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Proton Pump Inhibitors Decrease Diversity in Gut Microbiome, Increase Risk for Complications

A new Mayo Clinic study in the open access journal Microbiome shows that people who regularly take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have less diversity among their gut bacteria, putting them at increased risk for infections like clostridium difficile and pneumonia, in addition to vitamin deficiencies and bone fractures.

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Patients Far More Likely to Have Imaging Scan if Seen by Non-Physician Provider

Advanced practice clinicians, such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, are 34 percent more likely than primary care physicians to prescribe an imaging exam for patients, according to a Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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The Affordable Care Act in Kentucky, One Year Later

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One year after his 'New England Journal of Medicine' article notes the hardship faced by people with no medical insurance, Michael Stillman writes another showing the success of the Affordable Care Act in Kentucky.

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AP-NORC Releases New Analysis of Hispanics’ Experiences with Long-Term Care

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has released an issue brief containing results of a survey about Hispanics’ experiences with long-term care in the United States. The issue brief provides new data on how Hispanics age 40 and older are, or are not, planning for long-term care, details how their experiences compare to those of non-Hispanics, and highlights ways in which demographic differences among Hispanics affect their experiences.

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Physicians Prescribe Less Brand Name Drugs When Electronic Health Record Default Settings Show Generics First

Programming electronic health records to make generic drugs the default choice when physicians write prescriptions may offer one way to reduce unnecessary spending and improve health care value in the face of spiraling U.S. health expenditures, according to a new study from researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine, The Wharton School and the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. The study is published in a special issue of Annals of Internal Medicine featuring research from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) clinical scholars on innovative high-quality and high-value health care initiatives.

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Wash U Expert: Supreme Court Case Against Affordable Care Act Has No Merit

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Artificial Retina Could Someday Help Restore Vision

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The loss of eyesight, often caused by retinal degeneration, is a life-altering health issue for many people, especially as they age. But a new development toward a prosthetic retina could help counter conditions that result from problems with this crucial part of the eye.

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Single-Dose, Needle-Free Ebola Vaccine Provides Long-Term Protection in Macaques

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Scientists have demonstrated for the first time that a single-dose, needleless Ebola vaccine given to primates through their noses and lungs protected them against infection for at least 21 weeks.

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The Great Digital Divide in Healthcare: Older Americans May Be Left Behind

When it comes to the benefits of electronic health records, older Americans may be left behind, new study says.

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Disability After Heart Attack, Stroke: Survivors’ Care Needs May Be Much Greater Than Experts Thought

A record number of people are surviving heart attacks and stroke but those who do may experience a sharp decline in physical abilities that steadily accelerates over time.

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