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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

CPAP Treats Excessive Daytime Sleepiness in Seniors
Continuous positive airway pressure improves slumber, lowers daytime sleepiness
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cancer Patients With Depression Often Untreated
Studies show integrated program effective for depression in patients with cancer, lung cancer
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Team Approach Improves Practice Efficiency
For team-based care to succeed, physicians must be willing to delegate
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ban Indoor Use of E-Cigarettes, U.N. Health Agency Says
Recommendation comes a day after similar calls for regulation by American Heart Association
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Confusional Arousal Common, Linked to Other Disorders
Confusional arousals may be associated with medications, sleep disorders, or mental disorders
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

EPA: Air in U.S. Cities Getting Cleaner
Levels of many toxins, pollutants have been lowered since 1990, according to the agency
Monday, August 25, 2014

Guidelines Presented for Electronic Cigarette Use
AHA supports inclusion of e-cigarettes in state and federal laws prohibiting sale, marketing to minors
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

Reduced Nicotine Cigarettes Don't Up Smoking Intensity
Little evidence of compensatory increase in smoking; no change in smoking urges, nicotine dependence
Friday, August 22, 2014

Pre-, Postnatal Smoke Exposure Affects Later Allergic Disease
Increased asthma, rhinitis risk seen in early childhood, eczema at later age
Wednesday, August 20, 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

Postdischarge Intervention Can Help Smokers Quit
Intervention includes free medication, daily automated voice response calls
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Prevnar-13 Should Be Routine for Seniors
Officials say people 65 and older should get 13-valent pneumococcal vaccine in addition to older type
Thursday, August 14, 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

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

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

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

ACP Releases Diagnostic Guide for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
New practice guideline addresses the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea in adults
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

CMS Recognizes Telehealth in New Physician Fee Schedule
Proposal includes code for chronic care management reimbursement, telehealth
Friday, August 01, 2014

Each Chronic Condition Further Reduces Life Expectancy
Average marginal decline in life expectancy for each additional chronic condition is 1.8 years
Friday, August 01, 2014

FDA Approves Once-Daily, Long-Acting Inhaler for COPD
Striverdi Respimat is a long-acting beta-adrenergic agonist
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Benefits of E-Cigarettes May Outweigh Harms
Findings run counter to recent calls for strict regulation
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: Annual COPD Costs to Hit $49 Billion by 2020
Each year, almost 135,000 die from smoking-related chronic lung disease, experts say
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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

Access for Pharmaceutical Sales Reps Continuing to Decline
Decrease in overall access to physicians, even in previously rep-friendly specialties
Monday, July 28, 2014

Maternal Gestational Weight Tied to Offspring's Asthma Risk
Finding may be important for mothers without asthma history
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Prenatal Maternal Smoking Ups Risk of ADHD in Offspring
Similar association found for women who use nicotine replacement during pregnancy
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

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

Review: Inhaled Corticosteroids Impact Growth
Second review shows higher ICS dose linked to lower growth velocity in children with asthma
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Physician Offices Investing in Patient Portals for EHRs
More resources being spent on patient portals than other EHR applications
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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

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

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

Interrupted Sleep May Be As Bad As Too Little Sleep
Those with interrupted sleep functioned as poorly as people who got only four hours of sleep
Friday, July 11, 2014

FIRS: Governments Should Limit or Ban Use of E-Cigarettes
Statement says more research needed on health effects of the nicotine-delivery devices
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

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

UnitedHealth Cutting More Docs From Medicare Advantage
New cuts seen in at least five states and affecting up to 10 percent of physicians
Friday, June 27, 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

Tips Offered for Improving Practice Productivity
Steps include workflow map, effective delegation, establishing patient portal, motivating staff
Thursday, June 26, 2014

CDC: Flu Vaccine Spray Better Than Shots for Young Children
Kids about half as likely to get the flu if they get the nasal spray vaccine instead of shot
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

CDC Readies Latest Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads
Seven new stories show the ravages of smoking, urge smokers to quit
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Strategies Presented to Avoid Overzealous Lung CA Screening
Benefits, harms of low-dose computed tomography lung cancer screening should be carefully considered
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

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

Text Message Program Seems Effective for Smoking Cessation
Higher biochemically-confirmed, self-reported repeated point prevalence abstinence with Text2Quit
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

Tobacco Companies Introducing Electronic Cigarettes
Senate hearing on marketing of e-cigarettes scheduled for Wednesday
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

Prolonged Sitting Ups Risk of Developing Certain Cancers
Sedentary behaviors may be a risk factor for cancers of the colon, endometrium, and lung
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

Processed Red Meat May Increase Risk of Heart Failure in Men
No increased risk found for consumption of unprocessed red meat
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

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

CPAP Cuts BP in Sleep Apnea; Other Heart Benefits Unclear
For obese patients, weight loss also recommended for greater heart health impact
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sleep Quality Tied to Subsequent Low Back Pain Intensity
Findings independent of depression, common prognostic factors of low back pain
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

AMA Calls for Tougher Rules on Sale of E-Cigarettes
Recommendations include minimum age purchase rule, flavor restrictions
Tuesday, June 10, 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

Sleep Apnea Severity Predicts Risk of Incident Diabetes
Risk of developing diabetes 30 percent higher for those with AHI over 30 versus below 5
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

AASM: CPAP Cuts Blood Pressure in Sleep Apnea Patients
Reductions in blood pressure observed in young adults receiving sleep apnea therapy
Monday, June 09, 2014

Yoga May Offer Option to Enhance Asthma Care
Yoga may be useful as an ancillary intervention or alternative to other breathing exercises
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

CDC: No Drop in Smokeless Tobacco Use Among U.S. Workers
Mining, construction fields hotbeds for products like snuff, survey finds
Friday, June 06, 2014

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

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

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

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

AASM: Study Links Pot Use With Poor Sleep
It's possible that insomnia leads some people to turn to marijuana, study authors say
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Number of Cancer Survivors Projected to Grow in the U.S.
By 2024, an estimated 19 million Americans will have a history of cancer
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

Circadian Misalignment May Impact Diabetes Risk
Effect on diabetes risk, inflammation found independent of sleep loss in males
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Obama Moves to Cut Power Plant Emissions
Reducing carbon pollution would boost health, backers say; some are skeptical of plan
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

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

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

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

Lung Cancer Screening May Spur Smoking Cessation
Smokers with screen-detected abnormalities may be more likely to quit smoking
Friday, May 30, 2014

FDA: Remote Monitoring Device Approved for Heart Patients
Measures pulmonary artery pressure and heart rate
Thursday, May 29, 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

Incidence of Some Cancers Associated With Income
Socioeconomic status should be considered in cancer surveillance
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Docs Must Consider Legal Issues Relating to Text Messaging
Information sent by text message should be included in medical records, accorded privacy
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

New Campaign Seeks to Help Sleep-Deprived Americans
'Sleep Well, Be Well' hopes to boost nation's health by stressing necessity of restful nights
Wednesday, May 28, 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

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

International Variation in Lung Cancer Trends Seen in Women
Lung cancer mortality stable or declining for young women; increasing for older women
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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

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

E-Cigarette Awareness High, Many Perceive Less Harm
Just over half believe them to be less harmful than cigarettes; no link for awareness and quit attempts
Friday, May 23, 2014

Docs Still Prescribing Antibiotics for Acute Bronchitis
Despite guideline recommendations and educational efforts to decrease this practice
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

ATS: AMG 157 Offers Relief for Allergen-Induced Asthma
Findings support thymic stromal lymphopoietin's role in allergen airway responses
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

ATS: Vitamin D3 Doesn't Benefit Symptomatic Asthma
Rate of first treatment failure, exacerbation of persistent asthma not improved
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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

Can E-Cigarettes Help You Quit Smoking?
One study says yes, but not all experts agree
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

ATS: Exposure to Polluted Air In Utero May Up Asthma Risk
Exposure to air pollution in second trimester linked to increased risk of asthma in children
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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

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

ATS: Vitamin C Improves Lung Function in Offspring of Smokers
Supplementation for pregnant smokers also linked to reduction in wheezing at age 1
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

ASCO: Low-Dose CT Lung CA Screening Recs Will Up Diagnoses
Study suggests more cases will be diagnosed at earlier stage; increase in Medicare expenditure
Thursday, May 15, 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

ALA: Women Have Misperceptions About Lung Cancer
Report shows many women are unaware of incidence, poor survival rates, risk for nonsmokers
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Facilitation Improves PCP Adherence to Asthma Guidelines
Addition of practice facilitation to other strategies effective in primary care setting
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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

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

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

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

Direct Pay Reduces Practices' Administration Hassles, Costs
Patients' payment of retainer fee guarantees increased access, higher level of service
Monday, May 12, 2014

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

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

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

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

ESPID: Hypovitaminosis D Linked to TB Infection in Children
Significantly increased risk of low vitamin D in children with latent and active tuberculosis
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

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

E-Cigarettes May Cause, Worsen Acute Respiratory Disease
Emissions have distinct properties to those produced by combustion processes
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

Cutting Six Risk Factors Could Prevent 37 Million Deaths
These modifiable risk factors can cut chronic disease deaths over the next 15 years
Wednesday, May 07, 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

Review Examines Diagnosis, Management of Preschool Wheeze
Diagnosis of preschool wheeze challenging; lung deficits may persist into adulthood
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

FDA Panel Says No to Over-the-Counter Singulair
Experts expressed relief at the decision, citing safety concerns
Monday, May 05, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

FDA Considering OTC Use of Singulair for Allergies
Advisory panel scheduled to meet Friday and vote on whether Singulair is safe for nonprescription use
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

ALA: More Americans Breathing Unhealthy Air
Year-round levels of particle pollution in the 25 worst cities violate health standards
Wednesday, April 30, 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

FDA: Psychiatric Side Effects of Chantix to Be Reviewed in Fall
Mental health risks associated with Chantix will be reviewed at public meeting scheduled for October
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

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

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

FDA Proposes E-Cigarette Regulations
Opponents of the increasingly popular devices worry about their impact on children
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

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Linked to Osteoporosis
Risk of osteoporosis 2.74-fold higher even after adjustment for multiple confounding variables
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Primary Care Doctors Must Influence Lifestyle Changes
Doctors can play a role in preventing chronic disease through ongoing lifestyle counseling
Monday, April 21, 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

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

Physical Activity May Reduce Readmission Risk in COPD
Significantly reduced risk for patients reporting any level of moderate to vigorous physical activity
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

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

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

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

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

Insomnia Linked to Increased Risk of Subsequent Stroke
Elevated stroke risk for individuals with insomnia, which is highest for those aged 18 to 34 years
Friday, April 11, 2014

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

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

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

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

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Ups Risk of Barrett's Esophagus
Increasing severity of OSA associated with increasing risk of Barrett's esophagus
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

Decrease in Tobacco Use on TV Dramas Since 1955
Downward trend parallels historical cigarette consumption trends
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

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

Cardiorespiratory Fitness Impacts Later Cognitive Function
Increased fitness linked to better verbal memory, faster psychomotor speed 25 years later
Friday, April 04, 2014

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

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

CMS: Medicare Beneficiaries Saved $3.9B on Meds in 2013
In addition to savings on prescription drugs, preventive service use up for Medicare beneficiaries
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Smoke-Free Legislation Has Significant Health Benefits
Significant reductions in preterm birth, hospital attendance for asthma; no drop in low birth weight
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

CDC: Invasive Cancer Diagnoses Down Slightly in 2010
Majority of states still have not reached 2020 targets for reduced cancer incidence
Friday, March 28, 2014

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

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

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

E-Cigarette Use Does Not Up Quitting, Reduce Smoking
Baseline e-cigarette use does not significantly predict quitting smoking one year later
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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

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

Review: Tamiflu Saved Lives During Swine Flu Pandemic
Best to start treatment within 48 hours, experts say
Wednesday, March 19, 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

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

Health Education Not Routinely Provided to Patients
Physician assistants, nurse practitioners more often provide education than physicians
Thursday, March 13, 2014

IOM Recommends Definitions for 'Gulf War' Multisymptom Illness
CDC and Kansas definitions recommended for identifying cases among Gulf War Veterans
Thursday, March 13, 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

For Obese Teens, Sleep Duration Predicts Cardiometabolic Risk
Inverse and independent correlation for total sleep time with cardiometabolic risk score
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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

Consultant Offers Tips for Evaluating Staff Pay
Geographic factors, professional determinations, and state labor laws all factor into discussions
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

CDC: Child Care Flu Vaccination Requirements Seem Effective
In Connecticut, implementation of the rule tied to higher vaccination, lower hospitalization rates
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

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

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

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

Increased Use-Dependent Plasticity With Chronic Insomnia
Effect on neuroplasticity is not due to differences in motor training
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

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

Change Increases Postpartum Pertussis Vaccination
Opt-in and standing orders increase rates to 69 percent
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

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

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

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

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

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking for Vitamin Prevention of CVD, CA
Final recommendation shows insufficient evidence to assess benefits and harms of multivitamins
Monday, February 24, 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

Obese Patients Affected by Perceived Judgment of Doctor
Those who feel judged are more likely to attempt weight loss, but not more likely to be successful
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

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

Prenatal Vitamin A Deficiency May Contribute to Asthma
Murine study shows altered phenotype persists postnatally, regardless of adult vitamin A status
Thursday, February 20, 2014

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

Smoking Cessation Leads to Better Mental Health
Improvements observed in both healthy and clinical populations
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

'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

Direct-to-Consumer Genomic Testing Concerns Explored
Concerns include lack of evidence for association studies being appropriate as screening tests
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sustained Weight Loss Prevents Sleep Apnea Progression
Effects seen in overweight/moderately obese patients who maintain 5 percent weight loss
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Non-Traditional Office Hours Can Reap Big Financial Benefits
Once practice overhead costs are met, patients seen in extended hours increase profitability
Monday, February 17, 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

Research Reveals Earlier Diagnosis of COPD Often Missed
In U.K., as many as 85 percent of patients report having seen doctor for lower respiratory symptoms
Friday, February 14, 2014

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

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

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

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

Adding Signage Improves Smoke-Free Regulation Awareness
New signage ups awareness of smoke-free regulation in outdoor areas around hospitals, bus/taxi lines
Wednesday, February 12, 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

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

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

Smartphone Use at Night Could Impair Work the Next Day
Smartphone use linked to morning depletion, diminished work engagement via effect on sleep
Monday, February 10, 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

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

Ventilatory Abnormalities Persist for Adults Born Prematurely
May have clinical consequences such as disordered sleep
Thursday, February 06, 2014

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

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

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

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

Patients Are 'Myth'-Informed About Their Risk of Cancer
Seventeen percent of Americans think that there is nothing people can do to change their risk
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

First- and Second-Generation Family Hx Adequate in Oncology
Related study shows low rates of complete cancer family history documentation, referral
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Long-Term Exposure to Pollutants Ups Coronary Event Risk
Increased risk even at levels below European limits of 25 µg/m³ for PM2.5 and 40 µg/m³ for PM10
Monday, January 27, 2014

'War on Cancer' Has Made Progress
Gains in cancer survival offset by higher cancer incidence tied to declines in noncancer mortality
Friday, January 24, 2014

Physical Activity, Sedentary Time Linked to Heart Failure in Men
After adjustment for confounding variables, low physical activity, high sedentary time increase risk
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

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

ALA: Much More Must Be Done to Lower Smoking Rates
American Lung Association points to legislative inaction by states, stronger push by Big Tobacco
Wednesday, January 22, 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

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

Mistimed Sleep Disrupts Circadian Regulation of Gene Expression
Transcripts reduced six-fold in the blood with no effect on central melatonin rhythms
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

AAFP: Insufficient Evidence for Low-Dose CT Lung CA Screening
Despite USPSTF recommendation for annual screening for high-risk adults, AAFP urges caution
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

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

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

Anatomic, Not Ischemic, Burden Predicts Poor Outcomes in CAD
Neither anatomic nor ischemic burden alone or in combo predict benefit with therapeutic strategy
Monday, January 20, 2014

CDC: About 42.1 Million Adults Smoke in the United States
Rates higher among males, the young, poor, and those living in the South or Midwest
Friday, January 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

Beliefs About Safety May Spark E-Cigarette Use in Young Adults
Those who believe e-cigarettes are less harmful are more likely to experiment with them
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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

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

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

CDC: Lung Cancer Incidence in U.S. Down From 2005 to 2009
Decrease more rapid among men than women, among those aged 35-44 versus other age groups
Monday, January 13, 2014

Disease Severity Factors ID'd for Human Rhinovirus
Coinfection with RSV and comorbidities associated with disease severity in young children
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

Implantable Device Improves Moderate-to-Severe Sleep Apnea
Upper-airway stimulation significantly reduces severity of obstructive sleep apnea
Wednesday, January 08, 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

Tobacco Control Averted About 8 Million Deaths Since 1964 in U.S.
Second study shows decrease in global prevalence of smoking from 1980 to 2012 for men and women
Tuesday, January 07, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sleep-Disordered Breathing May Worsen Pregnancy Outcomes
Evidence from observational studies suggests increased risk of gestational hypertension, diabetes
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

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

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

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

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

Smoking Bans Linked to Improvement in Tobacco Use
Increased odds of smoking reduction, quit attempts with home ban, ban in one's city/town
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

Physician Pay Increasingly Tied to Quality Metrics
Trend expected to accelerate as reimbursement shifts towards performance-based pay
Thursday, December 26, 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

Toxic Employees Are Damaging to Medical Practices
Performance reviews allow managers to discuss toxic behaviors and demand improvement
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

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

Criteria Issued for Tests for Stable Ischemic Heart Disease
Use of seven testing modalities considered in appropriate use review of 80 clinical presentations
Thursday, December 19, 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

FDA Approves New Drug to Treat COPD
Inhaled medication combines umeclidinium and vilanterol
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comorbidity Strongly Influences Survival in Cancer Patients
Still, death rates from cancer continue to decline in the United States
Monday, December 16, 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

Golfers' Game Improves With CPAP Therapy for Sleep Apnea
Improvements in Handicap Index, with greater drop seen among more skilled golfers
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

Determinants of Patient Loyalty to Provider Identified
More than 15 percent of patients at high risk for leaving their current physician, practice
Monday, December 16, 2013

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

ASCO Report Highlights Progress Against Cancer in Last Year
Report features 76 studies; highlights new approaches to cancer care, new treatments
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

New Inactivated Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine Found Efficacious in Kids
QIV efficacious in preventing influenza, reducing attack rate in moderate-to-severe disease
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

No Serious Heart Risks With Smoking Cessation Therapies
Meta-analysis shows protective effect of bupropion for major adverse cardiovascular events
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

