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Health, Mental Health, Psychatric Disorder, Hospital Admission, North Carolina

Large Increase in Bed Capacity at North Carolina State Psychiatric Hospital Needed to Reduce Average Patient Wait Time Below One Day

Without increasing community-based psychiatric services, a large number of additional state psychiatric hospital beds would be needed to make a substantial impact on the average wait time of admission for people in crisis in North Carolina, according to a study co-authored by a researcher at RTI Health Solutions, a business unit of RTI International.

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Chagas Disease, kissing bug, t cruzi, Trypanosoma cruzi, Parasite, eric brown, UTHealth , The University of Texas Health Science at Houston (UTHealth), uthealth school of public health

UTHealth Researchers Identify Molecule That May Lead to Chagas Disease Vaccine

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Researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, in collaboration with the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, have identified a molecule expressed by Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi) that may facilitate the parasite’s evasion of the host’s immune system.

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Guidelines, Heart Surgery, CABG, CABG Surgery, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft, Heart Disease, Coronary Artery Disease

New Clinical Practice Guidelines Recommend Use of Arteries Rather than Veins in Heart Bypass Surgery

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has released new clinical practice guidelines that recommend expanding the use of arteries from the chest and forearm rather than using veins from the leg when performing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery in certain patients

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Heart Surgery, Kidney Function, Kidney Failure, Renal Failure, CABG, CABG Surgery, Hospital Costs, Length Of Stay

Poor Kidney Function Prior to Heart Surgery Linked With Longer Hospital Stay, Higher Costs

Poor kidney function prior to heart surgery can lead to worse outcomes, higher surgical costs, and a longer hospital stay

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Biomarker, Psychosis, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia

UTSW-Led Study Establishes Biomarkers to Help Diagnose, Treat Psychosis

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In a groundbreaking study led by UT Southwestern Medical Center, a comprehensive set of empirical biomarkers has been established to aid in diagnosis and treatment of psychosis.

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Oral Chemo Still Too Expensive Even after Doughnut Hole Closes

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Oral chemotherapy drugs are so expensive that they will be out of the financial reach of most Medicare patients even when the Part D doughnut hole closes in 2020, according to new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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patient-reported outcomes (PROs)

Cancer Patient Symptom Surveys Linked to Reduced ER Visits, Improved Survival and Quality of Life

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An Internet-based system for symptom collection benefited patients while giving them a clearer voice in their own care.

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Reform Model Not Yet Helping People with Mental Illness

People who are diagnosed with mental health conditions did not see improvements in coordination and quality of care as hoped but did not experience large cuts in access as some had feared under an early alternative payment model designed to encourage coordinated health care, according to a team led by researchers from Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Nuclear Physics, heavy ion collisions, quark gluon plasma, RHIC

RHIC Particle Smashups Find that Shape Matters

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Peering into the seething soup of primordial matter created in particle collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) -- an "atom smasher" dedicated to nuclear physics research at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory -- scientists have come to a new understanding of how particles are produced in these collisions.

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Medicaid, Prison Inmates, incarcerated men, Health Insurance

Inmates Getting Access to Medicaid Upon Release From Jail or Prison

With the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, an entire new population is eligible for government health care: low-income men.







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