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The Waiting Game: When Hospitals Say No, Where Can Uninsured Patients Find Surgery? – Capital Public Radio

Read article – Quotes Andrew Loehrer, assistant professor of surgery and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, about how pro bono programs have become crucial as hospitals turn away uninsured patients. “Our health system is still profoundly incapable of meeting the needs of these vulnerable populations,” says Loehrer. “Patients are often left on their own to sort of figure out a way … We aren’t creating systems that make it as easy as it should be for patients to get lifesaving treatment.”

Take This App: Tech Firms Tackle Opioid Crisis With Software – The Star Online

Read article – Quotes Lisa Marsch, the Andrew G. Wallace Professor and professor of psychiatry and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in an article about how technology firms are taking aim at the opioid crisis and related health problems with a new class of treatments–digital therapeutics–delivered by smartphone. With these technologies, “you disrupt that behavior chain and learn new skills to make lifestyle changes to stop self-defeating patterns,” says Marsch. “People can use it 24/7 as a clinician in their pocket.”

Body Adiposity, Not BMI, Key to CV Risk in Colorectal Cancer – Medscape

Read article – Quotes Michael Passarelli, assistant professor of epidemiology, in an article about a study that found that patients with colorectal cancer should have their body composition assessed on computed tomography imaging at diagnosis to assess their risk of cardiovascular disease, rather than relying on body mass index. “I think the takeaway here, at least from my point of view, is that the notion of the obesity paradox for mortality from colorectal cancer and separately from cardiovascular disease seems to be largely an artifact of the inadequacies of measuring obesity using height and weight,” says Passarelli, who was not involved in the study but wrote an editorial to accompany the research in JAMA Oncology.

Take This App: Tech Firms Tackle Opioid Crisis With Software – MSN via Agence France-Presse

Read article – Quotes Lisa Marsch, the Andrew G. Wallace Professor and professor of psychiatry and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, about how technology firms are taking aim at the opioid crisis and related health problems with a new class of treatments—digital therapeutics—delivered by smartphone. With these technologies, “you disrupt that behavior chain and learn new skills to make lifestyle changes to stop self-defeating patterns,” says Marsch. (Picked up by Yahoo! News, The Straits Times, France 24, and Space Daily.)

Reduced Life Expectancy Due to Mental and Physical Health Problems Must Be Tackled, Academic Warns – The Irish News

Read article – Quotes Kelly Aschbrenner, assistant professor of psychiatry and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, who will deliver a speech at Ireland’s Belfast Castle during Mental Health Awareness Week on how positive lifestyle changes can help people with serious mental health conditions.

How Obamacare, Medicare and ‘Medicare for All’ Muddy the Campaign Trail – California Healthline

Read article – Continued coverage of comments by Ellen Meara, professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and adjunct professor in economics, in an article about how the healthcare debate has Democrats on Capitol Hill and the presidential campaign trail facing renewed pressure to make clear where they stand: Are they for “Medicare for All” or protecting the Affordable Care Act.