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

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

CDC: More People With Asthma Getting Flu Shots
However, vaccination rates still below goal for all
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

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

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

Family Doc Finds Mid-Level Providers Increase Revenue
Case study describes substantial increase in doctor take-home pay with addition of mid-levels
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

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

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

White House Extends Enrollment Deadline for Health Insurance
And website capacity to double by end of month, Obama adviser pledges
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

Nut Consumption May Impact Mortality Risk
Including fewer deaths from cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

AHA: 'Quitters' Could Cut Heart Risks Sooner Than Estimated
Heart health findings for former light smokers who quit 15 or fewer years (median 8 years)
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

Asthma Tied to Increased Time to Pregnancy
The negative effect of asthma on fertility increases with age, disease intensity
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

CDC: Smoking Remains Steady in Middle, High School Students
E-cigarette and hookahs and other newer tobacco products are gaining popularity among U.S. teens
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Argument for Coverage of Cardiac Rehab, Counseling for Stable CHF
Improved clinical outcomes, reduction in heart failure-related hospitalizations with counseling
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

Interventions Can Cut Children's Smoke Exposure at Home
Intensive intervention not significantly better than minimal intervention for decreasing SHS exposure
Wednesday, November 06, 2013

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

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

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

Twin Study Shows Smoking Causes Premature Facial Aging
More facial wrinkling in twin who smoked as little as five years longer
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

Point-of-Care Xpert MTB/RIF Testing Feasible in Primary Care
No difference in tuberculosis-related morbidity despite more same-day diagnosis, tx initiation
Monday, October 28, 2013

Smoking Cessation Ups Survival for Patients Undergoing PCI
For patients who underwent PCI during 1980 to 1985, life expectancy up for those who quit smoking
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 Approves Opsumit for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Opsumit (macitentan) relaxes the pulmonary arteries, decreasing blood pressure in the vessels
Wednesday, October 23, 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

CDC: Use of Flavored Little Cigars, Cigarettes Up in U.S. Adolescents
Flavored product use increases with grade; more common among non-Hispanic whites
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

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

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

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

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

Sebelius: Exchange Launch 'Rockier Than We Would Have Liked'
HHS secretary said improvements under way at 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

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

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

Smoking Cessation Meds Don't Increase Suicidal Behavior
Risk of self-harm, depression not up with varenicline, bupropion versus nicotine replacement tx
Monday, October 14, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smokers With Diabetes More Likely to Attempt Quitting
Occurrence of quit attempts 13 percent higher among adults with diagnosed diabetes
Friday, October 04, 2013

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

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

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

Various Oral Estrogen Drugs May Differ in Cardiovascular Risk
Conjugated equine estrogens may raise blood clot and MI risk, compared to estradiol use
Thursday, October 03, 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

Exercise May Be As Effective As Drugs for Some Conditions
But diuretics more effective than exercise for lowering mortality in heart failure
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Social Media May Make Quitting Smoking Easier
Survey finds members more likely to quit and find it easier to quit
Friday, September 27, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marriage Shown to Provide Cancer Survival Benefit
Married patients less likely to present with metastatic disease, die from their cancer
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

ACP Releases Guideline for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Loss of excess weight and continuous positive airway pressure therapy strongly recommended
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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

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

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

CDC: Evocative Campaign Motivates Smokers to Quit
Calls and visits to Tips website surges during anti-smoking campaign
Thursday, September 19, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

Residual Sleep Apnea Common After Adenotonsillectomy
21 percent of children under 3 with obstructive sleep apnea have residual disease after T&A
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

'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

Program Helps Patients Quit Smoking Before Surgery
Smoking cessation intervention set in preadmission clinic also promotes postoperative abstinence
Monday, September 09, 2013

E-Cigarettes Modestly Effective for Helping Smokers Quit
Second study shows increase in population-level quit attempts with TV advertising campaign
Monday, September 09, 2013

Gestational Diabetes Tied to Increased Sleep Apnea Risk
Pregnant women with gestational diabetes lose over an hour of sleep each night
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

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

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

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

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

Continued Success for Program to Cut Tobacco Sales to Minors
All states and District of Columbia complied with Synar legislation in federal fiscal year 2012
Friday, August 30, 2013

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

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

CPAP Impacts Mortality in Patients With COPD, Sleep Apnea
Time spent on continuous positive airway pressure therapy improves mortality risk in 'overlap syndrome'
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

USPSTF Urges Interventions to Prevent Tobacco Use in Youth
Primary care physicians should provide interventions, including education, brief counseling
Monday, August 26, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

Cancer Control Programs Often Don't Address Radon Concerns
Fewer than half of plans reviewed have radon-specific terminology
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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

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

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

Medical Center Farmers Market Aids in Medical Home Goals
Medical center-based farmers market can contribute to patient-centered care
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

Smoke-Free Laws Don't Harm Restaurants, Bars Economically
Small economic benefit seen in West Virginia; no significant effect seen in other states
Friday, August 09, 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

Obese Youth More Likely to Develop Asthma
Asthma exacerbations needing aggressive tx more frequent with moderate, extreme obesity
Friday, August 09, 2013

Burning Incense Generates Harmful Air Pollutants
Also produces an inflammatory response in lung cells
Thursday, August 08, 2013

Exposure to Tobacco Smoke Higher in Children With Asthma
From 1999 to 2010, drop in percentage of children without asthma exposed to environmental smoke
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

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

Meditation Reduces Smoking by 60 Percent
Brain scans show improved self-control
Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Hospital Resection Volume Tied to NSCLC Survival in England
Increased survival for higher volume of resections; strongest association in early post-op period
Monday, August 05, 2013

Asthma During Pregnancy Linked to Disease in Offspring
Higher risk of infectious and respiratory diseases
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

Smokeless Tobacco Used by 5.6 Percent of Children
Second study shows prevalence of smoking higher for children of current, former smokers
Monday, August 05, 2013

Electrical Lighting Alters Human Circadian Clock
Changes in constructed environment affect timing of sleep and wakefulness
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

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

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

COPD Linked to Increased Risk of Cerebral Microbleeds
Higher occurrence of microbleeds in deep or infratentorial locations for those with COPD
Friday, July 26, 2013

Sleep Disordered Breathing Tied to Lower Exercise Capacity
Independent association also seen between sleep disordered breathing and higher peak diastolic BP
Thursday, July 25, 2013

Study Examines Addictiveness of Menthol Cigarettes
May be due to the interaction of menthol with nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the brain
Thursday, July 25, 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

Support for Banning Smoking in Locations With Children
Widespread support for ban in vehicles with young children, daycare/babysitting facilities
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

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

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

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

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

CT Screens Prevent Few Deaths in Those at Low Risk of Lung Cancer
Low-dose CT screening for lung cancer prevents very few deaths among those at lowest risk
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sleep-Restricted Adults With Late Bedtimes Gain More Weight
Increased caloric intake and late-night high-fat calorie consumption play roles
Monday, July 01, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sleep Apnea Predicts Sudden Cardiac Death
Nocturnal hypoxemia, a feature of apnea, strongly, independently predicts sudden cardiac death
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

Many Smoke Exposed in Home/Car Despite Smoke-Free Rules
Most U.S. adults have voluntary smoke-free rules for home and vehicle, but millions still exposed
Friday, June 14, 2013

New Treatments Outperforming Placebo Becoming Less Common
Comparative effectiveness studies may be needed
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

Education, Audit, Feedback Improve Antibiotic Rx
Findings based on pediatricians prescribing behaviors for bacterial respiratory infections
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

Demographic Variation in Early PET Scan Use for NSCLC
From 1998 to 2007, more scans for married, non-black, <80-year-old patients with lung cancer
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

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

Secondhand Smoke Impacts Infants With Family Hx of Atopy
SHS linked to longer hospital stay for infants with lower respiratory tract infection, familial atopy
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

Aspirin Post Hip Replacement OK for Extended Prophylaxis
Aspirin for 28 days non-inferior and as safe as dalteparin for preventing venous thromboembolism
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

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

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

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

Standard VTE Prevention Supported for Bariatric Surgery
Review looks at both intravascular filters and augmented pharmacologic dosing strategies
Friday, May 31, 2013

Acute Coronary Syndrome-Related PTSD Impacts Sleep
In post-ACS recovery period, important to consider sleep for cardiac prognosis, treatment strategy
Friday, May 31, 2013

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

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

Antismoking Messages in Media Linked to Intention to Quit
Awareness of antismoking messages from single, multiple media channels linked to intent to quit
Friday, May 31, 2013

Patients Who Share in Care Decisions May Up Costs of Care
Hospitalized patients who preferred to be involved in care decisions had longer stays and higher costs
Thursday, May 30, 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

External Regulation Reduces Tobacco Exposure in Movies
No change in alcohol appearances, screen time over same period with industry self-regulation
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

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

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

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

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

Long-Acting Bronchodilators Up Cardiovascular Risk in COPD
Findings among older adults newly prescribed long-acting β-agonists or anticholinergics
Thursday, May 23, 2013

National Lung Screening Trial Results As Expected
Initial results confirm more positive screening results, diagnostic procedures, cancer ID'd with CT
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

ATS: Lung Cancer Diagnosis 7 Percent With Low-Dose CT
Preliminary rate of diagnosis 7 percent among patients at Boston Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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

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

Systematic Screening of Med Adherence Will ID Barriers
Tailored interventions will be feasible following systematic monitoring of adherence
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

ATS: High Prevalence of COPD Misdiagnosis Among Uninsured
Only 17.5 percent of patients had spirometry before diagnosis; nearly half had no obstruction
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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

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

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

CDC Presents Recent Trends in Health Behaviors of U.S. Adults
About 20 percent current smokers; 64.9 percent current drinkers; 62.1 percent overweight, obese
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

ATS: Air, Noise Pollution May Raise Cardiovascular Risk
Exposure to particulate matter, nighttime noise from traffic linked to subclinical atherosclerosis
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

Insomnia Tied to Greater Health Care Utilization
More hospitalizations, home health care, nursing home use with increasing insomnia symptoms
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

FDA Approves Breo Ellipta for Treatment of COPD
Respiratory disease is the third-leading cause of death in the United States
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

With Suspected TB, Behavioral Support Curbs Smoking
Behavioral support with or without bupropion better than usual care for smoking abstinence
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

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

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

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

Guidelines Issued for Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction
Evidence-based guidelines developed for diagnosis and appropriate management of EIB
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Ambrisentan Not Effective in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Increased risk of disease progression, respiratory hospitalizations with ambrisentan treatment
Tuesday, May 07, 2013

PAS: Prenatal Vitamin C Cuts Wheeze in Infants of Smokers
Vitamin C seems to have greatest effect on infants born to pregnant smokers with rs16969968 allele
Monday, May 06, 2013

Patients Most Annoyed by Long Waits, Unclear Test Results
Survey regarding doctor's office grievances identifies patients' top pet peeves
Friday, May 03, 2013

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

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

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

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

Smoking Water Pipes Is Not a Safe Cigarette Alternative
Different patterns of exposure to tobacco toxins seen with cigarettes, water pipes
Friday, April 26, 2013

EB: Sleep Restriction Affects Respiratory, Vascular Control
With sleep restriction, central chemosensitivity increases and endothelial function decreases
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

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

American Lung Association Stresses Clean Air Act Benefits
Despite uptick in short-term unhealthy air days, across the nation, year-round pollution declines
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ACS: Room for Improvement in Cancer Prevention, Detection
American Cancer Society stresses need to cut tobacco use, obesity; expand screening test use
Thursday, April 11, 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

Sleep Apnea Tied to Behavioral, Attention Problems in Youths
Persistent breathing problems are linked to aggressivity, poorer communication skills
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

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

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

FDA Approves Inhaler for Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Antibiotic device treats Pseudomonas aeruginosa lung infections
Monday, March 25, 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

Mobility Impaired May Have Difficulty Accessing Docs
Inability to transfer patient from wheelchair to examination bed most commonly reported issue
Friday, March 22, 2013

Telehealth in Addition to Usual Care Not Cost-Effective
For adults with long-term health conditions, no increase in quality adjusted life years
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

Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Can Also Reduce Cancer Risk
Adherence to six or seven ideal health metrics linked to 51 percent lower risk of cancer
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

Black Children Less Likely to Be Prescribed Antibiotics
Also less likely to be diagnosed with conditions requiring antibiotics, even from the same doctor
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

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

Primary Care Noninferior for Management of Sleep Apnea
Sleepiness scores no worse for treatment under primary care model versus specialist model
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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

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

Deep Suctioning in Bronchitis Admission Tied to Longer Stays
Lapses of greater than four hours between procedures also associated with longer LOS
Thursday, March 07, 2013

Insomnia Linked to Greater Risk of Heart Failure
Having more insomnia symptoms increases risk further
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

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

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

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

Home-Based Telehealth Not Effective for Chronic Conditions
No benefit on quality of life, psych outcomes for patients with COPD, diabetes, heart failure
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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

Sleep Restriction Impacts Gene Regulation
Affects genes associated with circadian rhythms, sleep homeostasis, oxidative stress, metabolism
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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

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

Low-Dose CT Screening Could Avert ~12,000 Lung CA Deaths
Adoption of National Lung Screening Trial regimens could prevent 12,250 deaths/year in U.S.
Monday, February 25, 2013

CDC: 1.5 Million New Cancers Diagnosed Annually
Four cancers (prostate, breast, colorectal, lung) account for more than 50 percent of new cases
Friday, February 22, 2013

Early Life Lung Function Tied to Persistent Wheezing to Age 18
Persistent childhood wheezing tied infant atopy, maternal asthma, active smoking
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

Extended Dabigatran Effective for Venous Thromboembolism
Carries lower risk of major, clinically relevant bleeding than warfarin; higher risk than placebo
Thursday, February 21, 2013

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

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

Redefinition of Positive CT Result for Lung Cancer Explored
Higher threshold for noncalcified nodule size could cut need for work-up; may delay diagnosis
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

Sleep Duration Linked to Risk of Atrial Fibrillation
Higher risk of a-fib with sleep ≥8 hours; short sleep duration ups risk for those with sleep apnea
Tuesday, February 19, 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

Human Metapneumovirus Burden High for Young Children
Hospitalization and outpatient rates for HMPV similar to those for influenza
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Snoring Tied to Increased Cardiovascular Risk in Women
Incidence of coronary heart disease, stroke, cardiovascular disease up in postmenopausal women
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

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

Urban School-Based Asthma Treatment Cost-Effective
Administration of preventative asthma medication each school day reduces asthma symptoms
Monday, February 11, 2013

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

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

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

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

Brain Scans Show Doctors Empathize With Patients
Regions associated with pain relief and reward activated
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Smoking Cuts Life Expectancy by More Than 10 Years
Can be partially reversed by quitting smoking
Wednesday, January 23, 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

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

Occupation Implicated in 16 Percent of Adult Asthma in U.K.
Includes farmers, hairdressers, printing workers, occupations involving cleaning products
Tuesday, January 22, 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

Palliative Radiation Use for Lung Cancer Higher Than Advised
In metastatic lung cancer patients, bone and chest radiotherapy doses higher than recommended
Friday, January 18, 2013

Features of Serious Pertussis Progression Identified
Findings in infants at least 90 days old admitted to the ICU for pertussis
Friday, January 18, 2013

Influenza Burden Remains High in Young Children
Less than 45 percent of children vaccinated despite expanded recommendations
Thursday, January 17, 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

No Gastric Volume Monitoring Is Not Inferior Strategy
Findings suggest similar rates of ventilator-linked pneumonia with, without gastric monitoring
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Fast Food Tied to Risk of Severe Asthma in Children, Teens
Three or more servings per week tied to increased risk of severe asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis, eczema
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Decision Support Reduces Antibiotic Usage for Bronchitis
Similar results seen with print-based versus computer-assisted support strategies
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

CPAP Restores Some Fetal Movement in Preeclampsia
In sleep disordered breathing and preeclampsia, CPAP treatment increases fetal movement, hiccups
Monday, January 14, 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

Use of Beta-Blockers Tied to Improved Lung Cancer Survival
Overall, distant metastasis-free, and disease-free survival all improved for patients with NSCLC
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

Intervention to Reduce Air Pollution Tied to Drop in Deaths
All-cause, cardiovascular, respiratory death down with drop in air pollution from wood smoke
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

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

E-mail Prompts Improve Code Status Documentation
E-mail prompts improve rate and timing of documentation for advanced lung cancer patients
Friday, January 04, 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

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

Association Between Health Care Cost, Quality Inconsistent
Review of 61 studies shows inconsistent evidence for the direction of the association
Thursday, January 03, 2013

Smoking Impairs Saphenous Vein Conduits in CABG Surgery
Increased expression of MMP2, MMP9 in smokers, even among long-term quitters
Thursday, January 03, 2013

Sirturo Approved for Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis
Millions still contract the infectious disease each year
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

House Joins Senate to Avert Medicare Cuts
U.S. health care could be significantly affected by failure to reach 'fiscal cliff' agreement
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

High Risk of Pulmonary Embolism Seen in Severe Asthma
Severe asthma, oral corticosteroid use are significant, independent risk factors for asthma
Friday, December 28, 2012

Good Long-Term Outcomes With CPAP for Extreme Preemies
Long-term outcomes similar with CPAP, surfactant; mortality lower with higher oxygen saturation
Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Childhood Abuse Tied to Adult-Onset Asthma in Black Women
Asthma associations weaker for childhood sexual abuse and any abuse during adolescence
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

Length-of-Stay, Readmissions Down in VA Hospitals
But hospitals with lower than expected length of stay have higher readmission rates
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Significant, Complex Link ID'd Between Sleepiness, Vitamin D
For individuals with vitamin D deficiency, relationship is affected by race
Tuesday, December 18, 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

FDA: Chantix May Raise Risk for Cardiovascular Events
FDA advises consideration of risks and benefits
Thursday, December 13, 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

Benzodiazepines Linked to Higher Risk of Pneumonia
Benzodiazepine use also linked to increased 30-day and long-term mortality following pneumonia
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

ASH: Extended Apixaban Cuts Risk of Recurrent VTE
Extending anticoagulation with apixaban 2.5 or 5 mg cuts risk without increasing major bleeding
Monday, December 10, 2012

Obese Patients Require More Operating Room Time
For patients undergoing lobectomy, operating time increases with increasing BMI
Friday, December 07, 2012

Risk of Asthma Up for Children Born After Fertility Treatment
Asthma, wheezing, use of anti-asthmatic therapy higher in children born to subfertile moms
Friday, December 07, 2012

ESC: Early Cardiovascular Damage Seen in Sleep Apnea
Measures of endothelial dysfunction, arterial stiffness similar in obstructive sleep apnea, diabetes
Thursday, December 06, 2012

