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Children's Severe Respiratory Virus Confirmed in Northeast
Health officials urge good hygiene to limit exposure to Enterovirus D68
Monday, September 15, 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

Antimicrobial Prescriptions for Children Higher Than Expected
Findings based on bacterial prevalence rates for pediatric respiratory infections
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

Opioid Overdose Prevention Needed in Young Adult Users
Nonmedical prescription users uniformed about overdose awareness, avoidance, response strategies
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

White Matter Measure Predicts Longer Concussion Recovery
Is a stronger predictor than initial symptom severity, particularly in males
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Case Highlights Anaphylaxis Risk With Antibiotics in Foods
Case study describes 10-year-old who experienced anaphylaxis after eating blueberry pie
Thursday, September 11, 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

Review: Rapid Antigen Tests Accurate for Strep Diagnosis
Molecular-based tests have the best diagnostic accuracy in group A streptococcal pharyngitis
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

AHA: ER Visits for Hypertension Rising in the U.S.
But admission rates and in-hospital mortality for hypertension have decreased
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

Fourth U.S. Ebola Patient Airlifted to Atlanta Hospital
Unidentified doctor was flown out of West Africa after contracting virus
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

CDC: Respiratory Virus Affecting Children in Multiple States
Health officials concerned about a wider outbreak, urge good hygiene to limit exposure
Tuesday, September 09, 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

Single-Dose, Injected Flu Treatment Shows Promise
Findings from analysis of Phase II and Phase III clinical trials
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

Nearly 10 Percent of Americans Admit to Illicit Drug Use
Marijuana tops list of substances, federal report says
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

Another American Physician Infected With Ebola
First human tests of an experimental Ebola vaccine are set to start this week
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

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

Lupin in Gluten-Free Food May Trigger Allergies
Lupin, a legume belonging to same family as peanuts, is increasingly being used in gluten-free food
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

FDA: Steer Clear of Dietary Supplements for Concussions
Agency warns that no evidence supports claims of faster recovery from a head injury
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

State Medical Cannabis Laws Cut Opioid Overdose Mortality
Laws are associated with significantly lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate
Monday, August 25, 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

Hospitalization Less Likely With Artificially Altered Oximetry
Findings in infants presenting to an emergency department with mild to moderate bronchiolitis
Tuesday, August 19, 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

ASA: Nurses Most Motivated to Help More Likely to Burn Out
Those who also have extrinsic motivations, such as wages, have better health and job outcomes
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

Malnutrition Prevalent Among Seniors Presenting to ER
Sixty percent of older patients presenting to emergency department are malnourished or at risk
Friday, August 15, 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

WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak a 'Public Health Emergency'
Statement follows similar assessment by CDC
Friday, August 08, 2014

Nomogram Predicts Risk of Second Kidney Stone Episode
Tool uses characteristics from first stone episode as predictors of recurrence
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

Diagnostic Algorithm for Appendicitis Cuts Pediatric CT Use
Algorithm has reduced use of CT, without impacting diagnostic accuracy
Thursday, August 07, 2014

FDA: Some Home Tattoo Kits Recalled Due to Infection Risk
FDA concerned some contaminated ink may still be used by professionals or at home
Thursday, August 07, 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

Centralizing Stroke Services Improves Outcomes
Providing care to all stroke patients in centralized service areas cuts mortality
Thursday, August 07, 2014

U.S. Hospitals See Big Rise in Drug-Related Suicide Attempts
Spikes noted among young and middle-age adults; experts cite easy access to prescription meds
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

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

Patients Give Higher Scores for Nursing Care Than Do Nurses
Ratings higher if patients know nurse's name or can recognize them by sight
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

Influenza-Like Illness Carries High Pediatric Risk
Development of severe complications in 35.3 percent of children presenting to ER
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

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

Florida Officials Issue Warning on Vibrio Bacteria
CDC advises keeping open wounds away from warm saltwater, brackish water or shellfish
Friday, August 01, 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

Comorbidities Affect Odontoid Fracture Survival in Elderly
Findings among those treated both surgically, nonoperatively
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Higher Risk of Vascular Events With Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Identification and active management of vascular risk factors advised
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Increasing Malarial Drug Resistance a Growing Threat
Focus must remain on developing new drugs to control the disease
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

CDC: Extreme Weather Kills 2,000 in U.S. Each Year
Heat contributes to nearly one-third of those deaths
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Guidelines Issued for Medical Management of Kidney Stones
Guidelines developed for diagnosis and evaluation, prevention, and follow-up
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

Brown Recluse Spider Bites on the Rise
All children under 12 with brown recluse spider bite should have hemoglobin urine test
Wednesday, July 30, 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

CDC Downplays Ebola's Threat to the United States
Deadly virus relatively slow to transmit, and travel factors make spread from West Africa unlikely
Monday, July 28, 2014

CDC: Many Children With Medicaid Using ER As Doctor's Office
Lead author expects the Affordable Care Act to ease the situation
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

Use of Growth Hormone Surges Among U.S. Teens
Many young people are ordering dubious, hazardous products off of the Internet
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CDC Director Says Antibiotic Resistance a Growing Threat
Agency plans to isolate, track, and prevent bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Few Outpatients With Flu Prescribed Antivirals
Among patients with PCR-confirmed influenza, more receive antibiotic prescriptions
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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

Persistent Symptoms After Mild TBI Should Be Considered PTSD
Symptoms lasting three months after traumatic brain injury do not represent postconcussion syndrome
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

No Change in Heart Attack Rates for Younger U.S. Adults
And women tend to fare worse than men, researchers find
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Asthma Drug May Help Those With Chronic Hives
Xolair found safe, effective for reducing symptoms
Monday, July 21, 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

Physician Continuity Is Key After ER Visit for Heart Failure
Better outcomes with early follow-up, particularly with familiar physician
Monday, July 21, 2014

Text Message + Feedback Alcohol Intervention Beneficial
Reduction in self-reported binge drinking, number of drinks per day with intervention
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

Medication Errors Common for Parents Measuring Liquid Meds
Odds of making error with intended or prescribed dose up for parents using teaspoons, tablespoons
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Stroke Incidence, Mortality Down From 1987 to 2011
Prospective cohort study in four U.S. communities showed decrease for blacks and whites
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Teens + All-Terrain Vehicles Is a Dangerous Combo
Iowa study found three-quarters of kids drove ATVs; more than half were in accidents
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Patient Satisfaction Surveys May Contribute to Opioid Abuse
Two senators present anecdotal evidence in letter to CMS administrator
Monday, July 14, 2014

Violence Towards ER Nurses Not Uncommon
Failure to identify high-risk situations, acceptance of violence hinder prevention efforts
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

Rash Patterns Suggest Parvovirus B19 Infection in Adults
Four patterns, sometimes overlapping, are highly suggestive of primary infection in adults
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

CDC: Antibiotic Resistance in Foodborne Illness a Mixed Bag
Report found reduced resistance to treatments with some bugs, more resistance among others
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Injuries, Violence Top Causes of Death for Young Americans
CDC researcher calls for broader preventive measures
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

ACA Offers Opportunities for Prevention, Public Health
In addition to increasing health insurance coverage, law promotes use of clinical preventive services
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

CDC: Opioid Prescriptions Vary Widely Among States
Death toll can be reduced with better oversight, agency says, citing success in Florida
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

NATA: For Heat Stroke Victims, Cool First, Then Transport
New guidelines stress the importance of immediate cooling for athletes
Monday, June 30, 2014

Noroviruses Causes One-Fifth of Worldwide Gastroenteritis
Norovirus more common in outpatient, community settings versus inpatient
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

FDA: Acne Products Can Trigger Severe Allergic Reactions
In rare instances, reactions are potentially life-threatening, agency says
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

One in Five Children With Persistent Cough Have Pertussis
Findings among school-aged children who present to primary care with persistent cough
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

Exclusion From Child Care May Spur ER/Urgent Care Visits
Most parents seek acute care when their sick child is unable to attend child care
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

Variation in Use of Imaging Tests in Newly Diagnosed Heart Failure
Greatest variations for cardiac testing done in hospital setting were for assessment of ischemia
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

CDC Lab Workers May Have Been Exposed to Anthrax
No risk to public; agency says safety procedures weren't followed
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

Docs Asked to Judge Patients' Competency to Carry Guns
Many don't feel qualified to make those decisions, survey finds
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Teen Suicide Attempts Up Post-Antidepressant Warnings
Overreaction to FDA warning may have led to undertreatment of depression, experts say
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

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

Compliance With Child Asthma Care Measures Cuts Readmission
Compliance with measures and postdischarge follow-up linked to reduced 91- to 180-day readmission
Monday, June 16, 2014

Pertussis Epidemic Reported in California
More than 3,400 new cases of pertussis reported in California between January 1 and June 10
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

Current Bird Flu Has Pandemic Potential
Just a few changes needed for circulating strains to become contagious to humans
Wednesday, June 11, 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

AAFP Joins White House Summit on Concussion
Sports and academic institutions pledge financial support to study effects of concussion
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

Fourth U.S. Case of Mad Cow-Related Disease Reported
Tests done during autopsy of man's brain showed he had variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
Friday, June 06, 2014

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

Air Pollution Has Short-Term Impact on Specific Cardiac Events
Nitrogen dioxide linked to increased risk of hospital admissions for CVD; increased risk of non-STEMI
Friday, June 06, 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

Risk of Unnatural Death Is Higher in Diabetes Patients
Deaths include fatal poisonings caused by overdoses of insulin or hypoglycemic drugs
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

CDC: Food Handlers Cause Most Food-Poisoning Cases
Norovirus spread in restaurants accounts for two-thirds of all outbreaks, CDC says
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

β-Blockers Have No Impact on Cocaine-Related Chest Pain
No differences in in-hospital outcomes for those treated with or without β-blockers
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

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

FDA Approves Generic Version of Celebrex
Rx will carry warning alerting users of potential heart risks
Monday, June 02, 2014

Demographic Shift in Heroin Users Seen Over 50 Years
Recent users tend to be more white, older, living outside of urban areas
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

Hypertonic Saline Doesn't Improve Respiratory Distress
Second study shows reduction in hospital admissions with use of hypertonic saline in ER
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

CDC: Online Reviews Helpful in ID'ing Foodborne Outbreaks
Follow-up of online reviews IDs restaurants with food handling deficiencies
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Pictures, Symbols in Discharge Instructions Aid Rx Compliance
Findings among illiterate patients in a developing nation following a quality improvement project
Friday, May 23, 2014

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

Sharp Rise in ER Visits Tied to Abuse of Alprazolam
Alprazolam was the most commonly prescribed psychiatric medication in 2011
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Docs Still Prescribing Antibiotics for Acute Bronchitis
Despite guideline recommendations and educational efforts to decrease this practice
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Barriers to Asthma Care for Low-Income, High Cost-Sharing
Cost-related barriers to care for kids with asthma from low-income families with high cost sharing
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

Early Vaccination Key to Influenza Pandemic Response
Maximizing nonpharmaceutical interventions can substantially mitigate pandemic
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

Serious Motor Vehicle Crash Risk Up in Second Trimester
Increased risk seen across diverse populations, varied obstetrical cases, and for different crashes
Thursday, May 15, 2014

High Number of Medicaid Patients Receiving Antimicrobials for Colds
Unnecessary use of antimicrobial drugs needs to be curbed, authors say
Wednesday, May 14, 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

Recent Increase Noted in High School Athlete Concussion Rates
From 2005-2006 to 2011-2012, significant increases in concussion rates overall and in five of nine sports
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

Concussion Symptoms Linger for About One in Five Children
One-month post-injury, considerable proportion report headache, fatigue, and trouble thinking
Tuesday, May 13, 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

ESPID: Ultrasound, X-Ray Similar for ID'ing Pediatric Pneumonia
Chest ultrasonography could replace X-rays in resource-limited, outpatient settings
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

Specialty Care Shortage Leads to Lower Perceived Need for It
Those with high, low access to specialty care have no differences in disease burden
Friday, May 09, 2014

CDC: Syphilis on the Rise Among Men Who Have Sex With Men
Rates have more than doubled since 2000, health officials report
Friday, May 09, 2014

CDC Targets Five Parasitic Infections
Neglected but treatable infections impact millions of Americans unknowingly
Friday, May 09, 2014

Climate Change Will Make Breathing in Summer Harder
As weather warms, some areas in the United States will have many high ozone days
Friday, May 09, 2014

Physicians Have Multiple EHR Documentation Strategies
Pros and cons seen with typing, scribe, voice recognition software, and later transcribing notes
Thursday, May 08, 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

Zontivity Approved for People at High Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke
First in new class called protease-activated receptor-1 antagonists
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

Nicotine Poisoning of Infant Highlights E-Cigarette Dangers
10-month-old boy was sickened but survived toxic ingestion of liquid used for 'vaping'
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

Child Passenger Deaths Often Involve Alcohol-Impaired Drivers
Two-thirds of children unrestrained at time of crash; one-third of drivers without valid driver's license
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

PAS: Prophylaxis Cuts Return of Vesicoureteral Reflux
Reduced risk of recurrence, but not renal scarring, among children diagnosed after UTI
Monday, May 05, 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

Dispatcher Aid Enhances Child Outcomes in Bystander CPR
Dispatcher assistance in CPR improves neurological outcomes in children with cardiac arrest
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 have paid premiums
Friday, May 02, 2014

CDC: Those With Arthritis Face Higher Risk of Falls
Exercise, physical therapy may help by improving balance, strength and gait
Friday, May 02, 2014

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

Nongroup Insurance Market Lacked Stability Before ACA
Disruptions in coverage common, with 6.2 million people leaving nongroup coverage annually
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Established Modifiable Factors Account for Half of Strokes
Most important etiological factors for any stroke are hypertension and smoking
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

U.S. Children Experiencing Less Violence
School shootings, bullying make the headlines, but they're the exception, expert says
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Winter's Polar Vortex Ushers in Spring's 'Pollen Vortex'
Seasonal overlap could mean extra misery for people with allergies, experts say
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

AAP Cautions Against High-Deductible Health Plans for Kids
HDHPs have negative impact on primary care, which is utilized by children
Monday, April 28, 2014

AAP Issues Guidance for Freestanding Urgent Care Facilities
Facilities should be able to assess, stabilize, and initiate transfer of children as necessary
Monday, April 28, 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

CDC: Workplace Ladder Falls a Major Cause of Deaths, Injuries
There were 113 ladder-related deaths, more than 34,000 ER-treated injuries in 2011 alone
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

Cannabis May Cause Heart Problems in Young Adults
Serious cardiovascular complications, sometimes fatal, reported in adults using marijuana
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

Impact of Rising Incidence of Measles Discussed
Doctors should recognize suspected cases and implement control measures as necessary
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

Lorazepam No Better Than Diazepam for Epilepsy in Kids
Cessation of status epilepticus for 10 min without 30 min recurrence did not differ between groups
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Some Docs Still Prescribe Codeine for Peds Cough/URI
National guidelines recommend against use of codeine for children
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

Salmonella Cases Dip but Food Poisoning Rates Remain High
New CDC report finds certain contaminants, such as Vibrio and E. coli, on the rise
Friday, April 18, 2014

One in 20 U.S. Adults a Victim of Diagnostic Errors
Errors include missed opportunities for a timely, correct diagnosis based on available evidence
Thursday, April 17, 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

Younger Adults Hit Hardest This Flu Season
Although H1N1 strain predominates, previous exposure prevented pandemic
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CDC: Drowning Deaths Down Overall, but Still a Problem
Rates increased for adults 45 to 84; children 4 and under and adults 85 and older at highest risk
Tuesday, April 15, 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

Internists Favor Public Policy to Reduce Gun Violence
However, most internists report not discussing firearm safety with patients
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

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

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

AAFP Provides Tips to Address Patients' Vaccine Concerns
Physicians must be prepared to explain the risks and benefits of vaccinations
Monday, April 14, 2014

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

CDC: Measles Cases Linked to U.S. Adoptions From China
The highly infectious illness is still endemic in China, so adopted kids should get their shots
Friday, April 11, 2014

Medicaid Expansion Hasn't Eroded Perceived Care Access
No increase in reported use of emergency department services seen either
Thursday, April 10, 2014

AMSSM: Girls Found to Have Worse Concussion Symptoms
Findings in pediatric concussion patients treated at a concussion clinic 2010 to 2012
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Updated Reviews Issued for Oseltamivir, Zanamivir Use in Flu
Systematic reviews of regulatory information seeking evidence for prevention, treatment of flu
Thursday, April 10, 2014

AANS: Subclinical Head Impact Still Impacts Brain
Single season of concussion-free football still leads to brain changes witnessed on MRI
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cortisol Response Associated With Crash Risk in Teen Drivers
Teenaged drivers with a higher cortisol response to stress less likely to be in an automobile crash
Thursday, April 10, 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

Advice, Exercise Equally Effective for Chronic Whiplash
A comprehensive exercise program no more effective than simple advice for pain reduction
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

Most PCPs Accepting New Patients, Insurance Still a Factor
Across 10 states, 84.7 percent of privately insured and 57.9 percent Medicaid callers got appointment
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Newly Eligible for Expanded Medicaid Are Healthier
Findings based on comparisons between newly eligible under ACA and pre-ACA enrollees
Monday, April 07, 2014

Road Design Affects Motor Vehicle-Pedestrian Collisions
No significant link for walking proportion, collision rate after adjustment for roadway design variables
Monday, April 07, 2014

CDC: U.S. Traveler Returning From Africa Has Lassa Fever
The infectious illness is not related to Ebola fever, officials stress
Monday, April 07, 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

Breath-Actuated, Handheld Nebulizers Yield Similar Results
Higher cost, longer treatment time associated with BAN may not be justified in ER setting
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

CDC: Calls to Poison Centers for E-Cigarette Exposure Up
Increase in calls from 2010 to 2014; about half of e-cigarette exposure among children aged 0 to 5
Thursday, April 03, 2014

Hands-Free Cellphones Don't Make Driving Safer
But survey found 80 percent of drivers think they are less dangerous than hand-held versions
Thursday, April 03, 2014

ER Use Up With Health Care Reform in Massachusetts
Consistent increase in emergency department use in within-reform and post-reform periods
Wednesday, April 02, 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

FDA Approves Sublingual Tablet for Grass Allergies
To be started four months before allergy season
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

Nitroglycerin Shortage Has Medical Community Worried
Baxter and the FDA taking action to ease the shortage
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

White House Extends Affordable Care Act Enrollment Deadline
Applicants need to check a box on 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

Nicotine 'E-Liquids' Pose Serious Health Threat
Children at special risk because they may be attracted by e-liquids' bright colors, appealing flavors
Monday, March 24, 2014

Cervical Spine Clearance Protocols Vary Considerably
Cervical spine clearance protocols exist in 57 percent of U.S. level-1 trauma centers
Monday, March 24, 2014

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

Most Influenza Infections Seem to Be Asymptomatic
Age-attributable rate of illness among infected was 23 per 100 person-seasons
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

Ischemic Stroke Outcomes Worse for Mexican-Americans
Findings based on neurological, functional, and cognitive outcomes 90 days after ischemic stroke
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

CDC: Most Alcohol-Linked Deaths Occur Among Working-Age Adults
States lose thousands of people in their prime years, report finds
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

Resistant Strain of Head Lice Prevalent in North America
High frequency of knockdown-type resistance allele found in Canada and the United States
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, 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

Marijuana Use Up, Cocaine Use Down, U.S. Report Finds
Review covered 2000 to 2010, so doesn't reflect suspected increase in heroin use
Monday, March 10, 2014

For Children, Asthma Exacerbations Peak in September
Increase in asthma exacerbations, asthma meds prescriptions, and asthma-related primary care visits
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

FDA: Pfizer Voluntarily Recalls Certain Lots of Antidepressant
Action taken after pharmacist found a heart drug among Effexor/venlafaxine, FDA says
Friday, March 07, 2014

Outpatient Abx Culprit in Most Childhood C. Difficile Cases
Nearly three-quarters of C. difficile cases associated with Rx written at doctor visits
Friday, March 07, 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

AMA Grants Curriculum Efforts to Address Health Disparities
Initiatives focus on underserved populations, workforce diversity, and population health
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

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

Indoor Air Pollution Tied to Asthma, Asthma-Related Symptoms
Mold in home significantly associated with current asthma, wheeze, nocturnal chest tightness
Friday, March 07, 2014

Physicians Better Able to Recall Narratives About Rx Guidelines
Comparisons made between recall of opioid guideline summary versus evidence-based narratives
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

New Guidelines Issued for Valvular Heart Disease in Adults
Guidelines include classification of VHD into four stages, risk-analysis of interventions
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

DASH Diet May Lower Risk of Recurrent Kidney Stones
The DASH diet might be an effective alternative to the low-oxalate diet
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

