Antibiotic allergy reporting may lead to resistance, higher costs, decreased safety

Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed medications, but in determining the most appropriate prescription for a patient, doctors and pharmacists often rely on inaccurate records of the patient’s antibiotic allergies. Many records are incomplete, unclear or incorrect. They may have originated with a patient’s previous physician, or incompatible electronic medical record systems may have…

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Ashion Analytics receives Medicare coverage for GEM ExTra® assay for cancer patients

PHOENIX, Ariz. — July 14, 2020 — Ashion Analytics LLC announced today that Palmetto GBA, a Medicare administrative contractor for the Molecular Diagnostic Services Program (MolDX), has awarded coverage to its proprietary cancer profiling test, GEM ExTra®, one of the nation’s most comprehensive genomic cancer analysis tests. GEM ExTra, Ashion’s flagship clinical assay, detects tumor-specific…

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Robert Graham Center: First steps towards gender parity in academic authorship

Researchers affiliated with the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care conducted a descriptive bibliometric analysis to determine the gender ratio of scholarly authorship on publications by its researchers between 2008 and 2018. While the average gender ratio of RGC researchers across this period was 46.3 percent female to 56.4…

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What encourages—or impedes—primary care team collaboration through case management?

While multiple recent studies have provided evidence of the benefits of case management, primary care teams have struggled to implement and sustain its use in their clinical practices. In this systematic review, researchers examine barriers to case management, as well as factors facilitating its implementation. Researchers conducted a comprehensive literature review of studies that address…

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Unexpected associations found between drug response and cell changes in brain cancer

Therapies for treating glioblastoma brain cancer can be delivered with greater precision and existing drugs can be used in new ways. These are the conclusions from a study from Uppsala University investigating a large number of cell samples from patients with brain tumours. The researchers have characterised how changes in glioblastoma cells influence the effect…

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COVID-19 tip sheet: Story ideas from Johns Hopkins

Effectively Communicating with Older Adults Who Have Hearing Loss During COVID-19 Media Contact: Waun’Shae Blount, wblount1@jhmi.edu The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a variety of challenges for older adults with hearing trouble across different health care settings, including the inpatient hospital setting and nursing homes, assisted living facilities and home environments. Research from Johns Hopkins suggests…

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Researchers cast doubt on earlier COVID-19 origins study citing dogs as possible hosts

AURORA, Colo. (July 14, 2020) — A study published earlier this year claiming the coronavirus may have jumped from dogs to humans is scientifically flawed, offering no direct evidence to support its conclusions, according to a collaborative group of international researchers, including scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. «During this time of…

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Correlations identified between insurance coverage and states’ voting patterns

Cleveland — Researchers at Case Western Reserve University reviewed national data from the U.S. Census bureau and found associations between states’ voting patterns in the 2016 presidential elections and decreases in the number of adults 18 to 64 years of age without health insurance coverage. «Following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we…

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Why hydration is so important when hiking in the heat of summer

You don’t have to be an experienced trailblazer to know that if you choose to hike in the heat, you better be hydrated. Yet scientific literature on the subject reports that roughly 25% of heat-related illness cases are a result of a fluid imbalance, rather than heat exposure alone. New research out of Arizona State…

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