Extended Sleep Time Linked to Reduced Pain Sensitivity
Increase in sleep time linked to improved daily sleep latency, tied to reduced pain sensitivity
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

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

Sequential CT Screening Can Identify Indolent Lung Cancers
About 25 percent of incident cases ID'd on sequential low-dose CTs are slow growing, indolent
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

United States at Tipping Point in Helping Smokers Quit
Cessation coverage now sub-par in many states
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

Respiratory Symptoms Vary Throughout Menstrual Cycle
Frequency of wheeze and shortness of breath dip near ovulation
Friday, November 30, 2012

Cigarette Tax Would Cost Federal Government in Long Term
Initial drop in spending to 2021, but increased longevity would ultimately increase spending
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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

Doc Earnings Growth Lags Behind Other Health Professionals
Adjusted physician earnings dropped by 1.6 percent from 1996-2000 to 2006-2010
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Growing Number of Drugs Possibly Inhibited by Grapefruit
All drugs orally administered; have low-to-intermediate bioavailability; metabolized by CYP3A4
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

CDC: Designated Airport Smoking Areas Pose Risk to All
Secondhand smoke risk is present in adjacent areas and can affect employees and travelers
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

Successful Pregnancy Outcomes in Women With Cystic Fibrosis
Incidence of preterm delivery, caesarean section up; lung function linked to maternal survival
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Research Supports Role of BMI in Incident Asthma in Children
Dose-response effect seen for BMI; gender difference noted, with larger effect in obese boys
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Increasing Evidence for Small Airway Role in Asthma Intensity
Small airway disease linked to symptoms, disease severity, bronchial hyper-responsiveness
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Repeat Testing Common Among Medicare Beneficiaries
Significant correlation between proportion of population tested, proportion of tests repeated
Monday, November 19, 2012

Pulmonary Complications Often Fatal in Systemic JIA
Pulmonary diseases may result from systemic disease or from medication exposure
Monday, November 19, 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

Graphic Pictorial Warning Labels on Cigarettes Most Effective
Pictorial images more effective than text-only for adult smokers with low health literacy
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Link ID'd for Introduction of Fish, Childhood Wheeze
Lower risk correlates with introduction of fish at 6 to 12 months, not consumption at 14 months
Monday, November 12, 2012

FDA Approves Expanded Use of Xarelto
Use expanded to include treatment of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism
Monday, November 05, 2012

Short Sleep Duration Found Not to Lead to Insulin Resistance
But, less sleep may predispose to overeating by different mechanisms in men and women
Friday, November 02, 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

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

Genuine Very Large Effects in Trials Rare in Medicine
Very large effects typically seen in small trials and diminish subsequently; seldom address mortality
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Better Outcomes for Ventilation With Lower Tidal Volumes
Use of lower tidal volumes linked to improved clinical outcome for patients without ARDS
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

CHEST: Poverty, Rural Living Tied to Increased COPD Deaths
COPD mortality in U.S. varies widely by age, poverty level, and urban versus rural location
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

IDSA: School Vaccine Program Lowers Flu Rates, Absenteeism
Second study shows no underlying high-risk condition in about half of pediatric flu-linked deaths
Monday, October 22, 2012

CHEST: Novel Stress Reduction Method Can Improve Sleep
Ten-minute tension tamer technique linked to less perceived stress; improved sleep quality, fatigue
Monday, October 22, 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

Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea Tied to Lasting BP Drop
Positive airway pressure lowers systolic and diastolic blood pressure in a real-world setting
Thursday, October 18, 2012

Linezolid Beneficial in Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis
Addition to background therapy effectively achieves culture conversion; high rate of adverse events
Thursday, October 18, 2012

Direct Link ID'd for Sleep Deprivation, Insulin Sensitivity
Short-term sleep deprivation reduces insulin sensitivity in adipocytes and peripheral tissue
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Decline in Pulmonary Function Leads to Cognitive Decline
Directional association ID'd, specifically for tasks involving psychomotor speed, spatial abilities
Thursday, October 11, 2012

New Image Analysis Technique Improves COPD Diagnosis
Parametric response map and CT images useful to diagnose COPD subtype, disease progression
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Biomarker Can Help Identify Pleural Mesothelioma
Fibulin-3 can distinguish from asbestos exposure or lung fluids unrelated to mesothelioma
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Unsuspected PE Seldom Linked to Death in Cancer Patients
Increased mortality in patients with unsuspected pulmonary embolism usually due to underlying cancer
Tuesday, October 09, 2012

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

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

Patients Benefit From Access to Physician Notes
Patients frequently access visit notes; almost all patients want open note policy to continue
Monday, October 01, 2012

Melatonin Effective for Sleep in Patients Taking β-Blockers
No rebound sleep disturbance observed after discontinuing melatonin
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

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Ups Cardio Risk in the Elderly
OSA associated with increased risk of CV death, but CPAP treatment may reduce this risk
Friday, September 14, 2012

Lung Transplant for CF Less Likely for Medicaid Recipients
For adults with CF, low socioeconomic status ups odds of not being accepted for transplant
Friday, September 14, 2012

No Superior Method of Adjusting Inhaled Steroids in Asthma
Time to treatment failure similar for physician-, biomarker-, symptom-based strategies
Tuesday, September 11, 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

Teens More Likely to Smoke if They Think Their Friends Smoke
Friend self-reported smoking has less impact; smoking significantly linked to popularity
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

Prevalence of Diagnostic Errors in the ICU Assessed
Twenty-eight percent of autopsies report at least one misdiagnosis; 8 percent identify Class I error
Thursday, September 06, 2012

Child Glucocorticoid Use Linked to Reduced Adult Height
Budesonide-linked growth reduction mainly seen for prepubertal children treated for asthma
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

Addition of Tiotropium Effective in Poorly Controlled Asthma
Beneficial effect seen for patients with poorly controlled asthma despite standard therapy
Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Sleep Apnea Tied to Insulin Resistance in Young, Lean Men
Rise in insulin secretion noted after glucose load to maintain normal glucose levels
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

LABA Withdrawal Increases Asthma-Related Impairment
Study looks at patients with asthma controlled by long-acting a2-agonist plus an inhaled corticosteroid
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Stress Causes Lower INR in VTE Patients Not on Blood Thinners
Direction of effect on specific clotting factors varies with anticoagulation status in previous DVT patients
Friday, August 24, 2012

Evidence-Based Public Health Interventions Identified
American Heart Association IDs interventions to improve diet and exercise, cut smoking rates
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Study Identifies Sleep Apnea in 50 Percent of Women
Obstructive sleep apnea in women linked to age, obesity, hypertension, not daytime sleepiness
Tuesday, August 21, 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

Study Finds Tobacco Use High in Developing Countries
About half of men use tobacco, women are starting to smoke earlier, quit ratios are low
Friday, August 17, 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

Poor Follow-Up of Hospital Tests Often Due to Late Orders
Tests performed on day of discharge represent 6.8 percent of all tests, 46.8 percent of missed results
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Oral Corticosteroids Deemed Ineffective for Rhinosinusitis
No significant difference in symptom relief between steroid group and placebo group
Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Sleep Duration Affects Hepatitis B Vaccine Response
Short sleep duration negatively impacts secondary antibody response and clinical protection
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

Smokers Substituting Cigars, Loose Tobacco for Cigarettes
Uptake of other sources of tobacco blunts effect of tobacco tax
Thursday, August 02, 2012

Clinicians Can Unintentionally Prompt Nocebo Effect
Negative expectations, being informed about complications up likelihood of adverse effects
Thursday, August 02, 2012

For Smokers, Vitamin D Deficiency Tied to Lung Decline
Vitamin D deficiency associated with lower lung function and more rapid lung function decline
Monday, July 23, 2012

Health Benefits of More Stringent Ozone Standard Estimated
Achieving ozone standards could cut ozone-related premature death, acute respiratory symptoms
Friday, July 20, 2012

Pertussis Reaches Epidemic Level in Washington State
Vaccination recommended as best preventive strategy
Thursday, July 19, 2012

Poorer Patient Experience at Safety-Net Hospitals
Worse performance on nearly every measure of patient experience; discrepancy persisted over time
Thursday, July 19, 2012

~12,000 Preventable Deaths in English Hospitals Annually
Main causes are poor clinical monitoring, diagnostic errors, and inadequate drug/fluid management
Thursday, July 19, 2012

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

Missed Sleep May Contribute to Asthma Morbidity
Study of urban children shows stronger association for Latinos than for other ethnicities
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Poorer Lung Function in Children
Vitamin D levels should be monitored in children with asthma treated with inhaled corticosteroids
Friday, July 13, 2012

Meditation Training May Lower Respiratory Illness Burden
Meditation training and exercise training linked to improvements in severity and duration of illness
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Handling of Confounding in Diet and Asthma, Allergy Studies Poor
Substantial shortcoming also seen with effect modification in childhood asthma/allergy studies
Tuesday, July 03, 2012

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

Exercise Training After Lung Transplant Found Beneficial
Three-month supervised exercise training program improves participation in daily activity
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Environmental Risks ID'd for REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
Smoking, head injury, pesticide exposure, and farming linked to idiopathic REM sleep disorder
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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

Ozone Exposure Causes Negative Cardiovascular Changes
Physiological changes in healthy volunteers from ozone exposure mirror cardiovascular ailments
Monday, June 25, 2012

Obese Asthma Patients Have Reduced Treatment Response
Neutrophil counts up in obese women; less corticosteroid-induced improvement in obese
Monday, June 25, 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

Sleep Apnea Linked to Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
Independent association seen for patients with type 2 diabetes; potential mechanisms identified
Thursday, June 21, 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

Sleep Apnea Severity Linked to Glycated Hemoglobin Levels
For adults without diabetes, OSA severity independently linked to impaired glucose metabolism
Monday, June 18, 2012

Fatal Airway Necrosis Noted After Stereotactic Body Radiation
Case report describes necrosis ID'd eight months after stereotactic body-radiation for lung cancer
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

SLEEP: Sleep-Disordered Breathing Affects Youth Behavior
Increased odds and greater rates of impairment on behavior and adaptive functioning scales
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

SLEEP: Short Sleep Ups Stroke Symptoms in Normal-Weight
Risk up for normal-weight adults with low risk of sleep-disordered breathing who sleep <6 hours
Monday, June 11, 2012

SLEEP: Sleep Deprivation Alters Neural Response to Food
Studies show unhealthy food activates reward centers; sleep deprivation impairs frontal lobe
Monday, June 11, 2012

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

Multidrug-Resistance Seen in ~10 Percent of TB Cases in China
And, a new drug shows significantly improved sputum-culture conversion at two months
Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Pollution Exposure, Obesity Linked to Poor Asthma Control
Exposure to traffic exhaust correlates with poor control, exacerbations in elderly with asthma
Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Gene Variants Impact Smokers' Response to Cessation Therapy
High-risk haplotypes predict later age of smoking cessation; interact with treatment to affect success
Friday, June 01, 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

Diabetes Linked to Lung Cancer in Postmenopausal Women
Postmenopausal women with diabetes have higher risk of lung cancer, especially if using insulin
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Individual Variation in Antiviral Response Present at Birth
Differences in innate immune response may predict susceptibility to respiratory illness during first year
Friday, May 25, 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

ATS: 9/11 Home Damage Tied to Respiratory Symptoms, Disease
Increased risk of disease tied to heavy coating of dust, damage to home furnishings
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

CPAP Use May Reduce Risk of Hypertension in Apnea Patients
No significant effect of CPAP on cardio events, HTN; however, CPAP linked to reduced HTN in second study
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

ATS: Effects of Prenatal Pollution Exposure Persist
Maternal pollutant exposure has lasting effect on lung function development in children with asthma
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Chemoradiotherapy Improves Survival for Elderly With NSCLC
Addition of carboplatin to radiotherapy prolongs overall survival in locally advanced disease
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

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

Parents of Children With Epilepsy Have Suboptimal Sleep
Increased room-sharing, cosleeping linked to child sleep problems, impaired parental sleep quality
Monday, May 21, 2012

ATS: Sleep Apnea Tied to Increased Risk of Cancer Death
Dose-response association seen with risk of cancer mortality increases with severity of apnea
Monday, May 21, 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

Air Pollution Linked to Cardiovascular Disease Markers
Clinical significance is uncertain, but findings suggest air pollution is a risk factor for CVD
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

U.S. Lifetime Prevalence of Sleep Walking ~30 Percent
More frequent episodes linked to obstructive sleep apnea; alcohol abuse; use of sleeping pills, SSRIs
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Acupuncture Tied to Improved Dyspnea on Exertion in COPD
After 12 weeks of acupuncture, patients with COPD have better Borg scale score after six-minute walk
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

African-Americans Have More Severe Sclerosis Complications
Complications related to the type of autoantibody and severity of interstitial lung disease
Friday, May 11, 2012

CMS Policy Helping Hospitals to Prevent Targeted Infections
Despite positive impact, less time spent on nontargeted infections, especially in large hospitals
Friday, May 04, 2012

Many COPD Comorbidities Independently Tied to Mortality
Twelve comorbidities include cancers and cardiovascular problems
Friday, May 04, 2012

Low Vitamin D Linked to Poorer Outcomes in Lung Recipients
Vitamin D deficiency linked to increased rates of acute rejection, infection, death at one year
Thursday, May 03, 2012

Erlotinib Plus Chemo Doesn't Improve Efficacy in NSCLC
Offers no benefit for never or light former smokers with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer
Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Asthma Has Adverse Effect on Physical Health in Elderly
Increased allergic sensitization, decreased lung function, worse quality of life for those over 60
Wednesday, May 02, 2012

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

Index Identifies Clot Risk in Outpatient Surgery Patients
High-risk outpatient surgery patients have blood clot rates of 1.18 percent
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Indirect Link ID'd Between Pain Catastrophizing, Severity
Pain catastrophizing, especially ruminating, linked to pain severity via sleep disturbance
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

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

AHA: Hemoglobin Index IDs Brain Ischemia During Bypass
HVx, glial fibrillary acidic protein detect impaired autoregulation during cardiopulmonary bypass
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Long-Term Air Pollution Linked to Multiple Diseases
Greater increase in hospital admissions for long-term versus short-term exposure
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Insurers Should Screen Older Smokers for Lung Cancer
Cost per life-year saved comparable to cervical, breast, and colorectal cancer screening costs
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Alternative Medicine Doesn't Affect Asthma Care in Children
Pediatric asthma patients have high med adherence regardless of alternative medicine
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Evidence Lacking for Sleep Length, Energy Metabolism Link
Review indicates insufficient evidence for effect on energy expenditure or energy metabolism
Monday, April 09, 2012

Low Blood Adiponectin Predicts Future Asthma Risk in Women
Women with levels in lowest tertile at year 15 have about two-fold increased asthma risk at year 20
Friday, April 06, 2012

Asbestos Exposure Linked to Cardiovascular Death
Occupational exposure increases cerebrovascular, ischemic heart disease mortality for men, women
Thursday, April 05, 2012

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

Diagnostic Coding May Skew Pneumonia Outcomes Data
Declines in hospitalizations and inpatient deaths may not reflect actual outcome improvements
Wednesday, April 04, 2012

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

Sleep Apnea, Snorting Linked to Probable Major Depression
Apnea, related symptoms of snorting/stopping breathing tied to depression in men, women
Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Stigma Affects Depression Among Lung Cancer Patients
Perceived stigma accounts for significant amount of variance in depressive symptoms
Thursday, March 29, 2012

Secondhand Smoke Exposure, Lung Function Link Explored
Exposure affects lung function; girls with allergic sensitization have greatest deficits
Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pay for Performance Does Not Improve Mortality Rates
Medicare demonstration program did not improve 30-day hospital mortality rates
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

New Guidelines Issued for Acute Bacterial Rhinosinusitis
Includes evidence-based recommendations for diagnosis and management in adults and children
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Alternative Medicine Alleviates Symptoms of Rhinosinusitis
Integrative East-West medicine adjuvant approach improves sinonasal symptoms and quality of life
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

Tobacco Smoke Exposure in Childhood Ups COPD Risk
Women have almost two-fold raised risk of COPD; men have increased risk of respiratory symptoms
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Dexmedetomidine Non Inferior for Maintaining Sedation
Dexmedetomidine not inferior to midazolam or propofol during prolonged mechanical ventilation
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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

Less Than Half of Potential Lung Cancer Deaths Averted
Despite smoking behavior changes, more deaths could have been averted by tobacco control
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

Smoking in Movies Increases Smoking Risk for Young Teens
Early exposure to smoking in movies accounts for 31.6 percent of established smoking
Thursday, March 15, 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

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

Asymptomatic Often Sent for Lung Cancer Screening Tests
Asymptomatic patients sent for screening despite lack of recommendation by major expert groups
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

Electronic Test Result Access Does Not Reduce Test Ordering
Office-based physician access to computerized images may up image ordering by 40 to 70 percent
Tuesday, March 06, 2012

AAAAI: Corticosteroid Response in Asthma Impacted by BMI
For children, high BMI linked to decreased CS response, increased requirement for inhaled CS
Monday, March 05, 2012

AAAAI: Prevalence of Asthma, Hay Fever Lower Among Amish
Asthma, hay fever, and allergic sensitization lower in Amish children than in Swiss farm children
Monday, March 05, 2012

AAAAI: Asthma Patients More Tolerant of Food Challenges
Patients with a history of food allergy less likely to fail an oral food challenge than those without asthma
Monday, March 05, 2012

Children's Snoring May Predict Behavioral Problems
Early snoring tied to increased risk of hyperactivity, peer difficulties, and conduct issues
Monday, March 05, 2012

Sleep Quality Found to Actually Improve With Age
Those over 80 complain the least about sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue
Thursday, March 01, 2012

Vandetanib Doesn't Up Survival in Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer
For patients with advanced NSCLC, no survival benefit; increased frequency of adverse events
Thursday, March 01, 2012

Reduced Lung Function Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Low FEV1 and obstructive airway diseases linked to increased risk of heart failure
Thursday, March 01, 2012

Nicotine Patches Don't Help Pregnant Women Stop Smoking
User compliance is low and rates of smoking abstinence do not increase with the patch
Wednesday, February 29, 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

WHO Criteria May Overestimate Fatality Rate for Avian Flu
Meta-analysis indicates seropositivity rate for prior H5N1 infection is 1 to 2 percent
Thursday, February 23, 2012

High VEGF Signaling Score Tied to Lung Cancer Prognosis
High score correlates with good prognosis in patients with early lung squamous cell carcinoma
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Maternal Flu Vaccine Improves Health of Unborn Child
Vaccinated mothers have higher birth weight infants, fewer small-for-gestational-age infants
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Replacing PPSV23 With PCV13 May Prevent More Pneumonia
PCV13 vaccine might prevent more pneumococcal disease; still economically reasonable
Tuesday, February 21, 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

