Volume 11 Issue 202
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-Aug-2009 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Health reform proposals could help 13 million uninsured young adults gain coverage

Comprehensive health reform proposals now before Congress could help the more than 13 million uninsured young adults ages 19-29 gain coverage, and such reforms would also help ensure that those who now have coverage would not lose it, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. more  

Moving to the US increases cancer risk for Hispanics

Results of a new study confirm trends that different Hispanic population groups have higher incidence rates of certain cancers and worse cancer outcomes if they live in the United States, than they do if they live in their homelands. more

New expensive back procedure exposed as ineffective

A world-first study involving Monash University and the Cabrini Research Institute in Melbourne has revealed the injection of bone cement into broken vertebrae is not an effective treatment for patients suffering painful osteoporotic fractures. more  

Abnormal brain circuits may prevent movement disorder

Most people who carry a genetic mutation for a movement disorder called dystonia will never develop symptoms, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists since the first genetic mutation was identified in the 1990's. Now, scientists at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have figured out why these mutation carriers are protected from symptoms of the disorder – they have an additional lesion that evens the score. Dystonia is marked by uncontrolled movements, particularly twisting and abnormal postures. more

American College of Physicians Policy Monograph 2009: Individual mandates in health insurance reform  

Interested in what the American College of Physicians has to say about healthcare reform? This monograph may be for you. In this policy monograph, the American College of Physicians considers implementation of an individual mandate as a means to ensure universal health coverage. An individual mandate in a health care system is a requirement that all people have health care coverage, whether provided by their employer, purchased by the individual, or obtained from government programs or other sources. more

American College of Physicians Policy Monograph 2009: Reforming the tax exclusion for health insurance 

Tired of the punditry surrounding issues of healthcare reform? Get information from the American College of Physicians in today's issue of Vidyya. At the center of the debate is the fact that roughly 160 million Americans (about two thirds of the U.S. population under age 65) receive health insurance benefits through their employer. Employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI) has a number of advantages over insurance acquired through other means. more

American College of Physicians Policy Monograph 2009: A public plan option in a health insurance connector

Over the past decade, health care spending has become an increasing burden on individuals and families. Premium growth has exceeded growth in workers’ earnings every year since the late 90s. The number of nonelderly people who pay at least 10% of their income on health expenditures has also increased, and low-income people are more likely to spend a greater amount of their income on health care. Learn more about the public option debate in today's issue of Vidyya. more

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Young adults often become uninsured when they graduate from high school or college; turn 19 and are dropped from their parents' policies or become ineligible for Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)