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Health Affairs: Health Affairs Council On Health Care Spending And Value Announces Membership

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“Earlier this year, Health Affairs announced the establishment of the Council on Health Care Spending and Value. The Council will provide a focal point for evidence-based discussion, analysis, and action regarding what we get for our health care spending in the U.S., whether it is worth it, and how we might collectively take a more deliberate approach toward maximizing our investment in health care.

Today, Health Affairs is pleased to announce the names of the twenty experts who have agreed to serve on the Council, alongside co-chairs Dr. William Frist, former US Senate Majority Leader, and Dr. Margaret Hamburg, foreign secretary of the National Academy of Medicine.”

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Knowledge @ Wharton: Why the Vaping Business Is Going Up in Smoke

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If you’re craving JUUL mango pods, you may be out of luck. This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched an attack on the rising underage use of tobacco products – which it considers to be an epidemic – and imposed sharp sales restrictions on flavored electronic cigarettes. The FDA also announced plans to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. In anticipation of this regulatory ruling, JUUL Labs, the San Francisco company that makes JUUL e-cigarettes, said on Tuesday that it would suspend sales of most of its flavored e-cigarette pods in retail stores and would stop its social media promotions.

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Mercury News: FDA plans heavy crackdown on electronic cigarettes

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As soon as next week, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is expected to announce a ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes – the majority of vaping products sold – in tens of thousands of convenience stores and gas stations across the country, according to senior agency officials. According to its officials, the agency will also impose such rules as age-verification requirements for online sales.

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The Daily Pennsylvanian: Penn Med physicians call for greater access to fentanyl test strips to combat growing opioid crisis

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Fentanyl is an addictive opioid which is increasingly being pushed out into the market, largely because of its relatively cheap cost compared to other drugs such as heroin. Fentanyl poses risks of severe respiratory depression and death, particularly among those without opioid tolerance, according to a Penn Medicine press release published on Nov. 1. Penn Medicine physicians are also calling for more rapid, coordinated responses to combat the growing opioid crisis in Philadelphia.

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PR News Wire: TrueMotion, Penn Medicine, and Progressive Insurance to investigate strategies to reduce distracted driving

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“This distracted driving research will be game-changing for road safety and auto insurance,” said TrueMotion CEO Ted Gramer. “Nudges have been effective across many areas, including smoking, retirement savings, and organ donations. Nudges could be equally effective for distracted driving. We’re excited to work with Penn and Progressive on this research.”

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EurekAlert: Penn and CHOP receive $1.84 million to study ways to curb cell phone use while driving

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The objective of the grant is to translate findings from the field of behavioral economics to interventions that can be delivered through smartphones to “nudge” drivers to reduce distracted driving arising from cell phone use. Behavioral economics combines insights and findings from psychology and economics to explain, and try to correct, counter-productive or predictably irrational decision-making.

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The Daily Pennsylvanian: New Penn Medicine Initiative Streamlines Access To Electronic Health Records

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“Penn Medicine has launched a new initiative designed to serve as the middleman between electronic health records and clinicians, providing information clinicians would need to treat a patient in a timely way.

Unsatisfied with the current state of Electronic Health Records, healthcare professionals at Penn Med decided to take matters into their own hands. Called PennChart, the initiative will provide automated real-time updates that notify clinicians when a patient requires specific types of treatment. The current system requires clinicians to sift through often cumbersome EHRs to gather the same information.”

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Entrepreneur: 5 Insights Into Human Behavior That Will Boost Your Sales and Marketing

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“People are not rational. You can have the most logical and compelling proposal but still fail to elicit any response. If you are working hard but seeing little to no increase in sales, this could be attributed to a lack of understanding about human behaviors. A DNA survey involving 1,056 people from 52 populations revealed that people are 99.9 percent the same. In every human brain, you find the same makeup that gives rise to our thoughts and emotions.

Successful salespeople and marketers understand universal human behaviors well enough to use the right trigger words to get them to take action, each and every time. Here, we explore five common human tendencies and what you can do about them.”

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Healio: Rapid Weight Gain During Infancy Tied To Obesity In Children With Autism

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“Children with autism spectrum disorder had the highest occurrence of rapid weight gain during the first 6 months of life, putting these children at greater risk for obesity, according to findings recently published in Autism.

“Prior research has identified risk factors during pregnancy and infancy, such as maternal pre-pregnancy BMI, excess gestational weight gain, and rapid weight gain during infancy in children with typical development, but similar data were missing in children with developmental disabilities, including children with autism spectrum disorder,” Tanja V.E. Kral, PhD, of the department of biobehavioral health sciences at the University of Pennsylvania told Healio Family Medicine.”

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