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

AAN: Low Sleep Efficiency Tied to Preclinical Alzheimer's
Frequent awakenings linked to amyloid pathology in cognitively normal adults
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Air Pollutant Exposure Tied to Increased Heart Attack Risk
Exposure of up to a week associated with increased risk
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New Staging System IDs cSCC Risk in Transplant Patients
Predicts risk of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma recurrence in heart and lung recipients
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Pollutant Exposure Tied to Cognitive Decline in Elderly
Long-term exposure to particulate matter linked to faster cognitive decline in U.S. women
Tuesday, February 14, 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

Recommended Exceeds Actual Sleep Duration for Children
Sleep durations down over time; consistent discrepancy between recommended, actual length
Monday, February 13, 2012

Radiation Not Tied to Improved Survival in Advanced NSCLC
Postoperative radiation confers no survival benefit for elderly with N2 non-small-cell lung cancer
Monday, February 13, 2012

Heavy Soda Drinking Tied to Asthma, COPD
People who drink more than half a liter of soda per day are at increased risk
Friday, February 10, 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

Reduced Caloric Nourishment Doesn't Reduce Ventilator Use
No improvement in survival or infections with less calories in the critically ill with feeding tubes
Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Teen Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Cars Declines
But, about one in four nonsmoking teens is still exposed to secondhand smoke in cars
Monday, February 06, 2012

Smoking Increases Progression Risk in Barrett's Esophagus
Risk of progression to esophageal cancer or high-grade dysplasia two-fold higher in smokers
Friday, February 03, 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

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

New PCR-Based Assay Better Predicts Lung Cancer Survival
Assay identifies which early-stage NSCLC patients are at high risk of death after surgical resection
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

Sex Differences Exist in Disease-Linked Pain Intensity
Women report higher pain intensity in musculoskeletal and other disorders
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

Fetal Growth Not Linked to Childhood Asthma
But, accelerated growth in first three months tied to increased risk of childhood asthma symptoms
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

HealthGrades IDs Notable Hospitals for Clinical Excellence
If all hospitals performed at this level, thousands of Medicare deaths, complications could be averted
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sleep Disturbance Linked to Cardiometabolic Disease Risk
Disturbed sleep tied to elevated risk of obesity, diabetes, stroke, MI, coronary artery disease
Monday, January 23, 2012

Mild-to-Moderate Asthma Frequently Non-Eosinophilic
Nearly half of patients with mild-to-moderate asthma have non-eosinophilic phenotype
Monday, January 23, 2012

Sexual Activity Safe for Most Cardiovascular Disease Patients
Following CVD diagnosis, physician evaluation should precede resumption of sexual activity
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Circulating Tumor Cells Predict Small-Cell Lung CA Prognosis
Both baseline number and change in CTC following first cycle of chemotherapy prognostic
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Liver Transplant Stabilizes Lung Function in Cystic Fibrosis
For selected patients with cystic fibrosis liver disease, transplant preserves nutritional status
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

No Long-Term Benefit of Caffeine for Apnea in Preemies
No difference in combined death or disability at age 5 for caffeine versus placebo
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Untreated Sleep Apnea Linked to Cardio Mortality in Women
Treatment with continuous positive airway pressure reduces the mortality risk
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Airway Smooth Muscle Layer Has Key Role in Asthma
Extracellular matrix in ASM layer influences airway function in patients with asthma
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Vitamin D Supplements Do Not Reduce COPD Exacerbations
But, supplementation may benefit COPD patients with severe vitamin D deficiency
Monday, January 16, 2012

Maternal Asthma Meds Not Linked to Most Birth Defects
Few defects positively associated with maternal asthma medication use during early pregnancy
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

Maternal Antidepressants Up Infant Pulmonary Hypertension
Similar risk found across the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor class of antidepressants
Friday, January 13, 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

Dementia Associated With More Hospital Admissions
Admission rate up for all-cause, ambulatory care-sensitive conditions for those with dementia
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Occasional Marijuana Use Not Tied to Adverse Lung Function
Nonlinear association for marijuana exposure and lung function; no adverse effects for low exposure
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Losartan Halts Smoke-Related Lung Damage in Mice
Inhibition of TGF-β normalizes smoke-induced TFG-β signaling and prevents alveolar cell death
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Nicotine Replacement Therapy Doesn't Avert Smoking Relapse
Likelihood of relapse unaffected by nicotine replacement therapy, with or without counseling
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

ROS1 Rearrangements Seen in Small Subset of NSCLC Tumors
Clinical features similar to those seen in ALK-rearranged non-small-cell lung cancer
Monday, January 09, 2012

Poor Sleep Worsens Health in Youth With Type 1 Diabetes
Poor sleep linked to increased health and behavioral problems in young people with diabetes
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

Prevalence of Sleep Problems Identified in Early Childhood
Prevalence of parent-reported sleep disorders is 10 percent during first three years of life
Thursday, January 05, 2012

Cancer-Related Mortality Continues to Decrease
From 1999 to 2008, overall annual decrease of 1.6 percent in men, 1.8 percent in women
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

Oseltamivir-Resistant H1N1 Identified in Australia
Between May and August 2011, resistant viruses with H275Y substitution ID'd in 29 of 182 patients
Thursday, December 29, 2011

Enoxaparin Doesn't Reduce Death Rate for Acutely Ill
Death from any cause at 30 days and rates of major bleeding similar with enoxaparin, placebo
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Rhinoviruses Frequently Cause ARIs in VLBW Premature Infants
55 percent of VLBW infants with acute respiratory illness have human rhinovirus infections
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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

Smoking During Pregnancy Affects Children's Vasculature
And, interventions that encourage parents to quit smoking for children's benefit may up quit rates
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tobacco Smoke Ups Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease
Combined childhood and adulthood environmental tobacco smoke exposure tied to highest AERD risk
Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sleep Disorders Tied to Adverse Health Outcomes for Police
Higher rate of errors or safety violations, falling asleep while driving, adverse work outcomes
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Little Risk to Offspring From Maternal Inhaled Steroids
But may be associated with increased risk of endocrine/metabolic disorders
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

High BMI Up to Age 4 Does Not Impact School-Age Asthma Risk
No increased risk if BMI normalized by age 7, but high BMI at age 7 is risk factor for asthma
Monday, December 19, 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

Quitting Smoking Improves Happiness, Quality of Life
Findings could be used to motivate individuals attempting to quit
Friday, December 16, 2011

Patient Isolation During Hospitalization Tied to Delirium
But no increased risk for patients who start their hospital stay under contact precautions
Friday, December 16, 2011

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

Infection Prevention Up in VA, Non-Federal Hospitals
But catheter-associated urinary tract infection prevention practices remain low
Tuesday, December 13, 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

Depression, Physical Impairment Common After Lung Injury
Highest incidence 3 months after acute lung injury; modal duration of more than 21 months
Friday, December 09, 2011

Factors Affecting Micro-RNA Detection Accuracy Identified
Include variations in plasma samples, collection method, anticoagulant used, inhibitors in plasma
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

Rifapentine Plus Isoniazid Noninferior to Isoniazid Alone
Higher completion rate with three months of combo therapy versus nine months of isoniazid
Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Preventive Asthma Medication Use Increasing in Children
Lower use reported among minority children, adolescents, and uninsured
Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Not BMI, Linked to Mortality
Cardiorespiratory fitness lowers all-cause, cardiovascular mortality in men, irrespective of BMI
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

Hypoglossal Stimulation Boosts Airflow in Sleep Apnea
Increases in airflow adequate to eliminate inhibitory airflow limitation in most patients
Thursday, December 01, 2011

U.S. Patients Highly Satisfied With Outpatient Medical Care
Patient satisfaction scores tied to waiting time, time spent with provider, and age category
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bone Suppression Imaging Ups Small Lung Cancer Detection
However, dual-energy subtraction imaging provides even higher accuracy
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Temperature-Controlled Laminar Airflow Helps Atopic Asthma
Nocturnal temp-controlled laminar airflow improves quality of life, inflammation in atopic asthma
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

High-Performing Docs Learn Equally From Success, Failure
High performers learn from successes, failures; low performers have asymmetric learning rates
Monday, November 28, 2011

Autoimmune Disorders Tied to Pulmonary Embolism Risk
High risk of pulmonary embolism during first year after admission; risk decreases over time
Monday, November 28, 2011

Stem-Cell-Seeded Bioartificial Tracheal Transplant Feasible
First-in-man bioengineered artificial tracheobronchial airway transplantation successful
Thursday, November 24, 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

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

Restrictive Policies Push Gene Influence on Smoking Behavior
Monozygotic twins more likely to quit smoking within a similar time frame than dizygotic twins
Monday, November 21, 2011

Hyperglycemia, Mortality Linked in Pulmonary Embolism
But hospital readmission rate unaffected by elevated glucose with pulmonary embolism
Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sleep Problem Severity Tied to Fibromyalgia Risk in Women
Sleep problem severity has dose-response link with fibromyalgia, especially in older women
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

Patients Without Insurance Have Shorter Hospital Stays
Uninsured have shorter stays for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions, or non-ACSCs
Tuesday, November 15, 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

Half of U.S. Adult Smokers Tried to Quit Last Year
Cessation services, however, tend to be under-utilized
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

Epigenetic Therapy Shows Promise in Progressive NSCLC
Demethylation of epigenetically silenced genes associated with lung cancer seen in blood samples
Thursday, November 10, 2011

Indoor Air Laws Up Adoption of Smokefree-Home Policy
But, only half of U.S. households with children and smokers have complete home smoking bans
Wednesday, November 09, 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: Statin Treatment Tied to Worse Asthma Control
Worsened FEV1, increased nocturnal awakenings, rescue medication use, and daytime symptoms
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

Causal Link Suggested Between Acetaminophen Use, Asthma
Children at risk or with asthma should avoid acetaminophen until safety is documented
Monday, November 07, 2011

Varenicline Tied to Increased Risk of Suicidal Behavior
Varenicline ups suicide/self-injury or depression more than bupropion, nicotine replacement
Friday, November 04, 2011

Receptionists Contribute to Safety of Repeat Prescriptions
Clinicians often unaware of input of receptionists and administrative staff in repeat prescribing
Friday, November 04, 2011

EGFR Level Predicts Survival Benefit of Cetuximab in NSCLC
Patients with high EGFR expression survive longer if they receive cetuximab in addition to chemo
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

Children Not Vaccinated Against Pneumonia Remain Vulnerable
Many children are not receiving recommended PCV13 doses
Thursday, November 03, 2011

C1 Esterase Inhibitor Effective in Hereditary Angioedema
Single 20 U/kg dose safe, complete symptom resolution at any body location in 15.5 hrs
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

Ivacaftor Safe, Efficacious for Cystic Fibrosis
Improves pulmonary exacerbation, respiratory symptoms, weight, sweat chloride levels
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

Poor Sleep Quality in Early Pregnancy Tied to Preterm Birth
Effect on preterm birth is largest in early pregnancy, more modest in later pregnancy
Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Solid Organ Transplantation Tied to Increased Risk of Cancer
Kidney, heart, liver, lung transplants tied to higher infection-related and unrelated cancer risk
Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Loneliness Significantly Linked to Sleep Fragmentation
But is not associated with sleep duration or subjective sleep quality or daytime sleepiness
Tuesday, November 01, 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

ATA: Thyroidectomy Improves Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Significant decrease in snoring frequency; lower scores in question of snoring bothering others
Friday, October 28, 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

No Lung Cancer Mortality Drop With Chest X-Ray Screening
Annual chest X-ray screening for four years does not lower lung cancer deaths versus usual care
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ghost Authorship Prevalent in About One-Fifth of Articles
Prevalence of honorary, ghost authorship, down from 29.2 to 21.0 percent from 1996 to 2008
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Smoking Rarely Cited As Cause of Death on Death Certificates
Even in lung cancer and COPD cases with strong link to smoking, few mentions in part II
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Evidence Suggests Variable Effectiveness for Flu Vaccine
Randomized controlled trials indicate vaccine efficacy varies between seasons, age groups
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Low-Dose Lung Cancer CT Screens May Help Identify COPD
Yield 63 percent sensitivity, 88 percent specificity for COPD in current, former heavy smokers
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

CHEST: Predictors of Lung Cancer Include Heavy Drinking
Lung cancer predictors include diet, heavy alcohol consumption and vary with race and gender
Monday, October 24, 2011

CHEST: Sleep Deprivation Tied to Obesity in Male Teens
Sleeping less than eight hours on weekdays associated with obesity in male, not female teens
Monday, October 24, 2011

CHEST: Study Looks at Sildenafil Dose for Youth With PAH
Medium doses seem to have best risk-benefit ratio for children with pulmonary artery hypertension
Monday, October 24, 2011

Immunotherapy-Chemo Combo Improves Survival in NSCLC
Addition of TG4010 to standard chemotherapy improves six month progression-free survival
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

Oropharyngeal Exam Confirms Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Friedman tongue position score associated with obstructive sleep apnea severity
Thursday, October 20, 2011

Early Initiation of ART After TB Treatment Ups Survival
Risk of death reduced for patients with a CD4+ T-cell count of less than 50 per cubic millimeter
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Nicotine Dependence Underdiagnosed in U.S. Vets
Vets without diagnosis less likely to be diagnosed and treated
Wednesday, October 19, 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

Addition of Dulanermin Doesn't Improve Outcomes in NSCLC
Patients with advanced or recurrent non-small-cell lung cancer do not benefit from dulanermin
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

ASA: Obesity Ups Peri-Op Peds Respiratory Complications
And, significantly lower effective dose of propofol causes loss of consciousness in obese children
Monday, October 17, 2011

No Effect of Prophylaxis Type on Pulmonary Embolism Rate
Prophylaxis agent, anesthesia type do not affect pulmonary embolism rate post hip arthroplasty
Friday, October 14, 2011

Same Cognition With Cerebral Perfusion, Hypothermic Arrest
Similar cognitive benefit for antegrade cerebral perfusion, deep hypothermic circulatory arrest
Friday, October 14, 2011

Pediatric Asthma Drug Prescriptions on the Upswing
Costs associated with medications significantly up since late 1990s
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Organic Pollutants Up Atherosclerosis Risk in Elderly
Polychlorinated biphenyls tied to echogenicity of the intima-media complex
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

Vitamin D Dependent Pathway Key in Immunity Against TB
T cells release interferon-γ to induce antimicrobial activities by human macrophages
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

Exposure to Air Toxics in Pregnancy Ups Preterm Birth
Inter-quartile range increase in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon exposure ups risk 30 percent
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Leukemia Drug May Cause Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
PAH seen in patients taking Sprycel
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

High Yield of Viral Diagnoses for RT-PCR in Respiratory Infection
But, rapid communication of RT-PCR results to clinicians has no benefit on patient care
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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

Chest Pain in Children Rarely Has Cardiac Cause
Cause is usually unknown, musculoskeletal; less often pulmonary, gastrointestinal, anxiety, drugs
Monday, October 10, 2011

Racial Disparity Persists in Nursing Home Flu Shot Rates
Black residents less likely to receive, more likely to refuse influenza shots than white residents
Friday, October 07, 2011

Use of Oral Steroids Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency
Steroid users have more than two-fold increased risk of vitamin D deficiency than steroid nonusers
Thursday, October 06, 2011

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

Membrane Oxygenation Reduces Mortality in H1N1-Related ARDS
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation referral lowers hospital mortality in H1N1-related ARDS
Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Model Projects Smoking Will Up TB Cases, Deaths by 2050
However, aggressive tobacco control may avert 27 million smoking-attributable deaths by 2050
Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Omega-3 Supplements May Be Harmful in Acute Lung Injury
Fewer ventilator-free days in acute lung injury with omega-3, γ-linolenic acid, and antioxidants
Wednesday, October 05, 2011

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

Prior DNA Priming Ups Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness
H5-DNA priming 24 weeks pre-H5N1 monovalent inactivated vaccine increases immune response
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Quantitative CT Phenotypes Linked to COPD Exacerbations
CT-measured bronchial wall thickness, total lung emphysema associated with COPD exacerbations
Monday, October 03, 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

Smoking Rates for Working Adults Down, but Not Enough
Rates high particularly among poor, uninsured, and those in certain industries and occupations
Thursday, September 29, 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

Cytisine More Effective Than Placebo for Smoking Cessation
Higher 12-month abstinence rate with cytisine; cheaper than other pharmacotherapies
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

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

GLCCI1 SNP Lowers Response to Inhaled Steroids in Asthma
rs37973 single neucleotide polymorphism tied to decreased inhaled glucocorticoid response
Monday, September 26, 2011

Rate of Change of FEV1 Highly Variable in COPD Patients
Smokers, patients with emphysema or bronchodilator reversibility show higher decline rates
Monday, September 26, 2011

Teen Exposure to Smoking in Films Ups Smoking Behaviors
Association with initiation, current smoking persists after adjusting for confounders
Thursday, September 22, 2011

F1+2, VEGF, D-Dimer Levels Up in Nonallergic Asthma
Patients exhibit autoreactivity, increased coagulation levels and angiogenesis markers
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

Preterm Birth Ups Mortality Risk in Young Adulthood
Low gestational age at birth tied to increased mortality risk in early childhood, young adulthood
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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

CDC Finds That Lung Cancer Incidence Is Beginning to Fall
Decrease most apparent in areas with fewer smokers
Thursday, September 15, 2011

No Benefit of Long-Term Azithromycin for Rhinosinusitis
Low weekly dose of 500 mg for 11 weeks provides no benefit over placebo in chronic rhinosinusitis
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Many Mistakenly Believe FDA OKs Only Safe, Effective Drugs
Consumer explanations about safety, efficacy of drugs help public make better decisions
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Current Smoking Tied to Higher Risk of Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Elevated risk in men and older individuals; increases with intensity, duration of smoking
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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

Persistent Asthma Diagnosis Tied to Late-Preterm Birth
Late-preterm birth ups persistent asthma risk, use of inhaled corticosteroids, respiratory visits
Monday, September 12, 2011

About One in Four Adults at Risk of Physician-Diagnosed COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease risk tied to male gender, rural living, socioeconomic status
Friday, September 09, 2011

No Sustainable Benefits Seen for Airway Bypass in Emphysema
Airway bypass, sham treatment show comparable efficacy end points for severe emphysema
Friday, September 09, 2011

Loci in ILR6, Chromosome 11q13.5 Tied to Asthma Risk
Also, exhaled nitric oxide treatment algorithm reduces asthma exacerbations in pregnant women
Friday, September 09, 2011

Trends in Respiratory Syncytial Virus Seasonality Reported
Information could help guide clinical decision-making
Thursday, September 08, 2011

