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Apr. 14, 2015

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Nearly 90 percent of Americans have health coverage
CNN Money
A poll by Gallup found that the uninsured rate among U.S adults declined to 11.9 percent in the first quarter, down one percentage point from the end of last year and an improvement from the 18 percent without insurance in the fall of 2013, when the Americans were first were able to sign up for coverage at state and federal exchanges.More

Millennials, Gen Xers leading change in healthcare over seniors, boomers
By Scott E. Rupp
Millennials and Gen Xers are a population segment harboring and bringing about advances in healthcare technology. They are also altering the delivery of healthcare and insurance, according to new research offered up by PNC Healthcare. The trends identified in a survey of more than 5,000 people show that millennials, specifically, are impacting healthcare systems as we know them. They seek more speed and more knowledge before they buy, and they want to know the costs and other points.More

5 changes to help Medicare ACOs thrive
Despite the rapid growth and early successes of accountable care organizations, the Medicare Shared Savings Program must make some key changes to fully realize the model's potential, argues a Health Affairs blog post.More

The tangle of coordinated healthcare
The New York Times
Who coordinates the coordinators? More specifically, who coordinates the proliferating number of healthcare helpers variously known as case managers, care managers, care coordinators, patient navigators or facilitators, health coaches or even — here’s a new one — "pathfinders?"More

CommonWell Health Alliance continues to grow its EHR domain
By Scott E. Rupp
CommonWell Health Alliance is beginning to gain a little traction more than two years since it was announced as a concept. The organization recently announced that it had added five new members, "enhancing the association's nationwide footprint, share of the EHR marketplace and diversity across the care continuum." Of those health IT vendors to join the organization, MEDITECH, Merge and Kareo were named contributing members while PointClickCare and Surgical Information Systems joined as general members.More

FDA: Some wrinkle creams may be overstating claims
ABC News
To appeal to our quest for flawless, younger looking skin, some cosmetic companies are selling anti-aging creams that can sound like the fountain of youth in a bottle. Doctors warn though there can be wrinkles in some of those claims. “It’s not a magical wand,” Dr. Tyler Hollmig, director of Laser and Aesthetic Dermatology at Stanford Health Care, told ABC News. “It’s not going to take away your wrinkles.”More

FDA warns researchers on claims of drug to detect brain disease
The New York Times
The developers of a new drug aimed at diagnosing chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head trauma, are under scrutiny by the Food and Drug Administration. In February, the FDA’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotion sent a letter to two researchers at UCLA warning them that they had improperly marketed their drug on the Internet and had made overstated claims about the drug’s potential efficacy.More

FDA accused of dragging heels on dietary supplement dangers
Recently, New York Times journalist Anahad O’Connor continued reporting on his investigation of the dietary supplement industry, this time calling into question the FDA’s apparent silence on a harmful amphetamine derivative in herbal products for weight loss, athletic performance, and mental concentration.More

Study: Genes may make 'placebo effect' stronger for some
HealthDay News
A new report suggests that the strength of your "placebo effect" may depend on your particular DNA. In clinical trials of new drugs, people who receive a fake treatment, or placebo, often feel relief from medical conditions and pain. A better understanding of this phenomenon — called the placebo effect — could improve medical research and healthcare, the authors of the new paper said.More

Scientists uncover gene 'architects' responsible for body's blueprint
Researchers have identified two key proteins that act as genetic "architects," creating the blueprint needed by embryos during the earliest stages of their development. Previous work by the research team from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia, showed that the protein MOZ could relay external "messages" to the developing embryo, revealing a mechanism for how the environment could affect development in very early pregnancy. More

Narcotic painkillers, common in pregnancy, can harm baby
CBS News
Use of prescription narcotic painkillers is common in pregnancy and increases the likelihood a baby will be born small or early, or go through painful drug withdrawal, a new study finds. These prescription painkillers, also called opioids, include drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine and morphine. More

Tax on junk food may ignite new health trend
By Archita Datta Majumdar
A Native American community just enacted a landmark decision to fight obesity and diabetes, two of the major reasons for death in America today. In recent years, multiple states and cities have attempted to boost public health by enforcing a soda tax — and most have failed. For the Navajo Nation Council, this clearly wasn't enough. Now the community of 250,000 people living in Utah, Arizona and New Mexico will see increased taxes for all kinds of junk foods that have "minimal-to-no nutritional value." More

Why survival rate is not the best way to judge cancer spending
The New York Times
In 2012, a study published in Health Affairs argued that the big money we spend on healthcare in the United States is worth it, at least when it comes to cancer. The researchers found that the survival gains seen in the United States equated to more than $550 billion in additional value, more than the difference in spending.More

HPV shots for boys could save millions in 'oral cancer' costs
NBC News
Vaccinating teenage boys against the human papillomavirus could save millions of healthcare dollars by preventing head and neck cancer, according to new research. Most know of HPV as the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer and genital warts, but it has been linked to a number of other cancers, including anal, vulvar and oropharyngeal cancer, which occurs in the throat, around the tonsils and back of the tongue.More

Good mental health away from home starts before college
The Wall Street Journal
When Eliza Lanzillo went off to college, she was excited to leave behind her old school, her old routines — and her old mental health challenges. “I thought of it as a clean slate. Nobody knows my history. I could be a new person,” says the now 21-year-old junior at Brown University. “I didn’t want people to see me as the girl with anorexia.”More