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Frailty

Frailty: Screening Criterion For Fitness For An Operation

Frailty, a decline in function and resistance to short-term stress that typically occurs in old age; is linked to more complications after an operation among adults of all ages; according to researchers of a large new study published as an “article in press”; on the Journal of the American College of Surgeonswebsite in advance of…

Caregivers

More Support Needed For Caregivers In Canada

Every day, about 28% of Canadians provide care for a family member, friend or neighbour; and nearly half will do so at some point. Although many Canadians with chronic conditions and disabilities need care, the most common needs requiring caregiver help are age related. With 93% of older Canadians living at home, unpaid or informal…

Palliative Care Discussion

Leg Amputation in ESRD Patients Prompts Palliative Care Discussion

Lower extremity amputation is common among patients with ESRD, and often portends a poor prognosis. However, little is known about end-of-life care among patients with ESRD who undergo amputation. Nearly one in 10 patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) undergoes lower-extremity amputation in their last year of life, according to a study published online Feb.…

Precision Medicine

New Approach To Ensure Success Of Precision Medicine

Precision medicine is a focus of ongoing debate. In an environment of limited research funds; there are those who believe that precision medicine should be funded because it will improve population health; and those who feel that it shouldn’t, because it won’t. In a viewpoint published Jan. 28 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation; experts…

Telehealth

Expanding Telehealth Capacity To Prevent Chronic Conditions

The University of Virginia Health System is expanding its telehealth capacity to help patients across Virginia better prevent or manage chronic conditions that include diabetes, prediabetes and heart disease. But through the UVA Center for Telehealth, UVA will expand or pilot several initiatives to battle chronic diseases, including remote monitoring for patients with diabetes, screenings…

Heart transplants

Curing HCV Patients After Heart Transplants From Infected Donors

Nine patients at Penn Medicine have been cured of the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) following lifesaving heart transplants; from deceased donors who were infected with the disease, according to a study published in the American Journal of Transplantation. The results highlight the potential for expanding the use of HCV-infected organs, including hearts; to broaden the…

Healthcare Prices

Transparency On Healthcare Prices Vital In Arizona Health System

Efforts to understand costs and openly share information on healthcare prices; played a key role in a major Arizona health system’s successful turnaround from a financial crisis; according to a feature article in the Spring issue of Frontiers of Health Services Management, an official publication of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). This journal is published…

Heart Failure

Heart Failure Raise Risk for Death After Noncardiac Surgery

Although the risk for death after noncardiac surgery is certainly elevated in patients with heart failure (HF) and a low left-ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), the same applies when LVEF is only mildly reduced and even in HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Also, postoperative mortality is raised significantly in HF patients who are stable without symptoms, although…

Blacks, Whites

Gap in Cancer Death Rates Narrows Between Blacks, Whites

Death rates from cancer among African Americans continue to decline such that the disparity between blacks and whites is narrowing for the most common cancers and in some age groups, the mortality gap has been almost eliminated, new statistics show. “In the United States, African American/black individuals bear a disproportionate share of the cancer burden,…

Fenspiride

EU Panel Recommends Fenspiride Suspension Because of Heart Risks

The potential for medicines containing fenspiride to cause QT prolongation and torsades de pointes has promoted the European Medicines Agency’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) to recommend suspending use of the drug in Europe for now. “The suspension is a precautionary measure to protect patients while the PRAC reviews the risk of QT prolongation and torsades de…

Blood Pressure

Stroke Survivors' Beliefs Reduces Blood Pressure

A stroke is the rapidly developing loss of brain function(s) due to disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. This can be due to ischemia (lack of blood supply) caused by thrombosis or embolism or due to a hemorrhage. As a result, the affected area of the brain is unable to function, leading to inability to…

pedestrian deaths

US Pedestrian Deaths More Than 49,000 In 10 years

The authors of a new report are calling on federal, state and local governments to do more to address a staggering spike in pedestrian fatalities. The report, “Dangerous By Design 2019,” urges swift action to curb the death toll; approximately 49,340 people in the 10-year period ending in 2017 in the United States. “We are killing an…