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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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24 Nov
1 in 5 Avoided Health Care During Pandemic, Study Finds

1 in 5 Avoided Health Care During Pandemic, Study Finds

One in five adults avoided seeking health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, even when they had symptoms suggesting the need for urgent medical attention, according to researchers in the Netherlands.

"Health care avoidance during COVID-19 may be prevalent amongst those w...

24 Nov
Rural Hospitals' ERs Just as Effective as Urban Ones: Study

Rural Hospitals' ERs Just as Effective as Urban Ones: Study

If you live the country life, new research brings a reassuring finding: Your chances of surviving a heart attack, stroke or other potentially life-threatening medical emergency at a rural emergency department are similar to odds at a city ER in the United States.

Resear...

19 Nov
Casi 1 de cada 3 empleados de los hospitales de EE. UU. sigue sin vacunarse

Casi 1 de cada 3 empleados de los hospitales de EE. UU. sigue sin vacunarse

Casi un tercio del personal de atención de la salud de los hospitales de EE. UU. no se habían vacunado contra la COVID-19 a mediados de septiembre, muestra un nuevo estudio.

Los investigadores analizaron los datos de más de 3.3 millones de trabajadores de la atención...

18 Nov
Across America, Black People Have Worse Health Outcomes

Across America, Black People Have Worse Health Outcomes

Race-based gaps in health care and health outcomes persist in every region of the United States, a new state-by-state report card shows.

Racial and ethnic disparities woven throughout America and its system of health care mean that people of color are more likely to die ...

18 Nov
Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. Hospital Personnel Still Unvaccinated

Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. Hospital Personnel Still Unvaccinated

Nearly a third of health care staff in U.S. hospitals were not vaccinated against COVID-19 as of mid-September, a new study shows.

Researchers analyzed data on more than 3.3 million health care workers at more than 2,000 hospitals nationwide between Jan. 20 and Sept. 15....

15 Nov
Low-Dose CT Scans Can Diagnose Appendicitis

Low-Dose CT Scans Can Diagnose Appendicitis

CT scans expose patients to radiation even as they help doctors spot serious health problems. Now a new study finds low-dose scans can readily spot appendicitis while reducing patients' radiation exposure.

"The results of this study suggest that the diagnostic CT scan ra...

10 Nov
Pandemic Puts 'Outdated' Infection Control Practices Under Scrutiny

Pandemic Puts 'Outdated' Infection Control Practices Under Scrutiny

The COVID-19 pandemic has offered some lessons on respiratory disease transmission, and now a new review suggests that hospitals could use those insights to create even smarter infection-control policies.

The review, published Nov. 9 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, s...

05 Nov
More Proof That COVID Vaccines Guard Against Severe Disease

More Proof That COVID Vaccines Guard Against Severe Disease

The risk of serious illness or death is lower among vaccinated people who get breakthrough COVID-19 infections than among unvaccinated people who get infected, two new studies confirm.

An ongoing study of 780,000 U.S. veterans found that all three vaccines available in t...

04 Nov
Supply Chain Issues Bring Shortages of Drugs, Devices to U.S. Hospitals

Supply Chain Issues Bring Shortages of Drugs, Devices to U.S. Hospitals

The word went out late last month throughout Utah -- if you've got a spare set of aluminum crutches lying around, you should donate them to your local hospital.

An international shortage of aluminum has caused delays in shipments of crutches and walkers, so Utah hospital...

01 Nov
Guard Dogs, Panic Buttons: Nurses Under Threat From Rising Violence

Guard Dogs, Panic Buttons: Nurses Under Threat From Rising Violence

Emergency room nurse Grace Politis was catching up on paperwork during her shift when she suddenly realized her head hurt badly. Then she blacked out.

"Later on, I found out I was hit in the head twice with a fire extinguisher by a patient," said Politis, who works at Lo...

01 Nov
Could a Quick Breathalyzer Test for COVID-19 Be on the Way?

Could a Quick Breathalyzer Test for COVID-19 Be on the Way?

An experimental Breathalyzer-type test can detect COVID-19 within seconds and could become a noninvasive, faster alternative to nasal swab tests, researchers report.

COVID-19 infection produces a distinct breath print from the interaction of oxygen, nitric oxide and ammo...

29 Oct
U.S. COVID Cases Fell 60% Since September, But Vigilance Still Needed: Health Officials

U.S. COVID Cases Fell 60% Since September, But Vigilance Still Needed: Health Officials

Coronavirus cases have plunged by 60% since mid-September's Delta-driven peak, U.S. health officials said earlier this week. But with winter on the way, they warned that Americans still need to protect themselves and others against COVID-19.

"We are now heading in the ri...

29 Oct
Language Can Make the Difference Between Home, Hospital Care: Study

Language Can Make the Difference Between Home, Hospital Care: Study

It helps to speak English if you're a home care patient in the United States.

A new study of home health care found that patients who speak a language other than English have higher rates of hospital readmission.

Readmission rates among New York City patients...

28 Oct
Cheap Antidepressant Might Help Keep COVID Patients Out of Hospital

Cheap Antidepressant Might Help Keep COVID Patients Out of Hospital

A cheap and widely available antidepressant drug called fluvoxamine may reduce COVID-19 patients' risk of serious illness requiring hospitalization, according to a new study.

The trial included almost 1,500 unvaccinated outpatients in Brazil. All of the patients tested p...

27 Oct
Routine Ventilation of Surgical Patients Won't Raise COVID Transmission Risk

Routine Ventilation of Surgical Patients Won't Raise COVID Transmission Risk

Routine face mask ventilation during an operation doesn't increase the surgical team's risk of coronavirus infection, according to a new study.

Face mask ventilation is typically used for surgical patients under general anesthesia. However, its designation as an "aerosol...

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?

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 there was a trend among patients who resisted being admitted to or...

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 Un...

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 at...

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...

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