Hospital News

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3/27/2014
Smoke-Free Policies May Protect the Heart

Study found hospitalizations for heart disease, stroke dipped after Michigan passed workplace smoking ban

3/26/2014
Hospital-Related Infections Hit Nearly 650,000 Patients in 2011: CDC

Specific source of dangerous germs still unclear in about half of cases

3/25/2014
Post-Katrina Heart Woes Persisted at Least 6 Years

Fallout from stressful events can linger a long time, study suggests

3/24/2014
For Women's Cancers, Where You're Treated Matters

Patients at highest-volume hospitals live more than a year longer on average, study finds

3/21/2014
Gut Bacteria in Preemies Could Lead to Life-Threatening Infections

Study looked for alternate sources of sepsis, a bloodstream infection sometimes linked to hospital care

3/21/2014
ERs Dispensing More Narcotic Painkillers: Study

Less-powerful drugs often better choice, depending on source of pain, doctors say

3/19/2014
Device May Restore Speech to People on Breathing Tubes

Doctors say 'electrolarynx' eased frustration for patient on mechanical ventilator

3/18/2014
Many Hospitals Ineffectively Treat Bloodstream Infections, Study Suggests

Researchers identify common risk factors doctors should watch for

3/18/2014
ICU Patients May Face Mental Health Issues After Discharge

Study finds diagnoses for depression, anxiety increase within 3 months of ICU stay

3/18/2014
Mental Illness to Blame for 10 Percent of Kids' Hospitalizations: Study

Shortage of psychiatrists, psychologists makes it harder to treat children who need help, experts say

3/17/2014
Coordinated Care Helps Elderly With Chronic Diseases

Odds of complications, hospital admissions lower when patients see fewer doctors, says study

3/14/2014
How 1 Hospital Combats E. Coli Germ in Food

Swiss facility had high rates of contamination with drug-resistant strain, but proper preparation cut risk

3/14/2014
Key Questions to Ask Before Surgery

Weight loss, quitting smoking might reduce odds of complications, expert says

3/13/2014
Trauma Center Closures Tied to Higher Death Risk for Injured Patients

California study suggests longer travel time makes a difference

3/12/2014
Safety Checklists for Surgery May Not Lower Deaths, Complications: Study

But Canadian program wasn't voluntary and that may have affected results, researchers say

3/10/2014
Elderly Diabetes Patients on Insulin Most Vulnerable to Low-Blood-Sugar Trouble

Study found they were more than twice as likely to end up in ER, five times more likely to be hospitalized

3/6/2014
State Flu Shot Rule for Preschoolers Curbs Kids' Hospitalizations: CDC

When vaccination rates rose in Connecticut, serious complications dropped, report finds

3/6/2014
Hospital Policy Spurs New Moms to Get Whooping Cough Shot

With standing order for vaccine, coverage went from 18 percent to 69 percent, findings showed

3/6/2014
2-Mile Daily Walk Might Help Fight COPD

Study found patients who were more active had fewer hospitalizations from lung condition

3/4/2014
U.S. Hospitals Overuse, Misuse Antibiotics, CDC Says

To fight drug resistance, agency seeks $30 million more, recommends hospitals improve prescription practices

2/28/2014
Hand Hygiene Lacking in Many U.S. Health Care Facilities: Study

Missing hand sanitizer, gaps in staff training may jeopardize efforts to stem spread of infection, researchers say

2/27/2014
Doctors' Germ-Laden Stethoscope May Spread Nasty Bacteria

Cleansing after each use should be part of good patient care, study says

2/26/2014
Nurse Caseloads, Education Tied to Surgery Outcomes

Each case added to workload linked to higher risk of patient death, researchers say

2/25/2014
Transfusions Risky During Certain Heart Procedures, Study Finds

Angioplasty patients run the risk of heart attacks, strokes and death, researchers say

