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Seven Ways to Help Patients Access Costly Cancer DrugsTwo new studies reveal that cost-restraints can keep patients from accessing life-preserving cancer drugs.
Three reasons for nonadherenceUncover the root causes of why patients become nonadherent and be better positioned to improve the lives of patients and reduce costs through improved health outcomes.
Benzos linked to adverse health eventsThe death rate from overdoses involving benzodiazepines, a class of sedatives that includes Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin, has increased more than four-fold since 1996, according to a study appearing online in the American Journal of Public Health.
Study of genetics in African Americans with glaucoma targets better careThe Primary Open-Angle African American Glaucoma Genetics (POAAGG) study is an ongoing 5-year NIH-funded study designed to elucidate the genetic architecture and comorbidities associated with POAG in African Americans, said Joan M. O’Brien, MD.
AAVhCNGB3 vectors: Potential new treatment for achromatopsiaLong-term cone functional rescue was achieved in dogs with achromatopsia AAV vectors containing codon-optimized human CNGB3 and an improved promoter, which may be a stepping stone to treating achromatopsia in humans.
PCORI awards prison system $2M to study naltrexone benefit in opioid abuseThe Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) recently awarded more than $2 million to the University of Pennsylvania for research on opioid addiction treatment and relapsing in the Philadelphia Prison System. The study assesses the effectiveness of naltrexone to prevent relapse.
New study will judge nursing practices and patient outcomes under the ACAA researcher at the University of Pennsylvania will examine evolving nursing practices under the Affordable Care Act.
Health insurance status may determine trauma center carePatients with severe injuries initially evaluated at non-trauma center emergency departments are less likely to be transferred to a trauma center if they have insurance, according to study published online ahead of print in JAMA Surgery.
Bariatric surgery leads to better sexFemale patients undergoing bariatric surgery may expect improvements in sexual function, according to one study.
More nurses mean lower readmissions penalties, study saysHospitals with higher nurse-to-patient staffing ratios have lower odds of being penalized for excessive readmissions, a new study reports.