Smoking Ups Postmenopausal Sex Hormone Levels
One to two years after quitting smoking, hormone levels match those of never smokers
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

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

Prevalence of U.S. Smokers Down Substantially Since 2005
Shift represents three million fewer smokers
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

Lower Sleep-Time BP Indicates Reduced Cardiovascular Risk
Each 5 mm Hg decrease in asleep systolic BP predicts a 17 percent reduction in CV risk
Friday, September 02, 2011

Researchers Ponder 9/11 Health Impact a Decade Later
The disaster may have had lasting, multiple effects on those exposed
Friday, September 02, 2011

Insomnia Tied to Considerable Workplace Costs in the U.S.
Annual individual correlation of insomnia to presenteeism equal to 11.3 days of lost work
Thursday, September 01, 2011

NPe6 May Beat Photofrin Photodynamic Therapy in Lung CA
Individualized approach based on Bcl-2/BCRP expression may improve PDT efficacy in lung cancers
Thursday, September 01, 2011

Counseling Helps Smokers With Comorbid Disorders Quit
Counseling by primary care providers beneficial for those with alcohol, drug, mental disorders
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Public Sector Funds Large Part of State Obesity-Related Costs
State medical expenses would be nearly 7 to 11 percent lower in the absence of obesity
Monday, August 29, 2011

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

Complementary Medicine Used More by Health Care Workers
U.S. health care providers use complementary, alternative medicine more than support workers
Friday, August 26, 2011

Pharmaceutical Ads Often Don't Adhere to U.S. FDA Guidelines
Only 18.1 percent of advertisements fully adhere to FDA guidelines, over half do not quantify serious risks
Thursday, August 25, 2011

CDC: State Preemption Rates Unchanged in Tobacco Efforts
No progress in reducing state preemption of local advertising, youth access restrictions
Thursday, August 25, 2011

Azithromycin Decreases COPD Exacerbation Frequency
Daily azithromycin for one year reduces COPD exacerbations in selected patients
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

CDC: 2010/2011 Flu Vaccination Coverage Studied
Coverage in health care personnel and pregnant women remained stable versus previous season
Thursday, August 18, 2011

Majority of DVT Cases After Surgery Linked to Catheter Use
Overall incidence of DVT after general surgery low; higher in patients with upper extremity catheter
Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bordetella Infections Rare in Children With Cough Illness
Concomitant virus/B. pertussis and B. parapertussis infections are also rare
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Predictors of Survival After Cardiac Arrest in ICU Identified
Lower survival for those suffering an arrest due to pulseless electrical activity than other rhythms
Monday, August 15, 2011

Sleep Apnea Recurs Within Days of CPAP Withdrawal
Obstructive sleep apnea returns within a few days of continuous positive airway pressure withdrawal
Monday, August 15, 2011

Sleep-Disordered Breathing Tied to Dementia in Older Women
Risk of cognitive impairment affected by hypoxia, sleep apnea, but not sleep fragmentation, duration
Tuesday, August 09, 2011

AHRQ: CPAP Highly Effective in Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Mandibular advancement devices also found to be very effective in AHRQ report
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

Oseltamivir-Resistant Pandemic H1N1 2009 Virus Emerging
Immunosuppressed patients at particular risk for oseltamivir-resistant pandemic H1N1 2009 virus
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

New Guidelines Issued for COPD Diagnosis, Management
A joint guideline recommends spirometry, inhaled therapies, rehabilitation, and oxygen for COPD
Tuesday, August 02, 2011

VTE Rates Post Knee Arthroplasty Increased '97-'07
Risk is higher among patients with cardiovascular disease or history of venous thromboembolism
Thursday, July 28, 2011

Stable Rate of Chronic Conditions for Children Born at <1 kg
Increase in obesity rate; rates of asthma and chronic illness stable from age 8 to 14 years
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Breast-Feeding Tied to Child's Risk of Asthma Symptoms
Non-exclusive or never breast-feeding linked to increased risk of asthma symptoms in children
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

FDA: Chantix Tied to Slight Risk of Cardiac Events
Patients with cardiovascular disease may have higher risk of certain cardiac events
Monday, July 25, 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

Soldiers' Dyspnea Could Be Constrictive Bronchiolitis
Constrictive bronchiolitis should be considered for soldiers with history of inhalational exposure
Wednesday, July 20, 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

A-Fib Ups Risk of Upper-Limb Thromboembolectomy
Higher risk seen for women than men, risk also tied to hypertension, stroke, myocardial infarction
Monday, July 18, 2011

Albuterol Not Better Than Placebo in Self-Report Outcomes
FEV1 improves but self-reported outcomes not significantly better than placebo, sham acupuncture
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Increase in Staph Pneumonia in Children Mainly Due to MSRA
From 2001 to 2009, MRSA accounted for 74 percent of cases of SA pneumonia in children
Monday, July 11, 2011

Combination Therapy for A-Fib Increases Bleeding Risk
Increase seen in clinically relevant and major bleeding events, no reduction in stroke risk
Friday, July 08, 2011

Prenatal Distress Tied to Higher Risk of Childhood Wheeze
Prenatal demoralization linked to childhood wheeze among low income urban minorities
Friday, July 08, 2011

Factors in Acinetobacter Infection Transmission ID'd
Interventions suggested to prevent multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter infections in war injuries
Friday, July 08, 2011

Delayed Disease Recognition in One in Five Patients With PAH
Patients under 36 have highest odds of delayed diagnosis of pulmonary arterial hypertension
Friday, July 08, 2011

New Regimens Equal to Standard Isoniazid for Adults With HIV
Second study shows no TB-free survival benefit from isoniazid prophylaxis in HIV+/− infants
Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Nesiritide Has Small, Nonsignificant Effect on Dyspnea
Nesiritide use not linked to changes in rate of deaths or rehospitalization
Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Withdrawal of Life Support Main Mode of NICU Deaths
Withholding treatment associated with significant 1 percent increase in deaths per year
Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Sedentary Lifestyle Tied to Pulmonary Embolism Risk
More than two-fold increased risk in most sedentary women compared to least sedentary
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

Text Messaging Can Help Smokers Stop Smoking
Automated text messages can significantly increase continued abstinence in smokers
Thursday, June 30, 2011

Later Parenteral Nutrition Linked to Faster Recovery
Later initiation of parenteral nutrition associated with fewer complications than early initiation
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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

Home Stress Adds to Child's Lung Damage by Air Pollutants
Stress increases susceptibility to lung function deficits caused by traffic-related air pollution
Friday, June 24, 2011

Long-Term Pollutant Exposure Tied to Uncontrolled Asthma
Exposure to PM10 and O3 affects three main domains of asthma control
Friday, June 24, 2011

Nasal Spray May Reduce IL-6 in Pediatric Sleep Apnea
Reduction of IL-6 in cells from children treated with fluticasone furoate nasal spray
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Childhood Asthma Linked to ADHD in Adolescence
Risk of hyperactivity-impulsivity increases in children with asthma, independent of medication
Friday, June 17, 2011

Unequal Care Access for Children With Public Insurance
Disparities exist in providers' acceptance of public insurance compared to private insurance
Thursday, June 16, 2011

New Meningococcal A Conjugate Vaccine Is Effective
New vaccine elicits stronger group A antibody response than polysaccharide reference vaccine
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

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

ICU Care by Nonphysician Staff Is Safe and Effective
Mortality, length of stay, and discharge destination are not affected by ICU staffing type
Wednesday, June 08, 2011

NSAID Use Linked to Increased Venous Thromboembolism Risk
Increased risks for VTE, unprovoked VTE, deep venous thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism
Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Youth Bear Large Burden of Global Death, Disease
Higher rates of disability-adjusted life-years in Africa compared to high-income countries
Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Hospital Volume May Affect Surgical Mortality Rate
Increasing hospital volume contributes to decreased mortality for certain procedures
Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Corticosteroids May Shorten Pneumonia Hospital Stay
Dexamethasone therapy may reduce hospital stay in patients with community-acquired pneumonia
Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Effect Estimates May Be Inflated in Biomarker Studies
Highly cited studies overestimate biomarker effect compared to meta-analyses
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Education Increases Support for Family-Witnessed CPR
Prior experience of family-witnessed resuscitation identified as strongest variable of support
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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

End-of-Life Cancer Care Differs in the U.S. and Canada
Rates of chemotherapy use are higher, but fewer hospitalizations in U.S. patients
Monday, May 23, 2011

Severe Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Pneumonia Deaths
No significant association between cathelicidin or beta-defensin-2 levels and mortality
Monday, May 23, 2011

Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing Common in Asthma
Co-dispensing of antibiotics and asthma drugs among children found to be very common
Monday, May 23, 2011

Family Cancer Histories Are Not Highly Accurate
Sensitivity and positive predictive value of reports on four major cancers is low to moderate
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ATS: Many Parents of Children With Asthma Avoid Flu Vaccine
Parents reluctant to vaccinate kids due to safety concerns and not seeing flu as asthma trigger
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Physician Advice May Improve Teen Smoking Behavior
Screening and advice linked with healthier attitude toward smoking and knowledge about dangers
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tele-ICU Tied to Lower Mortality, Shorter Hospital Stay
Improved rates of best clinical practice adherence seen during tele-ICU intervention
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Childhood Eczema, Rhinitis Predict Adult Asthma
The conditions predict atopic asthma but are not associated with nonatopic asthma
Friday, May 13, 2011

Neonatal Vitamin D Deficiency Tied to Respiratory Disease
Routine vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy may prevent RSV during infancy
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

Adding Omalizumab May Improve Uncontrolled Asthma
Omalizumab provides added clinical benefits in patients on standard treatment
Friday, May 06, 2011

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Better After Adenotonsillectomy
Heart rate variability decreased after adenotonsillectomy in children
Thursday, May 05, 2011

Leukotriene-Receptor Antagonist Effective in Asthma
May be equivalent to inhaled glucocorticoid, long-acting beta2-agonist
Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Race, Ethnicity May Influence ICU End-of-Life Care
Nonwhite patients less likely to have living wills, more likely to die with full support
Wednesday, May 04, 2011

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

PAS: Tailored Exercise Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Individualized program improves lung function, exercise tolerance in children
Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Increasing Cancer Burden Projected for Ethnic Minorities
Need for improved understanding of risk factors, progression, and outcomes in U.S. subpopulations
Thursday, April 28, 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

Black Cancer Patients More Willing to Pay to Extend Life
Minority patients more willing than whites to expend their financial resources to prolong life
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

AAP: Chemical Management Policy Needs Revision
American Academy of Pediatrics says change needed to better protect pregnant women, children
Monday, April 25, 2011

Risk Taking Similar in Very Obese, Normal Weight Teens
But extremely obese high school students have higher rates of some risky behaviors
Monday, April 25, 2011

Asthma May Increase Risk of Erectile Dysfunction
More research needed into asthma treatment for preventing, slowing erectile dysfunction
Friday, April 22, 2011

Brief, Intense Exercise May Have Cardioprotective Role
Brief, intense exercise and traditional endurance training have distinct cardioprotective effects
Friday, April 22, 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

CDC: Half of States Have Smoke-Free Policies
But regional disparities persist; no state in the South has adopted a comprehensive policy
Thursday, April 21, 2011

It Pays to Screen Immigrants for Tuberculosis
Especially immigrants entering the U.K. from countries with high incidence of the disease
Thursday, April 21, 2011

Physical Activity Guidelines May Improve Survival
Adherence to guidelines most beneficial for adults with at least one chronic health condition
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

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

Nocturia May Indicate Sleep Apnea in Patients With BPH
Patients with benign prostate enlargement and nocturia may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea
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

Hookah Use Widespread Among College Students
Hookah users believe waterpipe tobacco less harmful than cigarettes
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

Fixed-Dose Combos Equally Effective in TB Treatment
Drug combination does not demonstrate full noninferiority, but has potential advantages
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

End-of-Life Care for Medicare Patients Changing
Patients in hospital less but hospice more; care has become more intense
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Smoking After Cancer Diagnosis Worsens Quality of Life
Smoking linked with worse mental quality of life in lung and colorectal patient-caregiver dyads
Monday, April 11, 2011

Antenatal Paracetamol Use May Be Tied to Childhood Wheeze
More research needed to determine impact of prenatal paracetamol use on risk of asthma
Monday, April 11, 2011

'Global Trigger Tool' Identifies 10 Times More Errors
New tool identifies many more adverse events in hospital admissions compared to other methods
Thursday, April 07, 2011

Respiratory Distress Syndrome Tied to Long-Term Problems
Five years after discharge, many ARDS survivors have physical, psychological issues
Wednesday, April 06, 2011

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

AACR: Human Papillomavirus Tied to Lung Cancer
High-risk HPV antibodies increased in lung cancer cases compared to controls
Monday, April 04, 2011

Cancer Rates, Cancer Mortality Rates Falling in U.S.
Lung cancer mortality falls in women after decades of rising
Friday, April 01, 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

ACS: U.S. Troops Exposed to Fine Particulate Matter
Exposure may pose immediate and long-term health risks in troops stationed in Iraq
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Exercise Plus Dieting Superior in Older Obese Individuals
The combination results in improved physical function compared with either approach alone
Wednesday, March 30, 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

Decline Seen in Global Youth Mortality Over Last 50 Years
Smaller decline seen for young men aged 15 to 24, with injury being the main cause of deaths
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Room Cleaning Linked to Lower Drug-Resistant Infections
Enhanced cleaning interventions may lower drug-resistant infection risk from previous occupant
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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

Menthol Cigarette Smokers Have Lower Cancer Rates
Study rebuts claim that menthol cigarettes pose greater danger of lung cancer than non-menthol
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Maternal Anemia Associated With Childhood Wheezing
With or without maternal asthma, anemia ups childhood asthma risk
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

AHA: Sleep Deprivation Tied to Higher Calorie Intake
Normal-weight adults consume more calories after shorter sleep duration
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

Dalteparin Not Superior to Unfractionated Heparin
No difference in proximal DVT incidence in critically ill; but fewer pulmonary emboli
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

AAAAI: Asthma Tied to Higher Risk of Certain Diseases
Associated with increased risk of developing diabetes and coronary artery disease
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

AAAAI: Combined OCPs Not Tied to Respiratory Issues
Progestin-estrogen oral contraceptives prior to pregnancy not tied to higher risk in offspring
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Antibiotics Reduce Risk of ICU-Acquired Infection
Two preventive regimens reduce risk of infection with highly resistant microorganisms
Monday, March 21, 2011

Multifaceted Approach Reduces Pneumonia in ICU
Ventilator-associated pneumonia rates fall in ICU after intervention improves guideline compliance
Monday, March 21, 2011

AAAAI: Birth Order Impacts Specific Allergy Risk
Prevalence of rhinitis, conjunctivitis, and food allergy decrease with increasing birth order
Monday, March 21, 2011

Majority of Parents Approve of Smoke Exposure Testing
Both smoking and nonsmoking parents want their children tested during pediatric visits
Monday, March 21, 2011

Professional Values of U.S. and U.K. Doctors Examined
Nearly one-third of doctors fail to report inadequate colleague, often for fear of retribution
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Short Nurse Staffing Linked to Higher Patient Mortality
More deaths seen when shifts fall eight or more hours below target
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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

Smokers Advised to Stop Even Just Before Surgery
Quitting smoking in the eight weeks before surgery does not increase post-op complications
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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

Regional Variation in Chronic Disease Case Fatality Rates
Fatality rates in chronic diseases vary with number of diseases and region diagnosis frequency
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Vital Sign Centile Charts Derived for Children
New centile charts for heart rate and respiratory rate differ markedly from published ranges
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

U.S. Has Higher Rates of Chronic Disease Than England
Americans experience higher chronic disease rates than their English counterparts at all ages
Monday, March 14, 2011

Number of Cancer Survivors in U.S. Reaches 11.7 Million
The number increased from 9.8 million in 2001 to almost 12 million in 2007
Thursday, March 10, 2011

HealthGrades Finds Rates of Patient Safety Events Vary
Patients have 46 percent lower risk of safety error in top versus bottom-ranking hospitals
Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Ethnic Differences Seen in Academic Measures for U.K. Docs
Gap exists in academic performance of white versus nonwhite medical students and doctors
Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Exergames Increase Energy Expenditure in All Children
No significant difference in energy utilized by overweight children and healthy-weight peers
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

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

Widespread Communication Technology Use Before Sleep
A large number of Americans are not getting enough sleep and are trying to find ways to cope
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

Diuretic Has Similar Effect Regardless of Method or Dose
Acute decompensated heart failure patients respond about the same
Thursday, March 03, 2011

Fish Oil May Help Cancer Patients Maintain Weight
Muscle maintenance, even gain, seen in non-small-cell lung cancer patients who take fish oil
Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Family Mealtime Interaction Affects Children's Health
Positive communication at mealtime predicts improved quality of life for children with asthma
Thursday, February 24, 2011

Microbial Exposure May Protect Against Asthma
Prevalence of asthma, atopy lower in children living on farms, who have higher microbial exposure
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Herpes Zoster Risk Tied to COPD
Risk of herpes zoster also increases with the use of steroids, particularly oral corticosteroids
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Warfarin Lot Being Recalled Due to Mislabeled Bottle
One bottle was labeled as 3 mg tablets but contained 10 mg tablets
Friday, February 18, 2011

New U.S. Report on the Nation's Health 2010 Released
The 34th annual CDC report includes a special feature on death and dying
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Child Outpatient Pneumonia Rates Unaffected by Vaccine
No change in incidence between 1997 and 2004; increase seen in broad spectrum antibiotic use
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Higher Bilirubin Tied to Lower Respiratory Disease Risk
Reduced incidence of respiratory disease, death with higher normal-range level of bilirubin
Tuesday, February 15, 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

Corticosteroid Effective Asthma Rescue Addition
Albuterol, corticosteroids more effective rescue treatment than albuterol for mild childhood asthma
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dietary Fiber Consumption Linked to Reduced Mortality
Dietary fiber may reduce risk of death from cardiovascular, infectious, and respiratory diseases
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Researchers Explore Nature of Difficult Clinical Encounters
Patients, physicians both contribute characteristics; difficult patients have worse outcomes
Monday, February 14, 2011

Indoor Coal Use May Slow Children's Growth
Children in coal-reliant households shorter at 36 months of age
Friday, February 11, 2011

CDC: Smoking Prevalence in Minnesota Down
After tobacco control efforts implemented, smoking prevalence fell between 1999 and 2010
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

Faster Preemie Weight Gain Tied to Better Lung Function
Infants born prematurely who later grow at above-average rates show improved lung function
Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Nurses' Work Burden Linked to Patient Mortality
Long hours associated with higher risk of myocardial infarction, death from pneumonia
Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Long-Term Sequelae Affect Childhood Meningitis Survivors
Almost 50 percent of bacterial meningitis survivors have long-term consequences
Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Air Filters May Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk
High efficiency particle air filters tied to improved endothelial function, reduced inflammation
Friday, January 28, 2011

