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Alicia Arbaje, geriatric patients, Care transitions, Transitional Care, Bayview Medical Center, Hospital Readmission Rates

Lessons Learned Managing Geriatric Patients Offer Framework for Improved Care for Those With Complex Health Problems

A large team of experts led by a Johns Hopkins geriatrician reports that efforts to improve the care of older adults and others with complex medical needs will fall short unless public policymakers focus not only on preventing hospital readmission rates, but also on better coordination of community-based “care transitions.” Lessons learned from managing such transitions for older patients, they say, may offer a framework for overall improvement.

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Health Insurance, physician ratings, physician networks, Health Care Quality

Patients Are Loyal to Their Doctors, Despite Performance Scores

Patients with an existing relationship with a doctor ranked as lower performing were no more likely to switch doctors than patients with higher performing doctors, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

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Patrizia Cazzaniga, Hepatitis C, hepatitis C drugs, Dr. William M. Lee, Clinical Trial, boceprevir, telaprevir, Boehringer Ingelheim, Ut Southwestern Medical Center

New Hepatitis C Drugs Offer Hope for Effective Treatment, Fewer Side Effects

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Patrizia Cazzaniga had heard the horror stories about early treatments for hepatitis C – multiple daily pills and weekly shots for up to a year, side effects that could be debilitating, and a cure rate of only about 40 percent.

Life

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Early Childhood Education, Gesture, Gestures, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Cognitive Development, Susan Goldin-Meadow

Gesturing with Hands Is a Powerful Tool for Children’s Math Learning

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Children who use their hands to gesture during a math lesson gain a deep understanding of the problems they are taught, according to new research from University of Chicago’s Department of Psychology.

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hospital administration, hospital ratings

Magnet Hospitals Have Higher Quality of Care

Now research from New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in an article published in the Journal of Nursing Administration, provide insight on the factors contributing to the differences between Magnet® and Non-Magnet hospitals as well as an analysis of the links between Magnet Recognition and better nurse-reported quality of care.

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Cancer Research, Metastasis, Personalized Medicine, Extracellular Matrix, Prognosis, Biomarker, Cancer Prognosis

How Tumors Escape

Koch Institute biologists identify extracellular proteins that help aggressive tumors spread through the body.

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Microarrays, Software, Genetic Analysis, Bioinformatics, Skorecki, Israel

Free Online Software Helps Speed Up Genetic Discoveries

A PhD student at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology has created free software that makes detection of genetic components of disease faster and easier; could help speed up genetic discoveries.

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Twitter, Public Opinion, Social Media, Algorithms, Behavior Patterns, majority viewpoint, Fei Xiong, Yun Liu, Beijing Jiaotong University, Chaos

How Twitter Shapes Public Opinion

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How exactly does Twitter, with its 241 million users tweeting out 500 million messages daily, shape public opinion? That question was tackled by a group of researchers in China, who investigated how opinions evolve on Twitter by gathering about 6 million messages (tweeted over a six month period), which they ran through algorithms and analyzed. Described in the journal Chaos, the work reveals several surprises about how Twitter shapes public opinion, researchers say.

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Natural Selection, Child Psychology, Psychology

Research Reveals Surprising Results About Kids’ Capacity for Scientific Literacy

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Innovative approach introduces five-to-eight year-olds to the concept of natural selection using a story book, and the children show remarkable comprehension

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Cancer, Metastasis, chemical and biomolecular engineering, Cell Biology, Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers

Cancer Cells Don’t Take ‘Drunken’ Walks through the Body

Biologists have believed that cancers cells spread through the body in a slow, aimless fashion, resembling a drunk who can't walk three steps in a straight line. They now know that's true in a flat petri dish, but not in the three-dimensional space of an actual body.







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