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Friday, 18 September 2020

Private health insurers paid hospitals 247% of what Medicare would

Prices paid to hospitals nationally during 2018 by privately insured patients averaged 247% of what Medicare would have paid, with wide variation in prices among states, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Some states (Arkansas, Michigan and Rhode Island) had relative prices under 200% of Medicare, while other states…

'Body clock' rhythms, not sleep, control brain waste disposal

A study in mice suggests that the “glymphatic system,” which removes the brain’s toxic waste during sleep, may not operate efficiently in shift workers who sleep during the day. This may explain their increased risk of brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease. In 2012, researchers at the University of Rochester…

Medical consortium unveils COVID19questions.org

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there is an urgent need to determine who is at greatest risk for severe disease, better understand how the disease and treatments evolve, and predict the need for resources. But to get there, researchers and clinicians need more data about what patients have experienced so…

Cancer incidence up for adolescents and young adults

(HealthDay)—Among adolescents and young adults (AYAs), cancer incidence increased during 2007 to 2016, according to a report published online Sept. 17 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Kimberly D. Miller, M.P.H., from the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, and colleagues examined population-based cancer incidence and mortality for AYAs by…

Czechs struggling with record Covid-19 spike

The Czech Republic is struggling to stem a massive spike in coronavirus infections after clocking a record daily rate of infection on par with neighbouring Germany, which has a population that is eight times larger. The EU country of 10.7 million people reported on Thursday that it had confirmed 2,139…