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How Drug Promotion Rules Impact Physician Prescribing Practices? – International Business Times

Read article – Quotes Steven Woloshin, professor of medicine, community and family medicine, and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, about a study he led along with fellow researchers from Dartmouth and Harvard Medical School that shows that the way pharmaceutical companies are permitted to share information about their drugs can influence physician prescribing practices.

Treatment to Ward Off Stroke Less Effective in Women: Study – India Blooms

Read article – Quotes Niveditta Ramkumar, Guarini ’15, TDI ’15, in a feature story about a study she led that found that women benefit less from a surgery used to treat carotid artery disease, a key risk factor for stroke. “Men and women are different and sometimes their disease might call for a different treatment approach,” says Ramkumar. “Because our study found women are getting more strokes than men, it may mean their treatment, in this case endarterectomy, is not as effective in women as it is in men.”

The Face of Cancer Care and Research – NH Magazine

Read article – A brief profile of Steven Leach, the Preston T. and Virginia R. Kelsey Professor and director of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, who built a national reputation as a specialist in pancreatic cancer research and treatment at Johns Hopkins University and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, two of the nation’s 51 NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers.

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.