Category Archives: Health news

Is there a genetic cause for preterm births? 

While evidence has suggested that this is true, the first study identifying specific genetic factors that exist in women with preterm deliveries was just published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  This study used data from nearly 50,000 women … Continue reading

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Can a blood test be used to screen for cancer? 

Can a blood test be used to screen for cancer?  This question was addressed in a recent NEJM article which investigated if checking for the Epstein-Barr virus (EBM) in plasma samples would be a useful screening test for nasopharyngeal carcinoma in patients … Continue reading

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Health policy information? Himmelfarb has it…

If you’re interested in health policy changes, you can take advantage of Himmelfarb Library‘s online resources to help you keep up to date on what’s going on. These online resources provide access both to the academic literature and legislative news … Continue reading

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Stats: Medical Schools and Graduate Medical Education in the U.S.

Statistical information on medical schools and graduate medical education in the United States was published in a recent issue of JAMA.   Medical Schools in the United States, 2015-2016 makes available data from the 2016 LCME questionnaire and provides state-level … Continue reading

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Patient Zero Exonerated

New research published in Nature traced when HIV arrived in the United States and its path from Africa via Haiti.  This research also provides a timeline for the virus’ movement and exonerates Gaétan Dugas who had been identified as ‘Patient 0’. Read … Continue reading

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Is more cost-sharing by beneficiaries in Medicaid’s future?

The Commonwealth Fund just published an Issue Brief written by GW Milken Institute School of Public Health faculty examining this issue.  Sara Rosenbaum, Sara Schmucker, Sara Rothenberg, and Rachel Gunsalus describe Medicaid demonstrations currently running in six states.  These demonstrations … Continue reading

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How often are residents observed?

How often are residents observed?  A new study by GW researchers looks at this question in a recently published article.  In Observing and Giving Feedback to Novice PGY-1s, Katherine Tully, Jennifer Keller, Jim Blatt, and Larrie Greenberg studied OB-GYN residents during the … Continue reading

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