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Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

To stop a pandemic in its tracks, coordinate across borders

On March 16, 2020, the governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut announced "a regional approach to combatting COVID-19," citing an absence of federal leadership and national standards. Pennsylvania joined two days ...


Homelessness linked to emergency hospital admissions

Patients experiencing homelessness use hospital services, especially emergency admissions, at much higher rates than housed patients according to new research published this week.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Long COVID may qualify as a disability: Biden

(HealthDay)—Serious "long COVID" symptoms could qualify as a disability and make patients eligible for federal assistance, President Joe Biden said Monday.

Oncology & Cancer

Racial disparities persist in multiple myeloma care, outcomes

(HealthDay)—There are persistent disparities in multiple myeloma (MM) care for non-Hispanic (NH)-Blacks and Hispanics compared with NH-Whites, according to a study published online July 18 in Leukemia & Lymphoma.

Medical economics

Patients of color less likely to get specialist care

(HealthDay)—People of color are consistently less likely to see medical specialists than white patients are, a new U.S. study finds, highlighting yet another disparity in the nation's health care system.

Medical economics

Urgent need for COVID-19 vaccine equity

COVID-19 vaccine programs are expected to cost poorer countries an additional 56.6% on health budgets, compared with just 0.8% on wealthy countries' health expenditure, according to new data from the United Nations Development ...

Overweight & Obesity

Potential impact of post-Brexit trade deals on obesity and diabetes

Last week saw the publication of the government-commissioned National Food Strategy—an independent report led by restaurateur Henry Dimbleby which outlined how the country's food system and our diets need to change to meet ...

Medical economics

What machine learning can offer Nigeria's healthcare system

Imagine it's 2030—and a typical day in a Nigerian healthcare setting. In earlier decades, when a patient walked in, they could see piles of folders and a clutter of pens scattered all over the office. They'd have a long ...


Mobile screening app triples eye care uptake

Using smartphones for eye screening and referrals could triple the number of people seeking primary care for eye problems and increase the uptake of hospital services in low-resource settings, a study says.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Sensitive parenting in childhood creates 13-fold cost savings

A recent study found that sensitive, responsive parenting—specifically in early childhood—has a direct correlation with not only positive mental and physical health, but also financial benefits for families and society. ...


Outpatient antibiotic use falling across the U.S.

Outpatient antibiotic prescribing fell by almost 4% a year between 2011 and 2018, according to a study of prescribing patterns in the largest integrated health care system in the USA, being presented at the European Congress ...

Medical economics

Patient engagement may not drive return to in-person visits

(HealthDay)—Patient engagement strategies appear to yield few return visits upon reopening during COVID-19 for patients who cancelled in-person care during the earlier portion of the pandemic, according to a research letter ...


Targeting aging could reap huge financial rewards

Treatments that target aging and extend healthy life expectancy could be worth trillions of dollars in economic gains, according to a study published in Nature Aging this week.


Defibrillators in GP clinics should be standard

People who suffer a cardiac arrest while in a GP clinic are twice as likely to survive if they are promptly defibrillated with an automated external defibrillator rather than waiting to be defibrillated after paramedics arrive, ...

Medical economics

33 million persons of all ages uninsured in 2019

In 2019, 33.0 million (10.2 percent) persons of all ages were uninsured, according to a study published online June 29 in the National Health Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...