Press Releases

  • Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Adults Face Barriers to Health Care—From Discrimination to Lack of Awareness on the Part of Health Care Providers

    December 11, 2017

    Very little population-based research has examined health and access to care among transgender populations. In a new study in the December 2017 issue of The Milbank Quarterly, researchers who compared barriers to care between cisgender, transgender, and gender nonconforming adults found that transgender and gender nonconforming adults experience barriers to health care for a variety of reasons, including discrimination and lack of awareness among health care providers on transgender-related health issues.

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  • The Politics of Medicaid: Most Americans Are Connected to the Program, Support Its Expansion, and Do Not View It as Stigmatizing

    December 11, 2017

    How is it that Medicaid has become a major point of contention during the intensive efforts by Republican leaders to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act? Studies of Medicaid’s policy evolution over time note its surprising resilience to retrenchment. The surprise is based on its origins and the fact that most means-tested programs in the United States are stigmatizing. However, Medicaid has expanded dramatically over the years. Today, over 60% of Americans are connected to the program. This raises a crucial question: has Medicaid pivoted closer to politics resembling a middle-class entitlement program? If so, Medicaid would no longer be stigmatized, and, regardless of political partisanship, people connected to the program would fight to protect its benefits. In a new study in the December issue of The Milbank Quarterly, researchers examined these questions.

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  • Do Simple Nutrition Labels on the Grocery Store Shelf Help Consumers Make Healthier Food Choices?

    September 12, 2017

    Promoting healthy food choices is a critical component of any public health strategy designed to reduce the risk of nutrition-related chronic diseases. Nutrition labels are one tool that support consumers in making sound choices. But to what extent do consumers respond to labelling, in particular, to a simple, standardized on-shelf nutrition labelling system in supermarkets?  A new study in The Milbank Quarterly has found that the use of a simple, at-a-glance nutritional summary of the product that is located on retail shelf tags in supermarkets resulted in small but significant shifts towards consumers purchasing food with higher nutritional ratings.

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  • FDA Regulation of Digital Health: Software-Related Recalls Can Negatively Influence Medical Care

    September 12, 2017

    Medical software has become an increasingly critical component of health care, with the hacking of medical devices a growing concern.  And yet the regulatory landscape for digital health is inconsistent and controversial. In a new study in The Milbank Quarterly, Jay G. Ronquillo of Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine and Diana M. Zuckerman of the National Center for Health Research have found that software problems in medical devices are not rare and have the potential to negatively influence medical care.

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  • A Systematic Evaluation of the Clinical Evidence on Drugs Receiving FDA Accelerated Approval

    June 7, 2017

    Therapeutic agents that treat serious conditions are eligible for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accelerated approval. A new study in the June issue of The Milbank Quarterly has found that these drugs often quickly become part of standard treatment, despite shortcomings in their evidence base. The study, the first to provide a systematic evaluation of all clinical studies conducted on drugs receiving this type of approval, assessed 37 novel therapeutic agents that received accelerated approval between 2000 and 2013.

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