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Studies Suggest Resident-reported Quality of Life Information Should Be Used in Nursing Home Report Cards

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When it comes to ensuring adequate healthcare in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, it’s important to learn what residents think about their care and comfort. One approach is to survey residents about their quality of life (QOL) and use the data for the facility report cards states and consumers use to rate the providers. U.S. regulatory officials and facility providers have been hesitant to include resident-reported QOL data in report cards out of concerns that the responses from aging residents may be inconsistent and unreliable—particularly from individuals with different forms of dementia. New research from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health proves resident survey responses about their own quality of life while in the facility are typically reliable—including those with dementia—and will make report cards more useful for consumers.

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New Responsible Data Sharing Technique Will Enable Better Understanding of Disease-causing Genetic Variants

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Scientists may better understand and test for the genetic variations that cause cancer and other heritable diseases through the application of a novel strategy for securely sharing and analyzing genomic data developed at the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute.

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CDC Estimates US COVID Infections Now Close to 140 Million

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The United States has had about 140 million COVID infections since the start of the pandemic, new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.

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More Control in Delivering Light to Human Tissue and Other Systems

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Researchers in the lab of Yale’s Hui Cao are helping to determine the limit for safely transmitting light through human tissue for imaging and treatment.

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