The next attack on the Affordable Care Act may cost you free preventive health care

The Affordable Care Act has allowed many preventive health services, including cancer screenings and vaccines, to be free of charge. But legal challenges may lead to costly repercussions for patients.

Alex Hoagland, PhD Candidate in Health Economics, Boston University • conversation
Sept. 7, 2021 ~9 min

Hospital-acquired COVID-19 tends to be picked up from other patients, not from healthcare workers

The majority of patients who contracted COVID-19 while in hospital did so from other patients rather than from healthcare workers, concludes a new study from

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Aug. 24, 2021 ~4 min

Hospitals often outsource important services to companies that prioritize profit over patients

Outsourcing is common in many hospitals. But when health care systems outsource certain clinical tasks to separate companies, costs can go up, quality of care can fall and patients can be harmed.

Paul Barach, Lecturer, Senior Advisor to the Dean College of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University • conversation
Aug. 20, 2021 ~11 min

Health apps track vital health stats for millions of people, but doctors aren't using the data – here's how it could reduce costs and patient outcomes

Connecting health apps to health care can enable better care for patients with chronic diseases, and it has the potential to lower skyrocketing US health spending.

Saligrama Agnihothri, Professor of Supply Chain and Business Analytics, Binghamton University, State University of New York • conversation
July 28, 2021 ~8 min

Upgrading PPE for staff working on COVID-19 wards cut hospital-acquired infections dramatically

When Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge upgraded its face masks for staff working on COVID-19 wards to filtering face piece 3 (FFP3) respirators, it saw a

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 29, 2021 ~6 min

Lack of sleep is harming health care workers – and their patients

To keep our health care providers healthy, we need to help them sleep.

Soomi Lee, Assistant Professor of Aging Studies, University of South Florida • conversation
May 17, 2021 ~11 min

Proper fit of face masks is more important than material, study suggests

A team of researchers studying the effectiveness of different types of face masks has found that in order to provide the best protection against COVID-19, the

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 11, 2021 ~5 min

My university will be getting COVID-19 vaccines soon – here's how my team will get doses into arms

Health systems around the US are on the cusp of receiving COVID-19 vaccines. At the end of this months-long effort are the nitty-gritty details of how health care providers are giving people the vaccine.

Desi Kotis, Associate Dean and Professor of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
Dec. 11, 2020 ~7 min

Latinos are especially reluctant to get flu shots – how a small clinic in Indiana found ways to overcome that

Millions of Latinos may not get the influenza shot this year, which could be an indicator of whether they will get a COVID-19 shot. A rural clinic shows how building trust can help overcome reluctance.

Jennifer Coddington, Clinical Professor of Nursing, Purdue University • conversation
Dec. 9, 2020 ~7 min

Amid a raging pandemic, the US faces a nursing shortage. Can we close the gap?

The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on another US medical emergency: a serious shortage of nurses.

Rayna M Letourneau, Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of South Florida • conversation
Nov. 20, 2020 ~8 min