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

CT May Be Avoided With Isolated Vomiting in Peds Head Trauma
When vomiting is the only sign or symptom, clinically important traumatic brain injury is uncommon
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Low-Normal TSH Deemed Risk Factor for Depression in Elderly
More concurrent depression, risk of developing depressive syndrome up with low-normal TSH
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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

Daily Walks May Cut Risk of Hospitalization for COPD
Walking at least 3 to 6 km per day may reduce the rate of hospitalizations for COPD patients
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

Doctors Slower to Prescribe HTN Meds to Younger Patients
Study found age was a factor in how quickly patients got treatment
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

Review: Antibiotics Don't Avert Otitis, Pneumonia in Children
No strong evidence for preventive effect in children with undifferentiated acute respiratory infections
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Adjuvant High-Dose Vitamin D3 Beneficial in Urticaria
Significant decrease in total urticaria symptom severity by week 12 with high-dose supplement
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

AAN: Activity Tied to On-the-Job Fatal CVD Events
Cardiovascular events occur relatively frequently, especially after vigorous activity
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

London's Bike Sharing Program Has Health Benefits
Benefits clearer for men than for women, and for older users
Monday, February 24, 2014

'Epidemic of Diagnosis' Driving Thyroid Cancer Rates Up
Almost three-fold increase in incidence of thyroid cancer, but death rates stable from 1975 to 2009
Monday, February 24, 2014

AAP Still Opposes Retail-Based Clinics for Pediatric Primary Care
Formal relationship should be developed if pediatricians want to expand access using RBCs
Monday, February 24, 2014

Mysterious Polio-Like Illness Strikes Children in California
Only a small number of cases identified, experts say, with no clear common cause
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

ACC Calls for Patient-Centered Approach in Cardiac Imaging
Groups say that quality, patient outcomes, and costs must all be analyzed in decision making
Friday, February 21, 2014

Patient-Centered Medical Homes Cut Care Costs
Findings based on analysis of 20 recently published peer-reviewed studies
Friday, February 21, 2014

Health Reform Associated With Fewer Behavioral Admissions
Emergency department visits increased less than other states after Massachusetts reform
Friday, February 21, 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

Concurrent Opioid Prescribing by Multiple Providers Common
More than three-quarters of Medicare beneficiaries with four or more providers have concurrent rx
Thursday, February 20, 2014

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

Tamoxifen Found in Samples of Dietary Supplement
Tamoxifen identified in three of four samples of dietary supplement, Esto Suppress
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Surface Defects, Distorted Tips Seen in Acupuncture Needles
Defects could cause adverse effects in areas needled during acupuncture
Thursday, February 20, 2014

ACC, AHA Releases Heart Disease, Stroke App for Docs
Mobile and web-based tool estimates 10-year, lifetime risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Obesity Complicates Elbow Fractures in Children
Supracondylar humeral fractures more likely to be complex, have greater risk of post-op complications
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Eardrops Most Effective in Tympanostomy-Tube Otorrhea
Outcomes better than treatment with oral antibiotics or observation
Wednesday, February 19, 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

Top Five Low-Value Actions ID'd in Emergency Medicine
List includes not using cervical spine CT, head CT for those who don't meet high-risk criteria
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

Post-Op Visits for Surgical Site Infections Generally Low
Relative to all-cause postsurgical visits, rates are low for clinically significant SSIs at 14 and 30 days
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

Teledermatology Is Reliable for Initial Triage Consultations
Teledermatologists usually agree with triage decisions of in-person dermatologist
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Earlier Tx Shortens Duration of Febrile Seizures in Children
Researchers note that seizures rarely stop spontaneously
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

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

ASA: Despite Access, Few in U.S. Get Recommended Stroke Care
Most have geographic access to acute stroke care, but treatment rates remain low
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: Postpartum Thrombosis Risk Lasts for at Least 12 Weeks
Increased risks for 0- to 6-weeks, and 6- to 12-weeks postpartum; normalizes by 12- to 18-weeks
Thursday, February 13, 2014

ASA: Acute Herpes Exposure Linked to Pediatric Stroke
Second study shows few caregivers consider stroke when child has neurological symptoms
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

U.S. Officials Target Escalating Drug Overdoses
Deadly epidemic is driven by abuse of narcotic painkillers and heroin
Wednesday, February 12, 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

Teens Who Consume Energy Drinks at Risk for Substance Use
Prevention efforts should include education on masking effects of caffeine in energy drinks
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

FDA Panel Sees No Heart-Safety Advantage With Naproxen
Some studies had suggested naproxen might pose less of a threat than other NSAIDs
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

USPSTF Recommends Hepatitis B Screening for High-Risk Adults
Recommendation based on accuracy of screening test, effectiveness of antiviral treatment
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

FDA Advisers Revisit Heart Risks Posed by NSAIDs
Studies suggest naproxen may pose less of a threat
Monday, February 10, 2014

Commercial-Size Packages of Uncle Ben's Rice Recalled
Reports of illness received from three states, FDA says
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

Caffeine Consumption Prevalent in U.S. Children
Soda is the most popular source for children, but intake of coffee and energy drinks is increasing
Monday, February 10, 2014

Uneven Effects for Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol
Moderate drinkers little affected by pricing, with greatest effects seen for harmful drinkers
Monday, February 10, 2014

More Family Medicine Residency Spots But Shortfall Remains
Projected shortfall in the primary care workforce persists; may worsen with funding cuts
Friday, February 07, 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

Concierge-Style Practices Increasing in Popularity
More physicians switching to cash fee practices, which provide personalized services to patients
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

Physicians Need to Be Prepared to Talk Antibiotics
Specific diagnosis, whether viral or bacterial, will aid conversation with patients or their parents
Thursday, February 06, 2014

Scalds, Burns to Young Children Largely Preventable
Most injuries in under-5s due to pull down of hot beverages, touching hot items in the home
Thursday, February 06, 2014

H7N9 Cases in China Tied to Live Poultry Exposure
Most cases had severe, lower respiratory tract illness and were epidemiologically unrelated
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

FDA: There's Still Time for Patients to Get a Flu Shot
Younger adults seem at risk this year, FDA says
Wednesday, February 05, 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

EHR Use During Patient Visit May Mean Missed Non-Verbal Cues
Physician-patient eye gaze patterns differ with use of electronic health records versus paper charts
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

First Human Death From Novel H10N8 Virus Reported
Patient died nine days after illness onset; visited live poultry farm four days before illness
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

New Guidelines Issued for Acute Otitis Externa Management
Updated recommendations include analgesic treatment for pain; not using antimicrobials for initial tx
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

CDC: Motor Vehicle Occupant Death Rates Down for Children
However, one-third of children who died in motor vehicle crashes in 2011 were unrestrained
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Declines in Antibiotic Use in Children May Have Plateaued
Large declines in prescribing rates seen in the early 2000s; trend attenuated by end of decade
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

Medicating Drivers for ADHD May Cut Risk of Traffic Accidents
Significant link observed for male, but not female, drivers with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Video Game Ups Childrens' Knowledge of Stroke Symptoms
Improvement of stroke symptom composite scores, calling 911, individual stroke knowledge items
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

Improved Outcomes Seen With Ventricular Assist Devices
Among Medicare patients, lower mortality after implantation, but readmission remains common
Friday, January 31, 2014

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

ASA: Patient Involvement Ups Surgical Safety Compliance
Patient awareness of a surgical safety checklist increases compliance
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Inappropriate Use of Antibiotics in ERs Remains High for Adults
Inappropriate use for respiratory tract infection down from 2001 to 2010 for children, not adults
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pediatric Shopping-Cart-Related Injuries Not Decreasing
From 1990 to 2011, more than 200 percent increase in annual concussion/closed head injury rate
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

AAP Updates Evaluation of Child Fractures for Physical Abuse
Location, fracture type, and cause mechanism must be evaluated with child's medical history
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

Falls Top Car Crashes as Leading Cause of U.S. Spinal Injuries
Rates rising fastest among seniors, study finds
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

~7,400 Child Firearm-Related Injury Hospitalizations in 2009
Hospitalization rate of 8.87 per 100,000 persons younger than 20 years; higher rate for males
Monday, January 27, 2014

'Buzzed' Drivers More Likely to Be Blamed for Crashes
Even minimal blood alcohol levels, well below the U.S. legal limit of 0.08 percent, impair driving
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

Outbreak of Exposure to Novel Synthetic Cannabinoid Described
Synthetic cannabinoid product ADB-PINACA identified; linked to neurotoxicity, cardiotoxicity
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Concussion Common Among Young Female Soccer Players
Most players continue to play with symptoms; fewer than half seek medical attention
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

Pediatric AOM Costs Health Care System ~$2.88 Billion Annually
Children with acute otitis media have increased outpatient health care costs, patient medication costs
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

More Federal Funding of Health Centers Mitigates Access Issues
Findings among low-income, uninsured adults from 2002 to 2007
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

Race Linked to Age-Appropriate Use of Child Car Seats
White parents more likely to report use of age-appropriate safety seats in children aged 1 to 7 years
Friday, January 17, 2014

Research IDs Serious Cardio Events Tied to Energy Drinks
17 cases identified, including cardiac arrest, ventricular arrhythmia, ST-segment elevation
Friday, January 17, 2014

FDA Warns of Fires From Some Cryogenic Wart Removers
Don't use flammable products near candles, hair appliances, agency says
Thursday, January 16, 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

Two Distinct Etiologies for Distal Forearm Fractures in Childhood
Skeletal deficits lead to fracture with mild trauma; significant trauma causes fx with normal bone
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

Sizable Number of Intentional Injuries Occur at School
Overall risk of intentional injury-related ER visits higher for injuries in school setting versus outside
Tuesday, January 14, 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

Access to Medicaid-Accepting Substance Use Tx Centers Varies
Counties with more blacks, uninsured lowers likelihood of a Medicaid-accepting center
Monday, January 13, 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

Lowering WBC Criteria Lowers Negative Appendectomy Rate
Negative appendectomy rate down by 77, 36 percent, respectively, with WBC cutoffs of 9,000, 8,000/µL
Thursday, January 09, 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

Drug Labeling Linked to Drug, Placebo Efficacy in Migraine
Effect of placebo and active drug increased with progressively positive drug information
Thursday, January 09, 2014

~9 Percent of Observation Services Stays Exceed 48 Hours
Mean charge for observation services stay $10,373; increased costs for longer stays
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

Cognitive Rest May Speed Concussion Recovery in Youth
Increased cognitive activity associated with longer recovery from sports-related concussion
Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Performance Measures Developed for Adults Undergoing PCI
Set of 11 measures include performance measures and quality metrics, appropriate use criteria
Monday, January 06, 2014

Herpes Zoster Is Risk Factor for Stroke in Young Adults
Stroke, transient ischemic attack, MI increased in cases whose herpes zoster occurred before age 40
Monday, January 06, 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

Expanding Medicaid Coverage Ups Emergency Department Use
Results based on analysis of data from the 2008 Oregon Health Insurance Experiment
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

Urgent Care Can Be Opportunity for Practice Expansion
Considerations should include assessment of facility, real estate, and market competition
Friday, January 03, 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

Combination Protocol Accurately Diagnoses Appendicitis in Kids
High sensitivity, specificity with Samuel's pediatric appendicitis score, selective ultrasonography
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

Performing Secondary Tasks Ups Crash, Near-Crash Risk
Increased risk for new drivers with secondary tasks, including dialing cell phone, texting, eating
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

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

Pharmacies Often Misinform Young Females About Plan B
Misinformation given to adolescents partly due to confusion about changing regulations
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

USPSTF Recommends Lung CA Screening for High-Risk Adults
Screening urged for adults aged 55 to 80 years with 30 pack-year history who smoke or recently quit
Monday, December 30, 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

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

CDC: Chikungunya Virus Now in the Western Hemisphere
First 10 cases seen among non-travelers identified in St. Martin in the Caribbean
Friday, December 27, 2013

Performance-Enhancing Drug Use Widespread in U.S.
Use of PEDs more widespread than thought; can have adverse health consequences
Friday, December 27, 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

Greater Fiber Intake Leads to Lower Risk of Cardiac Events
Meta-analysis findings align with general recommendations to increase fiber intake
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

Many Patients With Diabetes Not Getting Needed Eye Care
Less than half of those with diabetic macular edema were told that their eyes were affected
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

FDA Introduces New Food Defense Rule
Goal is to protect U.S. food supply from potential terrorist acts
Friday, December 20, 2013

Higher Levels of Anxiety Linked to Incident Stroke Risk
Findings are independent of other risk factors, including depression
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

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

Exposure to Pertussis Common in Peds Health Care Workers
More than one-quarter of exposures occur after documented initiation of IPC precautions
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

Urine-Based Assay Diagnoses Chlamydia in 20 Minutes
Accurate test diagnoses sexually transmitted pathogen directly from urine samples
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

Support for Ultrasound First in Pediatric Appendicitis Diagnosis
Limiting CT use not associated with increased complicated appendicitis diagnoses, longer stays
Friday, December 13, 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

NPs Practicing Without Restrictions Could Lower Costs
Findings based on claims data, including patients seen at retail clinics by NPs with/without limits
Thursday, December 12, 2013

Peds High Chair-Related Injury Increased From 2003 to 2010
Most common mechanism of injury was falling; most common diagnosis was closed head injury
Thursday, December 12, 2013

Factors in Choice of Opioid for Abuse Analyzed
Three-quarters of opioid-dependent individuals use oxycodone or hydrocodone
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Weekend Spine Surgery Linked to Longer Stays, Higher Costs
Findings among patients undergoing spine surgery for cervical trauma across approach procedures
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Peds Bronchiolitis Guideline Can Cut Resource Use, Costs
Implementation of bronchiolitis guideline beneficial for infants in emergency department setting
Wednesday, December 11, 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

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

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

ER Visits Involving Ecstasy Up 128 Percent From 2005 to 2011
Each year about one-third of visits involve alcohol among patients younger than 21 years
Thursday, December 05, 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

Comorbidities, Meds Factor Into Recurrent Syncope
Certain co-existing conditions, use of multiple medications that cause orthostatic hypotension up risk
Monday, December 02, 2013

Telemedicine in Rural ER Tied to Fewer Physician Rx Errors
Findings based on consults for seriously ill, injured children in rural emergency departments
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

Chest Pain Characteristics Don't Help Diagnose AMI in Women
Small differences in sex-specific diagnostic performance of chest pain characteristics
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

FDA Approves H5N1 Avian Influenza Vaccine
To supplement National Stockpile, not intended for commercial availability
Monday, November 25, 2013

Nebulizers Deliver Less Than Half of Prescribed Asthma Rx in Kids
Dose of prescribed corticosteroids inhaled from nebulizer varies with drug formulation
Monday, November 25, 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

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 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

Daily Text Messages Improve Diabetes Outcomes
Diabetes control and medication adherence improve; fewer trips to the emergency room
Friday, November 22, 2013

Rape, Sexual Assault Likely Underestimated by Crime Survey
Errors in samples, response, specification and measurements; new survey should be developed
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

Gray Matter Abnormalities Persist After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Even as neurobehavioral symptoms decrease, physiologic abnormalities remain
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: Atrial Fibrillation Hospitalizations Increasing
Number and cost of hospitalizations projected to continue increasing in the next decade
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Risk of Hospitalized Fall Injury Up for Seniors With Diabetes
Risk factors include history of falling, poor standing balance, HbA1c ≥8 percent
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

AHA: CPR of at Least 38 Min Advisable in Cardiac Arrest
For favorable neurologic outcome, collapse-to-ROSC interval of 38.5 minutes has high sensitivity, NPV
Monday, November 18, 2013

FDA Requests Safety Measures for Topical Antiseptics
Labeling and packaging changes meant to reduce risk of infection
Friday, November 15, 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

Obama Signs Bill to Encourage Schools to Stock Epinephrine
Financial incentive for states to maintain epinephrine supply in schools
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

New Models Could Alleviate Primary Care Provider Shortage
Patient-Centered Medical Homes and nurse-managed health centers could reduce PCP shortage
Wednesday, November 13, 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

Hospitalizations for About 70 Percent of ER Visits for A-Fib
Heart failure, COPD, and CAD have highest odds ratios for predicting hospitalization
Tuesday, November 12, 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

Market Withdrawal, Relabeling Cut Cough Med-Linked ER Visits
Decrease in ER visits for cough and cold medication adverse drug events among young children
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

ACAAI: Gelatin Allergy Can Cause Reaction to Flu Shot
Case report describes 4-year-old with adverse response within 15 minutes of receiving flu shot
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

Study Looks at Anticipated ACA Reimbursement Trends in ER
Reimbursement likely to increase for those who move to Medicaid, private insurance
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 is secure, site operations are improving
Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Triage System Underperforms in Children With Chronic Illness
Manchester Triage System performance lower for those with versus those without chronic illnesses
Monday, November 04, 2013

APHA: Acetaminophen + Light Alcohol Use Up Kidney Injury
Individually, neither light/moderate alcohol consumption nor acetaminophen increase risk
Monday, November 04, 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

Proper Metered-Dose Inhaler-Spacer Technique Lacking
Findings among caregivers of urban, minority children with persistent asthma
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 will be much improved within a month
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

One in 10 Teens Using ER Report Non-Rx Opiate, Sedative Use
Correlates of NPOU, NPSU include substance use, drinking and driving, riding with a drinking driver
Monday, October 28, 2013

FDA Approves Extended-Release Hydrocodone Painkiller
For daily treatment of chronic pain
Friday, October 25, 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 foul-up
Thursday, October 24, 2013

FDA Urges Tighter Controls on Certain Prescription Painkillers
Changes would decrease number of refills before returning to doctor; supplies lasting ≤90 days
Thursday, October 24, 2013

CDC: U.S. Flu Activity Remains Low Through Mid-October
Percent of positive influenza specimens is higher in the Southeast versus rest of the country
Wednesday, October 23, 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

Study Probes Why Truckers Use Booze, Illicit Drugs
Use of psychoactive substances associated with poor working conditions
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 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

Considerable Morbidity With Disc Herniations in NFL Players
Lumbar herniations are the most common, but thoracic herniations lead to most lost playing time
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

Study Compares Treatment Options for Nose Bleeds
Arterial ligation and embolization yield similar outcomes, although embolization is more costly
Friday, October 18, 2013

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

ACEP: Characteristics of Patients With Opioid Overdose
Second study identifies factors associated with doctor-shopping
Friday, October 18, 2013

ACEP: Emergency Care Benefits With Health Insurance Exchange
Reduction of costs of $1,947 per patient; improved quality of care for majority of patients
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 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

Marathon Running Tied to Transient Myocardial Changes
Changes may contribute to the transient increase in cardiac risk during sustained vigorous exercise
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Hospitals Do Follow Guidelines
Greater guideline-based care for stroke patients than Primary Stroke Center-certified 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

Incidentally, Non-Incidentally Discovered Thyroid CA Compared
Patients with incidentally discovered thyroid cancer likely to be older, male, have higher stage disease
Friday, October 11, 2013

Checklist Developed to Cut Radiation Exposure in Children
Excellent compliance seen with do-and-verify checklist and implementation manual
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

Fall History Predicts Increased Post-Op Complications in Seniors
A fall in the six months prior to surgery also predicts discharge institutionalization, readmission
Thursday, October 10, 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

Antibiotic Resistance Ups Salmonella Hospitalizations
Furloughed agency workers called back to aid investigation into California chicken farm
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Public Insurance Up for Those With Mental Illness
Cost barriers to care rise among the uninsured and those with private insurance
Thursday, October 10, 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

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

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 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

IDSA: Antibiotics Still Overused in Bronchitis, Sore Throats
Two studies show antibiotic prescribed for most cases of acute bronchitis, sore throats in U.S. adults
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

Bystander CPR Linked to Improved Survival
Findings from Denmark indicate bystander CPR doubled over the last decade
Tuesday, October 01, 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

No Change in Admissions for Pediatric Sports-Related TBI
Increase in number of ER visits for sports-related TBI from 2002 to 2011; no change in admissions
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

Disparity Seen in Pain Tx for Kids in ER for Abdominal Pain
Black children less likely to receive any analgesic, even when presenting with serious pain
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

High Sensitivity for Ottawa Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Rule
Findings limited to patients presenting with headache peaking within one hour, no neurologic deficit
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

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

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

Early Screening Tool IDs PTSD in Preschool-Aged Children
Pediatric Emotional Distress Scale-Early Screener has good sensitivity, acceptable specificity
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

USPSTF: Offer Breast CA Risk-Reducing Rx to High-Risk Patients
Tamoxifen, raloxifene recommended for women with raised risk, low risk of adverse meds effects
Monday, September 23, 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

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

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

Physical Exams Commonly Lacking in Low Back Pain Care
One in five patient encounters do not include physicians' hands placed on subjects' low backs
Friday, September 20, 2013

Little Correlation Between Care Quality, Patient Experience
Strongest correlations with clinical quality were seen for patient assessments of access
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