Diet May Be to Blame for Rise in Asthma Prevalence
Some association seen, but more research needed; salty snacks tied to asthma in children
Friday, January 28, 2011

Smoking Explains Much of Europe's Mortality Gender Gap
Men have excess mortality, and smoking accounts for up to 60 percent of the gender gap
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

Pneumonia Guidelines May Need Adjustment
Guideline-based treatment for multidrug-resistant disease in ICUs linked to higher risk of death
Thursday, January 20, 2011

CDC Report Highlights Important Health Disparities
Outlines disparities by sex, race/ethnicity, income, and other social characteristics
Thursday, January 13, 2011

CDC: 8 Percent of Individuals in U.S. Have Asthma
Rates are higher in females, children, and black and Puerto Rican individuals
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cancer Patients' Sleep Issues Linked to Smoking, Anxiety
Forty-two percent of lung cancer patients continue to smoke during treatment
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Corticosteroid Use May Shorten Children's Hospital Stays
Readmission rates higher in children not receiving both corticosteroids and β-agonists
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Burnout Levels Particularly High in Residents
High percentage of anesthesiology chairs also meet criteria for high or moderately-high burnout
Monday, January 10, 2011

FDA: Equivalence Reviews Required for Tobacco Products
Agency to review products launched after Feb. 15, 2007; will consider questions of public health
Wednesday, January 05, 2011

FDA: Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution Recalled
Ritedose issues voluntary recall due to wrong concentration embossed on vials
Tuesday, January 04, 2011

CPAP Reduces Fatigue in Sleep Apnea Patients
Continuous positive airway pressure also increases energy and reduces sleepiness in some
Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Report Addresses Vaccination Disparities in Older Adults
African-Americans and Hispanics less likely than whites to receive flu, pneumonia vaccination
Thursday, December 16, 2010

Benzonatate Tied to Adverse Events in Young Children
FDA warns capsules linked to higher risk of serious adverse events or death in those under 10
Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems' Safety Questioned
Labeling and handling issues of concern; instruction manuals are unclear
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Death Rate in U.S. Down, but So Is Life Expectancy, Slightly
Stroke drops to fourth leading cause of death; life expectancy for black men hits 70.2
Thursday, December 09, 2010

Brief, Slight Exposure to Smoke Can Still Cause Damage
Surgeon General's report explains how smallest exposure to tobacco smoke causes immediate harm
Thursday, December 09, 2010

As Children Age, Smoking by Adults in Home More Likely
Asthma risk increase seen in all age groups, while recurrent ear infection risk higher in teens
Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Regular Family Meetings Not Linked to Shorter ICU Stays
Study examines weekly meetings with families of long-stay intensive care unit patients
Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Asthma May Hamper Young Students' Reading Ability
Those who start school with asthma more likely to lag in reading at the end of the school year
Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Burnout Driving Away Many Emergency Physicians
French study finds work-family conflicts, poor teamwork associated with burnout
Thursday, December 02, 2010

Bloodstream Infections Tied to Excess Mortality in ICU
Pneumonia also greatly increases mortality, but antimicrobial resistance does not up length of stay
Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Sleeping Problems Associated With Metabolic Syndrome
Loud snoring particularly predictive of metabolic syndrome development
Wednesday, December 01, 2010

1 Percent of Deaths Worldwide Due to Secondhand Smoke
In 2004, an estimated 165,000 children died because of passive smoking
Monday, November 29, 2010

Reallocation of Care Would Increase PCPs' Work Weeks
Study investigates plausibility of reallocating specialty care follow-up to primary care physicians
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Secondhand Smoke Tied to Hearing Loss Risk
Mid-/low-frequencies affected; former smokers also at risk of high-frequency loss
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

Gray Matter Deficits Found in Sleep Apnea Patients
May be cause of cognitive impairment in OSA; appears reversible with CPAP
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

AHA: Less Sleep in Men Tied to Heart Disease Risk Factor
Shorter sleep duration linked to greater carotid intima-media thickness in men but not in women
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

ACAAI: Drug Combo Tied to Higher Costs in Mild Asthma
But inhaled corticosteroid plus long-acting beta agonist not linked to clinical benefit
Monday, November 15, 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

AACR: Smoking Tied to Higher Risk of Death in Breast Cancer
Risk increased for breast cancer death and death from other causes
Thursday, November 11, 2010

Federal Law Will Not Help All Smokers Wishing to Quit
The American Lung Association calls on states to fill in the gaps
Tuesday, November 09, 2010

U.S. Smoking Prevalence Varies Widely by State and Territory
Only Utah, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands have met Healthy People 2010 goal
Friday, November 05, 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

Many Children Hospitalized With H1N1 Were in ICU or Died
Premature infants, those with underlying illnesses had higher rate of severe complications
Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Exercise Tied to Reduced Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
Near-daily aerobic exercisers have 43 percent fewer URTI days than sedentary people
Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Pneumonia Vaccination Rate Has Increased in Older Adults
Number still short Healthy People 2010 goal, and there are substantial racial disparities
Friday, October 29, 2010

CDC: Whooping Cough Vaccine Recommended for Elderly
Elderly adults in close contact with infants may spread the infection to them
Thursday, October 28, 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

Neuro/Endothelial Effects of Sleep Apnea Coexist in Children
Abnormal endothelial dysfunction test could be correlate of cognitive problems
Thursday, October 21, 2010

Mother's Stress Levels Affect Child's Asthma Status
Different types of parental stress and coping behaviors predict child's asthma severity
Friday, October 08, 2010

Well-Being, Cardiorespiratory Fitness Key to Survival
People with low negative emotion, high fitness are more likely to survive in long term
Thursday, October 07, 2010

New Insurance Criteria May Adversely Affect Apnea Patients
Many obstructive sleep apnea patients do not meet criteria for continued CPAP reimbursement
Wednesday, October 06, 2010

AACR: Race Not Cause of Lung Cancer Survival Disparity
Fewer black patients than whites undergo surgical treatment; more have metastatic disease
Monday, October 04, 2010

Dexamethasone Therapy Improves Meningitis Outcomes
Use on national scale tied to large improvement in pneumococcal meningitis prognosis
Wednesday, September 29, 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

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

Metabolic Imbalance Linked With Asthma in Children
Regardless of BMI, those with asthma more likely to have imbalanced metabolism
Monday, September 20, 2010

No-Smoking Law Linked to Lower Asthma Rates
Study assesses asthma admissions in children before and after public smoking ban in Scotland
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sacrifice Makes Industry Gifts Seem More Acceptable
Residents reminded of med school sacrifices tend to perceive gifting more favorably
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Re-Consent Important Before Secondary Use of Genetic Data
Research participants want to be asked before their data are added to federal database
Monday, September 13, 2010

ICU Intervention Fails to Improve Quality of Dying
Does not result in improved length of stay before death, time to withdrawal of mechanical ventilation
Monday, September 13, 2010

Many Pediatric Primary Care Doctors Don't Use Spirometry
In survey of family physicians and pediatricians with young asthma patients, about half used spirometry
Friday, September 10, 2010

Annual Medical Liability Costs Surpass $50 Billion
Account for more than 2 percent of total health care spending in the United States
Thursday, September 09, 2010

U.S. Adult Smoking Rate Stabilizes After Decline
About one-fifth of adults are smokers; secondhand smoke exposure remains high among nonsmokers
Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Pandemic H1N1 Affected Younger Patients Than H3N2
But rate of serious complications similar between 2009 H1N1 and seasonal flu strains
Tuesday, September 07, 2010

ERS: Questionnaire IDs Youths' Anesthetic Complications Risk
Those found at high risk for respiratory events could benefit from tailored management
Friday, September 03, 2010

Acetaminophen May Increase Pediatric Asthma Risk
Use of drug by children may also raise risk of eczema, rhinoconjunctivitis
Thursday, September 02, 2010

Assay for Tuberculosis Shows Promise in Low-Income Areas
Test simple to perform, has high sensitivity in smear-negative cases of disease
Thursday, September 02, 2010

Insomnia, Short Sleep Duration Linked to Mortality in Men
Those with insomnia who sleep less than six hours nightly have substantially higher risk of death
Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Diverse Veggie Intake May Lower Lung Cancer Risk
Link only in smokers; more variety in fruit, veggie intake tied to lower squamous cell cancer risk
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Vaccination Coverage Estimate Shrinks With New Method
Haemophilus influenzae vaccination coverage estimate drops by almost a third
Friday, August 27, 2010

CDC's Revised Influenza Death Estimates Show Wide Variation
In last three decades, annual death rate has ranged from about 3,300 to more than 48,000
Friday, August 27, 2010

Early Palliative Care Beneficial in Metastatic Lung Cancer
Associated with better quality of life, longer survival in metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Simplified Tool Assesses Death Risk in Pulmonary Embolism
New Pulmonary Embolism Severity Index has same accuracy, clinical utility as original
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Some Vena Cava Filters Prone to Fracture, Embolization
Researchers find high prevalence of such breakdowns in Bard filters
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Aerobic Training for Asthma Shows Psychosocial Benefits
At three months, program linked to improvements in quality of life, anxiety, and depression
Thursday, August 05, 2010

Industry-Funded Clinical Trials Yield More Positive Outcomes
Also less likely than government-, nonprofit-funded trials to be published within two years
Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Two Studies Offer Support for Compression-Only CPR
For cardiac arrest patients, compression alone or with rescue breathing tied to similar survival rates
Wednesday, July 28, 2010

MODS Culture Method Beneficial in TB Diagnosis
Pediatric study supports microscopic-observation drug-susceptibility technique, gastric specimens
Monday, July 26, 2010

Intervention Ups Vaccination Rate in Health Care Workers
Flu vaccination intervention among clinic staff included lecture from doctor, reminder e-mails
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

FDA Warns Public Regarding Stolen Advair Diskus Inhalers
Inhalers stolen from distribution warehouse in 2009 recently found in some pharmacies
Monday, July 19, 2010

Home, Hospital Antibiotics Offer Similar Results in Cystic Fibrosis
Those treated for exacerbations have similar lung function outcomes regardless of therapy location
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

MPV4 Vaccine Not Linked to Henoch-Schönlein Purpura
Despite periodic case reports, no cases found after more than 49,000 vaccinations
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pneumonia, Raised CRP Level Tied to Severe H1N1 Outcomes
Especially true in those with obesity, pulmonary conditions, but healthy people often hospitalized
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Weekend ICU Admission Linked to Higher Mortality Risk
But no association found between nighttime admission and risk of death
Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Lung Transplantation Survival Varies Among Centers
Variation in survival after transplant found to be only partly associated with procedure volume
Tuesday, July 06, 2010

End-of-Life Hospital Care Has Room for Improvement
Study gives high marks for pain and dyspnea care, but cites lack of follow-up and communication
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Doctors Agree Malpractice Fears Drive Overuse of Tests
Almost all surveyed physicians say more tests and procedures are ordered than needed
Monday, June 28, 2010

Venous Thromboembolism Risk Factors Vary by Race
Black Americans with VTE less likely to have typical risks, more likely to have cardio risk factors
Monday, June 28, 2010

Moldy Homes Linked to Higher Risk of Severe Asthma Attacks
Children with CHIT1 variants, high mold exposure at increased risk of exacerbations
Friday, June 25, 2010

Diabetes May Complicate COPD Hospital Admissions
Diabetes patients admitted for COPD exacerbations have trends toward longer stay, higher mortality
Thursday, June 24, 2010

Interest by Physicians Can Play Role in Medication Adherence
Patients more likely to properly use asthma meds when doctors opt to view detailed adherence info
Friday, June 18, 2010

New Method Gives Better Local Start Date for RSV Prophylaxis
Using five years of data on RSV outbreaks can improve coverage at outbreak onset
Thursday, June 17, 2010

MRSA Linked to Higher Mortality in Cystic Fibrosis
Study further establishes methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus as important CF pathogen
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

In COPD, Oral, Intravenous Steroids Bring Same Outcomes
For exacerbations, oral low-dose steroids found no worse than high-dose intravenous steroids
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Vaccination Ends Disparities in Pneumococcal Disease
Increased risk linked to race, group child care attendance no longer exists for vaccine-type IPD
Monday, June 14, 2010

Private Insurance Linked to Lower Hospital Mortality
Finding noted in adults with acute MI, stroke, pneumonia versus uninsured, Medicaid recipients
Friday, June 11, 2010

Fatal Medication Errors Rise in July at Teaching Hospitals
Researchers say arrival of new medical residents at least partly explains the increase
Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Racial Differences Exist in Asthma Prevalence and Care
Black, Hispanic children more likely to have asthma diagnosis, less likely to see specialist
Monday, June 07, 2010

Many Hospital Patients Readmitted Within Two Years
Often, those with coronary atherosclerosis, diabetes readmitted for same conditions
Monday, June 07, 2010

Non-Married at Greater Risk of Hospitalization for Sepsis
Singles, divorced men have highest odds of sepsis-related mortality
Friday, June 04, 2010

Mediterranean Diet May Lower Childhood Asthma Risk
International study also finds increased asthma risk with high consumption of hamburgers
Friday, June 04, 2010

Early Heparin Beneficial in Pulmonary Embolism
Anticoagulation in emergency department associated with lower mortality rates
Thursday, June 03, 2010

U.S. Cigarette Brands May Contain Higher Carcinogen Levels
CDC researchers find higher levels in U.S. brands than foreign brands
Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Ventilation Strategies Result in Similar Outcomes
High-frequency oscillatory ventilation not superior or inferior to conventional for preterm infants
Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Early Antibiotics in COPD Hospitalizations Beneficial
Treatment in first two days linked to decreased ventilator use, mortality
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

AHA: Smoking Ban Could Reduce Hospitalizations, Costs
Researchers estimate a national ban could markedly reduce AMI hospitalizations
Friday, May 21, 2010

Antibiotic Resistance May Persist Months After Treatment
Resistance to drugs for respiratory, urinary tract infections likely, especially in first month
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

TB Global Fight Still Has a Way to Go
6 million lives saved from '95 to '08, but incidence rate falling too slowly to reach long-term goals
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

ATS: Published ICU Infection Rates May Mislead Public
Ventilator- and catheter-related infections do not correlate with mortality
Tuesday, May 18, 2010

CPAP Found Feasible for Extremely Preterm Infants
But lower target range of oxygenation does not reduce composite of severe retinopathy or death
Monday, May 17, 2010

Many General Internists Leave Field by Mid-Career
One in six leave internal medicine versus one in 25 internal medicine subspecialists, survey finds
Friday, May 14, 2010

FDA and GE Issue Class I Recall of Anesthesia Systems
Specific lots of Aisys, Avance systems have defect that may result in unexpected shutdowns
Thursday, May 13, 2010

Maternal Vitamin A Improves Offspring's Lung Function
But beta-carotene supplements in mothers do not appear to have same benefits
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

New FDA Program Targets Misleading Drug Advertising
Aims to teach health care providers their role in recognizing, reporting untruthful ads
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pneumococcal Vaccine Not Found to Reduce Heart Risks
Study of men ages 45 to 69 shows no link between vaccination and reduced risk of MI and stroke
Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Risk Factors for Physician Misconduct Identified
Male sex, lower socioeconomic status, and difficulty in medical school increase misconduct risk
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

ALA Report Finds Good, Bad News on Air Pollution
Lung association says particle and ozone pollution down in many cities, but threats remain
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

FDA Changes Medical Device Advisory Committee Process
Expert panels reviewing devices for premarket approval will discuss information differently
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Some Tracheostomy Tubes Made by Covidien Recalled
Devices from certain lots fail to generate positive airway pressure
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Interruptions Increase Medication Errors by Nurses
The higher the frequency of interruptions, the greater the error severity
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Financial Ties Negatively Affect Perceptions of Research Quality
Patients believe their physicians' ties also influence clinical care
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Most Doctors Not Knowledgeable About Herbals
Survey also finds health care providers think the public has 'misplaced faith' in herbal medicines
Monday, April 26, 2010

ACP: Updates Summarize Key Studies From 2009
Annals of Internal Medicine articles address important advances in five fields of medicine
Friday, April 23, 2010

Low-Dose CT Linked to High False-Positive Rates
Risks for false-positive lung cancer screening results substantial after two annual exams
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Review Finds Surprisingly High Death Rate for Kids' Choking
Airway obstruction is infrequent, but 2003 data show 3.4 percent in-hospital mortality rate
Monday, April 19, 2010

Secondhand Smoke Linked to Chronic Rhinosinusitis
Study suggests eliminating secondhand smoke exposure could cut 40 percent of cases
Monday, April 19, 2010

Quality Improvement Process Benefits ICU Patients
Team approach reduces sedation, promotes early physical medicine and rehabilitation
Friday, April 16, 2010

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Exacts Global Toll in Children
RSV-associated acute lower-respiratory infections may kill nearly 200,000 children under 5 yearly
Friday, April 16, 2010

Many Youths With Respiratory Conditions Use Inhalants
Over 4 percent of adolescents in general and those with respiratory condition report past-year use
Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mouth Breathing May Lead to Medical, Other Problems
Article encourages awareness among health care professionals for early diagnosis, action
Thursday, April 15, 2010

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Progression to Active TB
And rate of latent tuberculosis infection high among groups at high risk for HIV
Thursday, April 15, 2010

CDC: Adults With Depression More Likely to Smoke
Heavier smoking habits, lower likelihood of quitting more common among those with depression
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Seven Metered-Dose Inhalers to Be Phased Out
FDA releases timetable for withdrawal of asthma and COPD inhalers from U.S. marketplace
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Report Addresses Lung Cancer Rate in African-Americans
They are more likely to develop, die of the disease; ALA looks at potential reasons, gives action plan
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

14 States, D.C. Increased Cigarette Excise Taxes in 2009
New revenue not dedicated to tobacco control; half of states also have minimum price laws
Friday, April 09, 2010

Even Mild Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk of Stroke in Men
Study links stroke with even mild OSA in men; link only seen with more severe OSA in women
Friday, April 09, 2010

Elderly on Antipsychotics at Higher Risk for Pneumonia
Study finds they have a dose-dependent increased risk for community-acquired disease
Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Influenza Vaccination Coverage Remains Inadequate
Improvement for future seasons needed for health care workers and general population
Thursday, April 01, 2010

Elderly Lung Cancer Patients Not Likely to Receive Chemo
This despite clear survival with any chemotherapy, and platinum-based regimens in particular
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis Mostly in Line With Guidelines
Study finds some variation in imaging tests by physician specialty and geographic location
Monday, March 29, 2010

