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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 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 ...

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...

17 Jun
Red Cross Warns of Severe Blood Shortage

Red Cross Warns of Severe Blood Shortage

There's a severe blood shortage in the United States due to a recent surge in trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries, the American Red Cross says.

The Red Cross is appealing to Americans to roll up their sleeves and donate blood immediately.

"Our te...

17 Jun
$10,000: What New Parents Might Pay for Childbirth, Even With Insurance

$10,000: What New Parents Might Pay for Childbirth, Even With Insurance

Having a baby is expensive. The cost of diapers, a crib, a car seat and all the other infant necessities can really add up, and now a new study shows that having a child comes with its own hefty hospital price tag for many U.S. families.

About one in six families in the ...

08 Jun
Fibroid Pain, Bleeding Is Driving Thousands of Women to the ER

Fibroid Pain, Bleeding Is Driving Thousands of Women to the ER

Far too many women are showing up in U.S. emergency rooms due to fibroids, according to a new study spanning 12 years.

Fibroids are common noncancerous growths in the uterus. They don't always cause symptoms, but those that do may result in heavy menstrual bleeding and s...

07 Jun
New Disabilities Plague Half of COVID Survivors After Hospital Discharge

New Disabilities Plague Half of COVID Survivors After Hospital Discharge

People hospitalized for COVID-19 are often discharged in much worse shape than before their illness - underscoring the value of preventing severe cases with vaccination.

In a new study, researchers found that during the pandemic's early months, almost half of COVID-19 pa...

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

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

The cost of COVID-19 hospitalizations averaged nearly $22,000 for older Americans in 2020 - and much more for those who became critically ill, a new government study finds.

Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at the cost of COVID-19 ...

03 Jun
Strokes Hitting COVID Patients Are More Severe: Study

Strokes Hitting COVID Patients Are More Severe: Study

COVID-19 patients are at increased risk for severe strokes, according to a new study that also found that the overall risk of stroke is higher in younger patients.

Researchers analyzed data from 432 COVID-19 patients in 17 countries who suffered strokes and found they we...

01 Jun
Long-Haul COVID Symptoms? Getting Vaccine Won't Make You Feel Worse, Study Finds

Long-Haul COVID Symptoms? Getting Vaccine Won't Make You Feel Worse, Study Finds

COVID survivors can relax when it comes to vaccination: A new study shows that getting immunized will not worsen any symptoms that linger long after infection, such as breathing difficulties, fatigue and insomnia.

The encouraging takeaway is based on a small analysis tha...

27 May
FDA Approves Third COVID Antibody Treatment for Emergency Use

FDA Approves Third COVID Antibody Treatment for Emergency Use

A third antibody treatment designed to keep high-risk COVID-19 patients from winding up in the hospital was approved for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday.

Importantly, in lab tests the newly authorized drug, dubbed sotrovimab, neut...

27 May
Many Pre-Surgery Tests Are Useless, So Why Are Hospitals Still Using Them?

Many Pre-Surgery Tests Are Useless, So Why Are Hospitals Still Using Them?

Patients facing relatively simple outpatient surgeries are nonetheless being told to undergo a number of preoperative tests that just aren't necessary, a new study reports.

More than half of a group of patients facing low-risk outpatient surgery received one or more test...

26 May
7 Out of 10 Hospitalized COVID Patients Will Have Long-Haul Symptoms

7 Out of 10 Hospitalized COVID Patients Will Have Long-Haul Symptoms

If you land in the hospital with a COVID-19 infection, there's a good chance you'll still be suffering symptoms months later, researchers report.

A wide swath of lingering health issues plagued more than 70% of these patients, investigators found.

"Early on, we com...

25 May
More Pot-Linked Poisoning Cases as Edibles' Popularity Booms

More Pot-Linked Poisoning Cases as Edibles' Popularity Booms

Newfangled marijuana products -- edibles, concentrates, vapes -- are driving an overall increase in pot-related calls to U.S. poison control centers, a new study shows.

There were more than 11,100 calls related to marijuana use in 2019, up from about 8,200 in 2017, resea...

20 May
As U.S. Vaccinations Rise, Hospitals Ease Restrictions on Visitors

As U.S. Vaccinations Rise, Hospitals Ease Restrictions on Visitors

Virginia Terrell knew she wouldn't be allowed visitors after she checked into the hospital with COVID-19 late last month, but being braced for that reality didn't make her week-and-a-half stay any easier.

"You get pretty lonely," said Terrell, 59, who was treated at Wake...

