Study finds freestanding EDs charge more than urgent care centers

Freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs) may charge more than urgent care centers (UCCs) to provide care for fewer patients who have similar characteristics and conditions, according to a study released in the Journal of Emergency Medicine. FSEDs are Emergency Departments that are not attached to an acute care hospital and may either be independent or affiliated…


A ‘compelling call’ for pediatricians to discuss firearm safety

IMAGE: This is Kavita Parikh, M.D., a pediatric hospitalist at Children’s National Health System, and senior author of the invited commentary; Lead Author Shilpa J. Patel M.D., MPH, emergency medicine specialist;… view more  Paradoxically, as overall firearm ownership decreased in U.S. households with young children from 1976 to 2016, the proportion of these families who owned…


Study examines long-term opioid use in patients with severe osteoarthritis

New research published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, an official journal of the American College of Rheumatology, reveals that prescription opioids are commonly used long-term to treat pain in older patients with severe osteoarthritis. The study also found substantial statewide variation in rates of treatment with long-term opioid therapy for osteoarthritis, which was not fully explained…


Rutgers researchers highlight need for more smoking cessation programs in state prisons

Inmates want to quit smoking but don’t have access to smoking cessation programs in state prisons, increasing the risk — especially among black male inmates — of cancer, heart disease, stroke and other smoking-related diseases, according to Rutgers researchers. In a study published in Health Psychology Open, researchers examined smoking behaviors and characteristics of 169…


Experimental Zika test under development with Texas Biomed and national collaborators

IMAGE: This is Jean Patterson, Ph.D., Texas Biomed Professor. view more  Credit: Texas Biomed San Antonio, Texas (January 28, 2019) — A collaboration of scientists including Professor Jean Patterson, Ph.D., of Texas Biomedical Research Institute, is working on a new way to detect Zika virus that will help guide clinicians in their treatment of patients with…


Best Dressed at the 2019 SAG Awards

Lady Gaga in Dior Haute Couture and Tiffany and Co. Jewelry

The triple threat wore white (from the Dior haute couture show less than a week ago!), but she looked anything but bridal. With a high slit and low-plunging neckline Gaga wowed with blood red beauty touches.

The Tabloid Myths of Jennifer Aniston and Donald Trump

In a depressing news cycle, the cover of In Touch Weekly’s Jan. 21 issue was a beautiful sight. It was a blast from a less complicated past, with its vintage photograph of a beaming Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt staring out at readers from above the bold headline: “We’re Having a Girl!” For some who…


All the Looks From the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Award season continues with its third big award show: the Screen Actors Guild Awards tonight in Los Angeles. Here, what everyone from Emma Stone and Lady Gaga to Lupita Nyong’o and Constance Wu are wearing on the red carpet. Column gowns, tulle dresses, and suits are among the many statement looks.

On the Way to Auschwitz, I Found ‘Heil Hitler’ Signs for Sale

Once a bazaar and kosher slaughterhouse for Kazimierz, Krakow’s old Jewish quarter, Plac Nowy — or “New Square” — is today known for its open-air flea market and food stalls. So on a recent visit, I ordered zapiekanka (a traditional Polish sandwich) and perused the souvenir stands as I waited for the cheese to melt.…


Medical News Today: Diabetes: How optimism may influence your risk

New research suggests that optimism may have a protective effect against type 2 diabetes in postmenopausal women. In addition to lifestyle factors such as physical activity, optimistic personality traits may lower diabetes risk. A range of factors can raise the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Some of these factors — such as diet, physical…