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Number of Uninsured Spiking Due to Layoffs – Valley News

Read article – Quotes Elliott Fisher, professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, about a recent report from the National Center for Coverage Innovation. The report showed that tens of thousands of New Hampshire residents lost their health insurance as a result of layoffs during the pandemic. Fisher warned that the number could be higher, as the study only looked at data until May. “As with everything else in the United States, when things go wrong, the people who suffer are low-income people and racial minorities because of centuries of systemic racism,” Fisher said. “The burden of a loss of employment and loss of insurance is going to fall squarely on the poor.” (Picked up by Concord Monitor and Manchester Ink Link.)

Why Is Cystic Fibrosis So Hard to Treat? – Chemistry World

Read article – Quotes George O’Toole, professor of microbiology and immunology, in an article that examines why cystic fibrosis is challenging to treat. O’Toole, who is one of the many physicians trying to find new therapies for the condition, comments on how multiple microbes in the lung can affect antibiotic resistance. “The implication is that these microbes are interacting in some way which changes their biology and physiology such that they’re not sensitive to the antibiotic,” says O’Toole.

A Business Spends $800 a Week to Test Staff for COVID-19. Could Rapid, Cheap Tests Help? – NBC News

Read article – Quotes Steven Woloshin, professor of medicine, community and family medicine, and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, about how more data is necessary before implementing widespread use of antigen testing for COVID-19. “In theory, frequent, repeated use of these tests could overcome their lower sensitivity … But we really need some proof,” says Woloshin.

Can Happiness Courses Really Make You Happier? – Lifehacker

Read article – Features the research of Jay Buckey, professor of medicine and adjunct professor of engineering, in an article exploring online self-help programs. Buckey’s PATH research program saw an increase in usage during COVID-19 lockdowns. “I was really surprised about how international it became,” Buckey recalls. “We had people coming in from Poland, Brazil, a lot of English-speaking countries—Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. I guess a lot of problems are the same everywhere.”

Hospital Integration Not Linked With Better Care, Payment Reforms, Study Finds – Becker’s Hospital Review

Read article – Features a study conducted by researchers at Dartmouth, the University of California Berkeley, and Tufts Medical Center, examining the effect hospital consolidation has on quality outcomes. “Our findings have important implications for current debates about whether the potential benefits of financial integration are sufficient to outweigh the potential harm of reduced competition,” the researchers concluded. “The finding of dramatic variations in quality scores across hospitals and practices in each ownership category also argues that financial integration might not be needed to improve care delivery.”

Congress Must Act to Preserve Independent Primary Care Practices – The Hill

Read article – An opinion piece co-authored by Carrie Colla, associate professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and Elliott Fisher, professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in which they discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted issues with the U.S. health care system and is threatening independent primary care practices.