19 May
Number of U.S. Kids Hospitalized With COVID Is Likely Overcounted: Study

Number of U.S. Kids Hospitalized With COVID Is Likely Overcounted: Study

The actual number of U.S. children hospitalized due to COVID-19 may be lower than current figures suggest, a new study indicates.

That's because counts of hospitalized children who test positive for COVID-19 may include those who were admitted for other reasons and have...

18 May
It's Still Tough to Find Prices on Most U.S. Hospital Websites

It's Still Tough to Find Prices on Most U.S. Hospital Websites

U.S. hospitals have been required to make their prices public since 2019, but 18 months into the rule more than half weren't doing it, a new study finds.

In 2018, the Trump administration issued a rule requiring hospitals to publish their "chargemasters" on their website...

18 May
Clues to Rare Disorder Affecting Kids With COVID-19

Clues to Rare Disorder Affecting Kids With COVID-19

New insight into a rare and dangerous disorder that can occur in kids with COVID-19 could improve treatment of the condition, researchers say.

Many children infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) go undiagnosed or have no symptoms, but about one in 1,0...

14 May
Bike-Linked Head Injuries Plummet for U.S. Kids, But Not Adults

Bike-Linked Head Injuries Plummet for U.S. Kids, But Not Adults

There's good news and bad on rates of head injuries among America's bike-riding public: Rates for these injuries have sharply declined among kids but barely budged among the growing number of adult bike riders.

Between 2009 and 2018, increasing helmet use, construction ...

11 May
Most Severe COVID Cases Involve Neuro Issues, and They're More Often Fatal

Most Severe COVID Cases Involve Neuro Issues, and They're More Often Fatal

Neurological problems are occurring in a very high percentage of hospitalized COVID-19 patients -- and what's worse, those symptoms foretell a bad end for many sufferers, a new study finds.

About four out of five people sick enough to be hospitalized for COVID-19 suffer...

10 May
Women Get Help Later Than Men When Heart Attack Strikes

Women Get Help Later Than Men When Heart Attack Strikes

When young women land in the emergency room with chest pain, they wait longer and get less treatment than their male counterparts, a preliminary study finds.

Using a federal survey of U.S. hospitals, researchers found that younger women with chest pain were treated less ...

07 May
Time Spent in ICU Linked to Higher Odds for Suicide Later

Time Spent in ICU Linked to Higher Odds for Suicide Later

Survivors of the intensive care unit (ICU) have a higher risk of self-harm and suicide after discharge than other hospital patients, a Canadian study shows.

Researchers compared the health records of 423,000 ICU survivors in the province of Ontario with those of with 3 m...

06 May
Israel Study: Pfizer Vaccine Gives 95% Protection Against Illness, Hospitalization & Death

Israel Study: Pfizer Vaccine Gives 95% Protection Against Illness, Hospitalization & Death

Two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine provide a high level of protection for populations, a new study shows.

The findings from Israel -- the first nation to report national data on the vaccine -- show that two doses provide more than 95% protection for people...

04 May
How the Pandemic Changed Breast Cancer Care

How the Pandemic Changed Breast Cancer Care

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, breast cancer experts realized space in operating rooms and hospitals could become scarce. That meant rethinking standard care, to provide the best way to treat patients under these suddenly restricted conditions.

One of the new ideas: ...

04 May
Giving Birth During the Pandemic? Facts You Need to Know

Giving Birth During the Pandemic? Facts You Need to Know

Giving birth during the coronavirus pandemic presents its own challenges, but the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) wants to reassure pregnant women that they need not panic.

Instead, they "should be comforted to know that the hospital is a very safe place to h...

03 May
Finding a Doctor Is Tough and Getting Tougher in Rural America

Finding a Doctor Is Tough and Getting Tougher in Rural America

Health care in rural America has become ever more scarce during the coronavirus pandemic, with folks finding it increasingly difficult to find a doctor or get to a hospital.

For a decade, rural areas have been losing hospitals to financial problems, forcing residents to ...

02 May
Urgent Care or the ER? Which Should You Choose?

Urgent Care or the ER? Which Should You Choose?

Say you twist your ankle playing catch with your kids. Or maybe your daughter has a rash that's spreading. Do you visit urgent care or the hospital emergency department?

Many cases of injury or illness can be handled at an urgent care clinic rather than a hospital emerge...

28 Apr
Pfizer/Moderna Vaccine Protection: 64% at First Dose, 94% at Second

Pfizer/Moderna Vaccine Protection: 64% at First Dose, 94% at Second

There's some sobering news for the millions of Americans who skipped their second coronavirus vaccine dose: Doing so could greatly reduce their odds of avoiding severe illness.

