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New Immunotherapy Shows Promise in Fighting Metastatic Breast Cancer

Half of the breast cancer patients who received an experimental form of immunotherapy showed measurable tumor shrinkage, researchers say.

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High-Tech Socks Could Prevent Falls in At-Risk Patients

Every year, anywhere from 700,000 to 1 million people fall while in U.S. hospitals, and this often triggers a downward health spiral.

Little has been shown to make a dent in those numbers. Until now.

Enter Smart Socks, which are wired with sensors that send an alert...

High Blood Pressure Doubles Odds That COVID Will Be Severe

Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure — and that alone more than doubles their odds of being hospitalized if they are infected with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, a new study revealed.

This was true even in people who were fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, according to researchers at the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los ...

Black Nursing Home Residents More Likely to Need Hospital Care

Black residents in U.S. nursing homes are much more likely than white residents to be repeatedly transferred to hospital care, a new study reports.

Black nursing home residents are likely to be transferred to the hospital and back at least four times in a given year, according to data gathered under a U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid quality improvement initiative.

So are nurs...

U.S. Hospitals Are Getting Safer for Patients, Study Finds

U.S. hospitals became much safer places for patients over the past decade, with medical errors and adverse events declining significantly across the nation, federal government data show.

Between 2010 and 2019, patient safety dramatically improved among the four types of conditions for which people are most often hospitalized: heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia and major surgical proc...

When Hospital Patient & Doctor Speak Same Language, Outcomes Improve

It's already hard enough to understand all your doctor's technical talk -- now imagine speaking a whole other language on top of that.

Hospital patients who don't speak the same language as their doctor get worse care and are more likely to die, a new Canadian study shows.

Research done in Ontario -- a linguistica...

Even When Stroke Centers Are Near, Black Americans Often Lack Access

Even though Black people may be more likely to live near a hospital with a certified stroke center, those who need the specialty care are still more likely to receive it at a hospital with fewer resources.

And this can hurt the...

Odds for Emergency Room Visits Rise With Pot Use

Toking up increases your risk of landing in the hospital, a new study reports.

Recreational marijuana use was associated with 22% greater odds of needing to visit an emergency room or be hospitalized, Canadian researchers found.

The study showed physical injuries, lung ailments and ga...

How Much Will That Hip Replacement Cost? Many Hospitals Still Aren't Saying

Since January 2021, hospitals have been required to list online the prices for 300 common medical services, but new research has found that only 32% of hospitals have been fully compliant when it comes to knee and hip replacements.

"Although pricing informat...

Pandemic Has U.S. Hospitals Overwhelmed With Teens in Mental Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic and the isolation it imposed took a dramatic toll on kids' mental health, increasing the demand for services in an already overburdened system.

As a result, many kids found themselves being "boarded" in emergency departments as they awaited care, according to a new study conducted at Boston Children's Hospital. The average wait was nearly five days without specialize...

U.S. Hospitals Are Facing Shortage of Dye Needed for Life-Saving Scans

U.S. hospitals are running low on contrast dye injected into patients undergoing enhanced X-rays, CT scans and MRIs.

The fluid, which makes the routine but potentially life-saving scans readable, helps doctors identify clots in the heart and brain. The shortage is expected to last until at least June 30, t...

Nurses Key to Spotting Postpartum Depression in New Moms

Nurses can be trained to detect postpartum depression in new mothers and could be crucial in spotting the condition early, researchers report.

Postpartum depression affects about 15% of new moms and can cause persistent sadness, fatigue, feelings of hopelessness and wort...

1 in 4 Hospital Physicians 'Mistreated' by Patients, Visitors

Nearly 1 in 4 hospital doctors are mistreated at work by patients, visitors and other doctors, and female doctors are nearly two times more likely than male doctors to face this abuse, a new study reveals.

"All members of the health care team share the r...

Thyroid Could Play Key Role in Hospital Stays

People with hypothyroidism who are undertreated are at increased risk for longer hospital stays and higher rates of readmission, a new study warns.

In people with hypothyroidism, the thyroid gla...

Patients Hospitalized With COVID Face Similar Risks, Regardless of Variant

If you're unlucky enough to need hospitalization for COVID-19, it won't really matter which variant you're infected with: The same level of care is required for patients with either Delta or Omicron, a new study reveals.

