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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...

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

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

FRIDAY, March 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- 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-t...

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...

19 Feb
Heart Damage Seen in Many Hospitalized COVID Patients: Study

Heart Damage Seen in Many Hospitalized COVID Patients: Study

Heart damage was found in more than half of a group of hospitalized COVID-19 patients after they were discharged, according to a new British study.

The study included 148 patients who were treated for severe COVID-19 at six hospitals in London. The patients all had raise...

12 Feb
Give Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients Blood Thinners to Help Save Lives: Study

Give Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients Blood Thinners to Help Save Lives: Study

Giving blood thinners to COVID-19 patients soon after they're hospitalized could reduce their risk of dying.

That's the conclusion of a new study that analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on nearly 4,300 patients, average age 68, who were hospitaliz...

10 Feb
ICU Bed Shortages Could Mean More COVID-19  Deaths

ICU Bed Shortages Could Mean More COVID-19  Deaths

A lack of ICU beds and other resources was linked to a higher rate of deaths among hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the early stages of the pandemic in the United States, researchers say.

The investigators analyzed data collected from more than 4,400 hospitals nationwid...

04 Feb
Bedside Manner Even More Important for Hospital Patients Admitted Via the ER

Bedside Manner Even More Important for Hospital Patients Admitted Via the ER

Being rushed into hospital care can be an emotional experience. So, what a surgeon says to trauma or emergency surgery patients plays a role in how satisfied they are after their operations, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from nearly 187,000 patients discha...

02 Feb
Why Do Black Children Get Fewer Scans When They're Seen in ERs?

Why Do Black Children Get Fewer Scans When They're Seen in ERs?

Black and Hispanic children who land in the emergency room are less likely than white kids to receive X-rays, CT scans and other imaging tests, a new study finds.

Looking at more than 13 million ER visits to U.S. children's hospitals, researchers found that white childre...

25 Jan
Strong Blood Thinners May Help COVID Patients, But Degree of Illness Is Key

Strong Blood Thinners May Help COVID Patients, But Degree of Illness Is Key

Full doses of blood thinners can benefit patients hospitalized with COVID-19, but the severity of their illness matters, researchers say.

The new global analysis found that hospitalized patients with moderate COVID-19 may benefit from the drugs' clot-preventing powers...

25 Jan
Study Casts Doubt on 'Early Warning' System for Kidney Patients

Study Casts Doubt on 'Early Warning' System for Kidney Patients

Electronic 'early warning systems' for kidney damage in hospital patients don't improve outcomes, researchers say.

These systems are meant to alert for acute kidney injury (AKI). AKI, a sudden decrease in the kidney's filtration function, occurs in 15% of hospital patien...

22 Jan
Even When Cancer Is in Remission, Patients' Risks of Severe COVID Rise

Even When Cancer Is in Remission, Patients' Risks of Severe COVID Rise

Your cancer has gone into remission, so you breathe a sigh of relief as you try to navigate the coronavirus pandemic safely.

Not so fast, says new research that finds even cancer patients in remission still have a high risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19.

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20 Jan
When ICUs Near Capacity, COVID Patients' Risk for Death Nearly Doubles

When ICUs Near Capacity, COVID Patients' Risk for Death Nearly Doubles

When intensive care units are swamped with COVID-19 patients, death rates may climb, a new study finds.

Looking at data from 88 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, researchers found a pattern: COVID-19 patients were nearly twice as likely to die during pe...

13 Jan
'Awareness' Under C-Section Anesthesia May Be Less Rare Than Thought

'Awareness' Under C-Section Anesthesia May Be Less Rare Than Thought

It's a woman's worst nightmare: You're having a C-section under anesthesia, but you suddenly become aware of what is happening during your surgery.

Now, a new study shows that phenomenon, known as "accidental awareness," is more common than believed. In fact, it may occ...

12 Jan
Pandemic Is Tied to Big Rise in U.S. Heart Deaths

Pandemic Is Tied to Big Rise in U.S. Heart Deaths

In a finding that highlights another health consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, researchers report that the risk of dying from heart disease increased during the coronavirus lockdowns last spring, likely because people were too scared to go to the hospital.

But the ...

06 Jan
Red Cross Issues Call for More Blood Plasma to Treat COVID Patients

Red Cross Issues Call for More Blood Plasma to Treat COVID Patients

The American Red Cross is urging COVID-19 survivors to donate blood plasma for hospital patients who need it to recover.

As an incentive to help boost the national convalescent plasma shortage, the Red Cross has teamed up with the National Football League and is offering...

06 Jan
U.S. COVID Hospitalizations Reach Record High as California Hospitals Run Out of Oxygen

U.S. COVID Hospitalizations Reach Record High as California Hospitals Run Out of Oxygen

A record-breaking 131,000 coronavirus hospitalizations were recorded in the United States on Tuesday. In hard-hit Los Angeles County, hospitals began running out of oxygen and paramedics were told not to bring patients to a hospital if they showed little hope of survival.

