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Internists Report Considerable EMR-Linked Time Loss
Attending physicians report 48 minutes time loss per clinic day, while trainees report 18 minutes
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Researchers ID Factor in Hospital Bacterial Resistance
Spotting infected patients, disinfecting hospitals key to curbing spread of resistant bacteria
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Most Treatments for Acute VTE Appear Safe, Effective
Analysis of studies shows almost all strategies have similar outcomes
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Long-Term Benefits Lacking for Magnesium Sulfate in Preemies
No benefit on brain, behavioral, growth or functional outcomes at 6 to 11 years old
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Obama to Step Up Aid to Fight Ebola in West Africa
World Health Organization warns threat grows by the day
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Over a Quarter of Hospital Orders Classified As Defensive
Most defensive costs due to potentially unnecessary hospitalization
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Role of Patient As Consumer Requires Market Changes
As consumers take on more costs of care, access to data for informed decisions deemed crucial
Monday, September 15, 2014

INR Variability Predicts Warfarin Adverse Effects
Unstable warfarin anticoagulation predictive regardless of time in therapeutic range
Monday, September 15, 2014

Errata Frequently Seen in Medical Literature
Errata in 4.2 per 100 original and review articles; major errata in 24.2 percent of articles with errata
Monday, September 15, 2014

Unsupervised Prescription Drug Intake Sends Many Children to ER
Nearly 10,000 children under 6 hospitalized annually after unsupervised ingestion
Monday, September 15, 2014

Poverty Tied to Increased Respiratory Hospitalization Rate
Those with lowest incomes hospitalized three times more than those with highest incomes
Friday, September 12, 2014

Highly Sensitive Troponin Test IDs Asymptomatic Heart Damage
Could eventually join cholesterol tests as standard screening tool, researchers say
Friday, September 12, 2014

Researchers Support Lung Cancer CT Screen in Older Patients
More false positives, but higher positive predictive value, observed in those 65 years and older
Friday, September 12, 2014

U.S. Ebola Survivor Gives Blood to Infected Health Care Colleague
The hope is that antibodies in the survivor's blood will help fight the often-deadly virus in the recipient
Friday, September 12, 2014

Fear About Disease Progression Prompts ER Returns
Patients also cite perceived inability to access timely follow-up care as motivator for return to ER
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gates Foundation Gives $50M to Fight Ebola Outbreak in Africa
Much of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's focus is global health and development
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ebola-Infected Doctor Showing Improvement in Nebraska
Missionaries infected in West Africa continue treatments at U.S. hospitals
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Recommendations Developed for Sickle Cell Disease
Strong recommendations for hydroxyurea therapy, preoperative transfusion therapy
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Reanalyses of RCTs Can Lead to Different Conclusions
Thirty-five percent of published reanalyses led to changes in findings that implied different conclusions
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

For Some, Health Insurance More Costly Than Uninsured Penalty
Young people with low incomes often pay as much as or more than older individuals for bronze plans
Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Meds of Questionable Benefit Often Prescribed to Elderly
Many nursing home patients with dementia receive expensive drugs that may not be beneficial
Tuesday, September 09, 2014

MI, CHD Incidence for Adults With Diabetes Decreases
From 1998 to 2010, hospitalized myocardial infarction, coronary heart disease in Australia fell
Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Sleep Not Harmed by Caffeine for Apnea of Prematurity
Neonatal caffeine therapy does not appear to cause long-term sleep abnormalities in childhood
Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Health Care-Linked Infections Down in Hospitalized Children
Central-line linked bloodstream infections, ventilator-linked pneumonia infections down in NICUs, PICUs
Monday, September 08, 2014

Health Care Spending Expected to Rise in 2014 Through 2023
Insurance coverage under ACA, aging, economic growth driving future spending increases
Monday, September 08, 2014

Sepsis Survival Up at High-Volume Hospitals
Improved outcomes seen in medical centers with 500 or more cases a year, study finds
Monday, September 08, 2014

Excessive Precautions Unnecessary for Ebola Virus
Virus is transmitted via direct and indirect contact; respiratory protection unnecessary
Friday, September 05, 2014

Serious Childhood Burns Tied to Long-Term Mental Health Risks
Adults injured by fire when young are at increased odds of depression, study finds
Friday, September 05, 2014

FDA: NephroCheck Test Approved to Predict Kidney Injury Risk
Screens for decline of kidney function within 12 hours
Friday, September 05, 2014

British Ebola Patient Released From the Hospital
Patient was given the experimental drug ZMapp and treated in a special isolation unit
Wednesday, September 03, 2014

More Global Help Needed to Fight Ebola Outbreak
Window of opportunity to stop its spread closing, CDC and WHO say
Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Report Highlights Progress, Challenges in Health IT
Progress made toward widespread adoption of EHRs; barriers to adoption of advanced EHR use
Friday, August 29, 2014

Factors ID'd for Late Hospice Admission for Cancer Patients
Late admission more likely for younger patients, married men, hematologic malignancies
Friday, August 29, 2014

Worse Outcomes for Weekend Admission for Pediatric Leukemia
Pediatric patients with newly diagnosed leukemia admitted on weekend have prolonged length of stay
Friday, August 29, 2014

AMGA: Physician Turnover Still High in 2013
More physicians retiring; retirement as a reason for separation increased to 18 percent
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ebola Outbreak Could Infect 20,000 People, U.N. Says
World Health Organization unveils $489 million plan to combat the outbreak in West Africa
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Health Care Protective Gear Lacking in Ebola Outbreak
Shortages of gloves, masks existed in Liberia, Sierra Leone years before latest epidemic
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CDC Director: Ebola has 'Upper Hand' in Outbreak
Health care systems in hardest hit countries overwhelmed and the virus continues to spread
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hospitals Should Follow CDC Recommendations for Ebola Care
Exceeding CDC recommendations may increase risk of transmission, anxiety, and costs
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Futile Care Linked to Delays in Care for Other Patients
Patients have to wait for admission to ICU while at least one patient receiving futile care
Friday, August 22, 2014

U.S. to Tighten Access to Certain Narcotic Painkillers
Drugs containing hydrocodone, which include Vicodin, would be affected
Friday, August 22, 2014

Many Americans Harbor Unfounded Fears About Ebola
Misconceptions surround how the virus is transmitted, likelihood of disease spreading in U.S.
Friday, August 22, 2014

U.S. Health Care Workers With Ebola Released From Hospital
Though still weak, they're expected to continue to recover and pose no risk to the public, doctors say
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Commentary Focuses on 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
Second article raises considerations relating to use of experimental treatment for Ebola
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Liberia Ebola Clinic Attack Could Harm Efforts to Control Outbreak
Angry mob ransacked quarantine center in Monrovia; conflicting reports about what happened to patients
Monday, August 18, 2014

WHO: Scope of Ebola Outbreak May Be 'Vastly Underestimated'
Officials say new treatment centers in Liberia overflowing with patients
Friday, August 15, 2014

Hand Hygiene Plus Glove Use Cuts Preemie Infections
Nonsterile glove use combined with hand hygiene for all patient contact tied to fewer bloodstream infections
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

EHR Adoption Increasing, But Stage 2 Criteria Often Not Met
Second study shows most office physicians have EHR, but gaps persist in adoption
Monday, August 11, 2014

Ethicists Weigh Questions Over Early Release of Ebola Drugs
As crisis gathers momentum, pressure is on to bring untested medicine to desperate patients
Monday, August 11, 2014

Neighborhood's Socioeconomic Status Tied to Readmissions
Findings for six-month, all-cause readmission in patients with heart failure
Monday, August 11, 2014

Emergency Department Closures Up Inpatient Mortality Nearby
Findings in California show increased odds of mortality for admissions near ER closure
Monday, August 11, 2014

Intervention Cuts Catheter-Related Pediatric UTIs
Quality-improvement initiative reduces catheter-associated urinary tract infection rates in children
Monday, August 11, 2014

Issues to Consider With Integration of Telemedicine
Doctors need to invest in appropriate equipment, consider operation issues, legal issues
Friday, August 08, 2014

CDC Raises Ebola Outbreak Response to Highest Alert
CDC offering resources for clinicians on Ebola virus disease management
Friday, August 08, 2014

VA Health Care Reform Bill Signed Into Law
To provide easier access to care, make it easier to fire senior VA officials who perform poorly
Thursday, August 07, 2014

Fears of U.S. Ebola Outbreak Unwarranted, Experts Say
Virus doesn't transmit easily and medical care in U.S. is greatly superior to that in West Africa
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

No Benefit From Immune-Enhanced Enteral Nutrition
No decline in infections compared to standard high-protein enteral nutrition
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Review: Earlier Alteplase Benefits Acute Ischemic Stroke More
Increased odds of good stroke outcome, despite increased risk of fatal intracranial hemorrhage
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Mortality Up With CKD in PCI Contrast-Induced Nephropathy
Increased long-term mortality risk for patients with, but not those without, chronic kidney disease
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Influenza-Like Illness Carries High Pediatric Risk
Development of severe complications in 35.3 percent of children presenting to ER
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Experimental Serum May Have Been Key to Ebola Recovery
Reports suggest serum may have been instrumental in the recovery of two Ebola patients
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Review: Ketamine Does Not Adversely Affect Outcomes
No indication of adverse effect on neurologic outcome, mortality for critically ill patients
Monday, August 04, 2014

New Onset, Post-Op Atrial Fibrillation Ups Mortality
Also linked to greater hospital resource utilization, increased costs
Monday, August 04, 2014

CT Effective in Detection of Significant Cervical Spine Injury
MRI doesn't provide additional clinically relevant information
Monday, August 04, 2014

Interventions Avert Contrast-Induced Acute Kidney Injury
Quality improvements protect patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention
Monday, August 04, 2014

Guidelines Issued for Cardiac Management of Noncardiac Sx
Guidelines include perioperative cardiovascular evaluation, management for adult patients
Friday, August 01, 2014

Off-Hour Arrival at Hospital Impacts Heart Attack Outcomes
Delays in treatment and higher risk of mortality associated with presentation during off-hours
Friday, August 01, 2014

Advanced Care Decision Aids Underutilized
Effectiveness not well documented
Thursday, July 31, 2014

CDC Issues Travel Warning As Africa Ebola Outbreak Worsens
Agency also plans to send 50 more experts to the affected countries
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Slow Progress Toward Meaningful Use Stage 2
As of July 1, 2014, 972 of 2,823 eligible providers and 10 of 128 hospitals have attested to MU2
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Heat Stroke Bigger Issue Than Cardiac Events in Runners
More serious cases of heat stroke than serious cardiac adverse events in long-distance runners
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Post-Op Pneumonia Prevention Program Effective
Wider adoption could improve postoperative outcomes, cut overall health care costs
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CDC: Ebola Risk in U.S. Low But Provider Vigilance Urged
U.S. health care workers reminded to test/isolate sick travelers returning from affected areas
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Post-Op Recovery Program Aids Community Hospital Outcomes
Improvements in colorectal outcomes independent of laparoscopy, cancer diagnosis
Friday, July 25, 2014

Empiric Potassium Cuts Death in Loop Diuretic Users
Reduced risk of all-cause death with empiric potassium supplementation
Friday, July 25, 2014

For VTE Prevention, Best Anticoagulant Varies by Surgery
Aspirin may be better for lower extremity arthroplasty, other anticoagulants for hip fracture
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Predictors Identified for Stroke Post-Cardiac Surgery
Strongest predictors include advanced age, history of stroke or TIA, peripheral vascular disease
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Number of Uninsured Down After ACA Open Enrollment
Decrease in number of uninsured; gain in coverage leads to improvements in access
Thursday, July 24, 2014

American Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donations
'Emergency situation' could arise in weeks if shortages continue
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Beta-Blockers in New Onset CHD Reduce Cardiac Risk Only Post-MI
Findings only among those with a recent myocardial infarction
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

National Survey Finds Most U.S. Physicians Are Satisfied
Satisfied physicians more likely to report positive trends, encourage young people to become doctors
Monday, July 21, 2014

Seriously Ill Patients Have Limited Facial Expression
In the emergency room setting, facial expressions may help in assessment of cardiopulmonary disease
Friday, July 18, 2014

With ERs, the Busier May Be the Better
Risk of death may be 10 percent lower at high-volume emergency rooms
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Brain Damage Seen Even With Mild Head Injury
Those with injuries showed damage in brain white matter, disrupting nerve axons
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Increasing Flow of Information Has Impact on Patient Consent
Issues that are being raised include opt-in versus opt-out policies, dealing with sensitive data
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Stroke History Heightens Risk for Adverse Surgical Outcomes
Heightened risk seen if time between stroke and surgery is less than nine months
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Induced Hypothermia Benefits Perinatal Asphyxia
Children at age 6 or 7 years show less disability, fewer neurologic abnormalities
Thursday, July 10, 2014

ACOs Require Overhaul to Health Care Delivery System
Successful ACOs involve physicians, hospitals, outpatient facilities; address nonclinical factors
Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Recommendations Made for Partnering Patients in Health Care
Changes needed in content and conduct of health professions education, education organizations
Thursday, July 03, 2014

Tips Offered for Improving Practice Financial Management
Tips include establishment of clear financial policies for practice; education of patients
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Health Care Expenditure Has Slowed in United States
Health sector prices explain much of difference between U.S., other high-spending countries
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Complications Only Account for Some Variation in Hospital LOS
Much of variation in LOS after colorectal resection is not due to patient illness or complications
Monday, June 30, 2014

Court: Patients Responsible for Outcomes of Risky Behavior
Colorado Supreme Court says doctors not liable for outcomes tied to patient's risky behavior
Friday, June 27, 2014

PCP Follow-Up Cuts Readmission After High-Risk Surgery
Findings in patients undergoing sx at high risk of readmission, especially those with complications
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wikipedia Drug Entries Often Not Up-to-Date
Digital media provides opportunities to ensure public has accurate drug safety information
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Medicaid Backlog May Have Financial Ramifications
Docs might have to wait longer for Medicaid reimbursement, may incur costs for those denied cover
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CMS Launches Initiative to Assist Newly Insured
National initiative will help people answer questions about health coverage; take advantage of services
Monday, June 23, 2014

Complex Electronic Record Safety Issues Surface Long After Launch
Monitoring needed to detect, prevent mix of human, technological errors
Monday, June 23, 2014

Frequent Prior Hospitalization May Predict Stroke Readmission
National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale at admission may also be a predictor
Friday, June 20, 2014

Hospital Variation in Pediatric In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Survival
Newly developed risk-standardization model lessens some of the variation in survival
Friday, June 20, 2014

Significant Risk for Major Surgery in Low-Weight Infants
Increased risk of death or neurodevelopmental impairment at 18 to 22 months' corrected age
Friday, June 20, 2014

NCHS: Insurance Coverage Expands, Gaps Remain
Federal reports capture nation's pre-ACA health status and health-care coverage
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sharp Rise in 'Meth'-Linked ER Visits in U.S.
Resurgence in abuse cases reverses a decline noted between 2005-2007
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Anesthesiologists Issue Choosing Wisely Recommendations
List of top 5 unnecessary perioperative medical services in anesthesiology developed
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Preop β-Blockers Don't Improve CABG Outcomes
Findings based on large study of nonemergent coronary artery bypass grafting surgery cases
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Beta-Blocker Therapy Cuts All-Cause Mortality in STEMI
Findings of beta-blocker therapy at discharge for patients with STEMI undergoing PCI
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

ACA May Mean Healthier Young Adults, Study Suggests
Coverage through parent's plan might also protect against medical costs, researchers say
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Thrombolytic Tx Cuts Mortality Rate With Pulmonary Embolism
However, risk of major bleeding, intracranial hemorrhage may be increased versus anticoagulation
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

MERS Virus Did Not Spread in Two U.S. Cases: Health Officials
Both of the respiratory infections were contracted in Saudi Arabia, CDC believes
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Physician Leadership, Ownership Dominates ACOs
Results from the first national survey of accountable care organizations
Monday, June 16, 2014

Clinicians Often Fail to Empathize After Adverse Event
Training needed to ensure capacity to express empathy, without admitting fault
Monday, June 16, 2014

U.S. Health Care System Ranked Last Again: Report
Countries with nationalized health systems outperform the United States in all measures
Monday, June 16, 2014

HHS Inspector General Finds Big Problem With Medicare Coding
Nearly 42 percent of claims for evaluation and management are coded incorrectly
Friday, June 13, 2014

Researchers Hesitant to Use Social Media to Show Findings
Use of the medium remains low in part because of lack of knowledge
Friday, June 13, 2014

Frailty Index Predicts Adverse Outcomes in Geriatric Trauma
Frailty index can be used as a clinical tool for risk stratification in geriatric trauma patients
Friday, June 13, 2014

Life Expectancy Affects Treatment for Acute MI
Clinicians' judgment of life expectancy may be reflected in treatment care gaps
Friday, June 13, 2014

Data From EHRs Should Be Used to Improve Patient Care
Ways to utilize data include use of EHR reminders, customized health maintenance alerts
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Millions Will Not Have to Pay ACA Tax Penalties: Report
More uninsured will qualify for exemptions in 2016 than earlier estimates showed, experts say
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Incentives May Lead to Greater Support for Practice Goals
Employees may be more motivated with frequent financial incentives
Monday, June 09, 2014

Improved Outcomes With Greater Use of Transradial PCI
Greater decrease in access site bleeding for hospitals with moderate or high increases in TRI use
Monday, June 09, 2014

Veterans Affected by Scandal May Seek Private Care
Physician shortage seen as contributing factor to VA waiting list scandal
Friday, June 06, 2014

High Recurrence Risk With Severe Cutaneous Adverse Reactions
Increased risk of recurrence likely reflects individual susceptibility
Friday, June 06, 2014

Lower Mortality Tied to Azithromycin for Pneumonia
Azithromycin tied to smaller increased risk of myocardial infarction, though
Thursday, June 05, 2014

Many 'Inconsistencies' in ACA Sign-Ups: Report
Discrepancies for more than a quarter of eight million people who have signed up for coverage
Thursday, June 05, 2014

Camels Confirmed as Source of Human MERS Infection
The Typhoid Mary of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, infectious disease expert says
Thursday, June 05, 2014

Claim Denials Expected to Increase
Training needed to avoid common mistakes leading to claim denials
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Most Physicians Would Forgo Aggressive Treatment
Physicians recommend aggressive treatments for patients but would opt out themselves
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

EHRs Can Be Used to Boost Practice Revenue
Return on investment can be realized by participating in alternative delivery models
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Timing May Affect Survival After Hospital Admission, Surgery
Researchers find worse results for weekend operations, admissions
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

UV Environmental Disinfection Cuts Drug Resistant Infection
Use of disinfection cuts incidence of hospital-acquired multiple-drug-resistant organisms
Monday, June 02, 2014

Transitional Care Interventions Up Heart Failure Outcomes
Home-visits, multidisciplinary interventions, telephone support provide benefit
Friday, May 30, 2014

CDC: U.S. Measles Cases at 20-Year High
Almost all infections involve unvaccinated residents who traveled abroad, CDC says
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Global Prevalence of Obesity Increased From 1980 to 2013
Increase in prevalence in adults, and in children and teens in developed and developing countries
Thursday, May 29, 2014

CDC: Third Suspected MERS Case Was False Alarm
Thorough blood tests found no sign of infection in Illinois man, agency says
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Most Wikipedia Health Articles Contain Errors
Ninety percent of health articles on Wikipedia contain errors, new study finds
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Higher-Than-Expected Medicaid Enrollment Concerns States
Millions signing up for Medicaid to comply with federal health care law
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Durability of Class I ACC/AHA Recommendations Varies
Sizable variation based on level of evidence, with lower durability for those based on opinion, one trial
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Socioeconomic Factors Improve Readmission Data Usefulness
Social factors decrease readmission rate variation; may hamper assessment of hospital performance
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Continuous Renal Replacement Tx Machine Created for Neonates
First in-human use of miniaturized machine shows good outcomes
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Workflow Changes Can Remove Practice Hassles
By delegating and defining workflow, physicians can focus on patients
Friday, May 23, 2014

Surgical Site Infection Reduction Targeted As Cost-Saving Strategy
Deep surgical site infections and those in neurosurgery patients have highest costs
Friday, May 23, 2014

HFC: Sleeping Pills Up CV Events in Heart Failure Patients
Authors call for monitoring of heart failure patients with sleep-disordered breathing
Friday, May 23, 2014

Hospitalizations for Atrial Fibrillation Up in the U.S.
Frequent comorbid conditions include hypertension, diabetes, and chronic pulmonary disease
Friday, May 23, 2014

AHA Calls for Physical Activity Promotion in Stroke Survivors
Low- to moderate-intensity aerobic activity, muscle strengthening to be promoted
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Doctors' Use of Electronic Health Records More Than Doubles
Government programs to defray costs help physicians install these electronic systems, per report
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Resuscitation Choices Change Over Time in Heart Failure
Predictors of DNR state include advanced age, COPD, previous malignancy, decreased mobility
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Post-Op Transfers More Likely at Critical Access Hospitals
In unadjusted analyses, fewer critical access hospital surgical patients receive post-acute care
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Early Vaccination Key to Influenza Pandemic Response
Maximizing nonpharmaceutical interventions can substantially mitigate pandemic
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

ATS: Sepsis Accounts for Large Proportion of Inpatient Deaths
Based on two cohorts, sepsis contributes to about one in every two to three deaths
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Florida MERS Patient Released From Hospital
A 44-year-old health care worker from Saudi Arabia, epicenter of MERS outbreak
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Studies Suggest Existing Drugs May Work Against MERS
Findings could speed access to treatment for patients who can't wait for new drugs to be developed
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

'Handshake-Free Zones' May Be Coming to Health Care Settings
While perceived as an ingrained interpersonal gesture, it spreads germs
Friday, May 16, 2014

CDC: Prescription Drug Use Continues to Climb in U.S.
Report indicates most common medications are for heart disease and high cholesterol
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

WHO: MERS Not Yet a Public Health Emergency
Agency says virus, concentrated in the Middle East, doesn't seem to spread easily among people
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Frailty Score Predicts Surgical Outcomes in the Elderly
Score includes comprehensive geriatric assessment features and is better than conventional measures
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Emergency Room Visits for Traumatic Brain Injury Increasing
From 2006 to 2010, increase of 29.1 percent versus 3.6 percent for total emergency room visits
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Computerized Tool Cuts Risk of Prolonged QTc Interval
Clinical decision support system assists with prescribing choices in hospitalized patients at risk
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wasteful Medicare Spending Topped $1.9 Billion in One Year
Analysis using 2009 data looked at 26 common but often unnecessary tests and procedures
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Two Florida Hospital Workers Who Treated MERS Patient Fall Ill
Testing for the potentially fatal respiratory infection is underway, officials say
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

CDC: Second MERS Case Identified in U.S.
Like first patient, this patient had been health care worker in Saudi Arabia, epicenter of outbreak
Monday, May 12, 2014

Impaired Functional Status at Discharge Ups Readmission
Functional status at time of admission to inpatient rehab facility linked to acute care readmission
Monday, May 12, 2014

Most Docs Believe Patients Get Too Many Medical Tests
But, half of physicians have ordered unneeded tests for patients who insist, survey found
Thursday, May 08, 2014

Cheaper Copayments Boost Cardiovascular Drug Follow-Up
Lower medication costs produce better outcomes for nonwhite heart patients
Thursday, May 08, 2014

Insurers: Sizeable Majority Has Paid ACA Premiums
Companies report health-plan payment rates ranging from 70 to 90 percent
Thursday, May 08, 2014

Readmission to Alternative Hospital May Up Risk of Death
Significantly increased risk, even after adjustment for patient- and hospital-level covariates
Thursday, May 08, 2014

Massachusetts Health Care Reform Cut Mortality
Biggest changes seen in counties with lower incomes, higher pre-reform uninsured rate
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Number of U.S. Elderly Will Double by 2050
Aging baby boomers will strain country's health care system, Census Bureau says
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Central-Line Blood Infections Remain Costly for Children
Decline in rate of infections from 2008 to 2011, but CLABSI still linked to high costs, length of stay
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

First U.S. MERS Patient Improving, Officials Say
CDC working with airline, bus company to ID people who may have come in contact with patient
Monday, May 05, 2014

CDC: First MERS Case Reported in the United States
Patient had recently been in Saudi Arabia, epicenter of outbreak that has sickened 400, killed 93
Monday, May 05, 2014

Repeat Data Breaches Among Health Care Orgs Down
Survey respondents believe accountable care organization participation may pose risk
Friday, May 02, 2014

Highest Rates of Preventable Deaths in Southeastern States
Modifiable risk factors could help combat scourges like heart disease, cancer, CDC says
Friday, May 02, 2014

Weekly E-Mails to C-Suite Cut Resistant Infection Rates
Linked to reduced rates of carbapenem-resistant A. baumannii across public hospital
Friday, May 02, 2014

White House Report Confirms Eight Million ACA Enrollees
GOP analysis says only two-thirds of those signed up through HealthCare.gov have paid premiums
Friday, May 02, 2014

AATS: Low Annual Hospital Volume Ups Mortality Past 30 Days
Findings in patients undergoing major pulmonary resection for lung cancer
Thursday, May 01, 2014

Home Transition Program Cuts Readmission, Death Post-CABG
Innovative program involving cardiac surgery nurse practitioners reduces composite end point
Thursday, May 01, 2014

WHO: Drug-Resistant Bacteria Now Found Worldwide
Urgent need to develop new drugs to fight bacteria
Thursday, May 01, 2014

SLIP-2 Tops Original SLIP Model for ID'ing Post-Op ARDS
Updated model outperforms original surgical lung injury prediction tool for patients at risk of ARDS
Friday, April 25, 2014

Educational Attainment Affects Brain Injury Recovery
Dose-response relationship, with longer education tied to increased odds of disability-free recovery
Friday, April 25, 2014

CDC: Measles on Upswing Despite Vaccines' Effectiveness
Vaccination has saved thousands of lives, but outbreaks occurring as some people opt out
Friday, April 25, 2014

Benzodiazepines May Worsen Respiratory Outcomes in COPD
Caution is advised for new use of benzodiazepines in older adults with chronic obstructive lung disease
Friday, April 25, 2014

Physician Groups Find Fault With Medicare Payment Data Release
Biggest complaint is a lack of context with which to interpret the data
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Educational Changes Suggested for Patient-Centered Medicine
Specific steps include incorporation of patients into ward rounds; consideration of patient perspective
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Research Initiatives Demonstrate Ways to Speed Stroke Care
Studies looked at improvements in ER, specially equipped ambulance
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Frequency of Arrhythmia Up in Nocturnal Hypoglycemia
QT intervals >500 ms, abnormal T-wave morphology seen in some participants during hypoglycemia
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Type of Attending Doc Affects Feeding Tube Rates in Elderly
Specialist on care team raises rates of feeding tube insertion in elderly, demented patients
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Considerable Sudden Death in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Event rate of 0.6 percent per year, with risk independently and inversely related to age
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Task Force Recommends Ways to Improve Price Transparency
Tools include giving price estimates, guidance on out-of-pocket expenses, other relevant information
Monday, April 21, 2014

AMA Examines Economic Impact of Physicians
Each physician contributes $2.2 million in economic output, supports 13.84 jobs on average
Friday, April 18, 2014

White House: 8 Million People Signed Up for Health Insurance
35 percent of registrants are younger than 35 years old, administration officials say
Friday, April 18, 2014

Continued Reliance on Windows XP May Threaten Data Security
Continued security of patient data needed following Microsoft's termination of XP support
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Patients Paying Much More for Specialty Drugs
Many Americans paying less for Rx, but some having to deal with sharp rises in cost of specialty meds
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NSAIDs With Anticoagulant Tx Ups Major Bleeding in VTE
Increases in clinically relevant, major bleeding seen in venous thromboembolism patients
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Health Secretary to Confront Health Care Reform Hurdles
Obama's nominee, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, will seek to burnish ACA's image amid mid-term election fray
Monday, April 14, 2014

Serum Potassium Levels Linked to Long-Term Mortality Post-MI
Levels above 4.5 mEq/L linked to increased mortality risk versus level of 3.5 to <4 mEq/L
Monday, April 14, 2014

CRC Resection Morbidity, Mortality Still Higher for Elderly
Higher hospital charge and increased length of stay for patients aged 80 years and older post-resection
Monday, April 14, 2014

Longer ICU Stays May Worsen Quality of Life in Recovery
Longer duration of bed rest during critical illness is linked with long-term physical impairment
Monday, April 14, 2014

Sebelius Stepping Down As HHS Secretary
Tenure was marred by troubled introduction of Affordable Care Act
Friday, April 11, 2014

Fewer Americans Overwhelmed by Medical Bills
Reduced use of medical care, early health care reforms may be easing financial worries
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

More Justification Needed for Choosing Wisely Selections
Of the 25 societies evaluated, 60 percent had at least one service included because of higher costs
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Depression, Functional Disability Common Post-ICU
More than one-third of survivors experience mild depression at three and 12 months
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Some Doctors Paid at Least $3 Million Each by Medicare
In total, Medicare paid individual physicians nearly $64 billion in 2012
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

AMA Provides Resources to Aid Physicians' Collections
Resources help address physicians' financial risk during the ACA's 90-day premium grace period
Friday, April 04, 2014

More Elderly Americans Completing Advance Directives
But this trend over the past 10 years has not resulted in a decline in hospitalization before death
Friday, April 04, 2014

Patient Safety Not Affected by Resident Hour Reforms
No differences seen in patient safety outcomes before, after work-hour reforms
Thursday, April 03, 2014

Half of Uninsured Don't Intend to Sign Up for Health Coverage
Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows most respondents unaware of March 31 deadline
Wednesday, April 02, 2014

NCHS Estimates Health Insurance Coverage for 2013
At time of interview, 14.5 percent uninsured; 10.8 percent uninsured for more than one year
Thursday, March 27, 2014

1 in 25 Inpatients Has Health Care-Associated Infection Daily
Common device-associated infections seem to be decreasing, accounting for 25 percent of infections
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

White House Extends Affordable Care Act Enrollment Deadline
Applicants need to check a box on HealthCare.gov website to gain added time, report says
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Americans Seem Unprepared for Health Insurance Exchanges
Half the population do not know about exchanges; 42 percent unable to correctly describe deductible
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Practices Can Take Steps to Improve Care Transitions
Financial incentives exist, including reimbursement and avoiding hospital readmissions
Friday, March 21, 2014

Electrolarynx Allows Speech in Orally Intubated Patients
This application of the electrolarynx may improve patient care in ICUs, the authors say
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Rx Expenditures Expected to Rise in 2014
2013 pharmaceutical spending slowed 0.7 percent, compared to 2012
Monday, March 17, 2014

Insurers Must Offer Same-Sex Couples Spousal Benefits
Insurers must offer same-sex couples same spousal benefits as heterosexual couples
Monday, March 17, 2014

Chronic Hyperglycemia Tied to Worse Surgical Outcomes
Findings show poor glycemic control is tied to longer hospital stays for noncardiac surgery
Friday, March 14, 2014

Improving EHR Interoperability Is a National Priority: HHS
Interoperability necessary to achieve the benefits of EHR infrastructure adoption
Friday, March 14, 2014

Benefits of Faster Thrombolysis Time Quantified
Each minute of onset-to-treatment time saved linked to 1.8 extra days of healthy life
Friday, March 14, 2014

AAOS: Extreme Sport Head, Neck Injuries Rose 2000-2011
Severe injuries account for 2.5 percent of all head, neck injuries from extreme sports
Friday, March 14, 2014

Repeat Spine Imaging Frequent With Injured Patient Transfers
Repeat images result in minimal alteration of care, researchers found
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Oldest Old at High Risk for Insulin-Related Hypoglycemia
Patients 80 years or older more likely to visit the ER and be hospitalized for insulin-related errors
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Adoption of Surgical Safety Checklists Doesn't Cut Mortality
No significant reduction in death or surgical complications with adoption of checklists
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Prehospital Stroke Alerts Speed Door-to-CT Times
Emergency medical services prenotification allows patients to bypass ER; speeds CT, tPA treatment
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Discrepancies ID'd in Studies on ClinicalTrials.gov, Journals
Nearly all clinical trials have at least one discrepancy in cohort, intervention, or results
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Medicare Drug Plan Changes Withdrawn by White House
Proposal met heavy resistance from patient groups
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

White House: More Than Four Million Have Signed Up for ACA
Enrollment period for coverage in 2014 ends March 31 for most Americans
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

AAPM: Post-Op Pain Highly Influential in Patient Satisfaction
Correlation is stronger for spine, non-spine orthopedics, OB/GYN surgeries
Monday, March 10, 2014

Keeping Salaries Secret Harms Worker Performance
Secret salaries decrease employees' perception that performance increase is tied to pay increase
Monday, March 10, 2014

Nocturnal Respiratory Rate Predicts Cardiac Risk After MI
Among survivors of acute myocardial infarction, respiratory rate predicts non-sudden cardiac death
Monday, March 10, 2014

Higher Cardiovascular Events Risk After Outbursts of Anger
Findings show that, compared to other times, the two hours after an outburst have heightened risk
Friday, March 07, 2014

Chest Complaints More Costly in Obese Patients
Higher BMI associated with increased cost of care and longer hospital stays for chest pain and dyspnea
Friday, March 07, 2014

Palliative Chemo for Terminal Cancer Linked to Death in ICU
Use of chemotherapy at end of life also ups risk of undergoing CPR or mechanical ventilation
Friday, March 07, 2014

In STEMI, Hyperglycemia Tied to Larger Myocardial Area-at-Risk
Exenatide treatment correlates with increased salvage index, independent of glucose level
Friday, March 07, 2014

Relative Value Units Useful In Evaluating Practice Finances
RVU calculations can help determine physician compensation, benchmark reimbursement
Thursday, March 06, 2014

Value-Based Insurance Plans Can Up Rx Adherence
Along with lower cost sharing, plans target high-risk patients, use mail-order drugs
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Gap in Regulatory Coverage Affects 5 to 16 Percent of Trials
Nineteen to 24 percent of trials are overlap trials, which study drugs, devices and have federal funding
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

WHO Program Improves U.S. Medical Facility Hand Hygiene
Higher hand hygiene score with higher staffing ratio of infection preventionists
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

CDC: Antibiotics Often Prescribed During Hospitalization
Antibiotic prescribing could potentially be improved in 37.2 percent of the most common scenarios
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Women-Specific Research Is Still Inadequate
Women underrepresented in research; many studies fail to report sex-specific outcomes
Monday, March 03, 2014

Persistent Post-Cardiac Surgery Pain Seen at 24 Months
Persistent postoperative pain decreases from 40.1 percent at six months to 9.5 percent at 24 months
Monday, March 03, 2014

CMS: No More Delays to ICD-10 Implementation Deadline
CMS Administrator claims CMS will be ready for ICD-10 conversion by October deadline
Monday, March 03, 2014

Going Live With EHR Leads to Frustrations, Productivity Hit
Medical Economics offers some real-world suggestions, best practices to minimize stress
Friday, February 28, 2014

CT Scans Don't Interfere With Cardiac Rhythm Devices
Exposure of cardiac rhythm management devices to direct radiation doesn't lead to adverse events
Friday, February 28, 2014

Hospital Size, Market Share Affect Inpatient Care Prices
Higher-price hospitals generally score well on reputational indicators
Friday, February 28, 2014

Stethoscopes Contaminated After Single Physical Exam
Contamination level of stethoscope similar to parts of physician's dominant hand
Friday, February 28, 2014

Nurse Education, Workload Impact Patient Post-Op Mortality
Increase in workload ups odds of death; increase in percentage of nurses with degree cuts death
Friday, February 28, 2014

High-Calorie, Enteral Diet Improves Survival in ALS Patients
Small study provides preliminary evidence that diet is safe and tolerable
Friday, February 28, 2014

Myocardial Injury Predicts Death After Noncardiac Surgery
Few patients with myocardial injury after noncardiac surgery experience ischemic symptoms
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Review: AHA Should Include Depression As Risk Factor in ACS
Evidence shows consistent link for depression, adverse outcomes in acute coronary syndrome
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Vancomycin-Resistant Group B Streptococci Identified
Isolates from patients show decreased vancomycin susceptibility, with distinct resistance patterns
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Variation Seen in Blood Transfusion Practices After PCI
Transfusion receipt linked to adverse cardiovascular events, regardless of bleeding complications
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cocaine Use Doesn't Raise In-Hospital Mortality With MI
Cocaine-positive MI patients are younger, mainly men, with fewer cardiovascular risk factors
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Not All Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients Get Appropriate Tx
About one in five not receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, receptor blockers per guidelines
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Doctors Pleased With Congress' Medicare Payment Agreement
Repeal of SGR marks transition to value and quality-based reimbursement
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

More Than Seven Million Patient Record Breaches in 2013
Breaches of protected health information up 137.7 percent; most breaches due to theft
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In Nonvalvular A-Fib, AAN Urges Routine Anticoagulation
Specific patient considerations will influence anticoagulant selection, AAN guideline says
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Quality Measures Data Added to Physician Compare Website
Measures include controlling blood glucose and blood pressure in patients with diabetes
Monday, February 24, 2014

FDA to Step Up Oversight of Indian Drug Makers
More inspectors planned as India emerges as growing source of pharmaceuticals
Monday, February 24, 2014