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

More Than 150 Measles Cases in U.S. Through August 2013
82 percent of cases among unvaccinated; 9 percent in those with unknown vaccination status
Monday, September 16, 2013

High Burden of Endocarditis in Older Adults
But guidelines restricting antibiotic prophylaxis have not raised endocarditis mortality
Friday, September 13, 2013

Community-Level Intervention Cuts Antibiotic Prescribing
But does not influence knowledge and attitudes about correct antibiotic use
Friday, September 13, 2013

Review Questions Energy Drink Manufacturers Role in Research
Industry-funded research: mixing alcohol, energy drinks is not harmful, despite limitations
Friday, September 13, 2013

Gun Ownership Levels Linked to Firearm Homicide Rates
For each percentage point increase in gun ownership, firearm homicide rate up 0.9 percent
Friday, September 13, 2013

IOM Urges Coordinated Research Enterprise for Child Abuse
Rates of physical and sexual abuse have declined since 1993, but considerable underreporting
Friday, September 13, 2013

Nearly a Third of Vaccines at Pharmacies Given Off-Hours
Working-age, healthy, males are particularly likely to receive vaccines during off-clinic hours
Friday, September 13, 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

Non-Medical Use of Prescription Drugs Drops in Young Adults
SAMHSA issues its annual report on substance use in the United States
Monday, September 09, 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

Study of Topical Corticosteroid Use in Pregnancy Reassuring
No adverse outcomes studied linked except low birth weight with high potency exposure
Friday, September 06, 2013

Telephone-Based Care Ups Pediatric Diabetes Management
More than half of all calls resolved without further referral, leading to potential cost-savings
Friday, September 06, 2013

More Asthma Hospitalizations in Middle-Aged Women Than Men
Findings among women in their 40s and 50s, despite controlling for common comorbidities
Friday, September 06, 2013

Drug Non-Adherence Linked to Greater Pediatric Health Care Use
More hospitalizations, visits to the emergency department in children with chronic conditions
Thursday, September 05, 2013

CDC: U.S. Drinking Water Sanitation Still a Concern
More than 1,000 sickened via drinking water-associated outbreaks in recent years
Thursday, September 05, 2013

Door-to-Balloon Times Have Improved in Primary PCI
From 2005 to 2009, door-to-balloon times improved, but no change in in-hospital mortality
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

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

Only Half of Hypertensive Adults Aware of Diagnosis
Only about a third of those treated achieve blood pressure control
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

ESC: Edoxaban Non-Inferior to Warfarin for VTE
Non-inferior with respect to recurrent symptomatic venous thromboembolism; superior for bleeding
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

Male Teens and Children at Higher Risk of Death Than Female Peers
Death rates higher from injuries and various medical conditions
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

More Women in Emergency Room for Kidney Stones
Cost of visits increasing while hospitalization rates are stable
Friday, August 30, 2013

Oral Fluconazole in Pregnancy Not Linked to Most Birth Defects
Usual low doses appear safe, but may confer increased risk of tetralogy of Fallot
Wednesday, August 28, 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

Teens Driving to Preferred Music Make More Mistakes
More likely to commit violations and drive more aggressively
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

Report Discusses Caregiver-Fabricated Illness in Children
Rare but serious form of child maltreatment can result in significant morbidity and mortality
Tuesday, August 27, 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

Hispanic Teens More Likely to Engage in Substance Abuse
More likely to have used marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, and to have abused Rx meds
Wednesday, August 21, 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

CDC Says U.S. Has Improved in Detection of Hep C Infection
Many patients, however, are tested only when symptoms arise
Friday, August 16, 2013

CDC: Outbreaks of Severe Form of Conjunctivitis Reported
Infections may be transmitted in ophthalmologic settings
Thursday, August 15, 2013

NIH Produces Online Course for Teen Alcohol Screening
Course includes quick two-question screening tool, risk estimator, overview of intervention
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

Study Shows Dramatic Decline in Ischemic Stroke Incidence
However, Mexican-Americans suffer 34 percent more strokes than non-Hispanic whites
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sports-Related Sudden Death Incidence Varies by Sex
Increased incidence in men; for men, incidence increases with age and varies with type of sport
Tuesday, August 13, 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

Low Risk Rule Cuts Use of X-Rays in Child Ankle Injuries
Validated clinical decision rule safely reduces radiography in children with acute ankle injuries
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Retinal Imaging May Help Assess Risk of Stroke
Increased long-term risk with hypertensive retinopathy, even in those with good BP control
Monday, August 12, 2013

In Teens, ADHD Linked to Impaired Driving Outcomes
Texting while driving negatively impacts driving performance in teens with/without ADHD
Monday, August 12, 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

ER Visits Related to Use of CNS Stimulants Up From '05 to '11
Among 18- to 34-year-old adults, increase in visits related to CNS stimulants with, without alcohol
Monday, August 12, 2013

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

Rheumatoid Arthritis Ups Risk of Thrombosis, Embolism
Taiwan study shows patients with RA have higher risk of deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism
Friday, August 09, 2013

Cardiac Arrest More Common at Alternative Exercise Sites
Findings will help guide optimal placement of automated external defibrillators
Thursday, August 08, 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

Caregivers, Children With Asthma Tend to Agree About QOL
But children report significantly better QOL than caregivers in domain of activity limitation
Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Telephone Health Coaching Service Doesn't Cut Admissions
No reduction in admissions, secondary care costs for patients with chronic health conditions
Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Review Looks at Antibiotic Rx in Ambulatory Settings
More than one-fourth of prescriptions are for conditions in which antibiotics are rarely indicated
Wednesday, August 07, 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

Systematic Approach Needed for Post-Disaster Mental Health
Systematic approach needed to ID, appropriately triage those requiring mental health services
Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Including Casinos in Smoke-Free Laws Cut Ambulance Calls
Extension of smoke-free laws to include casinos resulted in drop in ambulance calls from casinos
Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Repeat Gallstone Pancreatitis High Without Intervention
Significant reduction of recurrence risk seen with endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
Monday, August 05, 2013

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

Fighting-Related Injuries Harm Intelligence in Adolescents
Findings, particularly strong in female teens, independent of race, socioeconomic status
Friday, August 02, 2013

Firearm Homicide Rates Down from 2006-2007 to 2009-2010
Rate in large metropolitan areas drove national decrease but still remained above national average
Friday, August 02, 2013

FDA Warns of Serious Skin Reactions to Acetaminophen
Link identified between the over-the-counter drug and potentially fatal skin reactions
Friday, August 02, 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

Mandated Mental Health Treatment Programs Save Money
State-funded outpatient programs cut hospitalizations, costs among severely mentally ill
Thursday, August 01, 2013

Alcohol Use Down, Drug Use Up Among Pregnant Women
From 2000 to 2010, percentage of pregnant women reporting drug abuse up from 51.1 to 63.8
Thursday, August 01, 2013

Severe Hypoglycemia Common in Type 2 Diabetes
Highest risk for those with near-normal or very poor glycemic control
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Diagnosis of Bell's Palsy in ER Is Usually Accurate
Increasing age, black race, diabetes, and use of imaging associated with incorrect diagnosis
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

About One in Five Children Outgrow Asthma
Less likely for females, those sensitized to animals, and those with severe asthma
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Back Pain Management Relying on Guideline Discordant Care
From 1999 to 2010, increase in narcotic use, advanced imaging, referrals to other physicians
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

USPSTF: Low-Dose CT Screening Benefits Smokers
Reductions seen in lung cancer, all-cause death; benefits should be weighed against harms
Monday, July 29, 2013

Nonfatal Food-Linked Choking Occurs in 12,435 Children/Year
Hard candy is food most frequently associated with choking, as well as other candy, meat, bone
Monday, July 29, 2013

FDA Updates Oral Nizoral Label to Reflect Safety Concerns
Concerns include severe liver injuries and adrenal gland problems, harmful drug interactions
Monday, July 29, 2013

Flow Restrictors Protect Children From Liquid Medicine
Preschool-aged children have difficulty accessing liquid medicine in bottles with flow restrictors
Friday, July 26, 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

Dizziness Visits Account for About 4 Percent of ER Costs
Mean cost of emergency department dizziness visit estimated at $1,004 in 2011 dollars
Wednesday, July 24, 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

Low Rate of Change in Care With Transthoracic Echocardiography
Only 31.8 percent of TTEs result in active change in care; most TTEs considered appropriately used
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

About One in Four Families With Pediatrician Use Retail Clinics
Reasons for choosing retail care include more convenient hours, or no available appointments
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

No Benefit of Echo Screening for Heart Dx in General Population
Does not reduce risk of death or the incidence of heart attack and stroke
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

ICHSTM: Cameras Contributing to Driver/Cyclist Tensions
Increasing popularity of cycling plus video distribution contributing to inter-model tensions
Monday, July 22, 2013

Cough in Adolescent Boys May Signal Aspirated Blowgun Dart
Instructions for making blowgun darts found on 20 websites, but only a few give safety warnings
Monday, July 22, 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

Use of Radiographs Increasing for Children With Asthma
Second study shows hospital-wide variation in use of diagnostic testing for children with pneumonia
Monday, July 22, 2013

Child Injuries From Falling TVs Are Increasing in the U.S.
Children younger than 5 years, especially boys, are at highest risk for injury from TV tip-overs
Monday, July 22, 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

Newer Anticoagulants Linked to Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Risk highest for venous thrombosis or acute coronary syndrome
Friday, July 19, 2013

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

~2 Percent of Opioid Rx Bought by 0.7 Percent of Patients
Small subgroup of patients obtain an average of 32 prescriptions from 10 different providers
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Multiple Strategies Being Used to Address Distracted Driving
Improvements seen in legislature, data collection, public education related to distracted driving
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Women in ER for Non-Urgent Care Can Be Screened for Health Needs
Scales reveal history of childhood sexual abuse and patterns of substance use, partner violence
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Music Beneficial for Children Undergoing IV Placement
Less pain, distress for children; health care providers find performance easier, are more satisfied
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Men Forgo Care With Switch to High-Deductible Health Plan
Initial drop in all ER visits and hospitalizations, followed by increase in hospitalizations
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Changes Necessary to Help Homeless Quit Smoking
Intervention strategies suggested at multiple levels, including individual, shelter, and policy
Wednesday, July 17, 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

CDC Reports 30-Year Low in Rate of Youth Homicides
In 2010, the youth homicide rate of 7.5 per 100,000 was the lowest in the previous 30 years
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

Liver Failure Via Acetaminophen OD Tied to Worse Outcomes
Lower quality of life than other liver failure patients may be due to psychiatric, substance abuse disorders
Monday, July 15, 2013

Tool Helps Emergency Providers ID Drug-Seeking Behavior
Although, ER docs already demonstrate skill at spotting patients who are drug-seekers
Monday, July 15, 2013

CMS Proposes New Rule for Outpatient Payment Policies
Rule would expand categories of related items and services for outpatient prospective payment system
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

Length of ER Visit Will Increase With Aging Population
Hospitals will need to increase ER size and floor capacity to optimize movement of patients
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

Low-Income Patients Prefer Hospital to Outpatient Care
Urban patients cite lower cost, ease of access, and better care as reasons for using hospital care
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

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

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

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

About One-Quarter of Assault-Injured Youth Own a Gun
Firearm possession linked to socioeconomic status, male gender, drug use, retaliatory attitudes
Monday, July 08, 2013

Awareness of Risks Reduces Parents' Desire for CT Scans
About half of parents were aware of malignancy risks before emergency department disclosures
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

Decrease in Beach Closing/Advisory Days in 2012
More than 80 percent of closings and advisories due to bacteria levels in beachwater
Thursday, July 04, 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

Drug Overdose Deaths, ER Visits Up for Women Since 1999
Five-fold increase in deaths, more than doubling of ER visits related to opioid pain relievers
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

Injuries in Young Due to All-Terrain Vehicles Declining
Boys have twice the injury rate as girls
Monday, July 01, 2013

Collapsible Laundry Hampers Can Cause Severe Eye Injuries
At least two children have sustained penetrating eye injuries from exposed wire in laundry hamper
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

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

Study Examines Opiate Use in Orthopedic Trauma Patients
Patients more likely to use opiates before injury; pre-injury use predicts prolonged post-injury use
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

Extended Office Hours Reduce Emergency Department Use
Many parents lack access or are unaware of after-hours access to their child's doctor
Tuesday, June 25, 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

FDA Approves Plan B for All Females of Childbearing Age
No prescription is needed
Friday, June 21, 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

ACOG Recommends Screening Women for Elder Abuse
Early identification, prompt referral should be part of preventive health care for women ≥60 years
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

Flu Shot Averted About 13 Million Illnesses Over Six Years
Vaccines also averted over 100,000 influenza-related hospitalizations from 2005 to 2011
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

Person-to-Person Transmission of MERS-CoV Identified
Person-to-person transmission noted in 21 of 23 cases of health care-associated infections
Wednesday, June 19, 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

Only a Quarter of New Doctors Choose Primary Care
Less than five percent practice in rural areas
Friday, June 14, 2013

Duloxetine Moderately Cost-Effective for Treating Back Pain
Cost-effectiveness increases in populations over 65 years or with greater GI, cardiovascular risk
Friday, June 14, 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

Hands-Free, Speech-to-Text Action Ups Distraction in Driving
Low level of distraction for in-vehicle activities; large distraction rating for speech-to-text e-mail
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Use of Pediatric CT Scans Increased From 1996 to 2005
Use started to decrease from 2006 to 2007; effective doses varied from 0.03 to 69.2 mSv/scan
Tuesday, June 11, 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

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking for Child Abuse Preventive Efforts
Lack of evidence to weigh benefits, harms of primary care interventions to prevent child abuse
Monday, June 10, 2013

Prolonged Symptoms for Children With Prior Concussion
Prolonged symptoms after concussion for those with history of recent, multiple concussions
Monday, June 10, 2013

Heat Response Plans Need to Be in Place Before Extreme Event
Plans should focus on identifying and limiting heat exposure among vulnerable populations
Friday, June 07, 2013

CDC: Multistate Hepatitis A Virus Outbreak Reported
Illness possibly related to "Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend" frozen berry, pomegranate mix
Thursday, June 06, 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

One-Third of Women Willing to Delay Rx for Suspected UTI
In majority of women willing to delay antibiotics, symptoms spontaneously resolve within one week
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

CDC: Listeria Mainly Affects Old, Pregnant, Immunocompromised
About 20 percent of infections result in death, mainly among elderly and as stillbirth/miscarriage
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

Office-Based Physicians Making More Patient Referrals to ER
Increase in admissions from EDs from 2003 to 2009; docs relying on EDs for complex work-ups
Wednesday, June 05, 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

Increasing Drug Rx Linked to Exposure, Poisoning in Children
Strongest link seen for opioids; greatest risk across all medications seen for 0- to 5-year-olds
Monday, June 03, 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

With Legalization, Marijuana Poisoning Up in Youth
Findings based on children who sought care before, after Colorado legalized medical marijuana
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

Exserohilum rostratum Can Relapse After Antifungal Tx
80-year-old man relapses after antifungal therapy, resolution of symptoms and CSF white-cell count
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

Antiviral Resistance Identified in Novel Flu A/H7N9
In case series of 14 patients, two identified with Arg292 Lys mutation in virus neuraminidase gene
Thursday, May 30, 2013

Majority of Clinicians Support Medicinal Marijuana Use
Based on votes and responses to interactive feature, 76 percent support use of marijuana
Thursday, May 30, 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

ACA Dependent-Cover Provision Beneficial for Young Adults
Increase in proportion of young adults with private coverage for nondiscretionary visits to ER
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

Missed Well-Child Care Visits Linked to More Hospitalizations
Poor adherence to well-child visits may increase the risk of hospitalizations in young children
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Billions Can Be Saved With Pharmacy Benefit Management
Strategies include use of generic drugs, affordable brands, negotiation of pharmacy dispensing fee
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

AAN Releases Periprocedural Anticoagulant Care Guideline
Risk of bleeding from antithrombotic medications varies according to medical procedure
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

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

Pain Conditions Linked to Increased Risk of Suicide
Back, migraine, and psychogenic pain increases risk of suicide in patients using VHA services
Monday, May 27, 2013

Depression Linked to Severe Hypoglycemia in Diabetes
Shorter time to first episode, higher number of severe episodes in depressed versus non-depressed
Friday, May 24, 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

Six Hours or Less of Sleep Ups Crash Risk for Young Drivers
Averaging less than six hours of sleep per night raises risk of crash, particularly late-night crashes
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

Abdominal Pain Is Often Chronic, Prolonged in Children
Most children presenting with abdominal pain fulfill criteria for chronic abdominal pain
Thursday, May 23, 2013

Long-Acting Bronchodilators Up Cardiovascular Risk in COPD
Findings among older adults newly prescribed long-acting β-agonists or anticholinergics
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

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: 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

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

AHA: Variation in Outpatient Cardiac Risk Factor Management
Considerable variation in hypertension and hyperlipidemia control; tobacco screening
Friday, May 17, 2013

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

Study Reviews Readmissions in Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities
Study finds most Medicare beneficiaries treated in IPFs exhibit characteristics linked to readmission
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

Traumatic Brain Injuries May Up Suicide Risk in U.S. Troops
Multiple traumatic brain injuries increase suicidal ideation in deployed military personnel
Thursday, May 16, 2013

ASH: Practicing Yoga May Help Lower Blood Pressure
Yoga two to three times a week on average lowers both systolic and diastolic BP by three points
Thursday, May 16, 2013

ASH: Ringing Cell Phones May Cause Rise in Blood Pressure
BP rise less dramatic in hypertensive patients who more frequently use mobile phones
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Docs and Nurse Practitioners Have Different Role Perceptions
Research shows discrepancies in the way the role of nurse practitioners is viewed
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Overinterpretation Common in Diagnostic Accuracy Studies
Imaging studies have similar proportions of overinterpretation, misreporting
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dual Chamber ICDs Linked to More Complications
Single- and dual-chamber devices associated with similar mortality and hospitalization rates
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Hospital Hypoglycemia Rates Up in Black Men With Diabetes
Home diabetes regimen partially explains the increased risk of hypoglycemia
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Glove Balloon Design Useful for Distraction of Children in ER
Inflated hospital glove is useful distraction for children with acute injury
Monday, May 13, 2013

Excessive Soda Can Mimic Illicit Drug Use Effects on Teeth
Dental erosion due to methamphetamines, crack cocaine, excessive soda can be misdiagnosed
Monday, May 13, 2013

New FDA Survey to Assess Doc Attitudes on DTC Advertising
New survey will examine attitudes among non-physicians, including nurses, physician assistants
Monday, May 13, 2013

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

Accidental Strangulation Is Hazard of Looped Blind Cords
In U.K., one to two children thought to die each year from blind cord strangulation
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

HRS: Some Shocks in Young ICD Users Due to AC Leak in Pools
Case series shows electromagnetic interference due to alternating current leak can cause shocks
Thursday, May 09, 2013

Study Quantifies Injuries Involving Amusement Rides
Annual injury rate requiring ER visits is 6.24 per 100,000 children, but hospitalization rare
Thursday, May 09, 2013

AUA: Primary Care Treatment for UTI Could Save $2 Billion
Treatment in the emergency room more expensive
Thursday, May 09, 2013

AUA: Death Up in Weekend ER Visits for Prostate Cancer Patients
Patients with metastatic prostate cancer who visit ER over the weekend have increased odds of death
Thursday, May 09, 2013

AUA: ER Visits for Hematuria Pose Sizeable Economic Burden
Studies show increased costs for patients who undergo imaging; considerable annual ER charges
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

Only Half Newly Reported HCV Cases Receiving Follow-Up Test
HCV antibody positivity and HCV RNA positivity more likely among those born from 1945 to 1965
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

AAFP Member Urges Investment in Primary Care
During testimony to Congress committee, emphasis on support for a strong primary care service
Wednesday, May 08, 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: Most High School Athletes Won't Report Concussion
Despite being knowledgeable about symptoms, most feel it's acceptable to play with a concussion
Tuesday, May 07, 2013

2000 to 2009 Saw Drop in Pediatric Hydrocarbon Injuries
Injuries mainly among males, children aged 1 to 2; ingestion is most common mechanism of injury
Monday, May 06, 2013

PAS: Children With Strep Don't Need to Toss Toothbrushes
Toothbrushes from children with GAS did not show GAS bacterial growth
Monday, May 06, 2013

PAS: Nearly Half of Teens Report Texting While Driving
Texting while driving more likely among males and older adolescents
Monday, May 06, 2013

AHA: Lifestyle Changes May Reduce Blood Clot Risk
Ideal levels of physical activity, body mass index most significantly linked to risk
Friday, May 03, 2013

Medicaid Coverage Doesn't Lead to Better Physical Health
After two years, no reductions noted in measured BP, cholesterol, or glycated hemoglobin levels
Thursday, May 02, 2013

