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Moffitt Cancer Center Research Aims to Reduce Health Care Disparities

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, queer/questioning and intersex (LGBTQI) population has been largely understudied by the medical community. Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center found that the LGBTQI community experience health disparities due to reduced access to health care and health insurance, coupled with being at an elevated risk for multiple types of cancer when compared to non-LGBTQI populations.

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Mental Health Disorders Complicate Standards Used by ACA to Penalize Hospitals for ‘Excessive’ Readmissions

Co-existing psychiatric illness should be considered in assessing hospital readmissions for three common medical conditions used by Medicare and Medicaid to penalize hospitals with “excessive” readmission rates. That was the conclusion of a newly published collaborative study by 11 major U.S. healthcare providers – including Henry Ford Health System – affiliated with the nationwide Mental Health Research Network.

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Lung Transplant Patients in the UK Fare Better Than Publicly Insured Americans

Publicly insured Americans who undergo lung transplantation for cystic fibrosis fare markedly worse in the long run than both publicly insured patients in the United Kingdom and privately insured Americans, according to the results of a study conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and U.K. colleagues working in that nation’s government-funded National Health Service.

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Chlorine Use in Sewage Treatment Could Promote Antibiotic Resistance

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Chlorine, a disinfectant used in most wastewater treatment plants, may be failing to eliminate pharmaceuticals from wastes. As a result, trace levels get discharged from the treatment plants into waterways. Now, scientists are reporting that chlorine treatment may encourage the formation of new, unknown antibiotics that could enter the environment, potentially contributing to the problem of antibiotic resistance. They will present the research at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

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Opossum-Based Antidote to Poisonous Snake Bites Could Save Thousands of Lives

Scientists will report in a presentation today that they have turned to the opossum to develop a promising new and inexpensive antidote for poisonous snake bites. They predict it could save thousands of lives worldwide without the side effects of current treatments. The presentation will take place here at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.

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ACS Applauds U.S. House Efforts to Fix Broken Medicare Formula

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is lending its support to legislation introduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 1470, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2015).

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Tufts University School of Medicine and Maine Medical Center Celebrate Third Class of “Maine Track MD” Students

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This year’s Match Day at Tufts celebrated the third cohort of students in the “Maine Track MD” program. A partnership between Tufts University School of Medicine and Maine Medical Center, the Maine Track MD program trains students interested in practicing medicine in underserved urban and rural communities where the shortage of physicians is acute.

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Scientists Pinpoint Molecule That Controls Stem Cell Plasticity by Boosting Gene Expression

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Stem cells can have a strong sense of identity. Taken out of their home in the hair follicle, for example, and grown in culture, these cells remain true to themselves. After waiting in limbo, these cultured cells become capable of regenerating follicles and other skin structures once transplanted back into skin. It’s not clear just how these stem cells — and others elsewhere in the body — retain their ability to produce new tissue and heal wounds, even under extraordinary conditions.

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Poll Shows Access to Care Strong; Insurance Out-of-Pocket Expenses Growing in Pennsylvania

Results of the Pennsylvania Patient Poll conducted March 6-12 on health care access and out-of-pocket health insurance costs.