The New Health Care: What Can the U.S. Health System Learn From Singapore?

SINGAPORE — Singapore’s health care system is sometimes held up as an example of excellence, and as a possible model for what could come next in the United States. When we published the results of an Upshot tournament on which country had the world’s best health system, Singapore was eliminated in the first round, largely…

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The Checkup: The Search for a Biomarker for Early Autism Diagnosis

Every pediatrician knows that it’s important to diagnose autism when a child is as young as possible, because when younger children get help and intensive therapy, their developmental outcomes improve, as measured in everything from improved language, cognition and social skills to normalized brain activity. “The signs and symptoms for most children are there between…

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Medical News Today: Replacing red meat with plant protein reduces heart disease risk

A meta-analysis of trials comparing the health effects of red meat consumption with those of other diets found that substituting healthful plant protein for red meat helps lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Eating plant proteins, such as tofu, may benefit cardiovascular health. Many studies throughout the years have linked the consumption of red meat…

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The Giants at the Heart of the Opioid Crisis

There are the Sacklers, the family that controls Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. There are the doctors who ran pill mills, and the rogue pharmacists who churned out opioid orders by the thousands. But the daunting financial muscle that has driven the spread of prescription opioids in the United States comes from the distributors…

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Older adults starting dialysis die at higher rates than previously thought

Older adults with end-stage kidney disease who start dialysis—a treatment that keeps their blood free of toxins—appear to die at higher rates than previously thought, according to findings of a new study by researchers at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,…

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Neonics hinder bees’ ability to fend off deadly mites, U of G study reveals

IMAGE: The self-grooming behavior of wild honey bees like these can be affected by pesticides. view more  A University of Guelph study is the first to uncover the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on honey bees’ ability to groom and rid themselves of deadly mites. The research comes as Health Canada places new limits on the use…

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Rutgers develops new tool to help psychiatrists encourage patients to quit smoking

Psychiatrists often disregard their patients’ smoking even though tobacco use accounts for 50 percent of deaths among people with mental illness, a Rutgers-led study finds. The researchers developed a web-based training program for psychiatry residents on how to assess and intervene with tobacco addiction in patients, according to the study in The American Journal on…

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Soft bedding poses grave danger to sleeping babies, study shows

IMAGE: Fern Hauck, MD, is a University of Virginia Health System expert on sleep-related infant deaths. view more  Credit: UVA Health System Almost 70% of babies who died from sleep-related suffocation between 2011 and 2014 did so because of soft bedding, a new study reveals. The finding underscores physicians’ urgent message to new parents that babies…

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UCI to establish skin biology, diseases resource center with $4 million NIH award

Irvine, Calif., April 22, 2019 — With nearly $4 million in funding from the National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases, the University of California, Irvine will establish the UCI Skin Biology Resource-based Center. One of only six such sites in the nation, it will provide critical research infrastructure, shared facilities, services and…

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