Nantucket for Cheapskates

On Nantucket, stilettos and valet parking have become the norm, along with other signifiers of the immense wealth now summering on the New England island. As Marianne Stanton, the native-born editor of the Inquirer and Mirror (est. 1821), recently opined, the place “has become way too fancy.” My husband and I bought our rather plain…

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A New Trump Order May Make More Health Care Prices Public

The White House released an executive order Monday afternoon intended to require insurance companies, doctors and hospitals to give patients more information about precisely what their care will cost before they get it. President Trump announced the new policy at a signing event, flanked by doctors and patients who had been hit by unexpected medical…

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Shot could remove side effects from late-stage head and neck cancer therapy

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — For advanced stages of head and neck cancer, one of the best treatments is so aggressive that it could bring tooth decay, speech loss, constant nausea or all of the above. That’s because the treatment combines two therapies — chemotherapy and radiation — which means double the cancer-killing power, but also…

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Common antidepressants interact with opioid med to lessen pain relief

CLEVELAND — Common antidepressants interact with the opioid pain medication tramadol to make it less effective for pain relief, according to a study from University Hospitals (UH). These findings have important implications for the opioid epidemic, suggesting that some patients suspected of drug-seeking may in fact be under-medicated and just are seeking more effective pain…

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Pine woodland restoration creates haven for birds in Midwest, MU study finds

IMAGE: The Summer Tanager, one of 16 bird species observed in the study. view more  Credit: University of Missouri. Millions of acres of pine woodlands once covered a large portion of the Midwest. But as humans logged these trees and suppressed natural fires, the woodlands gave way to dense forests with thick leaf litter and tree…

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Portable device can be used to diagnose eye disease remotely

IMAGE: An app operating the optical device sends images of the retina over the internet to Eyer Cloud, which stores and manages patient files. view more  Credit: Phelcom Technologies A portable device connected to a smartphone makes precise images of the retina to detect back-of-the-eye (fundus) disease at a far lower cost than conventional methods. Created…

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NEOMED receives $3.7 Million HRSA Award to improve the health and wellness of older adults

IMAGE: Shown facilitating an interprofessional geriatrics training session, Sanders is the project’s PI and an associate director in NEOMED’s Department of Family and Community Medicine Office of Geriatrics. view more  ROOTSTOWN, OHIO— Northeast Ohio Medical University received a notice of award for a multimillion-dollar grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program.…

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Radionuclide therapy effective in high-grade neuroendocrine neoplasms

IMAGE: Kaplan-Meier curves for progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) (in months) from start of PRRT for all patients with G3 NENs (A), and in subgroups with Ki-67 index of… view more  Credit: J Zhang et al., THERANOSTICS Center for Molecular Radiotherapy and Precision Oncology, Zentralklinik Bad Berka, Germany. Peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) has…

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Bringing neuromodulation therapies to drug-resistant epilepsy patients

IMAGE: Pictured here is Sandipan Pati, M.D., assistant professor in the UAB Department of Neurology. view more  Credit: UAB BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Despite medical and surgical advances to treat epilepsy, between 15 and 40 percent of patients continue to suffer from seizures. A significant service gap exists to bring new therapies — called neuromodulation — that…

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More monitoring needed to reduce post-hospitalization urinary tract infections

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Broader monitoring of patients is needed to reduce the number of people who develop a urinary tract infection after being discharged from the hospital, new research by Oregon State University suggests. Findings were published in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. The exploratory study of more than 3,000 at-risk patients showed…

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