The nation's public umbilical cord blood banks provide benefits that far outweigh their costs and should continue to receive federal support, even though use of cord blood stem cells from the banks has been declining.
U.S. umbilical cord blood banks are a valuable resource for patients and the research community. Their benefits far outweigh their costs, and they should continue to receive federal support. There are strategies available to strengthen public cord banks and broaden their usefulness.
RAND studied trends affecting public cord blood banks and considered changes to the program to buttress banks' financial stability. Researchers found a system worthy of investment, especially if it helps improve the quality of the national inventory.
Sectarianism is real and dangerous in the Middle East, but the region is more complicated. The next leaders in Iran and Saudi Arabia, under pressure from youthful populations and worsening economic challenges, may no longer see value in a costly sectarian agenda.
Who a person is may matter more than where they shop in predicting their consumption of unhealthy food. Policymakers should consider strategies that have been shown to change behavior across shopping environments, such as imposing taxes on sugary soda products and limiting the display of unhealthy foods.
Who a person is may matter more than where they shop in predicting their consumption of unhealthy food. This suggests that focusing on opening more stores that sell healthy food will have little impact on reducing consumption of unhealthy food.
The tech sector is a driving force for high-skill, high-wage job creation in the United States, but too few women and minorities reap the gains. Rethinking what defines today's tech jobs, along with greater investment in public-private partnerships, could go a long way toward bridging the diversity gap.
A trial of two depression care quality improvement (QI) interventions in underresourced communities suggests that Community Engagement and Planning can be used as a model to include unlicensed case managers in QI efforts.
Ethnic minority participants rated communication in simulated primary care visits substantially higher than White British participants, suggesting that lower scoring from minorities on the English GP Patient Survey reflects real quality differences.
Participation in church-wide surveys of sensitive health issues can be enhanced by holding survey sessions after religious services, collaborating with congregational leaders, and tailoring surveys to the cultural and organizational contexts.
Patient experience points related to improvement and consistency have a small but important effect on payments to hospitals serving large proportions of disadvantaged patients under the Medicare Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program.