The New Health Care: The Opioid Dilemma: Saving Lives in the Long Run Can Take Lives in the Short Run

The unavoidable tension in attacking the opioid crisis is which time frame you’re talking about. In the short term, many policies that would limit opioid prescriptions for the purpose of saving lives would cause people to turn to heroin or fentanyl. In fact, over a 5-to-10-year period, that would increase deaths, not decrease them, according…

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Forecasting mosquitoes’ global spread

IMAGE: These maps show the predicted global ranges of Aedes aegypti (above) and Aedes albopictus (below) in 2050 assuming a ‘medium’ climate scenario in which greenhouse gas emissions peak in 2080… view more  Credit: Moritz Kraemer for Nature Microbiology; DOI: 10.1038/s41564-019-0376-y. Outbreaks of mosquito-borne illnesses like yellow fever, dengue, Zika and chikungunya are rising around the…

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Bundle payment model analysis of emerging breast cancer screening

Bundled payments have been touted as mechanisms to optimize quality and costs. A prior feasibility study evaluating bundled payments for screening mammography episodes predated widespread adoption of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). A new study, published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR), explores an episodic bundled payment model for breast cancer…

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HIV prevention study finds universal ‘test and treat’ approach can reduce new infections

IMAGE: A PopART study health worker draws blood from the finger of a study participant for an in-home HIV test. view more  Credit: Kim Cloete New HIV infections declined by 30 percent in southern African communities where health workers conducted house-to-house voluntary HIV testing, referred people who tested positive to begin HIV treatment according to local…

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