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Impact of Recent Medicaid Expansions on Office-Based Primary Care and Specialty Care among the…

Objective To quantify the effect of Medicaid expansions on office-based care among the newly eligible.

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NCA Invests in Magpi

As recently reported on their website, NCA (Norwegian Church Aid) has recently selected Magpi for their mobile data collection activities: NCA has invested in Magpi, a digital data collection tool with cloud-based mobile collection, communication, and data visualization tools to improve effectiveness in the way data is collected, managed and analysed. At a recent training in Zambia, participants from Norway, Zambia, Malawi and elsewhere learned about Magpi’s capabilities and use, “with a specific focus on key concepts in the survey design process, practical use, data protection and ethics”.  The hope is that Magpi can help save time and money, and improve data quality. Read the full post at NCA’s website.

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Developing a dengue forecast model using machine learning: A case study in China

by Pi Guo, Tao Liu, Qin Zhang, Li Wang, Jianpeng Xiao, Qingying Zhang, Ganfeng Luo, Zhihao Li, Jianfeng He, Yonghui Zhang, Wenjun Ma Background In China, dengue remains an important public health issue with expanded areas and increased incidence recently. Accurate and timely forecasts of dengue incidence in China are still lacking. We aimed to use the state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms to develop an accurate predictive model of dengue

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AidData releases first-ever global dataset on China’s development spending spree

Five years in the making, AidData’s data collection effort has captured more than USD $350 billion in foreign aid and other forms of state financing that China committed to five major regions of the world.

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Beware of pharmaceutical companies bearing cheap drugs

Pharmaceutical companies are for-profit enterprises that make their money by selling medicinal drugs. This might seem stupefyingly obvious, but it can get (briefly) obscured when these companies distribute shiny pamphlets suggesting that the promotion of human well-being is their ultimate mission or when they act in seemingly philanthropic ways. Scratch the surface, or just wait until the smoke clears, and the profit motive comes back into view. This is partly why bioethics workers find pharmaceutical companies fascinating and appalling: sometimes they offer a glimpse of what it would be like if powerful multinationals really threw their weight behind public health goals, but only a glimpse, because they inevitably veer off to make money and please their stockholders, sometimes in ways at odds with the ethics of research and health care. They are a kind of ethical rogue element.

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The protective power of vaccines against diarrhea

The protective power of vaccines against diarrhea hrandall Mon, 10/09/2017 – 12:08 Oct 09, 2017 Hope Randall Digital Communications Officer for DefeatDD Nicole Maier, clinical trial coordinator for PATH’s enteric vaccine portfolio, said she got choked up while watching our latest video for the first time. Why? I sat down with her to hear more about her personal take on the video.     Talk to me about why you got emotional watching this video.   You know, it just makes everything about organizing clinical trials, from the stressful to the monotonous, worthwhile in the end.

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Religious zealots should mind their own business

Once again, the courts have declined to legalise assisted dying: Mr Conway, who has been supported by campaign group Dignity in Dying, said he was “deeply disappointed” by the judgement and intends to appeal it. “The experiences of those who are terminally ill need to be heard. “As I approach the end of my life, I face unbearable suffering and the possibility of a traumatic, drawn-out death.” I think the judges are right that this is a question for Parliament, not for the legal system. Parliament has consistently denied us the right to avoid a painful death, mainly because of objections from religious zealots (including the 26 Bishops who have an archaic right to automatic seats in the House of Lords). If they prefer a lingering and painful death for themselves, that is entirely their prerogative

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Re: ‘The environmental impact of obesity: longitudinal evidence from the United States’

This letter serves to affirm the stance and the evidence presented in the recent article by Squalli, entitled: “The environmental impact of obesity: longitudinal evidence from the United States”.1 The said paper adds weight to the notion that two of the greatest threats facing contemporary society are climate change and the rise in non-communicable diseases, including obesity.2 Further, this article highlights that individual behaviors and health outcomes can have global consequences.

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Gabapentin, opioids, and the risk of opioid-related death: A population-based nested…

by Tara Gomes, David N. Juurlink, Tony Antoniou, Muhammad M. Mamdani, J. Michael Paterson, Wim van den Brink Background Prescription opioid use is highly associated with risk of opioid-related death, with 1 of every 550 chronic opioid users dying within approximately 2.5 years of their first opioid prescription.

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Coordination Program Reduced Acute Care Use And Increased Primary Care Visits Among Frequent…

Many high utilizers of the emergency department (ED) have public insurance, especially through Medicaid.

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Estimating The Effects Of Health Insurance And Other Social Programs On Poverty Under The…

The effects of health insurance on poverty have been difficult to ascertain because US poverty measures have not taken into account the need for health care and the value of health benefits.

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Breaking the link between colonialism and global medical missions

Rudyard Kipling spoke to the spirit of the age at the turn of the 20th century when he called on newly minted imperial powers to “go send your sons to exile to serve your captives’ need”. Then, the Western popular imagination was captivated by the myth of the intrepid white civilizer setting off to tame the savage wilds. Unfortunately, this fascination did not die out with the empires it justified. We still see ample evidence of it today, “medical volontourism” being a prime example. Healthcare professionals from Europe and North America are traveling in increasing number to developing countries for short-term assignments.

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Spatial distribution of HIV, HCV, and co-infections among drug users in the southwestern border…

A methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) program to curb the dual epidemics of HIV/AIDS and drug use has been administered by China since 2004.

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Beyond the Tyranny of Averages: AidData report highlights unequal development within countries

Relying on averages is worsening inequality within countries. A new AidData report looks at whether aid financing reaches the poorest regions and finds that donors are missing the mark.The international community has made great strides to reduce extreme poverty worldwide, but a worrying trend persists: rising inequality.

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