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Released: 1-Jul-2022 1:45 PM EDT
Study Highlights Heavy Mental Health Burden of COVID-19 for ‘Shielders’
University of Bath

Research from a new study suggests that health anxiety among the clinically vulnerable groups who shielded at home has risen since the first pandemic wave, despite developments in viral treatment and the roll-out of the vaccination programme.

Released: 1-Jul-2022 12:15 PM EDT
COVID-19 Vaccine Protects People of All Body Weights From Hospitalization and Death, Study of 9 Million Adults in England Suggests
Lancet

COVID-19 vaccines greatly reduced the number of cases of severe COVID-19 disease for everyone regardless of their body size, according to a new study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. Vaccine effectiveness was similar for those with a higher BMI and of a healthy weight, but slightly lower in the underweight group, who were also the least likely to have been vaccinated.

Released: 29-Jun-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Theranos Whistleblowers Erika Cheung and Tyler Shultz to Speak at the 2022 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

AACC is pleased to announce that Erika Cheung and Tyler Shultz—two of the key whistleblowers who helped bring down Theranos—will speak in a special fireside chat at the 2022 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in Chicago. In this session, Cheung and Shultz will discuss the ethical challenges they faced in their efforts to reveal Theranos’ fraud and protect patients from the company’s faulty tests.

21-Jun-2022 2:55 PM EDT
Physicians Lose Tens of Thousands of Dollars in Income Annually by Not Coding and Billing Preventative Services
American College of Physicians (ACP)

A modeling study found that primary care physicians (PCPs) lost additional revenue worth up to $40,187 annually for preventive services that were provided but not coded and billed. The study is published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Released: 27-Jun-2022 1:45 PM EDT
The latest expert commentary on SCOTUS decisions, including the overturn of Roe v. Wade
Newswise

The latest expert commentary and research on SCOTUS decisions, including the overturn of Roe v. Wade

Released: 21-Jun-2022 2:30 PM EDT
The Benefits of Crowdsourcing to Seed and Align an Algorithm in an mHealth Intervention for African American and Hispanic Adults: Survey Study
Journal of Medical Internet Research

Background: The lack of publicly available and culturally relevant data sets on African American and bilingual/Spanish-speaking Hispanic adults’ disease prevention and health promotion priorities presents a major challenge for rese...

Newswise: Henry Ford Health Study Suggests Robotic Surgery May Lower Risk for Hip Replacement Complications
Released: 20-Jun-2022 10:40 AM EDT
Henry Ford Health Study Suggests Robotic Surgery May Lower Risk for Hip Replacement Complications
Henry Ford Health

DETROIT (June 20, 2022) – As robotic surgical systems continue to evolve and assist surgeons with improving surgical precision, a Henry Ford Health study found that robotic-assisted surgery for hip replacement had lower rates of complications than the traditional method. The findings, published in The Journal of Arthroplasty, are believed to be the first from a large series of patients with several years of follow-up to evaluate post-surgical complications between the two surgical options, adding to the growing body of research in the hip replacement field.

Released: 14-Jun-2022 3:15 PM EDT
"Yes, optimists live longer" and more research news on Aging for media
Newswise

Here are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Aging channel on Newswise, a free source for journalists.

Newswise: Study reveals how epilepsy and migraine drug causes birth defects
8-Jun-2022 4:20 PM EDT
Study reveals how epilepsy and migraine drug causes birth defects
PLOS

Valproic acid (VPA) keeps nervous system cells from growing and dividing correctly, researchers discovered.

Released: 9-Jun-2022 12:00 PM EDT
Amid Global Shortage, Study Shows How to Cut Contrast Dye Use 83%
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

As a worldwide shortage of contrast dye for medical imaging continues, a new UC San Francisco research letter in JAMA quantified strategies medical facilities can employ to safely reduce dye use in computed tomography (CT) by up to 83%. CT is the most common use for the dye.

Released: 8-Jun-2022 1:45 PM EDT
American Society of Anesthesiologists Welcomes Medtronic as Industry Supporter for Eighth Year
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today announced Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology, as an ASA Industry Supporter for the eighth year, supporting the work of the Society and physician anesthesiologists to improve patient safety, non-opioid pain management, and brain health among older patients undergoing surgery.

