|Reasons for elderly hospital readmissions: JAMA Report
Heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia are three common conditions that often lead to hospitalizations for older patients. But what happens to these patients after they are treated for the initial problem and are discharged from the hospital? A new study examined frequency, reasons for, and timing of re-hospitalization occurring within 30 days of hospital discharge.
|Does the Medicare star rating system affect beneficiary decision making?
Seniors who are eligible for Medicare have choices when it comes to receiving medical services. They can either enroll in a fee for services system or in the Medicare Advantage plan, where a number of private insurers contract with Medicare to deliver health care. A new study examined whether providing a star rating system for the plans was associated with beneficiaries’ decisions about plan enrollment.
|JAMA: Migraines in Women
Almost 15 percent of the general population is affected by the headaches. Previous research has show that patients experiencing migraines had a higher risk of developing small lesions in the brain’s white matter. A new study re-examined these individuals to assess whether they continued to have these same patterns of changes in the brain.
|Norovirus and nursing homes residents
A new study examined whether norovirus outbreaks were associated with increased risk of hospitalizations and death among nursing homes residents.
|Study: Heartburn drugs don't aid children's asthma
An acid reflux drug often used for hard-to-treat asthma doesn't help children with the breathing disease and may cause side effects, a study in 300 children found.
|Marijuana’s effect on lung function
Marijuana is an illicit drug, but increasingly common in the United States. It is also used legally by some patients for medical purposes.
|Survey: Sleep disorders common among police officers
How well did you sleep last night? If you routinely have trouble falling or staying asleep, you’re in good company.
|Experimental drug raises 'good' cholesterol
Are you taking cholesterol medicine? Statins lower your bad cholesterol, known as LDL. But raising your good cholesterol, the HDL, can be just as important for cutting your risk of a heart attack.
|Updating family medical history
New research shows it's particularly important for families with a history of cancer to keep their medical histories current. That's because one of the most important factors in rating a person's cancer risk is a family history of the disease.
|Ovarian Cancer Screening Does Not Appear to Reduce Risk of Ovarian Cancer Death
In a clinical trial that included nearly 80,000 women, those who received ovarian cancer screening did not have a reduced risk of death from ovarian cancer compared to women who received usual care, but did have an increase in invasive medical procedures and associated harms as a result of being screened, according to a study in the June 8 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on cancer.