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12/8/2017

Several states have taken measures to lower barriers to college enrollment and completion for foster-care youth. Not only finances, but lack of adult support and poor academic preparation due to constant school changes frustrate ambitions that most kids in foster care harbor.

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Stateline
12/8/2017

A rural family physician and her inner-city counterpart find that their scope of practice and the issues their patients face are more similar than they expected. Follow a conversation between Kimberly Becher, M.D., and Venis Wilder, M.D., in the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post.

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aafp.org
12/8/2017

An experimental drug for glioblastoma being tested in dogs appears to slow the cancer's progression and possibly shrink tumors without harming healthy tissue, and the NIH recently awarded a grant to start a new clinical trial with a next-generation drug. Canine and human brain cancers are indistinguishable from each other under a microscope, so results from the clinical trials may benefit people with the cancer as well as dogs, says study leader veterinarian John Rossmeisl at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

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brain cancer, glioblastoma, NIH
12/8/2017

Ask your staff on a quarterly basis to rate the organization in areas such as accountability, communication and recognition, Chris Hallberg writes. The answers aren't always easy to hear, but you'll learn what's going on and who your next set of leaders might be.

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Leadership Now
12/8/2017

German researchers analyzed data from 71 patients with cystic fibrosis-related diabetes, ages at least 10, and found no between-group differences for the number of patients with an A1C of 7% or less among those on oral repaglinide and those on insulin at 12 and 24 months. The findings in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology also revealed no differences in hypoglycemic events or in mean blood glucose concentration between the groups.

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blood glucose, repaglinide
12/8/2017

Members of Congress have approved a continuing resolution to avoid a federal government shutdown this weekend and give lawmakers two more weeks to work out the details of a long-term spending plan. Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program remains an issue, along with legislation to stabilize health insurance markets.

12/8/2017

Infant rice cereals had sixfold higher levels of inorganic arsenic, on average, compared with other grain cereals, according to a Healthy Babies Bright Futures report. The findings also showed arsenic levels in infant rice cereals averaged 85 parts per billion, lower than the average arsenic level of 103 ppb found in a FDA study in 2013 and 2014, while the highest amounts of arsenic were found in brown rice cereals.

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FDA
12/8/2017

House and Senate lawmakers voted Thursday to approve a short-term spending bill that would fund federal programs through Dec. 22, preventing an immediate government shutdown. The legislation, which goes to President Donald Trump for his expected signature, includes funding for several states running out of money for the Children's Health Insurance Program.

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PBS, USA Today
12/8/2017

Researchers and nursing homes are using an NIH grant to develop an advance care planning program for patients with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias that can be integrated into the homes' regular workflows. The project aims to create decision-making supports and have nursing home staff work with residents and their families on care goals and values.

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Alzheimer's disease, NIH
12/8/2017

House Republicans are looking at delaying the Affordable Care Act's tax on health insurance for only some markets next year, leaving the tax in place for small businesses and potentially private Medicaid plans. The tax would be suspended for all markets in 2019 if the measure is included in a year-end bill that also might delay the medical device tax, relax health savings account restrictions and put the Cadillac tax on hold.

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Politico
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health insurance, Medicaid