Released: 8-Jun-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Access to Quality Anesthesia Care Increased for Maryland Patients
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Maryland patients now have increased access to safe, affordable care with the enacting of HB55. The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) applauds the new law, as it expands the scope of practice for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), granting them the authority to order and prescribe medications, including controlled substances.

Released: 6-Jun-2022 7:05 PM EDT
Doctors and Nurses Need 20-Minute Power Naps During Night Shifts to Keep Patients Safe
European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care

A review at this year’s Euroanaesthesia congress in Milan, Italy (4-6 June) on the potentially lethal effects of fatigue on doctors and nurses themselves, and its impact on the quality of their clinical work and judgement and therefore patient safety, will be given by Consultant Anaesthetist Dr Nancy Redfern of Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle, UK.

Released: 3-Jun-2022 2:00 PM EDT
Monkeypox is not shingles and there is no evidence that the Monkeypox outbreak has anything to do with the COVID-19 vaccines
Newswise

The claim that the available COVID-19 vaccines are behind the monkeypox outbreak, and that monkeypox is basically shingles, which they claim is a side effect of the vaccines, is entirely false.

Released: 31-May-2022 10:05 AM EDT
American Society of Anesthesiologists Calls for Removal of Divisive Anti-Physician Goal from NAM Clinician Well-Being Collaborative Document
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) urges the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) to remove the action item in its Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience document that calls for the removal of physician supervision requirements that protect patients.

Released: 26-May-2022 9:15 AM EDT
Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Calls on Health Care Systems to Make Systemic Changes to Stop Medical Errors: Criminalization Not the Answer
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF), a related organization of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), released a statement on the criminalization of medical errors with a call to action to all health care systems and organizations to establish comprehensive mechanisms to mitigate the risk of future errors.

18-May-2022 2:15 PM EDT
Data contradict fears of COVID-19 vaccine effects on pregnancy and fertility
PLOS

Study adds further evidence that vaccination is protective and safer than COVID-19 infection.

Released: 24-May-2022 12:40 PM EDT
Medicare Program Spent $1.8 Billion in 2019 on Drugs Without Confirmed Clinical Benefits
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Study found that some drugs were on the market for over five years with no confirmed clinical benefit.

Released: 23-May-2022 4:15 PM EDT
During general anaesthesia, 1 in 10 people may be ‘conscious’ following intubation
University of Alberta

An international study has found around 1 in 10 participants under planned general anaesthesia were able to respond to commands. Importantly no subjects remembered the commands after surgery. Researchers say the study sheds light on a medical phenomena known as ‘connected consciousness’.

9-May-2022 10:25 AM EDT
Common steroids after ‘long Covid’ recovery may cut risk of death by up to 51%
Frontiers

Researchers show that severe inflammation during hospitalization for Covid-19 increases risk of death within one year from seeming recovery by 61%. This risk is mitigated if anti-inflammatory steroids are prescribed upon discharge. We need to think of Covid-19 as a potentially chronic disease that requires long-term management, argue the authors.

Newswise: Mercy Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ for the Spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
Released: 10-May-2022 11:50 AM EDT
Mercy Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ for the Spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
Mercy Medical Center

Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, has received an “A” grade in the spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Mercy’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

Newswise: Keck Hospital of USC nationally recognized with sixth consecutive ‘A’ hospital safety grade
Released: 10-May-2022 11:00 AM EDT
Keck Hospital of USC nationally recognized with sixth consecutive ‘A’ hospital safety grade
Keck Medicine of USC

The Leapfrog Group awards Keck Hospital of USC with sixth consecutive ‘A’ hospital safety grade, illustrating the hospital's high standards and commitment to the highest quality patient care.

Newswise: Medication that lowers risk of overdose underused
9-May-2022 4:30 PM EDT
Medication that lowers risk of overdose underused
Washington University in St. Louis

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Saint Louis University found that less than half of Americans who received treatment for opioid use disorder over a five-year period were offered a potentially lifesaving medication. The numbers were even lower for those with what’s known as polysubstance use disorder — when opioid users also misuse other substances.

Newswise: Leapfrog awards University of Chicago Medical Center 21st consecutive 'A' for hospital safety
Released: 10-May-2022 10:15 AM EDT
Leapfrog awards University of Chicago Medical Center 21st consecutive 'A' for hospital safety
University of Chicago Medical Center

The Leapfrog Group gives the University of Chicago Medical Center its 21st consecutive A in hospital safety — one of only 22 acute-care facilities nationwide with such a record — while UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial gets another B.