Chest X-Ray Helps Predict Adverse H1N1 Outcomes
However, study finds normal initial X-rays cannot exclude adverse outcomes
Monday, March 29, 2010

Mortality Linked to Hospital Volume in Acute Conditions
For heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia, higher volume means lower mortality - up to a point
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

U.S. Tuberculosis Rate Sharply Dropped in 2009
Rate is now the lowest since national surveillance began in 1953
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Stress in Pregnancy May Hike Baby's Asthma Risk
Study of stressed women and their infants finds biomarkers of heightened immune response
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Complications Relatively Common With Neonatal CPAP
Continuous positive airway pressure for babies requires close monitoring, researchers conclude
Thursday, March 18, 2010

Stereotactic Body Radiation Beneficial in Lung Cancer
High rate of primary tumor control observed in patients with inoperable, early-stage tumors
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Article Outlines Use of PCV13 Vaccine in Young Children
Other report says vaccine should greatly reduce rate of pneumococcal disease in children under 5
Friday, March 12, 2010

Lung Cancer Incidence in HIV-Infected Women Studied
Smoking behaviors that increase lung cancer risk strongly associated with HIV infection
Wednesday, March 10, 2010

C-Reactive Protein Test May Help Guide Infection Treatment
CRP testing in patients with respiratory infections leads to similar outcomes with reduced antibiotic use
Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pregnancy Effects on Asthma Severity Studied
Severity similar to year before pregnancy if asthma medication taken appropriately
Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Severe Liver Injury Still a Concern in Isoniazid Treatment
Severe injuries, deaths seen in isoniazid-treated patients underscore need for close monitoring
Monday, March 08, 2010

Beliefs About Lung Cancer Differ Along Racial Lines
Study finds African-Americans more likely to hold beliefs that could impede prevention, treatment
Friday, March 05, 2010

Airway Obstruction Common in World Trade Center Workers
May explain declines in lung function among rescue workers after Sept. 11, 2001
Friday, March 05, 2010

Effect of Bystander CPR for Children Assessed by Type
If event is non-cardiac in origin, CPR with rescue breathing found superior to chest compression only
Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Awareness of Heart Disease Risk Still Lacking in Women
Awareness among women has risen since 1997 but is stabilizing and still too low
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Medical Checklists Needed to Improve Care and Outcomes
Johns Hopkins authors advocate medical checklist use and propose a process to develop them
Monday, February 22, 2010

LABAs Can Harm Asthma Patients When Used Alone
FDA warns of increased risk of severe worsening of asthma symptoms
Thursday, February 18, 2010

Risk Factors Often Present in Cases of SIDS
Comprehensive parental education is needed to communicate compensatory strategies
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Poor Sleep Linked to More Car Accidents in Teenagers
Male gender and use of tobacco also associated with a higher risk of crashes
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Superficial Venous Thrombosis May Herald Greater Risks
Many with the condition present with venous thromboembolism and at risk for complications
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Effect of Cigar, Pipe Smoke on Lung Function Assessed
Pipe, cigar smoking linked to increased urine cotinine levels, decreased lung function
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Metastatic Prostate Cancer Mechanism Identified
Studies suggest that inhibition of the EZH2 enzyme may prevent suppression of oncogene
Monday, February 15, 2010

Severe Sleep Apnea Linked to Fewer Nightmares
However, study also finds sleep apnea severity not associated with dream recall
Monday, February 15, 2010

Gender Differences Seen in CABG Operative Mortality
Study finds women at higher risk than men of operative mortality after coronary surgery
Monday, February 15, 2010

Rapid H1N1 Flu Test Found to Be of Limited Value in Children
Poor sensitivity suggests pediatricians should not solely rely on test to make treatment decisions
Monday, February 15, 2010

Lifestyle Changes Found to Improve Endothelial Function
Pilot study shows at least one mechanism for benefits to coronary artery disease patients
Monday, February 15, 2010

2009 H1N1-Related Deaths and Hospitalizations Examined
CDC finds cases, related hospitalizations and deaths highest among 18 to 64 year olds
Monday, February 15, 2010

Stenosis Can Still Exist in Absence of Coronary Calcium
Study challenges AHA guidelines advising use of coronary calcium to assess need for intervention
Friday, February 12, 2010

Mnemonic Device for Patient Decision-Making Assessed
'CURVES' approach less complex and time-consuming for emergency decisions
Friday, February 12, 2010

Hormone Replacement Therapy Linked to Higher Asthma Risk
Study finds increased asthma risk observed only in women taking estrogen alone
Thursday, February 11, 2010

AHRQ: U.S. Adults Seeing Big Barriers to Specialty Care
About one in 13 who need specialty care report 'big problem' in gaining access to specialists
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

FDA Initiative Aims to Cut Medical Radiation Exposure
Focus of efforts include computed tomography, nuclear medicine studies and fluoroscopy
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Coronary Risk Information May Benefit High Risk Patients
Knowledge of global risk may improve accuracy of risk perception, intent to initiate prevention
Monday, February 08, 2010

H1N1 Vaccination Still Highly Recommended
H1N1 activity leveling off, but CDC still recommends vaccination
Monday, February 08, 2010

Many American Adults Do Not Get Recommended Vaccines
40,000 to 50,000 die each year of vaccine-preventable diseases, per report
Monday, February 08, 2010

Physical Inactivity, Not Just Lack of Exercise, Harms Health
Sedentary behavior and lack of movement associated with higher mortality
Friday, February 05, 2010

Coalition Launches Campaign to Limit Residents' Hours
Advocates say 30-hour workdays cause fatigue and medical errors that impact patient safety
Friday, February 05, 2010

Health Care Spending Makes Record Leap in GDP Share
GDP health share now estimated at 17.3 percent; health spending in 2019 projected at $4.5 trillion
Thursday, February 04, 2010

Steroids in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Studied
Inhaled corticosteroids may only provide modest benefit in preventing exacerbations
Thursday, February 04, 2010

Latent Tuberculosis Infection Therapy Compliance Examined
Less than half of patients who start treatment complete the recommended therapy course
Thursday, February 04, 2010

Diversity Growth Incremental in the Medical Professions
A century after the Flexner Report, minorities still woefully underrepresented and obstacles remain
Thursday, February 04, 2010

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Linked to Depression
Large-scale study finds patients with the disease at a higher risk of developing depression
Thursday, February 04, 2010

The Lancet Retracts Study Linking MMR Vaccine, Autism
Medical panel finds several elements of the controversial study to be incorrect
Wednesday, February 03, 2010

BMI Thresholds May Be Too Restrictive for Older Adults
Being overweight doesn't raise mortality risk, but being sedentary does, especially for women
Monday, February 01, 2010

Car Crash Trauma Often Under-Detected in Elderly
Study finds triage system less sensitive to elderly victims
Monday, January 25, 2010

Reducing Dietary Salt Could Substantially Impact Health
Cutting out 3 g per day may also lead to health cost savings of up to $24 billion yearly
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tylenol Recall in Effect Includes Several Other Drugs
Motrin, Benadryl and Rolaids are also part of recall by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Diabetes Patients May Be at Higher Risk for Lung Diseases
Patients are prone to asthma, fibrosis, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Number of People Infected by H1N1 Reaches 55 Million
About 20 percent of people have been vaccinated; health officials urge others to do so
Monday, January 18, 2010

Rituximab May Adversely Affect Immune Function
Studies show the drug decreases RA patients' response to pneumococcal and influenza vaccines
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Biomedical Research Funding Shows Decline in 2008
The decline followed 7.8 percent annual increases in 1994 to 2003, 3.4 percent in 2003 to 2007
Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Precautions and Training Can Reduce Scalpel Injuries
Study suggests technological innovations reduce the need for traditional blades
Thursday, December 31, 2009

Health Impact of Body Mass Index May Be Misleading
Study suggests adverse effect of low body mass index may be overstated
Wednesday, December 23, 2009

H1N1 Flu Waning, but Many Vaccine Doses Unused
CDC says 60 million people have been vaccinated, but 111 million doses have been distributed
Wednesday, December 23, 2009

CRP Levels Linked to Heart Disease, but Causality Unlikely
Most links between C-reactive protein, heart disease attributed to known risk factors
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

CDC: 15 Percent of Americans Have Had H1N1 Flu
Report says most of the deaths have been in children and young adults
Friday, December 11, 2009

Patients Often Lack Knowledge of Their Own Medications
Study suggests incorporating them into medication management would improve safety
Thursday, December 10, 2009

Most Early Cases of H1N1 Across China Were Mild
Research into May and June cases highlights rapid improvements in surveillance in China
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

AACR: Pistachios Increase Levels of Gamma-Tocopherol
Study suggests that a daily pistachio treat could help prevent lung and other cancers
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Beta 2 Adrenergic Agonist Use During Pregnancy Examined
In utero exposure linked to risk of long-term neurophysiologic and behavioral impairment
Friday, December 04, 2009

Weight Loss Can Reduce Apnea Disease Severity
17 percent of subjects on diet were apnea-free at nine weeks, 50 percent had only mild disease
Friday, December 04, 2009

Hospital Report Cards Seldom Lead to Improved Cardiac Care
Study discerns no significant improvement in care for heart failure or heart attack
Wednesday, December 02, 2009

H1N1 Influenza Rates Drop in Many States
Another surge may happen later; enough vaccine available for most people to get vaccinated soon
Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Women Researchers Lag Behind Men in Grant Awards
Study finds 36.2 percent of women researchers earn awards versus 45.6 percent of men
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Plasma Troponin T Level Linked to Heart Failure, Death
Study uses new, more sensitive assay to assess risk in coronary patients
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

CDC: Worrisome Spike Seen in Pneumococcal Disease
CDC also relays that H1N1 vaccine supply continues to increase
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Most Medical Journals Have Conflict of Interest Policies
Still, study suggests definition of conflict and disclosure requirements of authors vary greatly
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pandemic Influenza May Hurt Economy in United Kingdom
Modest impact on gross domestic product may be compounded by school and work absenteeism
Friday, November 20, 2009

Salmeterol Found Similarly Effective in Asthma Genotypes
Treatment with salmeterol and inhaled corticosteroid should continue despite genotype
Friday, November 20, 2009

Sleep Apnea in Kidney Transplant Patients Assessed
Prevalence similar in those with or awaiting transplant, but recipients at hypertension risk
Friday, November 20, 2009

Acetaminophen Use Linked to Asthma and Wheezing
Study finds higher risks in both children and adults exposed to acetaminophen
Friday, November 13, 2009

CDC: New H1N1 Tracking Method Ups Estimates
Revised estimation method may provide more accurate picture of pandemic
Thursday, November 12, 2009

Study Finds Costs of Quality Programs Burden Practices
Another study finds many clinical trials change study design outcomes without explanation
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Medical Errors Disclosure Can Help Physicians and Patients
Second study suggests patients give higher quality ratings when staff report mistakes
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

ACAAI: Discharge Benefits Seen From Asthma Educators
In other research, case management linked to fewer asthma symptoms in New York children
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Non-Fasting Lipid Levels Can Stratify Vascular Disease Risk
Study indicates lipid assessment may be simplified
Tuesday, November 10, 2009

CHEST: Abnormal Sleep Can Affect Intensive Care Nurses
Another study finds staffing model in ICU decreases rate of ventilator-associated pneumonia
Thursday, November 05, 2009

CHEST: Clinician Smoking-Cessation Awareness May Be Low
And smokers may be more likely to quit if they participate in a pulmonary rehabilitation program
Thursday, November 05, 2009

Stats Helps Paint Picture of H1N1 Hospitalizations
Study reviews cases of flu hospitalizations and deaths in California from April to August
Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Background Disease Rates Important in H1N1 Pandemic
Awareness is essential to prevent public fears that could hinder mass immunization programs
Monday, November 02, 2009

Pediatric H1N1 Influenza Deaths Reach at Least 114
CDC says 90 percent of swine flu deaths are in people younger than 65 years
Monday, November 02, 2009

Swine Flu Radiographic and CT Imaging Patterns Studied
Ground-glass opacities and consolidations in one or both lungs may resemble pneumonia
Friday, October 30, 2009

Overweight Patients May Have Effect on Doctor's Attitude
Study finds that physicians may have lower respect for patients with higher body mass index
Thursday, October 29, 2009

Medical School Enrollment Continues to Expand
Number of residency slots also needs to increase to meet future demand for physicians
Monday, October 26, 2009

H1N1 Can Be Particular Threat to Transplant Recipients
Cardiothoracic surgeons need to be vigilant for signs of the virus in patients
Monday, October 26, 2009

Far Fewer H1N1 Vaccine Doses Than Expected Are Available
And FDA authorizes certain use of investigational antiviral peramivir intravenous
Monday, October 26, 2009

Steroid Adherence in Difficult Asthma Cases Examined
Study finds a significant proportion of patients are non-adherent to corticosteroid therapy
Monday, October 26, 2009

Broad Asthma Screening May Offer Minimal Health Gains
Study finds potential health gains from case detection may be smaller than expected
Friday, October 23, 2009

Some Hospital Staff Predicted to Be Infection Superspreaders
Hand washing compliance by staff in contact with all patients has biggest impact
Thursday, October 22, 2009

ASA: Study Finds Benefit From Treatment Before Extubation
Dexmedetomidine, an α2-receptor agonist, associated with shorter extubation time
Thursday, October 22, 2009

Most H1N1 Hospitalizations Are in Young Patients
According to CDC report, about a quarter of deaths are occurring in those younger than 25
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sources Find Different Numbers of Active Physicians
Study compares projections of future physician work force using U.S. Census, AMA Masterfile
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Paracetamol May Not Be Best for Infant Vaccinations
Study suggests routine use for fever reactions may cause antibody response to vaccinations
Friday, October 16, 2009

FDA Launches Drug Disposal Advice Web Page
Flushing recommended for some drugs with potentially deadly effects
Friday, October 16, 2009

Excess Weight's Role in Sleep-Disordered Breathing Studied
Body mass index may predict oxygen desaturation severity in apneas and hypopneas
Thursday, October 15, 2009

Smoking Bans May Reduce Heart Attacks in Nonsmokers
Report details dangers of secondhand smoke exposure and cardiovascular risks
Thursday, October 15, 2009

Study Links Text Messages and E-mails to Smoking Cessation
Findings suggest greater short-term abstinence, but long-term effects need further study
Thursday, October 15, 2009

Second-Line Diuretics in Hypertension Reviewed
Findings suggest adding diuretic results in further blood pressure reductions
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Study Evaluates Hospital Quality and Mortality Rates
Findings suggest major quality differences between hospitals, but mortality rate improving
Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Exhalation From Ventilation Masks May Pose Infection Risk
Study recommends precautions for health care workers around pneumonia patients
Monday, October 12, 2009

Health Care Disparities Among States Found to Be Widening
Commonwealth Fund Commission state report card emphasizes need for health care reform
Friday, October 09, 2009

ACS Education May Not Reduce Prehospital Delay
Education and counseling fail to decrease hospital arrival time or increase use of EMS
Thursday, October 08, 2009

Seasonal Flu Vaccine Protects Somewhat Against A/H1N1
However, Mexican study still recommends specific swine flu vaccination
Thursday, October 08, 2009

Roundtable Discussion Tackles Health Care Reform
Improvements in payment, more data to guide decisions could lead to wiser health spending
Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Medical Students Want More Practice of Medicine Training
Report finds time devoted to medical economics does not adversely affect clinical training quality
Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Effectiveness and Cost Help to Make Coverage Decisions
Study suggests countries that use these two criteria can also incorporate other factors
Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Untreated Sleep Disorder Can Impair Driving Ability
Alcohol, too little sleep may have greater impact on driving in untreated obstructive sleep apnea
Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Nicotine Replacement in Pregnant Smokers Likely Safe
However, study finds adverse pregnancy history and analgesics linked to adverse events
Monday, October 05, 2009

Surgical Masks Found to Be Non-Inferior to Respirators
Masks may be just as effective as respirators in preventing flu in health care workers
Thursday, October 01, 2009

CDC Says States Not Meeting Fruit and Veggie Objectives
State-by-state report finds states deficient in supporting healthy food in stores and schools
Thursday, October 01, 2009

Bacterial Infections Are a Factor in Many H1N1 Deaths
Finding underscores importance of pneumococcal vaccination for those at high risk for pneumonia
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Test Distinguishes Active From Latent Tuberculosis
Study finds test effective in patients where bacteria are undetectable in sputum
Monday, September 28, 2009

H1N1 Virus's Genetic Makeup Appears to Be Staying Stable
CDC suggests forthcoming vaccine likely to be very effective in preventing the disease
Monday, September 28, 2009

Better Stove May Improve Women's Respiratory Health
Study suggests improved biomass stove reduces lung function decline compared with an open fire
Monday, September 28, 2009

Meta-Analysis Finds Flu Linked to Heart Attack and Death
Excess influenza deaths attributable to cardiovascular disease average 35 to 50 percent
Thursday, September 24, 2009

Review Advises Hand Washing, Other Antiviral Measures
Masks, gloves, focusing on children's hygiene helpful in preventing respiratory virus spread
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Spotlight on Social Networking Use Among Medical Students
Survey finds a minority of medical schools have policies governing online posting by students
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Papers Look at Lung Cancer Factors in Never Smokers
Never smokers defined as those who have smoked fewer than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime
Monday, September 21, 2009

Report Finds Adolescent Vaccine Coverage on the Rise
Healthy People 2010 targets have been met for some vaccinations
Friday, September 18, 2009

Most Pediatric Emergency Asthma Cases Not Followed Up
Education level of mother strongly associated with likelihood of follow-up
Friday, September 18, 2009

Taxes on Sugared Sodas Could Cut Consumption
Price increase would deter some from buying; money could be used for health programs
Thursday, September 17, 2009

Treatments for Acute Respiratory Failure Compared
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation improves survival without disability for respiratory failure
Wednesday, September 16, 2009

FDA Approves Four Vaccines for H1N1 Influenza
Clinical studies have shown robust immune response in adults within 10 days
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Drug Interaction E-Alerts Show Benefit to Patient Safety
Electronic alerts reduce adverse events including death and disability, as well as costs
Monday, September 14, 2009

Chlorinated Pools Linked to Problems in Atopic Teens
Exposure to pools may contribute significantly to asthma, respiratory allergies in some adolescents
Monday, September 14, 2009

Mutated H1N1 Virus Resistant to Antiviral Drug Oseltamivir
Resistant H1N1 prompts new CDC advisory on prophylactic use of antviral drug
Friday, September 11, 2009

Poverty-Mortality Association Unchanged in England
Patterns from a century ago still have a significant relation with mortality today
Friday, September 11, 2009

One Dose of H1N1 Vaccine May Offer Substantial Protection
Preliminary studies suggest single-dose and adjuvant strategies can stretch vaccine supply
Friday, September 11, 2009