AAN: New Mobile App Helps Diagnose Epileptic Seizures
Second study presents app designed to assist with multitasking during acute stroke management
Friday, February 21, 2014

Public Access Defibrillation Underutilized in Cardiac Arrest
Findings from review of patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in U.K. region during one year
Friday, February 21, 2014

Insurance Status Impacts Trauma Transfer/Admissions
Risk of being admitted versus transferred to trauma center up with Medicaid, private insurance
Friday, February 21, 2014

Unfilled Hospital Openings for Doctors Growing, Survey Finds
Shortages in hospitals also seen for advanced practitioners and nurses
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Before Implementation, Full EHR Cost Needs Consideration
Costs of training, facilities, infrastructure and variables affecting these categories must be ID'd
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

E. cuniculi Can Cause Febrile Illness After Transplant
Three recipients became febrile seven to 10 weeks after receiving kidney, lungs from deceased donor
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Home Exercise Program Improves Physical Function After Rehab
Older adults with hip fracture benefit from home-based program after formal rehabilitation ends
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

'Talking' Medical Devices, Apps Continue to Evolve
Can help people manage their conditions, function in emergencies, keep doctors informed
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Online Ratings Do Affect Patient Choice of Physician
Whether or not physician accepts insurance plan remains top decider in selecting physician
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

AAFP: Telemedicine Can Help With Increased Demand for Docs
Telemedicine can save time for patients, reduce ER visits, allow docs to see more patients
Monday, February 17, 2014

Most Patients Hospitalized With Flu Are Unvaccinated
23.6 percent of hospitalized patients vaccinated; rate even lower among those requiring ICU care
Monday, February 17, 2014

ASA: Head or Neck Injury Ups Stroke Risk After Trauma
Risk about three-fold higher in those under 50 years old
Friday, February 14, 2014

ASA: Study Shows No Benefit of Magnesium Soon After Stroke
Disability level similar after magnesium or saline treatment
Friday, February 14, 2014

Clonidine Premedication Relieves Post-Op Pain in Children
Premedication at adequate dosage seems likely to reduce analgesia requirements after surgery
Friday, February 14, 2014

CMS Extends 2013 Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline
Deadline extended, allowing providers to submit data for 2013 reporting year through March 31, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Congress Agrees on Legislation to Replace SGR Formula
New legislation emphasizes quality over quantity, with merit-based incentives
Thursday, February 13, 2014

ICD-10 Implementation Likely to Be Financial Disaster
Letter from AMA to HHS voices concerns over higher-than-expected costs of implementation
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Nears 3.3 Million
About one-quarter of those signed up are now young adults, report shows
Thursday, February 13, 2014

ASA: Acute Cocaine Use Ups Ischemic Stroke Risk
Strong correlation between reported cocaine use in 24 hours prior to stroke and ischemic stroke
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

30-Day Readmission From Postacute Rehab 11.8 Percent
30-day readmission rates vary from 5.8 to 18.8 percent for selected impairment groups
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mid-Sized Companies Get Extra Year to Comply With ACA
Government sets up new deadlines for three sizes of companies
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Guidelines Issued for Managing Hospital Medicine Groups
Assessment guide comprises 10 principles and 47 characteristics for effective HMG management
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Taking to Preemies in NICU Benefits Cognition, Language
Adult word count per hour independently linked to language and cognitive composite scores
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Perceived Control Reduces Mortality Risk for Lesser Educated
But similar effect not observed for higher educated individuals
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Residents Concerned About Lack of Time With Patients
Most residents agree that care coordination could improve chronic disease management
Monday, February 10, 2014

New Rule Allows Patients to Access Laboratory Test Results
Final rule allows patient or personal representative to access results directly from the laboratory
Monday, February 10, 2014

AHA/ASA Release Female-Specific Stroke Prevention Guidelines
High BP, migraine with aura, atrial fibrillation more commonly up stroke risk in women
Friday, February 07, 2014

Drugs Increasingly Detected in Fatally Injured Drivers
Positive results for non-alcohol drugs rose from 16.6 to 28.3 percent from 1999 to 2010
Friday, February 07, 2014

Racial/Ethnic Differences in CHD Outcomes Not Due to Statins
Differences attributed to demographics, comorbidities; not differential statin prescribing
Friday, February 07, 2014

Uneven Infection Prevention Policy Compliance in U.S. ICUs
Variation noted in presence of policies and clinician adherence to policies
Thursday, February 06, 2014

ICD-10 Transition May Impact Practice Cash Flow
Organizations may not yet understand the impact that ICD-10 will have on their businesses
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Choosing Wisely Tips Should Prompt Doc-Patient Discussion
Recommendations can form a starting point for conversations about cost, appropriate testing
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

CVS Caremark to Stop Selling Tobacco Products
Says sale of cigarettes is inconsistent with a pharmacy's mission
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Severe Retinopathy Ups Non-Visual Disability Risk for Preemies
In low-birth-weight infants, severe retinopathy associated with non-visual disabilities at age 5
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Online Medical Records Trump Colleagues As Docs' Info Source
Doctors are exposed to online medical records, prescribing software more than 200 times/year
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Hospital Staff Training Improves Palliative Care Processes
In-hospital intervention leads to improvements in quality end points for end-of-life care
Monday, February 03, 2014

Most Pediatric Procedural Pain Guidelines of Average Quality
Guidelines rarely specify information on rigor of development, applicability, editorial independence
Monday, February 03, 2014

Health Reform Differs Across States: Report
Five states play no role in federal marketplace, Medicaid expansion, or insurance reform
Monday, February 03, 2014

Improving Infection Control Could Mean No More White Coats
Infection control experts issue guidance on health professionals' attire
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Validation of Delirium Screening Tools in ER Lacking
Review points to data shortage for validated instrument, ideal screening timing to ID elderly
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Businesses Urge Change to ACA's Insurance Mandate
House panel members spar over claim that provision of health-reform law is a 'job killer'
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Handwashing Appears Best in Prevention of Common Cold
Best evidence for prevention supports handwashing, zinc supplements, but evidence often poor quality
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Risk of Flu-Linked Hospitalization Up for Adults With Diabetes
Increase in all-cause hospitalization; no increase in flu-like illness, pneumonia and flu
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Insurance Eligibility Headaches Expected With ACA
Practices expected to face influx of newly insured patients, possibly without insurance ID cards
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

CDC: Health Care Providers Shouldn't Rely on Rapid Flu Tests
Rapid flu tests may show that patients do not have the flu when in fact they do
Monday, January 27, 2014

Volume of Trauma Care Affects Geriatric Trauma Outcomes
Larger volumes of geriatric trauma patients linked to lower in-hospital mortality, major complications
Friday, January 24, 2014

Off-Hours Myocardial Infarction More Likely to Be Fatal
Patients with acute myocardial infarction on weekends and nights have higher mortality
Friday, January 24, 2014

Editorial Discusses Ultrasound in Point-of-Care Diagnostics
Ultrasound being used in multiple specialties; also beneficial for resource-limited areas
Friday, January 24, 2014

Medical Staff Performance Goals Should Be Clear, Attainable
Staff performance reviews should involve public praise, private reprimand
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Woman's Death Highlights Danger of Overlooking Dengue
CDC says doctors need to be aware that infections are now occurring within the United States
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Results of Safety Efforts for Hospitalized Patients Are Mixed
In-hospital adverse events in the U.S. down for some conditions, but not others
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Legitimacy of Publishing Pharma-Funded Research Queried
Researchers present arguments for and against stopping publication of industry-funded research
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Interhospital Transfer Less Likely for Uninsured Patients
Also, women significantly less likely than men to be transferred to another acute care hospital
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Kidney Injury Not Uncommon After Cardiovascular Intervention
Acute kidney injury seen in ~7 percent of patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ACA Impact on Primary Practice May Depend on Location
Practices in states with expanded Medicaid may see more new, chronically ill patients
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Researchers Examine FDA Decision Making Processes
Analyses show variation in quality-of-evidence; reliance on premarket approval; reasons for delays
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Medication Synchronization Program Ups Adherence
Community pharmacy-based program projects increase of 20 med fills per patient per year
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Firearm Access in Home Ups Suicide, Homicide Risk
Increased odds of suicide, homicide based on pooled data from 15 observational studies
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Multiple Medications Increase Odds of Hospital Admission
Link modified by number of long-term conditions, with reduced effect for multiple conditions
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Statin Use Linked to Reduced Delirium in ICU Patients
Statin administration linked to increased odds of patient being assessed as free of delirium
Monday, January 20, 2014

State Insurance Marketplaces Boost Outreach Efforts
Educating the uninsured, especially young adults, is a priority, executives say
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Reliable Emotion Words ID'd to Assess Patient Experience
Word set can be used in experience-based design questionnaires for patient care
Thursday, January 16, 2014

NCPA: Access to Controlled Substances Often Delayed
Most pharmacists report three or more delays in past 18 months, usually lasting at least one week
Thursday, January 16, 2014

FDA Warns Against Rx With High Levels of Acetaminophen
Agency recommends that physicians cease prescriptions of drugs in excess of 325 mg
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

More Than Two Million People Have Signed Up for ACA Coverage
Nearly one in four are young adults, a demographic key to the program's success
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Wednesday Is Deadline for Feb. 1 Coverage Under ACA
Uninsured Americans can still sign up for 2014 coverage through March 31
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

CMS: New Rule Proposed for Contract Year 2015
Rule will strengthen protections, up health care quality, cut costs in Medicare Advantage, Part D
Monday, January 13, 2014

ACP Introduces Free 'High Value Care' Case Studies
Five topics in interactive case studies include avoiding unnecessary testing, safe prescribing
Friday, January 10, 2014

Female Conveners Up Number of Women at Scientific Symposia
Number of invited female speakers increases by 72 percent compared with all-male conveners
Friday, January 10, 2014

CMS: Low Growth for National Health Expenditures in 2012
Low growth in private health insurance spending, Medicare and Medicaid spending
Friday, January 10, 2014

EHR Use Linked to Doc-Reported Enhanced Patient Care
Use of EHRs that meet Meaningful Use criteria, longer EHR experience linked to reported benefits
Friday, January 10, 2014

High Uric Acid Level Linked to Coronary Stent Restenosis
Serum level before procedure is an independent predictor of stent restenosis
Friday, January 10, 2014

No Benefit for Tight Glycemic Control in Critically Ill Children
Risk of hypoglycemia higher in critically ill children with tight glycemic control
Thursday, January 09, 2014

Smoking Rates Still Low for Most Health Care Professionals
Pattern persists with rates lowest in physicians (2 percent), highest in LPNs (25 percent)
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Post-Op Health Care Costs Up for Former, Current Smokers
Index hospitalization costs are not significantly different for never, former, current smokers
Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Non-White Physicians Provide Disproportionate Minority Care
Non-white physicians care for more than half of minority patients, non-English speakers
Monday, January 06, 2014

Unrestricted Hospital Visiting Hours Up Patient Satisfaction
Allowing after-hours visitors does not increase complaints or cause security problems
Monday, January 06, 2014

CDC Addresses Burden, Threat of Antibiotic Resistance
One of most urgent threats is C. difficile; causes a minimum of 250,000 illnesses per year
Monday, January 06, 2014

AMA Details Top Five Federal Issues for 2014
Issues include repeal of SGR, full implementation of ACA, roll out of ICD-10 code set
Monday, January 06, 2014

Over 100 New Accountable Care Organizations Formed
New ACOs will provide high-quality coordinated care access for ~1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries
Friday, January 03, 2014

Warfarin Initiation Negatively Linked to Stroke in A-Fib Patients
Risk highest in the 30 days after initiating treatment
Friday, January 03, 2014

Poor Sleep, Fatigue Linked to Clinical-Decision Regret in Nurses
For critical care nurses, male gender, working 12-hour shift linked to decision regret
Friday, January 03, 2014

CDC: Updated Guidance for HBV Vaccination for Health Workers
All should be vaccinated and undergo serologic testing
Thursday, January 02, 2014

Isotonic Fluids Safer for Pediatric Maintenance IV Therapy
Meta-analysis shows increased risk of hyponatremia, severe hyponatremia with hypotonic fluid
Thursday, January 02, 2014

C. difficile Is Carried on Hands of Health Care Workers
After routine care of infected patients, about a quarter of health care workers had contaminated hands
Thursday, January 02, 2014

Troubled Launch of ACA Tops Health News for 2013
Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy, new heart care guidelines also made headlines
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Extra Steps Urged for Regulating Compounding Pharmacies
Drug Quality and Security Act is a start, but leaves several gaps that need filling
Monday, December 30, 2013

Inactivity Linked With Depression After Cardiac Surgery
Physical inactivity also linked with pre-op depression in cardiac patients
Monday, December 30, 2013

Surge in Federal Health Insurance Exchange Enrollments
More than one million people have signed up for coverage under Affordable Care Act
Monday, December 30, 2013

ACA Success Hinges on Young Adult Enrollment
Uncertainty lingers on the willingness, ability of young adults to enroll in marketplaces, Medicaid
Thursday, December 26, 2013

Impact of Planned Medicaid Expansion Discussed
Could help close substantial gaps in U.S. health care safety net if all states elect to expand
Thursday, December 26, 2013

Public Tends to Follow Celebrities Even on Medical Issues
Health care providers need to take phenomenon seriously and counter bogus advice
Monday, December 23, 2013

Burden of Heart Disease, Stroke Quantified in United States
In 2010, one in three deaths caused by CVD; costs estimated at $315.4 billion
Monday, December 23, 2013

High Patient Satisfaction With Patient-Centered Medical Homes
Positive reports of patient-centered measures correlate with reports of high-quality care
Friday, December 20, 2013

New Rule May Exempt Many From Health Plan Penalty
People in cancelled policies can buy coverage under last-minute revision to ACA
Friday, December 20, 2013

White Blood Cell Count Predicts Infarct Size in STEMI
Elevated admission WBCc predicts infarct size measured 30 days after primary PCI
Thursday, December 19, 2013

Public Support for Physician-Assisted Death Analyzed
About a fifth of Dutch support assistance in dying for older people without a serious medical condition
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Few Residency Programs Teach Cost-Conscious Medicine
Despite perceived role in limiting increasing health care costs, few residents know costs of tests
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

CDC Highlights Achievements of 2013, Goals for 2014
Top achievements include getting >100,000 smokers to quit; cut in health care facility-linked infections
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Funding for Medical Communication Firms Analyzed
May receive substantial support from pharmaceutical, medical device companies
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

GlaxoSmithKline to End Payments to Prescribing Doctors
Pharmaceutical giant first drug maker to adopt such a policy, report says
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Prognostic Tool ID's Risk of Death for Hospital Patients
Upon admission, CARING criteria estimate risk of death in one year for hospitalized patients
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Physician Access Challenges Up for Those With Public Insurance
Second study notes that 14.6 percent of people in U.S. were uninsured in first half of 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

FDA Questions Effectiveness, Safety of Antibacterial Soap
Proposed rule requires manufacturers to submit trial data showing benefit versus regular soap
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Many Physicians Will Stop Practicing Due to ACA
Nearly three-quarters believe that ACA will negatively impact compensation
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Bills for SGR Repeal Pass Senate, House Committees
Near unanimous bipartisan votes from Senate Finance, House Ways and Means Committees
Monday, December 16, 2013

CDC: Flu Vaccine Reduced Adverse Outcomes by 17 Percent
Greater number of serious outcomes averted in 2012-2013 compared with previous flu seasons
Monday, December 16, 2013

New Rule Tweaks Affordable Care Act Deadline
Insurers pressed for flexibility on premium payments, coverage
Friday, December 13, 2013

Study Quantifies Male Dominance in Scientific Production
Women account for <30 percent of fractionalized authorships; similar pattern in first authorships
Friday, December 13, 2013

Discharge Destination Alters Rehospitalization Rates
Rehospitalization among cognitively impaired down with discharge to nursing home
Thursday, December 12, 2013

CDC: Health Insurance Among Young Increased After ACA
Extension of dependent health coverage in 2010 has increased private coverage, decreased gaps
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Does 24/7 Intensivist Coverage Impact Housestaff Skills?
Heightened attending coverage may minimize critical care resident, fellow preparedness
Monday, December 09, 2013

CMS Finalizes 2014 Physician Payment Rates, Policies
Include provision to support care management outside of routine office interaction
Monday, December 09, 2013

Mortality High for Moderate, Severe Heart Failure Patients
Presence of one or more risk factors linked to increased hazard ratio for all-cause mortality
Monday, December 09, 2013

Issues Surround Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program
Issues include methodology for determining expected readmission rates, computing penalties
Friday, December 06, 2013

Serum 25(OH)D Marker of Ill Health, Not Causative Agent
Links seen between 25(OH)D concentration and health outcomes; supplementation has little effect
Friday, December 06, 2013

Final Rule Aims to Lower Costs, Simplify Outpatient Payments
CMS introducing single outpatient visit code; payments will be packaged into single payment
Friday, December 06, 2013

Effect of Serum Magnesium on Heart Failure Outcomes Unclear
Findings from retrospective analysis of data from the placebo group in the EVEREST trial
Friday, December 06, 2013

Handoff Program Cuts Medical Errors, Adverse Events
Multifaceted program at children's hospital also increases physician time spent at patient bedside
Thursday, December 05, 2013

AMA's RUC Committee to Work on Improving Transparency
New means to be used to survey physicians to better determine value of procedures
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Results Mixed for Liberal Transfusions in Heart Disease
Outcome effects of aggressive protocols in heart disease patients with anemia mixed
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Health Reform in Mass. Didn't Change ICU Utilization
Health care reform in Massachusetts did correlate with reduction in ICU patients without insurance
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Investment Program Can Cut Global Health Disparities by 2035
Framework focuses on reducing maternal, child, infectious deaths; 10 million deaths averted by 2035
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

FDA Starts Regulating Compounding Pharmacies
New process designed to make specialty drugs safer for patients
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Volunteering Overseas Revives Physicians' Outlooks
Volunteer experiences often boost personal fulfillment, professional esteem
Monday, December 02, 2013

Geriatric Consultation Ups Post-Trauma Functional Recovery
After adjustment, better recovery of function seen in activities of daily living with consultation
Monday, December 02, 2013

Induced Hypothermia May Be Harmful in Severe Meningitis
Moderate hypothermia not found to improve outcomes in patients with severe bacterial meningitis
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Practices Should Start Preparing for Transition to ICD-10
Point-person should be appointed within practice; staff training also recommended
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

High Abusive Head Trauma Rates With New Coding Method
No significant change in annual rates; large non-significant changes in North Carolina
Monday, November 25, 2013

Antiviral Therapy Helps Children Critically Ill With Flu
Prompt treatment with neuraminidase inhibitors may improve survival
Monday, November 25, 2013

American Medical Groups Protesting Physician Cuts
Action follows mass cancellations of physicians in Medicare Advantage plans in many states
Monday, November 25, 2013

Rates of CPR Training Vary Geographically in the U.S.
Counties in the South and with higher proportions of rural area, minorities have lower training rates
Friday, November 22, 2013

White House Extends Enrollment Deadline for Health Insurance
And HealthCare.gov website capacity to double by end of month, Obama adviser pledges
Friday, November 22, 2013

FDA Warns of Cardiac Risk With Stress Test Agents
Some patients at risk for heart attack and death
Friday, November 22, 2013

CDC Report: Health Disparities Persist in America
CDC finds race, sex, education, location, and wealth among key factors in these inequalities
Thursday, November 21, 2013

More Than Half of Hospitalized Patients Given Opioids
Relative risk of severe opioid-related adverse event up at hospitals with higher opioid prescribing
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Health Care Frustration Higher in U.S. Than Other Countries
Majority of U.S. adults feel that the health care system needs to undergo fundamental changes
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

AHA: Hypothermia at 33° Celsius No Benefit in OHCA
No benefit of temperature management to 33° versus 36° Celsius for survivors of cardiac arrest
Monday, November 18, 2013

Obama Nominates Health Care Law Backer to Be Surgeon General
Vivek Murthy, M.D., was an early supporter and advocate for the Affordable Care Act
Friday, November 15, 2013

ACEP: Emergency Care Providers Have Poor Hand Hygiene: Survey
Only one-third of providers say they clean their hands after performing invasive procedures
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Obama: You Can Keep Your Health Plan (for a Year)
Proposed change comes amid intense bipartisan pressure for a health-law fix
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Health Care Enrollments Fall Far Short of White House Estimates
Fewer than 27,000 people signed up for insurance through federal exchange in October, officials report
Thursday, November 14, 2013

No Promises on Nov. 30 ACA Website Fix: U.S. Tech Chief
Pressure mounts for solutions to health-law problems as deadline nears
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Population Aging Crisis May Have Been Overestimated
Decrease in dependency with threshold as remaining life expectancy of ≤15 years
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Many Would Give Health Plans Private Info to Save Money: Poll
Experts question whether people responding to Harris/HealthDay poll understand broader impact
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Initial Health-Plan Enrollment Falls Below Expectations
Early reports find federal and state insurance exchanges attracted low numbers
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Analysis Describes Economic Anatomy of U.S. Health Care
Despite increased resources for U.S. health care, health metrics show U.S. trailing peer nations
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Receiving Biosketch of Doctor Improves Patient Satisfaction
Simple intervention improves patient-reported ratings of quality of doctor care
Monday, November 11, 2013

Obama 'Sorry' Some People Losing Health Coverage
Website repairs continue amid continued scrutiny of Affordable Care Act
Friday, November 08, 2013

Telemedicine Represents Enhanced Care Model
Uses technology to provide better health care and more reach, but legal and other concerns exist
Thursday, November 07, 2013

FDA to Ban Trans Fats in Foods
Trans fats linked to cardiovascular health
Thursday, November 07, 2013

For Hospitalized Adults, Light Inversely Tied to Fatigue, Mood
Pain level positively associated with fatigue, but not directly linked to light exposure
Thursday, November 07, 2013

Amount of Care Similar for Rural, Urban Medicare Users
No difference in amount of health care received or satisfaction with access to care within regions
Thursday, November 07, 2013

Sebelius on Exchange Website: 'Delay Is Not an Option'
'A couple of hundred' fixes required, she tells Senate committee
Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Hyperglycemia May Increase Myocardial Infarction Mortality
Elevated glucose levels common among patients with heart attack
Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Senators Seek Answers on Health Marketplace Woes
Medicare chief says HealthCare.gov is secure, site operations are improving
Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Six People Signed Up on Day One of Federal Exchange Website
By the end of the second day, 248 people had enrolled for coverage, reports say
Friday, November 01, 2013

FDA Announces Moves to Avert Drug Shortages
The FDA's strategic plan for drug shortages involves two major strategies
Thursday, October 31, 2013

Top 100 EHR Systems Sorted by Company Revenue
Some companies offer information about their product and services, but most vendors do not
Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sebelius: 'Hold Me Accountable' for Website 'Debacle'
HHS Secretary insists the troubled online registration site will be fixed by end of November
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Expedited Review Speeds Approval of New Drugs by FDA
But, drugs are tested in fewer patients, and many questions about safety remain
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

2013 Health Care Quality Report Shows Some Improvements
Medicaid patients are happy with their care; antibiotic overuse still a concern
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Consultant Offers Tips for Training Staff to Use EHR System
Six tips focus on choosing a team, developing a plan, and scheduling regular training and testing
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Health Agency Chief Apologizes for Federal Website Woes
Head of CMS insists HealthCare.gov will be much improved within a month
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Most Negative Online Posts Aren't Defamation
Physicians should try to reach out to unhappy posters to fix the problem
Friday, October 25, 2013

Many Interns Don't Practice Etiquette-Based Communication
Interns overestimate the extent to which they introduce themselves and their role, sit with patient
Friday, October 25, 2013

Physicians Should Motivate and Retain Top Employees
Article notes that superstar employees are hard to replace
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Penalty Delayed As Federal Exchange Comes Under Fire
Lawmakers demand answers on HealthCare.gov foul-up
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Scribes Can Be Beneficial in Medical Practices
Ensure accurate documentation of provider dictates, allowing providers to focus on patient care
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Research Backlog at NIH Due to Shutdown
Labs suffered loss of momentum with their research; grant applications pushed back to November
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Obama: 'No Excuse' for Troubled HealthCare.gov Website
But he insists that the health-reform law that created the site is good for the country
Monday, October 21, 2013

Seniors Rarely Consider Switching Medicare Plan, Provider
Despite reporting high satisfaction 59 percent cut spending for unexpected health care costs
Monday, October 21, 2013

Small Businesses Weigh Health Insurance Options
Most features of exchanges rated favorably, but prices for premiums are critical issue
Monday, October 21, 2013

Eye Contact Affects Patients' Perception of Clinician Empathy
Social touch during clinical encounter also important
Friday, October 18, 2013

In Buying Exchange Insurance, It Helps to Have Help
New online marketplaces don't do enough to let consumers weigh their options, experts say
Friday, October 18, 2013

Sebelius: Exchange Launch 'Rockier Than We Would Have Liked'
HHS secretary said improvements under way at HealthCare.gov website
Thursday, October 17, 2013

'Coverage Gap' Likely to Affect 5.2 Million Uninsured Adults
Nationally, about 27 percent of uninsured adults in states without Medicaid expansion will be affected
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Adverse Drug Events More Likely to Present on Hospital Admission
In 2011, adverse events common for antibiotics and anti-infectives
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Steps Given to Minimize Burden of Prior Authorizations
Use payer's website, not phone; designated staff within practice should handle authorizations
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Medicare, Medicaid Will Be Affected by Federal Debt Default
Failure to raise debt ceiling by Oct. 17 will impact nation's health care programs
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Nonprofit U.S. Hospital CEO Compensation Varies Widely
Compensation tied to hospital technology deployment and patient satisfaction
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

More Steroid Courses No Better in Preterm Birth Strategy
No difference in death or disability at age 5 after single, multiple courses of antenatal corticosteroids
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Admin Data May Misclassify Hospital Complications
Administrative data may not correctly assess pressure ulcer rates, compare hospitals
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hospital Care Quality Varies by Insurance Coverage
Medicare patients appear most vulnerable to receiving inferior care
Monday, October 14, 2013

Study Discusses How to Create Value in Insurance Marketplaces
Accrediting bodies play role in performance measures, setting standards, providing feedback
Monday, October 14, 2013

Regional Variation Seen in Medicare ACO Formation
Measures of underlying provider integration may drive accountable care organization formation
Friday, October 11, 2013

'Cyberchondria' Worse in Those Troubled by Uncertainty
For those with fear of uncertainty, greater Internet searching leads to greater health anxiety
Friday, October 11, 2013

Consumers Frustrated With First Days of ACA Exchanges
Three-quarters of those who tried to sign up for insurance reported problems
Friday, October 11, 2013

State-Run Health Exchanges Off to Smoother Start
Experts say that local insurance marketplaces are smaller so problems can be fixed faster
Thursday, October 10, 2013

ESICM: In Septic Shock, Esmolol Tied to Reduced Heart Rate
Esmolol linked to reduction in heart rates to target levels compared with standard care
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

ESICM: Statin Therapy Doesn't Cut Day-28 Mortality in VAP
No decrease in day-28 mortality for all patients, statin-naive with ventilator-associated pneumonia
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

AAFP Urges Congress to End Federal Government Shutdown
Shutdown is putting health of public at risk, with no impact on ACA funding
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Greater Potential for Health Gains From Delayed Aging
Yet most medical research remains focused on fighting individual diseases
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

ESICM: Death Equal for Colloid, Crystalloids in Hypovolemia
For patients in ICU with hypovolemic shock, 28-day mortality similar; 90-day death lower with colloids
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

ESICM: Hypothermia Not Beneficial in Severe Meningitis
Increased risk of mortality for patients with community-acquired bacterial meningitis
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Patterns of Health Insurance Coverage Vary by State
States can tailor outreach efforts for coverage expansion to match the needs of their uninsured
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Patient Satisfaction Is Poor Measure of Hospital Quality
And busier hospitals tend to perform better
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Confusion Still Surrounds ACA Health Insurance Exchanges
However, Gallup poll suggests most will get insurance by December rather than pay a fine
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Both Patients and Doctors Tend to Be Creatures of Habit
Physicians can be reluctant to go against established grain
Monday, October 07, 2013

Design and Software Problems Plague Health Exchanges
Efforts to improve the federal registration website are under way, officials say
Monday, October 07, 2013

IDSA: Universal Glove, Gown Use Doesn't Cut MRSA, VRE in ICU
Wearing gloves and gowns for all patient contact in ICU doesn't reduce acquisition of MRSA or VRE
Monday, October 07, 2013

Senators Request Delay in Transition to Meaningful Use 2
Noting that many providers and EHR vendors are not ready, senators ask for one-year delay
Monday, October 07, 2013

U.S. Health Exchange Website Faced Intermittent Shutdowns
HealthCare.gov offline after 1 a.m. ET a few hours each night this past weekend
Monday, October 07, 2013

Majority of Physicians Concerned About Future of Medicine
But most surveyed doctors also report being satisfied with practice of medicine
Friday, October 04, 2013

Regional STEMI Transfers Can Attain 90 Minute Balloon Times
Findings based on treatment in hospital network before/after systematic approach initiated
Friday, October 04, 2013

Number of EMR Functions Linked to Physician Stress
Physicians with moderate versus low number of EMR functions report more stress, less satisfaction
Friday, October 04, 2013

Patient Portal Market Earned $279.8 Million in 2012
In the next five years, market is expected to reach $898.4, mainly driven by stage 2 meaningful use
Friday, October 04, 2013

ICU Strain Leads to Earlier Patient Discharge
While odds of ICU readmission are higher, 30-day patient outcomes remain unaffected
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Impact of Shutdown on Docs, Patients Discussed
Meaningful use incentives unlikely to be affected; Medicare reimbursements will continue in short term
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Glitches Still Dog Online Health Exchanges
Officials work to correct problems, speed up capacity
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Fallout From Increase in High-Deductible Plans Examined
Increase likely with ACA implementation; research will aid creation of more sophisticated system
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Demand for Doctors Remained High in 2012
Physician recruiters from 156 organizations conducted nearly 5,000 active searches in 2012
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Expanding Scope of Nurse Practitioners Practice Discussed
Non-physician practitioners can ease burden on physicians; valuable in team-based care model
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Government Shutdown Impacting Health Care Agencies
Activities that relate to safety of human life and protection of property will not be affected
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Technical Problems Still Vex Day 2 of ACA Exchange Rollout
Federal officials remind consumers that enrollment runs through March 31, 2014
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

AMA: More Than Half of Doctors Self-Employed in 2012
Less than one-quarter work in practices that are at least partially owned by hospitals
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Technological Advances in Health Care for Google, Apple
Google launches company that will research health and wellness, with Apple chairman as CEO
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Early IV Metoprolol May Reduce Infarct Size in MI Patients
β-blocker administered prior to primary percutaneous coronary intervention
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Technical Glitches Mar Affordable Care Act Exchange Debut
Consumers are reminded that insurance enrollment runs through March 31, 2014
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Poor Performance Triggering EMR Switch for Small Practices
Small physicians practices leaving vendors as software systems fail to meet expectations
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Many Health Care Professionals Oppose ACA Proposals
Despite recognizing benefits, 56 percent oppose most, if not all, proposals in law
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Affordable Care Act Exchanges Are Up and Running
'Obamacare' marketplaces open amid some technical problems and a government shutdown
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Lower National Health Spending Due to Slow Economy
Over the period of 2012 to 2022, national health spending expected to grow at 5.8 percent annually
Monday, September 30, 2013

Only One-Third of Voters Think Congress Should Delay ACA
About half of voters will blame the Republicans 'a lot' if the government shuts down
Monday, September 30, 2013

Medicare, Medicaid Will Still Run If Government Shuts Down
But other programs could be curtailed, according to contingency plans
Monday, September 30, 2013

Mobile Devices Can Facilitate Universal Vital Sign Monitoring
Could promote access to pulse oximetry, allowing diagnostic and tx applications into every home
Monday, September 30, 2013

DOL Clarifies Employer Health Insurance Notification Duty
Companies should provide notification to employees by Oct. 1, but no fines for failing to do so
Monday, September 30, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: ACA Impact on Medicare Recipients Unclear
Seniors may not grasp effects of health care reform
Friday, September 27, 2013

Health Worker Roles Impacted When 'Undervalued' by Patients
Frustrations can affect both performance and pay
Friday, September 27, 2013

Practical Tips Offered for Medical Employee Satisfaction
Training, respect, and reward go a long way
Friday, September 27, 2013

CDC: Flu Shot Coverage of Health Care Personnel Increasing
CDC finds that easy access to vaccination appears to be a motivator
Thursday, September 26, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Medicaid Expansion Will Up Coverage
Many will benefit, but some will still fall through the cracks
Thursday, September 26, 2013

More Options, Lower Premiums With Insurance Exchanges
HHS report finds health insurance premiums will be even less than expected
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Exchanges Offer Options for the Uninsured
Tax credits will benefit low and moderate earners
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

ACP Provides Overview of Health Insurance Marketplaces
Ahead of enrollment, overview discusses implications for patients and physicians
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Dextrose Gel Reverses Hypoglycemia in Neonates
Treatment with buccal dextrose gel is inexpensive and easy to administer
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Health Care Reform a Mixed Bag for Workers
Those with job-based coverage can expect some changes
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Medicare Expenditure Per Patient Up for Acute MI
Increase in expenditure from 1998-1999 to 2008; ~75 percent of increase from days 31 to 365
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

FDA Gives Final Guidance on Mobile Medical App Oversight
Oversight will be focused on medical apps that could potentially pose greater risk to patients
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Model Can Predict Preemie Neonatal Outcome Severity
Model determines severity of neonatal outcomes for infants born at or before 30 weeks of gestation
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

FDA Issues Final Rule for Device Identification System
The unique device identification system will improve patient safety, catalogue every device
Monday, September 23, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Young People Likely to Be Key to Success
However, only about one-quarter of young adults are aware of health insurance exchanges
Monday, September 23, 2013

AAGBI: Wrong Fluid Commonly Used As Arterial Flush in ICU
Some, but not all, National Patient Safety Agency recommendations have been implemented
Monday, September 23, 2013

HFES: Multi-Tasking Can Impair Diagnostic Performance
Performing concurrent complex memorization task has negative impact of diagnostic performance
Monday, September 23, 2013

Use of Digoxin Ups Risk of Death in Systolic Heart Failure
No difference observed in risk of hospitalization for heart failure
Monday, September 23, 2013

HEALTH REFORM: Health Care Exchanges Going Into Effect
Coverage could start as early as January 2014
Monday, September 23, 2013

New Model Better Predicts Risk of Post-PCI Bleeding
Model incorporates new definition of bleeding that captures previously excluded hemorrhage events
Friday, September 20, 2013

Millions Are Harmed by Unsafe Medical Care Each Year
About two-thirds of adverse events occur in low-income and middle-income countries
Thursday, September 19, 2013

EHR Systems Meeting Meaningful Use Criteria Beneficial
Most systems meet criteria; linked to time savings, reports of enhanced confidentiality
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Enhanced Care Program Set Up at Six Mayo Clinic Hospitals
Program supplements usual care with computerized system that monitors patient's condition
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

More Than 1.6 Million Americans Expected to Get Cancer in 2013
Despite increased number of survivors due to progress in research, >500,000 expected to die
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Americans Living Longer, Healthier Lives
For U.S. adults, quality-adjusted life expectancy increased by about two years from 1987 to 2008
Monday, September 16, 2013

CDC Report Sheds Light on Antibiotic-Resistant Infections
Misuse of antibiotics leading contributor to problem
Monday, September 16, 2013

About Half of Health Care Providers Are 'Digital Omnivores'
Use tablet, smartphone, and laptop/desktop; prefer mobile devices for all tasks
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

'Meaningful Use' Achievement Not Uniform Across Hospitals
Critical-access, smaller, publicly-owned or nonprofit hospitals most at risk for 2015 penalties
Monday, September 09, 2013

Intervention for NICU Moms Reduces Their Trauma, Anxiety
Improvements in mothers' distress, parenting expectations may better infant outcomes
Thursday, September 05, 2013

Major Health Care-Linked Infections Cost $9.8 Billion
Bloodstream infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, surgical site infections most costly
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Male-Female Physician Earnings Gap Has Persisted for 20 Years
No significant difference in the adjusted earnings of female physicians relative to males since 1987
Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Docs' Confidence in Diagnosis Unrelated to Diagnostic Accuracy
Vignette study shows little difference in confidence for cases diagnosed correctly, incorrectly
Tuesday, September 03, 2013

CDC: 200,000 Avoidable Deaths From Cardiovascular Disease
Higher death rates among older persons, males, non-Hispanic blacks, and those in the South
Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Workaholics Have Poorer Physical and Mental Health
Working more than 50 hours per week linked to reduced physical and mental well-being
Monday, September 02, 2013

Employer-Based Health Insurance Premiums Rose Modestly in 2013
Smaller firms and those with many lower-wage workers asking beneficiary to pay more
Monday, September 02, 2013

Comprehensive Stroke System Key to Reducing Death
American Heart Association and American Stroke Association release new recommendations
Friday, August 30, 2013

