Hospital News

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4/18/2007
Cancer Patients at High Risk of Drug Interactions

Better surveillance could prevent deadly incidents, experts say

4/14/2007
Athletic Trainers See Rise in MRSA Infections: Survey

Antibiotic-resistant hospital 'superbug' found increasingly in otherwise healthy people

4/13/2007
Doctors Aggressively Treating Heart Attack

Study finds they're using tools available even before lab tests confirm diagnosis

4/13/2007
Minimally Invasive Lung Procedure Boosts Chemotherapy

Thoracoscopic lobectomy also shortens hospital stays, recovery times, study finds

4/9/2007
Women Under-Treated for Ovarian Cancer

A third of U.S. patients don't get recommended surgical treatment, study finds

4/4/2007
Guidelines Target Prevention of Sudden Heart Death in Young Athletes

Task force focuses on quick action in first critical minutes

4/2/2007
U.S. Hospital Errors Continue to Rise

Rate increased to 3% between 2003-2005, analysis finds

3/23/2007
Outpatient Surgeries Carry Serious Risks

Age, heart disease can boost odds of adverse events, experts warn

3/19/2007
Doctors, Not Patients, Often Decide Where Surgeries Are Performed

Just one-fifth of patients said they made this decision, study found

3/16/2007
Gap in Black-White Life Expectancy Narrows

It's a good sign, but not a victory, one expert says

3/14/2007
Weekend Heart Attacks Can Be Deadlier

Patients less likely to get artery-opening procedures, study says

3/13/2007
Dropping Written-Consent Law May Boost HIV Testing

Screening rates rose after the rule was eliminated, U.S. team finds

3/13/2007
Medical Errors Focus of New Campaign

U.S. government wants patients to ask the right questions, protect their health

3/13/2007
Money Counts in Access to Health Care

Inadequate coverage, high deductibles mean even insured are going without, studies find

3/12/2007
'Expert Centers' Give More Cost-Effective Cancer Care

Study finds these hospitals are more costly, but provide savings over long term

3/9/2007
Study Questions Antibiotic Guideline for Treatment of Pneumonia

Many people arriving at emergency rooms don't have the condition, researchers say

3/8/2007
Weekends Worst Time for Stroke

Short-term death rate was 14% higher than on weekdays, Canadian study finds

3/8/2007
Biomolecule Test Could Bring Diagnostics to the Bedside

It scans for genes or proteins that signal disease

3/6/2007
Medication Errors During Surgeries Particularly Dangerous

Study of 500 U.S. hospitals found mistakes in this setting were three times more likely to cause harm

3/6/2007
Specialty Heart Hospitals Increase Rate of Surgeries

But the for-profit centers may be offering needed services, study suggests

3/5/2007
Nearly 80% of Hospitalized Kids Get 'Adult-Only' Drugs

'Off-label' practice is worrisome because of lack of research into safety and effectiveness

3/1/2007
Disaster Victims Need Help Taking Pills as Prescribed

Hurricane Katrina evacuees faced medication shortages, study found

2/28/2007
Scientists Map Genome of Bacteria Infecting U.S. Troops in Iraq

Findings may also aid in prevention of hospital-borne strains at home, researchers says

2/28/2007
U.S. Efforts to Boost Medical Care for Poor Effective

Health Disparities Collaboratives is having limited success, study finds

2/27/2007
Hospital and Primary Care Docs Need to Talk

Too often, lines of communication break down, threatening patient safety, study finds

2/21/2007
Many Stroke Patients Affected by Hospital Errors

More must be done to reduce these potentially damaging events, researchers say

2/21/2007
U.S. Health-Care Costs to Top $4 Trillion By 2016

That's a doubling of expenditure in 10 years, according to a new report

2/19/2007
High-Tech CT Scans Speed Diagnosis of Chest Pain

Time and money was saved in 75% of ER cases, study finds

2/19/2007
Video-Gaming Docs May Make Better Surgeons

Best players made 47% fewer errors when performing laparoscopy, study found

2/8/2007
Hospital a Big Factor in Black Patients' Stroke Care

Centers with a high percentage of minority patients had worse outcomes, study found

2/8/2007
Carotid Artery Surgery Brings Higher Than Expected Risk

Odds for stroke, heart attack especially high for black patients, study finds

2/8/2007
Majority of Americans Ignore Stroke Symptoms

More than half of those affected didn't seek help, study finds

2/1/2007
ER Chest Pain Tests Driven by Race, Gender, Insurance

Black males less likely to receive diagnostic or monitoring tests, analysis finds

1/31/2007
End-of-Life Communication Helps Families Cope With Loss

Just 10 extra minutes with health-care providers reduced stress and depression, study finds

1/30/2007
Domestic Abuse Costs 'Enormous' for Women: Study

Victims had 19% higher outlays for care, including more hospital visits, use of services

1/29/2007
Top U.S. Hospitals Have 28% Lower Mortality Rate: Study

Annual survey finds growing gap between high-quality institutions and rest of the field

1/29/2007
Two-Minute Pre-Op Meeting Curbs Surgical Errors

Short briefing to identify critical details should be a national standard, study suggests

1/27/2007
Hospitals Make Small Gains From Pay for Performance Programs

These strategies offer more government dollars when quality care targets are met

1/26/2007
Birth Defects Cost U.S. Billions

Some problems are preventable, others need more research, experts say

1/25/2007
New Test May Predict Stroke Risk After 'Mini Stroke'

But one expert isn't sure the scoring system is ready for wide use

1/24/2007
New Drug Fights Deadly Fungal Infections

Noxafil recently gained FDA approval and is already in widespread use

1/19/2007
Antibiotic-Coated Medical Devices Could Cut Infections

Scientists can now attach penicillin to a polymer surface

1/18/2007
Staph Toxin Can Trigger Deadly Pneumonia

Experts warn that widespread PVL could be difficult to control

1/17/2007
Blood Test Distinguishes Mononucleosis, Tonsillitis

It's an accurate, cheaper alternative to standard screens, experts say

1/15/2007
Emotional Health Vital to Heart Attack Recovery

Experts say targeting follow-up care can ease depression, fear in patients

1/12/2007
Oral Chemotherapy Safeguards Seem Slack: Report

U.S. cancer centers' survey shows most prescription procedures used in intravenous chemotherapy are missing

1/10/2007
Cancer Treatment Guided by Availability

Report on radiotherapy use shows access influences therapy that's chosen at hospitals

1/9/2007
Genetically Altered Cells Show Promise for Burn Patients

Cultured skin graft therapy may prove to be alternative infection-control method, study says

1/9/2007
Growth in U.S. Health Care Spending Slows

But out-of-pocket costs continue to rise, annual government report shows

1/7/2007
Hospitals Embrace the Hospice Model

The goal: Make the prospect of death as natural and comfortable as possible