Released: 10-May-2022 10:05 AM EDT
16 Ochsner Health Hospitals and Partners Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
Ochsner Health

Numerous Ochsner Health hospitals and partners across the Gulf South received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction recognized 16 Ochsner Health facilities for achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital.

Released: 6-May-2022 2:05 PM EDT
The newly released Pfizer documents do not show that their COVID-19 vaccine is unsafe
Newswise

Pfizer has NOT declared their COVID vaccines unsafe for pregnancy and breastfeeding women, despite misleading claims on social media, nor have they said that the real efficacy rate for their vaccine (COMIRNATY) is 12 percent.

Newswise: Hospitals Can Reduce Antibiotic Overuse by Avoiding Unnecessary Blood Draws in Critically Ill Children, Study Shows
Released: 2-May-2022 11:05 AM EDT
Hospitals Can Reduce Antibiotic Overuse by Avoiding Unnecessary Blood Draws in Critically Ill Children, Study Shows
Johns Hopkins Medicine

A Johns Hopkins Children’s Center-led national quality improvement collaborative highlights a “less is more” method that may prevent antibiotic overprescribing

Newswise: Study Helps Determine Light Sedation Levels Among ICU Patients
27-Apr-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Study Helps Determine Light Sedation Levels Among ICU Patients
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

A pilot study at Maine Medical Center found that scores on the RAS and SASS sedation scales that were best associated with a patient's ability to follow at least three commands are higher than the commonly recommended thresholds for each assessment tool.

Newswise: New Cardiac Defibrillator Much Safer for Patients: Study
Released: 30-Apr-2022 9:00 AM EDT
New Cardiac Defibrillator Much Safer for Patients: Study
McMaster University

A study has demonstrated that a new type of cardiac defibrillator called a subcutaneous ICD (S-ICD) reduced patient complications by more than 90 percent, compared to the TV-ICD. The study involved 544 eligible patients (one-quarter females) with average age of 49, at 14 clinical centres in Canada

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Released: 28-Apr-2022 4:05 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT of Live Event for April 28th: The Tuskegee Syphilis Study 50 Years Later. Why It Still Matters
Newswise

It’s been 50 years since the Tuskegee Study was disclosed to the American public. In May, a new riveting account of the Study, when government doctors intentionally withheld effective therapy for syphilis for 40 years in 400 African American men, will be published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The article explains the deeper everlasting lessons of the study.

Newswise: AACN Rounds with Leadership - Sustaining a Culture of Safety
Released: 28-Apr-2022 9:35 AM EDT
AACN Rounds with Leadership - Sustaining a Culture of Safety
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

The joy connected with hosting an in-person AACN Deans Annual Meeting last month was tempered by the news of the criminal conviction of former nurse RaDonda Vaught for making a fatal medication error. Despite numerous system failures contributing to this tragic accident, the individual nurse was held responsible for this terrible outcome, even though she was forthcoming about the unintentional errors made.

Newswise: AACN Award Recognizes Reilly’s Work as Patient Safety Advocate
Released: 21-Apr-2022 6:00 AM EDT
AACN Award Recognizes Reilly’s Work as Patient Safety Advocate
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

AACN will recognize Patricia Mullen Reilly with a 2022 Pioneering Spirit Award for her efforts to bring the expertise of the nurse and the voice of the patient to development of clinical technology

Released: 20-Apr-2022 1:30 PM EDT
Wisconsin Governor Vetoes Dangerous APRN Legislation – Protects Patients in the Badger State
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) commends Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers for his leadership and dedication to patient safety demonstrated by his veto of Senate Bill 394 (SB 394), a measure that would have significantly eliminated requirements for physician collaboration with all advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including nurse anesthetists.

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Released: 14-Apr-2022 11:20 AM EDT
Studies Give Birth to Evidence That COVID-19 Vaccine Protects Pregnant Women, Newborns
Cedars-Sinai

Pregnant women continue to have reservations about getting vaccinated against COVID-19 despite research indicating the safety of the vaccines and the protection they may offer their unborn children.