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31 Dec
Laughter As Medicine: Clowns Help Hospitalized Kids Cope

Laughter As Medicine: Clowns Help Hospitalized Kids Cope

Send in the clowns. They could help hospitalized children cope with pain and anxiety.

New research shows that hospital clowns can help improve both physical symptoms and the psychological well-being of children and teens through laughter and play.

For the study,...

29 Dec
Why Do Obese People Have Higher Risk From COVID-19?

Why Do Obese People Have Higher Risk From COVID-19?

Respiratory problems and other factors -- not inflammation -- may explain why obese people are more likely to have severe COVID-19 and die from it, according to a new study.

Other studies have shown that overweight and obese COVID-19 patients are more likely to be admitt...

23 Dec
COVID Patient Survival Falls When Local Area Has Higher Caseload: Study

COVID Patient Survival Falls When Local Area Has Higher Caseload: Study

"Flattening the curve" could be key to reducing deaths among people hospitalized with COVID-19, a new study of U.S. hospitals suggests.

Researchers found that COVID-19 patients' survival odds depended not only on their age and overall health. It also depended on the hosp...

23 Dec
Trials Find Full-Dose Blood Thinners May Harm, Not Help, COVID Patients in ICU

Trials Find Full-Dose Blood Thinners May Harm, Not Help, COVID Patients in ICU

Because COVID-19 is known to raise the odds for dangerous blood clots, blood thinners have quickly become part of routine care for many hospitalized patients.

But three clinical trials testing full doses of these drugs in COVID-19 patients have now paused recruitment of ...

23 Dec
Hurricanes Leave Rise in Hospitalizations in Their Wake

Hurricanes Leave Rise in Hospitalizations in Their Wake

Hospitals are swamped with older patients after hurricanes, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data on hospitalizations for adults 65 and older in the month following eight of the United States' largest hurricanes in recent years.

In this age group, post-hurri...

22 Dec
First 10 Days After Hospital Discharge Especially Risky for COVID Survivors

First 10 Days After Hospital Discharge Especially Risky for COVID Survivors

Being discharged from the hospital following a serious bout of COVID-19 is far from a clean bill of health, new research warns, and the risk of rehospitalization or death peaks early.

In the study, more than one-quarter of such patients ended up back in the hospital or ...

21 Dec
Women Less Likely to Survive Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Women Less Likely to Survive Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Women who are resuscitated from cardiac arrest are less likely to receive two common treatments once they arrive at the hospital, and are much more likely to die while hospitalized than men, a new study finds.

The researchers analyzed data gathered on nearly 4,900 resusc...

18 Dec
COVID-19 Is Far More Lethal, Damaging Than Flu, Data Shows

COVID-19 Is Far More Lethal, Damaging Than Flu, Data Shows

COVID-19 is far more harmful and deadly than the seasonal flu, new studies confirm.

Researchers analyzed U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs data on more than 3,600 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 between Feb. 1 and June 17 of this year, and more than 12,600 hospital...

15 Dec
Sickle Cell Puts Black Patients at Higher Risk for Severe COVID

Sickle Cell Puts Black Patients at Higher Risk for Severe COVID

Sickle cell disease increases the risk of death or serious complications from COVID-19 infection, a pair of new studies suggests.

People with sickle cell disease -- a genetic blood disorder predominantly found in Black people -- are 6.2 times more likely to die from COVI...

09 Dec
U.S. Hospitals Running Out of ICU Beds for COVID Patients

U.S. Hospitals Running Out of ICU Beds for COVID Patients

In a sign that the coronavirus pandemic is entering its most dire stage yet, new federal data shows that more than a third of Americans now live in areas where hospitals are critically short of intensive care beds.

Hospitals serving more than 100 million Americans had fe...

07 Dec
Pandemic Causing Dangerous Delays in Care When Appendicitis Strikes Kids

Pandemic Causing Dangerous Delays in Care When Appendicitis Strikes Kids

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors became concerned that people were delaying needed medical care to avoid hospitals. Now a new study hints that some parents may have waited to get emergency treatment for their children's appendicitis.

Appendicitis is a painful infl...

04 Dec
High Blood Sugar Ups COVID Risks, Even in Non-Diabetics

High Blood Sugar Ups COVID Risks, Even in Non-Diabetics

COVID-19 patients with abnormally high blood sugar are at increased risk for serious illness and death, even if they don't have diabetes, new research shows.

The study included more than 11,300 non-critically ill adults with COVID-19 who were hospitalized in Spain betwee...

03 Dec
CDC Director Warns of Dire Winter Ahead for COVID Hospitalizations, Deaths

CDC Director Warns of Dire Winter Ahead for COVID Hospitalizations, Deaths

The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Wednesday that the coming winter months might be the darkest period yet in the coronavirus pandemic.

"I actually believe they're going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of t...

02 Dec
Many Hospitalized COVID Patients Will Need Longer-Term Care at Home

Many Hospitalized COVID Patients Will Need Longer-Term Care at Home

When COVID-19 patients go home from the hospital, their recovery is often far from over -- and many might benefit from home health care, a new study suggests.