CDC: Big Increase in Middle-Aged Suicides Seen 1999-2010
Suicide rate increased nationally, particularly among whites, American Indian/Alaska Natives
Thursday, May 02, 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

Azithromycin Not Tied to Increased Risk of CV Death
Versus no antibiotics, penicillin; based on a general population of young, middle-aged adults
Wednesday, May 01, 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

Plan B Approved for Women 15 Years and Older Without Rx
FDA says company submitted data showing that women 15 years and older understood proper use
Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Breath Test Can Detect Illicit Drug Use Up to 24 Hours Later
Simple, commercially available breath sampler can detect 12 analytes
Wednesday, May 01, 2013

More Than One-Third of Stroke Patients Don't Utilize EMS
Rural and minority patients have decreased odds of emergency medical services use
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 Concerned Caffeinated Foods Could Harm Children
Such products becoming abundant in U.S. markets
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

Standardized Debriefing Ups Outcomes on CPR Simulation
Improvement in knowledge and team leader behavioral performance with scripted debriefing
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

Saturday Marks Sixth Annual Rx Drug Take-Back Day
Collection sites will be available around the country
Friday, April 26, 2013

Review: All Approved Drugs Similarly Prevent Migraines
Off-label angiotensin-inhibiting drugs and beta-blockers have favorable benefit-to-harm ratios
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Air Pollution Linked to Marker of Atherosclerosis
Greater exposure to air pollution associated with greater increases in artery thickness
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

Analgesics in Endurance Events Can Have Serious Adverse Effects
GI, kidney, and cardiovascular adverse events may increase with analgesic dose
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Insurance Prior Authorization Doesn't Up Psych ER Stay
Average of 38 minutes needed to receive insurance authorization for admission
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Breast CA Tx Delays Still More Common for Poor, Uninsured
And, women with early-stage breast cancer with Medicaid are more likely to receive mastectomy
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Review Looks at Best Modality for Diagnosing Ectopic Pregnancy
Sonogram found to be best diagnostic method for women with abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding
Wednesday, April 24, 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

>40 Percent of Parents Give Cough Meds to Young Children
Despite warning label that products should not be used for young children, many parents give meds
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Severe Cutaneous Adverse Rxns Up in Allopurinol Initiators
SCARs are rare; usually occur within first 180 days of initiating treatment
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

U.S. Shortfall in Neurologists Expected to Get Worse
Current national shortfall of 11 percent projected to increase to 19 percent by 2025
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

Parental Permissiveness Linked to Rx Drug Abuse, Misuse
About one-quarter of teens report abuse, misuse of prescription meds; about half use pot, alcohol
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

USPSTF: Primary Care Screening Can Help ID Suicide Risk
Based on limited evidence, tools could probably identify adults at risk; limited ability for teens
Monday, April 22, 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: Patients Can Become Leaders on the Health Team
Communities can raise their own leaders; may be key approach to change at community level
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

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

Docs' Role in Gauging Fitness for Concealed Weapons Queried
Standards, guidelines needed for ethical, legal, policy issues related to assessment of competency
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

CDC: Traffic-Related Pedestrian Deaths Increasing With Age
Also higher for males and racial and ethnic minorities
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

Quality Improvement Methods Up Appropriate Antibiotic Rx
Study focuses on children aged 3 months or older with community-acquired pneumonia
Monday, April 15, 2013

Transgastric Appendicectomy Is Feasible for Select Patients
No problems with gastric access, damage to neighboring organs or other complications
Friday, April 12, 2013

Most ED Docs, Nurses Doubtful About Suicide Preventability
Most do not question patients' access to firearms, unless suicide plan involves a gun
Friday, April 12, 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

Patients Using Different Rx Strategies to Save Money
Cost-saving strategies differ by age, health insurance status, and poverty status
Tuesday, April 09, 2013

NYC Health Department, ER Docs Clash Over Opioid Guidelines
Some believe the recommendations unfairly target N.Y.C. emergency physicians
Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Delayed Allergy Reactions Seen With Pediatric Meat Consumption
Evidence of IgE-specific delayed allergic reactions due to mammalian meat product consumption in kids
Monday, April 08, 2013

Novel Digital Stethoscope Detects Coronary Artery Disease
Technique may serve as an alternative to CT angiography in diagnosing CAD, study finds
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

All Hospital Emergency Rooms Should Be Prepared for Children
Guidelines provide information on essential equipment, supplies, medications, and personnel
Thursday, April 04, 2013

Prevalence of Self-Reported Hypertension Rises in U.S.
Increase is small, but significant, and proportion of adults taking medication is up as well
Thursday, April 04, 2013

Low Risk With Normal Coronary Arteries, Nonobstructive CAD
Findings in patients presenting with acute chest pain undergoing coronary CT angiography
Thursday, April 04, 2013

Glucocorticoids Are Tied to Increased Risk of Clots
Higher rates of venous thromboembolism seen in both present and recent medication users
Thursday, April 04, 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

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

AAN Updates Guidelines for Sports Concussion Management
Updated guidelines suggest those with suspected concussion be suspended from play immediately
Monday, March 18, 2013

Cellphone Use While Driving Varies From 21 to 69 Percent
Findings among 18- to 64-year-old drivers in the United States and seven European countries
Monday, March 18, 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

Pharmaceutical Companies Are Reducing Promotional Spending
Much less spent to promote biologics compared with small molecule drugs, study finds
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

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

ERs Need to Do More to Inform Parents on Child Seat Safety
Only one-third to one-half of physicians recommend replacement of restraints after crash
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

FDA Reaffirms Azithromycin Tie to Heart Rhythm Abnormalities
Drug label has been updated to strengthen Warnings and Precautions section
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

More Gun Laws Linked to Fewer Gun Deaths
Association observed for both suicides and homicides
Tuesday, March 12, 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

Little Evidence Red Flags Are Useful in Detecting Spinal Woes
In patients with lower back pain, a single indicator may or may not predict malignancy
Friday, March 08, 2013

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

Opioid Guidelines for ER Docs Help, But More Study Needed
Efforts called important first steps toward addressing public health problem of abuse
Friday, March 08, 2013

Doctors Decide to Use CT Scans, But With Little Talk of Risks
Only about a third of patients surveyed said physician discussed potential concerns
Friday, March 08, 2013

Action Urged to Deal With Handheld Phone Use in Cars
Technological solutions needed, since legislation falls short as a deterrent
Thursday, March 07, 2013

Cochrane Group Skeptical About Latest Roche Pledges
Roche has pledged to release full clinical study reports for Tamiflu, but conditions may apply
Thursday, March 07, 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

Most Docs Report Information Overload in EHR-Setting
Docs who report information overload more likely to have missed results leading to delayed care
Wednesday, March 06, 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

Diagnostic Testing Does Little to Reassure Patients
Physicians overestimate value in cases where there is a low risk of serious illness
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

Extreme Weather Impacts Ambulance Call-Outs
More call-outs seen during heat wave; slower response time noted in extreme cold
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

AAD: Skin Changes Can Be First Sign of Underlying Condition
Changes such as rash, growths, discoloration, and texture changes may indicate internal disease
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

Glucagonlike Peptide 1-Based Tx Increases Pancreatitis Risk
Findings among adults with type 2 diabetes taking exenatide, sitagliptin phosphate
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Variation ID'd in Increased Demand for Primary Care Docs
Overall, increased demand modest, but some areas have >10 percent increase in demand
Thursday, February 28, 2013

High ER Charges for Common Presenting Conditions
Median charge for 10 outpatient conditions $1,233, with considerable variability
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Ondansetron Not Linked to Adverse Fetal Outcomes
Findings in large cohort of women exposed to ondansetron during both early and mid-pregnancy
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

AAAAI: EpiPens Should Be Given in Lower Thigh in Heavy Kids
In very obese children, calf injections offer greater chance of intramuscular administration
Wednesday, February 27, 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

Diagnostic Errors ID'd in Variety of Common Diseases
Errors mainly due to patient-doc encounter breakdowns; potential for moderate, severe harm
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

AAAAI: Omalizumab Treatment Effective for Urticaria
Reduces itch severity in patients resistant to antihistamines
Monday, February 25, 2013

CDC: 2012-2013 Flu Vaccine Not As Effective in Elderly
Vaccination appears to reduce need for office visits; preventive effect lower in elderly
Friday, February 22, 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

FDA: Codeine After Surgery Puts Children At Risk
Food and Drug Administration urging use of alternative pain reliever
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

ACA Improves EMTALA Health Care Access Mandate Somewhat
ACA addresses hidden costs, but does not go far enough in designing integrated system of care
Thursday, February 21, 2013

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

Considerable Proportion of HBV/HCV Cases Go Unreported
Eighty-two percent of confirmed hepatitis B and 65 percent of hepatitis C infections reported
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

Reimbursement Policies for Out-of-Hospital Care Flawed
Decoupling payment for care with transport to ER would improve patient-centered care, cut costs
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

Racial Disparities Observed in Opioid Monitoring
Black patients more often receive urine drug tests, less likely to receive pain specialist referral
Monday, February 18, 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

Gender Influences Ischemic Time, Outcomes After STEMI
Longer ischemic times and significantly increased early all-cause, cardiac mortality for women
Friday, February 15, 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

CDC: Consumers in Five States Sickened by Ground Beef
Two companies identified as source of Salmonella Typhimurium-infected product
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Use of Emergency Contraception Has More Than Doubled
~11 percent of women have ever used emergency contraception; up from 4.2 percent in 2002
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Emergency Room Crowding Tied to ACS-Induced PTSD
In uni- and multivariate analysis, increasing tertiles of crowding exposure tied to PTSD symptoms
Thursday, February 14, 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

Most Cardiac Patients Report Using Alternative Treatments
Almost half report interest in participating in research trials with CAM therapies
Monday, February 11, 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

ASA: Pot Use May Be Linked to Increased Stroke Risk
Patients with ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attack more likely to have recently used cannabis
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Diet Soda-Mixed Drinks Result in Higher Breath Alcohol Levels
Individuals unaware of these differences in breath alcohol concentrations
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Men's Risk of Kidney Stones Up With Ascorbic Acid Supplements
Dose-dependent effect seen with up to two-fold increased risk after multivariate adjustment
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

FDA Warns Consumers About Fraudulent Flu Products
Fraudulent products can be found online; include non-FDA-approved generic Tamiflu, Relenza
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Corticosteroids Worsen Long-Term Epicondylalgia Outcomes
Physical therapy has no significant impact on long-term outcome
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

ER Referral Ups Specialist Access for Publicly Insured
Emergency department referral to specialist common mechanism for publicly insured children
Monday, February 04, 2013

Study Reviews Energy Drink Issues in Adolescents
Drinks are heavily caffeinated and often mixed with alcohol
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

Bystander Rescue Training Cuts Opioid Overdose Deaths
Overdose education, nasal naloxone distribution program reduces deaths in Massachusetts
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

Peds Rotavirus Vaccine Offers Indirect Protection for Adults
About 50 percent drop in rotavirus prevalence for unvaccinated adults during peak disease season
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Parents Not Too Concerned About Child Abuse of Pain Meds
New poll shows that parents have lukewarm support for most policies to discourage misuse
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

Flu Vaccine Safe in Children With Severe Egg Allergy
Single dose safe even in children with a history of anaphylaxis
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

ER Visits Up for Misuse of ADHD Stimulants by Young Adults
Increase in number of visits among young adults, visits involving nonmedical use for ADHD meds
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Less CVD Hospitalization When SBP, LDL-C Controlled in T2DM
In patients with type 2 diabetes, HbA1c control not linked to lower cardiac hospitalization risk
Monday, January 28, 2013

CDC: Bisexual Women at Higher Risk of Intimate Partner Violence
Report finds intimate partner and sexual violence common regardless of sexual orientation
Friday, January 25, 2013

FDA Panel Votes for Tougher Restrictions on Hydrocodone
Panel votes in favor of moving hydrocodone combo products into Schedule II category
Friday, January 25, 2013

Marked Geographic Variation in Mental Health Medication Use
Clusters identified with elevated likelihood of antidepressant, antipsychotic, stimulant use
Friday, January 25, 2013

CDC: 1,527 Foodborne Disease Outbreaks in 2009 to 2010
Norovirus, Salmonella are most common single-laboratory-confirmed etiologic agents
Friday, January 25, 2013

CDC: Novel Norovirus Replacing Former Dominant Strain
Health care providers urged to be vigilant
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Physician Education Ups Communication for New Meds
Patients rate the new medication information transfer higher for docs in intervention group
Thursday, January 24, 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

FDA: First Skin Patch Approved to Treat Migraines
Battery-powered transdermal system delivers sumatriptan; provides headache, nausea relief
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

USPSTF: Younger Women Should Be Screened for Partner Violence
But USPSTF finds insufficient evidence for screening vulnerable, elderly for abuse and neglect
Monday, January 21, 2013

Not All 'Surviving Sepsis' Intervention Recs Are Adopted
Several interventions implemented in studies that discuss collaboration, preplanning, education
Monday, January 21, 2013

Evidence Discredits Aggressive UTI Testing in Young Children
Lack of evidence for link between early ID of UTI, prevention of long-term renal complications
Monday, January 21, 2013

ERs Need to Focus on Integration Into New Payment Models
Emergency docs need to focus on broader care communication, integration of technologies
Friday, January 18, 2013

CDC: Flu Activity Continues to Be High Across the United States
Activity decreased in some areas during the second week of January
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

EAST: Stand-Your-Ground Law Linked to More Gun Injuries
Pediatric firearm assault injuries higher in states with a Stand-Your-Ground law
Friday, January 18, 2013

Web Learning Improves Nurses' Triage Skills
Web learning provides standardized, effective means to enhance professional practice
Thursday, January 17, 2013

Venous Thromboembolism, PE Risk Up in IVF Pregnancies
Although absolute risks are small, risk of VTE, pulmonary embolism increased during first trimester
Thursday, January 17, 2013

Influenza Vaccine in Pregnancy May Reduce Fetal Deaths
Decreased diagnosis of influenza and no increase in fetal mortality with maternal vaccination
Wednesday, January 16, 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

Energy Drink-Linked ER Visits Up From 2007 to 2011
Most ER visits among those aged 18 to 39, but 279 percent increase seen for adults over 40 years
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

Older Individuals Have Atypical Stone Presentation
Surgical intervention more likely to be required with older patients
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Racial Disparities Exist in Child's Risk of Ruptured Appendix
Hospital type also a variable for appendiceal perforation among children in California
Wednesday, January 16, 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

CDC: Flu Activity Remains High in the United States
Early vaccine effectiveness estimates indicate moderate protection against the flu
Friday, January 11, 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

Rate of Non-Medical Use of Rx Pain Meds 4.6 Percent
Considerable variation seen between states, from 3.6 percent in Iowa to 6.4 percent in Oregon
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

Two HTN Meds Plus NSAIDs Ups Acute Kidney Injury Risk
Risk up with use of diuretic and ACE inhibitor or angiotensin receptor blocker, plus NSAID
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Supplements Fail to Accurately Identify Caffeine Quantity
Consumers unable to determine if OK to combine supplements with other products, foods
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Number of Adults Using Walk-in Retail Clinics Increasing
Most users satisfied with care; but many are reluctant to use for more serious conditions
Tuesday, January 08, 2013

CDC: One in Eight U.S. Women Report Binge Drinking
Such drinking even more prevalent in high school girls
Tuesday, January 08, 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

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

Distributing Naloxone to Heroin Users Likely Cost-Effective
Scenarios show lay administration would be cost-effective, even under conservative assumptions
Friday, January 04, 2013

Measures Recommended to Prevent Gun-Related Injuries
Decrease guns in the community, collect public health data, limit viewing of violent material
Thursday, January 03, 2013

Prevalence of Drowsy Driving About 4 Percent in U.S.
Drowsy driving tied to other sleep-related characteristics, including short sleep duration, snoring
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

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

Surgery Consultation Common After MRI of the Spine
Patients in primary setting are often referred for consultations but rarely undergo surgery
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Fibromyalgia May Be Underdiagnosed, More So in Men
Patients meeting fibromyalgia research survey criteria found unlikely to receive diagnosis of fibromyalgia
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

Imaging Widely Used in Presumed Pediatric Appendicitis
Children evaluated at community, not children's, hospital more likely to have preop CT scan
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

Pre-Consult Genitourinary Exams Performed Infrequently
Genitourinary physical exams conducted in less than one-third of cases before urologic consult
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

Reports of Child Maltreatment Down in 2011
Forty-two states report decrease from 2010; highest rate of victimization seen among infants
Wednesday, December 26, 2012

FDA Expands Tamiflu Use to Treat Babies Under 1 Year Old
However, dose must be calibrated to weight
Friday, December 21, 2012

High Perceived Stress Related to Incident CHD
People with high perceived stress have a moderate, 27 percent increased risk of incident CHD
Friday, December 21, 2012

AAP to Obama: Make Safety of Children a National Focus
AAP urges introduction of federal firearm laws, improved access to mental health services
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

Pediatric Ingestions of Caustic Substances Down in 2009
Eight hundred seven children in 2009 required hospitalization for caustic ingestion injuries
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Amoxicillin of Little Benefit in Lower-Respiratory Infection
Duration of symptoms, symptom severity not improved with amoxicillin in adults or older adults
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Children With Mild TBI Exhibit White Matter Abnormalities
Changes persist over four-month interval; can be used to classify children with traumatic brain injury
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Suicide Risk Highest Shortly After Parental Psychiatric Event
Strongest effect sizes within two years after exposure to maternal event, particularly for girls
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

For Whiplash, Usual Care, Single PT Session Found Adequate
No added benefit of active management in ER; PT package more costly, modest early benefit
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

Recent Increase Noted in Pubic Hair Grooming Injuries
Five-fold increase from 2002 to 2010; majority of genitourinary injuries due to razors
Monday, December 17, 2012

Researchers Study Link Between Mind Wandering, Car Crashes
Mind wandering with highly-disrupting content linked to increased likelihood of responsibility for car crash
Friday, December 14, 2012

Admission for Syncope Ups Risk of Death, Cardio Events
First admission of syncope without comorbidity linked to increased risk of stroke, hospitalization
Wednesday, December 12, 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

Any Amount of Smoking Ups Sudden Cardiac Death in Women
Dose-dependent relationship; even small-to-moderate amounts of smoking increase SCD risk
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Compression-Only CPR Best for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest
Results in better neurologically favorable one-month survival, compared to standard CPR
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Readmission Seen in ~7 Percent of Elective Spine Surgeries
Significant predictors include older age, greater comorbidity, larger number of fused levels
Monday, December 10, 2012

Synergistic Risk of VTE for Women With PCOS Using the Pill
More than two-fold increased risk for women with PCOS who use combined oral contraceptives
Friday, December 07, 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

Fungus Was Deadly Infection Source Following Tornado
CDC identified a lethal cluster of cutaneous mucormycosis cases among tornado survivors
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

FDA: Zofran 32-mg Dose Pulled From Market
The anti-nausea drug may cause serious heart problems at that dosage
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Stimulant Still Available for Sale Despite FDA Action
DMAA marketed as a dietary supplement
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

SAMHSA: Prevalence of Mental Illness in U.S. Stable in 2011
Nearly one in five adults has any mental illness; substance abuse up for those with mental illness
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis Shot Deemed Safe for Seniors
No more adverse events seen with Tdap than with the Td vaccination in large study
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

SAMHSA: >11,000 ER Visits for Synthetic Marijuana in 2010
Seventy-five percent of visits among those aged 12 to 29 years; no follow-up care for most
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

CDC: Flu Season Has Started and Hitting Hard
Levels of flu activity continue to increase nationally
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Standardized Blood Culture Process Reduces Contamination
Introduction of standardized process in pediatric emergency department cuts hospital charges
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

AES: Not All Childhood Prolonged Seizures Have Poor Outcome
In childhood status epilepticus, better outcomes seen in children with prolonged febrile seizures
Tuesday, December 04, 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

Children Undergoing More Diagnostic Imaging Procedures
Increasing proportion of scans are higher radiation, especially in inpatient, emergency settings
Monday, December 03, 2012

Increasing Number of Workers in Self-Insured Health Plans
In 2011, 58.5 percent with health coverage self-insured; increase driven by large employers
Monday, December 03, 2012

Model Predicts Flu Season Peak Seven Weeks in Advance
Based on data assimilation technique using data from the Web, flu peak predicted for New York City
Friday, November 30, 2012

Political Leaders Face Voter Opposition to Medicare Cuts
Voter poll analysis portends conflict in ACA implementation
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Digoxin Found to Increase Mortality in A-Fib Patients
Digoxin associated with a significant increase in deaths in patients with atrial fibrillation
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

Zolpidem Linked to Increased Risk of Inpatient Falls
Association persists after adjustment for multiple variables including age, insomnia, delirium
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

U.S. Suicides Increased 16 Percent From 2000 to 2010
Increase primarily attributable to suicide by hanging/suffocation and by poisoning
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

