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community health workers, Cost Cutting, readmission rates, Chronic Disease, Diabetes, Smoking Cessation, Weight Loss, Primary Care, Penn Medicine, Afforable Care Act , Health Care Costs, Medicaid

Community Health Workers Lead to Better Health, Lower Costs for Medicaid Patients

As politicians struggle to solve the nation’s healthcare problems, a new study finds a way to improve health and lower costs among Medicaid and uninsured patients. Researchers at Penn Medicine showed that patients who received support from community health workers (CHWs) had 30 percent fewer hospital admissions in one year compared to those who did not receive CHW support. The results also showed reductions in cigarette smoking, obesity, diabetes severity, and mental illness.

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What Vaccinations Do Children Need Before Heading Back-To-School?

Zachary Klase PhD summarizes the vaccine requirements for children heading to public schools and universities and explains why it is important and safe to be vaccinated.

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Shoulder, Rotator Cuff, Orthopaedic Surgery, Supraspinatus Repair

Early Rotator Cuff Surgery Yields Good Long-Term Outcomes

Early surgery to repair tears of one of the shoulder rotator cuff muscles provides lasting improvement in strength, function, and other outcomes, reports a study in the August 16, 2017 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published in partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

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Biochemistry, Neurochemistry, Neurobiolgy, Parkinson's Disease

Researchers Make Surprising Discovery About How Neurons Talk to Each Other

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New findings challenge existing dogma that neurons release fixed amounts of chemical signal at any one time and could have implications for brain disorders including Parkinson's and schizhophrenia.

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Ophthalmology Expert Video: How to Safely Watch the Solar Eclipse

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Coaching the Pros

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Data from the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia showed that doctors there were ordering bone scans at three times the national rate for a certain group of prostate cancer patients. It called for a coaching visit to the pitcher's mound.

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DNA, Monoclonal Antibody, Prostate Cancer

Wistar Scientists Develop Novel Immunotherapy Technology for Prostate Cancer

A study led by Wistar scientists describes a novel immunotherapeutic strategy for the treatment of cancer based on the use of synthetic DNA to directly encode protective antibodies against a cancer specific protein.

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Cancer, Genetics, Germline

Cancer Genetics Expert Katherine L. Nathanson, MD, Named Deputy Director of Abramson Cancer Center

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Katherine L. Nathanson, MD, an internationally recognized expert in the field of cancer genetics, has been named deputy director of the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

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The Medical Minute: Solar Eclipses and Laser Pointers Pose Similar Eye Hazards

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Much attention is focused on the potential dangers that the upcoming solar eclipse will pose to the unprotected eye. But health experts caution there’s at least one other – and more prevalent – way to do lasting damage to one’s vision.

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VA Targets Healthcare Equity for All Veterans – New Research on Reducing Health Disparities Presented in Medical Care

In recent years, the Veterans Administration (VA) Healthcare System has expanded its efforts to target groups of veterans facing disparities in healthcare access and outcomes. An update on research toward advancing equitable healthcare for all veterans is presented in a September supplement to Medical Care, published by Wolters Kluwer.







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