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Are kidney transplant patients at higher risk? The European experience
The risk of death is relatively high in kidney transplant patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19. (2020-06-05)
COVID-19 mortality alarmingly high in dialysis patients
Analysis of a Spanish experience shows that COVID-19 is frequent in hemodialysis patients, who appear to be at risk for worse outcome. (2020-06-05)
Atherosclerosis screening plus physical activity assessment give doctors a more accurate picture of mortality risk
'On a scale of 1 - 10, how much do you exercise (0-none, 10-always).' Adding this simple question when assessing elderly patients undergoing coronary artery calcium (CAC) scans can help clinicians better understand and treat patients, report scientists in Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality & Outcomes, published by Elsevier. (2020-06-05)
Exercise levels can help doctors predict risk of heart disease and death among elderly
Clinicians can use this information to improve care with early interventions. (2020-06-05)
Coronavirus linked to stroke in otherwise healthy young people
Preliminary observations suggest a high incidence of COVID-19 in stroke patients, including younger patients who were otherwise healthy. (2020-06-04)
Mortality of mechanically ventilated COVID-19 patients is lower than previously reported reveals study in Critical Care Medicine
An online first study published in Critical Care Medicine indicates the actual mortality rate of adults with critical illness from COVID-19 is less than what was previously reported. (2020-06-04)
Women are not more likely to die of cirrhosis than men, despite fewer liver transplants
Prior studies suggested women might have higher mortality of cirrhosis of the liver than men. (2020-06-04)
Antiepileptic drugs are associated with a higher risk of mortality in persons with Alzheimer's
The use of antiepileptic drugs is associated with a higher risk of death among persons with Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. (2020-06-03)
Penn State researchers evaluate 2020 Census data privacy changes
After the US Census Bureau announced that it was changing how it protects the identities of individuals for the 2020 Census, a Penn State-led research team began to evaluate how these changes may affect census data integrity. (2020-06-03)
Glucocorticoids are harmful in treating viral respiratory infections
Glucocorticoids, which are widely used as treatment in intensive care, can nearly quadruple the death rate of patients suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome. (2020-05-29)
Researchers examine data to identify optimal vasopressor treatment for rare type of stroke
Results of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) study assessing the most commonly used medications for raising blood pressure in patients with nontraumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), a rare type of stroke, have been published in Neurosurgical Focus by scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). (2020-05-29)
Oesophageal surgery: Quality increases with larger case volumes
Oesophageal surgery: quality increases with larger case volumes. Greater survival probabilities in hospitals where complex oesophageal surgery is performed more frequently. (2020-05-29)
COVID-19 patients who undergo surgery are at increased risk of postoperative death
Patients are at increased risk of dying after surgery if they contract COVID-19. (2020-05-29)
Global environmental changes leading to shorter, younger trees
Ongoing environmental changes are transforming forests worldwide, resulting in shorter and younger trees. (2020-05-28)
Global environmental changes are leading to shorter, younger trees -- new study
Ongoing environmental changes are transforming forests worldwide, resulting in shorter and younger trees with broad impacts on global ecosystems, scientists say. (2020-05-28)
Multinational consortium reports COVID-19 impact on cancer patients
People with cancer sickened by COVID-19 have a crude death rate of 13%, according to the largest series of data released thus far from a multinational perspective. (2020-05-28)
A new method for predicting the evolution of melanoma emerges
Research led by the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country estimates that determining the mutational load of the mutation of the BRAF (BRAF-V600E) gene could predict whether the melanoma will progress to metastasis (2020-05-27)
Nordic countries struggle with a severe drug overdose problem
Despite the fact that the Nordic countries are often seen as ideal in practically every global ranking of quality of life and social equality, the number of drug-related deaths in these countries are among the highest in Europe. (2020-05-27)
Study reports nursing home hip fracture rates stay persistently high
A recent study of hip fracture rates in nursing homes in the U.S. reports a slight rise in the rate of hip fractures among long-stay residents in recent years. (2020-05-27)
Canadian study of critically ill patients with COVID-19 found lower death rate
A Canadian case series of all patients with COVID-19 admitted to six intensive care units (ICUs) in Metro Vancouver found patient outcomes were substantially better than reported in other jurisdictions. (2020-05-27)
Peer-reviewed data shows remdesivir for COVID-19 improves time to recovery
The investigational antiviral remdesivir is superior to the standard of care for the treatment of COVID-19, according to a report in NEJM. (2020-05-26)
Heart failure patients with limited health literacy may have higher risk of death