In a "real-world" study of 417 adults aged 65 or older who got either the Pfizer or Moderna tw...

27 Apr
COVID-19 Could Raise Odds for Heart Failure, Even in Those With No Prior Heart Risk

COVID-19 Could Raise Odds for Heart Failure, Even in Those With No Prior Heart Risk

In rare cases, people hospitalized for COVID-19 can develop heart failure, even if their hearts were previously healthy, new research shows.

The researchers found that of over 6,400 COVID-19 patients at their hospital, 0.6% newly developed heart failure. That included ei...

20 Apr
Dirty Air Could Raise COVID Risks for People With Asthma, COPD

Dirty Air Could Raise COVID Risks for People With Asthma, COPD

Long-term exposure to polluted air could increase the risk of severe COVID-19 in people with respiratory diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), new research shows.

For the study, researchers at the University of Cincinnati examined the ...

16 Apr
Americans Still Avoiding ERs in Pandemic, But Uptick Seen in Mental Health Crises

Americans Still Avoiding ERs in Pandemic, But Uptick Seen in Mental Health Crises

While ER visits have stayed below normal levels as the coronavirus pandemic continues, the number of people showing up in the emergency department with mental woes is increasing, new federal government data shows.

Between March 29 and April 25, 2020, visits to emergency ...

15 Apr
COVID Plus 'Bleeding' Stroke Doubles a Patient's Death Risk

COVID Plus 'Bleeding' Stroke Doubles a Patient's Death Risk

'Bleeding' stroke patients with COVID-19 are more than twice as likely to die as those without COVID-19, new research shows.

For the study, a research team from the University of Utah analyzed data from 568 hospitals in the United States. They compared a control group of...

14 Apr
One Good Way to Help Beat COVID: Exercise

One Good Way to Help Beat COVID: Exercise

Exercise guards against a host of chronic diseases that can plague people as they age, but can it also protect against severe cases of COVID-19?

New research suggests that's so: Being physically active reduced COVID-19 patients' risk of hospitalization, intensive care un...

09 Apr
Stressed, Exhausted: Frontline Workers Faced Big Mental Strain in Pandemic

Stressed, Exhausted: Frontline Workers Faced Big Mental Strain in Pandemic

Doctors, nurses and other frontline health workers in U.S. emergency departments have struggled with significant mental health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new poll reveals.

"As the nation moves into what many believe is a fourth wave of COVID, this study i...

06 Apr
Why Are ER Wait Times Getting Longer for Kids in Mental Health Crisis?

Why Are ER Wait Times Getting Longer for Kids in Mental Health Crisis?

U.S. children commonly wait hours in the emergency room for help with a mental health crisis -- a problem that has worsened over time, a new study finds.

Researchers found that between 2005 and 2015, prolonged ER stays became ever more common for children and teenagers i...

05 Apr
Most Injured Workers Resume Jobs After Recovery, But Finances Suffer

Most Injured Workers Resume Jobs After Recovery, But Finances Suffer

About six in 10 U.S. workers who've been hospitalized for an injury return to their jobs, but physical disabilities and financial struggles are common, researchers say.

For the study, investigators analyzed federal survey data from trauma patients who were hospitalized w...

01 Apr
Many Recovering COVID Patients Show Signs of Long-Term Organ Damage

Many Recovering COVID Patients Show Signs of Long-Term Organ Damage

Long-term organ damage appears to be common in hospitalized COVID-19 patients after they've recovered and been discharged, British researchers report.

One U.S. expert who read over the report said she's seen the same in her practice.

"This study proves that the dam...

30 Mar
Black Patients Often Treated at Hospitals With Poorer Safety Records: Report

Black Patients Often Treated at Hospitals With Poorer Safety Records: Report

Compared with white patients, Black adults are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to hospital safety in the United States, a new report warns.

Black patients are significantly less likely to gain access to "high-quality" hospitals, an Urban Institute analysis found...

29 Mar
Secondhand Smoke Is Sending Kids to the ER

Secondhand Smoke Is Sending Kids to the ER

Nonsmokers usually try to avoid secondhand smoke, but many kids have no option, and now a new study finds tobacco smoke exposure puts them at higher risk of hospitalization.

Compared to other kids, those exposed to secondhand smoke were more likely to have had an urgent ...

