Patients in a new Northwestern Medicine study were able to comprehend words that were written but not said aloud. They could write the names of things they saw but not verbalize them. Even though these patients could hear and speak perfectly fine, a disease had crept into a portion of their brain that kept them […]Continue Reading ...
It’s an unfortunate paradox: care that patients receive in the ICU often saves their lives, but spending time there can also hurt their health. Sedation, prolonged periods in bed, and around-the-clock monitoring by loud machines can affect patients’ cognitive, psychological and physical functioning even after they’ve gone home, Francesca Rinaldo, MD, PhD, told me recently. […]Continue Reading ...
It is not true that patients treated with deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus make always more impulsive decisions than others, with major effects on their health and safety. This is what emerges from a study conducted by SISSA in association with the hospitals of Trieste and Udine, Italy. Credit: rawpixel on Unsplash […]Continue Reading ...
Combining medications that suppress the immune system has been successful in treating young patients with Crohn’s disease, but some physicians have been reluctant to use this strategy in older patients because of concerns about safety. Now an Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics study indicates that older patients can be safely and effectively treated with such combined […]Continue Reading ...
A new model for intensive care, developed by Rutgers and RWJBarnabas Health System, can help identify preventable – and previously overlooked – factors that often send chronically ill patients to the intensive care unit (ICU). The new process requires the ICU team – including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, chaplains and others – to truly […]Continue Reading ...
In patients resuscitated after cardiac arrest who do not show evidence of the type of heart attack known as ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), receiving immediate coronary angiography did not improve survival at 90 days compared to waiting a few days before undergoing the procedure, based on findings presented at the American College of Cardiology’s […]Continue Reading ...
Remote monitoring keeps heart failure patients out of hospital, according to late-breaking findings from the RESULT trial presented today at EHRA 2019, a European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress. The set-up is so effective that it has won reimbursement from the national health system. Study author Dr Mateusz Tajstra, of the Silesian Centre of Heart […]Continue Reading ...
WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 — For patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), catheter ablation does not significantly reduce the risk for death, disabling stroke, serious bleeding, or cardiac arrest, but it does improve quality of life versus medical therapy, according to two studies published online March 15 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The […]Continue Reading ...
For decades, hospitals have strained to accommodate patients in psychiatric crisis in emergency rooms. The horror stories of failure abound: Patients heavily sedated or shackled to gurneys for days while awaiting placement in a specialized psychiatric hospital, their symptoms exacerbated by the noise and chaos of emergency medicine. Long wait times in crowded ERs for […]Continue Reading ...
Bottom Line: Financial incentives didn’t increase completion rates of colorectal cancer screening tests mailed to patients. In a randomized clinical trial of almost 900 patients, none of the incentives (an unconditional $10, a promised $10 upon completion of the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) kit to test for blood in a stool sample or chance at […]Continue Reading ...
With 1 million new cases of congestive heart failure diagnosed each year, a revolutionary product is making it easier for hospitals to monitor patients with the condition in the comfort of their own homes. A toilet-seat based cardiovascular monitoring system created by a team of Rochester Institute of Technology researchers aims to lower the hospital […]Continue Reading ...
The researchers implanted the deep brain stimulation systems in the patients’ medial forebrain bundle (blue) of the brain, a part of the brain’s reward system. Credit: University of Freiburg – Medical Center Full size Patients suffering from severe, treatment-resistant depression can benefit not only acutely but also the long term from deep brain stimulation, as […]Continue Reading ...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the Optimizer Smart system for treating patients with chronic, moderate-to-severe heart failure who are not suited for treatment with other heart failure devices such as cardiac resynchronization therapy to restore a normal timing pattern of the heartbeat. The FDA gave the device a Breakthrough Device designation because […]Continue Reading ...
A combination of two topical creams already shown to clear precancerous skin lesions from sun-damaged skin also lowers the risk that patients will later develop squamous cell carcinoma of the skin. The study, from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, appears March 21 in JCI Insight. […]Continue Reading ...
When hospitals implement programs to optimize patients’ recovery from surgery, healthcare costs fall and patients show improved outcomes. One major benefit of the programs–known as enhanced recovery pathways–include shorter hospital stays. But thoracic surgeons are often reluctant to discharge patients on an accelerated timeframe for fear early discharge might harm their patients and lead to […]Continue Reading ...
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