Final Rules Issued for Individual Shared Responsibility Mandate
Individual mandate starting in 2014; individuals expected to carry health insurance or get fined
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Health Care Savings With Early Accountable Care Organizations
Reduced spending for elderly Medicare beneficiaries, but not necessarily improved quality
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Rothman Index Helps ID Patients at Risk for Readmission
Highest Rothman Index risk category has greater than two-fold increased risk of readmission
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders in Children Change Care
Clinicians also report that resuscitation discussions occur later than is ideal
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Imaging Important in Treating Boston Marathon Injuries
Imaging should be performed quickly to assess damage and determine treatment
Monday, August 26, 2013

Correct Dose of Anti-Clotting Rx in Elderly Continues to Elude
Lower prasugrel dose has similar outcomes to usual clopidogrel dose in elderly heart patients
Monday, August 26, 2013

Implications, Solutions for U.S. Health Disparities Discussed
Considerable disparities linked to geographic location, demographics; many can be prevented
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Expansion of Pharmacists' Practice Will Benefit Patients
Ethical, legal, financial, professional implications for docs; communication key during transition
Monday, August 19, 2013

HHS Awards $67 Million to Marketplace Navigators
Navigators will need to complete initial and ongoing training, renew certification annually
Monday, August 19, 2013

Severe Hypoglycemia in Diabetes Tied to Cardiac Disease
Patients with type 1, type 2 diabetes experience severe HTN, hypokalemia, QT prolongation
Friday, August 16, 2013

IOM Describes Themes Relating to Patients' Role in Health Care
Sessions describe their roles in informed care decisions, knowledge generation, value improvement
Friday, August 16, 2013

Unresponsive Brain Damaged Patients Can Communicate
Patients can be observed to follow commands and communicate via a brain scan
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Involved Patients Have Better Health Care Experiences
Patient knowledge, skills, and confidence influences response from the provider
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Doctors Pessimistic About Future of U.S. Health Care
Physician unsure that benefits of EMRs outweigh costs, have little confidence in transition to ICD-10
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Perceived Doc Verbal Abuse Impairs Nurses' Work Attitude
Link between verbal abuse and job satisfaction, organizational commitment, intent to stay
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New Initiative Announced for Patient-Doc Collaboration
Center for Patient Partnership in Healthcare will include patient organizations, docs, nurse, PA
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

U.S. Hospitals Up Exchange of Electronic Health Information
Exchange of clinical care summaries and medication lists remains limited
Monday, August 12, 2013

ASA: Working Moms Experience More Stresses Than Dads
For mothers, job-linked concerns spill over into free time; thinking about family matters tied to stress
Monday, August 12, 2013

Guidelines for Post-HIV Exposure Management Updated
Exposed personnel should be provided with close follow-up, including counseling, HIV testing
Monday, August 12, 2013

Physicians' Malpractice Concerns Predict More Testing
Changing defensive practices must target physicians' underlying malpractice concerns
Friday, August 09, 2013

Tool Developed for Predicting Delirium During Hospitalization
AWOL tool predicts likelihood of developing delirium in hospitalization at time of admission
Thursday, August 08, 2013

AMA, AHA Call for Realignment of Meaningful Use Stage 2
Letter to HHS expresses concern about readiness for stage 2; urges flexibility in adoption
Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Participation Increases in Online CME Activities
In 2012, 82 percent of accredited CME activities did not receive commercial support
Monday, August 05, 2013

ASID: Doctors May Be to Blame for Antimicrobial Resistance
Five experts discuss the roles of animals, airlines, doctors, drug companies, nursing homes
Thursday, August 01, 2013

No MI Rate Advantage for Aggressive T2DM Glucose Control
More aggressive strategies do not reduce rate of myocardial infarction or preserve renal function
Thursday, August 01, 2013

Quality Improvement Model Cuts Pressure Ulcer Rate in PICU
Collaborative intervention achieves aim of reducing pressure ulcers by 50 percent
Thursday, August 01, 2013

Immediate Post-Op Delirium Common in Elderly Patients
Most delirium episodes detected during hospitalization start in post-anesthesia care unit
Thursday, August 01, 2013

Lung-Protective Ventilation Ups Outcomes Post-Abdominal Op
Improved clinical outcomes, shorter length of stay versus non-protective mechanical ventilation
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Health 'Mutual Accountability' Pilot Program Launching
MedEncentive's health outcomes/costs improvement program to be tested over three years in Oklahoma
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Reversal of Medical Practices Common Over Past Decade
Over 40 percent of studies that tested current practice led to medical reversal
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

For Ischemic Stroke, Fewer Women Receive Thrombolytics
Women with stroke are older, possibly living alone more, and less likely to receive tx within four hours
Friday, July 26, 2013

IOM Confirms Geographic Variation in Health Spending
Geographically-based value index unlikely to be beneficial; decision making occurs at individual level
Thursday, July 25, 2013

Docs Need to Follow Patients' Lead, Embrace Social Media
As more patients discuss, manage their health care online, doctors need to make use of social media
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

U.S. Physicians Not Supportive of Changes in Payment Models
Although docs agree on need to reduce costs, most don't want to eliminate fee-for-service approach
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pros and Cons of Electronic Cigarette Regulation Discussed
Two editorials discuss implications of regulations of ECs as medicinal devices in U.S., Europe
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Automated ECG Directs Patients With Acute MI to Cath Lab
'Physician-less' diagnosis of acute MI in the field activates protocol for cardiac catheterization
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tablets Help Physicians Keep Up With Medical Research
Smartphones mainly used to access drug information, to access research, communicate
Monday, July 22, 2013

Premiums Expected to Be About 20 Percent Lower in 2014
Proposed premiums for 2014 lower than expected for individual market and small group market
Monday, July 22, 2013

Project BOOST Linked to Drop in Rehospitalization Rates
Significant reduction in average rate of 30-day rehospitalization in BOOST versus control units
Monday, July 22, 2013

Top Challenges for Docs Include Financial Management
Challenges include shifting reimbursement models, insufficient time with patients, ACA effects
Friday, July 19, 2013

Missed Diagnoses, Med Errors Most Common Malpractice Claims
Missed diagnosis represents 26 to 63 percent of all primary care claims across included studies
Friday, July 19, 2013

Ways to Lower Readmission Rates for Heart Failure Identified
Each strategy has modest effect; readmission down in hospitals that implement more strategies
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Financial Incentives Can Drive Health IT Adoption
Financial incentives increased e-prescribing use even among existing users
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Combination Treatment Beneficial for Cardiac Arrest
Treatment with epinephrine, vasopressin, and steroids improves survival and neurological status
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Repeat Hospitalization Factors for Nursing Home Residents Studied
Poor survival for cognitively impaired with repeat hospitalization for same infections, dehydration
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

CMS Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Could Benefit Docs
However, proposed implementation of sustainable growth rate formula threatens primary care
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

EHRs May Slow Growth in Ambulatory Health Care Costs
Among projected savings are significant decreases in ambulatory radiology costs
Monday, July 15, 2013

Physicians Frustrated by Third-Party Interference
Frustrations vary for those employed in hospitals/institutions or in practice, partners
Friday, July 12, 2013

AMA Offers Guidance for Improving EHR Effectiveness
Policies established to help docs navigate patient communication while using electronic devices
Friday, July 12, 2013

Grants of $150 Million for Community Health Centers
Walgreen Co. to distribute brochures to inform consumers about health law, obtaining coverage
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Health Searches May Be Leaked to Third Parties
Third-party tracking generally not present on government or physician-oriented sites
Thursday, July 11, 2013

U.S. Adults Value Health Care Provider Skill Evaluation
Most adults feel health care providers who treat them should adhere to a recertification program
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Docs Don't Often Talk to Patients About Dietary Supplements
Primary care docs discuss dietary supplements with patients in about one-quarter of visits
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood Donors
Blood donations down about 10 percent in June; 50,000 fewer donations than expected
Thursday, July 11, 2013

One in Five U.S. Adults Will Have Trouble Paying Medical Bills
In 2013, 10 million adults with year-round health insurance expected to have bills they can't pay
Thursday, July 11, 2013

In 2010, Blood Transfusion Most Frequent Hospital Procedure
Accounting for 11 percent of hospital stays with a procedure; common in all ages except infants
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tablets More Useful Than Smartphones for Docs Using EHRs
Fifty-one percent of tablet users access EHRs, compared with 7 percent of smartphone users
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Health Insurance Marketplaces Not Required to Verify Claims
Due to legislative and operational barriers, they can rely on self-reported information
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Improvement Needed in Drug Post-Marketing Studies
Many studies have not yet been started and studies with delays have doubled
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Improvements Noted in U.S. Health From 1990 to 2010
Improvements seen in age-standardized death rate, life expectancy, healthy life expectancy
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Digital Divide Plagues Underserved Areas
Lower adoption of EHRs seen in underserved areas across the United States
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Adoption of Electronic Health Records Is Progressing
In 2012, 44 percent of hospitals have an EHR; 42 percent implement stage 1 meaningful use
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Nighttime Vital Signs May Be Over Monitored in Hospitals
Low-risk medical inpatients may benefit from reduced vital sign monitoring
Monday, July 08, 2013

Practices Are Not Ready for Implementation of ICD-10
Only 4.8 percent of practices report significant progress or are ready for implementation
Monday, July 08, 2013

Early Predictors of Disability After Spine Trauma Identified
Hypotension, hyperglycemia, and traumatic brain injury independently predict functional disability
Monday, July 08, 2013

Adding 'Organ Donor' to Facebook Ups Registration
Social media may be key component to future efforts aimed at increasing organ donation rates
Friday, July 05, 2013

CT Pulmonary Angiography Linked to Overdiagnosis of PE
Use of CT imaging tied to increased incidence of pulmonary embolism, but little drop in mortality
Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Obama Administration: ACA's Employer Mandate Delayed
Major news out of the White House: the delay of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate
Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Long-Term Night Shift Work Ups Likelihood of Breast Cancer
Thirty years or more of night shift work linked to significantly increased odds of breast cancer
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Prehospital Triage Policy for Suspected Stroke Ups tPA Use
Implementation of a prehospital stroke triage policy also ups use of emergency medical services
Monday, July 01, 2013

ISTH: Apixaban Non-Inferior to Conventional Treatment for VTE
No significant difference in relative risk of recurrent VTE; less bleeding with apixaban
Monday, July 01, 2013

Less Than Half in Pediatric ICU Have Caloric Needs Documented
Registered dieticians document requirements in 95.6 percent of those cases
Monday, July 01, 2013

Avoidable Health Care Costs Exceed $200 Billion in 2012
Progress being made, with increases in meds adherence, use of generics, drop in antibiotics Rx
Friday, June 28, 2013

Bipartisan Recommendations Can Strengthen Health System
Recommendations related to Medicare, tax policy reform, preventive care, empowering states
Thursday, June 27, 2013

Adults With Chronic Conditions Earn C+ for Meds Adherence
Twenty-four percent completely adherent; about half have two or more non-adherent behaviors
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

HHS Launches Insurance Marketplace Website, Call Center
Initiatives form part of consumer-focused education effort to help prepare for enrollment
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

8.5 Million Enrollees to Receive Health Insurance Rebates
Rebates averaging $100 per family to be paid as part of ACA '80/20' rule
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Publicly Reported Mortality Predicts Hospital Performance
Hospitals with high performance on publicly reported index conditions have lower overall death rate
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Guide Issued for Tying Primary Care to Regional Organizations
AHRQ guide will help assess readiness for linking EHRs to regional health information organizations
Monday, June 24, 2013

Survival of England's National Health Service Questioned
Financial austerity, administrative reorganization, report of shortcomings have caused turmoil in NHS
Monday, June 24, 2013

AHRQ Offers Strategies to Prevent Adverse Drug Events
Strategies provided for stages of ordering, transcribing, dispensing, administration of meds
Friday, June 21, 2013

CMS Implementing Physician Quality Reporting System
System offers incentives to physicians and practices that submit data on quality measures
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Obesity Is a Disease, Says American Medical Association
New designation may intensify focus on prevention and treatment
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Practices Are Not Prepared for Implementation of ICD-10
Problems include lack of response from vendors, lags in internal software testing, external testing
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Potential of Mobile Remote-Presence Devices Discussed
Potential to increase access to and delivery of health care in developed, developing world
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

EHR Implementation First Step Toward Quality Improvement
Farzad Mostashari urges physicians to redesign care flow to maximize productivity of EHRs
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New Rule Proposes Insurance Program Integrity Guidelines
Rule focuses on integrity of state Marketplaces; aims to safeguard federal funds, protect consumers
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

State-Based Health Care Price Websites Lacking
Greater focus needed on pricing for predictable, non-urgent services subject to deductibles
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

About 15 Percent of People Currently Uninsured in U.S.
In 2012, 6.6 percent of children, 26.4 percent of 19- to 25-year-olds uninsured at time of interview
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Unauthorized Immigrants Make Up 1.4% U.S. Medical Spending
Infectious disease services, participation in insurance marketplaces may aid access to care
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

FDA Discusses Cybersecurity for Medical Devices, Hospitals
Medical device manufacturers and health care facilities should take appropriate preventive action
Monday, June 17, 2013

Survey Examines Physician Satisfaction With EHRs
About one-quarter of practices have no EHR; more than half of adopters report increased efficiency
Thursday, June 13, 2013

Use of EHRs Can Enhance Doc-Patient Communication
EHR use during clinical encounters can invite patients into participatory model of care
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Most Doctors Feel They Are Under-Using Mobile Apps
Most favor iPhones, tablets/iPads; most would use additional functionalities if they were available
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

APIC: CDC Develops Toolkit to Assist With Patient Notification
Toolkit includes resources to help notify patients after potential exposure to infectious organisms
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Multidisciplinary Intervention Cuts Post-Op Complications
I COUGH emphasizes patient education, early mobilization, pulmonary interventions
Friday, June 07, 2013

HHS: Marketplaces Open New Insurance Options for Consumers
New health insurance choices will be available in most states via Health Insurance Marketplaces
Thursday, June 06, 2013

Low-Mortality Hospitals Better With Heart Surgery Complications
Low-mortality hospitals are better at managing complications after cardiac surgery
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Few Physicians Meeting Meaningful Use in Early 2012
Managing patient populations with electronic systems not easy for many physicians
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Blood Transfusions in Cardiac Surgery May Up Infections
Each unit of RBCs transfused linked with 29 percent increase in risk of major post-op infection
Tuesday, June 04, 2013

CDC: Small Drop in Those With Difficulty Paying Medical Bills
Decrease in adults (<65 years) and children in families with difficulty paying medical bills
Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Health of Nation Reviewed With Focus on Emergency Care
Twenty percent of people reported visiting emergency department at least once in last year
Monday, June 03, 2013

New Meds, Medical Devices Up Heart Failure Outcomes
Findings in patients with advanced heart failure referred to a tertiary university medical center
Friday, May 31, 2013

New Statement Released by Anticoagulation Forum
Consensus statement to help organizations develop better systems to cut medication errors
Friday, May 31, 2013

Double-Dose Oseltamivir Not Beneficial in Severe Influenza
No virological or clinical advantage compared with standard-dose treatment for children, adults
Friday, May 31, 2013

One-Third of Medical Students Have Implicit Anti-Fat Bias
Most are unaware of their significant implicit bias, although it could affect quality of care
Thursday, May 30, 2013

Universal Decolonization Better for Preventing Infections
Drop in rate of all bloodstream infections versus targeted decolonization, screening and isolation
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Doc Passengers Assist in Half of In-Flight Medical Emergencies
Most common in-flight medical problems syncope, respiratory symptoms, nausea and vomiting
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Most Heart Attack Patients Want to Decide Treatment
About two-thirds of hospitalized patients prefer an active role in shared decision-making
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Transparency Key to Improving Value Care for Patients
Data on price, utilization, and quality should be made publicly available to ensure greater value
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

ASC: Rapid BP Lowering Tx No Better for Intracerebral Bleed
No significant reduction in death, severe disability with intensive versus guideline-recommended tx
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

AAN Releases Periprocedural Anticoagulant Care Guideline
Risk of bleeding from antithrombotic medications varies according to medical procedure
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Morbid Obesity Complicates Treatment of Spine Trauma
Challenges during surgery include patient positioning, surgical access, instrument length
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

HHS: End-of-2013 Targets for EHR Use Already Reached
>50 percent of doctor offices, 80 percent of eligible hospitals using electronic health records
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

ESC: Heart Failure Outcomes Vary With Timing of Admission
Mortality, length of stay worse for January, Friday, and 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. admissions
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

ESC: Coenxyme Q10 Beneficial for Heart Failure
Patients receiving supplementation have reduced heart failure hospitalization, cardiovascular death
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Docs Anticipating Changes Ahead As ACA Progresses
Most expect ACA to continue as planned; expect further integration for themselves, hospitals
Monday, May 27, 2013

No Benefit of Intensive Insulin Rx in Hyperglycemia in Hospitalized
Guidelines from the American College of Physicians note that insulin may cause harm
Friday, May 24, 2013

About One in Four Uninsured Could Be Excluded From ACA
Twenty-seven percent of those eligible for assistance tax credits do not have checking account
Friday, May 24, 2013

Data Support Basing Health Decisions on Both Benefit, Cost
Health care cost varies from $2 to $224 per month of health status-adjusted life expectancy
Friday, May 24, 2013

Three Reports Discuss Issues Surrounding Blood Transfusion
Best practices for transfusion, alternatives to blood, management of blood supply discussed
Friday, May 24, 2013

Study Supports Link Between Child CT Exposure, Cancer Risk
Results based on mean follow-up of 9.5 years after exposure; lifetime risk not yet known
Thursday, May 23, 2013

Not All U.K. Health Records Capturing Myocardial Infarction
Electronic primary care, hospital, disease, and death records each miss 25 to 50 percent of MIs
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Stroke-Related Costs Expected to Rise 129 Percent by 2030
Effective preventive, acute care, rehab services will have both medical, societal benefits
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

ATS: Azithromycin Delays Next Hospitalization in COPD
Significant prolongation of time to next respiratory hospitalization with antibiotics
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sodium, Water Restriction Not Found Beneficial in Heart Failure
No effect seen on weight loss or clinical stability with aggressive sodium, fluid restriction
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

No Effect of Tracheostomy Timing on Mortality
Mortality similar for early or late tracheostomy in patients on mechanical ventilation
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

ATS: Short Steroid Course Non-Inferior for COPD Exacerbations
Five-day systemic glucocorticoid tx non-inferior to 14-day tx for reexacerbations within 180 days
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

ATS: Early Parenteral Nutrition Doesn't Reduce Day-60 Death
For critically ill patients, early PN results in fewer days of ventilation, less muscle wasting
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

ATS: Injured Women Receive Less Trauma Care Than Men
Findings point to consistent gender gap regardless of mechanism of injury or income
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Case Survival Reflects Hospital Performance in Cardiac Arrest
Hospitals with high case-survival rates for cardiac arrest also have lower incidence
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

ATS: Nighttime Intensivist Staffing Doesn't Cut ICU Stay
Intensivist staffing on night of admission also has no effect on ICU mortality, other end points
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

ATS: Early Prone Positioning Reduces Mortality in ARDS
Significant reductions in 28- and 90-day mortality in severe acute respiratory distress syndrome
Monday, May 20, 2013

ATS: Patient-Directed Music Cuts Anxiety, Sedation in ICU
Reductions noted in anxiety score, sedation intensity and frequency versus usual care
Monday, May 20, 2013

Increase in ICU Admissions From Emergency Departments
From 2002/2003 to 2008/2009, 48.8 percent increase in ICU admissions from ERs in U.S.
Monday, May 20, 2013

CT Radiation Risk Less Than Risk of Examination Indicator
The most common non-cancer indications for body CT are trauma and abdominal pain
Monday, May 20, 2013

Digital Divide Exists With Physician EHR Adoption
Adopters found to be optimistic about IT's potential, while non-adopters remain skeptical
Monday, May 20, 2013

Changes in Organ Allocation Helped Kids in Past Decade
From 2001 to 2010, increase seen in pediatric transplantation, decrease in wait-list deaths
Monday, May 20, 2013

AHA: iPhone App Transmits Heart Images Quickly
App is accurate and more reliable than standard e-mail transmission
Friday, May 17, 2013

CT Usage in Pediatric Trauma Cases Stable in Recent Years
For children versus adults, spine, maxillofacial, thoracic CT less likely; head CT more likely
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Review: In-Hospital Antibiotic Rx Behavior Can Be Improved
Meta-analyses show that restrictive and persuasive methods improve prescribing in hospital setting
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Hospital Rapid Response Teams Need Training
Teams are effective but require good communication
Friday, May 10, 2013

Specific Antibiograms Needed for Outpatients in Primary Care
Differences in susceptibility to ciprofloxacin among P. aeruginosa for inpatients, primary care
Friday, May 10, 2013

User Satisfaction With Electronic Health Records Down
Twelve percent decrease in user satisfaction since 2010; increase in very dissatisfied users
Friday, May 10, 2013

Poor Service, Bedside Manner Top Patients' Online Complaints
Review of 'rate-your-doctor' websites reveals patients' most common gripes
Friday, May 10, 2013

HRS: iPad2 Can Trigger Magnet Mode in Defibrillators
Magnets embedded in iPad2 cover and body trigger magnet mode; suspend anti-tachycardia tx
Thursday, May 09, 2013

Antidepressants Benefit Post-CABG Mental Health Recovery
Escitalopram doesn't affect mortality, morbidity, but improves depression, mental health
Thursday, May 09, 2013

Hospice Use Down in Terminal Patients With Religious Support
For these patients, spiritual support from medical team ups hospice use, cuts interventions
Thursday, May 09, 2013

Smartphones, Smartphone Apps Increasingly Used by Docs
Two reports show use of smartphones and apps for professional purposes is increasing
Thursday, May 09, 2013

HHS Releases Data on Inpatient Charges for Hospital Services
HHS is also providing funding to data centers to collate, analyze, publish data to assist consumers
Thursday, May 09, 2013

Application for Health Coverage Has Been Simplified, Shortened
First-time consumers will be able to complete one three-page application, see all available options
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

PAS: Target Oxygen Saturation Levels for Preemies Explored
Different results seen in two studies comparing 85 to 89 percent versus 91 to 95 percent saturation
Monday, May 06, 2013

In-Hospital Mortality No Different at Critical Access Hospitals
Mortality similar at CAHs, non-CAHs for eight common procedures; costs higher at CAHs
Friday, May 03, 2013

Health Industry Payment Details to Be Publicly Available
New CMS website will detail financial ties between drug, device manufacturers and docs, hospitals
Thursday, May 02, 2013

SAMHSA: Sharp Rise in ER Visits Due to Zolpidem
Emergency department visits up over 200 percent from 2005 to 2010
Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Outcomes Often Good for Extremely Premature Infants
About 75 percent of infants have mild or no neurodevelopmental disability at 2.5 years of age
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

FDA Approves Kcentra to Reverse Anticoagulation
Can be administered faster than plasma to stop severe bleeding in heart patients
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Renewed Efforts From AAFP to Repeal OTC Provision in ACA
Provision will increase costs to health care system; add to burden on physician offices
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Multicenter Study Links Peri-Op SSRI Use to Adverse Outcomes
Increased odds of in-hospital mortality, bleeding, 30-day readmission, after adjustment
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

FDA Announces New Network to Focus Exclusively on Patients
Interactive tool designed to educate patients and advocates about processes of drug development
Monday, April 29, 2013

Medical Interns Spending Less Time With Patients
More time being spent at a computer since work hours were limited in 2011
Friday, April 26, 2013

Report Updates Impact of Hypoglycemia in Diabetes
Reviews outcomes, strategies, and current gaps in knowledge
Friday, April 26, 2013

Device Detects Blood Fungal Infections Rapidly
Portable device detects Candida bloodstream infections accurately
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Prevalence, Costs of Heart Failure Estimated for 2030
More than eight million U.S. adults expected to have heart failure by 2030; $70 billion in costs
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Physicians Less Empathetic in Talking to Heavy Patients
Patient weight plays no role in quantity of physicians' biomedical communications
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Natural Ventilation Effective in 'Nightingale' Wards
Small extractor fans added to naturally-ventilated hospital wards can improve ventilation year round
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Diagnostic Errors Are the Leading Type of Malpractice Claim
Diagnosis-related payments from 1986 to 2010 totaled $38.8 billion
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Doc Describes Medical Tent Experience of Boston Marathon
A doctor describes the transition from providing care to runners to feelings of helplessness
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Firearms Account for About 2 Percent of Child Injuries
Firearm injuries more severe, more often require intensive care, and have higher death rate
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Peri-Noncardiac Op Exposure to β-Blockers Improves Outcome
Exposure tied to lower mortality for patients with two or more Revised Cardiac Risk Index factors
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Interdisciplinary Model Ups Care of Hospitalized Elderly
Admission to MACE services linked to lower rates of adverse events, shorter length of stay
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Outcomes No Worse With Home Call for Surgical Interns
Overall unadjusted morbidity and mortality rates no worse with home call versus in-hospital call
Monday, April 22, 2013

TEDMED: Get the Joy Back Into Health and Wellness
Surgeon General talks about importance of bringing joy back into movement and medicine
Monday, April 22, 2013

Dangers of the 'Cinnamon Challenge' Need Emphasis
Attempt to swallow dry cinnamon carries risk of aspiration; inhalation can cause lung inflammation
Monday, April 22, 2013

Patient-Centered Decision Making Ups Health Outcomes
Health care outcomes improved for 71 percent of contextual factors that were addressed by PCDM
Friday, April 19, 2013

Family-Centered Teaching Rounds Good for Patients, Students
Higher patient satisfaction with exam room presentations; many residents have concerns
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Relative Proportion of MRSA Increasing in S. aureus Isolates
Methicillin-sensitive S. aureus becoming more resistant to antibiotics
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Community Benefit Spending Varies for Tax-Exempt Hospitals
Most spent on charity care, patient services; less spent on community health improvement
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Glutamine, Antioxidants No Benefit to Critically Ill Patients
Glutamine linked to increase in 28-day mortality among critically ill adults with multiorgan failure
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Effect of Surgical Complications on Hospital Finances Analyzed
Complication reduction efforts could improve financial performance of safety-net hospitals
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Speech Details Practices to Improve U.S. Health Systems
Mayo Clinic CEO outlines key steps to create high-quality, low-cost care in America
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Risk of Comorbidities Up With Hypoglycemia in T2DM
Risk of cardiovascular events, hospitalization, mortality up with mild, severe hypoglycemia
Monday, April 08, 2013

Statins Show Protective Effect Against Acute Kidney Injury
Initiating use prior to coronary artery bypass grafting surgery may modestly reduce risks
Friday, April 05, 2013

EEG Proves Useful in Detection of Causes of In-Hospital Spells
Seizures common among those who undergo test due to altered mental status, study finds
Friday, April 05, 2013

Chronic Pain Syndromes Are Common After Ischemic Stroke
These events are associated with functional dependence and cognitive decline, study finds
Friday, April 05, 2013

Rural Hospital Mortality Rates Climbed From 2002-2010
Findings look at Medicare beneficiaries treated for heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

After Chest Pain, Outcomes Are Better With Cardiologist's Care
Follow-up within 30 days of ER visit was associated with decreased risk of death
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Many Uninsured Vets Will Be Eligible for Medicaid Under ACA
But most of uninsured will have new coverage options only if their state expands Medicaid
Friday, March 29, 2013

Using Internet Search Logs Can Help Identify Drug Interactions
Tool may alert authorities to potential problems and aid in surveillance of adverse events
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Study: Primary Care Extension Program Should Be Funded
Authors say PCEP important to improving public health, translating research into practice
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Regional Variation Noted in Prevalence of Delayed Care
Populations in counties with high prevalence likely to be Hispanic, have low income, chronic disease
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Inpatient Deaths Fell by 8 Percent in Last Decade
But total number of hospitalizations increased by 11 percent
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Daylight Savings Time Modestly Affects AMI Type, Incidence
Greater than expected incidence of NSTEMI versus STEMI after transition to DST
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Certified Primary Stroke Centers Use More Rt-PA
Findings in nationwide comparison of patients with ischemic stroke
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

AHA: Active Docs More Likely to Advise Patients to Be Active
Review sees link between health care providers' physical activity level, counseling offered
Friday, March 22, 2013

Impact of Budget Sequestration on Health Care Discussed
Cuts will not be equal: Medicaid protected; 2 percent cut for Medicare; 8.2 percent cut for NIH
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Higher Infection Rate Noted With NICU Nurse Understaffing
Nurse understaffing in NICUs is widespread, particularly in high-acuity infant care
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Effect of Immigration Status on Medicaid Eligibility Discussed
Seventeen percent of low-income, uninsured nonelderly are unauthorized or recently legal
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

ER Discharge Dx/Disposition Discordant With Chief Complaint
Presenting complaints don't differ amongst patients needing primary care, urgent care, hospital admission
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Conflict-of-Interest Disclosures Common at 2011 AAOS Meeting
All featured symposia at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons disclosed conflicts
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Oral Melatonin Has No Effect on Appetite in Advanced Cancer
Study closes after no difference seen between melatonin and placebo groups with cachexia
Friday, March 15, 2013

Final Rule in Notice of Benefit, Payment Parameters Issued
Rule expands on existing standards for risk adjustment, reinsurance, risk corridors
Friday, March 15, 2013

Health Insurance Exchanges Will Mainly Be Run by Feds
Federal government will establish exchanges for 26 states; state-run exchanges for 17 states, D.C.
Friday, March 15, 2013

Family-Centered Advanced Care Planning Benefits Ailing Teens
Greater agreement is found on end-of-life issues after counseling for adolescents with cancer
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Stimulated Reporting Accounts for High Dabigatran Bleeding
Analysis of FDA Mini-Sentinel database shows bleeding rates no higher than for warfarin
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Medicare Patients Enrolled in Hospice Receive Better Care
Greater savings to government also seen for those entering 15 to 30 days before death
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Medicare Cancer Spending Has Little Effect on Survival
Despite substantial mean regional differences, no consistent association is found
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Childhood Obesity Tied to Worse Hospital Outcomes
Higher mortality seen in those with critical illness, oncologic diagnoses, or transplants
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Family Presence During CPR Has Positive Effect for Family
And, survival after in-hospital cardiac arrest linked to demographics and neurologic disability
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Post-PCI Bleeding Linked to Increased In-Hospital Mortality
An estimated 12.1 percent of deaths were related to bleeding complications
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sentinel Injuries Are Common in Infants Who Are Abused
Many found harmed have a history of suspicious wounds occurring before cruising age
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Post-Stroke Walking Improves Survivors' Quality of Life
Program of aerobic exercise also helped to extend endurance in patients
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

$120 Million to Be Sequestered From Health Centers in 2013
Losses likely to be more severe for health centers that are especially grant dependent
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

ACC: Digoxin Cuts 30-Day Admission for Heart Failure
Drug shows no significant effect on mortality for seniors with reduced ejection fraction
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

ACC: PCI Outcomes No Worse Without On-Site Cardiac Surgery
Rates of major adverse cardiac events noninferior with treatment at hospital without on-site surgery
Monday, March 11, 2013

ACC: Cangrelor Reduces Ischemic Events in Primary PCI
And, prehospital fibrinolysis with timely angiography effective for reperfusion in STEMI
Monday, March 11, 2013

More Evidence of Waning Immunity of Pertussis Vaccine
Increasing risk of developing the illness in the six years after the last dose
Monday, March 11, 2013

ACC: Darbepoetin Alfa Doesn't Up Outcome in Heart Failure
For patients with mild-to-moderate anemia, treatment ups risk of thromboembolic events
Monday, March 11, 2013

Shelf Life of Blood Appears Shorter Than Thought
Decreased membrane deformability not readily reversible after transfusion, small study finds
Friday, March 08, 2013

Insomnia Linked to Greater Risk of Heart Failure
Having more insomnia symptoms increases risk further
Thursday, March 07, 2013

Coordinated Care Model Suggested for Palliative Care
Model distinguishes primary palliative care from specialty palliative care
Thursday, March 07, 2013

In U.S., Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae Increasing
Vast majority of CRE episodes occur in patients with considerable health care exposure
Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Changes Suggested for Hospital Readmission Reduction Program
Modifications could prevent penalties for hospitals that care for most vulnerable populations
Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Portable Device May Help Diagnose Vertebrobasilar Stroke
Device could be used by non-specialists to diagnose patients with acute vertigo or dizziness
Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Clinical Trials Published Almost Two Years After Completion
Funding source, number of participants, and journal impact factor all affect time to publication
Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Common After Lung Injury
Risk factors include earlier depression, time in ICU, and use of high-dose opiates
Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Simple Measures Feasible for Promoting Sleep in the ICU
Intervention significantly improves daily noise rating, decreases incidence of delirium/coma
Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Mortality Index Can Accurately Identify 10-Year Mortality Risk
Findings among community-dwelling adults older than 50 years from Health and Retirement Study
Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Blacks Have More Preventable Hypertension Hospitalizations
Little improvement in this disparity between blacks and whites seen between 1995 and 2010
Tuesday, March 05, 2013

U.K. Health Performance Worse Than Comparable Countries
Tobacco, high blood pressure, high BMI leading risk factors for disability-adjusted life-years
Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Panel Recommends 10 Patient Safety Strategies
Ten strategies strongly encouraged for adoption; a further 12 strategies encouraged
Monday, March 04, 2013

CMS Reports on Progress Toward Improved Health Care
Progress includes slowing of growth in health care spending, decrease in readmissions
Monday, March 04, 2013

Computerized Provider Order Entry System Cuts Rx Errors
Given effect size, CPOE use, estimated reduction of 12.5 percent in medication errors each year
Monday, March 04, 2013

Personalized Patient-Risk Info Enhances Informed Choice
Patients better able to make decisions about being screened for breast, colorectal cancer
Friday, March 01, 2013

Sequestration to Impact Health Care-Related Programs
Medicare providers and medical researchers brace for cuts from fiscal impasse
Friday, March 01, 2013

Families Prefer ICU Doctors in Traditional White Coats, Scrubs
Regardless of dress, families expect a clear name tag, professionalism, and neat grooming
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Preparation Underway for Implementation of ACA in 2014
Medicaid and CHIP are still main source of insurance coverage for children, pregnant women
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

List of Five Unnecessary Vascular Tests Released
Tests and procedures may be unnecessary or even harmful
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

FDA: Omontys Injection Pulled From Market
Voluntary recall of anemia drug due to reports of anaphylaxis, including three deaths
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits Expanded
New rule from HHS outlines standards for essential health benefits
Friday, February 22, 2013

CMS Proposes Payment and Policy Updates for 2014
Suggested changes will increase value and protection for beneficiaries
Thursday, February 21, 2013

IV Hydroxyethyl Starch Not OK in Critically Ill Patients
Compared to other resuscitation solutions there is an increased risk of death, kidney injury
Thursday, February 21, 2013

Air Pollution Ups Mortality Rate Post-ACS Hospitalization
Higher levels of PM2.5 linked to increased mortality, after full adjustment
Thursday, February 21, 2013

Faster Adoption of Electronic Health Records Needed
Penalties under 2009 law start in 2015
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Synthetic Marijuana Linked to Acute Kidney Injury
Sixteen cases identified in the United States
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Opioids Involved in Most Medical Overdose Deaths
Frequently involve drugs prescribed for mental health conditions
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Women's Awareness of Heart Disease Improving
Awareness has improved over past 15 years; racial disparity still exists in rate of awareness
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Multimodality Approach Needed to Reengineer Health Care
Rethinking, redesign, and application of necessary tools suggested for health care value reform
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

CMS: Unnecessary Medicare Regulations to Be Reformed
Proposed rule aims to increase ability of health care professionals to improve patient care
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Patient Care
Modeling shows that computers can improve medical decisions and outcomes at lower costs
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

AMA Issues Code for Safe Care Transitions After Hospital Stay
Five principles and five responsibilities help guide safe and effective ambulatory practices
Monday, February 18, 2013

Neonatal Bisphenol A Levels Linked to Medical Device Use
No correlation between nutritional intake and BPA levels in urine of preemies in NICU
Monday, February 18, 2013

Health Care-Associated Infections Decreased in 2011
Largest drop in central line-associated bloodstream infections; surgical site infections also down
Friday, February 15, 2013

Income Inequality Ups Risk for 30-Day Hospital Readmission
Increased risk of readmission within 30 days of stay for acute MI, heart failure, pneumonia
Friday, February 15, 2013

IOM Urges International Action to Eradicate Fake Drugs
Falsified and substandard meds are ineffective; may trigger resistance and cause illness, death
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Psychological, Sexual Impact of Female Breadwinners Explored
Men who are outearned by their wives more likely to use erectile dysfunction medications
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Oregon Experiment Will Provide Insight Into ACO-Based Reform
Program centered on coordinated care organization highlights challenges of contracting with ACOs
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Health Insurance Exchanges Are Top Priority on U.S. Agenda
Fifty-five percent view establishment of insurance exchange as top policy priority for their state
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

No Link Between Mortality, Readmission Quality Measures
Risk-adjusted 30-day all-cause mortality and readmission rates not tied for acute MI, pneumonia
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Use of Evidence-Based Meds Increasing for STEMI, NSTEMI
ACE inhibitor, antiplatelet and lipid-lowering therapies, beta-blockers, aspirin use increasing
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Increasing Patient Activation Tied to Lower Health Care Costs
Having a higher score on the Patient Activation Measure linked to improved outcomes, lower costs
Monday, February 11, 2013

Seizures in ~Half Peds Patients With Intracranial Hemorrhage
Elevated acute intracranial pressure is risk factor for seizures after presentation, epilepsy
Friday, February 08, 2013

