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Conjoint Analysis method can show how important different treatment goals are for respondents

Conjoint Analysis method can show how important different treatment goals are for respondents

The Conjoint Analysis (CA) method is in principle suitable to find out which preferences patients have regarding treatment goals. However, to widely use it in health economic evaluations, some (primarily methodological) issues still need to be clarified. [More]
Research looks into whether people take liquid calories into account when planning meals

Research looks into whether people take liquid calories into account when planning meals

New research by academics in the University of Bristol's Nutrition and Behaviour Unit (NBU) has looked into whether we take liquid calories into account when planning meals. [More]
Viewpoints: Medicare's future finances; 'promising deal' on VA; Texas 'war on abortion'

Viewpoints: Medicare's future finances; 'promising deal' on VA; Texas 'war on abortion'

Medicare got some good news Monday, when the trustees who oversee its finances announced that the fund that pays for hospital care will remain solvent until 2030, four years longer than its forecast from last year. [More]
Running for just 10 minutes a day can reduce risk of death

Running for just 10 minutes a day can reduce risk of death

Need an incentive to lace up your shoes and go for a run? A new Iowa State University study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found running for just five or 10 minutes a day can significantly reduce your risk of death from cardiovascular disease. [More]
Alterations to single gene could predict risk of suicide attempt

Alterations to single gene could predict risk of suicide attempt

Johns Hopkins researchers say they have discovered a chemical alteration in a single human gene linked to stress reactions that, if confirmed in larger studies, could give doctors a simple blood test to reliably predict a person's risk of attempting suicide. [More]
Five-year $10.7M grant to study control, prevention of sexually-transmitted infections

Five-year $10.7M grant to study control, prevention of sexually-transmitted infections

The University of Maryland Schools of Dentistry (UM SOD) and Medicine (UM SOM) jointly announced today that they have received a five-year $10.7 million grant award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health to study the causes, prevention and treatment of sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs). [More]
Access to dedicated website on vaccine increases uptake, say experts

Access to dedicated website on vaccine increases uptake, say experts

Giving parents access to a dedicated website on the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is the most cost-effective way to increase uptake, say experts. [More]
Adolescents get better care when health care visit is confidential, say researchers

Adolescents get better care when health care visit is confidential, say researchers

Teens who have the option to privately and confidentially discuss health concerns with their doctor are more likely to talk about reproductive health, mental health, issues at school, and some self-care topics than they would be in discussions where a parent is present, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. [More]

Consumers who receive insurance subsidies will be asked to verify income, other information

Meanwhile, news outlets report the latest on health exchanges in New Mexico, Oregon, Minnesota and Illinois. [More]
Children's favorite foods can pose choking hazards

Children's favorite foods can pose choking hazards

Most parents never dream that their children's favorite foods can pose choking hazards. It happened to Landon Jones when he was 15 months old. He was walking around eating a handful of nuts when a cashew became lodged in his bronchi (wind passage to his lung) causing wheezing and coughing. [More]
New toolkits help young adults navigate shift from pediatric to adult health care

New toolkits help young adults navigate shift from pediatric to adult health care

For young adults who have been diagnosed with a chronic condition like Type 1 diabetes or growth hormone deficiency, health concerns can add a degree of difficulty to transitions like leaving for college or living alone for the first time. [More]
State highlights: Calif. insurance commissioner asks for premium power

State highlights: Calif. insurance commissioner asks for premium power

A selection of health policy stories from California, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, New Mexico, Kansas and New York. [More]
Brains of kids with autism are relatively inflexible at switching from rest to task performance

Brains of kids with autism are relatively inflexible at switching from rest to task performance

The brains of children with autism are relatively inflexible at switching from rest to task performance, according to a new brain-imaging study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. [More]

Researchers examine strong link between brand-specific alcohol ads and youth drinking behavior

Underage drinkers are three times more likely to drink alcohol brands that advertise on television programs they watch compared to other alcohol brands, providing new and compelling evidence of a strong association between alcohol advertising and youth drinking behavior. [More]
Report: The forecast for Medicare trust fund is flush 'til 2030

Report: The forecast for Medicare trust fund is flush 'til 2030

The Medicare trustees added four years to the solvency of the trust fund as Medicare's financial circumstances experienced a slight improvement due in part to the continued slowdown in health care spending and, some say, elements of the health law. [More]
Microbes living in guts of males and females react differently to diet

Microbes living in guts of males and females react differently to diet

The microbes living in the guts of males and females react differently to diet, even when the diets are identical, according to a study by scientists from The University of Texas at Austin and six other institutions published this week in the journal Nature Communications. [More]

Digital reading system opens up new educational opportunities for people with vision impairment

People who are blind can now read more than just words, such as graphs and graphics, following the development of an affordable digital reading system by Curtin University researchers. [More]
Johns Hopkins Medicine, Kaiser Permanente partner to expand ways to deliver quality care

Johns Hopkins Medicine, Kaiser Permanente partner to expand ways to deliver quality care

Kaiser Permanente and Johns Hopkins Medicine today announced plans to strengthen the successful collaboration between the two health care organizations. [More]

States wrestle with Medicaid expansion challenges

Application backlogs are an issue in Missouri and South Carolina. In Florida, a medical association makes clear its support for expanding the low-income health insurance program, and in Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal carves out a limited exception to his opposition to expanding Medicaid. [More]
Kurbo program launched to tackle childhood obesity epidemic using mobile tools

Kurbo program launched to tackle childhood obesity epidemic using mobile tools

Kurbo Health today announced the launch of Kurbo, the first safe and effective program to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic using mobile tools. For the first time, children, teens and their parents have access to a safe, effective and proven mobile platform for losing weight. [More]