18 Mar
On-the-Road Help: 'Mobile Stroke Units' Are Saving People's Lives

On-the-Road Help: 'Mobile Stroke Units' Are Saving People's Lives

Time is never more precious than in the minutes after a stroke. Now, research is confirming that a "mobile stroke unit" can rush aid to patients quickly, potentially saving lives.

"Patients who are treated early benefit from a complete reversal of stroke symptoms and avo...

15 Mar
Minutes Mean Months: Getting Stroke Care Fast Is Vital, Study Confirms

Minutes Mean Months: Getting Stroke Care Fast Is Vital, Study Confirms

For someone suffering a severe stroke, every 10 minutes that goes by before treatment starts in the emergency room may cost eight weeks of a healthy life, Canadian researchers report.

In fact, delays in the hospital may have worse consequences for recovery than delays in...

15 Mar
Could Low-Dose Aspirin Help Shield You From COVID-19?

Could Low-Dose Aspirin Help Shield You From COVID-19?

It's already being taken by millions to help ward off heart issues, and now preliminary research hints that daily low-dose aspirin might also cut your odds of contracting COVID-19.

As the Israeli research team noted, aspirin is an anti-inflammatory and previous studies h...

05 Mar
How Moving the Homeless to Hotels During the Pandemic Helps Everyone

How Moving the Homeless to Hotels During the Pandemic Helps Everyone

Giving homeless COVID-19 patients a free hotel room for their quarantine and recovery pays huge health dividends for the entire community, according to a new study out of San Francisco.

Only 4% of homeless folks transferred from Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital ...

04 Mar
COVID Death Rates 10 Times Higher in Countries Where Most Are Overweight: Report

COVID Death Rates 10 Times Higher in Countries Where Most Are Overweight: Report

THURSDAY, March 4, 2021 (Healthday News) -- In a finding that suggests overweight people should be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines, a new report released Thursday shows the risk of death from coronavirus infection is about 10 times higher in countries where most of the popul...

03 Mar
Does an Arthritis Drug Help Patients Battling Severe COVID? It Depends on the Study

Does an Arthritis Drug Help Patients Battling Severe COVID? It Depends on the Study

Two new studies suggest that the jury is still out on whether the arthritis drug tocilizumab helps those with severe COVID-19.

Both reports were published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine. The first, from scientists at the University of California...

02 Mar
How Climate Change Could Put More MS Patients in Danger

How Climate Change Could Put More MS Patients in Danger

When temperatures rise, people with multiple sclerosis need to keep cool. Heat sensitivity is a hallmark of the central nervous system disorder.

So, what happens when warm weather spikes become more frequent because of climate change?

More MS patients end up in the...

02 Mar
'Telestroke' Care at Hospitals Is Boosting Patient Outcomes

'Telestroke' Care at Hospitals Is Boosting Patient Outcomes

You've had a stroke and arrive at a hospital, but the stroke specialist is off-duty. Never fear: Telemedicine may help save your life.

Especially during the COVID-19 crisis, so-called 'telestroke' services -- where health workers use video to consult with a stroke specia...

01 Mar
If Protections Expire, COVID Patients Could Soon Face Big Medical Bills

If Protections Expire, COVID Patients Could Soon Face Big Medical Bills

Older Americans on a Medicare Advantage plan could face hospital bills of $1,000 or more if private insurers start charging out-of-pocket costs for lifesaving COVID-19 care, a new study warns.

Cost data show that Medicare Advantage patients pay an average $987 out-of-poc...

26 Feb
In Israel, Widespread Vaccination Slashes Severe COVID Cases in Older Patients

In Israel, Widespread Vaccination Slashes Severe COVID Cases in Older Patients

Israel is among the first nations in the world to have a majority of its citizens vaccinated against the new coronavirus. That effort may be already paying off, with rates of severe COVID-19 cases declining by two-thirds among Israelis over the age of 69, a new report finds.

26 Feb
Pandemic Is Hitting Hospitals Hard, Including Their Bottom Line

Pandemic Is Hitting Hospitals Hard, Including Their Bottom Line

U.S. hospitals are expected to lose billions again in 2021, leaving them in dire financial shape as the COVID-19 pandemic guts the industry for a second year.

Hospitals could lose $53 billion to $122 billion in revenue in 2021, between 4% and 10% of their total revenue, ...

23 Feb
Tiger Woods Hospitalized Following Car Crash

Tiger Woods Hospitalized Following Car Crash

Golfing legend Tiger Woods is in the hospital after his car flipped over in a Los Angeles neighborhood on Tuesday morning.

"Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery, and we tha...

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