ASA: Be More Patient With Post-ICH Life Support, Study Suggests
About one-third of stroke patients with withdrawn life support might have had acceptable outcome
Thursday, February 07, 2013

Antimicrobial Washcloths Reduce Hospital Infections
Use of washcloths reduces risk of acquiring resistant organisms and bloodstream infections
Thursday, February 07, 2013

Albumin Improves Bacterial Peritonitis Outcomes
Four trials included in review show less renal impairment, mortality with albumin infusions
Thursday, February 07, 2013

Pertactin-Negative Bordetella pertussis Identified in U.S.
Second study shows lower rates of pertussis for children who undergo DTwP priming
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Rivaroxaban Found Noninferior to Enoxaparin in Acutely Ill
Extended-duration rivaroxaban has better efficacy than enoxaparin, but linked to increased bleeding
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Fewer Medicare Patients Dying in Hospital Setting
But increase seen in use of ICUs in the last month of life
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Stopping Aspirin Therapy After GI Bleed Ups Cardiovascular Risk
Risk of death or acute CV event is seven-fold higher for those who discontinue aspirin therapy
Monday, February 04, 2013

Prediction Rule Can Obviate Abdominal CT Scans in Children
Seven factors predict internal injury risk in children with abdominal trauma
Monday, February 04, 2013

CDC: Flu Activity Still Up in U.S. in Fourth Week of 2013
Pneumonia and flu-linked deaths above epidemic threshold; eight pediatric deaths reported
Monday, February 04, 2013

Knowing Cost of Imaging Tests Doesn't Cut Utilization
Provider cost transparency alone does not significantly impact use of inpatient imaging
Friday, February 01, 2013

Updated Guidelines Issued for Care of Acute Ischemic Stroke
Guidelines detail stages of care, from recognition to emergency transport through early hospital care
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Antibiotics Improve Outcomes in Treatment of Malnutrition
Recovery up, mortality down for malnourished children receiving antibiotics plus nutritional tx
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Yoga Shown to Reduce Clinical Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation
Benefits also seen with significant improvements in quality-of-life scores, depression, and anxiety
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Majority of Patients Will Consider ICD Deactivation
Findings in survey of ICD patients presented with five scenarios of varying health outcomes
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Moxifloxacin Monotherapy Equivalent to Antibiotic Combo
Findings among adult, febrile neutropenic cancer patients at low risk for complications
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mortality Risk Up for Patients Admitted on Public Holidays
Findings for both seven-day and 30-day mortality for emergency admissions
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

In STEMI, Diabetes Linked to Worse Long-Term Outcomes
Diabetes linked to worse mortality, reinfarction, stent thrombosis, target vessel revascularization
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Physicians Commonly Report Unsafe Hospital Workloads
Findings from an online survey of hospitalists show excess workload affects patient outcome
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Even Correctly-Administered NSAIDS Can Cause AKI in Kids
Young children with NSAID-induced acute kidney injury may have more severe disease
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Brain Scans Show Doctors Empathize With Patients
Regions associated with pain relief and reward activated
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Chlorhexidine Baths Cut Bacteremia in Critically Ill Kids
Incidence of bacteremia reduced for children who receive daily chlorhexidine gluconate bathing
Monday, January 28, 2013

Hyperbaric Oxygen Improves Function Long After Stroke
Improvement in function and quality of life seen even after a stroke years earlier
Friday, January 25, 2013

Large Teaching Hospitals Face More Readmission Penalties
After adjustment, likelihood of being penalized highest for safety-net hospitals
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Care Transition Initiative Decreases Rehospitalizations
However, no significant reduction in 30-day rehospitalization as percent of hospital discharges
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

CPR Duration Inversely Tied to Child Cardiac Arrest Survival
Also inversely linked to neurologic outcomes for pediatric patients with in-hospital cardiac arrest
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

ER Visits Frequent Within 30-Days of Hospital Discharge
And, 30-day readmission common after hospitalization for heart failure, acute MI, pneumonia
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Pediatric Hospitals Highly Variable in Readmission Rates
Variability, seen across conditions and hospitals, may be target of quality improvement efforts
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

SCCM: Earlier Weaning With Tracheostomy Collar
Shorter weaning time with unassisted breathing through tracheostomy collar versus pressure support
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Not All 'Surviving Sepsis' Intervention Recs Are Adopted
Several interventions implemented in studies that discuss collaboration, preplanning, education
Monday, January 21, 2013

Most With C. difficile Receive Unnecessary Antimicrobials
One-quarter of patients with recent C. difficile infection received only unnecessary antibiotics
Monday, January 21, 2013

Alcohol Disinfection Cap Cuts Contamination of Central Lines
Continuous passive disinfection cuts line contamination, organisms, bloodstream infections
Friday, January 18, 2013

Efforts Failed to Up Primary Care, Rural Resident Training
Net growth in primary care training, but outpaced by growth in non-primary care training
Friday, January 18, 2013

Features of Serious Pertussis Progression Identified
Findings in infants at least 90 days old admitted to the ICU for pertussis
Friday, January 18, 2013

Checklists Up Performance in Operating-Room Crises
Failure to adhere to lifesaving processes of care less common in simulations when checklists are used
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Even Brief Interruptions Dramatically Increase Errors
Error rate doubled or tripled in response to brief interruptions of only 2.8 to 4.4 seconds
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Family Docs Are Early Adopters of Electronic Health Records
Sixty-eight percent currently use EHR systems; likely to surpass 80 percent by 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Selective D-Dimer Testing Strategy Seems Safe, Effective
More efficient than universal testing for symptomatic patients with suspected deep venous thrombosis
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

No Gastric Volume Monitoring Is Not Inferior Strategy
Findings suggest similar rates of ventilator-linked pneumonia with, without gastric monitoring
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Certain Online Behaviors of Docs Warrant Investigation
Consensus in seven of ten vignettes; outcome less clear for other doc online behavior scenarios
Monday, January 14, 2013

Top Five Issues for Docs and Patients Identified for 2013
Issues include access to care, physician shortages, preparation for 30 million new patients
Monday, January 14, 2013

National U.S. Health Care Spending Relatively Stable
But during 2011, personal health care spending growth accelerated
Friday, January 11, 2013

CDC: Rare Blood Disorder Found in Intravenous Drug Users
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura seen in patients who dissolve and inject oral pain medication
Thursday, January 10, 2013

SPIRIT 2013 Clinical Trial Protocol Guidelines Issued
Thirty-three-item SPIRIT checklist will serve as guideline for the minimum content of clinical trial
Thursday, January 10, 2013

Multiple Stressors Contribute to Readmission Within 30 Days
Sleep deprivation, poor nutrition, pain and discomfort contribute to post-hospital syndrome
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Americans Sicker, Die Younger Than Other Developed Nations
Pattern of poorer health means Americans less likely to live to age 50
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Health Care Use Dropped Among All During Recession
Little evidence of racial or ethnic disparities, except for fewer physician visits for Hispanics
Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Low Rates of High Platelet Reactivity With Prasugrel Tx
Low rates of HPR, ischemic events, major bleeds with prasrugel in acute coronary syndromes
Monday, January 07, 2013

Shared Savings May Promote Care Coordination Entity Use
Sharing savings with dually eligible patients may foster enrollment in coordinated care entities
Monday, January 07, 2013

CDC: Influenza Activity Increasing Across the U.S.
Proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza below epidemic threshold
Friday, January 04, 2013

Improved Staffing Cuts Medicare Patient Readmissions
Nurses' work environment and staffing issues affect readmissions for heart failure, MI, pneumonia
Friday, January 04, 2013

TPN-Linked Hyperglycemia Ups Death for Non-Critically Ill
Total parenteral nutrition linked to 5.6-fold higher in-hospital mortality risk for noncritically ill
Thursday, January 03, 2013

Ban on Ambulance Diversions Doesn't Worsen ER Crowding
Findings based on the experience of nine Boston-area emergency departments
Thursday, January 03, 2013

Prior Brain Injury Linked to Re-Injury Later in Life
Higher re-injury risk in elderly with history of traumatic brain injury/loss of consciousness
Thursday, January 03, 2013

Association Between Health Care Cost, Quality Inconsistent
Review of 61 studies shows inconsistent evidence for the direction of the association
Thursday, January 03, 2013

Smoking Impairs Saphenous Vein Conduits in CABG Surgery
Increased expression of MMP2, MMP9 in smokers, even among long-term quitters
Thursday, January 03, 2013

Restrictive Transfusion Strategy Safe for Acute GI Bleeding
Reduces risk of further bleeding, complication rate; increases survival versus liberal strategy
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

House Joins Senate to Avert Medicare Cuts
U.S. health care could be significantly affected by failure to reach 'fiscal cliff' agreement
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

High Risk of Pulmonary Embolism Seen in Severe Asthma
Severe asthma, oral corticosteroid use are significant, independent risk factors for asthma
Friday, December 28, 2012

Fewer Than a Quarter Call 911 During Acute Heart Problem
During heart attacks, women are significantly more likely to call 911 than men
Thursday, December 27, 2012

Review: Poor Outcomes With Blood Transfusion in MI
Increased all-cause mortality, subsequent myocardial infarction with transfusion strategy
Thursday, December 27, 2012

Invasive Strategy Ups Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Survival
Emergency coronary angiography, successful PCI linked to survival for unconscious patients
Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Good Long-Term Outcomes With CPAP for Extreme Preemies
Long-term outcomes similar with CPAP, surfactant; mortality lower with higher oxygen saturation
Wednesday, December 26, 2012

C-Peptide Levels May Predict Mortality in Angiography Patients
C-peptide in highest versus lowest tertile linked to increased all-cause, cardiovascular mortality
Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Antimicrobial Resistance Up in K. pneumoniae Isolates
Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates from inpatients increasingly resistant to drugs except tetracyclines
Thursday, December 20, 2012

10th Annual Report Shows Gaps in Emergency Preparedness
Most states scored 6 or less on a score based on 10 key indicators of preparedness
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Length-of-Stay, Readmissions Down in VA Hospitals
But hospitals with lower than expected length of stay have higher readmission rates
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

STEMI Guidelines Emphasize Timely Reperfusion, Ideally PCI
Guidelines suggest patients call emergency medical services for transport to hospital
Monday, December 17, 2012

Health Care Satisfaction Rated As High by Unacculturated Hispanics
Unacculturated or biculturated Hispanics give higher ratings for health care experiences
Monday, December 17, 2012

Care Based on Intracranial Pressure Not Superior in TBI
Outcomes similar for care based on maintaining intracranial pressure, imaging and clinical exam
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Model Can ID Patients at Risk for Serious Safety Events
When implemented, model reduces unrecognized "situation awareness failure event" transfers
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Shift Length Affects Nurse Well-Being, Patient Satisfaction
Nurses who work shifts of 10+ hours more likely to experience burnout, job dissatisfaction
Thursday, December 06, 2012

FDA: Public-Private Venture Set to Improve Regulatory Science
Medical Device Innovation Consortium will collaborate with FDA to better evaluate new devices
Thursday, December 06, 2012

Fungus Was Deadly Infection Source Following Tornado
CDC identified a lethal cluster of cutaneous mucormycosis cases among tornado survivors
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

From 1995 to 2006, Survival Up for Extremely Preterm Babies
Two studies show improved survival, similar serious health problems at birth and 3 years
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Post-Injury Blood Alcohol Inversely Tied to Mortality
Substantial drop in case fatality rates for patients with elevated blood alcohol concentration
Monday, December 03, 2012

Political Leaders Face Voter Opposition to Medicare Cuts
Voter poll analysis portends conflict in ACA implementation
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Warfarin D/C Within 180 Days Post-Surgery May Up Mortality
CV death risk up with warfarin discontinuation within six months of valve replacement
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Doc Earnings Growth Lags Behind Other Health Professionals
Adjusted physician earnings dropped by 1.6 percent from 1996-2000 to 2006-2010
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Growing Number of Drugs Possibly Inhibited by Grapefruit
All drugs orally administered; have low-to-intermediate bioavailability; metabolized by CYP3A4
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hemorrhage Rates Highest Within 30 Days of Warfarin Tx
For older patients with atrial fibrillation, rates highest in first 30 days of treatment
Monday, November 26, 2012

Obama Administration Moving Forward With Health Care Law
From 2014, insurance companies prohibited from discrimination based on pre-existing conditions
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Uninsured With Brain Tumors Have Higher Post-Op Mortality
Insurance coverage affects in-hospital mortality for brain tumor patients undergoing craniotomy
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Aspirin Resistance Ups Severity in Acute Ischemic Stroke
Increased stroke severity, infarct size linked to aspirin resistance in acute ischemic stroke
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

YKL-40 Is Marker of Mortality in Hospitalized Patients
Elevated levels independently predict death, especially in first year, regardless of diagnosis
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mental Illness, Job Stress Both Factors in Physician Suicides
Docs more likely to have antipsychotics, barbiturates, not antidepressants on toxicology testing
Friday, November 16, 2012

Survival Improving After In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest
Over the past decade, trend towards improved survival and neurologic outcomes
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Massage Therapy May Enhance Immunity in Preterm Infants
Higher natural killer cell cytotoxicity, more weight gain with massage therapy in NICU
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

AHA: Aspirin Doesn't Reduce Recurrence After First VTE
But results in significant reduction in rate of major vascular events, with improved net clinical benefit
Monday, November 05, 2012

FDA Approves Expanded Use of Xarelto
Use expanded to include treatment of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism
Monday, November 05, 2012

Anticoagulation Therapy Appears to Be Safe After TAVI
No increased risk of bleeding or other adverse outcome after receiving anticoagulant therapy
Thursday, November 01, 2012

FDA: Ameridose Issues Voluntary Recall of All Products
All unexpired products should be returned to manufacturer
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Smoke-Free Workplace Laws Lead to Decline in MI Incidence
No change in other cardiovascular risk factors during same period, except smoking prevalence
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

U.S. Medicare Spending on Elderly Has Outpaced Canada's
Growth three times faster in the U.S., while Canada offers more comprehensive benefits
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Evidence-Based Practices to Prevent Peri-Op VTE Identified
Review of the literature identified key practices, although lack of consensus on other issues
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Differences in Sepsis Care Identified in Europe, U.S.
Raw mortality significantly higher in Europe, but after adjustment, similar mortality in Europe, U.S.
Friday, October 26, 2012

Sleep Apnea Linked to Less Severe Injury During Acute MI
Higher apnea-hypopnea index correlates with lower peak troponin-T levels for patients with AMI
Thursday, October 25, 2012

Worse Outcomes for Mother-Infant Pairs in Separate ICUs
Concurrent admission linked to increased separation; elevated maternal, neonatal mortality
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Genuine Very Large Effects in Trials Rare in Medicine
Very large effects typically seen in small trials and diminish subsequently; seldom address mortality
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Better Outcomes for Ventilation With Lower Tidal Volumes
Use of lower tidal volumes linked to improved clinical outcome for patients without ARDS
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

CHEST: More High-Risk Emboli for PE Presenting With Syncope
Presentation with syncope linked to large, high-risk emboli; more likely in recent air travelers
Monday, October 22, 2012

IDSA: Universal Decolonization Cuts Infection Risk in ICU
Patients have reduced risk of MRSA clinical cultures, bloodstream infection of all pathogens
Thursday, October 18, 2012

Chloride-Restriction Lowers Rates of Kidney Injury in ICU
Significant decreases in use of renal replacement therapy also observed
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Collaborative Infection Control Benefits All Regional Hospitals
Computer simulation reveals decrease in MRSA prevalence in all regional hospitals
Thursday, October 11, 2012

CMS Nonpayment Policy Has Not Reduced Infections
No decrease in catheter-linked bloodstream and urinary tract infections since policy initiation
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Unsuspected PE Seldom Linked to Death in Cancer Patients
Increased mortality in patients with unsuspected pulmonary embolism usually due to underlying cancer
Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Neonatal Outcomes Unaffected by Transfused Blood Cell Age
Similar outcomes for transfusion with fresh and standard red blood cells
Monday, October 08, 2012

Wide Variation in Screening for Multidrug Organisms in ICUs
While MRSA is routinely screened for, screening for other resistant organisms lags behind
Friday, October 05, 2012

Risk Factors for Tracheostomy in Spinal Cord Injury Identified
Forced vital capacity, age, neurological impairment predict need for tracheostomy in acute care
Thursday, October 04, 2012

Limiting the Problem of Missing Data Urged for Clinical Trials
Special report: analysis methods can not compensate for missing data, simple fixes ruled out
Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Severe Anemia Linked to Poorer Heart Surgery Outcomes
Higher risk of stroke, major morbidity, operative mortality with severe, moderate pre-op anemia
Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Study Finds β-Blockers May Not Reduce Cardiovascular Event Risk
Findings in observational study of stable patients with, without coronary artery disease, prior MI
Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Increased VTE Risk Seen in Rheumatoid Arthritis Qualified
Risk does not vary with RA duration; risk post-hospitalization similar to general population
Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Deaths Due to Poisoning, Suicide, Falls Up in Last Decade
During same period, 25 percent decrease seen in motor vehicle accident mortality
Monday, September 24, 2012

Safe for Intravenous Catheters to Be Replaced As Needed
No difference in phlebitis incidence with clinically-indicated versus routine third-day replacement
Friday, September 21, 2012

Resuming Warfarin After GI Bleed Cuts Mortality
Benefits of lower risk of thrombosis and death outweigh risks of new gastrointestinal bleed
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Ups Cardio Risk in the Elderly
OSA associated with increased risk of CV death, but CPAP treatment may reduce this risk
Friday, September 14, 2012

Lung Transplant for CF Less Likely for Medicaid Recipients
For adults with CF, low socioeconomic status ups odds of not being accepted for transplant
Friday, September 14, 2012

Higher Mortality Risk With Preoperative Hyponatremia
Also linked to more complications, including coronary events, wound infections, and pneumonia
Friday, September 14, 2012

Not All Docs/Nurses Want to Be Asked About Hand Hygiene
Few were asked in the past month; more than a quarter do not want patients to remind them
Friday, September 07, 2012

Prevalence of Diagnostic Errors in the ICU Assessed
Twenty-eight percent of autopsies report at least one misdiagnosis; 8 percent identify Class I error
Thursday, September 06, 2012

National Test Identifies Barriers to Organ Donation
For health care providers, use of standard referral criteria lacking; differences ID'd for ER, ICU docs
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

No 30-Day Mortality Reduction With Intraaortic Balloon Pump
Findings in patients expected to undergo revascularization for MI with cardiogenic shock
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New Diagnostic Definition of Myocardial Infarction Issued
Definition includes a rise and/or fall in cardiac biomarker values, preferably cardiac troponin
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Neti Pots Linked to Deaths From Amebic Infection
Two patients who died both used irrigation devices with N. fowleri-contaminated tap water
Thursday, August 23, 2012

Poor Follow-Up of Hospital Tests Often Due to Late Orders
Tests performed on day of discharge represent 6.8 percent of all tests, 46.8 percent of missed results
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Unsuspected PE Does Not Up Mortality Risk in Cancer Patients
Unsuspected PE patients also have similar risk of recurrent VTE as those with clinically suspected PE
Monday, August 06, 2012

Clinicians Can Unintentionally Prompt Nocebo Effect
Negative expectations, being informed about complications up likelihood of adverse effects
Thursday, August 02, 2012

Multiple Factors Motivate No Reperfusion in STEMI
Three or more reasons for most not receiving reperfusion; outcomes poor in this population
Thursday, August 02, 2012

Environmental Factors Affect Risk of Hypothermia in Trauma
Severity of injury remains key risk factor for hypothermia during transport of trauma patients
Thursday, August 02, 2012

Fifth Link Ups Neuro Outcome in Non-Hospital Cardiac Arrest
Use of multidisciplinary postresuscitation care in a regional center significantly improves outcome
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Study Assesses Impact of Lesion Severity on Coronary Event Risk
High-grade coronary stenosis linked to heightened STEMI risk within three months of discovery
Friday, July 27, 2012

Wives of Patients With Severe Sepsis at Risk for Depression
Depression up independent of bereavement; more likely for wives of survivors who are disabled
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

For Smokers, Vitamin D Deficiency Tied to Lung Decline
Vitamin D deficiency associated with lower lung function and more rapid lung function decline
Monday, July 23, 2012

Poorer Patient Experience at Safety-Net Hospitals
Worse performance on nearly every measure of patient experience; discrepancy persisted over time
Thursday, July 19, 2012

~12,000 Preventable Deaths in English Hospitals Annually
Main causes are poor clinical monitoring, diagnostic errors, and inadequate drug/fluid management
Thursday, July 19, 2012

Social Network Analysis IDs Informal Physician Networks
Geographic variation in network characteristics; similar physician, patient features within networks
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Physical Illness Hospitalization Found to Increase Suicide Risk
Approximately one-quarter of all suicides in Denmark attributable to hospitalization for physical illness
Monday, July 16, 2012

Long-Term Mortality Risk Low After Cerebral Vein Thrombosis
Previous venous thromboembolism history independently predicts recurrent events
Thursday, July 12, 2012

AOSSM: Concussion Rates in College Football Recently Up
Increase from previous season occurred despite new policies on managing concussions
Thursday, July 12, 2012

Drug-Eluting Stent Use Unrelated to Probable Benefit
Considerable savings by halving DES use for those at low-risk of target vessel revascularization
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Emergency Service Hospital Prenotification Ups Stroke Tx
Prenotification improves timing of tPA administration, proportion of patients receiving tPA
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform Law
'Individual-mandate' insurance requirement deemed constitutional
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Exercise Training After Lung Transplant Found Beneficial
Three-month supervised exercise training program improves participation in daily activity
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Early Surgery Ups Outcomes in Infective Endocarditis
Rate of composite end point of death or embolic events down with surgery versus standard therapy
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ringer's Acetate Better for Patients With Severe Sepsis
At 90 days, better outcomes in patients receiving Ringer's acetate compared to HES 130/0.4
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hospice Visit Number Affects Ability to Die at Home
Factors identified that affect hospice cancer patient ability to die in setting of choice
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Duplicate Payments by Federal Government Increasing
Dually enrolled patients in the VA and Medicare account for substantial, duplicate costs
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Telehealth Intervention Linked to Lower Admission Rates
Remote exchange of data between patients, health care professionals also linked to lower mortality
Friday, June 22, 2012

AHA: Vorapaxar Reduces Limb Ischemia in PAD
Does not reduce risk of cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, stroke; ups bleeding risk
Friday, June 22, 2012

Half of Residents Report Working While Sick
Most frequent reasons for presenteeism include feeling obligation to colleagues and to patient care
Thursday, June 21, 2012

AHA: Concentrates Promising for Reversal of Apixaban
In vitro testing of three clotting agents demonstrates ability to reverse some effects of apixaban
Thursday, June 21, 2012

Psychological Distress Increases Cerebrovascular Death Risk
Simple General Health Questionnaire may have value in screening for psychological distress
Monday, June 18, 2012

Genetic Variants Predict Outcomes After t-PA Treatment
Two single nucleotide polymorphisms correlate with hemorrhagic transformation, in-hospital death
Monday, June 18, 2012

Cerebral Damage Key Risk for Visual Impairment in Preemies
Cerebral damage and retinopathy of prematurity independent risk factors for visual impairment
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hospital Noises Affect Brain Activity, Heart Rate in Patients
Typical hospital noises disrupt patients' sleep; affect cortical brain activity, heart rate
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Cycled Lighting Improves Neonates' Behavior, Outcomes
Preterm infants fuss and cry less, grow more with cycled lighting versus dim lighting
Monday, June 11, 2012

In Preemies, Maternal Smoking Tied to Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Maternal gestational diabetes, hypertension not identified as risk factors in premature infants
Monday, June 11, 2012

Higher Risk of VTE in CKD Surgical Patients on Enoxaparin
Compared to desirudin, VTE risk up for enoxaparin-treated CKD stage 3B patients after THR
Friday, June 08, 2012

Three Percent of Hip, Knee Replacements Need Critical Care
Older patients, general anesthesia, post-op complications increase odds of critical care services
Friday, June 08, 2012

Rule Combo Accurately Predicts Organ Failure in Pancreatitis
Existing scoring systems moderately accurate; 12-rule system more accurate, but cumbersome to use
Thursday, June 07, 2012

Venous Thromboembolism Up in Adult Hospitalizations
Efforts needed to implement prevention strategies to curb this growing public health concern
Thursday, June 07, 2012

Troponin T May Help Predict Death After Noncardiac Surgery
Increasing troponin T levels during first three days post-op linked to increased 30-day mortality risk
Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Statewide Coordinated STEMI Approach Deemed Successful
Drop in rate of not receiving perfusion; improved treatment times for hospital transfer patients
Monday, June 04, 2012

Ischemic Stroke Risk Higher in Women With A-Fib
For younger women without vascular disease, risk tends to be higher but doesn't reach significance
Friday, June 01, 2012

Rats Regain Ability to Walk After Spinal Cord Injury
Cortex-dependent recovery triggered after electrochemical treatment, encouraging movement
Friday, June 01, 2012

Repeat CT Scan Urged for Head Trauma Patients on Warfarin
Patients on warfarin, with initial INR higher than 3, at greater risk of delayed hemorrhage
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hypothermia of Some Benefit to Neonates With Encephalopathy
Lower death rates; nonsignificant drop in combined end point of death/IQ score <70 at age 6 to 7
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Glucose Levels at Admission Predict Death in Pneumonia
Risk of death at 90 days up for patients without preexisting diabetes presenting with hyperglycemia
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Magnesium Not Recommended After Subarachnoid Bleed
Randomized trial concurs with meta-analysis indicating no benefit for reduction of poor outcome
Friday, May 25, 2012

U.S. Stroke Prevalence Little Changed in Recent Years
Rates vary by state and sociodemographic characteristics; disparities still persist
Thursday, May 24, 2012

Treatment With rt-PA Within Six Hours of Stroke Beneficial
Randomized trial, meta-analysis show benefit for wide range of patients with acute ischemic stroke
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Characteristics of STEMI Reperfusion Systems Identified
Common characteristics found in successful regional care systems can be benchmark standards
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Post-Stroke Inpatient Statins Improve Discharge Outcomes
After ischemic stroke, inpatient statin use increases likelihood of discharge to home or institution
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

ATS: Day, Night Staffing Linked to Mortality in ICU
ICUs with low-intensity daytime staffing have reduced mortality with nighttime intensivist staffing
Monday, May 21, 2012

Generic Versions of Plavix Approved
Dispensed with Medication Guide that provides important instructions on use, drug safety
Thursday, May 17, 2012

ASCO: For Chemo's Nausea, Olanzapine Beats Metoclopramide
Patients with breakthrough chemo-induced nausea and vomiting benefit from olanzapine
Thursday, May 17, 2012

Predictors of Length of Hospital Stay After Spine Surgery ID'd
Several factors contribute to increased length of stay for patients undergoing minimally invasive TLIF
Thursday, May 17, 2012

Outcomes Good for Status Asthmaticus Patients in ICU
Although majority of patients require mechanical ventilation, mortality, complication rates are low
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Better Outcomes at High-Volume Stroke Centers
Faster times to treatment; patients more likely to have good clinical outcome, successful reperfusion
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Lack of Post-MI Discharge Advice Hinders Sexual Activity
Less than half of patients receive discharge instructions on resuming sexual activity after AMI
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Thrombus Aspiration in Primary PCI Has No Effect on Outcomes
No difference in adverse cardiac events for patients with STEMI undergoing PPCI with or without TA
Monday, May 14, 2012

AHA: Clot-Busting Drug OK for Stroke Patients on Warfarin
No increased intracranial hemorrhage risk for acute ischemic stroke patients using warfarin
Monday, May 14, 2012

Rituximab Little Use in Resistant Idiopathic Nephrotic Syndrome
Drug does not reduce proteinuria in combination with prednisone, calcineurin inhibitors
Friday, May 11, 2012

AHA: Bypassing Non-PCI Hospital Ups Outcomes in STEMI
Patients transported directly to PCI center have quicker reperfusion times, lower mortality
Thursday, May 10, 2012

Older Women With A-Fib at Greater Stroke Risk Than Men
Increased risk based on gender remains, regardless of warfarin use or other risk factors
Tuesday, May 08, 2012

CMS Policy Helping Hospitals to Prevent Targeted Infections
Despite positive impact, less time spent on nontargeted infections, especially in large hospitals
Friday, May 04, 2012

Many COPD Comorbidities Independently Tied to Mortality
Twelve comorbidities include cancers and cardiovascular problems
Friday, May 04, 2012

Hospitals Procure More Alcohol Rub, Soap During Campaign
Procurement as part of Cleanyourhands campaign linked to decreased rates of MRSA, C. difficile
Friday, May 04, 2012

New Guidelines for Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Bleeds Issued
Transferring of aSAH patients to high-volume centers among the newest recommendations
Thursday, May 03, 2012

Low Vitamin D Linked to Poorer Outcomes in Lung Recipients
Vitamin D deficiency linked to increased rates of acute rejection, infection, death at one year
Thursday, May 03, 2012

Pulse Oximetry IDs Critical Congenital Heart Defects
High specificity, moderate sensitivity, and low false-positive rate in asymptomatic newborns
Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Methodological Heterogeneity Seen in Clinical Trials
Trials registered with ClinicalTrials.gov from 2007 to 2010 mainly small, single-center
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Hospital Strategies Linked to Lower Mortality After Acute MI
Five specific hospital strategies correlate with lower 30-day risk-standardized mortality rates
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Electronic Records Show Variation in Blood Usage
Significant variability seen among surgical services, procedures, and individual providers
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Index Identifies Clot Risk in Outpatient Surgery Patients
High-risk outpatient surgery patients have blood clot rates of 1.18 percent
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Heart Surgery Safe for Compensated Cirrhosis Patients
No increased risk of perioperative complications in patients with Child-Pugh score less than 8
Thursday, April 26, 2012

AHA: Hemoglobin Index IDs Brain Ischemia During Bypass
HVx, glial fibrillary acidic protein detect impaired autoregulation during cardiopulmonary bypass
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Warfarin Keeps Stroke Risk Low in Patients With A-Fib
Review shows risk of stroke per year higher in the elderly, females, patients with stroke history
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mortality High for Cardiac Device Infective Endocarditis
Coexisting valve involvement linked with increased mortality; early device removal improves survival
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Angiotensin Receptor Blockers Reduce No-Reflow Post-PCI
For patients with acute MI, ARB pretreatment is significant predictor of reduced no-reflow
Monday, April 23, 2012

Reliability, Validity of Clinical Dehydration Scale Questioned
For children requiring IV rehydration, modest interobserver reliability, weak tie to disease severity
Monday, April 23, 2012

QRS Width on ECG Linked to Sudden Cardiac Arrest in CAD
For patients with CAD, with and without history of MI, QRS width significantly predicts SCA
Friday, April 20, 2012

Pulmonary HTN Predicts Heart Failure After Acute MI
Presence of pulmonary hypertension at index admission predicts risk of heart failure
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Use of PICU Beds for Non-Critical Care Found to Be Significant
Even when at full capacity, some PICU beds are used for non-critical care
Thursday, April 19, 2012

For Major Trauma, Survival Up With Helicopter Transport
Improved survival for patients with major trauma admitted to level I or II trauma centers
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Rate Down But Unintentional Injury Still Top Cause of Death
From 2000 to 2009, 29 percent decrease in annual unintentional injury death rate among children
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

TAVI Beneficial in Severe Aortic Stenosis
Myocardial function and exercise capacity improve in surviving patients
Friday, April 13, 2012

Mobile Stroke Units Halve Time to Treatment
Unit can treat patients at the emergency site rather than at the hospital
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Increased Risk of Fatal Road Crashes on Tax Day in the U.S.
Small, but significant increase yields risk equivalent to 13 individuals per average tax day
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Report Highlights Child Deaths From Post-Surgery Codeine Use
Genetic variants produce ultra-rapid metabolizer phenotypes tied to respiratory arrest
Monday, April 09, 2012

Infection May Be Trigger for Venous Thromboembolism
Older adults at risk of blood clots in three months following infection
Monday, April 09, 2012

Medical Malpractice Claims Incur Substantial Defense Costs
Costs higher for claims resulting in indemnity payments; significant variation by specialty
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Diagnostic Coding May Skew Pneumonia Outcomes Data
Declines in hospitalizations and inpatient deaths may not reflect actual outcome improvements
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Antibiotic-Resistant S. aureus Found in Many Ambulances
S. aureus isolates found in 69 percent of ambulances; 12 percent of isolates are MRSA
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Inflammatory Regulation Plays Role in Stress, Illness Link
Stress induces glucocorticoid receptor resistance; GCR increases likelihood of developing cold
Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Guidelines Improve Outcomes in Nonshockable Cardiac Arrest
Latest AHA CPR guidelines save lives and improve outcomes in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
Monday, April 02, 2012

Operator Sleep Deprivation Does Not Adversely Affect PCI
Late-night procedures do not impact procedures done by same interventionists the next day
Monday, April 02, 2012

ACC: Rapid Infusion of GIK Doesn't Prevent MI in ACS
No drop in progression to MI for patients treated immediately with glucose, insulin, potassium
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Guidelines Issued for Red Blood Cell Transfusions
Restrictive approach recommends transfusion at hemoglobin threshold of 7 to 8 g/dL in stable patients
Monday, March 26, 2012

Health Care Team Members Key for Antimicrobial Stewardship
Epidemiologists, preventionists help stop infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tenecteplase Superior to Alteplase for Stroke Treatment
Preliminary data show improved reperfusion, significant clinical improvements in select patients
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Dexmedetomidine Non Inferior for Maintaining Sedation
Dexmedetomidine not inferior to midazolam or propofol during prolonged mechanical ventilation
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Most California Hospitals Implementing Infection Control
Hospitals with certified infection control officer have lower rate of MRSA blood stream infections
Friday, March 16, 2012

Poorer Health Literacy Linked to Increased Mortality
About one-third of older adults in England have medium or low functional health literacy
Friday, March 16, 2012

Higher Spending by Hospitals Improves Outcomes
Lower mortality, readmission for acute patients admitted to hospital in highest tercile of spending
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Practical Strategies Can Ease Death Notification in the ER
Six-step process based on literature results in a less traumatic experience for survivor, notifier
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

U.S. Mortality Rates Dropped 60 Percent From 1935 to 2010
For every year, heart disease, cancer, and stroke are among the five leading causes of death
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Aggressive Care Improves QoL in Traumatic Brain Injury
Yields better outcomes and reduces costs, regardless of patient age
Monday, March 12, 2012

Flu Vaccine Up Among Medical Staff When They Believe It Works
Hospital health care workers more likely to get vaccinated when committed to preventing flu
Friday, March 09, 2012

Surrogates Tend to Misinterpret Poor Prognosis Information
Statements about low risk of death interpreted accurately; poor prognosis viewed optimistically
Friday, March 09, 2012

Buprenorphine Maintenance Therapy Not Recommended
Abstinence-based therapy recommended instead for opioid-addicted health care professionals
Thursday, March 08, 2012

Financial Burden of Medical Care Affects One in Three
More than one in five poor or near-poor adults younger than 65 have bills they are unable to pay
Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Positive Whole-Body CT Can Detect but Not Eliminate Trauma
Close monitoring and clinical follow-up of patients with traumatic injuries still advised
Tuesday, March 06, 2012

AHA Supports Shared Decision Making in Heart Failure
Treatment choices should align with values, goals, and preferences of an informed patient
Monday, March 05, 2012

Barriers Identified to Pediatric Advance Care Discussions
Clinicians agree that end-of-life discussions happen too late in the course of illness
Monday, March 05, 2012

Drug Relieves Opioid-Induced Constipation in Critically Ill
Methylnaltrexone improves bowel function compared with conventional rescue laxatives
Monday, March 05, 2012

Care Protocol for Comatose Patients May Need Revision
Some parts of withdrawal-of-care protocol unreliable in patients who undergo hypothermia therapy
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Combo of Diabetes, Depression Increases Post-MI Mortality
Increased risk exceeds the risk of either condition alone in years following a heart attack
Monday, February 27, 2012

Body Clock Linked to Sudden Cardiac Death
Varying levels of a heart protein associated with variations in electrical stability
Friday, February 24, 2012

Highest Diabetes Death Rates Seen in Trials Selecting for CKD
Selection for chronic kidney disease associated with highest mortality rates in randomized trials
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Skin Cancer Frequency in Chronic Leg Ulcers >10 Percent
Frequency high enough to consider systematic wound biopsy for treatment-refractory ulcers
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Alcohol Dependence Significant Problem for U.S. Surgeons
Surgeons who report major medical error more likely to exhibit alcohol abuse, dependence
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

CT Myelography More Accurately Detects CSF Leakage
In spontaneous intracranial hypotension, CTM better than radioisotope cisternography
Monday, February 20, 2012

High Uric Acid Level Predictive of Adverse Cardiac Events
Found to be an independent predictor for STEMI patients undergoing primary PCI
Friday, February 17, 2012

MRI Alone Not Ideal in Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis
30 percent of MRIs are inconclusive; sensitivity better for proximal pulmonary embolisms
Friday, February 17, 2012

Aphasia Increases Cost of Care After Ischemic Stroke
Also associated with increased morbidity, mortality, and length of stay
Friday, February 17, 2012

