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08 Feb

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.

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

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 await...

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

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 r...

13 May
Nurses Key to Spotting Postpartum Depression in New Moms

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 d...

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

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 ...

02 May
Thyroid Could Play Key Role in Hospital Stays

Thyroid Could Play Key Role in Hospital Stays

People with hypothyroidism who are undertreated are at increased risk for longer...

29 Apr
Patients Hospitalized With COVID Face Similar Risks, Regardless of Variant

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 ...

27 Apr
Prescription Steroids Can Pose Dangers for Sickle Cell Patients

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 ta...

26 Apr
PTSD Often Haunts Family Members of Hospitalized COVID Patients

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 w...

25 Apr
Genetic Sign of Aging Linked to Risk of Fatal COVID

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.

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

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 childre...

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

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<...

05 Apr
Hospital Work During Pandemic Was Like a War Zone: Study

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 ...

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

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...

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

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 k...

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

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 ...

24 Mar
Could Aspirin Cut Death Risk for Hospitalized COVID Patients?

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 an...

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

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 (

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

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, admini...

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

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 r...

10 Mar
Pooch Power: Therapy Dogs Bring Quick Relief in the ER

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 visi...

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

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

22 Feb
Vitamins, Supplements Don't Guard Against Severe COVID

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 t...

18 Feb
Scientists Report 'Rogue Antibodies' Behind Severe Clotting With COVID

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 auto...

14 Feb
Kids' Poisonings Rise as More Parents Bring Pot Edibles Home

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...

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

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.

Th...

04 Feb
Red Cross Says Blood Shortage Is Worst in a Decade

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 wa...

03 Feb
Kids With COVID-Linked MIS-C Have Long-Term Symptoms

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 ne...

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

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

01 Feb
Blood Pressure Crises Sending More Americans to the ER

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 "

26 Jan
Omicron Batters Already Strained U.S. Hospitals

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 v...

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

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 wer...

26 Jan
COVID Infection Unlikely From Hospital Surfaces: Study

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 peo...

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

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 res...

24 Jan
COVID Can Affect Brains of Hospitalized Kids

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

21 Jan
Three New Studies Confirm Power of Booster Shots Against Omicron

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

21 Jan
COVID Boosters Keep Older Americans Out of Hospitals: CDC

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 an...

19 Jan
Crowded Emergency Rooms Cost Lives: Study

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 ...

19 Jan
Conservatorships Keep the Homeless in Psychiatric Wards Too Long: Study

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-appointe...

18 Jan
Too Soon to Tell if Omicron Will End Pandemic: Fauci

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,"...

18 Jan
Which Kids Are Most Vulnerable to Severe COVID-19?

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

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

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...

13 Jan
COVID Hospitalizations Rising in Kids Too Young for Vaccine

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

13 Jan
Could Binge Drinking Set Your Heart Rhythm Off-Kilter?

Could Binge Drinking Set Your Heart Rhythm Off-Kilter?

Binge drinking on Super Bowl Sunday or other special occasions could put you at risk for a dangerous heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation (a-fib), even if you've never had it, researchers warn in a new study.

"Worldwide, alcohol is the most popularly consumed...

12 Jan
As Omicron Rages, How Important Are Case Counts Anymore?

As Omicron Rages, How Important Are Case Counts Anymore?

The record-breaking numbers surrounding the Omicron surge are dizzying, with so many Americans falling prey to the highly infectious COVID-19 variant.

The United States reported more than 1.3 million COVID cases on Monday, the

11 Jan
U.S. COVID Hospitalizations Pass Last Winter's Peak

U.S. COVID Hospitalizations Pass Last Winter's Peak

The United States has passed another grim milestone in the pandemic as the Omicron variant races across the country: COVID hospitalizations have now eclipsed a previous peak, which was seen last January.

There were 142,388 people hospitalized with

07 Jan
Breakthrough COVID Cases Overwhelmingly Mild for Vaccinated People: Study

Breakthrough COVID Cases Overwhelmingly Mild for Vaccinated People: Study

A review of cases from 465 U.S. hospitals underscores the protection provided by COVID-19 vaccines.

The new review -- by researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health -- found that ...

04 Jan
U.S. Hospitals Seeing Record Numbers of Young COVID Patients

U.S. Hospitals Seeing Record Numbers of Young COVID Patients

COVID-19 hospitalizations among children are surging across the United States just as students return to school and the highly transmissible Omicron variant begins to dominate the country.

At least nine states have reported record numbers of COVID-related pediatric ho...

03 Jan
Scientists Spot Clues to Why Omicron Infections Are Milder

Scientists Spot Clues to Why Omicron Infections Are Milder

New animal research offers a compelling explanation as to how the Omicron variant causes less severe disease than some of its predecessors: It seems to settle in the nose, throat and windpipe, rather than traveling down to the lungs.

“It’s fair to say that the idea o...

31 Dec
Could the 'Alzheimer's Gene' Raise Risks for Severe COVID-19?

Could the 'Alzheimer's Gene' Raise Risks for Severe COVID-19?

A certain gene mutation known as APOE4 has long been known to raise the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Now, researchers report it may also predispose people to increased suscepti...

31 Dec
Big Weight Loss May Help Prevent Severe COVID-19

Big Weight Loss May Help Prevent Severe COVID-19

By now, most folks know obesity is a leading risk factor for severe COVID-19, but a new study suggests that losing a significant amount of weight can reduce that risk.

"The research

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