This is true even though people infected with the Omicron variant of...

Prescription Steroids Can Pose Dangers for Sickle Cell Patients

People with sickle cell disease who take corticosteroids to treat asthma or inflammation may suffer severe pain and even need to be hospitalized, researchers report.

This reaction to corticosteroids can be particularly severe among older people, women and patients not taking the drug hydroxyurea to treat their sickle cell symptoms. These were the most likely to be hospitalized, the study ...

PTSD Often Haunts Family Members of Hospitalized COVID Patients

It remains one of the most painful images of the pandemic: Families who were not allowed to be by their loved ones' bedside as they waged a lonely battle against COVID in a hospital ICU, with some forced to say goodbye via a smartphone or tablet held by a compassionate nurse who didn't want a patient to die alone.

Now, new research suggests that many of those relatives went on to dev...

Genetic Sign of Aging Linked to Risk of Fatal COVID

It's known that certain chronic health conditions up the odds of death from COVID-19. Now, new research identifies another risk factor.

Shorter telomeres are associated with an increased likelihood of death from COVID-19, particularly in older women, researchers say.

Telomeres are protective caps on the end of chromosomes (DNA) that shorten with age. Previous research has linked

WHO Says Acute Hepatitis Cases in Children Now Reported in 11 Countries

The World Health Organization said it is investigating an outbreak of acute hepatitis among children that now involves 11 countries, including the United States.

Among the 169 reported cases, at least one child has died from this inflammation of the liver and 17 children needed liver transplants, the WHO said Saturday in a

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  • Putting Hospitalized COVID Patients on Their Belly May Not Be a Good Idea After All

    Placing hospitalized COVID-19 patients on their stomach is helpful if they're on a mechanical ventilator, but a new study suggests it's not a good idea for patients who are not intubated.

    "Awake" COVID patients - as opposed to ventilated patients who are kept sedated - did not benefit from lying ...

    Hospital Work During Pandemic Was Like a War Zone: Study

    Health care workers battling the pandemic may be suffering moral traumas at a rate similar to soldiers in a war zone, a new study suggests.

    The pandemic has brought a stream of stories about overtaxed health care workers, facing repeated COVID surges, resource shortages and public resistance to the vaccines that can keep people out of the hospital. Workers' distress is often called burnou...

    As Pandemic Evolved, U.S. Hospitals Learned Quickly How to Care for Patients

    While hospitals and clinics are known for being slow to turn new evidence into actual practice, they picked up the pace during the pandemic.

    A research team led by scientists from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and the University of California, San Francisco, collected data from more than 50 academic medical centers across the United States, finding that hospitals overcame ba...

    New Way to Blast Kidney Stones Can Be Done in Doctor's Office

    A noninvasive ultrasound technique is capable of quickly pulverizing kidney stones, an early study shows - in what researchers call a first step toward a simpler, anesthesia-free treatment for the painful problem.

    The study reports on the first 19 patients who've had kidney stones treated with the ultrasound "bursts." So far, it's been able to completely, or nearly completely, break up st...

    Had COVID or Gotten Vaccine? Hospitalization Is 'Extremely Uncommon'

    Been vaccinated? Already had COVID? New research shows that your chances of winding up in the hospital if you get a breakthrough infection are practically nil.

    In the study, scientists looked at more than 106,000 hospitalized primary care patients, aged 18 and older, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who had tested positive for COVID-19 and/or were vaccinated against the disease.

    Could Aspirin Cut Death Risk for Hospitalized COVID Patients?

    Something as simple as aspirin may help lower the risk of death in hospital patients who are fighting a tough case of COVID-19, a new study found.

    George Washington University researchers analyzed data on more than 112,000 patients hospitalized with moderate COVID-19 at 64 health systems in the United States ...

    Lying Prone Can Help Hospitalized COVID Patients, But Many Can't Sustain It

    Lying facedown may improve breathing in COVID-19 patients who are awake, but many can't stay in a prone position long enough to reap the benefit, a new study finds.

    Prone positioning is standard for patients with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (

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  • High-Tech Drug Infusion Pumps in Hospitals Vulnerable to Damage, Hackers

    You've probably seen an infusion pump, even though the name might make it sound like a mysterious piece of medical technology.