Study Evaluates Clinical Value of Stroke Biomarkers
Admission glucose level appears to be a strong predictor of poor outcomes
Friday, February 17, 2012

New Staging System IDs cSCC Risk in Transplant Patients
Predicts risk of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma recurrence in heart and lung recipients
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Guidelines for VTE Prophylaxis in Nonsurgical Patients Issued
Guidelines apply to acute and critical patients, outpatients with cancer, long-distance travelers
Thursday, February 09, 2012

Risk Factors Identified for Post NICU-Discharge Mortality
African-American, being uninsured, long NICU stay linked to increased mortality risk
Thursday, February 09, 2012

Reduced Caloric Nourishment Doesn't Reduce Ventilator Use
No improvement in survival or infections with less calories in the critically ill with feeding tubes
Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Noroviruses Are Leading Cause of Hospital Infections
Particularly in nonacute care setting; often leading to unit closure
Monday, February 06, 2012

AHA: Stroke Victims Not Getting to Hospital Any Faster
Tissue plasminogen activator use up, but patients taking longer to get to the hospital after stroke
Friday, February 03, 2012

AHA: Anemia May Triple Stroke Mortality
Severe anemia strong predictor of death after stroke, but even slight anemia increases risk
Thursday, February 02, 2012

Live Liver Donation Doesn't Impact Long-Term Mortality
Risk of early death 1.7 per 1,000 donors, but long-term mortality similar to healthy controls
Wednesday, February 01, 2012

AHA: Faster Pre-Stroke Memory Decline for Stroke Decedents
Stroke survivors and stroke-free adults have similar pre-stroke rate of memory decline
Wednesday, February 01, 2012

AHA: Thrombolysis Shows Potential After Wake-Up Stroke
Outcomes similar to those treated with thrombolysis within 4.5 hours of stroke onset
Wednesday, February 01, 2012

More Research Needed on Weaning of Addicted Infants
Nurseries need a plan for the evaluation, treatment of infants at risk for or showing withdrawal
Monday, January 30, 2012

No Complications From Using Stored Red Blood Cells
Short-term complication status similar in fresh versus standard issue red blood cell transfusions
Friday, January 27, 2012

COPD Assessment Test Predicts Exacerbation Severity
Baseline scores elevated in frequent exacerbators and scores increase at exacerbation
Friday, January 27, 2012

ACE Inhibitors Not Linked to Improved Outcomes After ACS
Prior use of ACE inhibitors does not improve in-hospital outcomes after acute coronary syndrome
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Anaphylactic Shock After Immunizations Is Rare
In cases of anaphylaxis in children following vaccines, symptoms may be delayed
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Overuse of Health Care Services Understudied
Research limited primarily to unnecessary antibiotic use and a few cardiovascular procedures
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Unemployed Have Poorer Mental and Physical Health
And are less likely to receive needed medical care and prescriptions
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fetal Growth Not Linked to Childhood Asthma
But, accelerated growth in first three months tied to increased risk of childhood asthma symptoms
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

HealthGrades IDs Notable Hospitals for Clinical Excellence
If all hospitals performed at this level, thousands of Medicare deaths, complications could be averted
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Effects of Severe, Childhood Brain Injury Long Lasting
Pre-injury ability and familial factors contribute to long-term recovery
Monday, January 23, 2012

Dosing Errors Occur With IV Acetaminophen in Children
Ten-fold overdose may occur in young children; treatment with acetylcysteine may be indicated
Monday, January 23, 2012

Warfarin Patients With Head Trauma Need Second CT Scan
For patients on warfarin, 24-hour observation and repeat CT scan detects delayed bleeding
Friday, January 20, 2012

Sexual Activity Safe for Most Cardiovascular Disease Patients
Following CVD diagnosis, physician evaluation should precede resumption of sexual activity
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Worse Outcomes for Stroke Patients With Delirium
Including higher mortality, longer hospitalizations, and greater post-discharge care
Thursday, January 19, 2012

No Long-Term Benefit of Caffeine for Apnea in Preemies
No difference in combined death or disability at age 5 for caffeine versus placebo
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Endovascular Graft Approved for Tears of Aorta
Gore Tag Thoracic Endoprosthesis first sanctioned in 2005 to treat aortic aneurysms
Monday, January 16, 2012

Fatal Case of Measles Without Rash Found in Young Woman
No evidence of immunosuppressive disease; no history of enanthem or morbilliform rash
Friday, January 13, 2012

U.S. Health Care Expenditure Still Unevenly Distributed
In 2008 and 2009, 1 percent of population account for ~20 percent of spending
Friday, January 13, 2012

Site of Blood Collection From IV Does Not Affect Hemolysis Rate
No differences seen for collecting coagulation blood directly via catheter hub or extension tubing
Thursday, January 12, 2012

CDC: 2010 Saw Decrease in Age-Adjusted Death Rates
Homicide no longer in top 15 causes of death; replaced by pneumonitis due to solids and liquids
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Subclinical Tachyarrhythmias Tied to Increased Risk of Stroke
Subclinical atrial tachyarrhythmias linked to risk of clinical a-fib, stroke, systemic embolism
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Asian-American Heart Attack Care Now Similar to Whites
Similar improvement in rates for performance measures, defect-free care, door-to-balloon times
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Rx Provides Fast Relief of Pain, Urgency of Interstitial Cystitis
Study finds alkalinized lidocaine plus heparin provides 12 hours of relief of pain and urgency
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hypertension Registry IDs Features of Pediatric HTN
Nearly half of children with confirmed disease have chromosomal abnormalities, mainly trisomy 21
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dementia Associated With More Hospital Admissions
Admission rate up for all-cause, ambulatory care-sensitive conditions for those with dementia
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Too High, Too Low Serum Potassium Linked to Mortality
Lowest post-AMI mortality seen with potassium serum levels between 3.5 and 4.5 mEq/L
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Long-Term Prognostic Value of Dobutamine Stress Echo Limited
Long-term predictive value restricted for patients with diabetes unable to take an exercise stress test
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ped Heart Surgery Deaths Higher at Low Volume Centers
But no association found between center volume and rate of post-op complications
Monday, January 09, 2012

Hypoglycemia in Intensive Diabetes Control May Up Survival
Inverse relationship seen between number of hypoglycemic episodes and risk of death
Friday, January 06, 2012

Glucose-Lowering Algorithm Safe in Coronary Care Unit
With target serum glucose 90 to 117 mg/dL, no difference in hypoglycemia symptoms, outcomes
Friday, January 06, 2012

In-Hospital, 30-Day Standardized Mortality Measures Differ
In-hospital risk-standardized mortality rates vary between hospitals; linked with length of stay
Thursday, January 05, 2012

Bariatric Surgery Tied to Reduced CVD Events, Mortality
Significantly fewer cardiovascular deaths and events for obese who undergo bariatric surgery
Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Oseltamivir-Resistant H1N1 Identified in Australia
Between May and August 2011, resistant viruses with H275Y substitution ID'd in 29 of 182 patients
Thursday, December 29, 2011

Enoxaparin Doesn't Reduce Death Rate for Acutely Ill
Death from any cause at 30 days and rates of major bleeding similar with enoxaparin, placebo
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Rhinoviruses Frequently Cause ARIs in VLBW Premature Infants
55 percent of VLBW infants with acute respiratory illness have human rhinovirus infections
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Serial Change in hsTnI or cTnI Accurately Rule In/Out AMI
Change in highly sensitive or contemporary tropinin I at 3 hours after admission diagnostic
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Perceptions of Inappropriate Care Prevalent Among ICU Staff
For ICU staff in Europe, Israel, perceptions independently linked to higher intent to leave job
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Coronary MRI Good Alternative to SPECT for CHD Diagnosis
Cardiovascular MR has better sensitivity, negative predictive value than single-photon emission CT
Monday, December 26, 2011

NCHS: Poisonings Are Leading Cause of Injury Deaths
In 2008, poisoning deaths were main cause of injury death, with almost 90 percent due to drugs
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Trauma Quality Indicators Linked to Clinical Outcomes
In-hospital mortality, major complications strongly linked with ACSCOT quality indicators
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Physician Opinions on Benefits of Open Visit Notes Vary
And, 79 percent of patients are interested in sharing their personal health record information
Monday, December 19, 2011

Nearly One-Half of Short-Term PCI Deaths Occur Post-Discharge
Those who die after rather than during index admission are younger, have better cardiac function
Monday, December 19, 2011

Patient Isolation During Hospitalization Tied to Delirium
But no increased risk for patients who start their hospital stay under contact precautions
Friday, December 16, 2011

Concurrent-, Staged-Bilateral Knee Arthroplasty Compared
Reduction in joint infection, malfunction, but increased CVD events with simultaneous procedure
Thursday, December 15, 2011

Statins Lower Death Risk in Adults Hospitalized With Flu
Statins given before or during hospitalization reduce mortality in adults with influenza
Thursday, December 15, 2011

ASH: Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis Cuts DVT Risks
CDT lowers post-thrombotic syndrome frequency, ups iliofemoral patency in deep vein thrombosis
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

PCI Outcomes No Worse in Centers Without On-Site Surgery
Similar in-hospital death, emergency bypass for PCI at centers with/without on-site surgery
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Infection Prevention Up in VA, Non-Federal Hospitals
But catheter-associated urinary tract infection prevention practices remain low
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Khat Ups Adverse Outcomes in Acute Coronary Syndrome
Khat chewers with acute coronary syndrome have increased risk of death, cardiovascular events
Monday, December 12, 2011

Two Prognostic Models for Very Preterm Birth Validated
Models for stillbirth, neonatal death, show good performance in large cohort in the Netherlands
Monday, December 12, 2011

Depression, Physical Impairment Common After Lung Injury
Highest incidence 3 months after acute lung injury; modal duration of more than 21 months
Friday, December 09, 2011

Nephrology Referral Low Following Acute Kidney Injury
Cumulative incidence of referral 8.5 percent before dying, dialysis, or improved kidney function
Friday, December 09, 2011

Factors Affecting Micro-RNA Detection Accuracy Identified
Include variations in plasma samples, collection method, anticoagulant used, inhibitors in plasma
Friday, December 09, 2011

Acute Kidney Injury Prevalent in Military Burn Casualties
After multivariate adjustments, independently associated with increased morbidity, mortality
Friday, December 09, 2011

Antenatal Steroids Useful for Infants Born at 23 to 25 Weeks
Linked to lower rate of death, neurodevelopmental impairment at 18 to 22 months
Tuesday, December 06, 2011

LV Dyssynchrony Has Prognostic Value After Acute MI
Prognostic value found for patients admitted with ST-segment elevation AMI treated with primary PCI
Tuesday, December 06, 2011

C. difficile Infection Ups Duration of Hospital Stay
In survival analysis, median length of stay is increased by six days in patients with C. difficile
Monday, December 05, 2011

Medical Students Fail to ID Hand Hygiene Indications
Preclinical phase medical students lack knowledge about hand disinfection indications
Monday, December 05, 2011

High Incidence of Adverse Upper GI Events in MI Patients
Major adverse upper gastrointestinal events high in those undergoing PCI, receiving antiplatelets
Monday, December 05, 2011

Quality of Life Up in Obese A-Fib Patients Post-Ablation
Baseline quality of life, high BMI independently predict better QoL post-catheter ablation
Friday, December 02, 2011

Time of Operation Not Linked to Postoperative Mortality
Time of day, day of week, month of surgery, moon phase do not affect 30-day post-op mortality
Friday, December 02, 2011

Most Non-Mobile Spinal Mets Patients Walk Post-Surgery
Resumption of ambulation significantly affected by motor grade, occurrence of a major complication
Friday, December 02, 2011

Risk Factors ID'd for Pressure Ulcers in Prolonged Surgery
Use of foam pads in surgery, having a lower day-one Braden score predictive of pressure ulcers
Thursday, December 01, 2011

Hypoglossal Stimulation Boosts Airflow in Sleep Apnea
Increases in airflow adequate to eliminate inhibitory airflow limitation in most patients
Thursday, December 01, 2011

IL-2 Tied to Regulatory T-Cell Expansion in Graft-Versus-Host
And, IL-2 associated with Treg recovery and clinical improvement in HCV-induced vasculitis
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Delayed Acyclovir in Neonates With Herpes Ups Mortality
With overall in-hospital mortality rate of 7.3 percent for neonates with herpes simplex infection
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

U.S. Patients Highly Satisfied With Outpatient Medical Care
Patient satisfaction scores tied to waiting time, time spent with provider, and age category
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Nearly One in 10 Patients With PCI Readmits Within 30 Days
Patients readmitted within 30 days have significantly increased risk of one-year mortality
Monday, November 28, 2011

High-Performing Docs Learn Equally From Success, Failure
High performers learn from successes, failures; low performers have asymmetric learning rates
Monday, November 28, 2011

Autoimmune Disorders Tied to Pulmonary Embolism Risk
High risk of pulmonary embolism during first year after admission; risk decreases over time
Monday, November 28, 2011

Drugs ID'd in Most Older Adult Emergency Hospitalizations
Warfarin, insulin, oral antiplatelets, hypoglycemics implicated in most emergency hospitalizations
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Dabigatran Poses Challenge in Treating Injured Patients
Due to lack of readily available methods to assess degree of anticoagulation, and reverse effects
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Staggered Acetaminophen Overdose Tied to Poor Outcome
Delayed presentation after overdose associated with death/liver transplantation
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Valvular Surgery Tied to Reduced Mortality in Endocarditis
Tied to lower in-hospital, one year mortality in infective endocarditis complicated by heart failure
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

BMI Predicts 30-Day Post-Surgery Mortality Risk
BMI of less than 23.1 tied to the highest 30-day mortality risk, irrespective of surgery type
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Nonpunitive Method Improves Medical Error Reporting
Most common errors: misfiled or incorrectly entered patient info
Monday, November 21, 2011

Factors Impacting Assignment to Triage Risk Level 2/3 ID'd
Age, vital signs, need for timely intervention, resources affect level 2 or 3 assignment
Friday, November 18, 2011

Hyperglycemia, Mortality Linked in Pulmonary Embolism
But hospital readmission rate unaffected by elevated glucose with pulmonary embolism
Thursday, November 17, 2011

AHA Policy Statement on Cardiac Rehabilitation Issued
New referral policies can up participation by overcoming patient, health care-related barriers
Thursday, November 17, 2011

AHA: CHD Risk Factors Common in Patients With First MI
But, number of coronary heart disease risk factors is inversely related to in-hospital mortality
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

AHA: A-Fib in Sepsis Ups In-Hospital Stroke, Death Risk
New-onset atrial fibrillation in patients with severe sepsis ups in-hospital stroke, death risk
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

AHA: Most Major Post-Op Infections Occur Post-Discharge
And, skin preparation before and during implant procedures reduces the risk of infections
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Patients Without Insurance Have Shorter Hospital Stays
Uninsured have shorter stays for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions, or non-ACSCs
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

AHA: Adding Niacin Doesn't Beat Statin Alone for CV Risk
Although addition of niacin increases HDL cholesterol, lowers triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

AHA: Cardiac Stem Cells Do Not Improve LV Function Post-MI
Intracoronary infusion of bone marrow cells two to three weeks post-MI doesn't better LV function
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

AHA: ICDs Up Shock-Related Anxiety, Lower Sexual Function
Inverse relationship seen between shock-related anxiety and sexual function
Monday, November 14, 2011

Delayed Acyclovir Ups Hospital Stay for Eczema Herpeticum
One day delay in starting acylovir ups hospital stay by 11 percent in pediatric eczema herpeticum
Monday, November 14, 2011

AHA: Dronedarone Detrimental for Certain A-Fib Patients
Counter to hypothesis, agent may cause major vascular events
Monday, November 14, 2011

Copayment Elimination Ups Post-MI Medication Adherence
Enhanced coverage also decreases patient spending without increasing overall health costs
Monday, November 14, 2011

Rivaroxaban Improves Acute Coronary Syndrome Outcomes
Apixaban thromboprophylaxis better than enoxaparin; adjuvant vorapaxar not effective/safe
Monday, November 14, 2011

AHA: Cardiac Stem Cells Show Promise in Heart Failure
Promising phase 1 trial results on their safety, efficacy in post-MI heart failure
Monday, November 14, 2011

AHA: Childhood Abuse Predicts CVD Risk in Adult Women
Severe abuse during childhood tied more strongly to stroke than myocardial infarction
Monday, November 14, 2011

Brain Hypoxia Tied to Poor Post-Traumatic Injury Outcome
Indicative of poor prognosis independent of intracranial, perfusion pressures, severity of injury
Friday, November 11, 2011

About 15,000 Intentional Poisoning ER Visits in 2009
Alcohol and drug combinations involved in 60 percent of these emergency department visits
Friday, November 11, 2011

Transient Ischemic Attack Reduces Life Expectancy
TIA lowers survival by 20 percent within nine years; increasing age tied to risk of excess death
Friday, November 11, 2011

Community-Based Treatment Improves Pneumonia Outcomes
Community case management reduces treatment failure rate in children compared to standard care
Friday, November 11, 2011

Glove Use Linked to Reduced Hand Hygiene Compliance
Gloves often worn when not indicated, and not worn when indicated
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bedside EEG Detects Awareness in Vegetative Patients
EEG detects residual cognitive function, conscious awareness in patients in vegetative state
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Spinal Subdural Hemorrhage Linked to Abusive Head Trauma
High incidence in children with abusive head trauma who underwent thoracolumbar imaging
Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Biolimus Stents Noninferior to Sirolimus Stents
Biolimus-eluting stents are noninferior to sirolimus eluting stents in coronary artery disease
Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Guidelines Released
HCM management must be tailored to the patient and varies for symptomatic/asymptomatic patients
Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Great Achievement at Young Age Function of Time, Not Field
Age dynamics tied to proportion of theoretical work, age of attainment of foundation knowledge
Monday, November 07, 2011

K2 Linked to Cases of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction
Awareness of K2 health implications should be raised after MIs within days of reported K2 use
Monday, November 07, 2011

Receptionists Contribute to Safety of Repeat Prescriptions
Clinicians often unaware of input of receptionists and administrative staff in repeat prescribing
Friday, November 04, 2011

Rooms of Patients With A. baumannii Often Contaminated
Supply carts, floors, infusion pumps, ventilator touch pads are most commonly contaminated
Friday, November 04, 2011

No Medicare Savings From Disease-Management Hotline
Modest improvement in quality of care, but no reduction in costs of care or acute care utilization
Thursday, November 03, 2011

Risks for C. difficile Infection, Colonization Identified
Host, pathogen factors differentially affect this health care-associated infection, colonization
Thursday, November 03, 2011

Prophylactic Therapy Reduces Bleeding in Hemophilia A
Prophylaxis with anti-inhibitor coagulant complex cuts bleeding events versus on-demand therapy
Wednesday, November 02, 2011

CDC: Opioid Overdoses Have Reached Epidemic Proportions
Overdose death rates, sales, OPR-related treatment admissions increased between 1999 and 2008
Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Preexisting Dementia in Stroke Patients Ups Disability
Dementia patients are older, have more severe strokes, are more likely to have atrial fibrillation
Monday, October 31, 2011

Pre-Op Erythropoietin Reduces Need for Peri-Op Transfusion
Also reduces the number of units of erythrocytes transfused during and after surgery
Monday, October 31, 2011

Switching From IV to Oral Meds Cuts Health Care Costs
In patients eligible for oral intake, switch from IV to oral equivalents cuts hospital costs
Monday, October 31, 2011

Low Income, Less Health Care Spending Ups Stroke Incidence
Young population with low per-capita income, less health care spending more likely to have stroke
Thursday, October 27, 2011

Obesity Tied to Impaired Immunity After Flu Vaccine
Reduced levels of influenza antibody titers, decreased CD8+ T-cell responses in obese
Thursday, October 27, 2011

Small Airway Obstruction Heralds Emphysema in COPD
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have fewer 2.0- to 2.5-mm-diameter airways
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bedtime Medications Offer Better BP Control in CKD
Taking at least one medication at bedtime reduces sleep-time, ambulatory BP, cardiovascular events
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

ACS: Drug-Resistant Infections Rise but Mortality Declines
Surgical ICU drug-resistant infections rise between 2000 and 2010, but mortality drops by 4 percent
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ghost Authorship Prevalent in About One-Fifth of Articles
Prevalence of honorary, ghost authorship, down from 29.2 to 21.0 percent from 1996 to 2008
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Smoking Rarely Cited As Cause of Death on Death Certificates
Even in lung cancer and COPD cases with strong link to smoking, few mentions in part II
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Clinical, Genetic Factors Linked to Early Stent Thrombosis
Independent association for three genes, two clopidogrel-related factors, clinical factors
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

FDA: Xigris Pulled From Global Market
Drug failed to show survival benefit in severe sepsis
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Traumatic Brain Injury Lowers Children's Quality of Life
Moderate to severe injury lowers quality of life, impairs adaptive and social abilities
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

CHEST: Study Looks at Sildenafil Dose for Youth With PAH
Medium doses seem to have best risk-benefit ratio for children with pulmonary artery hypertension
Monday, October 24, 2011

Cardiac Troponin Predicts Mortality in Acute Heart Failure
Increasing s-cTnI associated with elevated in-hospital and one-year mortality risk
Friday, October 21, 2011

E-Beam Sterilized Dialyzers Up Risk of Thrombocytopenia
Conversion to non-e-beam sterilized dialyzers lowers postdialysis thrombocytopenia risk
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Heart Failure Hospitalizations Down From 1998 to 2008
Decrease in all gender-race categories, with black men showing the lowest rate of decline
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Readmission Risk Models Display Poor Predictive Ability
Current hospital readmission risk models for comparative or clinical purposes perform poorly
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

ASA: Obesity Ups Peri-Op Peds Respiratory Complications
And, significantly lower effective dose of propofol causes loss of consciousness in obese children
Monday, October 17, 2011

ASA: Blood Type Affects Bleeding, Death After Heart Surgery
Lowest risk among AB blood group possibly attributable to high levels of blood clotting proteins
Monday, October 17, 2011

Marker IDs Injury in Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy
Neonates with HIE treated with whole-body cooling have high serum glial fibrillary acidic protein
Monday, October 17, 2011

No Effect of Prophylaxis Type on Pulmonary Embolism Rate
Prophylaxis agent, anesthesia type do not affect pulmonary embolism rate post hip arthroplasty
Friday, October 14, 2011

Increased Travel Time to Trauma Centers in 2007
Increased distance has mainly affected African-Americans, uninsured, poor, those in rural areas
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Rare Disorders ID'd by NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program
Integrated high-density SNP arrays, whole exome or genome analyses used to aid diagnosis
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Multidisciplinary Intervention Ups Outcomes in Acute Stroke
Management of hyperglycemia, fever, swallowing dysfunction cuts death/dependency at 90 days
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Financial Conflicts of Interest Prevalent, Under-Reported
Conflicts of interest prevalent; under-reported by members, chairs of panels developing guidelines
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Leukemia Drug May Cause Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
PAH seen in patients taking Sprycel
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

High Yield of Viral Diagnoses for RT-PCR in Respiratory Infection
But, rapid communication of RT-PCR results to clinicians has no benefit on patient care
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

ICD Deactivation Knowledge Lacking in End-of-Life Care
Patient, provider knowledge of implantable cardiac devices lacking, preventing timely discussion
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Septicemia Most Costly Reason for Hospitalization in 2009
Almost one in 23 patients had septicemia; average of 4,600 new patients treated each day
Monday, October 10, 2011

Use of Oral Steroids Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency
Steroid users have more than two-fold increased risk of vitamin D deficiency than steroid nonusers
Thursday, October 06, 2011

Many Elderly in U.S. Undergo Surgery in Last Year of Life
Rate of surgery varies with age, region, availability of hospital beds, Medicare spending
Thursday, October 06, 2011

More Minority Patients in Low-Quality, High-Cost Hospitals
More elderly black, Hispanic, Medicaid patients consult worst rather than best hospitals
Thursday, October 06, 2011

Oral Acyclovir Improves Outcomes in Neonatal Herpes
Six-month acyclovir therapy improves neurodevelopment in infants with CNS involvement
Thursday, October 06, 2011

Pre-Op Anemia Ups Mortality After Non-Cardiac Surgery
Even mild preoperative anemia independently associated with 30-day mortality, morbidity risk
Thursday, October 06, 2011

Early ID of Morbidly Obese Improves Surgical Care
Improves perioperative care and postoperative outcomes for patients with BMI of 35 or more
Thursday, October 06, 2011

Early Identification of Ischemic Stroke With DWI-FLAIR Mismatch
Acute lesions ID'd with DWI, but not FLAIR, likely to be in time for safe, effective thrombolysis
Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Membrane Oxygenation Reduces Mortality in H1N1-Related ARDS
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation referral lowers hospital mortality in H1N1-related ARDS
Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Eating Disorders in Children Tied to Serious Health Consequences
Early-onset restrictive eating disorders result in growth delay, unstable vital signs in children
Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Omega-3 Supplements May Be Harmful in Acute Lung Injury
Fewer ventilator-free days in acute lung injury with omega-3, γ-linolenic acid, and antioxidants
Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Neonatal ICU Stressors Alter Brain Structure, Function
Exposure to stressors decreases brain width, function; alters motor behavior in preterm infants
Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Advance Directives Linked to Regional Medical Expenditures
High-spending areas have lower end-of-life costs, in-hospital death, and increased hospice care
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Alcohol-Impaired Driving Down by 30 Percent in U.S.
Number of episodes, however, still quite substantial
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Computer-Generated Markers Predict Death Risk Post ACS
Morphologic variability, symbolic mismatch, heart rate motifs ID risk after acute coronary syndrome
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Pericardial Fat Volume Tied to Coronary Artery Plaque Burden
Correlation between pericardial fat volume and plaque burden stronger in men than women
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

No Increased MI Risk in Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's
Patients with ulcerative colitis have increased MI risk on unadjusted but not adjusted analysis
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Early Anesthesia Exposures Tied to Learning Disabilities
Multiple exposures before age 2 does not increase need for individualized education programs
Monday, October 03, 2011

Advanced Directive Discussions Do Not Appear to Affect Survival
Presence of an advanced directive discussion in medical records also not tied to increased mortality
Friday, September 30, 2011

Doctors, Patients Identify Tacit Clues in Their Interactions
Non-verbal tacit clues most common, but interpretation differs for doctors and patients
Friday, September 30, 2011

Surfactants Feasible for Self-Breathing Preterm Infants
Decrease the need for mechanical ventilation in preterm infants breathing spontaneously on CPAP
Friday, September 30, 2011

Prehypertension Tied to Higher Risk of Incident Stroke
Individuals with higher prehypertensive values show substantial increase in stroke risk
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Immune Globulin Therapy Has No Benefit for Neonatal Sepsis
Nonsignificant differences seen for outcomes with immune globulin and placebo in neonatal sepsis
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Burdensome Transitions Impact End-of-Life Care Quality
Health care transitions tied to higher rates of feeding tubes, ICU stays, stage IV decubitus ulcer
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Child Face Mask Approved to Help Prevent Spread of Germs
In hospitals and other health care settings
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Calcineurin-Inhibitor-Sparing Regimens Improve Outcomes
Use of calcineurin-inhibitor-sparing regimens immediately after kidney transplant ups outcomes
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cognition Similar for Standard, Intensive Glycemic Control
Total brain volume, mortality risk higher with intensive glycemic lowering for type 2 diabetes
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Operator Experience Tied to Carotid Stenting Mortality Risk
Operator's annual volume, experience at time of procedure impact 30-day mortality risk in elderly
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Generic Tacrolimus Safe for Liver, Kidney Recipients
No change in liver, kidney function; no rejection seen after substitution for reference product
Monday, September 26, 2011

Risk Up for Patients During Long Interdialytic Interval
Higher mortality, adverse cardiovascular events risk on day after long interdialytic interval
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mortality Up in Hospitals With More Minority Trauma Patients
Trauma patients' odds of mortality linked to the proportion of minority patients in the hospital
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Soft Tissue Sarcoma Therapy Limb Salvage Rate 81 Percent
Tumor necrosis factor-α, melphalan-based isolated limb perfusion benefits amputation candidates
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Preterm Birth Ups Mortality Risk in Young Adulthood
Low gestational age at birth tied to increased mortality risk in early childhood, young adulthood
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Depression Significantly Ups Stroke Morbidity, Mortality
Association between depression and total stroke consistently raised across most subgroups
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Exposure to Air Pollution Found to Up Transient Risk of MI
Short-term exposure to air pollutants ups risk of myocardial infarction one to six hours later
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Platelet Reactivity Status Predicts Ischemic Event Risk
High residual platelet activity after clopidogrel loading predicts post-PCI risk of ischemic events
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Payer Status Affects Health Care Quality and Outcomes
Heart failure patients without private insurance/HMO have poorer care, worse outcomes
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lower Sudden Death Risk With Add-On Antiepileptic Therapy
Treatment tied to reduction of sudden death incidence in patients with refractory epilepsy
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Treatment Delays Identified in Regional STEMI Systems
Delays most frequently occur at referral hospital, PCI center, and during transport process
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Chronic Total Occlusion PCI Improves Outcomes in Diabetes
PCI for chronic total occlusions tied to reduced long-term mortality, coronary bypass artery graft
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

MS-Related Disorders ID'd by Proteomic Pattern Analysis
CSF proteomic pattern analysis discriminates among multiple sclerosis-related disorders
Monday, September 19, 2011

Enoxaparin Bests Unfractionated Heparin in Occlusive PAD
Enoxaparin performs better than unfractionated heparin in peripheral arterial occlusive disease
Monday, September 19, 2011

Child Abuse Head Trauma Rates Increase During Recession
But unemployment rates are not associated with the rate of abusive head trauma
Monday, September 19, 2011

Treatable Disorders Often Misdiagnosed As Creutzfeldt-Jakob
Patients with Alzheimer's, vascular dementia most frequently misdiagnosed with CJD
Friday, September 16, 2011

Thrombomodulin Gene Variants Up Post-CABG Mortality Risk
Homozygote minor allele of rs3176123 independently predicts all-cause mortality
Friday, September 16, 2011

Hospital Births More Than Halve Neonatal Deaths in China
Proportion of neonatal deaths prevented by birth in hospital ranged from 48 to 70 percent
Friday, September 16, 2011

Pre-Liver Transplant Serum Ferritin Level Predicts Mortality
High serum ferritin, low transferrin saturation before transplant ups post-transplant mortality
Friday, September 16, 2011

CDC: MRSA USA300 Strain Resistant to Topical Antibiotics
Most MRSA isolates susceptible to bacitracin, but USA300 isolates resistant to bacitracin, neomycin
Friday, September 16, 2011

Statins After Ischemic Stroke Not Tied to Brain Hemorrhage
Similar lack of association found for subgroups and dose-response analyses
Friday, September 16, 2011

CDC: Risk Factors ID'd in Most C. difficile Diarrhea Cases
Traditional risk factors, including antimicrobial use, hospitalization, account for majority of cases
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Anti-Nausea Drug May Lead to Dangerous Heart Rhythms
FDA alerts public to ongoing safety review for Zofran
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Congenital Heart Disease Ups Endotoxemia Risk in Children
Higher levels of intestinal fatty acid binding protein, endotoxin with congenital heart disease
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sorafenib Plus DEB-TACE Safe, Tolerated in Unresectable HCC
Adverse events for transarterial chemoembolization with doxorubicin-eluting beads, sorafenib mostly mild
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mortality Gap Widening for Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder
Mortality ratios nearly double the population average by 2006, gap widening over time
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Febrile Seizures Tied to Systemic Respiratory Alkalosis
Children with gastroenteritis may not have febrile seizures due to low pH in gastroenteritis
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Aortic Dissection Incidence Higher in Individuals With BAV
Incidence low but significantly higher in patients with bicuspid aortic valves than in general population
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Number of Lymph Nodes Tested for Colon CA Up 1988 to 2008
But no significant increase in lymph node positivity during the same period
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Metabolic Syndrome Beats Obesity for Heart Failure Risk
Higher heart failure risk for normal weight patients with metabolic syndrome than healthy obese
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Current Smoking Tied to Higher Risk of Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Elevated risk in men and older individuals; increases with intensity, duration of smoking
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ureteral Access Sheaths Safe in Urothelial Carcinoma
Ureteral access sheaths safe for diagnosis and treatment of upper tract urothelial carcinoma
Monday, September 12, 2011

Clopidogrel Adherence Tied to Daily Pre-PCI Med Adherence
Low adherence also tied to cost; physician, pharmacy access; patient-provider communication
Monday, September 12, 2011

~13 Percent of Trauma Patients Re-Present Post Discharge
Low neighborhood income, public or no insurance predict higher ER re-presentation
Friday, September 09, 2011

64-MDCT Improves Radiologic Workflow in Mass Casualties
64-MDCT with volume image reading lowers image processing time, increases imaging capacity
Friday, September 09, 2011

Child's Death Ups Mortality Risk in Bereaved Parents
Stillbirth or infant death significantly increases parents' mortality risk for up to 25 years
Friday, September 09, 2011

MRSA Colonization Ups Future Infection Risk in Children
Colonized children are more likely to have a subsequent infection during their hospitalization
Thursday, September 08, 2011

Stenting Inferior to Aggressive Medical Management in Stroke
Medical therapy alone superior at preventing stroke in patients with intracranial arterial stenosis
Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Many Hospital Staff Uniforms Contaminated With Bacteria
More than 60 percent of uniforms are contaminated, with similar rates between nurses, physicians
Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Training Protocols Do Not Affect Ventilation Knowledge
No association of training in a high-intensity protocol environment with mechanical ventilation exam score
Tuesday, September 06, 2011

More Than 50 Air, Paintball Gun Injuries Present Daily to ER
In 2008, higher presentation among males, children, adolescents, those from rural, low income areas
Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Immunoadsorption Therapy Effective in E. coli-Induced HUS
Immunoadsorption effective, safe for neurological complications of hemolytic uremic syndrome
Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Increase in Child/Young Adult Stroke Hospitalization Rate
Increase seen from 1995 to 2008 for 5 to 44 year olds, except females aged 5 to 14 years
Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Cases of Transfusion-Linked Babesiosis in U.S. Described
Not limited to endemic states, seasons; most cases tied to red blood cell components
Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Increase in Infection Incidence With Cardiac Device Implants
Increase from 2004 to 2008 coincided with an increase in major comorbidities
Thursday, September 01, 2011

Traumatic Brain Injury Deaths Tied to Life Support Removal
Majority of deaths linked to life-support withdrawal, with variation between medical centers
Thursday, September 01, 2011

CPR Pre-Heart Rhythm Analysis Does Not Affect Outcomes
And use of active impedance threshold device during CPR in cardiac arrest does not improve survival
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Composition of ICU Team Affects Professional Burnout
Having an increased proportion of female nurses on the team linked to decreased burnout risk
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Pediatric Window-Fall-Related Head Injuries Analyzed
Children below 4 years, those landing on hard surfaces sustain more fall-related head injuries
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Increasing BMI Ups Atonic Uterus Hemorrhage Risk
But no association between obesity and risk of postpartum hemorrhage with retained placenta
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

ESC: Mortality Up With High Serum Cathepsin S in Elderly
Link between serum cathepsin S, mortality seen in two independent cohorts of elderly men, women
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

ESC: Addition of IABC to PCI Doesn't Reduce Infarct Size
Intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation plus primary PCI does not reduce infarct size more than PCI
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Public Sector Funds Large Part of State Obesity-Related Costs
State medical expenses would be nearly 7 to 11 percent lower in the absence of obesity
Monday, August 29, 2011

ESC: Preventive Drug Use Tied to Country's Economic Status
Preventive drug use in cardiovascular disease varies with country's economic status
Monday, August 29, 2011

Apixaban Superior to Warfarin for Stroke Prevention in A-Fib
Apixaban reduces stroke risk, embolism, bleeding, and mortality in patients with atrial fibrillation
Monday, August 29, 2011

Colchicine Safe, Effective Adjunct in Recurrent Pericarditis
Data reveals drug safe and effective for secondary prevention of recurrent pericarditis
Monday, August 29, 2011

Intervention Boosts Parental Involvement in Infant Pain Care
But increased parental involvement in pain management does not decrease parental stress
Monday, August 29, 2011

Loss of Jobs Means Loss of Health Coverage for Many in U.S.
Majority report delay in getting needed healthcare and financial difficulties paying medical bills
Monday, August 29, 2011

Higher 90-Day Mortality in New Jersey Weekend Stroke Admits
But no difference in 90-day mortality in comprehensive stroke centers
Friday, August 26, 2011

Clinical, Lab Variables Predict Survival in Advanced CA
Combination of variables predict two-week and two-month survival for advanced cancer
Friday, August 26, 2011

ACOG Guidelines Issued for Thromboembolism in Pregnancy
Guidelines cover diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of thromboembolism in pregnancy
Friday, August 26, 2011

Being Happily Married Ups Survival 15 Years Post Bypass
Men, women in satisfying marriages have increased survival post coronary artery bypass grafting
Friday, August 26, 2011

Complementary Medicine Used More by Health Care Workers
U.S. health care providers use complementary, alternative medicine more than support workers
Friday, August 26, 2011

Pharmaceutical Ads Often Don't Adhere to U.S. FDA Guidelines
Only 18.1 percent of advertisements fully adhere to FDA guidelines, over half do not quantify serious risks
Thursday, August 25, 2011

