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October 13, 2015

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October 13, 2015

Study Finds Significant Decrease in Hospitalization of Older Nursing Home Residents With High Dose Influenza Vaccine

Oct. 10, 2015 — Researchers found that flu immunizations with four times the strength of standard flu shots significantly reduced the risk of being hospitalized during the influenza season. The group that received ... read more

Exercise and Stop Smoking to Improve Depression After Heart Attack

Oct. 10, 2015 — Exercise and stop smoking to improve depression after a heart attack, experts ... read more

Researchers Study Costs of Integrating Genetic Sequencing Into Clinical Care

Oct. 9, 2015 — Integrating whole genome sequencing into primary care and heart disease care is unlikely to substantially increase the costs of health care utilization and follow-up tests, according to new research. ... read more

A New Way to Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

Oct. 9, 2015 — The aim of Uppsala Health Summit, this summer’s international summit about antibiotic resistance, was to make real progress in combatting this threat to public health. The conclusions have now been ... read more

Antibiotic Stewardship Reduces C. Diff in Hospitalized Children

Oct. 9, 2015 — Hospitalized children were three times less likely to become sick with Clostridium difficile (C. diff), a serious bacterial infection that can occur after prolonged antibiotic use, following ... read more

Teens Value Results of Genetic Tests to Inform Future Life Decisions

Oct. 9, 2015 — Most teens in grades 7-12 would prefer to know the results of unanticipated findings found in whole exome sequencing genetic testing, even if the findings are not medically actionable until ... read more

Oct. 9, 2015 — Treatment patterns for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) have shifted since the 1990s, with more U.S. women opting for lumpectomy in combination with radiation rather than single-breast mastectomy, ... read more

Magnet Hospitals Better Patient Experiences May Positively Enhance Reimbursement

Oct. 9, 2015 — A new study shows that Magnet hospitals nationally accredited for nursing excellence have higher patient ratings of care than other hospitals. The study suggests that hospitals seeking to improve ... read more

Adoption of Streamlined Breast Cancer Treatment Has Stagnated, Study Finds

Oct. 9, 2015 — It was hoped that the development of accelerated partial breast irradiation would increase the number of early-stage breast cancer patients getting radiation treatment. A new study, however, has ... read more

When Should Pediatric Residents Consult Supervisors on Issues That Come Up After Hours?

Oct. 9, 2015 — While resident physicians responsible for the care of hospital patients are always able to call a supervising senior physician for advice on handling situations that may come up, which situations ... read more

Dying at Home Leads to More Peace, Less Grief, but Requires Wider Support

Oct. 9, 2015 — Dying at home could be beneficial for terminally ill cancer patients and their relatives, according to research. The study shows that, according to questionnaires completed by their relatives, those ... read more

Low Awareness of DVLA Safe Driving Guidelines Among Hospital Doctors

Oct. 8, 2015 — New research concludes that medically disqualified patients may wrongly assume themselves fit to drive on discharge from hospital because of inadequate knowledge among doctors of DVLA guidelines ... read more

Presenting Options to Patients: Menu Approach Good for Patients, Physicians

Oct. 8, 2015 — Presenting and discussing a menu of treatment options is good for both the patient and the physician according to a new ... read more

Older Tobacco Users Pay More for Health Insurance Under Affordable Care Act

Oct. 8, 2015 — A new study finds tobacco users would pay more for a health insurance plan from the Affordable Care Act exchanges than non-tobacco users in nearly every county of the 37 states that used ... read more

Study Sheds Light on Protecting Transgender Individuals from Suicide

Oct. 8, 2015 — The likelihood of a transgender person attempting suicide is very high, often because of the prejudice, transphobia and other stressors. A new study examined factors that may protect transgender ... read more

Protecting Newborn Brains Using Hypothermia

Oct. 8, 2015 — A unique study of newborns treated with hypothermia for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) – a condition that occurs when the brain is deprived of an adequate oxygen supply – confirms its ... read more

Emergency Department CT Scans Can Change Physicians' Diagnoses, Management Decisions

Oct. 8, 2015 — After viewing CT scan results, physicians in the emergency departments of four major academic medical centers made key changes in clinical decision-making for patients with symptoms frequently seen ... read more

Thousands of Older Adults, Persons With Disabilities Transitioning Home

Oct. 8, 2015 — The State of Connecticut's Department of Social Services, with its state evaluator UConn's Center on Aging, successfully transitioned more than 2,200 older and disabled Connecticut ... read more

Surgical Resection Prolongs Survival for Patients Whose Melanoma Has Spread to the Abdomen

Oct. 8, 2015 — Surgical removal of melanoma that has metastasized, or spread, to the abdomen appears to help patients live more than twice as long as those who receive only medical therapy, according to study ... read more

Many Colonoscopy Patients Do Not Accurately Recall Important Exam Details as Time Lapses

Oct. 8, 2015 — As time lapses, many colonoscopy patients become less and less likely to recall when and where they last had the procedure performed; who the doctor was who performed it; whether polyps were found, ... read more

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