President Trump on Vaccines: From Skeptic to Cheerleader

President Trump has been promising the imminent arrival of a vaccine to halt the spread of the coronavirus, the novel germ that has sickened more than 100,000 people worldwide, killed more than 3,400 and is now spreading in the United States. Federal health officials have repeatedly pointed out that his timetable is off — that…

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Coronavirus Highlights the Pitfalls of Health Deductibles

ImageA patient with diabetes supplies. When cost sharing is imposed for diabetes, the evidence suggests it leads fewer patients to take their drugs.Credit…Kerem Yucel/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Much of the care provided in the United States is unnecessary or too expensive. Cost sharing is one way to try to push patients to be more…

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12 Days on the Most Storied Highway of Them All: The Silk Road

The sky over Tajikistan was a deep deoxygenated blue as we sped through the desolate mountain landscape of the eastern Pamirs. For days we had been driving one of the world’s most treacherous roads, the Pamir Highway, which snakes through the highlands of Tajikistan before turning north toward Kyrgyzstan along the border with China. We…

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Shopping for Match Strikers

The decline of smoking has largely eliminated a once-common accessory from many homes: the match striker. But candles and firewood still need to be lit, so a new wave of small manufacturers has been giving the tool renewed attention. Sure, you could use a paper matchbox. But a well-designed match holder with a rough surface…

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Aspirin, the Original Wonder Drug

Aspirin, the original wonder drug, has long been a go-to medicine for millions, a Jack-of-all trades remedy that is readily available and cheap. Championed for its ability to relieve pain, fever and inflammation, aspirin has been a staple in home medicine cabinets and first-aid kits for more than a century. Yet in recent years its…

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Report provides road map to improve response to Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks and conserve water

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (March 9, 2020) — A new policy report, Electronic Registration Systems for Cooling Towers — Improving Public Health and Sustainability Outcomes, published by the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) proposes a standardized yet flexible template for cooling tower registries that are designed to improve health outcomes, address disparity in affected populations, and…

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Mayo Clinic-led study links obesity with pancreatitis

PHOENIX — A study by researchers at Mayo Clinic in Arizona published in the the Journal of Clinical Investigation has found that obesity is not only implicated in chronic diseases such as diabetes, but also in sudden-onset diseases such as pancreatitis. «In our study, we were able to demonstrate that fat within the belly is…

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Viewership soars for misleading tobacco videos on YouTube

Misleading portrayals of the safety of tobacco use are widespread on YouTube, where the viewership of popular pro-tobacco videos has soared over the past half-dozen years, according to research by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania. In an article published today in the Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review, APPC researchers…

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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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