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      December 3, 2020

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      U.S. Should Look at How Other High-Income Countries Regulate Health Care Costs, Experts Urge

      Structuring negotiations between insurers and providers, standardizing fee-for-service payments and negotiating prices can lower the United States' ...

      Health Care Workers Most at Risk for COVID-19

      Health care workers -- particularly nurses -- have a higher prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection than non-health care workers, according to a new ...

      Kid Influencers Are Promoting Junk Food Brands on YouTube -- Garnering More Than a Billion Views

      Kids with wildly popular YouTube channels are frequently promoting unhealthy food and drinks in their videos, warn ...

      34% of Older Adults in the US Are Prescribed Potentially Inappropriate Drugs

      The prescription of potentially inappropriate medications to older adults is linked to increased hospitalizations, and it costs patients, on average, ...
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      National Autism Indicators Report: Health and Health Care of Individuals With Autism

      Researchers highlight a holistic picture of what health and health care look like across the life course for people on the autism ...

      COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness to Be Affected Heavily by Infrastructure, Public Attitudes

      The success of a COVID-19 vaccine will depend not only on its efficacy, but will hinge at least as much on how fast and widely it can be delivered, the severity of the pandemic, and the public's ...

      'Meet People Where They Are:' Local Health Departments Key to Hepatitis B Vaccination

      A new study suggests that local health departments are vital to getting the hepatitis B vaccine to the people who need it ...

      Life After COVID Hospitalization: Study Shows Major Lasting Effects on Health, Work and More

      Outcomes for COVID-19 patients two months after a stay in one of 38 Michigan hospitals include high rates of death, rehospitalization, lingering health issues and problems with work and ...

      Loneliness a Leading Cause of Depression in Older Adults

      New research finds that loneliness is responsible for 18 percent of depression among people over 50 in ...

      Prescriptions of Antipsychotic Medications in Young Children Is Declining

      The use of antipsychotics in young children is declining but doctors continue to prescribe these medications off-label for conditions not approved by the Food and Drug Administration and without the ...

      Social Media Can Guide Public Pandemic Policy, Research Finds

      As global cases of COVID-19 fast approach 50 million, a team of Australian, Afghan, Iranian and Italian researchers examined more than 35,000 tweets and say social media analytics can capture the ...

      New Simulation Finds Max Cost for Cost-Effective Health Treatments

      As health care costs balloon in the U.S., experts say it may be important to analyze whether those costs translate into better population health. A new study analyzed existing data to find a dividing ...

      Excessive Alcohol Consumption During the COVID-19 Pandemic

      The full impact of COVID-19 on alcohol use is not yet known, but rates have been rising during the first few months of the pandemic. There's an urgent need for public health and medical ...

      Outcome of 2016 US Election Associated With Poorer Mental Health in Clinton Voters

      There were 54.6 million more days of poor mental health among adults in states that voted for Hillary Clinton in December 2016, compared to October 2016, according to a new study. No such increase in ...

      ICE Detention Centers Saw Sustained Outbreaks of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, Says Study

      More than a dozen US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers experienced large, repeated outbreaks of vaccine-preventable illnesses in the last three years, according to a new ...

      High Rate of Symptomless COVID-19 Infection Among Grocery Store Workers

      Grocery store employees are likely to be at heightened risk of COVID-19 infection, with those in customer-facing roles 5 times as likely to test positive as their colleagues in other positions, a new ...

      Antibody Screening Finds COVID-19 Nearly 7 Times More Prevalent in Orange County, California Than Thought

      Testing a representative sample of Orange County residents for a wide range of coronavirus antibodies, University of California, Irvine researchers found that 11.5 percent of them have antibodies for ...

      Death Rates Among People With Severe COVID-19 Drop by a Half in England

      Death rates from people with severe COVID-19 in hospital have dropped to around a half of the rate at the peak of the pandemic, new research has ...

      Hydroxychloroquine Does Not Prevent COVID-19 in Health Care Workers, Trial Shows

      Researchers found that taking hydroxychloroquine once or twice weekly did not prevent the development of COVID-19 in health care workers better than the ...

      Does the New Heart Transplant Allocation Policy Encourage Gaming by Providers?

      A new national policy was created to make determining who receives a heart transplant more fair. But new data shows it changed some practice patterns, ...

      Coronavirus Vaccines Stir Doubts Among Many People Worldwide, New Study Shows

      A new study highlights potential global hesitancy to accept a COVID-19 vaccine. Based on data collected with the previously validated COVID-SCORE survey of a sample of over 13,400 individuals from 19 ...

      'Rare' Brain Disorder May Not Be So Rare Anymore, Trends in Japan Reveal

      Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), a fatal neurodegenerative disorder, is an important cause of dementia. However, long-term trends in CJD-associated mortality and incidence rates in Japan have not ...

      Children With Autism, ADHD Have More Doctor and Hospital Visits During Infancy

      Children who are later diagnosed with autism and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder visit doctors and hospitals more often in their first year of life than non-affected children, suggesting ...

      Plant Genetic Engineering to Fight 'Hidden Hunger'

      More than two billion people worldwide suffer from micronutrient malnutrition due to deficiencies in minerals and vitamins. Poor people in developing countries are most affected, as their diets are ...

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