Health Affairs – Successful acute care payment reform requires working with the emergency department
More than a third of all patient encounters in the United States—354 million per year—are for acute, unscheduled care. Acute, unscheduled care or “acute care” refers to care for the critically sick and injured and encompasses a broad array of services, settings, and providers. Services range from life-saving stabilization and surgery performed in an emergency department (ED) and hospital after a traumatic motor vehicle crash to treating an uncomfortable urinary tract infection with antibiotics at an urgent care clinic or doctors’ office.

FOX News – New ovarian cancer screening method can detect twice as many cases
Researchers say they’ve developed a new screening method that can detect ovarian cancer in twice as many women as traditional strategies.
Ovarian cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer because it is often diagnosed when the disease has already developed into an advanced stage. But now results from the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS), the world’s largest ovarian cancer screening trial, could mean detecting significantly more cases of ovarian cancer early enough to save lives.

The Washington Post – A horrifying reminder of what life without vaccines was really like
“The patient is placed on the sliding bed, shoved into the cabinet and the shield tightly locked. A rubber collar, which fits so snugly that almost no air can pass, is adjusted about the patient’s neck. A switch is turned, and the cabinet begins its work.”
This is how a 1930 article in “Popular Mechanics” described an “an artificial lung on wheels.” Better known as a tank respirator or iron lung, the machine pictured above was once a cutting-edge and living saving treatment for victims of polio. And it is a chilling reminder of what life without vaccines looked like — and why we should worry about efforts to prevent kids from getting the shots that protect them, and other children, from diseases like measles.

U.S. News and World Report – Diabetes study suggests a little extra weight tied to longer survival
A controversial new study suggests that some extra weight may be linked to a longer life for people with type 2 diabetes.
Compared to underweight or normal-weight people with type 2 diabetes, those who were overweight but not obese were less likely to die over the 10-year study period, British researchers found.
But this isn’t to say that folks with type 2 diabetes can safely fatten up, researchers said. The study only showed an association between extra weight and longer survival, and not a cause-and-effect link.

USA Today – Peanuts, Cracker Jack get the boot at some ball games
No peanuts, no Cracker Jack — the most iconic snacks of baseball will be banned Wednesday from Indianapolis Indians’ games here.
No peanut M&Ms either, no peanut anything will be sold at Victory Field. And fans in lawn seating won’t be allowed to bring peanut butter and crackers or any other peanut products of their own.
The peanut-free game is a first for the Indians, a Class AAA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, as part of Peanut Allergy Awareness Night.