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Heart, Failure, Cardiology, CASE, Management, Patient, Education

Phone Calls Improve Results For Heart Failure

Frequent phone calls from specially trained nurses significantly improved the health of heart failure patients in a study reported this month in the American Journal of Cardiology.


Heart, Nutrition, Food, Health

Nutritionally-Balanced Meals Improve Heart Health

A nutritionally-balanced diet benefits people at risk for cardiovascular disease and also improves quality of life, according to an article in the January 27 issue of The AMA's Archives of Internal Medicine. EMBARGOED: 3 p.m. (CT) 1-26-1997


Exercise, Cholesterol, Health, Heart

More Is Better When It Comes To Exercise

Exercising beyond current minimum guidelines (30 minutes a day most days of the week) can provide substantial health benefits, according to an article in the January 27 issue of the AMA's Archives of Internal Medicine. EMBARGOED: 3 p.m. (CT) 1-26-1997


American, Psychiatric, Association, APA, Psychiatry, Psychology, MENT

APA Tips-Feb.97

APA Online Tipsheet for Feb. 97: 1.) Psychotherapy cost-effective in treatmnt of severe mental illness; 2.) High intelligence resists Alzheimer's; 3.) Near-death terminally ill no more likely to become depressed than other terminally ill; 4.) Irrational fears of being watched/humiliated linked to brain abnormality; 5.) Managed care and mental hlth; 6.) States' definitions of parity for mental hlth vary widely; 7.) APA annual mtg, 5/17-22, San Diego; 8.) '97 APA media award winners, and deadline for '98 awards; 9.) New, controv.


Ahcpr, Pneumonia, Hospital, Medical, Clinical, Patients, Costs

Cutting Hospital Admissions And Costs For Pneumonia Patients

The federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) today announced a simple and accurate method to predict which patients with pneumonia may be treated at home rather than in a hospital. The prediction method--a clinical model used to help doctors assess the need for hospitalization--also could help reduce the over $4 billion spent annually for inpatient care. This model is described in the January 23 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.


Ahcpr, aga, Colorectal, Cancer, Evidence, Medical, Clinical

AHCPR Report On Colorectal Cancer Screening

The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) today released the first evidence report under its new Evidence-based Practice Initiative. The report indicates that screening has been shown to be effective in detecting early-stage colorectal cancers and their precursors. Early detection and treatment are the primary means of preventing deaths from colorectal cancer.


Asthma Research, YALE, Asthma Center, Pulmonary, Internal, Critical Care

Major Asthma Reserach Program Starts At Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Jan. 26, 1997--The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has selected Yale University School of Medicine as one of seven locations in the United States to establish a Specialized Center of Research to understand the causes of asthma. To conduct this research the NHLBI, a component of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded $8.6 million to Yale over the next five years. "Asthma is so common now that it has become a major health-care issue," points out Jack A. Elias, M.D., director of this new Yale medical research center. "Approximately 15 million children and adults in the United States suffer from asthma, a chronic condition in which their airways become chronically inflamed. The frequency of asthma appears to be particularly prominent in inner-city areas. In the last 15 years, asthma has become an increasingly severe health problem, even reaching epidemic proportions," he adds. Since the early 1980s, national statistics show that the prevalence (fr


Heart, Cardiac, Temple, Medical

World'S 1st In New Cardiac Surgery

Cardiac surgeons at Temple University Hospital have performed the first-ever combined coronary artery bypass graft and heart valve replacement surgery without cutting open the patient's chest.


Heart, Attack, Myocardial, Infarction, Cardiology, Laboratory, Diagnosis, Renin, Blood, Pressure

Test Identifies Potential Heart Attack Victims

By measuring levels of the hormone renin, which is produced in the kidney, physicians can identify hypertensive patients at risk of heart attacks, leading hypertension experts found in a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Hypertension.


Mammography, ACR, Response, NIH, Consensus, Meeting

ACR Continues Support of Mammography Screening

The American College of Radiology (ACR) today reaffirmed its strong support for mammography screening for women in their 40s and said that a National Institutes of Heath Panel failed to recognize and incorporate into its report important new follow-up data from clinical trials that confirms the benefits of this test.

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