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Wide Variations Seen in U.S. Stroke Care

Posted 7 Jul 2015 by

TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 – Americans' odds of receiving a drug that can halt strokes in progress may vary widely depending on their ZIP codes, a new study finds. Experts said the findings, reported in the July issue of the journal Stroke, help verify what everyone has suspected: There are disparities in emergency stroke care across the United States, specifically in the use of a clot-busting drug ...

Routine Heart Care Similar From Nurse Practitioners, Doctors: Study

Posted 1 May 2015 by

FRIDAY, May 1, 2015, – Many patients with chronic heart disease will receive the same quality of care from a nurse practitioner or physician assistant as they would from a doctor, a new study suggests. That's good news because the recent expansion of U.S. health coverage has many public health experts warning of a future with too few doctors for the patients on hand. "With the passage of the ...

Where You're Treated for Heart Attack Matters

Posted 30 Apr 2015 by

THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 – Heart attack patients live longer if they're treated at high-performing hospitals – those with lower 30-day death rates, a new study indicates. Hospitals are often rated based on the percentage of heart attack patients who die within 30 days of admission, the researchers noted. Hospitals with high 30-day death rates are considered low-performing, explained the ...

Drug May Make Walking Easier for People With Artery Disease

Posted 5 Feb 2013 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 5 – The blood pressure drug ramipril may make walking a bit easier for people with clogged leg arteries, new study results suggest. Researchers found that of 212 people with peripheral artery disease (PAD), those given ramipril every day for nearly six months were faring better on their feet than those on inactive placebo pills. On average, they could walk on a treadmill 4 minutes ...

Accidental Medication Poisonings in Kids on the Rise

Posted 16 Sep 2011 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 16 – Despite ongoing prevention efforts, a growing number of young children are being accidentally poisoned with medications, according to new research. The study, which was based on data reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers between 2001 and 2008, found that medication poisoning among children aged 5 and under increased by 22 percent, although the number ...

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