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Patients Just as Satisfied When Surgeons Give Fewer Opioids for Pain – Reuters

Read article – Quotes Richard Barth, professor of surgery, about a study that found that patient satisfaction scores didn’t suffer for surgeons who cut their prescribing of opioids for pain by more than 50%. “Our previous research looked at how much opioid was being prescribed and how many patients actually used it,” says Barth, who is the study’s senior author.

Déjà Vu All Over Again: Health-Care Spending Back on the Rise – The Hill

Read article – An opinion piece by Carrie Colla, associate professor of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and Jonathan Skinner, the James O. Freedman Presidential Professor in Economics, professor of community and family medicine, and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in which they reflect on what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has accomplished so far—and what it hasn’t. “The ACA laid the foundation for fundamental health-care reform and expanded coverage to many previously uninsured. Now it is time to continue reform in a way that makes health care more sustainable not just for a few brief years, but for the long-term,” said Colla and Skinner.

Machine Learning Identifies Esophageal Cancer Better Than Current Methods – HealthData Management

Read article – Quotes Saeed Hassanpour, assistant professor of biomedical data science and epidemiology, about how he and colleagues from Dartmouth have developed a deep learning model to accurately identify cancerous esophagus tissue on microscopy images instead of the high-cost, time-consuming manual annotation process used by pathologists. “Our new approach outperformed the current state-of-the-art approach that requires these detailed annotations for its training,” says Hassanpour. “The result is significant because our method is based solely on tissue-level annotations, unlike existing methods that are based on manually annotated regions.”

At the Hospitals: Nov. 3, 2019 – Valley News

Read article – Ellen Meara, professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Meara’s appointment was announced in late October at the academy’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. “I am incredibly honored to be recognized by the profession in this way and am eager to support (the National Academy of Medicine)’s mission of offering independent advice to improve health for all,” Meara said.