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01 Jun

Average COVID Hospital Bill for U.S. Seniors Nearly $22,000

The economic burden of COVID-19 is especially high in people aged 65 years or older, particularly for people of color, researchers find.

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18 Oct
Out-of-Pocket Medical Bills for COVID-19 May Average $3,800 in 2021: Study

Out-of-Pocket Medical Bills for COVID-19 May Average $3,800 in 2021: Study

Americans hospitalized with COVID-19 could now face thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket medical costs, according to a new report.

In 2020, most health insurance companies waived co-pays, deductibles and other cost-sharing for hospitalized COVID-19 patients, but many st...

14 Oct
Big Worry for Folks Heading to Hospital: Who'll Care for My Pet?

Big Worry for Folks Heading to Hospital: Who'll Care for My Pet?

THURSDAY, Oct. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Dr. Tiffany Braley works with patients who have experienced strokes and other serious health conditions, treating them at the Michigan hospital where she works as they begin their recovery.

Braley noticed the...

06 Oct
COVID Hospitalizations Are Rising Among Unvaccinated Pregnant Women

COVID Hospitalizations Are Rising Among Unvaccinated Pregnant Women

Since the rise of the Delta variant, one Texas hospital has seen a surge in severe COVID-19 among pregnant women — nearly all unvaccinated.

Researchers at the Dallas hospital found that in late August and early September, 10% to 15% of pregnant patients who tested posi...

05 Oct
Pfizer Vaccine 90% Effective Against Severe COVID-19 for at Least 6 Months: Study

Pfizer Vaccine 90% Effective Against Severe COVID-19 for at Least 6 Months: Study

Full vaccination with the two-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been 90% effective in protecting against hospitalization for at least six months, a new study shows.

That includes the time during which the highly contagious Delta variant has been circulating in the U...

01 Oct
Merck to Ask FDA for Emergency Approval of Its New Antiviral Pill for COVID

Merck to Ask FDA for Emergency Approval of Its New Antiviral Pill for COVID

Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. said Friday that it will seek federal approval for emergency use of its new antiviral pill molnupiravir, after a clinical trial showed the drug halved the risk of hospitalization or death when given to high-risk people shortly after infection w...

22 Sep
Parents of Hospitalized Kids Need More Info on Costs: Study

Parents of Hospitalized Kids Need More Info on Costs: Study

Having a child in the hospital is distressing for families, and not knowing what that stay might cost can add to that stress, researchers say.

A new study has found that three-quarters of U.S. families want to have conversations about the costs of care. Yet only 7% of fa...

21 Sep
Which Kids Are at Highest Risk From COVID?

Which Kids Are at Highest Risk From COVID?

Older children and kids with chronic diseases are those most likely to wind up in the hospital with COVID-19, researchers have found.

Conditions such as obesity, diabetes and neurologic problems, among others, put kids at risk for severe COVID-19, according to a new...

21 Sep
Doctors Often Miss Signs of Type 1 Diabetes in Kids

Doctors Often Miss Signs of Type 1 Diabetes in Kids

Potentially dangerous symptoms of type 1 diabetes in children are not always immediately recognized by primary care providers, new research suggests.

In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas fails to make enough insulin, the hormone that helps regulate blood sugar used for ener...

20 Sep
Study Spots People at High Risk of Severe Breakthrough COVID

Study Spots People at High Risk of Severe Breakthrough COVID

A study of millions of people vaccinated against COVID-19 has identified those at greatest risk of hospitalization and death after breakthrough infection.

The most vulnerable are those who are immunosuppressed from chemotherapy, a recent bone marrow or solid organ tran...

20 Sep
Opioid Use Disorder Is as Deadly as Heart Attack: Study

Opioid Use Disorder Is as Deadly as Heart Attack: Study

Hospitalized opioid addicts die at a rate similar to people who have a heart attack after leaving the hospital.

Nearly 8% of patients addicted to opioids died within 12 months of hospital discharge, according to researchers from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)....

16 Sep
Hospitalizing the Unvaccinated Has Cost U.S. Nearly $6 Billion

Hospitalizing the Unvaccinated Has Cost U.S. Nearly $6 Billion

The cost of providing hospital care for unvaccinated Americans has reached $5.7 billion in just three months, CBS News reported.

Between June and August, about 287,000 people who were not vaccinated were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the United States, according ...

15 Sep
After an ICU Stay, Social Support Crucial for Seniors' Survival

After an ICU Stay, Social Support Crucial for Seniors' Survival

Older adults who are socially isolated are more likely to experience serious disability or die after a stay in the intensive care unit (ICU), new research reveals.

"This important research finding sheds light on a crucial health care issue that has become more dire durin...