    These devices govern the flow of IV medications and fluids into patients. They help deliver extra fluids to people in the emergency room, administer monoclonal antibodies to folks with COVID-19, and pump chemotherapy drugs to cancer patients.

    "If you're watc...

    It Can Take Weeks for Some Patients With Severe COVID to Recover Consciousness

    In yet another sign that severe COVID-19 is tough to recover from, a new study shows that some survivors who required mechanical ventilation take days or even weeks to regain consciousness after sedation is halted and their breathing tube is removed.

    For the study, the researchers analyzed data on 795 patients with severe COVID-19 who were treated with

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  • Pooch Power: Therapy Dogs Bring Quick Relief in the ER

    A day that includes a trip to the emergency room is probably a high-stress one, but man's best friend could help you cope, new research finds.

    The study found a reduction in pain, anxiety and depression that ranged from 43% to 48% in patients who were treated with a visit from a trained

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  • Pfizer Begins Trial of COVID Drug Paxlovid in Kids 6 to 17

    Pfizer Inc. announced Tuesday that it has launched a Phase 2/3 clinical trial of its COVID antiviral pill known as Paxlovid in children ages 6-17.

    A news release from the company said the trial will assess the safety and efficacy of the drug in c...

    Vitamins, Supplements Don't Guard Against Severe COVID

    Remember when everyone was downing zinc supplements at the beginning of the pandemic, in hopes of guarding against a severe case of COVID-19?

    New research suggests that folks may have wasted their time and effort: Taking zinc, vitamin C or vitamin D supplements doesn't lower one's risk of dying from COVID-19.

    Scientists Report 'Rogue Antibodies' Behind Severe Clotting With COVID

    "Rogue antibodies" that seem to trigger severe blood clotting and illness in COVID-19 patients have been identified by scientists.

    Their analysis of blood samples from 244 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 revealed circulating antiphospholipid antibodies, which are autoantibodies that target a person's own organs and systems.

    These autoantibodies are more common in people with auto...

    Kids' Poisonings Rise as More Parents Bring Pot Edibles Home

    Edibles. In adults, they can be used recreationally or to help manage pain, nausea and anxiety. But these THC-loaded products, often sold as gummies, cookies and brownies, have fueled a four-year increase in the number of emergency calls for young children who mistakenly think they're yummy treats.

    In 2021 alone, the New Jersey Poison Control Center assisted in the medical treatment of mo...

    Omicron Hits Younger People, But Less Likely to Bring Long Hospital Stays

    Omicron COVID-19 patients are younger and have more breakthrough infections, a new study finds. But people infected with Omicron are also less likely to be hospitalized or need intensive respiratory support than those who'd gotten the earlier Alpha and Delta variants.

    The researchers examined data on patients at Houston Methodist hospital, where by the start of 2022,

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  • Red Cross Says Blood Shortage Is Worst in a Decade

    The American Red Cross is pleading for donors as it grapples with its worst blood shortage in more than a decade.

    The shortage poses a risk to patient care because doctors are forced to make decisions about which patients receive blood transfusions and which ones must wait until more blood becomes available, the Red Cross said in a

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  • Kids With COVID-Linked MIS-C Have Long-Term Symptoms

    Following a bout of severe COVID-19, some children suffer lasting neurological complications, part of a rare condition called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a new study finds.

    The neurological symptoms are wide-ranging, and can include headaches, difficulty falling and staying asleep, daytime sleepine...

    Almost All Americans Are Now Within 1 Hour of Good Stroke Care

    Nine in 10 Americans -- 91% -- live within an hour of lifesaving stroke care, researchers say.

    That's up from about 80% a decade ago, due to an increase in hospitals with specialized staff, tools and resources, as well as expanded use of telestroke ...

    Blood Pressure Crises Sending More Americans to the ER

    Hospitalizations for dangerously high blood pressure more than doubled in the United States from 2002 to 2014, new research shows.

    This jump in hospitalizations for what's called a "

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  • Omicron Batters Already Strained U.S. Hospitals

    U.S. hospitals continue to reel from the pressure posed by the ongoing pandemic, facing critical workforce shortages and rising labor costs that amount to a "national emergency," hospital executives say.

