cephalalgia, the official journal of the International Headache Society, reported an intriguing discovery. The study, entitled «Investigation of distinct molecular pathways in migraine induction using calcitonin gene-related peptide and sildenafil», was conducted by Dr. Samaira Younis and colleagues from the Danish Headache Center, Rigshospitalet Glostrup, University…

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Reporters invited to attend Crohn’s & Colitis Congress®

Dec. 16 2019 — The Crohn’s & Colitis Congress®, the premier conference for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) health care providers and researchers, invites media to register for the 2020 meeting. A partnership of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the Congress will disseminate the latest research and care strategies to…

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Evidence suggests previously unrecognized latex allergies may play role in equine asthma

DENVER/December 16, 2019 — Latex exposure could be detrimental to a horse’s respiratory health. That’s the surprising discovery from Morris Animal Foundation-funded research at the Royal Agricultural University and University of Nottingham. While further investigation is needed, researchers say latex could be among the allergens responsible for causing severe equine asthma (sEA), a serious horse…

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A new gene therapy strategy, courtesy of Mother Nature

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Scientists have developed a new gene-therapy technique by transforming human cells into mass producers of tiny nano-sized particles full of genetic material that has the potential to reverse disease processes. Though the research was intended as a proof of concept, the experimental therapy slowed tumor growth and prolonged survival in mice with…

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