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Distributing essential medicines for free resulted in a 44% increase in adherence
A new study out of St. Michael's Hospital's MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions in Toronto found that distributing essential medicines at no charge to patients resulted in a 44% increase in people taking their medications. (2019-10-07)
Coordinated care model leads to decreases in unscheduled, preventable hospitalizations
Oregon Medicaid enrollees are less likely to make unscheduled trips to the hospital following the implementation of the state's accountable-care model, new research shows. (2019-10-07)
Study shows reduced Illinois Medicaid spending in pediatric population, limited savings from care coordination
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago are reporting in JAMA Network Open that Medicaid expenditures for children and young adults have decreased in Illinois. (2019-10-04)
Kidney function may affect risks associated with prescription opioids
Compared with other pain medications, prescription opioids were linked with higher risks of death and hospitalization, particularly with higher doses. (2019-10-03)
A bathroom scale could monitor millions with heart failure
Millions of heart failure patients are readmitted to hospitals every few months to adjust medications. (2019-09-19)
Preserved heart failure trial misses endpoint, but drug may benefit some patients
The team reports that, overall, the drug sacubitril-valsartan did not significantly reduce heart failure hospitalizations and cardiovascular death compared to valsartan alone, but the data suggest benefit for patients in the lower ejection fraction range, for which there currently exists no approved therapies. (2019-09-01)
Depression linked to costly chronic medical conditions and disability among aging minorities
More than 50% of older Chinese American immigrants experience depressive symptoms linked to increased disabilities and chronic health conditions, according to two new Rutgers studies. (2019-08-28)
Type 2 diabetes may affect heart structure and increase complications and death among heart failure patients of Asian ethnicity
The combination of heart failure and Type 2 diabetes can lead to structural changes in the heart, poorer quality of life and increased risk of death, according to a multi-country study in Asia. (2019-08-21)
Too much of a good thing can be dangerous, finds researchers investigating hypoglycemia
For people with diabetes, taking medications and monitoring their blood sugar is part of the rhythm of their daily lives. (2019-08-15)
Medicare for All unlikely to cause surge in hospital use: Harvard study
Despite some analysts' claims that Medicare for All would cause a sharp increase in health care utilization, a new study finds the two biggest coverage expansions in US history -- Medicare and the ACA -- caused no net increase in hospital use. (2019-07-22)
Urinary tract and other infections may trigger different kinds of stroke
Several infections have been identified as possible stroke triggers, with urinary tract infections showing the strongest link with ischemic stroke. (2019-06-27)
Study funded by NIH supports optimal threshold for diagnosing COPD
A new study provides evidence to support a simple measurement for diagnosing clinically significant airflow obstruction, the key characteristic of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. (2019-06-25)
Terminally ill who request doctors make decisions undergo more aggressive final treatments
Terminally ill patients who request that physicians make decisions on their behalf are more likely to receive aggressive treatments in the weeks before they die, according to a Rutgers study. (2019-06-18)
Health policies key factor in hospitalization of seniors
Government policy and infrastructure have a substantial impact on hospitalization of older adults, according to a University of Waterloo study. (2019-06-18)
Are we using biologic therapy properly?
The introduction of infliximab (Remicade), the first biologic therapy approved for the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), did not result in lower rates of hospitalizations or intestinal surgeries among patients living with IBD in Ontario, according to a study published by authors from several Canadian hospitals and ICES in the journal Gut. (2019-06-13)
Mount Sinai study reports asthma control in older patients and shows lower ED visits
Mount Sinai was part of the largest clinical trial for asthma self-management support in older patients, which resulted in improved control and quality of life, and fewer emergency department visits. (2019-06-10)
For dying patients, early plans can improve quality of life
Careful documentation of a hospice patient's end-of-life wishes -- and prominently noting that information in health records early -- could prevent unwanted hospitalizations and medical interventions, a new study suggests. (2019-06-06)
New research addresses incidence of atrial fibrillation after aortic valve replacement
UAB investigators have outlined the incidence and implications of atrial fibrillation after transcatheter aortic valve implantation and surgical aortic valve replacement. (2019-06-03)
Legal marijuana reduces chronic pain, but increases injuries and car accidents
The legalization of recreational marijuana is associated with an increase in its abuse, injury due to overdoses, and car accidents, but does not significantly change health care use overall, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco. (2019-05-15)
Inappropriate prescribing can lead to adverse outcomes
In older adults, inappropriate prescribing in primary care is associated with a wide range of adverse outcomes, but not mortality. (2019-05-14)
Diabetes complications soar in the US, but not Canada, as teenagers become young adults
A new study finds that hospitalizations for diabetic ketoacidosis rise sharply as adolescents transition to adulthood in the US, but not in Canada. (2019-05-08)
Percutaneous ablation vs. surgery for hepatocellular carcinoma
Compared to surgery, percutaneous liver ablation interventions (IRs) in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are associated with lower inhospital mortality, length of hospital stay (LOS), and hospitalization costs, according to a study to be presented at the ARRS 2019 Annual Meeting, set for May 5-10 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (2019-05-07)