Pediatric Inflatable Bouncer-Related Injuries Up in U.S.
Number of annual injuries and rate more than doubled from 2008 to 2010
Monday, November 26, 2012

AAP Addresses Emergency Contraception for Teens
Policy statement encourages pediatricians to give emergency contraception Rx in advance
Monday, November 26, 2012

ACOG Advises Over-the-Counter Access for Oral Contraceptives
ACOG recommends over-the-counter availability to improve access to and use of oral contraceptives
Wednesday, November 21, 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

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

Online Access by Patients to Health Records Ups Utilization
Rates of office visits, phone and ER encounters, after-hours clinic visits, hospitalizations up
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

Gender Influences Mental Health Literacy, Depression Perception
Males less likely to be perceived as having mental health disorder or ID depression in other males
Friday, November 16, 2012

Head Injury and Paraquat Exposure Up Parkinson's Risk
Exposure to both traumatic brain injury and paraquat linked to three-fold higher risk
Friday, November 16, 2012

Diltiazem Relieves Capecitabine-Induced Chest Pain
Prophylaxis with diltiazem prevents chest pain, allowing patients to tolerate capecitabine
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

Venous Thromboembolism Risk Up With Cisplatin-Based Chemo
Meta-analysis shows elevated relative risk for cisplatin-treated patients with advanced solid tumors
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Genitourinary Injuries Often Related to Consumer Products
Most injuries occur in men, highest prevalence among 18- to 28-year-olds
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Patients With Mental Illness Do Not Receive Slower Care in ER
Patients wait less time under crowded conditions; slightly longer under non-crowded conditions
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Lack of Resources ID'd in Peds Concussion Management
Pediatric primary care and emergency medicine providers often care for concussion patients
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Lean Process Methods Expedite Care in Ischemic Stroke
Reduces door-to-needle time for tPA delivery without affecting symptomatic hemorrhage rate
Friday, November 09, 2012

Predrinking Linked to Heavier Alcohol Consumption
Predrinking indirectly linked to more adverse outcomes via greater alcohol consumption
Friday, November 09, 2012

Steroids Up Probability of Facial Nerve Recovery in Bell's Palsy
Guidelines recommend steroids for new-onset disease; addition of antivirals offers modest benefit
Thursday, November 08, 2012

Time, Cost of Plans to Improve Patient Flow in the ER Vary
Adoption of strategies designed to improve overcrowding mainly led by nurses
Thursday, November 08, 2012

AHA: Multivitamins Don't Reduce Cardiovascular Events
No decrease in MI, stroke, mortality in U.S. physicians followed for more than a decade
Tuesday, November 06, 2012

AHA: Social Cocaine Use Tied to Environment for Heart Attack
Users have higher systolic blood pressure, stiffer arteries, and thicker heart muscle walls
Tuesday, November 06, 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

Third MMR Vaccine Dose Can Curtail Mumps Outbreak
In community with a large mumps outbreak, third MMR dose reduced attack rate by 75 percent
Monday, November 05, 2012

AHA: Insomnia Linked to Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke
Association independent of established cardiovascular risk factors, age, gender, comorbidities
Monday, November 05, 2012

FDA: Ameridose Issues Voluntary Recall of All Products
All unexpired products should be returned to manufacturer
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Single Topical Ivermectin Head Lice Treatment Very Effective
Ten-minute, at-home ivermectin treatment eliminates lice in nearly all patients by the next day
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

Total Bilirubin Predicts In-Hospital Mortality in STEMI
For patients with STEMI undergoing PCI, in-hospital mortality is increased with high bilirubin
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

CCC: Single High-Fat Meal Has Negative Vascular Effects
Impaired microvascular but not macrovascular function noted two hours after meal consumption
Tuesday, October 30, 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

Smoke-Free Laws Linked to Fewer Hospital Admissions
Findings for coronary, respiratory admissions; comprehensive laws linked to larger changes
Monday, October 29, 2012

CCC: Flu Shot Linked to Fewer Defibrillator Therapies
Second study shows reduction in major cardiovascular events, deaths for flu shot recipients
Monday, October 29, 2012

Burden of Gastrointestinal Disease in U.S. Substantial
Abdominal pain is most common symptom prompting a visit; reflux most common diagnosis
Monday, October 29, 2012

Systematic Pain Management Needed for Children in ER
Staff education, incorporation of child life specialists, family presence recommended
Monday, October 29, 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

Study Confirms Stroke Survivors Continuing to Smoke Fare Worse
Risk of death or recurrent vascular events smaller in ex-smokers
Thursday, October 25, 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

Bystander CPR More Likely in High-Income White Neighborhoods
Bystanders in low-income black neighborhoods less likely to initiate CPR for cardiac arrest
Thursday, October 25, 2012

Risk of Suicide Ideation Up for Recently Victimized Teens
Risk significantly up with peer victimization, sexual assault, maltreatment from parent or caregiver
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

AAP: Many School Football Players Ignore Concussion Signs
Majority do not report being concerned about the long-term effects of concussion
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

AAP: Child Pedestrian Injuries Often Due to Unsafe Crossing
Often despite supervision, midblock crossing and darting into street common among all children
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

Stroke Risk Up With Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Use
Risk of intracerebral and intracranial hemorrhage is increased with exposure to SSRIs
Thursday, October 18, 2012

Criteria Variable for Concussion Diagnosis in College Athletes
Concussions not always linked with impact event; diagnosis often delayed, based on self-report
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Recent Drop in Post-Discharge Mortality After Acute MI
From 2001 to 2007, post-acute myocardial infarction three-month, one- and two-year mortality down
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

ASA: Illicit Drug Abuse Down, Prescription Drug Abuse Up
Emergency room data from 2007 to 2009 shows decreases larger in magnitude than increases
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Case Series Suggest 'Mother's Kiss' Is Safe, Effective
Technique for removing foreign objects from nasal cavity effective in about 60 percent of cases
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Device Data Can ID Heart Failure Patients at Readmission Risk
One week after discharge, patients characterized according to 30-day readmission risk
Monday, October 15, 2012

Social Media Influences Youth Sexual Behavior in Short Term
Positive effect seen in condom usage at two months, but not six months
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Collaborative Infection Control Benefits All Regional Hospitals
Computer simulation reveals decrease in MRSA prevalence in all regional hospitals
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Increasing Stroke Incidence Noted at Younger Age
Findings in large Cincinnati-based, biracial population from 1993 to 2005
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Retinal Hemorrhage Pattern Can Predict Inflicted Brain Injury
In children younger than 3, retinal imaging from inflicted brain injury has a distinct pattern
Tuesday, October 09, 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

Prompt Kyphoplasty Not Crucial for Osteoporotic Vertebral Fx
Three-week trial of conservative treatment beneficial; treatment outcomes similar at one year
Monday, October 08, 2012

CT Use Up for Children With Abdominal Pain Seen in ER
From 1998-2008, no change in ultrasound/X-ray use, appendicitis diagnosis, hospital admission
Monday, October 08, 2012

Free Birth Control Substantially Lowers Abortion Rate
Reduction in repeat abortions; abortions, teen pregnancies down versus national rates
Monday, October 08, 2012

Public Response to H1N1 Flu Varies Between Countries
Adoption of preventive behaviors differs between countries, but doesn't lower odds of vaccination
Friday, October 05, 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

Recent Decrease Seen in U.S. High School Drinking and Driving
From 1991 to 2011, 54 percent decrease; prevalence ranges across states from 4.6 to 14.5 percent
Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Cherry Intake Linked to Lower Risk of Recurrent Gout Attacks
Cherries or cherry extract linked to lower risk; additive effect when combined with allopurinol
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

High-Dose Vitamin D Does Not Prevent or Treat Colds
No reductions in days missed from work, duration of symptoms, or cold severity
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

Observation Units Could Save $3.1 Billion Nationally Per Year
Hospital observation units could save $1,572 per patient; $4.6 million annually per hospital
Tuesday, October 02, 2012

New Guidelines Issued for Management of Gout
Two-part guidelines include approaches to hyperuricemia; therapy, prophylaxis for acute gout
Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Increase in Child Abuse Injuries Seen in Recent Years
Serious injuries due to abuse up 4.9 percent in children under 18; 10.9 percent in those under 1
Monday, October 01, 2012

Respiratory Virus Patterns ID'd for Urban, Suburban Infants
Rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus down; adenovirus infection up for inner-city infants
Monday, October 01, 2012

Benzodiazepine Use Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia
Link robust after adjustment, across pooled studies over time, in nested case-control study
Friday, September 28, 2012

Being Deemed 'Unfit to Drive' Cuts Subsequent Road Crashes
Physicians' warnings contribute to decrease in road crashes, but affect doc-patient relationship
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Antibiotic Use Varies by Season, Geographic Region for Elderly
In older adults, antibiotic use highest in South, lowest in West, particularly in winter months
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

AAP Strongly Discourages Home Trampolines
Current safety measures have not appeared to mitigate risk substantially, AAP group finds
Monday, September 24, 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

Duration of Antiplatelet Drugs for Drug-Eluting Stents Studied
Two studies show similar rate of cardiac events with/without discontinuation during first year
Thursday, September 20, 2012

More Cardio-Related Life Years Lost at Extreme Temperatures
More years lost during heat waves than cold; effects of cold more prolonged than those of heat
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Gout Is Primary Indication in About 0.2 Percent of ER Visits
Increased propensity for emergency department use linked to age, gender, household income
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

VTE Risk Varies by Hormone Therapy Formulation
Highest VTE risk associated with oral estrogen-progestin formulations with medroxyprogesterone
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Premature Death Rate Higher in People Who Self-Harm
Death rate higher from both natural and external causes
Tuesday, September 18, 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

Risk of Car Accidents Up With Antidepressant Use
Benzodiazepines and Z-drug use also increases odds of car accidents, but not antipsychotic use
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

Disability for 15 Percent of Patients After Minor Stroke, TIA
Recurrent events have largest relative impact on outcome; 53 percent disabled after recurrent event
Friday, September 14, 2012

Updated Guidelines Issued for 'Strep' Diagnosis, Treatment
Penicillin or amoxicillin recommended as first-line therapy for Group A streptococcal pharyngitis
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

NSAID Use Ups Cardiovascular Risk Up to Five Years Post-MI
Increased risk of death and coronary death or recurrent MI for NSAID users versus nonusers
Monday, September 10, 2012

Heavy Drinking Linked to Intracerebral Bleed at Young Age
Heavy alcohol intake predicts mortality in patients younger than 60 with nonlobar ICH
Monday, September 10, 2012

AAP Updates Flu Vaccine Recommendations for Children
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends trivalent flu vaccine for youth over 6 months of age
Monday, September 10, 2012

Antiretrovirals Increasingly Used for HIV in the U.S.
Viral load has decreased and CD4 counts have increased in the past decade
Friday, September 07, 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

Themes Identified for Improving End-of-Life Care in ER
Five major and four minor themes emerge from questions posed to emergency department nurses
Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Language Barrier Linked to Poorer Asthma Outcomes
Elderly asthma patients with limited English proficiency also have poorer medication adherence
Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Unrecognized MI Prevalent in Older Adults, Ups Mortality
Better detection with cardiac magnetic resonance imaging than ECG
Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Novel Pathogenic Virus Identified in Missouri
Virus found in two patients who were bitten by ticks; seems to be a member of phlebovirus genus
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Prognosis Better for Exercise-Linked Cardiac Arrest
However, no benefit seen for patients 35 or younger with exercise-linked out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
Thursday, August 30, 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

STEMI Mortality Down in France From 1995 to 2010
Decrease due to increase in reperfusion therapy, early use of meds, change in patient risk profile
Tuesday, August 28, 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

Prasugrel, Clopidogrel Similar for Acute Coronary Syndromes
Frequency of primary end point, bleeding risks similar for those not undergoing revascularization
Monday, August 27, 2012

Racial Disparity ID'd in Health Behaviors of Fifth-Graders
Adjusting for socioeconomic status and child's school reduces many of these differences
Thursday, August 23, 2012

2012 Indicators of Well-Being for Older Americans Issued
Indicators of population, economics, health status, health risks, and health care described
Monday, August 20, 2012

Prevalence of TB, Hepatitis C, HIV High Among Homeless
Review finds significant heterogeneity in prevalence estimates between different studies
Monday, August 20, 2012

ASA: Binge Drinking Confers Social Status at College
Binge drinking elevates prestige of lower status groups, increases social satisfaction
Monday, August 20, 2012

Study Links Eating Egg Yolks With Carotid Plaque Area
Eating three or more egg yolks per week versus fewer than two increases carotid plaque build-up
Friday, August 17, 2012

Catastrophizing Doesn't Predict Low Back Pain Evolution
In routine practice, assessing baseline catastrophizing score not helpful
Thursday, August 16, 2012

FDA: Codeine May Be Fatal in Subset of Children
Some children genetically predisposed to convert codeine to dangerous levels of morphine
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hospital Deaths From Head Trauma Higher on Weekends
Elderly admitted at the weekend are significantly more likely to die after traumatic brain injury
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

ABO Blood Group Correlated With Coronary Heart Disease
Risk up for non-O blood group versus O, even after adjustment for cardiovascular risk factors
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

One-Hour Algorithm Safe for Rule-Out/Rule-In of Acute MI
Algorithm uses baseline and one-hour high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T levels
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Universal Domestic Violence Screening Not Beneficial
No improvement in physical or mental quality of life, health, or further partner violence
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Underinsurance Tied to Higher Death Risk After Cardio Events
But no increase in mortality risk seen for black racial status after stroke, MI, coronary atherosclerosis
Friday, August 10, 2012

Racial Disparity in CT Use for Children With Head Trauma
White children with low, intermediate injury risk more likely to receive CT than black, Hispanic peers
Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Overcrowding Up in Hospitals With Large Minority Population
California hospitals serving large minority populations more likely to divert ambulances
Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Implantable Defibrillators Cut Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests
ICDs account for one-third of decrease in OHCA with ventricular fibrillation as the initial rhythm
Monday, August 06, 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

Cases of Delayed Anaphylaxis to Red Meat Described
Tick bite may induce allergy to mammalian meat, including beef, pork, lamb, and venison
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Task Force Still Recommends Against Routine ECG Screening
Recommendation against screening for low-risk adults; insufficient evidence for high-risk adults
Tuesday, July 31, 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

MRSA Skin Infections Up, Linked to Furunculosis
Primary risk factor for recurrent furunculosis is nasal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus
Friday, July 27, 2012

Coronary CT Angiography in ER Ups Decision-Making Efficiency
CCTA reduces length of stay for patients presenting with acute coronary syndrome symptoms
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Increased Risk of Heart Attack After Hip, Knee Replacement
Elevated risk persists for six weeks after hip replacement, two weeks after knee replacement
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Accurate Videos of Epley Maneuver Available on YouTube
Video demonstrations generally accurate, widely viewed; videos used for self-treatment, education
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

Social Network Analysis IDs Informal Physician Networks
Geographic variation in network characteristics; similar physician, patient features within networks
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Adding Stroke Severity Measure Improves Mortality Risk Models
Better predicts risk of death at 30 days and changes hospital performance ranking
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Child Abuse Admissions Up During Mortgage Crisis
Hospital admissions of children due to abuse, TBI increased 1, 3 percent per year over last decade
Monday, July 16, 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

Triage Decisions Differ for Paramedics and Physicians
Real-time emergency room triage decisions agree about half the time
Friday, July 13, 2012

CDC: Babesiosis Risk in Northeast/Upper Midwest Travel
871 cases of arboviral diseases reported to CDC in 2011
Thursday, July 12, 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

Emergency Service Hospital Prenotification Ups Stroke Tx
Prenotification improves timing of tPA administration, proportion of patients receiving tPA
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

UTI Risk Up for Uncircumcised Boys Despite Urethral Visibility
Visibility of urethral meatus does not appear to affect risk of urinary tract infection
Monday, July 09, 2012

Gastrointestinal Perforation Rare in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Main risk factors for GI perforations include age, history of diverticulitis, glucocorticoid use
Friday, July 06, 2012

Taser Use Does Not Cause Fatal Cardiac Dysrhythmias
No evidence of fatal cardiac dysrhythmias found after chest impact of Taser probe devices
Wednesday, July 04, 2012

First Over-the-Counter HIV Test Approved
Results can be obtained within 40 minutes
Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform Law
'Individual-mandate' insurance requirement deemed constitutional
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Duplicate Payments by Federal Government Increasing
Dually enrolled patients in the VA and Medicare account for substantial, duplicate costs
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

iPad May Alter Programmable Shunt Valve Settings
Settings changed in 58 percent of valves exposed to tablet with cover at distance less than 1 cm
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

Risk Factors ID'd for SCA in Heart Defect Repair Survivors
Severe subaortic ventricular systolic dysfunction is independent predictor of sudden cardiac arrest
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

Research Suggests Flavocoxid Causes Acute Liver Injury
Injury seen as mixed hepatocellular-cholestatic hepatitis beginning within one to three months of use
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Poor Outcomes for Hospitalized Patients With Alzheimer's
Hospitalization increases risk of death and institutionalization; delirium further increases risks
Monday, June 18, 2012

Pediatric Hospitalizations for HTN Up From 1997 to 2006
Fraction of hypertension-attributable costs also up; total costs for study period: $3.1 billion
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

Curbing Antibiotic Prophylaxis Doesn't Up Endocarditis Risk
No increase in infective endocarditis in high-heart risk dental patients since 2007 AHA guidelines
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Advanced Imaging, Radiation Exposure Up Over Last Decade
Annual increases in CT, MRI, ultrasound, PET use; increase in CT tied to elevated radiation exposure
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Venous Thromboembolism Up in Adult Hospitalizations
Efforts needed to implement prevention strategies to curb this growing public health concern
Thursday, June 07, 2012

Hospital Observation Services Rising for Medicare Enrollees
From 2007 to 2009, shift seen away from inpatient admission toward outpatient observation
Thursday, June 07, 2012

Many Adults May Accidentally Overdose on Acetaminophen
Limited literacy, heavy use of acetaminophen-containing products independently linked to risk
Wednesday, June 06, 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

Aspirin Ups Risk of Bleeding in All But Diabetes Patients
Patients with diabetes have increased risk of major bleeding, independent of aspirin use
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

Spondylolisthesis Linked to Spinous Process Fractures
Post-interspinous process spacer surgery, fracture rate 52 percent for those with spondylolisthesis
Friday, June 01, 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

Slow-Growing Melanomas Lose Structure, Vary Color With Time
Little increase in lesion diameter, but structure, organization, and colors of lesions change
Thursday, May 31, 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

Online Adderall May Contain Wrong Active Ingredients
FDA warns that counterfeit drug may be ineffective and potentially harmful
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Protein Elevated in Stroke Patients With Microbleeds
Higher levels of VEGF, a marker of vascular permeability
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

Acne Medication Isotretinoin Increases Risk of Eye Disorders
Lack of lubrication, or dry eyes, may contribute to adverse ocular effects
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

Childhood Obesity Linked to Idiopathic Intracranial HTN
Extremely obese, non-Hispanic white teen girls at highest risk of pediatric IIH
Friday, May 25, 2012

AUA: Prevalence of Kidney Stones in U.S. Is 8.8 Percent
Obesity and diabetes found to correlate strongly with history of kidney stones
Thursday, May 24, 2012

U.S. Stroke Prevalence Little Changed in Recent Years
Rates vary by state and sociodemographic characteristics; disparities still persist
Thursday, May 24, 2012

One-Fifth of Healthy Middle-Aged Men Have Low-Grade Murmur
Murmur detected on heart auscultation associated with higher risk of aortic valve replacement
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

Aspirin Effective in Preventing Thromboembolism Recurrence
For patients with unprovoked VTE, aspirin presents no apparent increase in risk of major bleeding
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Patients Can Minimize Injection Pain by Looking Away
Less discomfort when information that reduces the expectation of pain is provided
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

ATS: Anticholinergics May Up Arrhythmia Risk in Children
Finding raises concern regarding interest in the use of anticholinergics in asthma patients
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

QRS Duration Independently Tied to Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death
Only a prior heart attack and type 2 diabetes point to increased risk of SCD more than QRS duration
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

ATS: Benefits/Harms of Low-Dose CT Screening Assessed
Screening may benefit individuals at high-risk of cancer, but concerns remain about potential harms
Tuesday, May 22, 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

Inadequate Pain Meds in ER for Patients With Long-Bone Fx
Many patients get no pain medication; those who receive meds wait an average of nearly two hours
Friday, May 18, 2012

Workplace Inspections Reduce Job Injuries and Related Costs
No evidence that OSHA workplace inspections harm employment, sales, or credit ratings
Friday, May 18, 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

Azithromycin Tied to Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Mortality
Increased risk of all-cause, cardio mortality; especially in those at risk for cardiovascular disease
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Diagonal Ear Lobe Crease Tied to Coronary Artery Disease
Related not only to presence but also to extent and severity of coronary artery disease
Wednesday, May 16, 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