13 Sep
Death From COVID 11 Times More Likely If You're Unvaccinated: Study

Death From COVID 11 Times More Likely If You're Unvaccinated: Study

There's more sobering news for anyone still unvaccinated against the new coronavirus: Your odds of dying from COVID-19 are 11-fold higher than someone who's fully immunized, new research shows.

The data comes from one of three studies published Friday by the U.S. Centers...

10 Sep
Vaccinated Have 1 in 13,000 Chance of Breakthrough Case Needing Hospitalization

Vaccinated Have 1 in 13,000 Chance of Breakthrough Case Needing Hospitalization

With tens of millions of Americans now vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of August, so-called "breakthrough" cases are bound to occur. But there's reassuring news from new data: Most such cases are mild and those leading to hospitalization are exceedingly rare.

Ove...

09 Sep
Biden to Strengthen Push for Vaccine Mandates in New COVID Plan

Biden to Strengthen Push for Vaccine Mandates in New COVID Plan

President Joe Biden is slated to announce an ambitious six-point plan to double down on a resurgent COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, including more pressure on government, business and schools to implement vaccine mandates, news sources report. A speech outlining the n...

08 Sep
U.S. COVID-19 Cases Now Top 40 Million

U.S. COVID-19 Cases Now Top 40 Million

There have now been more than 40 million cases of COVID-19 recorded among Americans, according to a database maintained by The New York Times. That's nearly one-fifth of the global total of cases.

With the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus cutting ...

07 Sep
New COVID Cases Were 300% Higher This Labor Day Weekend Than Last Year

New COVID Cases Were 300% Higher This Labor Day Weekend Than Last Year

With the Delta variant surging and many Americans mask- and vaccine-free, new cases of COVID-19 spiked to levels over the long Labor Day weekend that were 300% higher than those seen over the same weekend in 2020, according to a new tally from Johns Hopkins University.

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02 Sep
UTIs, Sepsis, Staph: COVID Is Upping Rates of Other Hospital Infections

UTIs, Sepsis, Staph: COVID Is Upping Rates of Other Hospital Infections

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a resurgence in other infections that strike hospitalized patients, a U.S. government study finds.

The study, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, highlights the broad toll the pandemic has taken. It found that rates o...

02 Sep
COVID Vaccines Cut Odds of Hospitalization By Two-Thirds

COVID Vaccines Cut Odds of Hospitalization By Two-Thirds

If you're vaccinated against COVID-19, you may still get infected -- but the odds you'll need hospitalization are reduced by about two-thirds compared to unvaccinated people, a new study reveals.

Vaccination also greatly increases the chances that COVID-19 infection will...

31 Aug
Vaccines' Power Against COVID Hospitalization Fades in Elderly: Study

Vaccines' Power Against COVID Hospitalization Fades in Elderly: Study

The ability of COVID-19 vaccines to protect adults older than 75 against hospitalization appears to wane over time, but still remained 80% effective as of the end of July, new federal data shows.

The same data indicates that vaccines continued to offer the same or nearly...

31 Aug
High Viral Load in Lungs Drives Fatal COVID-19: Study

High Viral Load in Lungs Drives Fatal COVID-19: Study

A high amount of coronavirus in the lungs is a major contributor to death in COVID-19 patients, new research shows.

The findings challenge previous theories that simultaneous infections such as pneumonia or an overreaction of the body's immune system are significant fact...

30 Aug
Daily Average of COVID Hospitalizations in US Hits 100,000

Daily Average of COVID Hospitalizations in US Hits 100,000

In another grim reminder of the toll that the pandemic continues to take on Americans, the daily average for hospitalized COVID-19 patients is now higher than any previous case surge except last winter.

As that daily average topped 100,000, coronavirus deaths have also r...

30 Aug
Monoclonal Antibody Combo Keeps High-Risk COVID Patients Out of Hospital

Monoclonal Antibody Combo Keeps High-Risk COVID Patients Out of Hospital

Treatment with two monoclonal antibodies lowers the odds of hospitalization for high-risk COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate illness, according to a new study.

"Our conclusion overall at this point is that monoclonal antibodies are an important option in treatment t...

27 Aug
Delta Variant Infection Doubles Odds of COVID Hospitalization: Study

Delta Variant Infection Doubles Odds of COVID Hospitalization: Study

The Delta variant is not only much more infectious than earlier versions of the new coronavirus, but it's also twice as likely to land you in the hospital with life-threatening complications, new British research shows.

"Our analysis highlights that in the absence of vac...

25 Aug
Long COVID, Big Bills: Grim Legacy of Even Short Hospital Stays

Long COVID, Big Bills: Grim Legacy of Even Short Hospital Stays

When COVID-19 patients are discharged from the hospital, most are far from being well -- even if their hospital stay was fairly short.

