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Do physician preferences for more intensive treatments drive variation in health care spending?

The Incidental Economist: August 1, 2014 The streets are lined with palm trees and pickup trucks. McAllen is in Hidalgo County, which has the lowest household income in the country… McAllen has another distinction, too: it is one of the most expensive health-care markets in the country. Gawande called attention to the striking variation across America in […]

Faster, Easier Cures for Hepatitis C

FDA:  7/29/14 Transformative advances in drug treatments approved by the Food and Drug Administration are giving the 3.2 million Americans with chronic hepatitis C a chance for a longer, healthier life without the virus. That’s welcome news for baby boomers—who make up three of four adults with the hepatitis C virus—and millions of other Americans, […]

Variability in Temperature-Related Mortality Projections under Climate Change

Environ Health Perspect: 7/18/14 Abstract Background: Most studies that have assessed impacts on mortality of future temperature increases have relied on a small number of simulations and have not addressed the variability and sources of uncertainty in their mortality projections. Objectives: We assessed the variability of temperature projections and dependent future mortality distributions, using a large panel of […]

The Association Between Race/Ethnicity and Major Birth Defects in the United States, 1999–2007

AJPH: May 16, 2014 Objectives. We investigated the relationship between race/ethnicity and 27 major birth defects. Methods. We pooled data from 12 population-based birth defects surveillance systems in the United States that included 13.5 million live births (1 of 3 of US births) from 1999 to 2007. Using Poisson regression, we calculated prevalence estimates for each birth […]

2014 Hypertension Recommendations From the Eighth Joint National Committee Panel Members Raise Concerns for Elderly Black and Female Populations

J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014 A report from panel members appointed to the Eighth Joint National Committee titled “2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults” has garnered much attention due to its major change in recommendations for hypertension treatment for patients ≥60 years of age and for their treatment goal. In response, […]

An Inside Look at Chronic Disease and Health Care among Hispanics in the United States – See more at: http://www.nclr.org/index.php/publications/an_inside_look_at_chronic_disease_and_health_care_among_hispanics_in_the_united_states-1/#sthash.yo9gfCXt.dpuf

NCLR: 7/23/14 The health of the United States is closely tied to that of Hispanic Americans. Approximately 50.6 million people now identify themselves as Hispanic American, and by 2060 that number is expected to double to almost one-third of the U.S. population. As the Latino community grows, so will the prevalence of chronic conditions that […]

The Risks of Not Adjusting Performance Measures for Patient Sociodemographic Factors

Ann Intern Med. Published online 22 July 2014 The National Quality Forum recently convened an expert panel to make recommendations on whether to risk-adjust health care performance measures for patient sociodemographic factors in addition to clinical factors present at the initiation of care. This commentary discusses why the panel chose to recommend such adjustment and why the topic is […]

Abuse and Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease Among Midlife Women

Abuse and Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease Among Midlife Women

STROKEAHA: July 17, 2014 Abstract Background and Purpose—Some evidence suggests that abuse may be related to cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk among women. However, this relation has largely been addressed using self-reported measures of CVD. We tested whether a history of abuse was related to subclinical CVD among midlife women without clinical CVD. Methods—The Study of […]

Quality Reporting That Addresses Disparities in Health Care

JAMA: July 16, 2014 More than a decade has passed since the landmark Institute of Medicine report Unequal Treatmentdocumented the sizeable and pervasive disparities that affect the US health care system.1 Yet there has been little evidence of progress toward eliminating, or even reducing, these inequities in care. Furthermore, there is increasing concern that existing policy efforts designed to […]