Regenstrief, IU, Purdue research presented on national stage
Regenstrief Institute faculty members are sharing the institute's groundbreaking research with national leaders in geriatrics at the 2019 annual meeting for the American Geriatrics Society in Portland, Oregon, May 2-4. (2019-05-03)
Texting to improve health outcomes for people with schizophrenia
Texting patients with schizophrenia and their lay health supporters in a resource-poor community setting is more effective than a free-medicine program alone in improving medication adherence and reducing relapses and re-hospitalizations, according to a study published April 23 in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine by Wenjie Gong of Central South University in Hunan, China, Dong (Roman) Xu of Sun Yat-sen University Global Health Institute, Guangdong, China and colleagues. (2019-04-23)
Air pollution poses risks for childhood cancer survivors
Study by Huntsman Cancer Institute researchers finds air pollution significantly increases the risk of hospitalizations for young cancer survivors. (2019-04-23)
Plant-based diets can be effective in reducing heart failure risk
Plant-based diets are associated with a lower risk of heart failure in adults without known heart disease, while Southern diets consisting of more fried and processed foods and sweetened drinks are associated with greater risk, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that looked at the association between five dietary patterns and risk of heart failure. (2019-04-22)
Stroke risk drops in both black and white older adults
Recent reductions in hospitalization and death due to stroke extend to both black and white Medicare beneficiaries, reports a study in the April issue of Medical Care. (2019-03-20)
Icosapent ethyl drug reduces risk of recurrent cardiovascular events
Further insights from the REDUCE-IT trial show that high-dose, pure and stable EPA omega 3 drug not only reduces the burden of first cardiovascular events but also subsequent and total heart attacks, strokes, and other measures. (2019-03-18)
CardioMEMS sensor reliably safe, cuts hospitalizations by more than half
In the year following placement of a CardioMEMS heart failure sensor -- designed to wirelessly measure and monitor pulmonary artery pressures that can signal worsening heart failure -- patients experienced a 58 percent reduction in hospitalization for heart failure, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Session. (2019-03-18)
Diabetes drug effective against heart failure in wide spectrum of patients
The cardiovascular benefits of the diabetes drug dapagliflozin extend across a wide spectrum of patients and are especially pronounced in those with reduced ejection fraction, a measure of the heart's pumping ability indicative of poor heart functioning, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Session. (2019-03-18)
TAVR outperforms surgery in younger, low risk patients with AS
Among patients with severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis who were at low surgical risk, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) using the SAPIEN 3 valve compared with conventional surgery significantly reduced the primary endpoint of death, stroke and re-hospitalizations by 46 percent at one year, according to data from the latest PARTNER trial presented at the American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Session. (2019-03-17)
Since 1990s, heart attacks have become less deadly, frequent for Americans
Heart attack prevention and outcomes have dramatically improved for American adults in the past two decades, according to a Yale study in JAMA Network Open. (2019-03-15)
Ablation better than drugs for reducing Afib, improving QOL, but not for reducing death
Atrial fibrillation is a common arrhythmia that affects an estimated 30 million people worldwide. (2019-03-15)
Higher hospital readmission rates for cardiac patients in Northern vs. Southern Ontario: Importance
Patients hospitalized with heart attacks, heart failure, atrial fibrillation or stroke in Northern Ontario, Canada, were more likely to be readmitted to the hospital and repeatedly hospitalized after discharge than those living in Southern Ontario. (2019-02-28)
Bringing delivery forward to collect the 'baby check' posed a risk to babies
A study by Libertad González, professor with the Department of Economics and Business at UPF and the Barcelona GSE; Cristina Borra (University of Seville) and Almudena Sevilla (University College, London), found that children born prematurely due to the scrapping of the 'baby check' weighed less at birth (between 130 and 300 grams) and had 20 percent more hospitalizations, especially due to respiratory problems, although the negative effects seem to dissipate after the second month of life. (2019-02-19)
Researchers find febrile infants may not need painful tests, antibiotics, hospitalizations
A national research team led by UC Davis Health clinicians and researchers from the University of Michigan, Nationwide Children's Hospital and Columbia University, has derived and validated a new protocol for emergency departments that can determine which infant patients with fevers, age 60 days or younger, are at low risk of significant bacterial infections. (2019-02-18)
Introduction of flat-rate payments accompanied by an increase in readmission rates
Seven years after the introduction of flat-rate payments at Swiss hospitals, a major study has revealed a slight increase in readmission rates. (2019-02-15)
How common, preventable are sepsis-associated deaths in hospitals?
This study estimates how common sepsis-related deaths are in hospitals and how preventable those deaths might be. (2019-02-15)
Decolonization protocol can prevent dangerous infections among discharged hospital patients
Hospital patients who have methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can prevent future MRSA infections by following a standard bathing protocol after discharge, according to research results published in the Feb. (2019-02-14)
Hurricane Katrina's aftermath included spike in heart disease hospitalizations
Hospitalizations for cardiovascular disease rose precipitously in Orleans and Jefferson parishes after Hurricane Katrina. (2019-01-31)
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