That's among the initial findings of a study that followed Americans hospitalized for COVID-19 during the pandemic's "third wave" -- the...

25 Aug
Why Do Black, Hispanic Newborns Face Higher Health Risks?

Why Do Black, Hispanic Newborns Face Higher Health Risks?

All births are not created equal, new U.S. research reveals: Differences in the quality of hospital care contribute to a higher chance of complications among Black and Hispanic newborns compared to white and Asian infants.

The analysis of more than 480,000 live births a...

24 Aug
Jesse Jackson, Wife Hospitalized With COVID

Jesse Jackson, Wife Hospitalized With COVID

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and his wife and fellow civil rights activist, Jacqueline, remained in Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago on Monday after testing positive for COVID-19, their family said.

Jesse Jackson is fully vaccinated, but Jacqueline Jackson has not bee...

19 Aug
Early U.S. Vaccine Rollout Saved 140,000 Lives, Prevented 3 Million COVID Cases

Early U.S. Vaccine Rollout Saved 140,000 Lives, Prevented 3 Million COVID Cases

The United States' early rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations may have saved nearly 140,000 lives, a new study suggests.

Using data on state vaccination campaigns and COVID-19 deaths, researchers estimate that immunizations prevented 139,393 deaths nationwide between Decembe...

17 Aug
Dexamethasone Can Help the Sickest COVID Patients Survive. So Why Are Too Few Getting It?

Dexamethasone Can Help the Sickest COVID Patients Survive. So Why Are Too Few Getting It?

There's strong evidence that the steroid drug dexamethasone can significantly lower hospitalized patients' risk of dying from COVID-19, but many who might benefit from it the most aren't getting it.

"Dexamethasone is a steroid that is used for the treatment of arthritis,...

17 Aug
RSV Respiratory Illnesses Rising for Babies, Experts Warn

RSV Respiratory Illnesses Rising for Babies, Experts Warn

While the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the United States has been dominating the news, an old viral enemy has been making a quieter comeback.

In late spring, U.S. pediatric hospitals began reporting an unexpected rise in serious infections caused by respiratory syncyt...

13 Aug
Delta & Breakthrough Infections in the Vaccinated: Should You Worry?

Delta & Breakthrough Infections in the Vaccinated: Should You Worry?

Masks are making an unwanted comeback in many parts of the United States, after new data showing that fully vaccinated people with "breakthrough" coronavirus infections carry enough virus in their bodies to pose a potential risk to the unvaccinated.

But these breakthroug...

06 Aug
Is the Delta Variant Hitting Kids Harder?

Is the Delta Variant Hitting Kids Harder?

The Delta variant is proving just as infectious for children as for everyone else, with pediatric cases surging in some parts of the United States, pediatricians and children's hospitals say.

However, it's not clear yet whether the variant is any harsher on kids compared...

06 Aug
When Stroke Team Comes to Patients, Outcomes Improve

When Stroke Team Comes to Patients, Outcomes Improve

Dispatching rapid-response medical teams to perform an emergency procedure on stroke patients significantly improves their chances of survival and a good recovery, according to a new study.

Researchers assessed a pilot program in New York City where a mobile intervention...

05 Aug
Father and Son Caught Up in Severe Blood Shortage Hitting U.S. Hospitals

Father and Son Caught Up in Severe Blood Shortage Hitting U.S. Hospitals

As June 28 approached, David Beverley had been "psyching himself up" for major surgery, as a lifesaving liver donor for his ailing 60-year-old father, Peter.

"But then they called us, literally the day before, and told us: 'We've got to stop this. We don't have any ...

05 Aug
Record Number of COVID-19 Hospitalizations Seen in Florida

Record Number of COVID-19 Hospitalizations Seen in Florida

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Florida reached a new high this week, the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) says.

Hospitalizations are 13% higher than the previous peak on July 23, 2020, and 60% of the state's hospitals are expected to face a "critical staffing shortage" i...

02 Aug
Florida Sees Record Number of COVID Cases, Hospitalizations

Florida Sees Record Number of COVID Cases, Hospitalizations

Florida reached another grim milestone on Sunday when it broke a previous record for COVID-19 hospitalizations that was set before vaccines were available.

The new hospitalization record came a day after the state recorded the most new daily COVID-19 cases since the star...

30 Jul
Severe Opioid Overdoses Rose by Nearly a Third During Pandemic

Severe Opioid Overdoses Rose by Nearly a Third During Pandemic

Opioid overdose-related visits to U.S. emergency departments rose by nearly one-third during the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

That's the key finding in a new analysis of data from 25 emergency departments in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, North Carolina, Massachusetts a...