Firazyr Approved for Acute Hereditary Angioedema
Most common side effects: injection site reactions, fever, increase in liver enzymes, dizziness, rash
Thursday, August 25, 2011

High Serum Phosphate Tied To Renal Disease Progression
Increases risk of disease progression, decreases renoprotective effect of ACE inhibitors
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Diastolic Dysfunction Ups Heart Failure Risk in Elderly
Diastolic dysfunction is prevalent, worsens over time, and is associated with increasing age
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Clinical Features Differ for Men and Women With Heart Failure
But clinical presentation, quality of care, and in-hospital mortality are similar for men and women
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hospitalization Ups Unintentional Discontinuation of Meds
Discontinuation of medications higher in patients with ICU admissions than in non-ICU admissions
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Pulse Oximeter Recommended For Critical CHD Screening
Newborns should be screened for critical congenital heart disease using pulse oximeters
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

U.S. Door-To-Balloon Time Shortens From 2005 to 2010
Decrease in time from hospital arrival to mechanical reperfusion for MI patients in the U.S.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

CDC: 2010/2011 Flu Vaccination Coverage Studied
Coverage in health care personnel and pregnant women remained stable versus previous season
Thursday, August 18, 2011

Majority of DVT Cases After Surgery Linked to Catheter Use
Overall incidence of DVT after general surgery low; higher in patients with upper extremity catheter
Thursday, August 18, 2011

Predictors of Survival After Cardiac Arrest in ICU Identified
Lower survival for those suffering an arrest due to pulseless electrical activity than other rhythms
Monday, August 15, 2011

Epidermal Electronic System Monitors Heart, Brain Activity
Skin-like epidermal electronic system measures electrical activity of heart, brain, skeletal muscle
Friday, August 12, 2011

Higher Diagnostic Blood Loss Tied to Higher Anemia Risk
Every 50 mL blood drawn tied to 18 percent increase in moderate to severe anemia risk
Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Lower Mortality for Older Blacks Receiving Dialysis
Blacks aged over 50 have lower mortality than whites; reverse is true for younger patients
Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Obstructive CAD Detection Rates Vary Between Hospitals
Considerable variation in coronary artery disease detection at elective coronary angiography
Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Familial Factors Predict VTE in Unaffected Siblings
Familial risks are significantly increased from ages 10 to 69, but absolute risk decreases with age
Tuesday, August 09, 2011

More Neurology Residents Comfortable Using tPA for Stroke
Residents' experience, comfort using tPA to treat acute ischemic stroke increased from 2000 to 2010
Monday, August 08, 2011

Cost of Interacting With Payers Higher in U.S. Than Canada
U.S. physicians and nursing staff spend more time and money interacting with health plans
Friday, August 05, 2011

Pulse Oximetry Able to Detect Congenital Heart Defects
Screening identifies cases of newborn congenital heart defects missed by antenatal ultrasonography
Friday, August 05, 2011

Lower Post MI Physical Activity in Areas With Low Income
Low neighborhood socioeconomic status predicts lower leisure-time physical activity uptake
Thursday, August 04, 2011

Oseltamivir-Resistant Pandemic H1N1 2009 Virus Emerging
Immunosuppressed patients at particular risk for oseltamivir-resistant pandemic H1N1 2009 virus
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Infrastructure Tied to Most U.K. Obesity-Related Safety Events
But majority of obesity-associated safety incidents in U.K. are classified as low or no harm
Monday, August 01, 2011

Low-Molecular-Weight Heparin Better for Primary PCI
Compared to unfractionated heparin, reduced mortality and bleeding for patients with STEMI
Friday, July 29, 2011

Pregnancy-Related Stroke Hospitalizations Rise in the U.S.
Increase in hypertension, heart disease from 1994 to 2007 mainly responsible for trend
Thursday, July 28, 2011

Apixaban Ups Bleeding Without Reducing Ischemic Events
Trial evaluating addition of apixaban to antiplatelet therapy terminated prematurely
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Optimism Linked to Reduced Risk of Stroke in Older Adults
Each unit increase in optimism is associated with age-adjusted odds ratio of 0.90 for stroke
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Non-Receipt of Fluids in Children Tied to Increased Oligoanuria
Increased risk for children who do not receive fluids in pre-hemolytic uremic syndrome diarrhea phase
Monday, July 25, 2011

Hemolysis Products Impair Nitric Oxide Function on Infusion
Rat study demonstrates vasoconstriction after infusion of plasma from stored red blood cell units
Monday, July 25, 2011

Pagibaximab Seems Safe, Well Tolerated in High-Risk Neonates
Three once-a-week infusions of pagibaximab tied to staphylococcal sepsis prevention
Monday, July 25, 2011

FDA: Dronedarone Tied to Cardiovascular Events, Death
PALLAS study stopped due to higher risk of cardiovascular events and deaths in those taking drug
Friday, July 22, 2011

Being Married Linked to Earlier Care After Chest Pain
Married men, but not women, are significantly more likely to seek care after MI with chest pain
Friday, July 22, 2011

Disrupted Thalamic MRI Patterns in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Resting-state MRI patterns show increased thalamic resting-state networks, reduced symmetry
Thursday, July 21, 2011

AHA: Animal Studies Link ATP to Heart Function Recovery
Increasing ATP by ribose infusion improves diastolic compliance and left ventricular function after stress
Thursday, July 21, 2011

Decrease in Rate of Surgical Adverse Events in VHA Centers
From 2006 to 2009, rate of adverse events decreased but rate of close calls increased
Thursday, July 21, 2011

Medical Students Support Right to Conscientious Objection
Nearly half of medical students believe in right to conscientiously object to any procedure
Thursday, July 21, 2011

FDA Approves Vaccine for 2011/2012 Influenza Season
Formulation will be used by the six manufacturers licensed to manufacture, distribute in U.S.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Children Safer in Car Crashes When Grandparents Driving
Child's risk of injury in crashes with grandparents as drivers is half that of crashes with parent drivers
Monday, July 18, 2011

Timely Surgery in Traumatic Brain Injury Halves Death Rate
Shorter time from ER arrival to surgery reduces hospital mortality and length of hospital stay
Thursday, July 14, 2011

'Rule of Rescue' Trumps Societal Benefits in ICU
More than a third of clinicians prioritize critically ill patients over potential organ donors
Thursday, July 14, 2011

Increase in Staph Pneumonia in Children Mainly Due to MSRA
From 2001 to 2009, MRSA accounted for 74 percent of cases of SA pneumonia in children
Monday, July 11, 2011

Combination Therapy for A-Fib Increases Bleeding Risk
Increase seen in clinically relevant and major bleeding events, no reduction in stroke risk
Friday, July 08, 2011

Factors in Acinetobacter Infection Transmission ID'd
Interventions suggested to prevent multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter infections in war injuries
Friday, July 08, 2011

Nesiritide Has Small, Nonsignificant Effect on Dyspnea
Nesiritide use not linked to changes in rate of deaths or rehospitalization
Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Stroke Burden Shows Substantial Global Variation
Stroke mortality and disease burden exceeds ischemic heart disease burden in poor countries
Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Withdrawal of Life Support Main Mode of NICU Deaths
Withholding treatment associated with significant 1 percent increase in deaths per year
Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Fewer Clinical Capabilities in Critical Access Rural Hospitals
Rural CAHs have fewer clinical capabilities, poorer performance, and higher mortality rates
Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Increasing Incidence of U.S. In-Hospital Cardiac Arrests
Approximately 200,000 treated for in-hospital cardiac arrest annually in the United States
Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Blood Pressure Variability Tied to Heart Surgery Mortality
Systolic blood pressure deviations outside the normal range predict 30-day mortality rates
Friday, July 01, 2011

Black Patients Have Slower Transfer for Revascularization
Black patients have a significantly slower transfer time to a revascularization hospital after AMI
Thursday, June 30, 2011

Later Parenteral Nutrition Linked to Faster Recovery
Later initiation of parenteral nutrition associated with fewer complications than early initiation
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

E-Alerts Found to Help Prevent Thromboembolism
Electronic alerts reduce the incidence, cost of venous thromboembolism in hospitalized patients
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Integrated Care Linked to Lower Door-In-Door-Out Time
Emergency medical services tied to reduced treatment time in STEMI patients needing transfer
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

U.S. Territories Have Higher Mortality Rates Than States
Hospitals in territories have increased 30-day readmission rates for AMI and pneumonia
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Normal CT Scan Tied to Favorable Head Trauma Result
Low risk of neurosurgical intervention for children with normal CT scan after minor head trauma
Monday, June 27, 2011

Longer Peri- and Preshock Pauses Linked to Poor Survival
Longer pauses tied to reduced survival for patients with cardiac arrest in a shockable rhythm
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Anonymized Information May Decrease Violence Injuries
Data sharing may reduce violence-related hospital admission and wounding, but not minor violence
Friday, June 17, 2011

Increased Risk of Femoral Arterial Thrombosis in Children
Children with indwelling arterial catheters in the femoral artery have elevated thrombosis risk
Thursday, June 16, 2011

New Meningococcal A Conjugate Vaccine Is Effective
New vaccine elicits stronger group A antibody response than polysaccharide reference vaccine
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New Rotavirus Vaccine Reduces Cases of Infant Diarrhea
Moderately increased risk of intussusception following RV1 vaccination
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Life Expectancy in U.S. Counties Below Many Nations
Women, and black men and women have lower life expectancy in all U.S. counties
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Inappropriate Medicines Tied to Serious Avoidable Adverse Events
Potentially and actually inappropriate medications are often prescribed in the ICU
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

ARM: Ambulance Diversion May Increase Heart Attack Deaths
Cardiac mortality upped on days when nearest ER on prolonged ambulance diversion
Monday, June 13, 2011

ICU Care by Nonphysician Staff Is Safe and Effective
Mortality, length of stay, and discharge destination are not affected by ICU staffing type
Wednesday, June 08, 2011

NSAID Use Linked to Increased Venous Thromboembolism Risk
Increased risks for VTE, unprovoked VTE, deep venous thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism
Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Patients' Mobile Phones Carry Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria
Noticeably more multidrug-resistant bacteria on phones of patients than of health care workers
Tuesday, June 07, 2011

More Strokes Treated With Thrombolytics in the U.S.
Use of thrombolytics for stroke treatment approximately doubled between 2005 and 2009
Friday, June 03, 2011

Hospital Volume May Affect Surgical Mortality Rate
Increasing hospital volume contributes to decreased mortality for certain procedures
Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Fibroblast Growth Factor Not Effective in Limb Ischemia
Non-viral 1 fibroblast growth factor does not reduce amputation or death risk in limb ischemia
Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Corticosteroids May Shorten Pneumonia Hospital Stay
Dexamethasone therapy may reduce hospital stay in patients with community-acquired pneumonia
Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Effect Estimates May Be Inflated in Biomarker Studies
Highly cited studies overestimate biomarker effect compared to meta-analyses
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Education Increases Support for Family-Witnessed CPR
Prior experience of family-witnessed resuscitation identified as strongest variable of support
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Racial and Ethnic Disparities Exist in U.S. Stroke Care
Disparities affected by language and cultural barriers, socioeconomic status, insurance status
Monday, May 30, 2011

Most Intracerebral Hemorrhage Patients Develop Anemia
Packed red blood cell transfusion linked with improved outcome for intracerebral hemorrhage
Friday, May 27, 2011

Majority of U.K. Hospitals Offer Child Head Trauma Care
But most child ER visits are to hospitals that lack on-site care for critically ill children
Friday, May 27, 2011

Pediatric Medical Emergencies Increase in the U.K.
Presenting problems are similar to 10 years ago, except for fewer with breathing difficulties
Thursday, May 26, 2011

Contact With Drug Industry Linked to Positive Attitudes
Substantial proportion of medical students believe gifts from drug industry affect prescribing
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Vascular Disease May Increase Stroke or Death Risk in A-Fib
Vascular disease independently tied to stroke or death risk in patients with atrial fibrillation
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

End-of-Life Cancer Care Differs in the U.S. and Canada
Rates of chemotherapy use are higher, but fewer hospitalizations in U.S. patients
Monday, May 23, 2011

Severe Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Pneumonia Deaths
No significant association between cathelicidin or beta-defensin-2 levels and mortality
Monday, May 23, 2011

FDA: SimplyThick Should Not Be Used in Premature Infants
Product possibly linked to necrotizing enterocolitis in some infants
Monday, May 23, 2011

Awareness of Terminal Cancer Doesn't Impact Survival
Use of palliative care and nonuse of ICU are not associated with reduced survival time
Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tele-ICU Tied to Lower Mortality, Shorter Hospital Stay
Improved rates of best clinical practice adherence seen during tele-ICU intervention
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Surgical Catheter Complications Affect Health Outcomes
Increased length of stay, urinary tract infections in patients with catheter-related complications
Monday, May 16, 2011

QCOR: Decrease in Hospital Admissions From 1998 to 2008
Greater decline in the proportion and number of hospitalizations for cardiac conditions
Friday, May 13, 2011

QCOR: Inability to Understand English Delays MI Treatment
Symptom onset to presentation time significantly longer in patients who do not speak English
Friday, May 13, 2011

Firearm Homicide Rates Higher in Metropolitan Areas
And rate in youths usually higher than all-ages rate; suicide rate often lower in cities
Thursday, May 12, 2011

Poor Cardiovascular Outcomes for U.S. Women
Women less likely than men to have cardiac surgical interventions and less likely to survive
Thursday, May 12, 2011

Neonatal Vitamin D Deficiency Tied to Respiratory Disease
Routine vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy may prevent RSV during infancy
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Exogenous Estrogen Use Linked to Cerebral Aneurysms
Lower rate of oral contraceptive use or hormone replacement therapy tied to cerebral aneurysm
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Medical Education Participants Recognize Funding Bias
Yet most are unwilling to pay more for continuing medical education registration to overcome bias
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

NSAIDs May Increase Cardio Risk in MI Patients
In patients with MI, NSAIDs may increase the risk of MI, death during the course of treatment
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

AATS: High-Volume Transplant Centers Tied to Lower Mortality
Mortality improved in high-risk recipients who undergo heart surgery at high-volume centers
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

HRS: Survival High in Cardiac Arrest at Exercise Facilities
Rate of survival is high for events occurring at both traditional and alternative exercise sites
Friday, May 06, 2011

Aneurysmal Rupture Triggers Include Drinking Coffee
Highest population-attributable risks seen for coffee consumption and vigorous physical exercise
Thursday, May 05, 2011

Caregiver English Skills Tied to Length of Hospital Stay
Pediatric inpatients whose caregiver has limited English also have fewer home health care referrals
Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Race, Ethnicity May Influence ICU End-of-Life Care
Nonwhite patients less likely to have living wills, more likely to die with full support
Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Mortality Drops Despite Lack of Emergency Medical Team
Researchers question the limitations of before-and-after studies
Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Young Americans Do Not Consider Stroke Health Threat
Most young Americans want to live to old age but don't believe in adopting healthy behaviors now
Monday, May 02, 2011

Infarct Size Varies According to Time of Day
Significantly larger ST-segment elevation myocardial infarctions occur in the morning
Thursday, April 28, 2011

Low-Dose Aspirin Affects Post-Surgery Blood Drainage
Increased blood drainage, complications in patients who stop taking aspirin a week pre-surgery
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Lung Problems Common During and After Natural Disasters
Disaster response teams should be aware of the lung problems and be prepared to manage them
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Specialist Transfer to Patients With MI Improves Outcome
Transfer of specialists to patients makes balloon angioplasty within 90 minutes of MI possible
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

More MI Treatments Tied to Decreased Mortality in Sweden
Patients with STEMI have reduced mortality linked to increased use of evidence-based treatments
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

ACC/AHA Issue Blood Pressure Control Guidelines for Elderly
Aim is to help practitioners control hypertension in older adults and reduce risks for it
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Studies Add to Evidence on Clot Risk Tied to Contraceptives
Formulations with drospirenone linked to higher risk of clots than those with levonorgestrel
Friday, April 22, 2011

Depression After Traumatic Brain Injury Common
But little evidence available to guide decision making in treatment
Thursday, April 21, 2011

Researchers Review Risks Tied to Nuclear Accidents
Review outlines short- and long-term risks of radiation exposure after nuclear reactor accident
Thursday, April 21, 2011

Uremic Patients Risk Spinal Surgery Complications
Higher complication rate emphasizes need for attention to pre-, peri-, and postsurgical care
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Low-Cost Thromboprophylaxis by Electronic Alerts Effective
Both incidence and cost of treating venous thromboembolism may be reduced by e-alerts
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Perioperative MI Common and Usually Asymptomatic
Mortality rates elevated and similar in those who have a perioperative myocardial infarction
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Off-Label Use of Recombinant Factor VIIa High
No mortality reduction found for off-label indications; may raise thromboembolism risk
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

New Test Effective for Detection of Tuberculosis
Test for Mycobacterium tuberculosis, rifampicin resistance shows high sensitivity and specificity
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Airway Exam Rare in Infants With Life-Threatening Events
Need for otolaryngologic surgical intervention also quite uncommon
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Preterm Birth May Raise Attention Deficit Disorder Risk
Stepwise association between degree of immaturity and risk of receiving ADHD medication
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Do-Not-Resuscitate Order Linked to Increased Surgical Mortality
Increased complications, longer hospital stay in patients with do-not-resuscitate orders
Monday, April 18, 2011

Injecting Facility Reduces Illicit Drug Use Overdose Deaths
Mortality rate from drug overdoses falls after supervised injecting facility opens
Monday, April 18, 2011

Insulin Resistance Linked to Increased Preeclampsia Risk
Nulliparous women with preeclampsia have higher insulin resistance than normotensive controls
Monday, April 18, 2011

Stroke Outcomes Similar in Children and Young Adults
Cause of stroke differs; severity is similar and predicts outcome in children and young adults
Friday, April 15, 2011

Geneva Score Prognostic in Patients Ruled Out for PE
Patients assessed to have low clinical probability of pulmonary embolism have better prognosis
Friday, April 15, 2011

Neighborhood Social Cohesion May Reduce Stroke Mortality
Protective effect of neighborhood cohesion seen in whites, but not blacks
Friday, April 15, 2011

Less Fast Food Eaten After Acute Myocardial Infarction
Specific populations still consume fast food frequently, regardless of dietary counseling
Thursday, April 14, 2011

Single Embryo Transfer Lowers Neonatal Complications
Adoption of single embryo transfer policy would reduce deaths, complications, and NICU resources
Thursday, April 14, 2011

Anesthesia Complications Twice As Likely in Obese
Airway management events more likely to occur in the intensive care unit, emergency department
Thursday, April 14, 2011

Incidence of and Hospitalization for Dengue Fever Escalate
International travel and increased global incidence affect U.S. rates of tropical diseases
Thursday, April 14, 2011

MRSA Prevention Programs Have Conflicting Results
Stepped-up efforts fall short in one study, succeed greatly in another
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

AANS: Non-Accidental Head Traumas Up in Recession
Non-accidental head traumas in infants doubled from non-recession to recession periods
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Fixed-Dose Combos Equally Effective in TB Treatment
Drug combination does not demonstrate full noninferiority, but has potential advantages
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Glucose Variability Has No Cardio Protective Role
Modest decrease in intraday glucose variability does not affect secondary cardiovascular events
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

End-of-Life Care for Medicare Patients Changing
Patients in hospital less but hospice more; care has become more intense
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

FDA OKs Rapid Test to Spot C. difficile Infection
Detects toxin gene sequences associated with the epidemic 027/NAP1/BI strain of the bacterium
Friday, April 08, 2011

Virtual Reality Improves Stroke Patients' Motor Skills
Observational studies show improvements in arm motor impairment and motor function
Friday, April 08, 2011

'Global Trigger Tool' Identifies 10 Times More Errors
New tool identifies many more adverse events in hospital admissions compared to other methods
Thursday, April 07, 2011

Respiratory Distress Syndrome Tied to Long-Term Problems
Five years after discharge, many ARDS survivors have physical, psychological issues
Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Reduced Mortality in Very Elderly Heart Failure Patients
Thirty-day all-cause readmissions in very elderly heart failure patients remain unchanged
Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Non-Communicable Diseases Present a Global Health Crisis
Implementation of priority interventions would reduce global death rates by 2 percent per year
Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Alteration in Health Outcomes Post Estrogen Therapy
Reduced risk of breast cancer persists after cessation of conjugated equine estrogen therapy
Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Sudden Death Among Athletes Higher Than Formerly Reported
Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading medical cause of death during sport in student athletes
Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Community-Associated MRSA Infections Are Seasonal
Seasonal variation of hospital-associated methicillin-resistant S. aureus in children
Monday, April 04, 2011

Autoimmune Diseases Number Two Cause of Chronic Illness
Major burden on all U.S. health care costs, patient expenses, and loss of earnings
Friday, April 01, 2011

Areas With More Surgeons Have Fewer Car Crash Deaths
Study highlights need for treating surgery as primary care, developing inclusive surgical systems
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Online Health Records Less Used by Minorities, Poor
Low-income patients, blacks, and Hispanics less likely to use Internet personal health record
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Discharge to Skilled Nursing Facilities Linked to Death
Death and rehospitalization rates high in heart failure patients discharged to these facilities
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Decline Seen in Global Youth Mortality Over Last 50 Years
Smaller decline seen for young men aged 15 to 24, with injury being the main cause of deaths
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Room Cleaning Linked to Lower Drug-Resistant Infections
Enhanced cleaning interventions may lower drug-resistant infection risk from previous occupant
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Reduced Hours for Trainees Has Had Little Effect in U.S.
Shorter work week for doctors in training has had little impact, positive or negative, on patient safety
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hydrocortisone Lowers Risk of Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia
Intravenous hydrocortisone lowers the risk of hospital-acquired pneumonia in trauma patients
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dalteparin Not Superior to Unfractionated Heparin
No difference in proximal DVT incidence in critically ill; but fewer pulmonary emboli
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Antibiotics Reduce Risk of ICU-Acquired Infection
Two preventive regimens reduce risk of infection with highly resistant microorganisms
Monday, March 21, 2011

Multifaceted Approach Reduces Pneumonia in ICU
Ventilator-associated pneumonia rates fall in ICU after intervention improves guideline compliance
Monday, March 21, 2011

Group B Strep Still Main Cause of Neonatal Meningitis
Escherichia coli is most common cause of bacterial meningitis in preterm infants
Monday, March 21, 2011

Professional Values of U.S. and U.K. Doctors Examined
Nearly one-third of doctors fail to report inadequate colleague, often for fear of retribution
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Short Nurse Staffing Linked to Higher Patient Mortality
More deaths seen when shifts fall eight or more hours below target
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

U.S. Death Rate Reaches All-Time Low
In 2009, death rate hits 741 per 100,000 population, a 2.3 percent decline
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Smokers Advised to Stop Even Just Before Surgery
Quitting smoking in the eight weeks before surgery does not increase post-op complications
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

More Cholera Cases and Deaths Expected in Haiti
Clean water, vaccinations, better antibiotic distribution could reduce cholera cases and deaths
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Drug-Related Poisonings Highest in Young Children
Poisonings with suicidal intent seen most often in young women
Monday, March 14, 2011

Heart Rate Turbulence Risk Factor for Cardiac Mortality
Abnormal heart rate turbulence onset and slope tied to cardiac mortality in low-risk patients
Friday, March 11, 2011

Coffee Consumption Linked to Lower Stroke Risk in Women
No dose-response relationship seen between coffee consumption and stroke risk
Friday, March 11, 2011

Non-Infectious Problems Lower Dialysis Catheter Survival
Other risk factors have no significant impact on failure of peritoneal dialysis catheter
Thursday, March 10, 2011

Nitrous Oxide May Up Risk of Myocardial Infarction
Nitrous oxide anesthesia linked to increased long-term risk of myocardial infarction, not death
Thursday, March 10, 2011

Depression Care in Hospital May Improve Cardiac Outcomes
Initiating depression intervention during admission improves medical outcomes six months later
Thursday, March 10, 2011

HealthGrades Finds Rates of Patient Safety Events Vary
Patients have 46 percent lower risk of safety error in top versus bottom-ranking hospitals
Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Ethnic Differences Seen in Academic Measures for U.K. Docs
Gap exists in academic performance of white versus nonwhite medical students and doctors
Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Pharmacological Meta-Analyses Rarely Report Disclosures
Meta-analyses of pharmacological interventions rarely disclose funding or conflicts of interest
Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Post-Hospitalization Mortality High in Trauma Patients
Discharge to skilled nursing facility is a strong predictor of mortality
Tuesday, March 08, 2011

FDA: Adverse Events Tied to Kaletra in Preterm Infants
FDA revises label to include new warning outlining serious event risk in premature babies
Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Majority of Pediatric Burn Admissions Due to Scalding
Annual 2.3 percent decrease in hospitalization rate for children under 5 in Western Australia
Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Atrial Fibrillation Tied to Higher Incidence of Dementia
Stroke patients who have atrial fibrillation are 2.4 times more likely to develop dementia
Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Cerebral Palsy Incidence Down in Preterm Survivors
Decrease may be attributable to a reduction in severe cystic periventricular leukomalacia
Monday, March 07, 2011

Abuser's Gender Affects Head Trauma Outcome in Youth
Male perpetrators of abusive head trauma more likely to confess and be convicted
Monday, March 07, 2011

Risk Factors Identified for Catheter-Related Thrombosis
Implanted ports decrease risk compared to peripherally implanted central venous catheters
Monday, March 07, 2011

Majority Identify Need for an Ambulance in an Emergency
Only two of seven scenarios which do not require an ambulance were correctly identified by most
Friday, March 04, 2011

Rule Predicts Ability to Walk After Spinal Cord Injury
New prediction rule gives accurate early prognosis of ability to walk after spinal cord injury
Friday, March 04, 2011

Depression Tied to Lower Priority of Care in Heart Attack
Patients with documented history triaged to longer waits for care
Thursday, March 03, 2011

Diuretic Has Similar Effect Regardless of Method or Dose
Acute decompensated heart failure patients respond about the same
Thursday, March 03, 2011

Increased Dietary Potassium Tied to Lower Stroke Risk
Dietary potassium may also help reduce risk of heart disease and total cardiovascular disease
Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Higher Spending Does Not Improve Sepsis Outcomes
More than one-third of hospitals significantly exceed expected spending
Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Inhaled Nitric Oxide Does Not Shorten Sickle Cell Crisis
Inhaled nitric oxide gas does not reduce the duration of vaso-occlusive pain crisis
Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Type of Health Care-Associated Infections Is Falling
Central line-associated blood stream infections decline in ICUs; still high elsewhere
Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Risk of Death From Heart Attacks Not Linked to Gender
After adjusting for age and comorbidity, female gender is no longer associated with mortality
Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Helmets Protect Motorcyclists From Cervical Spine Injury
Riders are 20 percent less likely to suffer cervical spine injury if wearing a helmet
Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Guidelines Set for Insulin Therapy in Hospital Setting
Tight glycemic control seems to serve no benefit over less strict control
Friday, February 18, 2011

Warfarin Lot Being Recalled Due to Mislabeled Bottle
One bottle was labeled as 3 mg tablets but contained 10 mg tablets
Friday, February 18, 2011

New U.S. Report on the Nation's Health 2010 Released
The 34th annual CDC report includes a special feature on death and dying
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Most Recalled Medical Devices Given Lenient Approval
Over 70 percent of the medical devices recalled were considered low or moderate risk
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New Drug Offers Alternative to Warfarin
Dabigatran effective in prevention of blood clots for patients with atrial fibrillation
Monday, February 14, 2011

Screening Patients for MRSA Is Cost-Effective
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus screening reduces overall cost of patient care
Monday, February 14, 2011

ASA: Acute Stroke Patients May Not Benefit From Candesartan
Drug not effective in patients with acute stroke and hypertension and may even be harmful
Friday, February 11, 2011

ASA: Most Don't Receive Timely Dose of Clot-Busting Drug
Tissue plasminogen activator usually not given within 60 minutes despite improved survival
Friday, February 11, 2011

Public Sector Plays Big Role in Drug Research
Role of public-sector research institutions larger than previously thought
Wednesday, February 09, 2011

ASA: Stroke Hospitalizations Rising in Young
Rate of acute ischemic stroke hospitalizations up in those aged 5 to 44 years but down in older adults
Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Errors in Hospital Analgesia Prescriptions Nearly 3 in 1,000
Prescription error rate more than double in pediatric population
Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Faster Preemie Weight Gain Tied to Better Lung Function
Infants born prematurely who later grow at above-average rates show improved lung function
Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Nurses' Work Burden Linked to Patient Mortality
Long hours associated with higher risk of myocardial infarction, death from pneumonia
Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Stroke-Related Mortality Lower for Blacks Than Whites
Blacks more likely to get life-sustaining interventions, less likely to be discharged to hospice
Friday, February 04, 2011

Improved Care Needed for Elderly in Trauma Centers
Outcome-based review identifies trauma centers that provide above-average care for the elderly
Friday, February 04, 2011

Intensive Care Unit Initiative Tied to Lower Mortality
Mortality reduced in Michigan ICUs after implementation of quality improvement initiative
Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Heart Failure Patients in General Wards Have Worse Prognosis
Heart failure patients in general wards twice as likely to die as those in cardiac wards
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Electronic Health Records May Not Improve Care Quality
Use with clinical decision support not tied to better quality of care
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Contrast-Stress Echocardiography Predicts Coronary Syndromes
Exercise-electrocardiography not as useful among those with nondiagnostic EKG, normal troponins
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Extra Implanted Defibrillator Shocks Raise Mortality
Inappropriate shocks more common with atrial fibrillation and patients younger than 70 years
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pneumonia Guidelines May Need Adjustment
Guideline-based treatment for multidrug-resistant disease in ICUs linked to higher risk of death
Thursday, January 20, 2011

Repeated Acetaminophen Can Cause Infant Liver Failure
In case study, intravenous N-acetylcysteine therapy improved child's clinical condition
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Metrics Proposed to Monitor Care at Stroke Centers
Uniform data collection to help improve quality of care may lead to national care standards
Friday, January 14, 2011

CDC Report Highlights Important Health Disparities
Outlines disparities by sex, race/ethnicity, income, and other social characteristics
Thursday, January 13, 2011

Organ Donors From Mortalities in Neonatal ICUs Identified
Eight percent of mortalities identified as potential candidates for donation after cardiac death
Thursday, January 13, 2011

Private Room ICU May Reduce Infection Acquisition
Infection rate drops with shift from multibed to single-room units
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Corticosteroid Use May Shorten Children's Hospital Stays
Readmission rates higher in children not receiving both corticosteroids and β-agonists
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Obesity Prevalent Among 2009 H1N1-Infected Californians
Extreme obesity tied to a higher risk of death for 2009 H1N1 patients
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Burnout Levels Particularly High in Residents
High percentage of anesthesiology chairs also meet criteria for high or moderately-high burnout
Monday, January 10, 2011

Prehospital Intravenous Fluids May Harm Trauma Patients
Mortality highest in patients with penetrating injuries, hypotension, or severe head injury
Monday, January 10, 2011

Fluoxetine May Improve Post-Stroke Motor Function
The antidepressant shows promise as stroke treatment in those with motor impairments
Monday, January 10, 2011

Fish-Oil Lipid Emulsion Lowers Retinopathy Risk
Administration in very-low-birth-weight infants from first day of life effective for prophylaxis
Friday, January 07, 2011

No Improvement Seen in Very Premature Infants
Neurodevelopmental outcomes in those born before 25 weeks' gestation similar from '99 to '04
Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Regular Family Meetings Not Linked to Shorter ICU Stays
Study examines weekly meetings with families of long-stay intensive care unit patients
Wednesday, December 08, 2010

ASH: Oral Venous Thrombosis Agent Effective and Safe
Rivaroxaban may provide a simple, fixed-dose approach for short-term and continued treatment
Monday, December 06, 2010

Updated Guidelines for the Prevention of Stroke Issued
Risks categorized according to modifiability and strength of evidence
Friday, December 03, 2010

Burnout Driving Away Many Emergency Physicians
French study finds work-family conflicts, poor teamwork associated with burnout
Thursday, December 02, 2010

Bloodstream Infections Tied to Excess Mortality in ICU
Pneumonia also greatly increases mortality, but antimicrobial resistance does not up length of stay
Wednesday, December 01, 2010

IBD Patients With Infection at Higher Risk for Complications
Patients with nosocomial infections have longer length of stay, increased mortality risk
Monday, November 29, 2010

Patient Harm Found Common, Unchanged in Hospitals
Rate during six-year period in North Carolina didn't drop substantially
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thrombolysis Tied to Better Stroke Outcome at All Ages
The treatment appears to improve outcomes even in patients older than 80
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Acute Kidney Injury Risk Varies Based on eGFR, Proteinuria
Both markers appear to be important for identifying at-risk patients
Monday, November 22, 2010

ASN: Weekend Admissions May Raise ESRD Patients' Risk
Greater mortality risk related to weekend hospital admissions in end-stage renal disease
Friday, November 19, 2010

U.S. Health Insurance Compared to 10 Other Nations
U.S. adults spend more time, money on insurance; have more coverage denials
Friday, November 19, 2010

Fraud in Scientific Literature Appears Intentional
Characteristics of articles retracted for fraud versus error suggest deliberate effort
Thursday, November 18, 2010

AHA: Single Epoetin Alfa Infusion May Not Help in STEMI
Does not reduce infarct size; increases number of adverse cardiac events
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

AHA: External Defibrillators Don't Offer In-Hospital Benefit
Use in hospitalized patients with cardiac arrest not associated with improved survival
Monday, November 15, 2010

Motorcycle Crashes a Major Cause of Brain Injury in Youths
But youth-specific helmet laws less effective than universal helmet laws at preventing TBI
Monday, November 15, 2010

AHA: In Cardiac Arrest, Ending Care Too Early May Be Deadly
Neurological awakening may begin at day three but not be apparent until day seven
Monday, November 15, 2010

AHA Urges Certification Program for CVD, Stroke Care
AHA Presidential Advisory says program needed to standardize, improve quality of care
Friday, November 12, 2010

Physician-Industry Financial Ties Decreased Since 2004
But 83.8 percent of physicians still have some type of industry financial relationship
Friday, November 12, 2010

ACCF/ACG/AHA: PPIs + Antiplatelet Drugs May Be OK
Consensus document outlines scenarios when concomitant use is reasonable to prevent GI bleed
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Disparity Found for Blood Infection Estimate Methods
Variability of rates relative to computer algorithm suggests wide variation across medical centers
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Intensive Statin Use Further Cuts Risk of Vascular Events
Larger reduction in LDL cholesterol tied to lower risk for vascular events
Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Early Neurologic Improvement Tied to Good Outcome Later
Ischemic stroke patients undergoing recombinant tissue plasminogen activator perfusion studied
Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Hospital Admission Delay in Non-STEMI Unchanged
Another study finds dramatic door-to-balloon time reduction in STEMI but no mortality impact
Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Rivastigmine Does Not Reduce Delirium in Critically Ill
The drug may, in fact, increase mortality; trial stopped early because of death rate
Friday, November 05, 2010

FDA: Hospira Symbiq Infusers Recalled
Motor encoder failures in the pumping mechanism may cause infuser malfunction
Friday, November 05, 2010

Many Children Hospitalized With H1N1 Were in ICU or Died
Premature infants, those with underlying illnesses had higher rate of severe complications
Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Worse Outcome for Weekend Stroke Admission Confirmed
Case mix more severe on weekends, but adjustment for this factor does not change finding
Monday, November 01, 2010

Many Factors Found to Predict Hospital Readmission
Comorbidities, Medicaid payer status, and being underweight among these
Friday, October 29, 2010

Sepsis in Elderly Linked to Lost Cognition, Functionality
These effects not seen in survivors of non-sepsis hospitalizations
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Primary Care Trails Other Specialties in Hourly Wages
In other study, physicians point to Medicare reimbursement problems, differ on reforms
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

HealthGrades: Lower Mortality Seen at High-Ranked Hospitals
Patients in five-star hospitals have much lower death risk than those at one-star hospitals
Monday, October 25, 2010

IDSA: Brazilian MRSA Strain Found in United States
Session also outlines agents to address bacterial resistance to different pathogens
Monday, October 25, 2010

Infections Exert Heavy Mortality Toll in Cirrhosis
Infections increase mortality nearly four-fold; can be seen as additional prognostic factor in cirrhosis
Friday, October 22, 2010

New Guidelines for Recurrent Stroke Prevention Published
AHA/ASA updates guidelines to reflect recent findings
Friday, October 22, 2010

Infusion Ups Risk of Organ Failure in Trauma Patients
In critically injured patients, FFP, but not platelets, found to be independent risk factor
Thursday, October 21, 2010

Diabetes Hospitalizations Rise Among Young Adults
Study finds greater increases among young women than among young men
Thursday, October 14, 2010

Prior Aspirin Use Is Marker for Recurrent MI Risk After ACS
Data analysis suggests prior aspirin use may identify higher-risk patient population
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Transfusion Policies for Cardiac Surgery Vary in U.S.
Outcomes of transfusion at hematocrit of 30 percent not better than at hematocrit of 24 percent
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Increasing Catheter Size Tied to Greater Thrombosis Risk
Prior deep vein thrombosis also tied to risk of peripherally inserted central catheter-linked DVT
Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Oseltamivir May Prevent Pneumonia in H1N1 Patients
Also appears to reduce duration of fever, viral RNA shedding if taken within two days of symptom onset
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infection Surveillance Varies
Differs greatly among PICUs, with more aggressive practices tied to higher CA-BSI rates
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Mortality Risk Predictor for Stroke Patients Devised
Model provides clinicians with a practical bedside tool for stratifying in-hospital mortality risk
Monday, September 27, 2010

