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Internists stress critically important issues to congressional leaders
(American College of Physicians) It is critical that Congress consider two issues in this post-election lame-duck session The American College of Physicians (today told Senators Reid and McConnell and Representatives Boehner and Pelosi.

Kessler Foundation wins DOD grant to test virtual reality in balance dysfunction after TBI
(Kessler Foundation) Kessler Foundation is the recipient of a four-year grant for nearly $3 million from the Defense Medical Research and Development Program Department of Defensetitled, 'Improving Balance in Traumatic Brain Injury Using a Low-Cost Customized Virtual Reality Technology.' Principal investigators of the Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program (CRMRP) Neurosensory Research Award (W81XWH-14-2-0150) are research scientists Karen Nolan, Ph.D., and Denise Krch, Ph.D.

New survey of employers about the health insurance market
(NORC at the University of Chicago) A new nationally representative survey of employers -- the largest purchasers of health care in the country -- shows that most are unfamiliar with objective metrics of health plan quality information. The survey, conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, also found that employers are looking to the Affordable Care Act as they make significant decisions on the benefits they offer, with the costs of health plans as a key consideration.

A global report card: Are children better off than they were 25 years ago?
(University of California - Los Angeles) UCLA's World Policy Analysis Center has published a comprehensive analysis of children's rights in 190 countries around the world.

Firms pressure sales people to invest in costly internal negotiations: INFORMS study
(Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) In many firms sales people spend as much time negotiating internally for lower prices as they do interacting with customers. A new study appearing in the November issue of Marketing Science, a publication of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, INFORMS, finds that firms should allow their sales people to 'waste' energy on internal negotiations. In fact, it says, firms should make the process wasteful on purpose.

11-country survey of older adults: Americans sicker but have quicker access to specialists
(Health Affairs) A survey of older adults in eleven countries found Americans were sicker than their counterparts abroad, with 68 percent living with two or more chronic conditions and 53 percent taking four or more medications. More Americans, 19 percent, reported cost-related care expenses than residents in other countries -- whereas 83 percent of US respondents had treatment plans they could carry out in their daily lives, one of the highest rates across the surveyed countries.

Unstable child care can affect children by age 4
(Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute) A new study from UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute reveals that disruptions in child care negatively affect children's social development as early as age 4. However, the study also shows that the effects of child care instability are not unduly large -- and some types of instability appear to have no negative impact on children.

Springer and Dutch universities reach wide-ranging agreement on access
(Springer) Springer Science+Business Media and the Association of Dutch Universities have reached a landmark agreement which includes access to more than 2,000 of Springer's subscription journals as well as a commitment to rapidly moving toward open access publishing for all publicly financed research results from the Netherlands.

PharmaMar presents results at EORTC-NCI-AACR to highlight a pipeline of targeted therapies
(Pharmamar) PharmaMar will present data at the EORTC-NCI-AACR for its drug Yondelis and several investigational compounds, highlighting its pipeline of targeted therapies. Some of the most relevant results showed will focus on the mechanism of action of Aplidin, a drug that is currently in clinical trials for the treatment of multiple myeloma, and the activity of a new antibody-drug conjugate on HER-2 positive tumor cells and xenograft tumors.

Universities Mainz & Nagoya finalize exchange program for students, researchers in physics
(Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz) Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and Nagoya University finalize exchange program for students and researchers in physics

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