Case Studies/Studies

Richer Data Strengthen Evidence of Lower Mortality Rates After Bariatric Surgery

The most common bariatric surgeries markedly increase obese patients’ chances of living longer, according to a recent study published in JAMA that builds on evidence of the procedures’ benefits.


Medical Device Tax Linked to Lower R&D Funding

The ACA’s medical device tax reduced research and development (R&D) funding, according to a study conducted at Iowa State University.

Daeyong Lee, PhD, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, found the 2.3 percent tax reduced manufacturers’ R&D expenditures...


Workplace Clinics May Reduce Costs, Hospitalization

School districts can reduce healthcare costs by roughly 15 percent if they provide teachers and their families access to on-site primary care health clinics, according to research in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

The study, by the RAND Corporation, also...


Study: Innovation Tied to Drug Costs

Dementia kills 1.5 million people globally each year. So does tuberculosis. But about 300 treatments for Alzheimer’s and only 80 for TB were under development in 2017, notes a report by the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics at the University of Southern California highlighting the link between drug spending and innovation.


Study Adds to Evidence Linking Traumatic Brain Injury to Dementia Risk

Recently gathered data build on previous research associating traumatic brain injury (TBI) with development of dementia.


Thirdhand Smoke Exposure May Increase Lung Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in California have found a link between thirdhand smoke (THS) exposure and lung cancer risk in mice.


A Cost-effective Approach to Treating Pediatric C-diff

Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) via nasogastric feeding tube (NGT) is a cheaper yet similarly effective treatment method for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in children when compared with FMT via colonoscopy or nasoduodenal tube, a study from Children’s Hospital Colorado has found.


Obese Children, Obese Adults: A Troubling Trajectory

New research supports the view that obesity in early childhood is a predictor of adult obesity.


Timely Information: Study Provides a View of the Human Chronobiome

A group of researchers has identified and described rhythmic, time-regulated human physiological characteristics in a non-controlled setting — a finding with wide-ranging implications for precision medicine.


Getting to the Root of Malpractice Claims

More malpractice claims are related to diagnosis than to any other single aspect of care, medical liability insurer Coverys found in an analysis of almost 11,000 closed claims from 2013 through 2017.