2/20/2014
Flu Hitting Younger Adults Hard, Vaccination Helps: CDC

Hospitalizations, deaths up for people 18 to 64

2/19/2014
Insured Patients May Not Always Get Best Trauma Care, Study Finds

They were less likely to be transferred to trauma centers than the uninsured were

2/19/2014
Many U.S. Hospitals Fall Short in Preventing Infections

Study authors consider findings 'a call to action'

2/18/2014
Newborns Fed Formula in Hospital Less Likely to Be Breast-Fed Later

Small study found mothers tend to continue formula use at home

2/14/2014
Giving Magnesium to Stroke Victims Early Not Helpful: Study

Made no difference in long-term outcomes, but other drugs being developed might, study says

2/14/2014
Flu Hits Unvaccinated Hardest, Study Finds

Those who have had vaccine are far less likely to need intensive-care unit

2/11/2014
Experimental Eyewear Helps Surgeons 'See' Cancer, Study Says

The hope is the new technology will reduce the need for follow-up surgeries

2/10/2014
Poor Patients Might Benefit From Trained Helpers After Hospital Discharge

Study finds assistance from community health workers boosts follow-up care, reduces readmissions

2/9/2014
Cat Bites May Lead to Serious Infections, Hospitalizations

Felines' sharp teeth can inject harmful bacteria deep into joints and tissue, doctors warn

2/3/2014
Patients Can Now Get Test Results Straight From the Lab: HHS

New rule still lets consumers access personal health information from their doctor

2/3/2014
Black Children, Teens More Likely to Return to Hospital for Asthma: Study

Financial, social hardships were biggest reasons why, researchers report

2/3/2014
Study Ties Home Births to Higher Infant Death Rates

Analysis of midwife-assisted deliveries suggests non-hospital setting, rather than practitioner type, is key factor

1/28/2014
Gut Bacteria in Preemies Altered by Hospital Stay, Study Finds

The antibiotics given to many killed mother's bacteria, and bacteria in NICU took over

1/27/2014
Experts Uneasy About Deadly MERS Virus

Worldwide spread of the respiratory infection has not yet been seen but the potential remains, they say

1/27/2014
Music Therapy May Help Teens With Cancer Cope

Writing lyrics, making videos helped them get through grueling treatment, connect with others, study found

1/24/2014
Adults With Diabetes Need a Flu Shot: Experts

Large Canadian study finds people with diabetes are more likely to get sick from flu, be hospitalized

1/24/2014
ERs Not Curbing Overuse of Antibiotics, Study Reveals

Finding seen despite nationwide push against unnecessary use, to prevent drug resistance

1/22/2014
Synthetic Pot Tied to Surge of Emergency Cases

Colorado patients were delirious, combative, had seizures and breathing problems

1/22/2014
Hospital Safety Improves for Heart Patients, Study Finds

But no drop seen in 'adverse events' for surgical or pneumonia patients

1/22/2014
Older Patients May Fare Better in Trauma Centers That Treat More of Their Peers

Study also found they do worse in hospitals with higher volumes of young patients

1/22/2014
Timing of Heart Attack Tied to Death Risk

Large review finds patients arriving at hospitals in off-hours have 5 percent higher odds of dying

1/21/2014
Time for Docs to Ditch the White Coat?

New infection control guidelines raise possibility that some attire may spread germs among patients

1/20/2014
Testing for Smoke Exposure May Predict Rehospitalization for Asthma

Study found kids subjected to secondhand smoke are more than twice as likely to be readmitted

1/20/2014
U.S. Children's Hospitals Vary Widely In Tonsillectomy Care

Study finds big differences in what medications patients get during and after procedure

1/17/2014
Statin Therapy May Prevent Delirium in Critically Ill Patients

More study needed, but researchers suspect benefit may be due to reduced inflammation

1/16/2014
Having a Baby? Price Tag for Delivery Varies Widely

Survey of California hospitals finds cost for uncomplicated birth ranges from about $3,300 to $37,000