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Liquid Biopsy Results Differed Substantially Between Two Providers

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Two Johns Hopkins prostate cancer researchers found significant disparities when they submitted identical patient samples to two different commercial liquid biopsy providers. Liquid biopsy is a new and noninvasive alternative to tumor tissue sequencing, and it is intended to specifically detect and sequence tumor DNA circulating in patients’ blood. The results are used to help guide doctors to tailor the best treatment for patients at each point of their disease.

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Parkinson's Disease, Northwestern Medicine, Reserach, Clinical Trials

High-Intensity Exercise Delays Parkinson’s Progression

High-intensity exercise three times a week is safe for individuals with early-stage Parkinson’s disease and decreases worsening of motor symptoms, according to a new phase 2, multi-site trial led by Northwestern Medicine and University of Denver scientists.

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medicaid expansion, Medicaid Coverage, Employment, Chronic Illness, Disability, Mental Health

Most Who Enrolled in Michigan’s Medicaid Expansion Already Either Work or Can’t Work, Study Shows

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Nearly half of the people who enrolled in Medicaid after it expanded in Michigan have jobs, a new study finds. Another 11 percent can’t work, likely due to serious physical or mental health conditions. And about 1 in 4 enrollees are out of work but also are much more likely to be in poor health. The new findings may inform discussions of potential work requirements for poor and near-poor Americans who qualify for expanded Medicaid.

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Solar Eclipse, Eclipse, Eclipse Eye Safety, eclipse education, solar retinopathy, Retina, retina burns, adaptive optics, Mount Sinai Health System, Icahn School of Medicine, New York Eye And Ear Infirmary, Cellular Damage, retinal cells, eye and vision research, Imaging, photoreceptor cells, Photoreceptors, Retinal Cases, Eye Damage, Sun Damage, Sun Exposure,

Mount Sinai Researchers Use Breakthrough Technology to Further Understand Eye Damage from Eclipse

Research Could Lead to New Treatment for Solar Retinopathy

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ECG interpretation , NBA, Cardiology, JAMA, JAMA Cardiology, Basketball, Guidelines, National Basketball Association

Study of Electrocardiogram Readings in National Basketball Association (NBA) Players Highlights Value of Sport-Specific Normative Data and Guidelines

Study of Electrocardiogram Readings in National Basketball Association (NBA) Players Highlights Value of Sport-Specific Normative Data and Guidelines. The findings were published on Dec. 6 in JAMA Cardiology.

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Opioid, OPIOID PRESCRIPTION GUIDELINES, Gallbladder Surgery, Laparascopic, cholecystectomy, surgical pain

Surgery-Related Opioid Doses Could Drop Dramatically, Without Affecting Patients’ Pain Control, Study Suggests

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Some surgeons might be able to prescribe a third of opioid painkiller pills that they currently give patients, and not affect their level of post-surgery pain control, a new study suggests. That would mean far fewer opioids left over to feed the ongoing national crisis of misuse, addiction and overdose.

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When the Doctor's Away

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Substitute, for-hire physicians commonly care for hospitalized patients when doctors are sick or away. Information about outcomes is largely lacking, but a new study brings some much-needed insight. Results show no differences in 30-day mortality rates among patients treated by temporary physicians.

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Study Suggests That Where Guidelines Disagree, Physicians’ Experiences With Their Patients, Family and Friends Shape Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

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Results of a national survey of more than 800 physicians suggest that their experiences with patients, family members and friends with breast cancer are linked with their recommendations for routine mammograms.

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Nursing Home Care, Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine Specialists, specialty care, JAMA, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine, Aging, National Institute On Aging

More Doctors Are Becoming “Nursing Home Specialists”

The number of doctors and advance practitioners in the United States who focus on nursing home care rose by more than a third between 2012 and 2015, according to a new study published today in JAMA from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Of all physicians and advance practitioners who do any work in nursing homes, 21 percent now specialize in nursing home care. The authors say the trend suggests the rise of a significant new specialty in medical practice, though how it will affect patient outcomes and continuity of care is yet to be seen.

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High Deductible Health Plans, Deductibles, Health Insurance, Chronic Illness

Study: People in High-Deductible Plans Aren’t Acting Like Consumers, May Need More Help

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More and more Americans have health insurance that requires them to open their wallets for the first few thousand dollars’ worth of care they receive every year, before the insurance coverage kicks in. But a new study suggests that despite the rise in these high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), most Americans who have them aren’t saving, shopping around for better prices, talking to their doctors about costs, or making other consumer-type moves.







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