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Core Hospital Care Team Members May Surprise You

Doctors and nurses are traditionally thought to be the primary caretakers of patients in a typical hospital setting. But according to a study at the burn center intensive care unit at Loyola University Health System, three physicians, a social worker and a dietitian were documented as the most central communicators of the patient clinical team.

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New UAH Center Consolidates Use of Simulators to Train Student Nurses

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The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) College of Nursing's new Learning and Technology Resource Center (LTRC) consolidates its use of technology and lifelike patient simulators to train student nurses.

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Growing Shortage of Stroke Specialists Seen

Although stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States, there’s an increasing shortage of neurologists who specialize in stroke care.

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‘Financial Toxicity’ Can Lower Cancer Patients' Quality of Life

Doctors who treat cancer are vigilant when it comes to the physical side effects of the therapies they prescribe, but financial stress from accumulating medical bills can also weigh on patients’ health — even those who have finished their treatments and are cancer-free.

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Real-Time Radiation Monitor Can Reduce Radiation Exposure for Medical Workers

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It’s a sound that saves. A “real-time” radiation monitor that alerts by beeping in response to radiation exposure during cardiac-catheterization procedures significantly reduces the amount of exposure that medical workers receive, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers found.

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Affordable Care Act Increases Reliance on Emergency Rooms

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act may have provided health care insurance to an estimated 20 million Americans who lacked coverage, but it has not eased the demand on the nation’s emergency departments. In fact, since the law’s passage, reliance upon the nation’s emergency rooms for non-emergency care has increased.

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Perioperative Surgical Home Improves Quality, Reduces Health Care Costs, Large Review Finds

The Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) model consistently and significantly improves quality of care for patients and reduces health care costs, reports a first-of-its-kind, large-scale literature review of the PSH in the United States and abroad. The review, published online this month in Milbank Quarterly, provides further evidence to support the benefits, and encourage the adoption, of the PSH model.

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Surgical Robot Adopters Use More of Recommended Procedure for Kidney Cancer, Reports Medical Care

Hospitals with robotic surgical systems are more likely to perform "nephron-sparing" partial nephrectomy—a recommended alternative to removal of the entire kidney—in patients with kidney cancer, reports a study in the December issue of Medical Care. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Is Care Best in the West? Study Finds Racial Gaps in Medicare Advantage Persist Across U.S., Except in West

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Despite years of effort to help American seniors with high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes get their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar under control, new research shows wide gaps between older people of different ethnic backgrounds in all three of these key health measures.

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Report: The Pros and Cons of Using Big Data to Monitor Drug Safety

A new report by researchers at RTI Health Solutions (RTI-HS) and parent company RTI International, found that although healthcare databases have allowed for greater access to real world medical data, using databases to evaluate the safety of medical products is complex and requires careful research consideration.

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