At a time when U.S. COVID cases are surging and hospitals are running out of room, experts say home health care ...

02 Dec
Should Cancer Survivors Be Prioritized for COVID Vaccine?

Should Cancer Survivors Be Prioritized for COVID Vaccine?

Cancer survivors have higher odds of dying from seasonal flu, suggesting they may also be at increased risk from COVID-19 and may need to be among the first in line for vaccination against both diseases.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine...

27 Nov
Preemie Babies End Up Hospitalized More as Kids

Preemie Babies End Up Hospitalized More as Kids

Children born prematurely have a higher risk of hospitalization later on than those born at full term, a new study says.

Health problems are common in premature babies, though the risk falls as they grow up. But researchers said it has been unclear when the risk begins t...

25 Nov
Delirium May Be Only Sign of Severe COVID in Elderly: Study

Delirium May Be Only Sign of Severe COVID in Elderly: Study

Delirium is often the first symptom of COVID-19 to appear in older people, a new study finds.

They may have confusion with an altered level of consciousness, disorientation, inattention and other mental disturbances, but none of the other typical signs of the corona...

25 Nov
Another Study Casts Doubt on 'Convalescent Plasma' as COVID-19 Treatment

Another Study Casts Doubt on 'Convalescent Plasma' as COVID-19 Treatment

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, anecdotal reports suggested that infusing very sick patients with the blood plasma of people who'd survived the disease might help boost outcomes.

But study findings released Nov. 24 in the New England Journal of Medicine, along w...

24 Nov
More Kids Injured by Tiny Magnets After Sales Ban Was Lifted: Study

More Kids Injured by Tiny Magnets After Sales Ban Was Lifted: Study

Small, powerful magnets in toys like Buckyballs building sets and jewelry kits are causing an alarming number of serious pediatric injuries in the United States, new research warns.

Analyzing national data, researchers found an 80% rise in these injuries to children from...

23 Nov
Blacks, Hispanics Account for More Than Half of COVID Deaths: Study

Blacks, Hispanics Account for More Than Half of COVID Deaths: Study

Black and Hispanic Americans accounted for more than half of all hospitalized COVID-19 patient deaths in the United States in the early stages of the pandemic, and the hospitals where they were treated may be a factor, researchers say.

For the study, the investigators an...

21 Nov
B 11/21 -- Which Kids With COVID Will Get Very Sick?

B 11/21 -- Which Kids With COVID Will Get Very Sick?

Scientists have identified symptoms that may predict the severity of COVID-19 in children.

According to the researchers, children with respiratory disease and those with multisystem inflammatory syndrome (a rare but serious condition linked with COVID-19) have the most s...

20 Nov
How Hospitals Can Cut Patients' Falls

How Hospitals Can Cut Patients' Falls

A new toolkit to help reduce falls and fall-related injuries among hospital patients is highly effective, a new study shows.

Falls are the leading cause of preventable injury, so researchers set out to create a fall prevention toolkit for patients and their families.

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04 Nov
Pandemic Protocols Don't Stand in the Way of a Safe Delivery

Pandemic Protocols Don't Stand in the Way of a Safe Delivery

New infection prevention practices started during the coronavirus pandemic have actually shortened hospital stays for mothers and their babies, a new study finds.

The changes included screening the temperature of all patients and visitors, limiting the number of visitors...

04 Nov
Coronavirus Cases, Hospitalizations Keep Climbing

Coronavirus Cases, Hospitalizations Keep Climbing

On the heels of days of staggering coronavirus case counts, more than 90,000 new infections were reported among Americans on Election Day.

All of the country's five highest days of new COVID-19 cases have been recorded since Oct. 29, confirming fears that another surge h...

28 Oct
Hospitals Across America Strained by Coronavirus Surge

Hospitals Across America Strained by Coronavirus Surge

Hospitals across America were struggling on Tuesday as the new coronavirus struck with a vengeance in parts of the country that had been spared the worst in the early days of the pandemic.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has climbed an estimated 46 percen...

24 Oct
Knowing What to Expect May Help After Sexual Assault

Knowing What to Expect May Help After Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is common in America, with an attack occurring every 73 seconds. But having supportive care at the emergency department and afterwards can help heal the trauma, Penn State doctors say.

One in five women is raped during their lifetime, yet only 25&#...

22 Oct
Could Hospital Visit Records Help Docs Spot ADHD, Autism Early?

Could Hospital Visit Records Help Docs Spot ADHD, Autism Early?

Kids with autism or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) go to the hospital more in their first year of life than children without these conditions, according to a new study.

These findings suggest that keeping track of hospital visits may be a new way to...

21 Oct
Nurses Can Make the Difference for New Moms' Breastfeeding

Nurses Can Make the Difference for New Moms' Breastfeeding

One key to breastfeeding success? Having enough hospital nurses to ensure that new moms get top-notch care.

Hospitals with higher rates of exclusive breastfeeding had nurses who provided more consistent care, according to a new report.

That care included h...

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