The essential scan: Top findings in health policy research

The Essential Scan aims to help keep you informed on the latest research and what it means for policymakers. This weeks topics include the 340B drug pricing program, quality of Medicare Advantage skilled nursing facilities, community benefit spending, and quality of marketplace plans compared to Medicaid.
Source: HSR Information Central - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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This study indicates that frailty and other age-related diseases could be prevented and significantly reduced in older adults. Getting our heart risk factors under control could lead to much healthier old ages. Unfortunately, the current obesity epidemic is moving the older population in the wrong direction, however our study underlines how even small reductions in risk are worthwhile." The study analysed data from more than 421,000 people aged 60-69 in both GP medical records and in the UK Biobank research study. Participants were followed up over ten years. The researchers analysed six factors that could impa...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
(Natural News) During a discussion about “Spygate” on Tuesday’s “Outnumbered” program on Fox News, contributor Katie Pavlich, who’s also the editor at TownHall, was nonplussed about the revelation that President Obama may have been in on the scandal from the get-go. “Barack Obama spied on reporters,” she said at one point. “Why wouldn’t he spy...
Source: NaturalNews.com - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
This article published in 2015 discusses some of the negative issues that have been associated with sitting including: Impeded cardiovascular and metabolic function Depression and psychological distress (for example, a “mental funk”) Spike in blood sugar levels Increased risk for heart attack, type 2 diabetes, insomnia, arthritis, certain types of cancers, and premature death As you can see, this list is comprised of serious issues, and the author of the article gives some great suggestions for reducing your time sitting as well as for combating sitting’s negative effects. It is interesting to note tha...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Brain and Behavior Health-related Source Type: blogs
As well as being amazing marvels of nature, the gelatinous sea creatures are harbingers of the most serious issues that face us and this should be a call to armsLooking back, I see that jellyfish came to me when the haze of sleepless nights brought on by kids ’ cries and the frenzy of cramming a working day into the scant hours of pre-school began to lift. And, even though I still looked good on Facebook, when I slowed down long enough to think, I felt lost and unfulfilled. That something inside had been waiting for the opportunity to climb out and loo k for more than flapjacks and yogurt wasn’t so surprising. ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Life and style Psychology Science Health & wellbeing Oceans Environment Source Type: news
As well as being amazing marvels of nature, the gelatinous sea creatures are harbingers of the most serious issues that face us and this should be a call to armsLooking back, I see that jellyfish came to me when the haze of sleepless nights brought on by kids ’ cries and the frenzy of cramming a working day into the scant hours of pre-school began to lift. And, even though I still looked good on Facebook, when I slowed down long enough to think, I felt lost and unfulfilled. That something inside had been waiting for the opportunity to climb out and loo k for more than flapjacks and yogurt wasn’t so surprising. ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Life and style Psychology Science Health & wellbeing Oceans Environment Source Type: news
Conclusions: MR scans should be used in combination with endoluminal mucosal assessment (and digital rectal examination) to determine response following Papillon radiotherapy. This is the first paper to describe both the endoscopic and imaging findings following Papillon radiotherapy. PMID: 29789768 [PubMed]
Source: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: J Contemp Brachytherapy Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Occupational therapists' knowledge of the concepts of health responsibility is of value when working with a patient's health, but an identified challenge is how to engage children and older persons. PMID: 29792082 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy - Category: Occupational Health Tags: Scand J Occup Ther Source Type: research
Publication date: August 2018 Source:Polymer Testing, Volume 69 Author(s): Karsten Leucker, Janosch Amtmann, Dirk W. Schubert It has been demonstrated that none of the existing testing methods for abrasion resistance is suitable for the testing of low basis weight (areal weight) polypropylene nonwovens in the range of 15 g/m2 to 25 g/m2. Thus, a novel test method has been developed in which the samples are scanned after certain intervals of abrasion cycles on the Martindale abrasion tester using a standard flatbed scanner. From the greyscale images generated, the total pill area and the number of pills can be determin...
Source: Polymer Testing - Category: Chemistry Source Type: research
Publication date: August 2018 Source:Polymer Testing, Volume 69 Author(s): Ming Cao, Junjie Shu, Peng Chen, Ru Xia, Bin Yang, Jibin Miao, Jiasheng Qian The co-continuous blends of chlorinated polyethylene rubber (CM) and ethylene propylene diene rubber (EPDM) were prepared. Boron nitride nanosheets (BNNSs) were filled into the blends and orientated by shearing on a two-roll mill. The microstructure of CM/EPDM blends and the localization of BNNSs were observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The effects of orientation and content of BNNSs based fillers on thermal conductivity and mechanical properties of the composi...
Source: Polymer Testing - Category: Chemistry Source Type: research
Publication date: August 2018 Source:Polymer Testing, Volume 69 Author(s): Anna Raffaela M. Costa, Lízzia T.A. Reul, Fernanda M. Sousa, Edson N. Ito, Laura H. Carvalho, Eduardo L. Canedo The effect of the type of filler and concentration on the degradation rate of compounds based on a blend of poly (β-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) and poly (butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) (PBAT) were studied using a fast and simple procedure of monitoring polymer degradation under processing conditions using torque rheometry. It was found that both the presence and level of two types of filler, taken from two different layers of t...
Source: Polymer Testing - Category: Chemistry Source Type: research
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