Day Care May Up Problems in Lung Disease Patients
Odds of morbidities higher in chronic lung disease of prematurity patients who attend day care
Monday, September 27, 2010

Hospitalized Children Have Increasingly Complex Illnesses
These children utilize more hospital technology-assisted resources, have increasing costs
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Thigh-Length Stockings Help Avert Thromboses After Stroke
Thigh-length stockings reduce risk of deep venous thrombosis 31 percent versus below-knee stockings
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Elevated Post-Op Glucose Ups Risk of Surgical Site Infection
Vascular surgeries also carry higher infection risk, but risk factors differ
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

FDA Issues Label Change for Valganciclovir Hydrochloride
New pediatric dosing recommendation issued in an effort to prevent overdosing in children
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sacrifice Makes Industry Gifts Seem More Acceptable
Residents reminded of med school sacrifices tend to perceive gifting more favorably
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Re-Consent Important Before Secondary Use of Genetic Data
Research participants want to be asked before their data are added to federal database
Monday, September 13, 2010

Secondary Overtriage More Common in Pediatric Patients
Discharging patients within day of transfer without surgery linked to significant costs
Monday, September 13, 2010

ICU Intervention Fails to Improve Quality of Dying
Does not result in improved length of stay before death, time to withdrawal of mechanical ventilation
Monday, September 13, 2010

Perioperative Stroke Rare but Deadly in Joint Replacement
Non-coronary heart disease, urgent surgery, general anesthesia, arrhythmia among risk factors
Thursday, September 09, 2010

Minorities, Uninsured Struck by Cars Have Higher Death Risk
Mortality rate higher for these pedestrians than for whites, those with private insurance
Thursday, September 09, 2010

Annual Medical Liability Costs Surpass $50 Billion
Account for more than 2 percent of total health care spending in the United States
Thursday, September 09, 2010

Limitation of End-of-Life Support Varies Among PICUs
Study finds significant variability; black race, no trainees tied to lower frequency of limitation
Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Assay for Tuberculosis Shows Promise in Low-Income Areas
Test simple to perform, has high sensitivity in smear-negative cases of disease
Thursday, September 02, 2010

ESC: With MI, Non-Cardiac Surgery, Statins Lower MI Risk
For CABG, MI risk not decreased by pre-procedure drugs, but atrial fibrillation risk lower
Thursday, September 02, 2010

Neonatal Mortality Risk Higher at Unspecialized Hospitals
Very low-birth-weight, very preterm infants more likely to survive if born at level III facilities
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

ESC: Low-Dose Heparin Doesn't Reduce PCI-Related Bleeding
Researchers recommend standard dose for non-ST-segment elevation patients
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Costs of Vehicle-Related Injury Exceeded $99 Billion in 2005
$58 billion attributed to fatalities, $28 billion to nonfatal injuries resulting in hospitalization
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

AHA/ASA Stroke Program Likely Applicable Outside U.S.
Applicability in Taiwan shows program could be global standard for improving stroke care
Monday, August 30, 2010

ESC: In Atherothrombosis, Clinical Descriptors Predict Risk
Those with history of ischemic events most vulnerable to subsequent events
Monday, August 30, 2010

ESC: Ivabradine Lowers Heart Failure-Related Mortality
The drug lowers heart rate, which itself is associated with heart failure risk
Monday, August 30, 2010

ESC: Local Standards Affect Stroke Drug Benefits
Analysis of drug comparison trial shows quality control affects benefits of new treatment
Monday, August 30, 2010

Collar Preferable to Imaging in Unevaluable Trauma Patients
Neuroimaging tests lack sensitivity for cervical spine evaluation, not cost-effective versus collar
Friday, August 27, 2010

Most Low Weight Infants at 24 Weeks Gestational Age Live
But extremely low birth weight infants who survive still have high morbidity rates
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

MRSA Infection Risk Found Higher Among Illicit Drug Users
Drug users in VA cohort had three times the USA300 MRSA infection risk as non-drug users
Friday, August 20, 2010

Early Palliative Care Beneficial in Metastatic Lung Cancer
Associated with better quality of life, longer survival in metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Simple Assessment Score May Predict Critical Care Needs
Tool uses out-of-hospital factors to predict critical illness during hospitalization
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Same-Day Discharge After PCI Safe for Some
Fewer than 1 percent of patients in study experienced major adverse events within 30 days
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Specialist Retrieval Teams May Increase Pediatric Survival
Lower mortality rates found in children transferred to pediatric intensive care units by specialists
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Earlier Weaning of Preterm Infants From Incubator Is Safe
Earlier transition to open crib in moderately preterm babies linked to earlier hospital discharge
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Patients, Doctors Often Have Communication Discrepancies
Hospital surveys find relatively few patients can name doctor in charge; many don't know diagnosis
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Simplified Tool Assesses Death Risk in Pulmonary Embolism
New Pulmonary Embolism Severity Index has same accuracy, clinical utility as original
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Health Care-Linked MRSA Rate Shows Recent Decline
Study looks at invasive hospital-onset, health care-associated community-onset infections
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Some Vena Cava Filters Prone to Fracture, Embolization
Researchers find high prevalence of such breakdowns in Bard filters
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Research Confirms Violence Linked to Shaking Infants
In abusive head trauma cases, shaking is usually repeated; impact is uncommon
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

B Vitamins Do Not Prevent Vascular Events After Stroke
B vitamin supplementation is safe but appears no more effective than placebo
Wednesday, August 04, 2010

FDA: Nimodipine Should Never Be Administered Intravenously
Agency reminds providers that IV use may lead to cardiac arrest, other adverse events, death
Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Industry-Funded Clinical Trials Yield More Positive Outcomes
Also less likely than government-, nonprofit-funded trials to be published within two years
Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Two Studies Offer Support for Compression-Only CPR
For cardiac arrest patients, compression alone or with rescue breathing tied to similar survival rates
Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Alteplase Remains Safe Up to 4.5 Hours After Acute Stroke
And extending treatment window from three hours up to 4.5 hours not found to delay stroke treatment
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Direct Trip to Intervention Center Improves STEMI Outcomes
Pre-hospital diagnosis plus direct transport linked to quicker time to balloon, lower mortality
Friday, July 23, 2010

Heart Failure Emergency Care, Physician Skill Sets Explored
Professional organizations delineate physician competencies and needs for research on ER care
Friday, July 23, 2010

Patient-Centered Care Linked to Improved AMI Survival
Tied to modestly lower hazard of death over one-year period for myocardial infarction patients
Thursday, July 22, 2010

Birth Timing Not Tied to Low Birth Weight Infants' Outcomes
Those born on weekends, at night, or in July or August not at higher morbidity or mortality risk
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Post-Op, Sepsis More Common Than MI, Pulmonary Embolism
Age over 60, emergency surgery, and comorbid conditions are risk factors for sepsis
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Stroke Risk Doubled One Hour After Drinking Alcohol
But researchers find elevated risk is transient
Thursday, July 15, 2010

FDA Issues Requirements for Baxter Infusion Pump Recall
Agency requiring Baxter to provide refunds or replacements or terminate leases
Thursday, July 15, 2010

Home, Hospital Antibiotics Offer Similar Results in Cystic Fibrosis
Those treated for exacerbations have similar lung function outcomes regardless of therapy location
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pneumonia, Raised CRP Level Tied to Severe H1N1 Outcomes
Especially true in those with obesity, pulmonary conditions, but healthy people often hospitalized
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hospital Care of Heart Attack Patients Has Improved
Safe, timely administration of care such as PCI has increased; mortality has fallen
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

H1N1 Tied to Death, Serious Illness in Transplant Patients
But early treatment with antivirals associated with reduced rate of ICU admissions
Friday, July 09, 2010

Improper Anesthesia Practice Causes Hepatitis Outbreak
Anesthesiologist reused contaminated single-use propofol vial on multiple patients
Friday, July 09, 2010

Weekend ICU Admission Linked to Higher Mortality Risk
But no association found between nighttime admission and risk of death
Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Lung Transplantation Survival Varies Among Centers
Variation in survival after transplant found to be only partly associated with procedure volume
Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Out-of-Hospital CHD Mortality Higher in Young Men
May partly explain why young women hospitalized with MI have higher in-hospital mortality
Friday, July 02, 2010

Early Stroke Complications Rob Patients of Healthy Years
Loss of healthy life from complications adds to toll of ischemic stroke
Thursday, July 01, 2010

ADA: Intensive Therapy Helps in Some Diabetes Outcomes
But ACCORD analysis shows that benefits need to be weighed against risk of serious adverse events
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Diagnostic Adverse Events Usually Due to Human Failure
Associated with higher mortality rate than other types of adverse events
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

End-of-Life Hospital Care Has Room for Improvement
Study gives high marks for pain and dyspnea care, but cites lack of follow-up and communication
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Doctors Agree Malpractice Fears Drive Overuse of Tests
Almost all surveyed physicians say more tests and procedures are ordered than needed
Monday, June 28, 2010

Venous Thromboembolism Risk Factors Vary by Race
Black Americans with VTE less likely to have typical risks, more likely to have cardio risk factors
Monday, June 28, 2010

Moldy Homes Linked to Higher Risk of Severe Asthma Attacks
Children with CHIT1 variants, high mold exposure at increased risk of exacerbations
Friday, June 25, 2010

Diabetes May Complicate COPD Hospital Admissions
Diabetes patients admitted for COPD exacerbations have trends toward longer stay, higher mortality
Thursday, June 24, 2010

Racial Disparities in Sepsis Explained by Two Factors
Higher incidence among black individuals attributed to higher infection rate, organ dysfunction risk
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Brain Hemorrhage Diagnosis Delay Rare in Children
Large Canadian study finds few delayed diagnoses in patients with minor head injuries
Monday, June 21, 2010

10 Risk Factors Associated With Most of Stroke Risk
Account for 90 percent of population-attributable risks for stroke internationally
Friday, June 18, 2010

MRSA Linked to Higher Mortality in Cystic Fibrosis
Study further establishes methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus as important CF pathogen
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

In COPD, Oral, Intravenous Steroids Bring Same Outcomes
For exacerbations, oral low-dose steroids found no worse than high-dose intravenous steroids
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Incidental Findings Frequently Seen in Pediatric Brain Imaging
Findings present on MRI in 6.6 percent; potentially serious incidental findings only seen in 0.6 percent
Monday, June 14, 2010

Private Insurance Linked to Lower Hospital Mortality
Finding noted in adults with acute MI, stroke, pneumonia versus uninsured, Medicaid recipients
Friday, June 11, 2010

Hospira Expands Propofol and Lipsoyn Recall
March 31 recall expanded as a precaution to capture all affected lots
Friday, June 11, 2010

Suppressed Anger in CAD Linked to Adverse Cardiac Events
Suppressed anger associated with greater risk of myocardial infarction, cardiac death
Thursday, June 10, 2010

FDA: Defibtech's DBP-2800 Battery Packs Recalled
Battery packs used in Lifeline and ReviveR AEDs recalled due to four reports of malfunction
Thursday, June 10, 2010

Long-Term Acute Care Hospital Utilization Increasing
But survival among patients transferred to these facilities after critical illness episode is poor
Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Fatal Medication Errors Rise in July at Teaching Hospitals
Researchers say arrival of new medical residents at least partly explains the increase
Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Many Adults With Pediatric Disorders Use Pediatric ERs
Transition patients have high rates of intensive care unit, hospital admission
Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Revised, Evidence-Based Brain Death Guideline Issued
Insufficient evidence available to determine if new ancillary tests accurately identify brain death
Monday, June 07, 2010

Many Hospital Patients Readmitted Within Two Years
Often, those with coronary atherosclerosis, diabetes readmitted for same conditions
Monday, June 07, 2010

Non-Married at Greater Risk of Hospitalization for Sepsis
Singles, divorced men have highest odds of sepsis-related mortality
Friday, June 04, 2010

Many Ischemic Stroke Patients Arrive at ER Within Hour
Early arrivers more often receive thrombolytic therapy, but not as quickly as late arrivers
Friday, June 04, 2010

Early Heparin Beneficial in Pulmonary Embolism
Anticoagulation in emergency department associated with lower mortality rates
Thursday, June 03, 2010

Stroke Patients Benefit From Early Lipid-Lowering Therapy
In-hospital initiation associated with better clinical outcomes after ischemic stroke, TIA
Thursday, June 03, 2010

Post-CPR Hyperoxia Linked to Higher Mortality Risk
Increased mortality risk also seen with delayed interventions after STEMI
Tuesday, June 01, 2010

In Heart Failure, Discharges Earlier, Readmission Rates Up
Discharges to skilled nursing homes increase, while in-hospital mortality falls
Tuesday, June 01, 2010

FDA: Claris IV Medications Recalled Due to Contamination
Recall issued due to white foreign matter found in IV bags of metronidazole and ondasetron
Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Ventilation Strategies Result in Similar Outcomes
High-frequency oscillatory ventilation not superior or inferior to conventional for preterm infants
Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Heart Fatty Acid-Binding Protein Levels May Indicate ACS Risk
H-FABP concentrations found predictive of adverse events in acute coronary syndrome patients
Tuesday, June 01, 2010

FDA: Baxter Recalling Hyaluronidase Human Injection
Product recalled after glass particles found in vials during stability testing
Thursday, May 27, 2010

Early Antibiotics in COPD Hospitalizations Beneficial
Treatment in first two days linked to decreased ventilator use, mortality
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

H1N1 in Pregnant Women Is Serious Threat to Fetuses
Those with H1N1 at increased risk for emergency cesarean, fetal distress/mortality
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Low Phosphorus Linked to Early Death in HIV Therapy
Low levels at initiation of antiretroviral therapy appear to predict early mortality
Monday, May 24, 2010

AHA: Cardio Device Use Increasingly Common and Costly
Use of certain implantable devices responsible for large growth in care costs for cardiovascular disease
Friday, May 21, 2010

AHA: Smoking Ban Could Reduce Hospitalizations, Costs
Researchers estimate a national ban could markedly reduce AMI hospitalizations
Friday, May 21, 2010

Sagent Announces Recall of Metronidazole Injection
Intravenous antimicrobial product recalled due to non-sterility in two lots
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

ATS: Published ICU Infection Rates May Mislead Public
Ventilator- and catheter-related infections do not correlate with mortality
Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Racial Disparities Reduced in Quality Monitoring Program
Participating hospitals showed improvements in adherence to evidence-based AMI guidelines
Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Antibiotic Patterns for S. Aureus in Children Have Changed
Use of antibiotics that treat MRSA has increased; clindamycin use has increased most
Monday, May 17, 2010

CPAP Found Feasible for Extremely Preterm Infants
But lower target range of oxygenation does not reduce composite of severe retinopathy or death
Monday, May 17, 2010

HRS: Expert Statement Addresses Cardiac Device Deactivation
Statement offers guidance for management of CIEDs in patients nearing the end of life
Friday, May 14, 2010

Earliest Receipt of Alteplase Benefits Stroke Outcomes Most
The longer the delay, the lower the odds of good outcome; little, if any, benefit seen past 4.5 hours
Friday, May 14, 2010

Many General Internists Leave Field by Mid-Career
One in six leave internal medicine versus one in 25 internal medicine subspecialists, survey finds
Friday, May 14, 2010

FDA and GE Issue Class I Recall of Anesthesia Systems
Specific lots of Aisys, Avance systems have defect that may result in unexpected shutdowns
Thursday, May 13, 2010

New FDA Program Targets Misleading Drug Advertising
Aims to teach health care providers their role in recognizing, reporting untruthful ads
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fluctuating Blood Pressure May Increase Risk of CVD in Elderly
Higher blood pressure, blood pressure fluctuations linked to higher risk of cerebrovascular disease
Monday, May 10, 2010

In-Hospital Pediatric Mortality Tied to Patient Characteristics
Reducing variability among and within institutions could help improve mortality rates
Monday, May 10, 2010

Iron Deficiency in ICU Patients Tied to Higher Transfusion Rate
Low reticulocyte hemoglobin content is common in ICU patients; may signal transfusion need
Friday, May 07, 2010

Job Satisfaction Up for Specialty-Certified Critical Care Nurses
Certification linked to greater sense of empowerment compared to non-certified peers
Thursday, May 06, 2010

Bar-Code Technology Reduces Medication Errors in Hospitals
Substantial reductions seen in both transcription and administration errors
Wednesday, May 05, 2010

FDA Orders Recall of Colleague Volumetric Infusion Pumps
Agency cites years of problems; Baxter Healthcare ordered to offer refunds, replacements
Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Prognosis Varies Per Glycemic Index Pre-Revascularization
Type 2 diabetes patients with HbA1c of 6 to 7 percent have lowest risk of adverse cardio events
Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Most People Don't Know Which Hospitals Are Stroke-Certified
American Stroke Association survey finds this true although most think this knowledge is important
Tuesday, May 04, 2010

PAS: Abusive Head Trauma Up in Children During Recession
But researchers cannot link increase to higher unemployment rates
Monday, May 03, 2010

IV Narcotics Safe in Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients
Intravenous narcotics use does not adversely affect outcomes, may even be beneficial
Thursday, April 29, 2010

Risk Factors for Physician Misconduct Identified
Male sex, lower socioeconomic status, and difficulty in medical school increase misconduct risk
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

ALA Report Finds Good, Bad News on Air Pollution
Lung association says particle and ozone pollution down in many cities, but threats remain
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

FDA Changes Medical Device Advisory Committee Process
Expert panels reviewing devices for premarket approval will discuss information differently
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Some Tracheostomy Tubes Made by Covidien Recalled
Devices from certain lots fail to generate positive airway pressure
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Device Found as Effective as Heparin for Clot Prevention
And fewer major bleeding events after hip arthroplasty seen with mobile compression device
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Interruptions Increase Medication Errors by Nurses
The higher the frequency of interruptions, the greater the error severity
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Survival in Extreme Preterm Infants Unchanged Since 1993
In those born before 24 weeks' gestation, survival time, but not overall survival, has increased
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Financial Ties Negatively Affect Perceptions of Research Quality
Patients believe their physicians' ties also influence clinical care
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Recall Issued for LIFEPAK 15 Monitor/Defibrillator
The device may have problems powering on and off, which may result in serious adverse events
Monday, April 26, 2010

FDA Addresses External Infusion Pump Safety Issues
New initiative includes additional premarket requirements for manufacturers
Monday, April 26, 2010

Daily Chest Radiography in ICU May Be Unnecessary
Mortality, length of stay, ventilator days not affected when daily radiographs eliminated
Monday, April 26, 2010

ACP: Updates Summarize Key Studies From 2009
Annals of Internal Medicine articles address important advances in five fields of medicine
Friday, April 23, 2010

Delaying CABG Surgery Does Not Benefit NSTEMI Patients
Risk of adverse outcomes is same in patients undergoing early, late procedure
Thursday, April 22, 2010

Delaying Clopidogrel After Stent Placement May Be Deadly
Rate of heart attack or death is nearly doubled in patients who fill prescription after discharge day
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Early Antivirals Decrease H1N1 Mortality in Pregnant Women
Also linked to fewer ICU admissions; pregnant women made up 5 percent of H1N1 deaths in 2009
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Long-Term Effects of Sucrose in Infants Unclear
Researchers urge cautious use of sucrose for pain control until effects better understood
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Robot-Assisted Therapy Somewhat Beneficial in Stroke
Is more effective than usual, not intensive, care at 36 weeks in those with upper-limb impairment
Friday, April 16, 2010

Quality Improvement Process Benefits ICU Patients
Team approach reduces sedation, promotes early physical medicine and rehabilitation
Friday, April 16, 2010

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Exacts Global Toll in Children
RSV-associated acute lower-respiratory infections may kill nearly 200,000 children under 5 yearly
Friday, April 16, 2010

Many Delay Seeking Care Following TIA, Minor Stroke
Roughly 70 percent seek attention within 24 hours; most don't recognize symptom cause
Friday, April 16, 2010

Weekend Admission Affects Mortality in Acute Kidney Injury
Death rate in acute kidney injury patients admitted on weekends higher at smaller hospitals
Friday, April 16, 2010

Early Defibrillation Boosts Survival in Cardiac Arrest
Defibrillation prior to arrival of emergency personnel nearly doubles survival rate
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Malpractice Fears May Lead to Unneeded Heart Tests
Survey shows some cardiologists order cardiac catheterization because of such fears
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Financial Worries, Lack of Insurance Tied to MI Care Delays
Money concerns, being uninsured associated with greater likelihood of long prehospital delay
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Advanced Age Affects Mortality Risk After Device Implantation
Higher mortality seen among elderly patients who undergo implantation of cardiac devices
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Intensive Care Unit Program Linked to Lower Mortality
Intervention includes health information technology, overnight remote intensivist coverage
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Palliative Radiotherapy Is Often Not Beneficial
End-stage cancer patients often treated with little or no benefit
Monday, April 12, 2010

Even Mild Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk of Stroke in Men
Study links stroke with even mild OSA in men; link only seen with more severe OSA in women
Friday, April 09, 2010

New PCI Risk Models Predict Risk of Early Mortality
Three models may have multiple applications in research, clinical and policy decision-making
Thursday, April 08, 2010

Elderly on Antipsychotics at Higher Risk for Pneumonia
Study finds they have a dose-dependent increased risk for community-acquired disease
Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Study Finds Delays in Endoscopy Common for GI Bleeding
Half of U.K. hospitals lack out-of-hours endoscopy rota for acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding
Friday, April 02, 2010

Care Bundles May Decrease In-Hospital Mortality
Before-and-after study shows implementation reduces deaths in targeted diagnoses
Friday, April 02, 2010

Influenza Vaccination Coverage Remains Inadequate
Improvement for future seasons needed for health care workers and general population
Thursday, April 01, 2010

Almost One Million Safety Incidents in Medicare Patients
In-hospital incidents in three-year period result in 99,180 deaths, $8.9 billion in excess costs
Thursday, April 01, 2010

Advance Directives Effectively Guide End-of-Life Care
Elderly people who have living wills in place tend to receive the kind of care they request
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Physicians Weigh Many Factors in Surrogate Decision Making
Survey finds physicians do not always rely solely on expressed patient preferences
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Delayed Intervention Ups Mortality in Coronary Syndrome
Mortality twice as high when PCI is delayed more than 24 hours compared to less than eight hours
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Diabetes Ups Post-Op Mortality Risk in Cancer Patients
Cancer patients with preexisting diabetes about 50 percent more likely to die following surgery
Monday, March 29, 2010

Antibiotic Reduces Mortality in African AIDS Patients
Trial analysis finds 35 percent overall decrease in 72-week mortality with co-trimoxazole
Monday, March 29, 2010

Anemia Increases Mortality Risk After Heart Attack
Risk particularly high in those with multivessel disease and incomplete revascularization
Monday, March 29, 2010

Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis Mostly in Line With Guidelines
Study finds some variation in imaging tests by physician specialty and geographic location
Monday, March 29, 2010

Racial Disparities Observed in Stroke Quality of Care
African-Americans tend to receive less evidence-based care than Hispanics or Caucasians
Friday, March 26, 2010

AHA Calls for New Strategies to Cut Medication Errors
Report says key changes are needed to reduce errors in patients with acute cardiovascular disease, stroke
Friday, March 26, 2010

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Shows Benefit in Critically Ill
Real-time CGM not found to improve glycemic control, but reduces severe hypoglycemic events
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Antiseptic Baths Reduce Infection in Critically Ill
Reductions seen in catheter-related infections, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Friday, March 19, 2010

Complications Relatively Common With Neonatal CPAP
Continuous positive airway pressure for babies requires close monitoring, researchers conclude
Thursday, March 18, 2010

Extended Use of Catheters in Newborns Linked to Infection
Risk of central line-associated bloodstream infections particularly increases after 35 days
Monday, March 15, 2010

Warfarin May Raise Hemorrhage Risk After Stroke Treatment
Warfarin patients found at higher hemorrhage risk after being given IV tissue plasminogen activator
Monday, March 15, 2010

Article Outlines Use of PCV13 Vaccine in Young Children
Other report says vaccine should greatly reduce rate of pneumococcal disease in children under 5
Friday, March 12, 2010

Findings Link Variability in Blood Pressure, Stroke Risk
Research makes 'strong argument' for measuring BP variability in addition to mean pressure
Friday, March 12, 2010

Live Kidney Donation Considered Safe for Donor
Long-term survival unaffected; some groups have higher surgical mortality
Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Biomarker Helps Predict Death Risk in Coronary Angiography
Myeloperoxidase and C-reactive protein show independent and combined predictive value
Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Fatigue Found Predictive of Cardiovascular Events in ESRD
Patients on dialysis who are severely fatigued have twice the risk of cardiovascular events
Monday, March 08, 2010

Rosuvastatin Protects Against Reperfusion-Related Damage
Study finds drug blunts impact of ischemia and reperfusion on flow-mediated dilation
Friday, March 05, 2010

Adult Ocular Shingles Linked to Higher Stroke Risk
Study finds patients more likely to have ischemic strokes rather than hemorrhagic strokes
Thursday, March 04, 2010

Norepinephrine and Dopamine Treatment for Shock Compared
Study finds overall death rates similar, but dopamine may pose danger in cardiogenic shock
Wednesday, March 03, 2010

AHA: Caffeine Has Mixed Effects on Heart Health
Higher intake is linked to reduced risk of arrhythmia hospitalization and diabetes
Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Effect of Bystander CPR for Children Assessed by Type
If event is non-cardiac in origin, CPR with rescue breathing found superior to chest compression only
Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Awareness of Heart Disease Risk Still Lacking in Women
Awareness among women has risen since 1997 but is stabilizing and still too low
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Pediatric Obesity Affects Survival After In-Hospital CPR
Further studies and guidelines needed to assess potential CPR differences in obese children
Monday, February 22, 2010

Medical Checklists Needed to Improve Care and Outcomes
Johns Hopkins authors advocate medical checklist use and propose a process to develop them
Monday, February 22, 2010

New System Aims to Improve Blood Transfusion Safety
Using national data, CDC will monitor adverse events related to transfusions
Friday, February 19, 2010

Predictors of 'Never-Event' Complications Identified
Authors say policy of denying payment for many never events is often counterproductive
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents Safety Plan Approved
FDA plan requires physician training, certification for use of ESAs in cancer patients
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lumbar Fusion Linked to Improved Driver Reaction Time
Patients' driver reaction time after three months found better than preoperative driver reaction time
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Risk Factors Often Present in Cases of SIDS
Comprehensive parental education is needed to communicate compensatory strategies
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Poor Sleep Linked to More Car Accidents in Teenagers
Male gender and use of tobacco also associated with a higher risk of crashes
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Superficial Venous Thrombosis May Herald Greater Risks
Many with the condition present with venous thromboembolism and at risk for complications
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Outcomes Found to Be Poor in South Carolina Stroke Patients
High rates of recurrent stroke and death suggest need to improve secondary prevention
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Cardiac Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy Studied
No decreased coronary heart disease risk found in women during first years of therapy
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Gender Differences Seen in CABG Operative Mortality
Study finds women at higher risk than men of operative mortality after coronary surgery
Monday, February 15, 2010

Rapid H1N1 Flu Test Found to Be of Limited Value in Children
Poor sensitivity suggests pediatricians should not solely rely on test to make treatment decisions
Monday, February 15, 2010

Lifestyle Changes Found to Improve Endothelial Function
Pilot study shows at least one mechanism for benefits to coronary artery disease patients
Monday, February 15, 2010

2009 H1N1-Related Deaths and Hospitalizations Examined
CDC finds cases, related hospitalizations and deaths highest among 18 to 64 year olds
Monday, February 15, 2010

Stenosis Can Still Exist in Absence of Coronary Calcium
Study challenges AHA guidelines advising use of coronary calcium to assess need for intervention
Friday, February 12, 2010

MRI Benefit in Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Questioned
Magnetic resonance imaging not considered a good use of resources in study group of patients
Friday, February 12, 2010

Mnemonic Device for Patient Decision-Making Assessed
'CURVES' approach less complex and time-consuming for emergency decisions
Friday, February 12, 2010

AAN: Chocolate Consumption Linked to Lower Stroke Risk
Higher flavonoid intake from chocolate may lower risk of stroke and stroke-related mortality
Friday, February 12, 2010

Gout Associated With Higher Heart Attack Risk in Women
Research suggests the risk of heart attack with gout higher in women than men
Thursday, February 11, 2010

FDA: Automated External Defibrillators Recalled
Cardiac Science recalls defibrillators due to inability to deliver therapy during resuscitation
Thursday, February 11, 2010

Myocarditis Linked to Pandemic H1N1 Flu in Children
Several cases of this rare complication found over a one month period
Thursday, February 11, 2010

Needleless Intravenous Valve Cause of Worldwide Recall
Products containing Q-Syte Luer Access Device may cause serious complications and death
Thursday, February 11, 2010

Dietary Supplement Suspected of Causing Selenium Poisoning
Case finding study suggests liquid supplement responsible for 201 cases in 10 states
Thursday, February 11, 2010

Youth Cardiovascular Risk Factors Linked to Early Death
Kids, teens with highest BMI, glucose intolerance show higher rates of death before age 55
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Reducing Skin Toxicity During Cancer Treatment Studied
Skin toxicity is the most common adverse event seen with certain cancer drugs
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

AHRQ: U.S. Adults Seeing Big Barriers to Specialty Care
About one in 13 who need specialty care report 'big problem' in gaining access to specialists
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

FDA Initiative Aims to Cut Medical Radiation Exposure
Focus of efforts include computed tomography, nuclear medicine studies and fluoroscopy
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Bedside Blood Test Found to Detect Anticoagulation Status
Hemonox clotting time test helps identify patients poorly anticoagulated before PCI
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Use of Feeding Tubes in Adults With Dementia Varies Widely
Review assesses tube insertion in hospitalized nursing-home residents with cognitive impairment
Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Age-Related Treatment and Outcomes in Stroke Examined
Older stroke victims more likely to die in hospital, but age-related therapy gaps improving
Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Coronary Risk Information May Benefit High Risk Patients
Knowledge of global risk may improve accuracy of risk perception, intent to initiate prevention
Monday, February 08, 2010

H1N1 Vaccination Still Highly Recommended
H1N1 activity leveling off, but CDC still recommends vaccination
Monday, February 08, 2010

Many American Adults Do Not Get Recommended Vaccines
40,000 to 50,000 die each year of vaccine-preventable diseases, per report
Monday, February 08, 2010

Coalition Launches Campaign to Limit Residents' Hours
Advocates say 30-hour workdays cause fatigue and medical errors that impact patient safety
Friday, February 05, 2010

Health Care Spending Makes Record Leap in GDP Share
GDP health share now estimated at 17.3 percent; health spending in 2019 projected at $4.5 trillion
Thursday, February 04, 2010

No Rebound Seen in Platelet Aggregation After Clopidogrel
Study finds no advantage to tapering off drug versus abrupt cessation at end of treatment
Thursday, February 04, 2010

Diversity Growth Incremental in the Medical Professions
A century after the Flexner Report, minorities still woefully underrepresented and obstacles remain
Thursday, February 04, 2010

Not All Terminally Ill Receive Desired End-of-Life Care
Patients are more likely to receive preferred care after discussion with a physician
Wednesday, February 03, 2010

The Lancet Retracts Study Linking MMR Vaccine, Autism
Medical panel finds several elements of the controversial study to be incorrect
Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Red Flags for Serious Infection in Children Highlighted
Parental concern, doctor's instinct and clinical symptoms all play a role
Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Rural and Urban Care Quality Compared for CAD
Study finds that quality of care is similar in rural and urban hospitals after adjustment for variables
Friday, January 29, 2010

Disease Now Main Cause of Death in Darfur Conflict
As violence-related deaths have subsided, deaths related to diarrhea have increased
Friday, January 22, 2010

Treatments Linked to Lower Risk of C. difficile Recurrence
Patients treated with two monoclonal antibodies targeting bacteria's toxins, along with antibiotics
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Reducing Dietary Salt Could Substantially Impact Health
Cutting out 3 g per day may also lead to health cost savings of up to $24 billion yearly
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tylenol Recall in Effect Includes Several Other Drugs
Motrin, Benadryl and Rolaids are also part of recall by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Number of People Infected by H1N1 Reaches 55 Million
About 20 percent of people have been vaccinated; health officials urge others to do so
Monday, January 18, 2010

Antipsychotic Use in Elderly, Prescribing Rates Examined
FDA warning leads to decreased use of the drugs among elderly patients with dementia
Friday, January 15, 2010

Biomedical Research Funding Shows Decline in 2008
The decline followed 7.8 percent annual increases in 1994 to 2003, 3.4 percent in 2003 to 2007
Tuesday, January 12, 2010

First Few Weeks Most Critical After Joint Replacement
Excess mortality persists but steadily decreases during first 26 postoperative days
Monday, January 11, 2010

Skin Preparations Decrease Risk of Surgical-Site Infections
Reduced risk seen with mupirocin nasal ointment and chlorhexidine soap, chlorhexidine-alcohol
Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Telemedicine Technology in Intensive Care Units Evaluated
Study finds no significant benefits in mortality rates, complications or hospital stay length
Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Statins Found to Be Beneficial in Congestive Heart Failure
Drug class improves left ventricular ejection fraction and reduces hospitalization risk
Monday, December 28, 2009

H1N1 Flu Waning, but Many Vaccine Doses Unused
CDC says 60 million people have been vaccinated, but 111 million doses have been distributed
Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Thromboembolism Uncommon After Sling Surgery in Women
Yet, odds of event at three months are higher in women also undergoing prolapse surgery
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Severe H1N1 Infection Linked to Elevated Cytokine Levels
The role of Th1 and Th17 mediators in mild and severe H1N1 disease warrant further study
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Antidepressants Not Found to Increase Heart Risk
But study finds there is a higher risk of stroke and all-cause mortality
Friday, December 18, 2009

Contraindications to Beta Blockers Linked to Deaths
Prevalence increases with increasing age in patients with acute coronary syndromes
Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Post-Myocardial Infarction Bleeding Risk Examined
Risk of hospital admission for bleeding increases with number of antithrombotic drugs
Monday, December 14, 2009

Lower Speed Limit Reduces Casualties in London
Introduction of 20 mph zones associated with 42 percent decrease in deaths and serious injuries
Friday, December 11, 2009

SABCS: MRI May Provide Benefit in Breast Screenings
MRI shows benefit in earlier diagnosis of breast cancer in high-risk patients
Friday, December 11, 2009

CDC: 15 Percent of Americans Have Had H1N1 Flu
Report says most of the deaths have been in children and young adults
Friday, December 11, 2009

Patients Often Lack Knowledge of Their Own Medications
Study suggests incorporating them into medication management would improve safety
Thursday, December 10, 2009

Most Early Cases of H1N1 Across China Were Mild
Research into May and June cases highlights rapid improvements in surveillance in China
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

FDA Issues Recommendations to Prevent Excess CT Radiation
Interim recommendations follow news of excess radiation exposure during CT perfusion imaging
Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Low X-Ray Radiation Exposure Found in Neonates
Infants received equivalent of 12 natural background radiation days in intensive care unit
Friday, December 04, 2009

Hospital Report Cards Seldom Lead to Improved Cardiac Care
Study discerns no significant improvement in care for heart failure or heart attack
Wednesday, December 02, 2009

H1N1 Influenza Rates Drop in Many States
Another surge may happen later; enough vaccine available for most people to get vaccinated soon
Wednesday, December 02, 2009

RSNA: Many Abdominal/Pelvic CT Scans May Not Be Needed
Unindicated scans have no clinical benefit while exposing patients to excess radiation
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Women Researchers Lag Behind Men in Grant Awards
Study finds 36.2 percent of women researchers earn awards versus 45.6 percent of men
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Study Finds Surgeon Burnout Associated With Medical Errors
Depersonalization, emotional exhaustion linked to higher chance of reporting recent errors
Friday, November 27, 2009

Plasma Troponin T Level Linked to Heart Failure, Death
Study uses new, more sensitive assay to assess risk in coronary patients
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

CDC: Worrisome Spike Seen in Pneumococcal Disease
CDC also relays that H1N1 vaccine supply continues to increase
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Most Medical Journals Have Conflict of Interest Policies
Still, study suggests definition of conflict and disclosure requirements of authors vary greatly
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

People at High Risk of Swine Flu Warned to Avoid Hajj
Saudi Arabian officials advised to have facility available to isolate pilgrims with flu symptoms
Monday, November 16, 2009

Critical Care in England Now More Cost-Effective
Study finds interventions since 2000 have substantially improved services
Friday, November 13, 2009

CDC: New H1N1 Tracking Method Ups Estimates
Revised estimation method may provide more accurate picture of pandemic
Thursday, November 12, 2009

Clopidogrel Can Be Effective in Reducing Cardiac Risk
Drug shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events in both men and women
Thursday, November 12, 2009

Study Finds Costs of Quality Programs Burden Practices
Another study finds many clinical trials change study design outcomes without explanation
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Medical Errors Disclosure Can Help Physicians and Patients
Second study suggests patients give higher quality ratings when staff report mistakes
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fasting Glucose Changes May Predict Mortality Risk
Changes during hospitalization may aid clinicians in rating mortality risk post-myocardial infarction
Friday, November 06, 2009