Patients with heart failure who experience low health literacy are at an increased risk of hospitalization and mortality. (2020-05-25)
A single negative colonoscopy associated with long-lasting and significantly reduced cancer incidence
Having a single negative high-quality screening colonoscopy was associated with reduced colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence and mortality (by 84% and 90%, respectively) for up to 17.4 years. (2020-05-25)
Fatal cases of COVID-19 deepen our understanding of the disease's progression
Identifying risk factors underlying fatal COVID-19 cases is critical to understanding - and treating - the deadly disease. (2020-05-25)
Heat now more lethal than cold for people with respiratory diseases in Spain
A new study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a center supported by the 'la Caixa' Foundation, has analyzed deaths linked to respiratory disease in Spain between 1980 and 2016. (2020-05-20)
High blood pressure during and after exercise may be markers for disease later in life
Higher blood pressure during exercise and delayed blood pressure recovery after exercise are associated with a higher risk of hypertension, preclinical and clinical cardiovascular disease and death among middle-aged to older adults. (2020-05-20)
More people die when hospital bed shortages force patients out
Hip fractures have higher mortality rates if patients are discharged early because the hospital needs the space and capacity. (2020-05-20)
Researchers may have uncovered the Achilles heel of viruses
A new research study headed by the Department of Biomedicine at Aarhus University, Denmark, identifies how viruses avoid the body's immune system and cause infections and diseases. (2020-05-20)
Is your job killing you? Stress, lack of autonomy, ability can lead to depression, death
A new study from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business finds that our mental health and mortality have a strong correlation with the amount of autonomy we have at our job, our workload and job demands, and our cognitive ability to deal with those demands. (2020-05-19)
Northern Italy -- Official COVID-19 deaths underestimate the full impact of the pandemic
According to a study by Charité -- Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the northern Italian city of Nembro recorded more deaths during March 2020 than between January and December 2019. (2020-05-18)
COVID-19 death counts 'substantial underestimation' of actual deaths for some Italian regions
Official COVID-19 death counts are likely to be a 'substantial underestimation' of the actual number of deaths from the disease, at least for some Italian regions, concludes a study published by The BMJ today. (2020-05-14)
Fine particulate matter may increase mortality among young patients with certain cancers
An analysis of nearly 16,000 young patients with cancer in Utah revealed that exposure to fine particulate matter was associated with increased mortality at five and 10 years after diagnosis of certain cancers. (2020-05-13)
Passive immunization may slow down SARS-CoV-2 and boost immunity in patients, buying time
The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has infected more than 4 million people and killed close to 280,000.1 Finding a vaccine has become a global public health priority. (2020-05-12)
Repetitive head impacts lead to early death for NFL players
According to a new study published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by researchers from Syracuse University, an increase in repetitive head impacts for NFL players leads to an increased risk of premature death. (2020-05-12)
Children face risk for severe complications and death from COVID-19
Children, teens and young adults are at greater risk for severe complications from COVID-19 than previously thought and those with underlying health conditions are at even greater risk, according to a study coauthored by a Rutgers researcher. (2020-05-11)
COPD and smoking associated with higher COVID-19 mortality
Current smokers and people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have an increased risk of severe complications and higher mortality with COVID-19 infection, according to a new study published May 11, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Jaber Alqahtani of University College London, UK, and colleagues. (2020-05-11)
Emergency drug overdose visits associated with increased risk for later suicide
A new study finds patients who visited the emergency department for an opioid overdose are 100 times more likely to die by drug overdose in the year after being discharged and 18 times more likely to die by suicide relative to the general population. (2020-05-07)
Vitamin D linked to low virus death rate -- Study
A new study has found an association between low average levels of vitamin D and high numbers of COVID-19 cases and mortality rates across 20 European countries. (2020-05-07)
NEJM study shows drug saves lives of kids fighting deadly immune disease
After 20 years of trying, modern medicine remains unable to lower the roughly 40% mortality rate for the severe childhood immune disease called HLH (hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis), which damages vital organs and tissues. (2020-05-06)
Amphibian study shows stress increases vulnerability to virus
Researchers found that wood frogs, known for their ability to survive being frozen through, are more susceptible to lethal ranavirus infections if they have been raised in ponds high in salinity from road deicer. (2020-05-05)
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