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Seniors’ Hospital and ER Admission Rates Are Higher if They Have Obesity

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Obesity is associated with substantial increases in older adults’ hospitalizations, emergency room admissions and use of outpatient health care services, according to a new study of 172,866 Medicare Advantage members throughout the U.S. Results of the one-year study will be presented Thursday at the Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego.

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Study: One-Third of Americans Do Not Have Access to Stroke Center Within One Hour

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One-third of the US population does not have access to a primary stroke center within one hour by ambulance, and even under optimal conditions, a large proportion of the US would be unable to access a stroke center within this window, according to a new study published in the March 4, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the country.

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Should Paramedics Be Allowed to Give Antibiotics to Trauma Victims?

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In trauma victims with open fractures, infection rates can be reduced dramatically by administering antibiotics within the first hour of injury. The finding suggests that allowing paramedics to administer antibiotics in the field may substantially improve outcomes.

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2011 Houston Heat Wave Led to Significant Rise in Emergency Department Visits

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Houston experienced its hottest summer on record in 2011, resulting in 278 excess emergency department visits per day during the August heat wave, according to research from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) published recently in Environmental Health.

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Forcing Wounds to Close

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A collaborative study led by scientists from the Mechanobiology Institute (MBI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has revealed the mechanical forces that drive epithelial wound healing in the absence of cell supporting environment. This research was published in Nature Communications in January 2015.

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Paramedics May be First Source of Treatment for Stroke Patients, UCLA Study Finds

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In the first study of its kind, a consortium led by UCLA physicians found that paramedics can start medications for patients in the first minutes after onset of a stroke. While the specific drug tested, magnesium sulfate, did not improve patient outcomes, the research has resulted in a new method to get promising treatments to stroke patients quickly.

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Urgent Care Versus the ER? Johns Hopkins Pediatrican Offers Tips on Making the Right Choice

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It’s Friday afternoon and your 20-month-old son is running a fever. He is cranky, refuses to eat, periodically pulls on his ears, and isn’t his usual playful self. Your reaction is ...

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Does Getting “Expensive” Drug Affect How Much Patient Benefits?

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People’s perceptions of the cost of a drug may affect how much they benefit from the drug, even when they are receiving only a placebo, according to a new study of people with Parkinson’s disease published in the January 28, 2015 online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Study: Even with Copayments for Nonurgent Care, Medicaid Patients Still Rely on ERs

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How can states and federal government provide adequate health care to poor people, without overburdening taxpayers or leaving health care providers with billions in unpaid bills? That thorny problem is especially challenging in the aftermath of a recession and congressional mandates expanding Medicaid eligibility.