    Nearly 1,400 hospitals -- 31% of the nation's total -- are on the verge of critical staffing shortages, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). In 12 states, 40% or more of ...

    Survivors of Severe COVID Face Higher Odds for Another Hospitalization Soon After

    People hospitalized for COVID-19 are not necessarily out of the woods once they're discharged: Many land in the hospital again in the months afterward, a large U.K. study finds.

    The researchers found that in the 10 months after leaving the hospital, COVID-19 patients were more than twice as likely to be hospitalized or die, compared to the general population. And even compared with people...

    COVID Infection Unlikely From Hospital Surfaces: Study

    Remember when everyone was disinfecting their groceries at the start of the pandemic, fearful that the new coronavirus could be spread simply by touching a surface on which the virus had landed?

    New research confirms that much of that cleaning was unnecessary because people are unlikely to get COVID-19 from contaminated surfaces.

    "Early on in the pandemic, there were studies that fo...

    Saline IV Drip Just as Good as Pricier Options in Hospital ICUs: Study

    Saline intravenous (IV) fluids are as effective as more costly solutions in treating intensive care patients and keeping them alive, Australian researchers report.

    "Just about every patient admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) will receive intravenous fluids for resuscitation or as part of standard treatment," noted

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  • COVID Can Affect Brains of Hospitalized Kids

    The coronavirus can leave more than 40% of children hospitalized for COVID-19 with headaches and other lingering neurological symptoms, a new study claims.

    And the kids who developed these headaches or experienced an altered mental status known as acute encephalopathy were more ...

    Three New Studies Confirm Power of Booster Shots Against Omicron

    Booster shots are keeping the Omicron variant from landing millions of Americans in hospitals, emergency rooms and urgent care clinics across the country, three new government studies show.

    In one study, published Friday in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and P...

    COVID Boosters Keep Older Americans Out of Hospitals: CDC

    The risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 among older Americans is far higher for those who are unvaccinated than for those who are fully vaccinated and have had a booster shot, new government data shows.

    The differences were stark: In December, unvaccinated people 50 and older were 17 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than those who had completed the initial immunization ...

    Crowded Emergency Rooms Cost Lives: Study

    A seemingly endless wait in an emergency department can be taxing for many reasons, but new research suggests that long delays in being admitted to the hospital may even raise a patient's risk of death within the following 30 days.

    Why? One possible reason: A crowded ER might mean care happens in suboptimal spaces, said study author Simon Jones, a research professor in the department of p...

    Conservatorships Keep the Homeless in Psychiatric Wards Too Long: Study

    Homelessness is difficult enough, but when it's compounded by serious mental health issues the result can be an inability to function at even the most basic level.

    Sometimes that leads to round-the-clock involuntary hospitalization, and when that happens a state-appointed psychiatric conservator can take over, making critical health care decisions for a person deemed mentally unstable.

    Too Soon to Tell if Omicron Will End Pandemic: Fauci

    It's too soon to determine whether Omicron's rapid spread will turn a pandemic virus into an endemic disease, America's top infectious disease expert says.

    That "would only be the case if we don't get another variant that eludes the immune response to the prior variant," Dr. Anthony Fauci said this week during the Davos Agenda, a virtual event being held this week by the World Economic Fo...

    Which Kids Are Most Vulnerable to Severe COVID-19?

    As a record number of American kids are being hospitalized with COVID-19, a new study helps clarify which ones are at the highest risk for serious complications.

    The study tracked over 3,200 children and teenagers who landed in an emergency room with COVID-19 symptoms and tested positive...

    Surge of U.S. Military Medical Personnel to Ease Medical Worker Shortages

    President Joe Biden plans to announce Thursday that a "surge" of U.S. military medical personnel will soon be deployed to hospitals struggling with staff shortages amid soaring COVID-19 cases.

    More than 1,000 will begin arriving at hospitals nationwide starting next week, and that deployment will be in addition to other federal medical personnel who have already been sent to states to off...

    COVID Hospitalizations Rising in Kids Too Young for Vaccine

    While COVID-19 has taken the lives of many children and caused serious illness for many more, it is generally agreed that the virus is much less likely to inflict severe damage in the young.

    But new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed a concerning...

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