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Gallup Poll: LGBT Individuals More Likely to be Uninsured

Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are more likely than non-LGBT Americans to report that they lack health insurance, according to a recent report from Gallup.

The percentage of LGBT adults without coverage has significantly decreased since the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, though they are still more likely to be uninsured than their non-LGBT counterparts.

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Patients with Cancer Not Receiving Proper Treatment for Depression

An estimated three-quarters of patients with cancer who also have major depression are not being treated properly for depression, according to a recent study [Lancet. 2014; DOI:10.1016/S2215-0366(14)70313-X].

The study also found that major depression is significantly more common in cancer patients than in the general population.

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Panelists Debate ACC/AHA Guidelines for Treating High Cholesterol

San Francisco—In November 2013, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) released new guidelines for treatment with lipids and recommended the use of statins for millions of more adults, including most patients with type 2 diabetes. This was the first update since the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) released its most recent Adult Treatment Panel guidelines in 2001, which were modified in 2004.

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