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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)
Survivors of a firearm injury at risk for subsequent hospitalizations
Ten percent of firearm injury survivors will be readmitted to the hospital for further treatment within 90 days of their original injuries. (2019-01-31)
Pregnancy-related stroke more common among black women
The risk of pregnancy-related stroke is much higher among black women than among white women. (2019-01-30)
Opioid epidemic fueling a rise in infection-related stroke
The opioid epidemic is fueling a steep rise in infection-related stroke hospitalizations. (2019-01-30)
In myasthenia gravis, surgery to remove thymus gland provides benefits even years later
Surgery to remove the thymus gland in patients with myasthenia gravis provides significant clinical benefits for as long as five years, according to a paper published in The Lancet Neurology. (2019-01-25)
Short-term hospital readmissions for gun injuries cost $86 million a year
Hospital readmissions of patients within six months of suffering a firearm injury cost taxpayers, private insurers and uninsured families an average of $86 million a year from 2010 through 2015, according to new estimates from Stanford University School of Medicine researchers. (2019-01-23)
Emergency/urgent hospitalizations linked to accelerated cognitive decline in older adults
Emergency and urgent hospitalizations are associated with an increased rate of cognitive decline in older adults, report researchers at Rush University Medical Center. (2019-01-11)
Annals of Internal Medicine embargoed news; Catheter ablation superior to standard drug
A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials found that catheter ablation was superior to conventional drug therapy alone for patients with atrial fibrillation and heart failure. (2018-12-24)
Is program to reduce hospital readmissions associated with a change in patient deaths?
The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) was created under the Affordable Care Act and hospitals face financial penalties for higher-than-expected 30-day readmission rates for patients with heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia. (2018-12-21)
Study examines primary drivers of increased hospitalizations of homeless individuals
A new study led by investigators from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Brigham and Women's Hospital examines patterns, causes and outcomes of acute hospitalizations between 2007 and 2013 for homeless individuals and non-homeless control groups in three populous and diverse U.S. states: Florida, California and Massachusetts. (2018-12-21)
Vaccine using microneedle patch with RSV virus, immune-stimulating compound is effective against RSV
Skin vaccination using a microneedle patch that contains the inactivated respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and a compound that stimulates immune responses to the virus has been found to enhance protection against this serious disease and reduce inflammation in the body after exposure to the virus, according to a study led by Georgia State University. (2018-12-17)
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