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Statistics you need to know: Firearm-related mortality

The U.S. has a gun problem. A paper by Goldstick et al. (2019) use data from the CDC’s Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research (WONDER) tool and find that: Rates of firearm homicides, suicides, and unintentional deaths in the US are 25.2, 8.0, and 6.2 times higher, respectively, than rates in other developed countries… There …

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How likely are U.S. health insurers to cover drugs for rare diseases?

This is the question a paper by Chambers et al. (2019) aims to answer. The authors analyzed coverage decision of 204 drugs (or 409 unique drug–indication pairs based on information from the Tufts Medical Center Specialty Drug Evidence and Coverage (SPEC) database. This database contains coverage information for 17 or the top 20 health plans …

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Are Neighbors the New Caregivers? | Matiu Bush, RMIT University & One Good Street

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH A few weeks ago, WTF Health took the show on the road to Australia’s digital health conference, HIC 2019. We captured more than 30 interviews (!) from the conference, which is run by the Health Informatics Society of Australia (hence the HISA Studio branding) and I had the opportunity to …

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Let Patients Lead – Explaining Addiction and Recovery to Families

By HANS DUVEFELT, MD We knew that the most powerful way to provide substance abuse treatment is in a group setting. Group members can offer support to each other and call out each other’s self deceptions and public excuses, oftentimes more effectively than the clinicians. They share stories and insights, car rides and job leads, …

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Banana Nut Muffins

These fluffy, vegan Banana Nut Muffins are a winner for the back to school fall season. The next time you have some over-ripe bananas on hand, whip these up for all to snack on..Read more » This is a summary, images and full post available on HHL website! * This article was originally published here

Friday Links

What is Civica Rx? NPC on ICER’s revised value framework. Trebek and cancer. Rx for abstinence? Changing health policy landscape on pharmaceutical pricing. * This article was originally published here

AWS says Amazon Textract is now HIPAA-eligible

The machine learning tool, which helps to extract data from scanned documents, joins six other AI tools that are HIPAA-eligible: Amazon Translate, Amazon Comprehend, Amazon Transcribe, Amazon Polly, Amazon SageMaker and Amazon Rekognition. * This article was originally published here

Everything You Need to Know About the Keto Diet

This high-fat, high-protein, and low-carb eating plan is sweeping the nation. Our keto dream team shows you how to turn your body into a fat-burning machine. Watch more on The Dr. Oz Show: https://bit.ly/2BkLSeG Subscribe to Dr. Oz’s official YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/1QhiDuv Like Dr. Oz on Facebook: https://bit.ly/2imT12a Follow Dr. Oz on Instagram: https://bit.ly/2FWZRui Follow …

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The Effects of Smoking on the Body | Health Effects Caused by Smoking You Didn’t Know About

The Effects of Smoking on the Body ? • Cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causes many diseases, and reduces the health of smokers in general. • Quitting smoking lowers your risk for smoking-related diseases and can add years to your life. • Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death …

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Journal Round-up at the Academic Health Economists’ Blog

Over at the Academic Health Economists’ (AHE) blog, I host this week’s journal round-up. The papers I cover include: Combined impact of future trends on healthcare utilisation of older people: a Delphi study. Health Policy [PubMed] [RePEc] Published October 2019 The fold-in, fold-out design for DCE choice tasks: application to burden of disease. Medical Decision Making …

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