Small Benefit of Inhaled Corticosteroids for Sinusitis
Review shows benefits may be greater at increased doses and with courses of several weeks duration
Tuesday, May 15, 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

Sumatriptan/Naproxen Helpful in Treating Teens' Migraines
Drug well tolerated; no differences found in effectiveness of different dosing protocols
Monday, May 14, 2012

AHA: CHF Hospital Readmission Linked to Availability of Care
Supply-side variables, socioeconomics explain readmission variability more than hospital quality
Monday, May 14, 2012

Walking While Bottle Drinking Causes Injuries in Toddlers
Falling with a bottle, pacifier, or sippy cup in the mouth can cause cuts requiring a trip to the ER
Monday, May 14, 2012

Batteries Increasing Culprit of ER Visits Among Young Boys
Small, button batteries pose greatest threat for ingestion or orifice insertion
Monday, May 14, 2012

Psychiatric Patients Wait Average of 11.5 Hours in ER
Wait time even longer for those who are older, uninsured, or intoxicated
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

Blood Clot Risk Elevated in Patch and Vaginal Ring Users
Risk of venous thrombosis higher in non-oral contraceptives compared to oral contraceptives
Friday, May 11, 2012

HRS: Statins Reduce the Risk of A-Fib in Elderly With HTN
Statins are particularly effective for patients with CHADS2 score of ≥2, other comorbidities
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

Sun Protective Behavior on the Rise in U.S. Adults
But sunburn still prevalent, as is the use of indoor tanning
Thursday, May 10, 2012

Less Testing in ER for Children With Non-Private Insurance
Non-private insurance linked to decreased diagnostic testing, medication use, procedures
Thursday, May 10, 2012

Nonmedical Prescription Pain Medication Use Peaks at Age 16
Smaller peaks in pain med use to get high or for nonmedical purposes seen at 12-14, 19-21 years
Thursday, May 10, 2012

Lack of Sleep Not Necessarily Detrimental to Surgical Skills
However, sleep deprivation ups mental workload for medical students performing surgical task
Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Pediatric Content in Drug Labeling Has Increased
But only 46 percent of drugs listed in the Physicians' Desk Reference have pediatric information
Wednesday, May 09, 2012

IUDs Highly Effective As Emergency Contraception
Systematic review of 42 studies shows efficacy of intrauterine devices for emergency contraception
Wednesday, May 09, 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

Zinc May Shorten Duration of Common Cold in Adults
Symptoms reduced in adults, but not children; bad taste, nausea are common adverse effects
Monday, May 07, 2012

Hospitals Lack Hand Surgeons for Emergencies
Only 7 percent of Tennessee hospitals have a hand specialist on call 24/7 to handle emergencies
Monday, May 07, 2012

Training Helps OR Nurses Manage Disruptive Physician Behavior
Post-communication training, peri-op nurses feel more confident in handling disruptive behavior
Friday, May 04, 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

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

A Third of Adults With Arthritis Have Anxiety, Depression
Anxiety more prevalent than depression among U.S. adults with arthritis
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Methodological Heterogeneity Seen in Clinical Trials
Trials registered with from 2007 to 2010 mainly small, single-center
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

ARRS: Disease Mortality Risk Trumps Radiation Risk
Mortality risk from inherent disease larger than risk of CT-induced cancer for young adults
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

Texting Linked to More Car Crashes Among Young
And, crash risk up for compulsive cell phone users: anticipation of phone use predictive of crashes
Monday, April 30, 2012

AAN: Migraine Prevalence Up in Celiac Disease, IBD Patients
U.S. study finds self-classified gluten-sensitive individuals have increased odds of migraines
Friday, April 27, 2012

About Half of Teens Who Self-Harm Were Frequently Bullied
Self-harm more likely in those with mental health problems or the physically abused
Friday, April 27, 2012

Sleep of Short Duration Common in U.S. Workers
Prevalence particularly high in night-shift workers
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Accelerated Aging Evident in Cocaine-Dependent Individuals
Age-related gray matter volume loss occurs at twice the normal rate
Thursday, April 26, 2012

AHA: Similar Stroke Risk on Stopping Rivaroxaban, Warfarin
Similar, high stroke risk for patients with a-fib who temporarily or permanently discontinue meds
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Early Menopause Ups Risk of Osteoporosis, Fractures, Death
Menopause before age 47 increases mortality risk, fragility fractures, osteoporosis at age 77
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Hyperalgesia Similar With Drug Therapies for Heroin Addiction
Once stabilized in treatment, no difference in pain response for methadone or buprenorphine
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

Primary Enforcement Leads to Higher Teen Seat Belt Use
Teen drivers 12 percent less likely to buckle up in states with secondary enforcement laws
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Low-Dose CT Noninferior for Diagnosing Appendicitis
For young adults, negative appendectomy rates similar with low-dose and standard-dose CT
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ultrasound May Safely Rule Out DVT in Pregnancy
Single complete compression ultrasound may safely rule out DVT in pregnant, postpartum women
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

AAN: Recommendations for Migraine Prevention Issued
Frequency and severity of migraine attacks can be reduced using seizure drugs and beta-blockers
Monday, April 23, 2012

Gritti-Stokes Amputations Beneficial for Trauma Patients
Better long-term functional outcomes with Gritti-Stokes compared to transfemoral amputation
Monday, April 23, 2012

S. Aureus, Enterotoxins ID'd in Atopic Keratoconjunctivitis
S. aureus-secreted enterotoxin found significantly more often in patients with corneal ulcers
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

Pulmonary HTN Predicts Heart Failure After Acute MI
Presence of pulmonary hypertension at index admission predicts risk of heart failure
Thursday, April 19, 2012

AAN: Volumetric Brain Changes Seen in Fighters' Brains
Impaired memory and processing speed seen for those who fought for nine or more years
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

FDA: Clinicians Urged to Stop Using Certain Ultrasound Gel
Specific lots found to have been contaminated by bacteria; 16 patients known to be affected
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Medicare Coverage Gap Leads to Drug Discontinuation
About 57 percent of Medicare Part D patients stop taking cardiovascular drugs in coverage gap
Wednesday, April 18, 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

'Choking Game' Linked to Other Risk Behaviors in Young Teens
Activity associated with sexual activity and substance use, tendency to participate more than once
Monday, April 16, 2012

Alcohol Use With Opioids Common Even Without Abuse Past
Concurrent use of CNS depressants can lead to respiratory depression or sedation
Monday, April 16, 2012

Mentholated Cigarettes Linked to Increased Stroke Risk
Findings particularly pronounced in women and non-African-American smokers
Thursday, April 12, 2012

For Obese, Deep Organs Receive Lower Doses of Radiation
Phantom study shows less effect for shallow organs; increasing tube potential ups dose to organs
Wednesday, April 11, 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

Stroke Risk Much Higher If Sibling Has Had a Stroke
Risk highest with a full sibling with a stroke or sibling with stroke at 55 years or younger
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

ECG Abnormalities Add to Accuracy of CHD Risk Prediction
Study considers whether resting ECG should be part of routine risk assessment in asymptomatic adults
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Death Risk Similar With High-Dose Losartan, Candesartan
For patients with heart failure, low- or medium-dose losartan linked to increased mortality
Tuesday, April 10, 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

Decision Aid for Chest Pain in ER Engages Patients
Patient-centered decision making improves patient knowledge, decreases admissions for observation
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Radiation Exposure High for Patients With GI Disorders
High levels of annual, total exposure in patients with Crohn's, organic and functional disorders
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

Treating Hepatic Encephalopathy Reduces Costs Due to MVAs
Diagnosis and lactulose treatment linked to reduced motor vehicle accident-related costs
Friday, April 06, 2012

Wire Grill Brush Bristles Pose Unexpected Danger
Should be considered for patients presenting with odynophagia or abdominal pain after grilled food
Friday, April 06, 2012

Early Exposure to Interpersonal Trauma Harms Cognition
Harm from exposure in the first two years of life persists at age 8
Friday, April 06, 2012

Antibiotics Safe and Effective to Treat Appendicitis
Meta-analysis indicates initial treatment with antibiotics may reduce the need for appendectomy
Friday, April 06, 2012

Medical Malpractice Claims Incur Substantial Defense Costs
Costs higher for claims resulting in indemnity payments; significant variation by specialty
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Alcohol, Drug Use Prevalent Among U.S. Adolescents
Onset of alcohol abuse seen at median age of 14 years; drug abuse onset at 14 or 15 years
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

Fluoroquinolone Use Linked to Retinal Detachment
Current use of oral antibiotic linked to increased detachment risk, but absolute risk is small
Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Serious Eye Disease Linked to Bisphosphonate Use
First-time oral bisphosphonate users at higher risk of developing uveitis and scleritis
Monday, April 02, 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

Malodorous Urine Often Reported for Infants With UTI
Malodorous urine significantly linked with UTI, but not strong enough to rule in or out diagnosis
Monday, April 02, 2012

911 Operators May Experience Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Telecommunicators experience peritraumatic distress, which is positively associated with PTSD
Friday, March 30, 2012

Change in Health Insurance Status Linked to ER Use
Greater emergency department use for adults with recent change in health insurance status
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cost Sharing Reduces Use of Asthma Medication
Results in increased frequency of asthma-related hospitalizations in children age 5 or older
Tuesday, March 27, 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

Long Arm Cast Best for Immobilizing Forearm
Long arm cast provides greater restriction versus short arm cast, sugar tong splint, long arm splint
Monday, March 26, 2012

Policy Statement Issued on Pediatric Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Pediatricians need to be able to identify signs; refer to a specialist center for management, as necessary
Monday, March 26, 2012

New Guidelines Issued for Acute Bacterial Rhinosinusitis
Includes evidence-based recommendations for diagnosis and management in adults and children
Thursday, March 22, 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

In Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest, Epi Use Linked to Outcomes
Epinephrine tied to improved odds of return of spontaneous circulation but poorer long-term measures
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Nurse-Initiated Steroids Improve Pediatric Asthma Care
In pediatric ER, time to clinical improvement and discharge shortened for children with asthma
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Synthetic Cannabinoid Toxicity Among Teenagers on the Rise
Case reports describe signs, symptoms, and treatment in teen patients
Monday, March 19, 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

Analgesic Use After Surgery Linked to Long-Term Use
Prescription of opioids, NSAIDs within seven days of low-risk surgery increases risk of long-term use
Thursday, March 15, 2012

Most Hospital Errors in Developing Countries Preventable
Patient adverse events largely due to inadequate training and supervision, not absence of resources
Wednesday, March 14, 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

Youth Agricultural Injuries a Significant Problem
More than 26,000 youth agricultural injuries occur annually, at a cost of $1.4 billion per year
Monday, March 12, 2012

Aggressive Care Improves QoL in Traumatic Brain Injury
Yields better outcomes and reduces costs, regardless of patient age
Monday, March 12, 2012

Stair-Related Injuries in Young Children Declining
But stairs still an important source of injury among children in the United States
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

Risk of Stroke Increases With Each Year of Having Diabetes
In patients with diabetes for 10 or more years, the risk of stroke triples
Thursday, March 01, 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

Neurophysiological Deficits Persist Following Concussion
Teen athletes who suffer a concussion have persistent deficits in working memory
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hearing Loss Linked to Falls in Those Under Age 70
Each 10 decibels of hearing loss increases risk of falling by 1.4-fold
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sleeping Pill Use Linked to Greater Mortality Risk
Greater than three-fold higher risk even for fewer than 18 pills a year
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

FDA Approves Label Changes for Statins
Cognitive and blood sugar side effects added; recommendation of routine liver monitoring dropped
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Rapid Flu Tests Effective for Ruling In (But Not Out) Diagnosis
Second study shows oral oseltamivir and inhaled zanamivir may be beneficial flu treatments
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Adults With Disabilities at Increased Risk of Violence
Prevalence of any recent violence as well as risk of violence higher in those with mental illness
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Febrile Children Self-Referred to ER Usually Less Severely Ill
But 45 percent of these children correctly judged by parents as high urgency
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

Plasma Protein S100-B Useful Screening Tool in Head Trauma
Compared with CT, high negative predictive value when measured within six hours of injury
Friday, February 24, 2012

Women With MI More Likely to Present Without Chest Pain
Gender difference also seen for in-hospital mortality rates; attenuated with increasing age
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Small Risk of Febrile Seizures With DTaP-IPV-Hib Vaccine
Increased risk seen on day of first and second vaccinations, but not third vaccination
Tuesday, February 21, 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

Pharmacist-Led Intervention Reduces Medical Errors
Intervention includes feedback, educational outreach, dedicated support and is cost-effective
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

Study Evaluates Clinical Value of Stroke Biomarkers
Admission glucose level appears to be a strong predictor of poor outcomes
Friday, February 17, 2012

Smoking Cessation Drug May Also Reduce Drinking
Varenicline increases alcohol's aversive effects, including dysphoria and nausea
Friday, February 17, 2012

Chickens Harbor E. coli Found in Human UTIs
Retail chicken greater source of this E. coli than beef or pork in Canada
Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ectopic Pregnancy Death Rate Spikes in Florida
Increase may be due to illicit drug use, delayed health care
Thursday, February 16, 2012

Overdose Prevention Programs Using Opioid Antagonist
Naloxone use, however, not sufficient to address high overdose death rates
Thursday, February 16, 2012

Smoking Bans Lead to Less, Not More, Smoking at Home
In countries with smoke-free legislation, rate of home smoking has decreased, not increased
Thursday, February 16, 2012

Intramuscular Midazolam As Safe As Intravenous Lorazepam
Safe, effective for treatment of seizures when administered by paramedics en route to hospital
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Study Finds Antibiotic for Acute Rhinosinusitis Is Not Helpful
After three days, no significant symptom difference between treatment with amoxicillin and placebo
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Patient Satisfaction Linked to Varied Health Care Utilization
Satisfaction linked to lower emergency department use but increased admissions, mortality, costs
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Zioptan Eyedrops Approved for Glaucoma, Ocular Hypertension
Product should not be used by children or by pregnant women
Monday, February 13, 2012

Home O2 Reduces Hospital Admits in Pediatric Bronchiolitis
No ICU admissions or need for advanced airway management for those with home oxygen
Monday, February 13, 2012

No Increase in Pediatric ER CT Scan Use from 2003 to 2010
Use of CT in emergency rooms has not increased; decrease seen when other options available
Monday, February 13, 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

Radiation Risks From Diagnostic Procedures Examined
Strategic framework needed to reduce patient risks as use of medical radiation increases
Thursday, February 09, 2012

AAOS: Defensive Medicine Prevalent in Orthopedics
National costs estimated at $2 billion annually for orthopedic surgery
Thursday, February 09, 2012

Males With ACL Injury, Females Share Lateral Knee Geometry
Both have short, steeply convex tibial articular surface, increased convexity of femoral surface
Thursday, February 09, 2012

Prescription Shampoo Approved to Treat Head Lice
Sklice is sanctioned for children as young as 6 months
Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Cefpodoxime Not Recommended for Acute, Uncomplicated Cystitis
Cefpodoxime found inferior to ciprofloxacin in achieving clinical cure
Tuesday, February 07, 2012

AAOS: Unemployment Rate Tied to Orthopedic Trauma Volume
Inverse correlation between orthopedic trauma surgical volume, unemployment for previous year
Tuesday, February 07, 2012

DRAGON Score Helps Predict Functional Outcomes in Stroke
Functional outcome prediction score, based on pretreatment parameters, validated externally
Monday, February 06, 2012

Fluoxetine, Venlafaxine Tied to Drop in Adult Suicide Behaviors
For youth, no difference in suicide thoughts or behavior with antidepressant treatment
Monday, February 06, 2012

Noroviruses Are Leading Cause of Hospital Infections
Particularly in nonacute care setting; often leading to unit closure
Monday, February 06, 2012

More Than 4,500 Children Hospitalized for Abuse in 2006
Incidence of abuse highest in infants, particularly those covered by Medicaid
Monday, February 06, 2012

Startle Response Up in Early-Onset Alcohol Dependence
Increased startle reactivity may be trait marker for early-onset alcohol dependency
Monday, February 06, 2012

Many Self-Harming Youth Get Inadequate Mental Health Care
Most adolescents treated in ERs for deliberate self-harm don't get follow-up mental health care
Friday, February 03, 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

Patients With IBD Experience More Travel-Related Illness
But only when visiting industrialized, not developing, countries.
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

Occasional Hard Drug Use in Mid-Life Hikes Mortality Risks
Trajectory analysis shows significantly increased risk for early frequent/later occasional users
Thursday, February 02, 2012

Geographic Pattern of Lyme Disease Mapped in Eastern U.S.
Two risk foci identified in Northeast and upper Midwest
Thursday, February 02, 2012

National Suicide Guidelines Help Cut Suicide Rates
Implementation of recommendations, particularly in large, deprived catchment areas, lowers rates
Thursday, February 02, 2012

AAP: Childhood Vaccination Schedules Approved for 2012
Three schedules and accompanying footnotes offer new clarifications and guidance
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

Decision Support Tools Help Optimize Acute PE Detection
Clinical decision support improves efficacy of CT screening for acute pulmonary embolism
Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Proton Pump Inhibitor Use Ups Hip Fracture Risk for Women
More than 50 percent increased risk for postmenopausal current or former smokers
Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Safety-Net Status Not Linked to ER Length of Stay
Compliance with length-of-stay measures for admission, discharge, observation, transfer similar
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hemi-CC7 Transfer Poor Option for Brachial Plexus Injury
Shoulder motor, median nerve function not regained following traumatic brachial plexus injury
Monday, January 30, 2012

Booster Seat Use Inconsistent When Carpooling
Peer pressure and compliance with social norms seem to influence booster seat use
Monday, January 30, 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

Self-Rated Health Status Predicts Mortality Among CVD Patients
Risk highest in patients with asymptomatic atherosclerotic disease
Friday, January 27, 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

Exposure to Iodinated Contrast Media Affects Thyroid Function
Linked to subsequent development of incident hyperthyroidism, incident overt hypothyroidism
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

Deaths From Myocardial Infarction Halved in England
Just over half of decrease due to fall in acute myocardial infarction event rates
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Oral HPV Infection Prevalence in U.S. Close to 7 Percent
Prevalence higher in men than women; bimodal peaks at age 30 to 34 and 60 to 64 years
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Neurologists Should Routinely Assess Patients for Abuse
Position statement from the American Academy of Neurology endorses assessment of abuse
Wednesday, January 25, 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

Lansoprazole Does Not Improve Asthma Control in Children
Treatment with lansoprazole associated with increased number of respiratory infections
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Recent Shift in Indication for Total Elbow Arthroplasty
Change from 48 percent due to inflammatory arthritis in '97 to 69 percent due to trauma in '06
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

Inadequate Hep B Vaccinations for High-Risk Adults
More than half the adults at high risk of infection miss opportunities for vaccinations
Monday, January 23, 2012

Neuromodulators Reduce Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Second study shows no beneficial effect of muscle relaxants on pain in rheumatoid arthritis
Friday, January 20, 2012

SSRIs Increase Fall Risk in Elderly Dementia Patients
Even at low doses; higher doses increase risk three-fold and hypnotics/sedatives increase further
Friday, January 20, 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

Taking Two or More Medications Increases Fall Rate
For young and middle-aged adults, taking two or more meds tied to 2.5-fold increase in fall risk
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

Upper Normal BP Increases Risk for A-Fib in Men
Healthy, middle-aged men with upper normal blood pressure have increased risk later in life
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Access to Quality Primary Care Reduces Mortality Risk
Key quality attributes include comprehensiveness, patient-centeredness, and extended hours
Monday, January 16, 2012

Endovascular Graft Approved for Tears of Aorta
Gore Tag Thoracic Endoprosthesis first sanctioned in 2005 to treat aortic aneurysms
Monday, January 16, 2012

Drowning Hospitalizations for Peds Down in Recent Years
Rates decreased for all ages; hospitalization rates remain higher for males than females
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

New Procedure Cuts Arrival-to-Triage Time in Pediatric ER
Most patients triaged in <10 minutes following implementation of rapid triage, fast-track guidelines
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

Physical Activity in Work or Leisure Tied to Lower MI Risk
Sedentary indicators, such as car and television ownership, linked to increased heart attack risk
Thursday, January 12, 2012

Low Risk of Cardiac Arrest in Marathon Runners
Risk higher in marathons than half-marathons and in men with underlying cardiovascular disease
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

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

CDC: Binge Drinking Prevalence High in United States
Those who binge drink do so frequently and intensely
Tuesday, January 10, 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

No Rise in Intussusception After Rotavirus Shot Revival
No increase seen in intussusception discharges since 2006 reintroduction of rotavirus vaccine
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Benefit of Aspirin in Primary Prevention Questioned
Despite reduction in nonfatal MIs, no reduction seen in cardiovascular death or cancer mortality
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Broken Heart Does Increase Heart Attack Risk
Heart attack risk is significantly heightened in the first week after the death of a significant other
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

