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Wide Variations Seen in U.S. Stroke Care

Posted 7 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

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 called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA. And the magnitude of the disparities was "striking," said senior researcher Dr. James Burke, of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 20 percent of hospital markets, not a single stroke patient received tPA over four years, Burke's team found. In others, up to 14 percent of stroke patients received the drug. The big question is: Why? "We really don't know what's driving this," Burke said. The hospital markets that most often gave tPA were ... Read more

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Routine Heart Care Similar From Nurse Practitioners, Doctors: Study

Posted 1 May 2015 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 May Make Walking Easier for People With Artery Disease

Posted 5 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

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 longer, and got an extra 75 seconds of pain-free walking. That might not sound like a big difference. But it beats the benefits of the two drugs approved in the United States for improving PAD patients' ability to walk, according to Dr. Mary McGrae McDermott, a professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. It's also similar to the effects of supervised exercise therapy – another standard PAD treatment, said McDermott, who wrote an editorial published ... Read more

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Accidental Medication Poisonings in Kids on the Rise

Posted 16 Sep 2011 by Drugs.com

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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