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Increase in medical treatment caused greatest increase in US health care costs
The increasing proportion of the population that received treatment for a specific medical condition - called (2013-05-06)
Study examines spiritual support for patients with advanced cancer
A study by Tracy A. Balboni, M.D., M.P.H., of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, and colleagues suggests that spiritual care and end-of-life discussions by the medical team may be associated with reduced aggressive treatment. (2013-05-06)
Launch of £90 million initiative in big data and drug discovery at Oxford University
The new Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery is supported by a £20 million gift from the Li Ka Shing Foundation, announced today, and £10 million for big data research from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, also newly announced today. (2013-05-03)
Exercise proves to be ineffective against care home depression
Researchers at the University of Warwick and Queen Mary, University of London have shown that exercise is not effective in reducing burden of depression among elderly care home residents. (2013-05-02)
No greater death risk for children admitted to emergency out-of-hours intensive care
Children admitted to UK intensive care units in out-of-hours emergencies are at no greater risk of dying than children arriving during normal working hours, according to new research. (2013-05-02)
Study finds survival from cardiac arrest highest in the operating room or post-anesthesia care unit
A University of Michigan study found cardiac arrest was associated with improved survival when it occurred in the operating room or post-anesthesia care unit compared to other hospital locations. (2013-05-01)
Study examines neurodevelopmental outcomes for children born extremely preterm
Fredrik Serenius, M.D., Ph.D., of Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, and colleagues conducted a study to assess neurological and developmental outcome in extremely preterm (less than 27 gestational weeks) children at 2.5 years. (2013-04-30)
Relationship of medical interventions in childhood and prevalence of later intellectual disability
A study by Jeffrey P. Brosco, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Miami, Florida, and colleagues examines the relationship between medical interventions in early childhood and the increasing prevalence of later intellectual disability. (2013-04-29)
Reducing the pain of movement in intensive care
Monitoring pain and providing analgesics to patients in intensive care units during non-surgical procedures, such as turning and washing, can not only reduce the amount of pain but also reduce the number of serious adverse events including cardiac arrest, finds new research in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care. (2013-04-17)
Beaumont Children's Hospital pediatrician inducted into Legends of Neonatology Hall of Fame
M. Jeffrey Maisels, M.D., was honored as a 2013 Legends of Neonatology Hall of Fame inductee. (2013-04-17)
Prophylactic sodium bicarbonate infusion and acute kidney injury after open heart surgery
Contrary to the positive findings of a previous pilot study, administration of a sodium bicarbonate-based infusion to induce urinary alkalinization during and after surgery does not reduce the incidence of acute kidney injury and may even cause harm in patients undergoing open heart surgery. (2013-04-16)
Preventing cognitive decline in healthy seniors
Cognitive training exercises -- or mental exercise -- may help prevent cognitive decline in healthy older adults, while evidence for the benefits of pharmacologic substances and exercise is weak, outlines a review published in CMAJ. (2013-04-15)
No evidence drugs, vitamins, supplements help prevent cognitive decline in healthy older adults
A review of published research has found no evidence that drugs, herbal products or vitamin supplements help prevent cognitive decline in healthy older adults. (2013-04-15)
Racial disparities exist in end-of-life care for US dialysis patients
There is substantial regional variation in the magnitude of racial differences in end-of-life care among US adults with kidney failure. (2013-04-11)
Racial disparities exist in end-of-life care for US dialysis patients
There is substantial regional variation in the magnitude of racial differences in end-of-life care among US adults with kidney failure. (2013-04-11)
Study finds copper reduces 58 percent of healthcare-acquired infections
New research has revealed that the use of Antimicrobial Copper surfaces in hospital rooms can reduce the number of healthcare-acquired infections by 58 percent as compared to patients treated in Intensive Care Units with non-copper touch surfaces. (2013-04-09)
Copper surfaces reduce the rate of health care-acquired infections in the ICU
Placement of copper objects in intensive care unit hospital rooms reduced the number of healthcare-acquired infections in patients by more than half, according to a new study published in the May issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, in a special topic issue focused on the role of the environment in infection prevention. (2013-04-09)
Restrictive Medicaid eligibility criteria associated with higher rates of delayed medical care
Effective health screening and preventive care is known to reduce health care costs and improve health outcomes, yet new research from Brigham and Women's Hospital shows that restrictive Medicaid policies are associated with patients delaying needed medical care due to cost. (2013-03-27)
Youth with type 1 diabetes may suffer health risks when transitioning from pediatric to adult care
Adolescent type 1 diabetes patients face greater risk for heart attacks, strokes, blindness and kidney failure later in life if their transition from pediatric to adult care is not carefully managed, two CU researchers have found. (2013-03-26)
New model predicts hospital readmission risk
Preventing avoidable readmissions could result in improved patient care and significant cost savings. (2013-03-25)