Rilonacept Reduces Gout Flares During Acute Urate Lowering Rx
Phase 2 trial shows that rilonacept reduces gout flares during initiation of allopurinol therapy
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

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

Intrapartum Antibiotics Reduce Infant Strep B Infection Globally
Emphasis on prophylactic use of intrapartum antibiotics needed in low-income settings
Thursday, January 05, 2012

Most Type 2 Diabetes, CAD Patients Present With Angina
History of β-blocker use, previous percutaneous coronary intervention tied to typical angina
Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Montelukast Doesn't Cut Upper Respiratory Infection Incidence
For preschool children, 12-week prophylactic treatment doesn't reduce incidence of URI
Wednesday, January 04, 2012

CDC: Lean Response Ups Lab Surge Capacity During Pandemic
Use of Lean methods enabled 10-fold increase in testing capacity during 2009 flu pandemic
Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Traditional, Disease Risk Factors ID'd in SLE Osteoporosis
Fracture occurrence nearly five-fold higher for women with systemic lupus erythematosus
Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Use of Propofol Saves Time Compared to Midazolam/Ketamine
Procedural sedation with propofol expedites patient management in emergency departments
Friday, December 30, 2011

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

Irradiation of Left Breast Linked to Coronary Stenosis Risk
Radiotherapy of left-sided breast cancer tied to elevated high-grade coronary artery stenosis risk
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

Norway Shows Rise in Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Symptoms
Sex and age associated with incidence and spontaneous symptom remission
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

ADA Updates Standards of Care for Driving With Diabetes
Patients with diabetes should be assessed individually to determine their risk
Wednesday, December 21, 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

Laws Impact School Support for Anaphylaxis Management
Gaps exist in awareness of anaphylaxis procedure and EpiPen administration technique
Monday, December 19, 2011

Rule of 7's Sensitive in ID'ing Low Risk of Lyme Meningitis
Clinical prediction rule classifies low-risk patients based on clinical and lab parameters
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

Suboptimal Intensive Statin Therapy Use After ACS
Poor persistence after discharge for newly initiated IST after acute coronary syndrome
Monday, December 19, 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

ASH: Most Cancer-Related Clots Occur in Outpatients
Of the venous thromboembolism cases in patients with cancer, 78.3 percent occur in outpatients
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

ASH: Aspirin Safe and Effective for Preventing VTE Recurrence
After first unprovoked VTE, long-term aspirin after standard anticoagulant therapy decreases recurrence
Monday, December 12, 2011

ASH: Gene Therapy Shows Promise for Hemophilia B
Administration of virus vector expressing factor IX transgene prevents spontaneous bleeding
Monday, December 12, 2011

ASH: Hydroxyurea Safe, Effective in Pediatric Sickle Cell
And, two-year treatment of young children with hydroxyurea is not associated with genotoxicity
Monday, December 12, 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

Hong Kong Dust Storms Up Emergency COPD Admissions
Significant increase in hospital admissions for respiratory diseases two days after dust storm
Thursday, December 08, 2011

Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Linked to Headaches
Prevalence of headache related to patient's gender, age, time after injury, and injury severity
Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Androgen Deprivation in Prostate Cancer Not Tied to CVD Death
But, ADT is associated with reduced risk of prostate cancer-specific mortality, all-cause death
Tuesday, December 06, 2011

1 in 5 Limb Fractures in Children Receive Delayed Care
Minority, lower limb injury, no external injury sign, continued extremity use all delay medical care
Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Preventive Asthma Medication Use Increasing in Children
Lower use reported among minority children, adolescents, and uninsured
Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Gender Impacts Chronic Pain Adjustment in Couples
Context, timing of validation and invalidation also affect patients' adjustment
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

Elevated BPs in Pediatric ERs Go Unrecognized
BPs elevated in more than half of pediatric patients triaged; only recognized in 1 percent
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

Eating Little or No Fish Ups Young Women's CVD Risk
Women who never eat fish have three-fold higher disease risk than those who eat fish every week
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

AES: 3D-TV Viewing Unlikely to Provoke Epileptic Seizures
No increase in epileptiform paroxysms on EEG after children view 3D-TV
Monday, December 05, 2011

Youth Often Get Hypertension Rx From PCPs Who Treat Adults
Whites, older adolescents, and those with comorbidity more likely to receive prescription
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

Risk Factors Identified for Pregnancy-Associated Suicide
Mental health, substance use, intimate partner problems influence pregnancy-related suicide
Friday, December 02, 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

Diet High in Antioxidants Cuts Stroke Risk for Women
Reduction in total stroke for those without prior CVD; hemorrhagic stroke for those with history
Thursday, December 01, 2011

Anticoagulant Self-Monitoring Safe Option for Suitable Patients
Self-monitoring, self-management associated with significant reduction in thromboembolic events
Thursday, December 01, 2011

Wrongly ID'd Ectopic Pregnancy + Methotrexate Catastrophic
Leads to severe malformations, miscarriage, or induced abortion
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Opioid Rx for Chronic Abdominal Pain Up Over Last Decade
Most commonly prescribed to 25- to 40-year-olds; least commonly to uninsured, African-Americans
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Crash Injuries of Children in Restraints Not Tied to Weight
No correlation between weight and clinically significant injuries across broad age, weight range
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Small Cell Carcinoma of Urinary Bladder Incidence Up
Elderly Caucasian men at highest risk; age, race, marital status, TNM staging impact prognosis
Monday, November 28, 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

Home Birth Imposes Higher Risks for First-Time Mothers
However, overall risk of perinatal adverse outcomes is low for all birth locations
Monday, November 28, 2011

Many Pediatricians OK With Alternative Vaccine Schedules
Pediatricians least willing to consider ACIS for H. influenza type b, DTaP, pneumococcal conjugate
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

Afternoon Shots Up Post-Immunization Sleep Duration
Prophylactic acetaminophen not significant predictor of post-shot sleep duration
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

Similar Asthma Outcomes With Daily, Intermittent Budesonide
But, daily regimen leads to greater budesonide exposure than intermittent regimen in children
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

SAMHSA: Energy Drink-Related Emergency Visits Up in U.S.
In about half of visits by 18- to 25-year-olds, energy drinks are combined with alcohol, drugs
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Urinary Potassium, Sodium Excretion Tied to CV Events
Compared with baseline sodium excretion, high or low excretion linked with increased CV events
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Black Patients Have Worse Diverticulitis Surgery Outcomes
Blacks undergoing diverticulitis surgery have more emergency procedures, higher mortality risk
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Radial Fracture Type Doesn't Impact Volar Plate Outcome
Similar outcomes for extra-articular, single sagittal intra-articular distal radial fractures
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Decision Aids Help Caregivers Discuss Terminal Illness
Decision aid improves caregivers' decisional conflict and satisfaction over six months
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

Adverse Effects of Pediatric Acupuncture Usually Mild
Mild adverse effects include pain, bruising, bleeding, and worsening of symptoms
Monday, November 21, 2011

Nonpunitive Method Improves Medical Error Reporting
Most common errors: misfiled or incorrectly entered patient info
Monday, November 21, 2011

Post-Bat Exposure Prophylaxis Up in New York
Increased numbers of bats submitted for rabies testing, reports of exposure, and use of PEP
Friday, November 18, 2011

'Number of Criteria' Approach Best Defines Gout Flare
Presence of four criteria provides 96 percent specificity, 85 percent positive predictive value
Friday, November 18, 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

Drinking Age Law Impacts Adult Women's Suicide Risk
Women exposed to permissive drinking before 21 years have higher risk of suicides, homicides
Thursday, November 17, 2011

Lower Floor Stiffness Reduces Peak Spine Forces in Falls
Peak spine forces decrease cranially, with lower forces at L3/L4 than at L5/S1
Thursday, November 17, 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

Self-Harm Frequency Reduces From Adolescence to Adulthood
Adolescent depression and anxiety symptoms tied to incident self-harm in young adulthood
Thursday, November 17, 2011

High Particulates at 'Ground Zero' Up Atherosclerosis Risk
Among 'Ground Zero' workers, higher particulate exposure worsens atherogenic profile
Wednesday, November 16, 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

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

Methamphetamine Linked to Increased Schizophrenia Risk
Increased risk with methamphetamine-use disorder; similar to risk for cannabis-use disorder
Friday, November 11, 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

Recurrent Pelvic Inflammation Ups Infertility, Pelvic Pain
Nearly doubles infertility risk; ups chronic pelvic pain more than four-fold
Friday, November 11, 2011

Child Abuse Underreported by Primary Health Care Providers
Although experts, primary care providers agree about the suspicion of abuse in 81 percent of cases
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

Estimated Flu Incidence of 90 Million for 2008 in Under-5s
Nearly all flu-associated acute lower respiratory infection deaths occur in developing countries
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

Overactive Bladder Prevalent in Patients With Diabetes
Seen in 22.5 percent of patients with diabetes; increased prevalence with age, diabetes duration
Thursday, November 10, 2011

FDA: Manufacturer Recalls Operating Room Tables
Recall based on reports of patient injury
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Glove Use Linked to Reduced Hand Hygiene Compliance
Gloves often worn when not indicated, and not worn when indicated
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

C-SSRS Useful for Assessing Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale is suitable for use in clinical and research settings
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

Neuromuscular Warm-Up Cuts Lower Extremity Injury
Coach-led neuromuscular warm-up effectively lowers non-contact injuries in female athletes
Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Substance Use, Abuse Highest Among Native American Teens
Marijuana, then analgesic opioids most commonly used illegal drugs in all racial/ethnic groups
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

ACAAI: RNS60 Safe, Promising for Mild to Moderate Asthma
RNS60 improves physiological parameters without adverse events or safety concerns in Phase I trial
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

Causal Link Suggested Between Acetaminophen Use, Asthma
Children at risk or with asthma should avoid acetaminophen until safety is documented
Monday, November 07, 2011

Paternal Depression Tied to Child's Emotional Behavior
Paternal depression, mental problems associated with child's emotional, behavioral problems
Monday, November 07, 2011

AHA/ACCF Guidelines for Heart Disease Updated
Emphasis on quitting smoking, medication, exercise, weight loss, cardiac rehab, new drugs
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

Factors Influencing Smoking Cessation Post-Stroke ID'd
Smoking cessation at one year more likely with insular cortex lesion, prestroke intention to quit
Friday, November 04, 2011

Carisoprodol-Related Emergency Visits Up in United States
Most ER visits involving carisoprodol involve another drug; usually narcotics or benzodiazepines
Thursday, November 03, 2011

Children Not Vaccinated Against Pneumonia Remain Vulnerable
Many children are not receiving recommended PCV13 doses
Thursday, November 03, 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

ACG: Childhood and Adult Traumas Linked to Adult IBS
Individuals with IBS report more traumas before and after the age of 18 than controls
Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Hand-Held Metal Detectors Safe With Implanted Devices
Exposure to hand-held metal detectors doesn't impact functioning of pacemakers, ICDs
Tuesday, November 01, 2011

ADHD Drug Use Not Tied to Serious Cardiovascular Events
Current ADHD drug use does not significantly increase risk of stroke, MI, cardiac death
Tuesday, November 01, 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

APHA: Rates of Personal Belief Vaccination Exemptions Are Up
Ten percent of kindergarteners in California attend school with rates of PBE exceeding 5 percent
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

Nonclinical Factors Impact Back Pain Treatment Decisions
Patient presentation, socioeconomic status, gender influence physician treatment decisions
Friday, October 28, 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

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

Drinking Non-Diet Soda Tied to Violent Behavior Among Teens
Teens who drink more than five cans per week more likely to carry a weapon, behave violently
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

Evidence Suggests Variable Effectiveness for Flu Vaccine
Randomized controlled trials indicate vaccine efficacy varies between seasons, age groups
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

New Estimates of Rotavirus-Attributable Diarrhea Mortality
In 2008, there were 453,000 deaths worldwide in children under 5 years; most in five countries
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

Insomnia Moderately Raises Risk of Myocardial Infarction
Risk rises with difficulties in sleep initiation and maintenance, feeling of nonrestorative sleep
Monday, October 24, 2011

HPV Infection, Cardiovascular Disease in Women Linked
Particularly cancer-associated HPV type linked to higher cardiovascular disease risk among women
Monday, October 24, 2011

LABA Use Ups Risk of Serious Asthma Events in Children
Concomitant use of inhaled corticosteroids, long acting β²-adrenergic receptor agonists may cut risk
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

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

ACEP: Most Patients Call Doctor Prior to Emergency Visit
Those who visit emergency rooms feel the problem is urgent or are referred by a doctor
Monday, October 17, 2011

ACEP: Disconnect in Patient's Health, Weight Perceptions
Gender and race impact perceptions of health and weight in emergency department patients
Monday, October 17, 2011

AAP: CT Overuse for White Children, Low Brain-Injury Risk
However, CT scan use does not differ by race for children at high risk for traumatic brain injury
Friday, October 14, 2011

AAP: Pediatric Emergency Room Psychiatric Visits Up
Underinsured population increased from 46 percent in 1999 to 54 percent in 2007
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

Financial Conflicts of Interest Prevalent, Under-Reported
Conflicts of interest prevalent; under-reported by members, chairs of panels developing guidelines
Wednesday, October 12, 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

Cocaine Use Associated With Open-Angle Glaucoma
After adjusting for age, illicit drugs, race, association remains significant for men
Friday, October 07, 2011

Adults With Mental Distress More Likely to Be Uninsured
Uninsurance more common in those with mental distress only, or mental and physical distress
Friday, October 07, 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

Psychotherapy Service Cuts Health Care Use, Sick Leave
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies beneficial for common mental health problems
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

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

High Children's Asthma Care Compliance in Peds Hospitals
But moderate compliance for post-discharge home-management plan of asthma care in children
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Same-Day Discharge Feasible in Select Cases of Elective PCI
For select low-risk older patients same-day discharge does not up death, rehospitalization
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

MRI Safe, Feasible in Some With Implanted Cardiac Devices
Electrophysiologic monitoring required during MRI due to changes in device variables, programming
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

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

Poor Footwear Ups Impairment, Disability in Chronic Gout
Comfort, fit, support, and cost influence footwear choice in patients with chronic gout
Monday, October 03, 2011

Spinal MRI Reviewer Accuracy Equal Across Training Levels
Posterior ligamentous complex integrity interpreted with accuracy irrespective of training level
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

Surveillance Info Sheds Light on Utah's Influenza Patterns
Researchers hope that data may help target those most at risk
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Illness Associated With HEV68 Seen in Clusters Globally
Acute respiratory infections range from mild to fatal
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Prehypertension Tied to Higher Risk of Incident Stroke
Individuals with higher prehypertensive values show substantial increase in stroke risk
Thursday, September 29, 2011

SSRI With Antiplatelet Therapy Ups Post-MI Bleeding Risk
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors with ASA tied to higher bleeding risk than ASA alone
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

Fear of Childbirth Tied to Higher Odds of Cesarean Section
Elective and emergency cesarean sections more frequent despite psychological counseling
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

Asthma Prevalence Elevated in Youth With Diabetes
Asthma associated with poor glycemic control in youth with type 1 diabetes, especially if untreated
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tdap Safe After Tetanus-, Diphtheria-Containing Products
Children age 7 to 10 susceptible to pertussis and under-immunized should receive single Tdap dose
Monday, September 26, 2011

Evidence for Nondrug Childhood Constipation Therapies Limited
Some evidence for effectiveness of fibers, but not for fluids, biotics, behavioral therapy
Monday, September 26, 2011

Bed Bug Treatment Can Cause Illness
CDC recommends broad public education on effective bed bug management
Thursday, September 22, 2011

Stroke Outcomes Similar With CT-Perfusion, Time Criteria
Outcomes comparable when using CT-perfusion criteria for endovascular stroke treatment
Thursday, September 22, 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

2006/2007 U.S. Flu Vaccination Policy Lowers Morbidity
Expansion of vaccination policy to include healthy children cuts influenza morbidity by 34 percent
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

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

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

Cold Ischemia Time Tied to Delayed Kidney Graft Function
But, no effect on kidney graft survival among expanded criteria donor kidney transplants
Monday, September 19, 2011

Posterior Shoulder Dislocation Has Low Prevalence
Recurrent instability predicted by age, dislocation during seizure, large reverse Hill-Sachs lesion
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

White Coat Adherence Seen in Children With Type 1 Diabetes
Increased monitoring only seen in children with type 1 diabetes who have low levels of hemoglobin A1c
Monday, September 19, 2011

Child Self-Exposure to Meds Explains Most Drug Poisoning
Child self-exposure accounts for 95 percent of emergency visits from 2001 to 2008 in U.S.
Friday, September 16, 2011

Optimal CRC Screening Varies With Age, Family History
Cost-effective screening strategy based on first-degree relatives with CRC, age at diagnosis
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: Recent Influenza Activity Relatively Low
Annual vaccinations still needed to prevent flu and complications
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

Surgery Effective for Subaxial Cervical Synovial Cysts
Surgical resection effective with no deaths, and minimal postoperative complications
Thursday, September 15, 2011

New Tiered Sharing Policy Suggested for Liver Transplants
Public forum recommends that changes be implemented in small steps to prevent disruption
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Malaria Vaccine Does Not Protect Against Clinical Malaria
But is strain specific for clinical malaria caused by parasites with the AMA1 DNA sequence
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Long-Term Nonaspirin NSAID Use Ups Renal Cell Cancer Risk
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, but not aspirin or acetaminophen, increase RCC risk
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

Prehypertension-Hypertension Conversion Rate Tied to Race
Median conversion time to hypertension was 365 days earlier in blacks compared to whites
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

Climate Change Model Predicts Increase in Childhood Asthma
Models predict an increase in children's emergency departments visits for asthma by the 2020s
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

SAMHSA Assesses Recent Trends in Illicit Drug Use
Illicit drugs and alcohol use in 2010 similar to that in 2009, but higher than in 2008
Thursday, September 08, 2011

Trends in Respiratory Syncytial Virus Seasonality Reported
Information could help guide clinical decision-making
Thursday, September 08, 2011

Gastroesophageal Reflux Symptoms Tied to 9/11 Exposure
Presence of comorbid asthma, PTSD among those exposed to 9/11 attacks increases incidence of GERS
Thursday, September 08, 2011

Comparative Efficacy Proposed for European Drug Approval
Superiority, equivalence, inferiority of new drugs should be compared with existing therapies
Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Psychogenic Seizure Diagnosis Often Delayed in U.S. Veterans
Delayed psychogenic nonepileptic-seizure diagnosis linked to cumulative antiepileptic treatment
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

Gestational NSAID Intake Tied to Spontaneous Abortion Risk
Risk increases with any type, dosage of nonaspirin NSAIDs separately or in combination
Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Hospitalized Children Exposed to Considerable Polypharmacy
Pediatric patients with rare conditions have significantly greater likelihood of polypharmacy
Tuesday, September 06, 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

Temp Staff Errors More Harmful Than Those of Permanent Staff
Medication errors by temporary staff more likely to be life-threatening or harmful
Monday, September 05, 2011

FDA: Antipsychotic Drug May Cause Severe Allergic Reaction
FDA advises of updated label for Saphris reflecting risk
Friday, September 02, 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

AAP, CPS Oppose Boxing for Children and Adolescents
Doctors should oppose boxing; encourage sports which don't involve blows to the head
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

Drug-Eluting Stents Better for Saphenous Vein Graft Lesions
Better clinical, angiographic outcomes with drug-eluting versus bare-metal stents one year later
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

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

Extended-Release Opioid Pain Medication Approved
Nucynta ER sanctioned for chronic pain in adults
Friday, August 26, 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

Expedited Partner Therapy Use Benefits Gonorrhea, Chlamydia
In states where expedited partner therapy is not legal, practitioners should advocate for legality
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

Early Plasma Exchange Tied to Improved Course of HUS
Beneficial for adults with hemolytic uremic syndrome caused by E. coli O104:H4
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

Occipital Padding Maintains Neutral Spine Alignment
In the event of football helmet removal, occipital padding maintains cervical spine alignment
Thursday, August 25, 2011

Azithromycin Decreases COPD Exacerbation Frequency
Daily azithromycin for one year reduces COPD exacerbations in selected patients
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

CDC: Two Salmonella Outbreaks Investigated
Salmonella Altona and Salmonella Johannesburg linked to one mail-order hatchery
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

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

NSAID Intolerance Indicative of Intolerance to Etoricoxib
Patients with urticaria or angioedema reactions to NSAIDs may also be intolerant to etoricoxib
Monday, August 22, 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

CDC: Lower Socioeconomic Status Tied to Higher HIV Rate
Less than a high school degree, unemployment, and incomes at poverty level tied to higher HIV
Thursday, August 11, 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

Certain Suicidal Behaviors Differ for Early, Late Teens
But medicine ingestion is the most frequent method for all teens on antidepressant medication
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