27 Jul
Severe COVID for People Under 45: Who's Most at Risk?

Severe COVID for People Under 45: Who's Most at Risk?

Young people aren't immune from severe COVID-19, and a new study warns that some are more at risk than others.

Folks under 45 have more than triple the risk for severe COVID-19 if they have cancer or heart disease, or blood, neurologic or endocrine disorders, according t...

22 Jul
Even at Same Hospital, Black Patients Face More Complications Than Whites

Even at Same Hospital, Black Patients Face More Complications Than Whites

Black Americans admitted for inpatient hospital care are far more likely than white patients to experience safety-related health complications -- even when both are treated in the same facility, a new report warns.

And having good insurance didn't appear to bridge racial...

19 Jul
Do Women or Men Make the Best Doctors?

Do Women or Men Make the Best Doctors?

When you're hospitalized, you'll want qualified medical professionals treating you, but does it matter if your doctor is a man or a woman?

It might.

A new study in Canada found that patients cared for by female physicians had lower in-hospital death rates than tho...

19 Jul
Long Distance to Care Can Mean Worse Outcomes for Young Cancer Patients

Long Distance to Care Can Mean Worse Outcomes for Young Cancer Patients

Teens and young adults with cancer who live in rural areas or far from the hospital where they were diagnosed are more likely to have advanced cancer and more likely to die, new research shows.

"A number of studies have indicated that place of residence can influence can...

15 Jul
Heart Troubles Ease Over Time in Kids With MIS-C

Heart Troubles Ease Over Time in Kids With MIS-C

Here's some reassuring news for parents: Most heart problems in children with a rare inflammatory condition triggered by COVID-19 infection resolve within a few months, a new study finds.

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) causes inflammation throughou...

13 Jul
Hospitalizations for Teens With Eating Disorders Rose Sharply During Pandemic

Hospitalizations for Teens With Eating Disorders Rose Sharply During Pandemic

The pandemic may have triggered yet another burgeoning health problem: New research suggests that more than twice as many young people as is normal were hospitalized with eating disorders in the first 12 months of the COVID-19 surge in the United States.

There were 125 e...

12 Jul
Could Men's Testosterone Play Role in COVID Survival?

Could Men's Testosterone Play Role in COVID Survival?

Men with low testosterone levels have a much higher risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, a new study from Italy finds.

The study included nearly 300 symptomatic male COVID-19 patients who arrived at the emergency department and were admitted to San Raffaele Un...

09 Jul
More Air Pollution, Worse COVID Outcomes?

More Air Pollution, Worse COVID Outcomes?

The air people breathe -- and how much pollution is in it -- may make a difference in their outcomes when infected with COVID-19, a new study finds.

Researchers found that living in more polluted areas -- including near sewage water dischargers and in close proximity to...

30 Jun
COVID Can Be More Deadly for Hospitalized Trauma Patients

COVID Can Be More Deadly for Hospitalized Trauma Patients

Having a case of COVID-19 significantly increases hospitalized trauma patients' risk of complications and death, a new study finds.

"Our findings underscore how important it is for hospitals to consistently test admitted patients, so that providers can be aware of this a...

29 Jun
Keeping Same Nurse for All Home Health Care May Be Crucial for Dementia Patients

Keeping Same Nurse for All Home Health Care May Be Crucial for Dementia Patients

Dementia patients who have the same nurse for all of their home health care visits are a third less likely to be readmitted to the hospital, a new study finds.

"While continuity of nursing care may benefit every home health care patient, it may be particularly critical f...

29 Jun
Poorly Managed Diabetes Raises Odds for More Severe COVID

Poorly Managed Diabetes Raises Odds for More Severe COVID

Hospitalized patients with diabetes who hadn't been taking their medication had more severe cases of COVID-19, a new study shows.

"Our results highlight the importance of assessing, monitoring and controlling blood glucose [sugar] in hospitalized COVID-19 patients from ...

18 Jun
Hospitals: One Reason COVID Is More Lethal for Black Americans

Hospitals: One Reason COVID Is More Lethal for Black Americans

Black COVID-19 patients in the United States are more likely to die than white patients, but there would be 10% fewer deaths among Black patients if they could get the same level of hospital care as white people, according to new research.

"Our study reveals that Black p...

18 Jun
Survivors' Plasma Helps Blood Cancer Patients Battle COVID-19

Survivors' Plasma Helps Blood Cancer Patients Battle COVID-19

Giving COVID-19 survivors' blood plasma to blood cancer patients hospitalized with COVID-19 significantly improves their chances of survival, a new study finds.

"These results suggest that convalescent plasma may not only help COVID-19 patients with blood cancers whose i...

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