Most H1N1 Flu Patients Don't Need Antiviral Medication
But for high-risk patients, antiviral treatment for H1N1 infection should begin promptly
Wednesday, September 09, 2009

H1N1 Vaccines Appear Safe for Adults, Children
And case report details successful but unlicensed use of IV zanamivir for H1N1 pneumonitis
Monday, September 07, 2009

Alcohol Use Associated With More Physical Activity
Men, women who drank more heavily exercised more per week compared to abstainers
Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Department Issues New HIPAA Notification Regulations
HHS regulations cover need to notify individuals after breaches of their health information
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Relentless Spread of HIV and TB Afflict South Africa
Government response so far based on denial, lack of political will, poor policy implementation
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Car Seat Confinement Reduces Oxygen in Newborns' Blood
Researchers advise parents to use car seats and car beds for transport only, not as crib substitute
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Panel Relaxes Restrictions on Liquids During Labor
Clear liquids are acceptable for women with uncomplicated labor, committee says
Monday, August 24, 2009

Palliative Care Intervention Beneficial in Advanced Cancer
Nurse-led intervention increases quality of life, but has limited effect on symptom intensity
Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Alarm Symptoms Often Do Not Result in Timely Diagnosis
Many evaluated for hematuria, hemoptysis, other conditions lack definite diagnoses after three years
Friday, August 14, 2009

FDA Aims to Ease Access to Investigational Drugs
New rules make the drugs more widely available to seriously ill patients outside clinical trials
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

HHS Releases Reports on Health Insurance Reform
Health and Human Services says reform would decrease costs, increase number of options
Friday, August 07, 2009

Electronic Disease Surveillance Systems Vary Widely
Lack of unified systems will increase cost of data sharing, report predicts
Friday, July 31, 2009

U.S. Health Data Network a Powerful Tool for Quality
DARTNet, a prototype for data sharing, already gives clinicians access to data on 400,000 patients
Friday, July 31, 2009

Pregnant Women, Children Among H1N1 Vaccine Priorities
CDC panel also says health care workers should be among first-line recipients
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Methods to Determine Health Care Priorities Questioned
Debate over whether to base resource allocation on measures of patient or public attitudes
Friday, July 24, 2009

Camera Phones Can Help Doctors Make Rare Diagnoses
Patient captured images of transient symptoms and gave them to her doctor
Friday, July 24, 2009

Emergency Clinicians Need Training to Treat Blast Injuries
With terrorism threat, emergency teams need to know how to treat injuries from explosions
Thursday, July 23, 2009

Obesity Rates Highest Among African-American Population
Prevalence among African-Americans 51 percent higher than among Caucasians
Friday, July 17, 2009

Obesity Rates for American Adults Still Going Up
CDC survey finds a quarter of the population in 32 states is now obese
Thursday, July 09, 2009

Priorities Set for Comparative Effectiveness Research
Best ways to spend $400 million research budget identified
Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Oncology Best Supportive Care Studies Faulted
Systematic review demonstrates need to improve studies' methodological and ethical validity
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Standardized Asthma Terms and End Points Issued
Comprehensive recommendations will offer new consistency for clinical trials and practice
Monday, June 29, 2009

Some Asian Nations Need to Do More to Combat Measles
Over 140,000 cases reported in 2008 in China and Japan
Monday, June 29, 2009

Americans Paying for More of Their Health Care Costs
Families with individual coverage may spend 22 to 50 percent of household income on health care
Wednesday, June 24, 2009

First-Degree Atrioventricular Block Shows Heightened Risk
Patients have elevated long-term risk of atrial fibrillation, pacemaker implantation, and death
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

President Signs Tobacco Law, Acts on Medicare Coverage
New law regulates tobacco marketing; Medicare reform to cut costs for seniors in coverage gap
Monday, June 22, 2009

Reinforced Infection Control Needed to Combat H1N1
Health care personnel are picking up infections in medical and community settings
Monday, June 22, 2009

AMA: Policy Statement Supports Health Care Reform
Association also adopts strategies to reduce medical school debt, increase supply of physicians
Thursday, June 18, 2009

Purpose in Life Affects Mortality Rates in Older Adults
Regardless of gender, race or health status, greater life purpose reduces odds of mortality
Thursday, June 18, 2009

Individual Mandate for Health Insurance Affordable and Fair
Perspective offers that compulsory minimum health insurance would benefit health care reform
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

AMA: Air Travel Guidelines Needed to Prevent Flu's Spread
Separate policy recognizes health care facilities' role in sustainable, healthy food system
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

AMA: Guidance Offered on Medical Record Breaches
American Medical Association also addresses male breast cancer, anti-aging hormone use
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sweeping Medical Reforms Lack Medical Liability Element
Focus is on cost control, with other issues not yet addressed
Monday, June 15, 2009

Bill Giving FDA Authority Over Tobacco on Way to President
House of Representatives rapidly endorses Senate's version of bill passed late Thursday
Friday, June 12, 2009

Novartis Produces First Batch of Swine Flu Vaccine
Cell-based technology credited with fast-track production of the vaccine
Friday, June 12, 2009

Senate Approves Bill Giving FDA Authority Over Tobacco
Measure requires companies to list ingredients and agency to approve new products
Thursday, June 11, 2009

WHO Declares H1N1 Influenza Pandemic
U.S. health officials caution that declaration simply means virus is more widespread
Thursday, June 11, 2009

Smoking-Related Ills Cost U.K. 5.5 Percent of Health Budget
National Health Service spends £5.2 billion a year treating smokers
Wednesday, June 10, 2009

ADA: A1C Assay Most Accurate in Diabetes Diagnosis
International committee recommends significant change in the way diabetes is diagnosed
Monday, June 08, 2009

Many U.K. Trained Doctors Stay in National Health Service
And men and women found to choose similar career paths
Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Cancer Physicians Often Do Not Take Part in Bereavement
A third rarely or never do; terminally ill patients frequently don't discuss hospice with doctors
Friday, May 29, 2009

Democrats Set Ambitious Goal for Health Care Reform
Physicians can take lead to get much-needed federal legislation passed
Thursday, May 21, 2009

Antihypertensive Drugs Also Benefit Non-Hypertensives
Meta-analysis shows that treatment reduces heart attacks and stroke regardless of blood pressure
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Door-to-Balloon Delays Increase Risk of Death
Large-scale study of heart attack patients recommends short as possible time to treatment
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Elderly Patients Use Multiple Strategies to Combat Dyspnea
Those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease mix and match coping methods
Monday, May 18, 2009

Combined Treatment May Offer Bronchiolitis Benefit
Epinephrine, dexamethasone linked to reduced hospitalization in infants after presentation
Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Number of Swine Flu Cases in U.S. Exceeds 2,500
United States has more cases than any other country, though only three patients here have died
Monday, May 11, 2009

Triple-Reassortant Swine Virus Seen Since 2005 in US
NEJM releases content addressing various issues related to outbreak
Thursday, May 07, 2009

Little Evidence to Support Some H1N1 Flu Measures
Physicians need more direct contact from health agencies on what to do
Wednesday, May 06, 2009

CDC Confirms Over 400 H1N1 Flu Cases
Public urged to continue to focus on hand hygiene, stay home if they have flu symptoms
Wednesday, May 06, 2009

High Urine Albumin Linked to Venous Thromboembolism
Microalbuminuria risk for VTE found comparable to its risk for heart attack and stroke
Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Medical Center Press Releases Often Lacking Key Details
Many overstate importance and clinical relevance of studies but omit cautions and limitations
Tuesday, May 05, 2009

AHA: Statins Helpful in Acute Coronary Syndrome Treatment
Treatment associated with fewer cardiovascular events and hospitalizations
Friday, May 01, 2009

H1N1 Flu Poses Major Surveillance Challenge
Fragile health systems will make it difficult to spot cases and contain outbreaks
Friday, May 01, 2009

More Americans Reporting Disability
Arthritis, rheumatism, back and heart problems most common causes
Friday, May 01, 2009

CDC: More Than 100 H1N1 Flu Infections in US
Mexico shuts down all non-essential services for five days
Friday, May 01, 2009

New Web-based Information Source to Support UK Clinicians
NHS Evidence employs technology and rigorous criteria to assure relevance and quality
Thursday, April 30, 2009

NEJM Commends New Conflict of Interest Proposal
Editorialist says comprehensive recommendations could significantly impact practices, institutions
Thursday, April 30, 2009

WHO Rasies Influenza Epidemic Alert Level From 4 to 5
91 cases now confirmed in US; WHO says pandemic is imminent
Thursday, April 30, 2009

Critically Ill Patients May Often Be Vitamin D Deficient
Hypovitaminosis D may worsen dysfunctions, contribute to poor outcomes
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

FDA Requires OTC Pain Relievers to Display Warnings
New rule requires warnings on stomach bleeding, liver damage on NSAIDs and acetaminophen
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Specialist Centers Key to Treating Cystic Fibrosis
Outlook has steadily improved thanks to more aggressive treatment
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

CDC Confirms 64 Swine Flu Cases in United States
Travel advisory to cancel non-essential trips to Mexico in place
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

H1N1 Swine Flu Susceptible to Oseltamivir and Zanamivir
But the virus is resistant to amantadine and rimantadine
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pharmacist Involvement May Decrease Medication Errors
Two studies suggest benefits of an interdisciplinary medication reconciliation process
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Women Found to Have Less Access to Cardiologists
Access to specialist consultations narrows the gender gap in quality of care
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Steep Copayments Increase Risk of Non-Adherence
Higher out-of-pocket drug costs delay initiation of therapy for patients with chronic conditions
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Number of US Swine Flu Cases Rises, CDC Reports
Public health emergency is prompting travel restrictions, national distribution of antiviral drugs
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Swine Flu Declared Public Health Emergency in US
Number of U.S. cases rising; most cases have been mild
Monday, April 27, 2009

AHA: Heart Failure Patients, Carers Report Unmet Needs
Palliative care techniques from experienced nurse could address needs during heart failure
Monday, April 27, 2009

ACP: Board Votes to Enhance Perception of Primary Care
Regents support measures including legislation to fund studies assessing value of primary care
Friday, April 24, 2009

Having Health Insurance May Not Improve Mortality Risk
Researchers say finding suggests universal coverage would not decrease US death rate
Thursday, April 23, 2009

Stretches Without Health Insurance More Common
Change from early 1980s to early 2000s seen particularly in those with lowest education level
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Continuity of Care Declining for Medicare Beneficiaries
Less than a third of beneficiaries saw their PCP when they were hospitalized in 2006
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Drug-Resistant TB Remains a Worldwide Threat
WHO survey finds multidrug-resistant TB hot spots in China and former Soviet Union countries
Thursday, April 16, 2009

Pain Requires Meticulous Attention in Intensive Care Units
Two reviews address the challenges of evaluating and managing pain in critically ill patients
Monday, April 13, 2009

Financial Rewards for Healthy Behavior Can Be Effective
But the practice can be fraught with moral dilemmas
Friday, April 10, 2009

Exercise Modestly Benefits Patients With Heart Failure
Aerobic exercise reduces mortality, hospitalization and improves self-reported health status
Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Moxifloxacin May Accelerate Tuberculosis Cure by Months
Brazilian study suggests enhanced treatment can shorten TB cure from six to two months
Friday, April 03, 2009

Electronic Prescribing Online-Learning Tools Launched
American Medical Association tools will help physicians evaluate ePrescribing systems
Thursday, April 02, 2009

Survey Looks at Smokers and Health Care Providers
Many smokers report negative feelings when discussing smoking with providers
Thursday, April 02, 2009

Changes Needed in New-Drug Evaluation Process
Patients get 'poor return on investment'; independent evaluation and transparency needed
Wednesday, April 01, 2009

New Health Program Leads to Questions in the UK
Program calls for each primary care trust to seek a general practitioner-led health center
Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Safe Practice Scores Do Not Add Up to Fewer Patient Deaths
Safe Practices Survey data only shows how hospitals have implemented safety guidelines
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

ACC: Combo Treatment Beneficial in Atrial Fibrillation
Clopidogrel plus aspirin reduces major vascular events, but may increase hemorrhage risk
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

ACC: Relaxin Beneficial in Acute Heart Failure
Natural human peptide is associated with dyspnea relief and other favorable clinical outcomes
Monday, March 30, 2009

Hundred Steps Per Minute May Be Good Fitness Goal
Treadmill tests show this pace provides general indicator of walking at moderate intensity
Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cost Barriers Slow Adoption of Electronic Health Records
But government intervention and funding could quickly spur improvement
Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Transdermal Patches Pose Burn Risk During Scans
Metal in patches can cause burns during MRI
Friday, March 06, 2009

Obama Wants to Spend $630 Billion on Health Care Reform
President's plan calls for replacement of Medicare reimbursement system, increase in FDA budget
Thursday, March 05, 2009

Vitamin K Doesn't Reduce Bleeding in Warfarin Patients
But single dose in overanticoagulated patients may help lower international normalized ratio
Tuesday, March 03, 2009

US Motor Vehicle-Related Death Rates Vary Geographically
Mortality rate in the South double that of the Northeast
Monday, March 02, 2009

Risk Score May Help Predict Atrial Fibrillation
Score developed based on clinical factors predicts risk over 10 years
Friday, February 27, 2009

Insurance Essential for Good Health, Well-Being
Report calls on policymakers, public to address uninsurance problem
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

US Health Spending May Have Hit $2.4 Trillion in 2008
Private health spending growth due to hit 15-year low
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Proposed Changes to Health Care Would Reduce Costs
Investing in health care reform will improve outcomes, save money
Thursday, February 19, 2009

Transparency, Globalization Growing in Clinical Research
Enhanced data reporting, increased globalization among recent trends in clinical trial research
Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pharmacogenetic Algorithm Improves Warfarin Dosage
Pharmacogenetic algorithm helps predict stable therapeutic dose
Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Implementing a Quality Improvement Faculty Path
Criteria include broadening promotion factors, considering publication alternatives
Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Incidence of ICU MRSA Infections Declining
Central line-associated bloodstream infections decreasing over recent years
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ads Featuring 'Drug Facts Box' Help Educate Consumers
Replacement of brief summary with 'facts box' may lead to better informed medication choices
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Financial Incentives May Improve Smoking Cessation
Workers given money more likely to attend program, have higher smoking cessation rates
Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Care Coordination Programs Don't Benefit Medicare Patients
Few such programs reduce hospitalizations, monthly expenditures or improve quality of care
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Corticosteroid Use Associated with Pneumonia in COPD
Using inhaled drugs for at least 24 weeks linked to higher pneumonia risk, but not risk of death
Monday, February 09, 2009

AHA Supports Omega-6 for Possible Heart Protection
Getting 5 to 10 percent of calories from omega-6 fats may reduce coronary heart disease risk
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Clinical Information Technology Leads to Safer Hospitals
Automated records associated with lower mortality, fewer complications
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Occupational Exposures Increase Nurses' Asthma Risk
Cleaning products, disinfectants, adhesives, glues, solvents linked to asthma and asthma symptoms
Thursday, January 22, 2009

Smoking Trends Among US Nurses Mirror Those of Society
Most nurses who ever smoked have quit
Monday, November 24, 2008

AHA: Medical Usage High Among Heart Failure Patients
Each year, those with severe disease see up to 23 clinicians
Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Premiums Up, Coverage Down for Medicare Part D Plans
Nearly all stand-alone Medicare Part D plans will have a coverage gap in 2009
Monday, November 10, 2008

Acceleration of Pertussis Vaccination May Save Infants
Accelerated pertussis vaccination may reduce rate of pertussis infections, hospitalizations and deaths
Thursday, November 06, 2008

Access to Primary Care Key to US Health Care Reform
Careers in primary care should be supported and promoted
Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Credit Crisis to Take Long-Term Toll on Health System
UK's National Health Service will have no real growth in funding
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

CHEST 2008: Doctors Unaware of Tobacco-Related Issues
Survey shows lack of knowledge about smoking cessation process, nicotine-drug interactions
Monday, October 27, 2008

Placebo Treatments Commonly Utilized
Prescribing placebo treatments viewed as both common and ethical
Friday, October 24, 2008

Financial Bailout Puts US Health Care Reform in Jeopardy
Neither McCain's nor Obama's proposals would escape unscathed
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

UK Researchers Demand Regulatory Relief
Regulatory burden of clinical research threatens to inhibit delivery of potential life-saving benefits
Friday, October 17, 2008

Endograft Procedure Promising Option for Aortic Injury
Review looks at effectiveness, risks of procedures that repair blunt aortic injuries
Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sick Leaves Linked to Higher Subsequent Mortality
Those with sickness absence of at least a week over a three-year period were 1.7 times more likely to die
Friday, October 03, 2008

News Media Under-Report Drug Company Funding of Research
Few newspapers have written policy on reporting funding and using generic names for drugs
Tuesday, September 30, 2008

No Change to 2009 Part B Medicare Premium
First time since 2000 that premium has not been raised yearly
Monday, September 22, 2008

Antibiotic Resistance Has Become a Global Pandemic
Major medical breakthroughs under threat from loss of antibiotic efficacy
Friday, September 19, 2008

Healthy Middle-Age Lifestyle Halves Women's Risk of Death
Analysis of Nurses' Health Study shows benefits of exercising, eating a healthy diet and not smoking
Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Smoking Cessation Services Fail to Attract Young People
Cannabis use complicates quitting process
Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Lancet Supports WHO Report on Health Inequality
Journal applauds report's call to action, will participate in conference and publish theme issue
Friday, August 29, 2008

Outlook Mixed on US Presidential Candidates' Health Plans
Commentary examines potential benefits, flaws in McCain and Obama health care proposals
Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Seniors Likely to Find Medicare Health Web Site Unusable
Study of computer-savvy seniors shows the site is difficult to use and navigate
Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Over 1 Billion U.S. Doctor, Hospital Visits Logged in 2006
CDC attributes increase to aging of the U.S. population
Thursday, August 07, 2008

Exercise Link to Depression and Anxiety Examined
Association not found to be due to cause and effect
Wednesday, August 06, 2008

International Issue of Torture Complicity Analyzed
Medical community may condone torture or fail to intervene
Friday, August 01, 2008

Medical Errors Have Impact After Hospital Discharge
They are linked to excess costs, deaths and hospital readmissions
Monday, July 28, 2008

Shifts in Focus Could Reduce Tuberculosis
Authors recommend screening for latent cases among foreign-born in United States, altering HIV/TB approach globally
Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Exception Reporting Improves Pay-for-Performance Benefits
Inappropriate exclusion is rare
Thursday, July 17, 2008

Health Cash Incentives for Poor People Debated
Affirmative side says they may reduce health inequality; negative side doubts significant benefit
Wednesday, July 09, 2008

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