Independent Predictors of Cardiac Risk Evaluated
Coronary artery calcium scores may indicate long-term risk in patients with normal SPECT results
Friday, November 06, 2009

Stats Helps Paint Picture of H1N1 Hospitalizations
Study reviews cases of flu hospitalizations and deaths in California from April to August
Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Perioperative Beta-Blocker Therapy Guidelines Updated
Treatment initiation requires careful consideration of risks and benefits to patient
Monday, November 02, 2009

Low Vitamin D Linked to End-Stage Renal Disease
Study finds low levels may account for increased risk of renal disease in non-Hispanic blacks
Monday, November 02, 2009

Background Disease Rates Important in H1N1 Pandemic
Awareness is essential to prevent public fears that could hinder mass immunization programs
Monday, November 02, 2009

Benefits, Risks of Darbepoetin Alfa in Diabetes Assessed
Use in those with chronic kidney disease and anemia did not reduce mortality or renal disease
Monday, November 02, 2009

Pediatric H1N1 Influenza Deaths Reach at Least 114
CDC says 90 percent of swine flu deaths are in people younger than 65 years
Monday, November 02, 2009

IDSA: Study Looks at Rates of C. difficile Hospital Infections
Higher rates of infection found in hospitals with fewer than 100 beds than in larger hospitals
Friday, October 30, 2009

Uninsured Children May Be More Likely to Die in the Hospital
Study finds they have a 1.6-fold increased mortality risk compared with insured children
Friday, October 30, 2009

ACE Inhibitors May Negatively Impact CABG Outcomes
Study finds increased risk of mortality, inotropic support, renal dysfunction and atrial fibrillation
Thursday, October 29, 2009

Importance of ST-Segment Resolution Assessed
Study suggests it may be an important predictor of outcomes at four hours after fibrinolysis
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Medical School Enrollment Continues to Expand
Number of residency slots also needs to increase to meet future demand for physicians
Monday, October 26, 2009

Far Fewer H1N1 Vaccine Doses Than Expected Are Available
And FDA authorizes certain use of investigational antiviral peramivir intravenous
Monday, October 26, 2009

Some Hospital Staff Predicted to Be Infection Superspreaders
Hand washing compliance by staff in contact with all patients has biggest impact
Thursday, October 22, 2009

Remote Patient Monitoring May Lower Heart Failure Risk
Meta-analysis finds lower risk of death and hospitalizations with remote patient monitoring
Thursday, October 22, 2009

ASA: Study Finds Benefit From Treatment Before Extubation
Dexmedetomidine, an α2-receptor agonist, associated with shorter extubation time
Thursday, October 22, 2009

Most H1N1 Hospitalizations Are in Young Patients
According to CDC report, about a quarter of deaths are occurring in those younger than 25
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sources Find Different Numbers of Active Physicians
Study compares projections of future physician work force using U.S. Census, AMA Masterfile
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cardiovascular Disease Linked to Hip Fracture Risk
Swedish twin study even suggests elevated risk for those whose twin had heart failure or stroke
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

ASA: IV Dextrose Found to Ease Postoperative Nausea
Patients treated after surgery had lower nausea, vomiting scores, needed less rescue anti-emetics
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

CDC Says New Child Deaths Raise H1N1 Beyond Epidemic
Manufacturing problems mean goal of 40 million vaccines by month's end will not be reached
Monday, October 19, 2009

FDA Launches Drug Disposal Advice Web Page
Flushing recommended for some drugs with potentially deadly effects
Friday, October 16, 2009

Second-Line Diuretics in Hypertension Reviewed
Findings suggest adding diuretic results in further blood pressure reductions
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Anesthesia Problems More Likely Early in Academic Year
Among anesthesia trainees, first months linked to more undesirable events, even in senior trainees
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Study Evaluates Hospital Quality and Mortality Rates
Findings suggest major quality differences between hospitals, but mortality rate improving
Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Exhalation From Ventilation Masks May Pose Infection Risk
Study recommends precautions for health care workers around pneumonia patients
Monday, October 12, 2009

Health Care Disparities Among States Found to Be Widening
Commonwealth Fund Commission state report card emphasizes need for health care reform
Friday, October 09, 2009

Study Explores Thrombus Healing by Plaque Type
Patients with late-stage thrombi due to eroded plaques may benefit from different treatment
Thursday, October 08, 2009

ACS Education May Not Reduce Prehospital Delay
Education and counseling fail to decrease hospital arrival time or increase use of EMS
Thursday, October 08, 2009

Seasonal Flu Vaccine Protects Somewhat Against A/H1N1
However, Mexican study still recommends specific swine flu vaccination
Thursday, October 08, 2009

Roundtable Discussion Tackles Health Care Reform
Improvements in payment, more data to guide decisions could lead to wiser health spending
Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Medical Students Want More Practice of Medicine Training
Report finds time devoted to medical economics does not adversely affect clinical training quality
Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Effectiveness and Cost Help to Make Coverage Decisions
Study suggests countries that use these two criteria can also incorporate other factors
Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Premature Death in China Linked to Hypertension
Researchers urge shifting resources to prevent and manage hypertension
Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Surgical Masks Found to Be Non-Inferior to Respirators
Masks may be just as effective as respirators in preventing flu in health care workers
Thursday, October 01, 2009

CDC Says States Not Meeting Fruit and Veggie Objectives
State-by-state report finds states deficient in supporting healthy food in stores and schools
Thursday, October 01, 2009

Bacterial Infections Are a Factor in Many H1N1 Deaths
Finding underscores importance of pneumococcal vaccination for those at high risk for pneumonia
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

H1N1 Virus's Genetic Makeup Appears to Be Staying Stable
CDC suggests forthcoming vaccine likely to be very effective in preventing the disease
Monday, September 28, 2009

Meta-Analysis Finds Flu Linked to Heart Attack and Death
Excess influenza deaths attributable to cardiovascular disease average 35 to 50 percent
Thursday, September 24, 2009

Review Advises Hand Washing, Other Antiviral Measures
Masks, gloves, focusing on children's hygiene helpful in preventing respiratory virus spread
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Spotlight on Social Networking Use Among Medical Students
Survey finds a minority of medical schools have policies governing online posting by students
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Most Pediatric Emergency Asthma Cases Not Followed Up
Education level of mother strongly associated with likelihood of follow-up
Friday, September 18, 2009

Taxes on Sugared Sodas Could Cut Consumption
Price increase would deter some from buying; money could be used for health programs
Thursday, September 17, 2009

Treatments for Acute Respiratory Failure Compared
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation improves survival without disability for respiratory failure
Wednesday, September 16, 2009

FDA Approves Four Vaccines for H1N1 Influenza
Clinical studies have shown robust immune response in adults within 10 days
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Drug Interaction E-Alerts Show Benefit to Patient Safety
Electronic alerts reduce adverse events including death and disability, as well as costs
Monday, September 14, 2009

Depression May Help Predict Mortality in Cancer Patients
Meta-analysis suggests need for systematic depression screening and treatment of patients
Monday, September 14, 2009

Mutated H1N1 Virus Resistant to Antiviral Drug Oseltamivir
Resistant H1N1 prompts new CDC advisory on prophylactic use of antviral drug
Friday, September 11, 2009

Poverty-Mortality Association Unchanged in England
Patterns from a century ago still have a significant relation with mortality today
Friday, September 11, 2009

One Dose of H1N1 Vaccine May Offer Substantial Protection
Preliminary studies suggest single-dose and adjuvant strategies can stretch vaccine supply
Friday, September 11, 2009

Cardiology Work Force Crisis Looms as Cases Set to Rocket
Report suggests that projected deaths by 2050 require cardiology work force to double
Thursday, September 10, 2009

Kenyan Immunization May Reduce Sickle-Cell Death
Bacterial species in Kenyan children with sickle-cell anemia the same as in developed countries
Thursday, September 10, 2009

Neonatologists Need to Brush Up on Communication Skills
Need for training in dealing with parents facing end-of-life decisions identified
Thursday, September 10, 2009

Most H1N1 Flu Patients Don't Need Antiviral Medication
But for high-risk patients, antiviral treatment for H1N1 infection should begin promptly
Wednesday, September 09, 2009

H1N1 Vaccines Appear Safe for Adults, Children
And case report details successful but unlicensed use of IV zanamivir for H1N1 pneumonitis
Monday, September 07, 2009

Top Hospitals Have Slightly Better Heart Failure Outcomes
However, study suggests readmission rates are similar regardless of ranking
Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Department Issues New HIPAA Notification Regulations
HHS regulations cover need to notify individuals after breaches of their health information
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Panel Relaxes Restrictions on Liquids During Labor
Clear liquids are acceptable for women with uncomplicated labor, committee says
Monday, August 24, 2009

Palliative Care Intervention Beneficial in Advanced Cancer
Nurse-led intervention increases quality of life, but has limited effect on symptom intensity
Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Alarm Symptoms Often Do Not Result in Timely Diagnosis
Many evaluated for hematuria, hemoptysis, other conditions lack definite diagnoses after three years
Friday, August 14, 2009

FDA Aims to Ease Access to Investigational Drugs
New rules make the drugs more widely available to seriously ill patients outside clinical trials
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Optimism, Lower Hostility Linked to Reduced Mortality
Study finds optimistic women experience lower heart disease outcomes and mortality
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

HHS Releases Reports on Health Insurance Reform
Health and Human Services says reform would decrease costs, increase number of options
Friday, August 07, 2009

Stroke Can Increase Risk of Hip or Femur Fracture
Fracture risk heightened in recent stroke patients, females, and those under 71 years
Friday, August 07, 2009

Electronic Disease Surveillance Systems Vary Widely
Lack of unified systems will increase cost of data sharing, report predicts
Friday, July 31, 2009

U.S. Health Data Network a Powerful Tool for Quality
DARTNet, a prototype for data sharing, already gives clinicians access to data on 400,000 patients
Friday, July 31, 2009

End-of-Life Decisions in Multidisciplinary Care Studied
Patients in Belgium who undergo spiritual care are more likely to choose euthanasia
Friday, July 31, 2009

Pregnant Women, Children Among H1N1 Vaccine Priorities
CDC panel also says health care workers should be among first-line recipients
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Stroke Patients Need More Than Words to Get Active
Verbal instructions to exercise appear to be ineffectual, study suggests
Friday, July 24, 2009

H1N1 Can Cause Neurologic Complications in Children
As with seasonal influenza, the novel virus can lead to seizures
Friday, July 24, 2009

Methods to Determine Health Care Priorities Questioned
Debate over whether to base resource allocation on measures of patient or public attitudes
Friday, July 24, 2009

Camera Phones Can Help Doctors Make Rare Diagnoses
Patient captured images of transient symptoms and gave them to her doctor
Friday, July 24, 2009

Emergency Clinicians Need Training to Treat Blast Injuries
With terrorism threat, emergency teams need to know how to treat injuries from explosions
Thursday, July 23, 2009

Most Critically Ill Infants Receive Pain Relief
Reported frequency of analgesic use higher than previous studies
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

FDA Approves 2009-2010 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine
Vaccine not effective against H1N1 flu, but high-risk populations should be vaccinated
Monday, July 20, 2009

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Cardiovascular Disease
Symposium presentations examine the role of nutrients in heart disease
Friday, July 17, 2009

Obesity Rates Highest Among African-American Population
Prevalence among African-Americans 51 percent higher than among Caucasians
Friday, July 17, 2009

Obesity Rates for American Adults Still Going Up
CDC survey finds a quarter of the population in 32 states is now obese
Thursday, July 09, 2009

FDA Requires Stronger Label Warnings About Propoxyphene
Pain reliever linked to fatal overdose; agency to study how high doses affect heart
Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Health Woes of Indigenous People Spur Call to Action
Review articles show disproportionate burden of disease and death; offer possible solutions
Monday, July 06, 2009

Hospital Resuscitation Hasn't Improved Survival in Elderly
Fewer than one in five patients survive to hospital discharge; survival is even lower in certain groups
Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Biomarkers May Not Improve Heart Risk Assessment
Second study found no association between any CRP loci and coronary heart disease
Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Priorities Set for Comparative Effectiveness Research
Best ways to spend $400 million research budget identified
Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Oncology Best Supportive Care Studies Faulted
Systematic review demonstrates need to improve studies' methodological and ethical validity
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Specialized Transport Teams Save Critically Ill Children
Rates of unplanned events and death significantly lower for children transported by specialty team
Monday, June 29, 2009

Standardized Asthma Terms and End Points Issued
Comprehensive recommendations will offer new consistency for clinical trials and practice
Monday, June 29, 2009

Licorice Gargle Can Cut Postoperative Sore Throat
Incidence, severity of sore throat reduced up to 24 hours after procedure; cough also less likely
Thursday, June 25, 2009

Americans Paying for More of Their Health Care Costs
Families with individual coverage may spend 22 to 50 percent of household income on health care
Wednesday, June 24, 2009

First-Degree Atrioventricular Block Shows Heightened Risk
Patients have elevated long-term risk of atrial fibrillation, pacemaker implantation, and death
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

High Hemoglobin Targets Not Helpful to Kidney Patients
Chronic kidney disease patients also at increased risk of hyperkalemia
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

President Signs Tobacco Law, Acts on Medicare Coverage
New law regulates tobacco marketing; Medicare reform to cut costs for seniors in coverage gap
Monday, June 22, 2009

Reinforced Infection Control Needed to Combat H1N1
Health care personnel are picking up infections in medical and community settings
Monday, June 22, 2009

AMA: Policy Statement Supports Health Care Reform
Association also adopts strategies to reduce medical school debt, increase supply of physicians
Thursday, June 18, 2009

Purpose in Life Affects Mortality Rates in Older Adults
Regardless of gender, race or health status, greater life purpose reduces odds of mortality
Thursday, June 18, 2009

Glove Perforation Raises Odds of Surgical Site Infection
But surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis eliminates the risk, study finds
Thursday, June 18, 2009

Individual Mandate for Health Insurance Affordable and Fair
Perspective offers that compulsory minimum health insurance would benefit health care reform
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

AMA: Air Travel Guidelines Needed to Prevent Flu's Spread
Separate policy recognizes health care facilities' role in sustainable, healthy food system
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Severely Obese Patients Need Careful Pre-Op Evaluation
12-lead ECG, chest radiograph reasonable in severely obese patients before surgery
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

AMA: Guidance Offered on Medical Record Breaches
American Medical Association also addresses male breast cancer, anti-aging hormone use
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Adverse Events for Colonoscopy Increase With Age in Elderly
Physicians also should consider their patient's comorbidities before recommending procedure
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Stimulants Linked to Sudden Unexplained Death in Youths
Risk of sudden death more than seven-fold higher, new study suggests
Monday, June 15, 2009

Sweeping Medical Reforms Lack Medical Liability Element
Focus is on cost control, with other issues not yet addressed
Monday, June 15, 2009

Bill Giving FDA Authority Over Tobacco on Way to President
House of Representatives rapidly endorses Senate's version of bill passed late Thursday
Friday, June 12, 2009

Novartis Produces First Batch of Swine Flu Vaccine
Cell-based technology credited with fast-track production of the vaccine
Friday, June 12, 2009

NHS and Midwife Births Have Their Share of Problems
Clinical outcomes of both point to a need for review
Friday, June 12, 2009

Senate Approves Bill Giving FDA Authority Over Tobacco
Measure requires companies to list ingredients and agency to approve new products
Thursday, June 11, 2009

WHO Declares H1N1 Influenza Pandemic
U.S. health officials caution that declaration simply means virus is more widespread
Thursday, June 11, 2009

Smoking-Related Ills Cost U.K. 5.5 Percent of Health Budget
National Health Service spends £5.2 billion a year treating smokers
Wednesday, June 10, 2009

ICU Pain Management Needs Quality Improvement
Article faults outdated prescribing, poor quality monitoring, lack of accountability in ICUs
Monday, June 08, 2009

ADA: Medicines Compared to Surgery in Diabetic Heart Disease
Survival is the same in patients who undergo revascularization or receive medical therapy
Monday, June 08, 2009

ADA: A1C Assay Most Accurate in Diabetes Diagnosis
International committee recommends significant change in the way diabetes is diagnosed
Monday, June 08, 2009

Many U.K. Trained Doctors Stay in National Health Service
And men and women found to choose similar career paths
Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Many Children Lack Quick Access to Trauma Center
More than 17 million American children can't get to pediatric trauma center within 60 minutes
Tuesday, June 02, 2009

ASCO: Advances May Improve Patients' Quality of Life
One study suggests prophylactic skin treatment may become new standard for colon cancer
Tuesday, June 02, 2009

ASCO: Gastrointestinal Cancer Treatments Analyzed
Surgery in colorectal patients may be unnecessary; efficacy of other GI cancer treatments discussed
Monday, June 01, 2009

Window for Stroke Treatment Opened to 4.5 Hours
Treatment window for rtPA expanded for some stroke patients but confirmation with further analyses urged
Friday, May 29, 2009

Cancer Physicians Often Do Not Take Part in Bereavement
A third rarely or never do; terminally ill patients frequently don't discuss hospice with doctors
Friday, May 29, 2009

Decision Makers Can't Delay Until H1N1's Scale Is Clear
Swine flu choices need to be made early; geography plays role in spread of virus
Thursday, May 28, 2009

Democrats Set Ambitious Goal for Health Care Reform
Physicians can take lead to get much-needed federal legislation passed
Thursday, May 21, 2009

Pain Management May Be Best Option for Critically Ill
Treatment should focus on communication and misconceptions about palliative therapies
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Antihypertensive Drugs Also Benefit Non-Hypertensives
Meta-analysis shows that treatment reduces heart attacks and stroke regardless of blood pressure
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Door-to-Balloon Delays Increase Risk of Death
Large-scale study of heart attack patients recommends short as possible time to treatment
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Coronary Artery Bypass Care Quality Not Tied to Quantity
High- and low-volume cardiac centers have similar mortality rates when adherence to quality is similar
Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Swine Flu Has Higher Fatality Rate Than Seasonal Flu
H1N1 also is largely affecting children and young adults, though most cases are mild
Monday, May 18, 2009

Elderly Patients Use Multiple Strategies to Combat Dyspnea
Those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease mix and match coping methods
Monday, May 18, 2009

Training in Supportive Care Improves Nurses' Performance
Developmentally supportive care training helps nurses handle preemies better
Monday, May 18, 2009

Combined Treatment May Offer Bronchiolitis Benefit
Epinephrine, dexamethasone linked to reduced hospitalization in infants after presentation
Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Folate Fortification Law Linked to Decreased Heart Defects
After law was enacted, prevalence of severe defects declined by 6 percent per year in Quebec
Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Child Post-Mortem Organ Donation Procedures Vary
Study finds inconsistencies in pronouncing death, life support, and other organ donation issues
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Number of Swine Flu Cases in U.S. Exceeds 2,500
United States has more cases than any other country, though only three patients here have died
Monday, May 11, 2009

Triple-Reassortant Swine Virus Seen Since 2005 in US
NEJM releases content addressing various issues related to outbreak
Thursday, May 07, 2009

ASH: Low Blood Pressure Linked to Heart Risks
Heart patients with levels above or below certain range have increased risk of major events
Thursday, May 07, 2009

ASH: Best Practice Evolving in Hypertension Treatment
Medications have differential effects in preventing heart disease, heart attack, and stroke
Thursday, May 07, 2009

SCAI: Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Major Heart Risks
Heartburn drugs may reduce activity of clopidogrel in patients with coronary stents
Thursday, May 07, 2009

Little Evidence to Support Some H1N1 Flu Measures
Physicians need more direct contact from health agencies on what to do
Wednesday, May 06, 2009

CDC Confirms Over 400 H1N1 Flu Cases
Public urged to continue to focus on hand hygiene, stay home if they have flu symptoms
Wednesday, May 06, 2009

High Urine Albumin Linked to Venous Thromboembolism
Microalbuminuria risk for VTE found comparable to its risk for heart attack and stroke
Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Medical Center Press Releases Often Lacking Key Details
Many overstate importance and clinical relevance of studies but omit cautions and limitations
Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Modified Protocol Improves Cardiac Arrest Survival
Optimizing chest compressions increases return of spontaneous circulation
Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Number of US Swine Flu Cases Climbs to 286 in 36 states
But health officials cautiously optimistic that the outbreak may be leveling off
Monday, May 04, 2009

AHA: Statins Helpful in Acute Coronary Syndrome Treatment
Treatment associated with fewer cardiovascular events and hospitalizations
Friday, May 01, 2009

H1N1 Flu Poses Major Surveillance Challenge
Fragile health systems will make it difficult to spot cases and contain outbreaks
Friday, May 01, 2009

More Americans Reporting Disability
Arthritis, rheumatism, back and heart problems most common causes
Friday, May 01, 2009

CDC: More Than 100 H1N1 Flu Infections in US
Mexico shuts down all non-essential services for five days
Friday, May 01, 2009

New Web-based Information Source to Support UK Clinicians
NHS Evidence employs technology and rigorous criteria to assure relevance and quality
Thursday, April 30, 2009

NEJM Commends New Conflict of Interest Proposal
Editorialist says comprehensive recommendations could significantly impact practices, institutions
Thursday, April 30, 2009

WHO Rasies Influenza Epidemic Alert Level From 4 to 5
91 cases now confirmed in US; WHO says pandemic is imminent
Thursday, April 30, 2009

Critically Ill Patients May Often Be Vitamin D Deficient
Hypovitaminosis D may worsen dysfunctions, contribute to poor outcomes
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

FDA Requires OTC Pain Relievers to Display Warnings
New rule requires warnings on stomach bleeding, liver damage on NSAIDs and acetaminophen
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Specialist Centers Key to Treating Cystic Fibrosis
Outlook has steadily improved thanks to more aggressive treatment
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

CDC Confirms 64 Swine Flu Cases in United States
Travel advisory to cancel non-essential trips to Mexico in place
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

H1N1 Swine Flu Susceptible to Oseltamivir and Zanamivir
But the virus is resistant to amantadine and rimantadine
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pharmacist Involvement May Decrease Medication Errors
Two studies suggest benefits of an interdisciplinary medication reconciliation process
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Women Found to Have Less Access to Cardiologists
Access to specialist consultations narrows the gender gap in quality of care
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Steep Copayments Increase Risk of Non-Adherence
Higher out-of-pocket drug costs delay initiation of therapy for patients with chronic conditions
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Number of US Swine Flu Cases Rises, CDC Reports
Public health emergency is prompting travel restrictions, national distribution of antiviral drugs
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Swine Flu Declared Public Health Emergency in US
Number of U.S. cases rising; most cases have been mild
Monday, April 27, 2009

AHA: Heart Failure Patients, Carers Report Unmet Needs
Palliative care techniques from experienced nurse could address needs during heart failure
Monday, April 27, 2009

ACP: Board Votes to Enhance Perception of Primary Care
Regents support measures including legislation to fund studies assessing value of primary care
Friday, April 24, 2009

Having Health Insurance May Not Improve Mortality Risk
Researchers say finding suggests universal coverage would not decrease US death rate
Thursday, April 23, 2009

Stretches Without Health Insurance More Common
Change from early 1980s to early 2000s seen particularly in those with lowest education level
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Continuity of Care Declining for Medicare Beneficiaries
Less than a third of beneficiaries saw their PCP when they were hospitalized in 2006
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Transplant Center Distance No Factor in Kidney Transplant
Patients in rural areas are as likely to get a kidney as those in metropolitan areas, study finds
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Revascularization Not Linked to Long-Term Benefit
Patients had at least three cardiac risk factors before undergoing major vascular surgery
Friday, April 17, 2009

Elderly May Be Shortchanged in Stroke Care
They receive fewer tests and less lifestyle change advice than younger patients
Friday, April 17, 2009

Drug-Resistant TB Remains a Worldwide Threat
WHO survey finds multidrug-resistant TB hot spots in China and former Soviet Union countries
Thursday, April 16, 2009

Hypoglycemic Events Increase Dementia Risk with Diabetes
Risk increases with the number of hypoglycemic events, nearly doubling for three or more
Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Pain Requires Meticulous Attention in Intensive Care Units
Two reviews address the challenges of evaluating and managing pain in critically ill patients
Monday, April 13, 2009

Financial Rewards for Healthy Behavior Can Be Effective
But the practice can be fraught with moral dilemmas
Friday, April 10, 2009

Accelerated Care Cost-Effective After Joint Replacement
Perioperative care and rehabilitation protocol is associated with significant savings
Thursday, April 09, 2009

Exercise Modestly Benefits Patients With Heart Failure
Aerobic exercise reduces mortality, hospitalization and improves self-reported health status
Tuesday, April 07, 2009

IADR: Obesity Associated With Periodontal Disease Risk
Two studies show links between gum disease and body mass index and central adiposity
Monday, April 06, 2009

Intensive Dialysis Restores Renal Function in Myeloma
Dialysis success hinges on effective concurrent chemotherapy
Friday, April 03, 2009

Moxifloxacin May Accelerate Tuberculosis Cure by Months
Brazilian study suggests enhanced treatment can shorten TB cure from six to two months
Friday, April 03, 2009

New Guidelines Published for Managing Hypoglycemia
Guidelines include recommendations for patients with or without diabetes
Thursday, April 02, 2009

Electronic Prescribing Online-Learning Tools Launched
American Medical Association tools will help physicians evaluate ePrescribing systems
Thursday, April 02, 2009

Changes Needed in New-Drug Evaluation Process
Patients get 'poor return on investment'; independent evaluation and transparency needed
Wednesday, April 01, 2009

New Health Program Leads to Questions in the UK
Program calls for each primary care trust to seek a general practitioner-led health center
Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Safe Practice Scores Do Not Add Up to Fewer Patient Deaths
Safe Practices Survey data only shows how hospitals have implemented safety guidelines
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

ACC: Combo Treatment Beneficial in Atrial Fibrillation
Clopidogrel plus aspirin reduces major vascular events, but may increase hemorrhage risk
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

ACC: Polypill May Reduce Cardiovascular Risk
Combo treatment with anti-hypertensive drugs, a statin and aspirin suggests favorable results
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

ACC: Early Eptifibatide Not Beneficial in Coronary Syndrome
Outcomes not significantly different compared to delayed use and bleeding is more common
Monday, March 30, 2009

ACC: Relaxin Beneficial in Acute Heart Failure
Natural human peptide is associated with dyspnea relief and other favorable clinical outcomes
Monday, March 30, 2009

ACC: Finger Sensor Test May Predict Cardiac Events
Peripheral arterial tonometry identifies at-risk subjects with low Framingham Risk scores
Monday, March 30, 2009

AAHPM: Wealthier Areas Have Higher Hospice Use
Hospice availability linked to higher household incomes and better-educated communities
Monday, March 30, 2009

NHLBI Discontinues Hypertonic Saline Trial
New analysis shows no survival benefit in trauma patients compared to normal saline
Friday, March 27, 2009

Electric Current Leak Can Trigger Defibrillator Shock
Danish physicians urge environmental causes be investigated in unexpected shocks
Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cost Barriers Slow Adoption of Electronic Health Records
But government intervention and funding could quickly spur improvement
Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Antibiotic Dressing Reduces Catheter-Related Infections
Dressings can also be changed less often
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hospital Quality Measure Inaccurate, May Increase Bias
Assesses mortality rates based on case mix
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Transdermal Patches Pose Burn Risk During Scans
Metal in patches can cause burns during MRI
Friday, March 06, 2009

Obama Wants to Spend $630 Billion on Health Care Reform
President's plan calls for replacement of Medicare reimbursement system, increase in FDA budget
Thursday, March 05, 2009

Proton Pump Inhibitors May Reduce Benefits of Clopidogrel
Concurrent use of both drugs after acute coronary syndrome linked to higher risk of adverse outcomes
Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Oseltamivir-Resistant Flu Viruses Increasing
Resistant viruses pose lethal threat to high-risk patients
Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Vitamin K Doesn't Reduce Bleeding in Warfarin Patients
But single dose in overanticoagulated patients may help lower international normalized ratio
Tuesday, March 03, 2009

US Motor Vehicle-Related Death Rates Vary Geographically
Mortality rate in the South double that of the Northeast
Monday, March 02, 2009

Risk Score May Help Predict Atrial Fibrillation
Score developed based on clinical factors predicts risk over 10 years
Friday, February 27, 2009

Drug-Resistant Meningitis Present in North America
Bacteria resistant to ciprofloxacin but remain susceptible to other antibiotics
Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Insurance Essential for Good Health, Well-Being
Report calls on policymakers, public to address uninsurance problem
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

US Health Spending May Have Hit $2.4 Trillion in 2008
Private health spending growth due to hit 15-year low
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Gunshot Victims May Lie About Source of Their Injuries
Two cases show need for high level of suspicion when stories don't match clinical findings
Friday, February 20, 2009

Proposed Changes to Health Care Would Reduce Costs
Investing in health care reform will improve outcomes, save money
Thursday, February 19, 2009

Transparency, Globalization Growing in Clinical Research
Enhanced data reporting, increased globalization among recent trends in clinical trial research
Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pharmacogenetic Algorithm Improves Warfarin Dosage
Pharmacogenetic algorithm helps predict stable therapeutic dose
Wednesday, February 18, 2009

ASA: 'Golden Hour' Stroke Patients More Likely to Get tPA
But stroke patients who arrive at busiest times are likely to face delays in receiving care
Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Implementing a Quality Improvement Faculty Path
Criteria include broadening promotion factors, considering publication alternatives
Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Incidence of ICU MRSA Infections Declining
Central line-associated bloodstream infections decreasing over recent years
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ads Featuring 'Drug Facts Box' Help Educate Consumers
Replacement of brief summary with 'facts box' may lead to better informed medication choices
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Thrombolysis Window May Be Longer Than Thought
Patients with proximal arterial occlusion more likely to have lengthy diffusion-perfusion mismatch
Thursday, February 12, 2009

Stroke Risk in Women Needs More Research
Reasons why more stroke deaths occur in women poorly understood
Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Care Coordination Programs Don't Benefit Medicare Patients
Few such programs reduce hospitalizations, monthly expenditures or improve quality of care
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Medication Safety Alerts Frequently Ignored
Current alert system may be failing to ensure patient protection
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Corticosteroid Use Associated with Pneumonia in COPD
Using inhaled drugs for at least 24 weeks linked to higher pneumonia risk, but not risk of death
Monday, February 09, 2009

FDA OKs Drug Produced Using Genetically Engineered Goats
ATryn helps prevent blood clots in patients with hereditary antithrombin deficiency
Monday, February 09, 2009

Baby Formula with Melamine Linked to Urinary Tract Stones
Most children with stones in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan lacked conventional symptoms and signs
Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Motility Studies Useful in Neonatal Dysphagia
Manometry may better predict oral feeding success than the videofluoroscopic swallow study
Friday, January 30, 2009

FX06 Cuts Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Injury
Peptide reduces necrotic core zone but overall benefits need more research
Thursday, January 29, 2009

Clopidogrel/Proton Pump Inhibitor Combo Questioned
Taking both can increase heart attack patients' risk of reinfarction
Wednesday, January 28, 2009

AHA Supports Omega-6 for Possible Heart Protection
Getting 5 to 10 percent of calories from omega-6 fats may reduce coronary heart disease risk
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Clinical Information Technology Leads to Safer Hospitals
Automated records associated with lower mortality, fewer complications
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Meditation Practice Linked to Less Pain Sensitivity
Experienced Zen meditators needed higher temperature stimulation to feel moderate pain
Monday, January 26, 2009

Acute Geriatric Units Improve Elderly Care
Patients treated at specialist geriatric units more likely to live at home after discharge
Friday, January 23, 2009

Baby with Seizures Had Rickets and Anemia
Vitamin D deficiency likely at the root of seizures
Thursday, January 22, 2009

ISET: Stents Can Be Used to Treat Strokes
They can be used to unclog arteries in the brain as a stroke happens
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

ISET: For Angioplasty, Wrist Entry May Be Safer Than Groin
Less bleeding, less overall risk, especially in obese patients
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Report Details Gulf War Illness Findings, Recommendations
Altered brain and nervous system tied to neurotoxic exposure
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Gel Pillows May Not Change Head Shape in Preterm Infants
Low-cost gel pillows are still used in very low birth weight preterm infants
Monday, November 17, 2008

AHA: Medical Usage High Among Heart Failure Patients
Each year, those with severe disease see up to 23 clinicians
Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Premiums Up, Coverage Down for Medicare Part D Plans
Nearly all stand-alone Medicare Part D plans will have a coverage gap in 2009
Monday, November 10, 2008

Access to Primary Care Key to US Health Care Reform
Careers in primary care should be supported and promoted
Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Hospital Survey Links Nursing Staff to Patient Ratings
Also, hospitals with high patient satisfaction provide somewhat higher-quality clinical care
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Credit Crisis to Take Long-Term Toll on Health System
UK's National Health Service will have no real growth in funding
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Placebo Treatments Commonly Utilized
Prescribing placebo treatments viewed as both common and ethical
Friday, October 24, 2008

Financial Bailout Puts US Health Care Reform in Jeopardy
Neither McCain's nor Obama's proposals would escape unscathed
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Biologicals Prone to Regulatory Actions
First to be approved in a subgroup at higher risk for regulatory action
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

UK Researchers Demand Regulatory Relief
Regulatory burden of clinical research threatens to inhibit delivery of potential life-saving benefits
Friday, October 17, 2008

Endograft Procedure Promising Option for Aortic Injury
Review looks at effectiveness, risks of procedures that repair blunt aortic injuries
Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Stroke and Heart Attack Risk of Vioxx Confirmed
Long-term data compatible with earlier findings on rofecoxib and cardiovascular events
Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Sick Leaves Linked to Higher Subsequent Mortality
Those with sickness absence of at least a week over a three-year period were 1.7 times more likely to die
Friday, October 03, 2008

Quality of Palliative Care Depends on Where You Live
Midwest states offer the best services for patients and their families overall
Friday, October 03, 2008

News Media Under-Report Drug Company Funding of Research
Few newspapers have written policy on reporting funding and using generic names for drugs
Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Flu Vaccination Rises in Adults But Still Low in Children
Low influenza vaccination rates pose a public health concern for children
Monday, September 29, 2008

Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators Re-Examined
Clinical trial evidence supports their usage based on treatment guidelines
Thursday, September 25, 2008

Bisphosphonate Infusion Linked to Ocular Complication
Case study documents orbital inflammatory disease in patient who received zoledronic acid
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

No Change to 2009 Part B Medicare Premium
First time since 2000 that premium has not been raised yearly
Monday, September 22, 2008

Physician's Office Hours Affect Time to Stroke Treatment
Delay in assessment for those who have a stroke outside office hours
Friday, September 19, 2008

Antibiotic Resistance Has Become a Global Pandemic
Major medical breakthroughs under threat from loss of antibiotic efficacy
Friday, September 19, 2008

History, Physical Exam Provide Accurate Cardiac Estimates
Predicts death or rehospitalization after heart failure
Thursday, September 18, 2008

Day of Discharge Doesn't Affect Guideline Compliance
Weekend and weekday staff provide acute coronary syndrome patients with same quality of care
Monday, September 15, 2008

SGM: Light-Activated Compounds Kill Bacteria
Activatable dyes, paints kill various types of bacteria
Wednesday, September 10, 2008

BCS: Racial Disparity Seen in Post-Surgery Radiation Rates
Access to radiation therapy not responsible for higher mastectomy rates among rural women
Thursday, September 04, 2008

Lancet Supports WHO Report on Health Inequality
Journal applauds report's call to action, will participate in conference and publish theme issue
Friday, August 29, 2008

Outlook Mixed on US Presidential Candidates' Health Plans
Commentary examines potential benefits, flaws in McCain and Obama health care proposals
Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Seniors Likely to Find Medicare Health Web Site Unusable
Study of computer-savvy seniors shows the site is difficult to use and navigate
Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Over 1 Billion U.S. Doctor, Hospital Visits Logged in 2006
CDC attributes increase to aging of the U.S. population
Thursday, August 07, 2008

International Issue of Torture Complicity Analyzed
Medical community may condone torture or fail to intervene
Friday, August 01, 2008

Device May Decrease Musculoskeletal Procedure Pain
Reciprocating procedure device also found to improve outcomes, increase safety
Thursday, July 31, 2008

Nurses Approach Issue of ER Overcrowding
Staff participation can help develop criteria for operational change
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Use of Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Endocarditis Discouraged
Should not be given routinely for dental and other procedures
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Taser Injuries Require Preparation in ERs
Use on rise; results may include seizures, heart rhythm disturbances, musculoskeletal injuries
Monday, July 28, 2008

Medical Errors Have Impact After Hospital Discharge
They are linked to excess costs, deaths and hospital readmissions
Monday, July 28, 2008

Shifts in Focus Could Reduce Tuberculosis
Authors recommend screening for latent cases among foreign-born in United States, altering HIV/TB approach globally
Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Violent Attacks Becoming Less Frequent But More Serious
Despite media outrage about recent knife crimes in the United Kingdom, prevalence of knife crime has not increased
Friday, July 18, 2008

Exception Reporting Improves Pay-for-Performance Benefits
Inappropriate exclusion is rare
Thursday, July 17, 2008

Alterations Often Observed with Medical Interpreters
Changes in meaning often occur during conferences between clinicians and families
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Health Cash Incentives for Poor People Debated
Affirmative side says they may reduce health inequality; negative side doubts significant benefit
Wednesday, July 09, 2008


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