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App Streamlines Communication by Intubated Patients

Most of the approximately 800,000 Americans who are intubated and need mechanical ventilation each year are awake and alert. A newly developed tablet-based app helps these patients communicate information ranging from pain levels to needs such...

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Bone Preservation across the Ages

Osteoporosis leads to a broken bone for approximately half of Caucasian and Asian women older than age 50 in the United States, though bone mass loss begins decades earlier.

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Missed Connection: Why Patients Rarely Use Hospital Apps

Just 66 percent of the nation’s largest hospitals have mobile apps for patients to use, and of those that furnish apps, only 2 percent of their patient populations utilize them, according to recent research by consulting firm Accenture. That’s a costly gap that experts say hospitals can close.

A Push for Drug Price Transparency

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll in 2015 suggested nearly three-fourths of Americans consider drug prices unjustifiably high. Citing concerns about negative perceptions of drug pricing, the Health and Public Policy Committee of the American College of Physicians recently offered recommendations...

Quality of Virtual Urgent Care Varies Widely

Patients received urgent care of wide-ranging quality via videoconference, telephone or webchat with providers at commercial virtual visit websites, according to research in JAMA Internal Medicine.

From Maids to Tycoons: Direct Primary Care Expands Its Patient Base

Frustrated with insurance-based care, increasing numbers of physicians are turning to direct primary care to provide patients across the socioeconomic spectrum simpler, more personalized treatment.

Disquieting Data on Dementia

The United States’ fast-growing elderly population appears to be on a collision course with a dearth of specialists who care for seniors.

Varying Views on the Expanded Role of Advanced Practice Providers

As the healthcare industry changes and more Americans become insured, the clinical roles of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) have grown. While that growth is clearly a response to greater need, opinions about the shifting care paradigm are not universally shared.

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Gauging Cancer Treatments’ Effectiveness

Many scientists believe the failure of chemotherapy and radiation therapy to kill cancer stem cells leads to relapses. A new device may allow more accurate determination of whether emerging treatments targeting those particularly dangerous cells are...

The Power of Patient Satisfaction

A new study highlights the magnitude of an ongoing shift in medicine: The “retailization” of health care means excellent customer service is increasingly essential to a successful practice.