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Women will benefit from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage

Women will benefit from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage

Women could benefit greatly from the Affordable Care Act’s mandate for contraceptive coverage, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. The Affordable Care Act requires private insurance plans — except those grandfathered or exempted due to employers’ religious beliefs — to provide women with access to all FDA-approved contraceptive methods without cost-sharing. This first-dollar coverage “has the potential to dramatically shift contraceptive use patterns, to reduce the U.S. Continue reading

Increased adoption of complex care management can help meet cost savings, quality goals

Increased adoption of complex care management can help meet cost savings, quality goals

The care of patients with complex medical needs is widely regarded as one of the key factors driving increased U.S. health costs, and it is generally accepted that 10 to 15 percent of Medicare patients account for 65 to 75 percent of all Medicare spending. Many of the country’s leading health care organizations have been adopting the strategy of complex care management — assembling multidisciplinary teams of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, mental health professionals and others, with services being coordinated by care managers who work closely with patients and their family members Continue reading

Warning over NHS trust finances

Warning over NHS trust finances

unable to retrieve full-text contentNineteen NHS trusts have been referred to ministers after auditors raised concerns about their financial health. Continue reading

Major geographic disparities in access to kidney transplantation

Major geographic disparities in access to kidney transplantation

There is substantial geographic variation in access to kidney transplantation among the more than 4000 US dialysis facilities that treat patients with kidney failure, with a disproportionate lack of access to those in the Southeast. Certain factors, which are described in several papers published in the American Journal of Transplantation , seem to explain these differences, and they underscore the need for political, financial, and health systems changes to reduce transplant inequities across the country Continue reading

Added value of local food hubs

Added value of local food hubs

As the largest purchaser of wholesale produce in Santa Barbara County, UC Santa Barbara’s residential dining services provided the perfect avenue for a pilot project incorporating local pesticide-free or certified organic produce into an institutional setting. Continue reading

Cardiovascular diseases rise during Greek financial crisis

Cardiovascular diseases rise during Greek financial crisis

Hospital admissions for cardiovascular diseases increased during the Greek financial crisis, according to two studies from Athens. The research was presented today at the Heart Failure Congress 2014, held 17-20 May in Athens, Greece. The Congress is the main annual meeting of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology. Continue reading

Cardiovascular diseases rise during Greek financial crisis

Cardiovascular diseases rise during Greek financial crisis

Hospital admissions for cardiovascular diseases increased during the Greek financial crisis, according to two studies from Athens. The research was presented today at the Heart Failure Congress 2014, held 17-20 May in Athens, Greece. The Congress is the main annual meeting of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology. Continue reading

One in 10 16-year-olds have considered self-harm, study shows

One in 10 16-year-olds have considered self-harm, study shows

One in ten 16-year-olds surveyed in a new study by Queen’s University and the University of Ulster have considered self-harm or taking an overdose. The results of the annual Young Life and Times (YLT) survey, which are published today during Mental Health Awareness Week, also found that almost a third of 16-year-olds questioned had experienced serious personal, emotional or mental health problems at some point in the past year. 1,367 16-year-olds across Northern Ireland took part in the 2013 survey undertaken by ARK, a joint initiative by Queen’s University and the University of Ulster. Continue reading

Repeated preschool wheeze may set stage for long-term damage in lung function

Repeated preschool wheeze may set stage for long-term damage in lung function

Children who wheeze are at risk of developing damage that will affect their lung function by the age of 6 years, according to researchers at CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital and the University of Montreal. These appear to be persistent, even if asthma symptoms seem to disappear at least temporarily by school age in several cases. Continue reading

Blacks with financial worries have lower health scores

Blacks with financial worries have lower health scores

Feeling stress about finances leads some Black adults to rate their health more poorly, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Behavior . While lower income and education among minorities have been linked to poor health for decades, this study focused just on the connection between financial worries and poor health. “Because the study was cross-sectional, we cannot say that one caused the other, but we know that financial strain is associated with poorer self-rated health among black adults,” said the study’s lead author Lorraine R. Continue reading