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Health Care Week In Review: Cancer Moonshot Task Force, Full Moon Madness, STDs on the Rise, Rural Hospitals Outperform in 2015

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Here's The Latest in Health Care:


• As part of the Cancer Moonshot Task Force, the NCI (National Cancer Institute), Amazon Web Services and Microsoft teamed up to create an online repository for genomic data. The hope is to be able to improve the care and understanding of cancer by allowing the cancer medical community to have the best possible resources and tools available. By building a sustainable model to maintain and share cancer genomic data, researchers will be able to easily and securely mine stored data. Read More

• Lunacy and chaos run amuck, come November 14 and December 14. At least that's what some doctors and medical staff across the country are preparing for when the full moon strikes on these nights. Many hospitals actually beef up their staff in anticipation. The theory is that because our bodies are 70 percent water, the moon that moves the oceans may also move the water in our bodies, causing psychotic episodes. Read More

• The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reported this Wednesday that people infected with gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis are at an all-time high, hitting teenagers and young adults the hardest. Major drivers for these increases are tied to STD care and prevention programs being cut due to state and local budget cuts. Read More

• Rural hospitals outperformed urban hospitals in value-based programs in 2015, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Some areas in which rural hospitals did very well were patient experience metrics and succesful fostering of care coordination. Read More

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.
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