Site of care may affect patients’ access to palliative treatment

For patients at the end of life, palliative care can prolong survival and improve the quality of life for patients with a life-threatening illness and for their families. But studies have found that racial and ethnic minorities are less likely to receive end-of-life palliative care than their counterparts. A new study conducted by investigators at…

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The future of minority health and health disparities research is here

IMAGE: AJPH special issue focuses on the future of minority health and health disparities research. view more  Health disparities have persisted, despite extensive research and a decades-long mandate to eliminate them. Thus, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) led a National Institutes of Health-wide, two-year science visioning process to chart a new…

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No sweat? That’s an issue for home-schooled children

IMAGE: Rice University researchers have reported that children schooled at home may not get enough exercise even if they participate in organized sports and physical activities. From left, lecturers Cassandra Diep,… view more  Parents who home-school their children may think putting them into organized sports and physical activities keeps them fit, but Rice University researchers say…

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Access to human big data to accelerate research and improve patient care

Registered researchers will have rapid access to an «unprecedented scale» of clinical research data through the new Common Infrastructure for National Cohorts in Europe, Canada and Africa (CINECA), launched today. Simon Fraser University professor Fiona Brinkman, the initiative’s Canadian lead, says the project will not only accelerate disease research but will also help to advance…

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60+ health care groups urge CMS to maintain coverage for medically necessary cancer testing

WASHINGTON, DC — February 1, 2019 — Leading health care companies and organizations representing patients, providers, academic medical centers, laboratories, and diagnostic manufacturers urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to revise its interpretation of the National Coverage Determination (NCD) for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma,…

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New UC study may help guide treatment of pediatric anxiety

Researchers from the University of Cincinnati (UC) examined common medications prescribed for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders, to determine which are the most effective and best-tolerated. This study revealed that the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) performed best overall compared to other types of medications. The results, available online in the Journal of Clinical…

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SFU researchers find new clues to controlling HIV

IMAGE: Simon Fraser University professor Mark Brockman (l) is part of an international research team that is investigating a connection between infection control and how well antiviral T cells respond to… view more  The immune system is the body’s best defense in fighting diseases like HIV and cancer. Now, an international team of researchers is harnessing…

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Protecting those on the frontline from Ebola

IMAGE: This photo shows Dr. Lacey MenkinSmith (left) and Dr. Jerry Reves (right) in the Health Care Simulation Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. view more  In a world where we can travel the globe by jet, diseases that were once thought to plague faraway places can now strike close to home. The U.S.…

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Walking for health benefits just got easier to track

IMAGE: Professor of kinesiology at University of Massachusetts Amherst. view more  Credit: UMass Amherst In an ongoing study exploring walking for health across the adult lifespan, University of Massachusetts Amherst kinesiology researchers found that walking cadence is a reliable measure of exercise intensity and set simple steps-per-minute guidelines for moderate and vigorous intensity. Catrine Tudor-Locke, professor…

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