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Many Working-Age Cancer Survivors Suffer Financial Hardship

According to an Institute of Medicine study, cancer care costs in the United States are rising at two to three times the rate of other health care costs. To assess the financial burden of these expenses, Matthew Banegas of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research and coauthors used data from a 2012 LIVESTRONG online survey of 4,719 cancer survivors, ages 18-64.

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New Model Helps Predict Breast Cancer Risk in Hispanic Women

ATLANTA — The first breast cancer risk-prediction model based entirely on data from Hispanic women, including whether a woman was born in or outside of the United States, provided a more accurate assessment of Hispanic women’s risk of developing breast cancer compared with existing models based on data from non-Hispanic women, according to a study presented at the Eighth American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved, held Nov. 13-16.

Nov 13, 2015

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Involving Patients as Equal Partners in Research

Chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans. That’s more than diabetes, cancer and heart disease combined. It’s the number one reason patients visit their primary care providers, sometimes with the expectation that those providers will have a quick cure or answer. But for most patients with chronic pain, that’s not the case. The pain can last several years or a lifetime, but as we learn in this video, patients who take an active role in their treatment can often return to normal activities and improve their quality of life. The study described in the video was funded by the non-profit Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

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Diabetes Patients Do Better After Surgery When Their Blood Sugar is Managed by Pharmacists

A pharmacy-led glycemic control program is linked to improved outcomes for surgical patients with diabetes and those who develop stress-induced hyperglycemia or high blood sugars as a result of surgery, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published in the American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits.