Jailed family member increases risks for kids’ adult health

Annie Gjelsvik, assistant professor of epidemiology in the Brown University School of Public Health and lead author of the study published in the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved found that that people who grew up in a household where a member was incarcerated have a 18-percent greater risk of experiencing poor health quality than adults who did not have a family member sent to prison.Read more...

(Distributed August 8, 2014)

Informed consent: False positives are not a worry

A new study of participants in the National Lung Screening Trial finds that a false positive screen result – a screening test in which findings initially of concern for cancer are later found not to be worrisome — did not cause participants undue anxiety or reduced quality of health. Researchers hypothesize that clear and accurate consent forms prepared patients for these false positive diagnoses. Findings reported in the journal Cancer.Read more...

(Distributed August 6, 2014)

Priorities in addiction treatment bill debated

David C. Lewis, founder of the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, comments on new Massachusetts legislation that would mandate insurance coverage for addiction treatment and why it's important to utilize less inpatient care.

(Distributed July 29, 2014)

Nursing homes turn to hospice care to help residents near death

Susan Miller, professor of health services policy and practice, comments on why more nursing homes are turning to intensive care units to care for dying residents, even as hospice use has also increased. “Nursing homes are challenged by staffing shortages, high turnover, inadequate reimbursement for palliative care and an adversarial legal climate,” Miller said. Read more...

(Distributed July 24, 2014)
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