Antidepressant Prescriptions for Non-Psych Disorders Up
Non-psychiatrists' antidepressant prescriptions without psych diagnosis rise from 1996 to 2007
Friday, August 05, 2011

APA: Suicidal Thoughts Common Among U.S. Student Veterans
Nearly half the student veterans thought about suicide, with 20 percent having a suicide plan
Thursday, August 04, 2011

CDC: Age Range Expanded for Meningococcal Vaccine
Report reveals that two licensed meningococcal conjugate vaccines likely interchangeable
Thursday, August 04, 2011

Teens Who Misuse Controlled Meds More Likely to Abuse Drugs
Among teens who take controlled meds, 22 percent report misuse, including intentionally getting high
Thursday, August 04, 2011

Specific Criteria Beat DSM-IV in ID of Bipolar in Major Depression
Use of bipolarity-specifier criteria is valid; identifies more cases than DSM-IV-TR criteria
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

High Doses of Zinc Found to Reduce Common Cold Duration
Daily use of lozenges with more than 75 mg zinc acetate reduces cold duration by 42 percent
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Oseltamivir-Resistant Pandemic H1N1 2009 Virus Emerging
Immunosuppressed patients at particular risk for oseltamivir-resistant pandemic H1N1 2009 virus
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

High Risk of Adverse Outcomes Tied to SSRI Use in Elderly
Increased risk with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, other drugs than tricyclic antidepressants
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Gender-Based Violence Tied to Women's Mental Health Disorders
Women who experience three or more types of GBV have increased mental, mood, substance use disorders
Tuesday, August 02, 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

CDC: U.S. Cholera Cases Linked to Hispaniola Epidemic
Cases in the U.S. linked to travel to Hispaniola or with consumption of seafood from Haiti
Friday, July 29, 2011

CDC: Nonfatal Sports and Recreation Heat Illness Studied
Incidence highest in males and those aged 15 to 19 years; 7.1 percent hospitalized
Thursday, July 28, 2011

HbA1c Identifies Diabetes, Prediabetes in Acute Care
Optimum screening cut-offs for HbA1c in emergency setting similar to outpatient care
Thursday, July 28, 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

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

CDC: Severe Hearing Loss in Military Veterans Studied
Data reveal prevalence of severe hearing loss higher among veterans than nonveterans
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

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

Increased Mortality for Isolated Rural Patients With COPD
Patients living in isolated rural areas have higher COPD-exacerbated 30-day mortality
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Low Health Literacy Linked to Poorer Health Outcomes
Limited health literacy correlated with more hospitalizations and higher use of emergency care
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

Prior Brian Injury in Older Veterans Tied to Dementia Risk
Also, former football players with brain injury at higher risk of cognitive impairment
Monday, July 18, 2011

Clopidogrel, PPIs Linked to MI Risk After PCI
Combined clopidogrel and PPI use doubles MI rates after percutaneous coronary intervention
Friday, July 15, 2011

CDC: Travelers to Haiti at Risk for Dengue Virus Infections
Report reveals 25 percent of travelers returned to U.S. with evidence of recent infection
Thursday, July 14, 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

Boostrix OK'd to Prevent Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis in Seniors
First single vaccine to prevent all 3 diseases in elderly
Monday, July 11, 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

Maternal Vaccination Tied to Fewer Flu Hospitalizations
Infants of vaccinated mothers are 45 to 48 percent less likely to be hospitalized for influenza
Friday, July 08, 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

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

High Risk of Rereport in Child Abuse Cases
Rereports higher in children with behavioral problems and families with lower income
Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Sudden Unexpected Death Risk Higher in Epilepsy
Controlling tonic-clonic seizures can minimize the risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy
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

Memory Blackouts Predictive of Alcohol-Related Injury
Dose-response relationship between number of memory blackouts, odds of alcohol-related injury
Monday, July 04, 2011

Underage Men Drink More During Holiday Weekend
Emergency department visits by young men increase over the July fourth weekend
Friday, July 01, 2011

Bottles of Tylenol Recalled
Product being recalled due to uncharacteristic odor
Thursday, June 30, 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

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

Induction of Labor May Not Raise Emergency Cesarean Risk
From week 39 onward, C-section rates not different in women with induced and later spontaneous labor
Monday, June 27, 2011

Glow Gel Enhances Hand-Washing Ability in Children
The use of glow gel improves hand washing even without specific hand hygiene education
Friday, June 24, 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

U.S. Food Allergy Prevalence Higher Than Reported
Prevalence is 8 percent, and severe reactions are seen in 38.7 percent of food-allergic children
Monday, June 20, 2011

Portable Pools May Pose Submersion Risk for Children
Majority of cases involve boys, children younger than 5 years, and happen in a child's own yard
Monday, June 20, 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

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

ARM: Ambulance Diversion May Increase Heart Attack Deaths
Cardiac mortality upped on days when nearest ER on prolonged ambulance diversion
Monday, June 13, 2011

Despite Psychiatric Care, Youths Continue to Visit ERs
Most youths who present to psychiatric pediatric ERs have an outpatient mental health provider
Thursday, June 09, 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

Appendectomy, Tonsillectomy May Increase AMI Risk
Higher myocardial infarction risk in those who undergo appendectomy, tonsillectomy before age 20
Friday, June 03, 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

ER Waiting Times Linked to Higher Adverse Events Risk
No increased risk of adverse events for patients who leave without being seen
Thursday, June 02, 2011

Hospital Volume May Affect Surgical Mortality Rate
Increasing hospital volume contributes to decreased mortality for certain procedures
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

Team Communication Vital to Avoid Health Care Errors
Inconsistent information and incorrect monitoring also identified as causes of near misses
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

More Scans for Back Pain by Doctors Who Bill for MRI
Having an MRI increases likelihood of surgery in orthopedic patients with low back pain
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

Child's Access to Dental Care Tied to Insurance Provider
Medicaid beneficiaries less likely to get urgent appointment than those with private insurance
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

Type II Odontoid Fractures May Up Elderly Mortality Risk
Surgical intervention may offer a protective benefit in patients aged 65 to 74 years
Monday, May 23, 2011

Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing Common in Asthma
Co-dispensing of antibiotics and asthma drugs among children found to be very common
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

Nurses Working Overtime May Increase Post-Discharge Costs
More non-overtime nursing care improves discharge preparation and decreases ER use, costs
Friday, May 20, 2011

Violent Death Rates for Infants, Children Have Dropped
Violent death rates for adolescent males have risen, but are stable for females
Thursday, May 19, 2011

Decrease in Number of Hospital Emergency Departments
Location in a competitive market, safety-net status, low profit margin associated with closure
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

APA: Psychiatric Emergency Department Visits Up in Elderly
Length of hospital stay also found to be longer in elderly than younger patients
Tuesday, May 17, 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

FDA: Defibtech Lifeline and ReviveR Defibrillators Recalled
Defibrillators using software version 2.004 or earlier may cause the device to cancel shock
Wednesday, May 11, 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

Observing Children With Head Injury Reduces CT Scan Use
Clinically important traumatic brain injury rate similar in observed and non-observed children
Monday, May 09, 2011

HRS: ECG May Predict Sudden Cardiac Death Risk in Youth
ECG changes linked with risk of sudden cardiac death present in 2.16 percent of students screened
Friday, May 06, 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

HRS: Low Risk of Headphone Interference With Pacemakers
No interference seen when headphones are at a distance of more than 2 cm from pacemaker
Thursday, May 05, 2011

Aneurysmal Rupture Triggers Include Drinking Coffee
Highest population-attributable risks seen for coffee consumption and vigorous physical exercise
Thursday, May 05, 2011

Leukotriene-Receptor Antagonist Effective in Asthma
May be equivalent to inhaled glucocorticoid, long-acting beta2-agonist
Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Lot of Warfarin Tablets Recalled
One tablet found to have more active ingredient than expected
Wednesday, May 04, 2011

CDC: Asthma Prevalence on the Rise in United States
Prevalence of the disease increased by 12.3 percent between 2001 and 2009
Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Nearly One in 10 Infants Given Supplements and Teas
Maternal herbal use, longer breast-feeding, and being Hispanic linked with use of teas
Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Mortality Drops Despite Lack of Emergency Medical Team
Researchers question the limitations of before-and-after studies
Tuesday, May 03, 2011

PAS: Pharmacies Often Give Infants Overdose Amounts
Infants, toddlers routinely receive higher amounts of prescription drugs than they should
Monday, May 02, 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

Fractures Seen in Older Levothyroxine Users
Researchers find dose-response relationship in those aged 70 or older taking the drug
Friday, April 29, 2011

CDC: Injuries Cause More Missed Days in Older Workers
Older workers have similar or lower rates of injury than younger workers but take more time off
Thursday, April 28, 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

Post-Vietnam-Era Vets Have Highest Substance Use Rate
Veterans diagnosed with serious mental illness more likely to have substance use disorder
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

More Than Five Million Youth Treated for Football Injuries
Significant increase in the annual number of football-related injuries from 1990 to 2007
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

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

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

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

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

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

Partner Violence Victims Not Identified in Emergency Room
Only a minority of victims are evaluated for safety and referred for intervention
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

Increase in Pediatric CT Scans in Emergency Departments
Appropriate interpretation necessary as majority of scans done in nonpediatric facilities
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

High-Impact Activities Increase Fracture Risk in Girls
Basketball, running, gymnastics, or cheerleading predict stress fractures in adolescent girls
Tuesday, April 05, 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

Four-Dose Rabies Prevention Vaccine Schedule Endorsed
American Academy of Pediatrics accepts new recommendations for postexposure vaccine
Tuesday, March 29, 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

Tuberculosis Rates in United States at All-Time Low
But the country still falls short of goal of less than 0.1 case per 100,000 population
Thursday, March 24, 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

Rapid Assessment Identifies Low-Risk Chest Pain Patients
Two-hour protocol may identify those suitable for early discharge
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hydrocortisone Lowers Risk of Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia
Intravenous hydrocortisone lowers the risk of hospital-acquired pneumonia in trauma patients
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Combination Therapy Given to Elderly Without Indications
Renal dysfunction more likely in patients given ACE inhibitor and angiotensin-receptor blocker
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

AAP Updates Recommendations on Car Seat Use
Panel recommends rear-facing seats until 2 years of age or maximum height and weight
Monday, March 21, 2011

Up to a Fifth of ER Patients Leave Without Being Seen
More leave without being seen in emergency departments treating low-income patients
Friday, March 18, 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

Adding Omalizumab Improves Asthma Control in Youth
When drug added to guidelines-based therapy, reduces need for other medications
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fever Not Tied to Influenza Virus Shedding Duration
Despite CDC recommendations, influenza virus is still shed 24 hours after the fever subsides
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

More Cholera Cases and Deaths Expected in Haiti
Clean water, vaccinations, better antibiotic distribution could reduce cholera cases and deaths
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Heavy Smoking Prevalence Decline Greatest in California
Decrease in heavy smoking prevalence also seen in remaining states between 1965 and 2007
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Drug-Related Poisonings Highest in Young Children
Poisonings with suicidal intent seen most often in young women
Monday, March 14, 2011

Long-Term Increase in Death Rates After Head Injury
Young adults have increased mortality more than a year after even mild injury
Friday, March 11, 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

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

Brief CPR Education of Laypersons Proves Beneficial
Laypersons exposed to Hands-Only CPR videos more likely to attempt CPR, have better skills
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

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

Inhaled Epinephrine Gives Temporary Relief From Croup
Children's croup symptoms improve for up to two hours after treatment with epinephrine
Monday, March 07, 2011

Nonmilitary Personnel Have More Non-War-Related Injuries
However, they are more likely than military personnel to return to duty after recovering from such injuries
Friday, March 04, 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

FDA: Proton Pump Inhibitors Tied to Hypomagnesemia
Low serum magnesium levels may occur when the drugs are taken for prolonged periods of time
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

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

Early Appendectomy Favored in Youths
Those who have surgery weeks after appendix rupture spend more time away from activities
Thursday, February 24, 2011

Air Pollution Is Important Trigger of Heart Attacks
Researchers find it triggers about as many heart attacks as physical exertion, alcohol intake
Thursday, February 24, 2011

Stent Thrombosis Most Likely to Occur in Early Morning
Coronary artery stent thrombosis happens mainly around 7:00 a.m., and during the summer
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Multiple Concussions in Youth Tied to Various Issues
Those who have had at least two concussions likely to have cognitive, physical, sleep problems
Monday, February 21, 2011

Considerable Lack of Test Result Follow-Up in Hospitals
Wide variation in the proportion of test result follow-up in emergency departments
Monday, February 21, 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

Number of Pediatric Injuries Involving Cribs Fairly High
Most injuries involve falls; soft-tissue injury is most common diagnosis
Thursday, February 17, 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

Cardiac Resynchronization Aids Less Symptomatic Patients
Reduces heart failure morbidity and mortality, regardless of symptom severity
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

Researchers Explore Nature of Difficult Clinical Encounters
Patients, physicians both contribute characteristics; difficult patients have worse outcomes
Monday, February 14, 2011

Undefined Liver Failure Linked to Acetaminophen
Acetaminophen toxicity may be responsible for some cases of unspecified liver failure
Monday, February 14, 2011

High Energy Drink Consumption by Teens Worrisome
Nearly half of all caffeine overdoses in U.S. occur among youth under age 19
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

Enteric Sickness in Schools Often Has Foodborne Source
Majority of outbreaks have a bacterial etiology
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

Incidence of ST-Segment Elevation MI Decreasing
Long-term outcomes after acute myocardial infarction also improving
Friday, February 04, 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

Focus Groups Help Prevent Emergency Department Violence
Stakeholder input about workplace violence is critical in planning prevention programs
Thursday, February 03, 2011

Long Febrile Seizures Linked to Developmental Delays
Ten-minute duration should divide between simple and complex febrile seizures
Monday, January 31, 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

Research Implementation Barriers for Nurses Revealed
Emergency nurses motivated to use research but are prevented by unit, institution-level barriers
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

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

FDA Limits Acetaminophen in Combo Prescription Products
Sets 325 mg maximum in order to lower risk of liver toxicity; also requesting boxed warning
Thursday, January 13, 2011

High Cost of Hospitalization for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Ambulatory treatment is more cost-effective for teens with pelvic inflammatory disease
Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bottle Rockets Tied to Significant Ocular Injuries
Study finds significant injuries in children and adolescents, including permanent loss of vision
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

FDA Warns of Morphine Sulfate Oral Solution Overdose
100 mg per 5 mL product ordered in mg may be mistakenly interchanged for mL of the product
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

For Teen Athletes, Concussion Symptoms Differ by Gender
Boys have more cognitive symptoms; girls have more somatic symptoms
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

CDC: Self-Reported Seat Belt Use in U.S. Has Risen
Rate higher in states with primary enforcement; nonfatal injuries treated in ERs have fallen
Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Six Lots of Acetadote Injection Voluntarily Recalled
Cumberland issues recall as a precautionary measure; is small potential for particulate matter
Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Hospitalizations Fall After Varicella Vaccination Program
Implementation of one-dose vaccination program in 1995 appears to have decreased hospitalizations
Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Underage Drinking Emergency Room Visits Rise Over Holiday
Report reveals that emergency room visits up 263 percent on New Year's Day in 2009
Friday, December 31, 2010

Pediatric Acute Sinusitis Visit Rates Unchanged
Visits stable after vaccine introduction, but amoxicillin use increased in line with guidelines
Thursday, December 30, 2010

Transfer Time Above Two Hours Not Tied to Adverse Effects
Trauma patient outcomes do not appear to suffer as a result
Thursday, December 23, 2010

Rotavirus Vaccine Linked to Consistent Effect in Children
Drop in pediatric hospitalizations in 2007 to 2008 season was sustained but smaller in next season
Thursday, December 23, 2010

Intervention Addresses Opioid Delivery in Pediatric Fractures
Authors discuss process that leads to faster treatment in children with extremity fractures
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Burnout Driving Away Many Emergency Physicians
French study finds work-family conflicts, poor teamwork associated with burnout
Thursday, December 02, 2010

Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverage Consumption Increasing
Use in young adults emerging as a public health issue; paper recommends further research
Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Wide Variation Found in OTC Pediatric Drug Directions
Dosing directions, measuring devices found inconsistent prior to '09 FDA guidelines
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Patient Attitudes Toward CT Risk Assessed
Most feel cancer risk from CT in emergency department is low; use in diagnosis is important
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

RSNA: Computed Tomography Use in Emergency Room Up
CT use has increased in emergency department at a higher rate than in other clinical settings
Monday, November 29, 2010

Surgery to Remove Ingested Foreign Bodies Safe But Costly
Procedures to remove deliberately ingested items result in minor complications in only a few cases
Friday, November 26, 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

Adverse Events Down in Infants Following OTC Med Withdrawal
ER visits for adverse events linked to infant cough and cold medications drop by more than half
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

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

Very Elderly Women at Risk for Unneeded Catheter Placement
Those aged 80 and older more likely than those 50 and under to receive inappropriate catheter in ER
Wednesday, November 03, 2010

CHEST: Coaches Unprepared to Deal With Asthma Issues
Half of those surveyed could recall at most just one symptom of an athlete having an asthma attack
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

AAN Releases Statement on Sports-Related Concussion
Stresses that neurologist, other trained physician should be consulted before return to sport
Monday, November 01, 2010

Ankle Sprain Incidence Varies Demographically
Differences noted by race, age, gender, and athletics
Monday, November 01, 2010

CDC Warns Travelers of Cholera Outbreak in Haiti
Those visiting Haiti urged to take precautions to protect themselves from the disease
Friday, October 29, 2010

Left Arm Splints Significantly Degrade Driving
But arm immobilization devices on either right or left appear to worsen driving performance
Friday, October 29, 2010

Red Yeast Rice Supplements Lacking Standardization
Concentration of active ingredient varies widely by product; some contain potential toxin
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Electronic Tracking Ups Capture of Endoscopy Complications
Complications requiring hospital visit found to be higher than standard reporting estimates
Wednesday, October 27, 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

Children Comprise Two-Thirds of ER Visits for Drug Ingestion
In 2008, nearly 70,000 children under 5 treated after accidentally swallowing drugs
Monday, October 25, 2010

New Guidelines for Recurrent Stroke Prevention Published
AHA/ASA updates guidelines to reflect recent findings
Friday, October 22, 2010

Invasive Dental Procedures May Up Vascular Event Risk
Transient risk for myocardial infarction, stroke may be from antiplatelet therapy interruption
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New CPR Guidelines Emphasize Chest Compression First
AHA guideline change intended to get heart beating first, then breathing restarted
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Offspring of Maternal Suicides at Risk for Suicide Attempt
Differences found between children of suicide decedents and accident decedents
Monday, October 18, 2010

CDC Compares Accuracy of Fever Screening Systems
Two of three models tested detect fever better than the patients can themselves
Monday, October 18, 2010

"Natural" Weight Loss Products Pose Danger
Study of poisoning cases in Hong Kong reveals numerous illicit ingredients in OTC products
Friday, October 15, 2010

Chest-Compression-Only CPR Should Be Recommended
Emergency medical services shouldn't advise bystanders to perform CPR with mouth-to-mouth
Friday, October 15, 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

ER Nurses Have Important Role in Psychosocial Interventions
Literature review reveals importance of nurse-patient communications
Monday, October 11, 2010

Cesarean Rates in England Vary Considerably
Variation remains after adjusting for maternal characteristics, particularly for emergency cases
Thursday, October 07, 2010

Emergency Nurses May Be at High Risk for Burnout
Compassion fatigue and burnout are both common in this group
Thursday, October 07, 2010

Epinephrine for Anaphylaxis by Trained Individuals Endorsed
Wilderness Medical Society endorses in-field treatment by non-medical professionals
Wednesday, October 06, 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

For Bystander Resuscitation, Compression-Only CPR Better
Cardiac arrest patients' survival to hospital discharge 60 percent higher with this method
Tuesday, October 05, 2010

CT, MRI During Injury-Related ER Visits on the Rise
Emergency department scans more than doubled in a decade, though rate of admission is stable
Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Children With ADHD at Risk for Depression, Suicide Later
In those ages 4-6, female sex, maternal depression tied to high risk of mental health issues by age 18
Tuesday, October 05, 2010

AAP: Interactive Video Games Tied to Range of Injuries
More likely than traditional video games to cause abrasions and shoulder, ankle, and foot injuries
Monday, October 04, 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

Behavioral Intervention Cuts ER Use for Chronic Pain
Consultation in emergency department sharply reduces visits for high-utilization group
Wednesday, September 29, 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

Texting While Driving Tied to Surge in Fatal Accidents
Study estimates 16,000 traffic fatalities during 2001 to 2007 resulted from texting
Monday, September 27, 2010

Disc Batteries Can Cause Severe Esophageal Damage
Article reviews cases involving ingested batteries in children, offers protocol for managing cases
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