Focusing continuity of care on sicker patients can save millions of dollars annually

INFORMS journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management New Study Key Takeaways: Continuity of care leads to substantial improvements in patient outcomes, up to a point, more so for sicker patients. Continuity of care leads to fewer inpatient visits, shorter lengths of stay on those visits, and lower readmission rates. Variety in care becomes important at…

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Male size advantage drives evolution of sex change in reef fish

Some species of fish, notably parrotfish and wrasses living on coral reefs, change their biological sex as they age, beginning life as females and later becoming functionally male. New work from the University of California, Davis, shows that this sequential hermaphroditism evolves when bigger males gain an advantage in reproductive success — for example by…

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Predicting appropriate opioid prescriptions post-cesarean delivery

AURORA, Colo. (March 9, 2020) — Knowing the amount of opioids taken following cesarean section surgery and before discharge can inform individualized prescriptions and cut down on unnecessary, leftover pills that could be used for non-medical purposes, according to a new study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Cesarean delivery is the most…

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A broad look at plant-environment interactions

When faced with complex and difficult questions, such as how plants interact with their environment, sometimes the best approach is to bring together many different approaches. Three separate journals—the American Journal of Botany (AJB), Applications in Plant Sciences (APPS), and the International Journal of Plant Sciences (IJPS)—recently joined efforts to bring attention to these interactions…

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Endocrine Society cancels ENDO 2020 amid COVID-19 concerns

WASHINGTON—Today, following the latest reports from the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health authorities in San Francisco, the Endocrine Society announced the necessary cancellation of ENDO 2020. «We have been clear all along that the health and safety of ENDO attendees, staff, exhibitors and the…

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New guideline provides pathway to end homelessness, with housing as the foundation

A collaborative approach is required to build health care pathways that will end homelessness in Canada. Clinicians can play a role by tailoring their interventions using a comprehensive new clinical guideline on homelessness published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). The guideline aims to inform clinicians and encourage collaboration with community organizations and policy-makers around…

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Commentary on an approach to Indigenous homelessness

Indigenous historian and York University professor Jesse Thistle and Dr. Janet Smylie, a Métis family physician and research chair at Unity Health Toronto and the University of Toronto, who are leading the development of a separate guideline specifically to address Indigenous homelessness, co-authored a related commentary in CMAJ. In Canada, Indigenous peoples are eight times…

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Study uncovers bias and stereotyping when recruiting patients for clinical trials

New research reveals bias and stereotyping among clinical and research professionals who recruit patients to enroll in cancer clinical trials. The findings are published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society (ACS). It is important to include diverse patients in clinical trials to ensure that the results will apply to…

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CAR-T therapy for lymphoma studied at UNC Lineberger receives FDA fast-track designation

CHAPEL HILL — Based on proof-of-concept results from clinical trials at University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine, an investigational cellular immunotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma has received a Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Tessa Therapeutics announced the designation based on preliminary clinical…

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