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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 Affordable Care Act, we are looking at 34 million new patients entering the system with new coverage by 2016," said study lead author Dr. Salim Virani, an investigator with the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Houston. "The estimates are that by 2020 we will have a shortfall of 45,000 primary care doctors and 45,000 specialists, rising to 130,000 doctors by 2025." This begs the question, he said, as to how the short-handed health care system will handle this influx of patients. Shortages of ... Read more

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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 researchers led by Dr. Emily Bucholz, of Yale University's Schools of Medicine and Public Health, in New Haven, Conn. For this study, she and her colleagues looked at data on nearly 12,000 Medicare patients admitted to more than 1,800 hospitals across the United States for treatment of a heart attack. Patients treated at hospitals in the highest tenth of performance lived an average of about six years after their heart attack, compared with about five years for those treated at hospitals in the lowest ... Read more

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Drug in Limbo, Catch-22 for FDA

Posted 26 Sep 2011 by

From Philadelphia Inquirer (PA) (September 25, 2011) Sept. 25--The normal tug-of-war between a pharmaceutical company and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over approval for a drug has been turned on its side with midodrine, a medicine that helps about 100,000 patients a year avoid the potential dangers of low blood pressure. Shire Pharmaceuticals Inc., with U.S. headquarters in Wayne, no longer makes the drug, but it wants the FDA to give final approval of midodrine to lift a regulatory cloud. Barring that, it wants the FDA to approve Shire's plan for new trials or hold a hearing that might kill the drug. Though it has been on the market for 15 years under a temporary approval, midodrine never passed its final clinical trials. Now, the FDA is in a bind no matter how it acts, including doing nothing. "It is a Catch-22," said cardiologist John Harold of the Cedars-Sinai Heart ... Read more

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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 of children in the United States in this age group rose by only 8 percent during the study period. "The problem of pediatric poisoning in the U.S. is getting worse, not better," Dr. Randall Bond, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said in a hospital news release. In conducting the study, which is scheduled for publication in the Journal of Pediatrics, the researchers reviewed information on over 544,000 children who landed in the emergency department due to medication poisoning ... Read more

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