Nurse understaffing increases infection risk in VLBW babies
Very low birth weight infants, those weighing less than 3.25 pounds, account for half of infant deaths in the United States each year, yet a new study released in today's issue of JAMA-Pediatrics documents that these critically ill infants do not receive optimal nursing care, which can lead to hospital-acquired infections that double their death rate and may result in long-term developmental issues affecting the quality of their lives as adults. (2013-03-18)
UEA research reveals catastrophic loss of Cambodia's tropical flooded grasslands
Around half of Cambodia's tropical flooded grasslands have been lost in just 10 years according to new research from the University of East Anglia. (2013-03-17)
Despite Olympic fever, British women remain indifferent about sport
A new survey reveals that more than half of British women did not play competitive sport or spend any time on intensive workouts such as running or cycling, in a given week. (2013-03-07)
Why fish is so good for you
The molecular impact of omega-3 fatty acids isn't fully understood yet. (2013-03-05)
Scores that evaluate newborn intensive care units are inconsistent
Future tools should build on success of current scores to improve care for vulnerable infants, according to U-M research published in Pediatrics. (2013-03-04)
Improve prison health care in Canada
Canada needs to reform its patchwork system of prison health care that does not adequately care for prisoners' complex health care needs, argues an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2013-03-04)
Medicare patients who use hospice receive better care at a lower cost to the government
Medicare patients who enrolled in hospice received better care at a significantly lower cost to the government than those who did not use the Medicare hospice benefit. (2013-03-04)
Cleveland Clinic study shows bariatric surgery restores pancreatic function by targeting belly fat
In a substudy of the STAMPEDE trial (Surgical Therapy And Medications Potentially Eradicate Diabetes Efficiently), Cleveland Clinic researchers have found that gastric bypass surgery reverses diabetes by uniquely restoring pancreatic function in moderately obese patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. (2013-02-26)
Interdisciplinary education seeks to improve palliative care
A unique curriculum at the University of Louisville is preparing medical, nursing, social work and pastoral care students to work together on interdisciplinary teams. (2013-02-22)
Simple measures to promote sleep can reduce delirium in intensive care patients
A lack of sleep among patients in an ICU can cause delirium -- an altered mental state that may delay their recovery and lead to short and long-term confusion and memory problems. (2013-02-20)
Johns Hopkins Medicine and Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá collaboration to focus on research, nursing
An expansion of collaborative projects involving Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota (FSFB), one of Colombia's premier health care institutions, and Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI) will continue for another 10 years under an agreement signed Feb. (2013-02-18)
Parents' views critical at the end of a child's life
More emphasis should be given to parents' needs when deciding whether or not to withdraw life support from critically ill children, according to a new book written by a University of Adelaide academic. (2013-02-14)
Johns Hopkins Medicine expands reach in Latin America
World-class standards for clinical outcomes and patient safety are at the core of a landmark affiliation agreement signed today between Johns Hopkins Medicine International and Pacífico S.A. (2013-02-11)
Breast milk reduces risk of sepsis and intensive care costs in very-low-birth-weight infants
Feeding human breast milk to very-low-birth-weight infants greatly reduces risk for sepsis and significantly lowers associated neonatal intensive care unit costs, according to a study by Rush University Medical Center researchers. (2013-02-06)
Lower proportion of Medicare patients dying in hospitals
In a study that included data on more than 800,000 Medicare beneficiaries who died between 2000 - 2009, a lower proportion died in an acute care hospital in recent years, although both intensive care unit use and the rate of health care transitions increased during the last month of life, according to a study appearing in the Feb. (2013-02-05)
Hospice use rises; So does aggressive care
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association documents an increase in hospice use over the last decade but also finds more ICU utilization, more repeat hospitalizations, and more late health care transitions. (2013-02-05)
'Default' options influence patient choices in advance care directives, Penn study shows
A new study by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggests that for many patients, preferences for end-of-life care are constructed on the spot and heavily influenced by the ways in which the options are presented. (2013-02-04)
Tuberculosis in Nunavut can be controlled
A combined strategy is needed to combat tuberculosis in Nunavut where the rate is 66 times higher than in the general Canadian population, states a commentary in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2013-02-04)
Electronic health records could help identify which patients most need ICU resources
What if patients' electronic health records could help a physician determine ICU admission by reliably calculating which patient had the highest risk of death? (2013-01-31)
Daily antiseptic baths slash risk of bloodstream infections in critically ill children
Daily baths with an ordinary antibacterial cleanser can safely reduce the risk of dangerous bloodstream infections in critically ill children, according to a trial conducted in five pediatric hospitals and led by investigators at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. (2013-01-25)
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