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Telemedicine program improves access to sleep care for rural veterans

More veterans are receiving important sleep care, especially those living in rural areas where access to sleep medicine specialists can be difficult. The Veterans Health Administration’s TeleSleep Program launched telehealth services in 2017 to support the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. More than one million veterans who received …

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Lower income and educational levels may correlate with inequalities in seeking dental care

Lower income and educational levels may correlate with inequalities in seeking dental care

Inequitable access to health care is a pressing global health concern, and care of our teeth is no exception. In fact, the World Health Organization established the Global Goals for Oral Health 2020 in its efforts to help counter socioeconomic-related imbalances. Economically advanced Japan has plentiful dentists, as well as a universal health insurance system, …

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Study finds survival is more important than a chronic medical condition in prioritizing medical care

Study finds survival is more important than a chronic medical condition in prioritizing medical care

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The concept of rationing medical resources during the height of COVID-19 pandemic created tremendous anxiety in the patient and healthcare communities. In planning for that possibility, Massachusetts created a triage scoring system focusing on an acute survival score that considers chronic life-limiting medical conditions of the patient, but it does not …

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Income, education may impact inequalities in seeking dental care

Income, education may impact inequalities in seeking dental care

Standardized claim ratios of the nine indicators representing dental care utilization. Credit: University of Tsukuba Inequitable access to health care is a pressing global health concern, and care of our teeth is no exception. In fact, the World Health Organization established the Global Goals for Oral Health 2020 in its efforts to help counter socioeconomic-related …

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Why do we continue to see outbreaks of SARS-CoV-2 in care homes?

Why do we continue to see outbreaks of SARS-CoV-2 in care homes?

The Charité researchers analyzed blood samples from older and younger individuals who had received their vaccinations, testing for the presence of SARS-CoV-2-specific antibodies (including immunoglobulin G, or IgG). Credit: Charité | Victor Corman SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks involving care homes with fully vaccinated residents have been reported across Germany. In order to gain a better understanding of …

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Colorado bill aims to give farmworkers easier access to medical care

Colorado bill aims to give farmworkers easier access to medical care

A woman with pregnancy complications needed permission from her boss to visit a doctor. Community health volunteers were turned away from delivering food and covid information to worker housing. A farmworker had a serious allergic reaction but was afraid to seek treatment. To Nicole Civita, policy director with Colorado advocacy group Project Protect Food Systems …

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Why everyone should care about health disparities – and what to do about them

Why everyone should care about health disparities – and what to do about them

by Genaro C. Armas, Aha News The coronavirus pandemic and the equity movement have shined a spotlight on longstanding systemic problems that contribute to health disparities linked with factors such as race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status and sexual identity. But health disparities don’t only affect those facing them. In a time of deep division and …

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Rural residents, American Indians travel farthest for certified stroke care

Rural residents, American Indians travel farthest for certified stroke care

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The distance a stroke patient must travel to receive care at a certified stroke center differs by race, age, income and insurance status, with the largest disparities found among rural residents and American Indians, according to a combined analysis of U.S. census data and road maps published today in Stroke. Treatment …

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To improve health, quality of life for long-term care residents: Sit less, move more

To improve health, quality of life for long-term care residents: Sit less, move more

Reducing sedentary behaviour in assisted living could improve health and independence for long-term care residents. Credit: Shutterstock Sitting around is a known risk factor for disease and disability. Yet, when older adults start to lose independence—becoming less functional physically or showing signs of cognitive impairment—they move into residences that may allow them to sit for …

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