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Death rates fell significantly after Massachusetts implemented 2006 health reform

Death from all causes in non-elderly residents of Massachusetts—those age 20 to 64—fell by 2.9% in the four years after it implemented its 2006 health reform law, and deaths from causes amenable to healthcare interventions fell by 4.5%, a new study says.1  
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over 5 years ago
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Advancing equity in healthcare

Healthcare reforms in Massachusetts that began in 2006 might foreshadow the effects of President Obama’s national Affordable Care Act and have been subject to intense scrutiny as a result. Two linked studies of the reforms in Massachusetts indicate that expanding of health insurance is helpful but not enough to eliminate important social and ethnic disparities in care and outcomes.1 2 Hanchate and colleagues (doi:10.1136/bmj.h440) studied joint replacement surgery, an effective treatment for end stage joint disease that reduces pain and improves function and quality of life3 but is underused among patients on low incomes and those from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds.4 In their study, greater access to health insurance in Massachusetts was associated with increased rates of knee and hip replacement surgery among Hispanic and black people compared with white people but was not associated with increased rates among people on low incomes relative to richer people.1 In a second study, McCormick and colleagues (doi:10.1136/bmj.h1480) found no association between Massachusetts healthcare reforms and reduced racial and ethnic disparities in admissions to hospital for diseases such as asthma, diabetes, and heart failure. Many admissions for these “ambulatory care sensitive conditions” are preventable if patients have access to high quality outpatient …  
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Advancing equity in healthcare

Healthcare reforms in Massachusetts that began in 2006 might foreshadow the effects of President Obama’s national Affordable Care Act and have been subject to intense scrutiny as a result. Two linked studies of the reforms in Massachusetts indicate that expanding of health insurance is helpful but not enough to eliminate important social and ethnic disparities in care and outcomes.1 2 Hanchate and colleagues (doi:10.1136/bmj.h440) studied joint replacement surgery, an effective treatment for end stage joint disease that reduces pain and improves function and quality of life3 but is underused among patients on low incomes and those from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds.4 In their study, greater access to health insurance in Massachusetts was associated with increased rates of knee and hip replacement surgery among Hispanic and black people compared with white people but was not associated with increased rates among people on low incomes relative to richer people.1 In a second study, McCormick and colleagues (doi:10.1136/bmj.h1480) found no association between Massachusetts healthcare reforms and reduced racial and ethnic disparities in admissions to hospital for diseases such as asthma, diabetes, and heart failure. Many admissions for these “ambulatory care sensitive conditions” are preventable if patients have access to high quality outpatient …  
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over 4 years ago
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Advancing equity in healthcare

Healthcare reforms in Massachusetts that began in 2006 might foreshadow the effects of President Obama’s national Affordable Care Act and have been subject to intense scrutiny as a result. Two linked studies of the reforms in Massachusetts indicate that expanding of health insurance is helpful but not enough to eliminate important social and ethnic disparities in care and outcomes.1 2 Hanchate and colleagues (doi:10.1136/bmj.h440) studied joint replacement surgery, an effective treatment for end stage joint disease that reduces pain and improves function and quality of life3 but is underused among patients on low incomes and those from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds.4 In their study, greater access to health insurance in Massachusetts was associated with increased rates of knee and hip replacement surgery among Hispanic and black people compared with white people but was not associated with increased rates among people on low incomes relative to richer people.1 In a second study, McCormick and colleagues (doi:10.1136/bmj.h1480) found no association between Massachusetts healthcare reforms and reduced racial and ethnic disparities in admissions to hospital for diseases such as asthma, diabetes, and heart failure. Many admissions for these “ambulatory care sensitive conditions” are preventable if patients have access to high quality outpatient …  
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over 4 years ago
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Teachers on the front line following attack in Boston

Results of a survey to be published in School Mental Health, published by Springer, suggest that while teachers are well-tuned to student psychological distress following a crisis...  
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First evidence of neuroinflammation in brains of chronic pain patients

A new study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has found, for the first time, evidence of neuroinflammation in key regions of the brains of patients with chronic pain.  
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over 4 years ago
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After the Boston Marathon bombing, ears and hearing effects continue to reverberate

Study shows continued follow up and care of this patient population is warranted.  
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One year on from the Boston Marathon bombing, caregivers still grappling with tragedy

Nearly a year after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, hospital staff, first responders and medical volunteers who cared for the injured and dying were still struggling to put the experience...  
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Children with relatives who participated in manhunt after Boston Marathon attack suffer mental health issues

Children with relatives who were called upon to participate in the interagency manhunt following the Boston Marathon attack carried a particularly heavy mental health burden, according to a...  
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Understanding a person's increased vulnerability to PTSD after Boston Marathon bombing

The area of the brain that plays a primary role in emotional learning and the acquisition of fear - the amygdala - may hold the key to who is most vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder.  
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Emergency radiology response assessed after Boston Marathon bombings

An after-action review of the Brigham and Women's Hospital emergency radiology response to the Boston Marathon bombings highlights the crucial role medical imaging plays in emergency situations...  
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Novel neural crest system developed in zebrafish

Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/Harvard Medical School, Drs. Beste Kinikoglu and Yawei Kong, led by Dr. Eric C.  
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over 4 years ago
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4th Annual Clinical Operations in Oncology Trials USA 2015, 15th - 16th July 2015, Boston

Optimizing clinical processes within oncology trials to ensure effective patient recruitment, trial management and achieve trial success Join us at the upcoming 4th...  
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over 4 years ago
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Next Generation Sequencing USA Congress & Single Cell Genomics and Transcriptomics USA Congress, Boston, 27-28 October 2015

Following the success of Oxford Global Conferences' Next Generation Sequencing Series Congresses in London and Asia, we are thrilled to announce our inaugural Next Generation Sequencing USA...  
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over 4 years ago
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Symptom relief following non-endoscopic migraine surgery

A revised version of a surgical procedure to treat severe chronic migraine headaches led to significant symptom relief more than 90 percent of the time in patients treated at Massachusetts...  
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over 4 years ago
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Salicylates, a class of NSAIDs, stop vestibular schwannomas growth

Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear and the Harvard Medical School/ Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology have demonstrated that...  
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over 4 years ago
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Smartphone-based device could provide rapid, low-cost molecular tumor diagnosis

A device developed by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators may bring rapid, accurate molecular diagnosis of tumors and other diseases to locations lacking the latest medical technology.  
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over 4 years ago
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Lower mortality rates among Asian and Hispanic lupus patients

A new study by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts reveals that Asian and Hispanic patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have lower mortality...  
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over 4 years ago
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Asian and Hispanic lupus patients have lower mortality rates

A new study by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts reveals that Asian and Hispanic patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have lower mortality rates...  
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Boston Scientific touts S-ICD data from long-term safety & efficacy study – MassDevice

Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) yesterday touted a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showing the long-term safety and effectiveness of its S-ICD "leadless" defibrillator.  
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over 4 years ago