Released: 5-Apr-2022 3:55 PM EDT
The latest news on clinical trials is here on Newswise
Newswise

Here are some of the latest articles that have been added to the Clinical Trials channel on Newswise.

Released: 30-Mar-2022 2:00 PM EDT
AANA President Issues Statement on Nurse RaDonda Vaught Verdict
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Dr. Dina Velocci, DNP, CRNA, APRN, president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) issued the following statement in response to a verdict of a former nurse found guilty in an accidental injection death of a patient.

Newswise: Cleveland Clinic Expands its Global Footprint with Opening of London Hospital Today
Released: 29-Mar-2022 8:30 AM EDT
Cleveland Clinic Expands its Global Footprint with Opening of London Hospital Today
Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic announced today the opening of Cleveland Clinic London Hospital, a 184-bed state-of-the-art hospital, at 33 Grosvenor Place in central London. The facility is the newest location in Cleveland Clinic’s expanding global footprint and the second in London, following the opening of Cleveland Clinic Portland Place Outpatient Centre in September 2021.

25-Mar-2022 5:30 PM EDT
New HSS Study Finds Safe and Effective Outcomes After Innovative ACL Reconstruction Technique in Children and Adolescents at High Risk for Re-Tears
Hospital for Special Surgery

A new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City presented today at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) 2022 Annual Meeting found that a novel surgical technique performed during anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction in certain younger patients garnered positive results two years post-surgery.

Released: 25-Mar-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Yes, microplastics have been found in human blood
Newswise

An article says that microplastics have been found in human blood for the first time. We rate this claim as true, although more studies are needed to determine if these substances in humans are associated with a public health risk.

22-Mar-2022 12:55 PM EDT
Skin Reactions to COVID-19 and Its Vaccines
American Academy of Dermatology

Board-certified dermatologist provides the latest information on how COVID and its vaccines affect people’s skin

Released: 17-Mar-2022 12:45 PM EDT
Patient Safety is Paramount in Nurse Anesthesiology
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are on the front lines of patient care, safely administering nearly 50 million anesthetics each year in the United States. During Patient Safety Awareness Week, March13-19, the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) joins the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in recognizing practices, education, and standards that improve safety for patients and healthcare professionals.

Released: 17-Mar-2022 12:30 PM EDT
妙佑医疗国际再次荣登《新闻周刊》“世界最佳医院”的排名
Mayo Clinic

妙佑医疗国际(Mayo Clinic) 罗切斯特院区再次荣登《新闻周刊》2022年“世界最佳医院”名单的榜首。此排名是对妙佑医疗国际全体员工的赞扬肯定。

Released: 17-Mar-2022 12:30 PM EDT
مايو كلينك تحصل مرة أخرى على لقب "أفضل مستشفى في العالم" في تصنيفات مجلة نيوزويك
Mayo Clinic

احتلت مايو كلينك في مدينة روتشستر المرتبة الأولى في العالم مرة أخرى في قائمة نيوزويك لعام 2022 لـ "أفضل المستشفيات في العالم". هذا التصنيف تقديرٌ لعمل الموظفين في مايو كلينك.

Released: 17-Mar-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Mayo Clinic es nuevamente reconocida como «el mejor hospital del mundo» en la clasificación de Newsweek
Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic en Rochester ocupó una vez más el primer lugar en el mundo en la lista de Newsweek sobre los «Mejores hospitales del mundo» en 2022. Esta clasificación es un tributo al trabajo realizado por el personal de todo Mayo Clinic.

Released: 17-Mar-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Mayo Clinic reconhecida mais uma vez como “Melhor Hospital do Mundo” na classificação da Newsweek
Mayo Clinic

A Mayo Clinic em Rochester foi classificada mais uma vez como nº 1 do mundo pela Newsweek na lista de 2022 dos “Melhores Hospitais do Mundo”. A classificação é uma homenagem ao trabalho da equipe de toda a Mayo Clinic.

14-Mar-2022 3:25 PM EDT
mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccines are safe for high-risk patients, shows study
Frontiers

Patients with impaired immunity have faced a difficult predicament during the pandemic. Their condition places them at risk of severe Covid-19 complications, but until now, no-one knew if they were at higher risk of adverse side-effects following vaccination against Covid-19. A new study trialed two mRNA vaccines in such patients and found that they are safe and well tolerated. The results will help immunocompromised patients in making an informed choice about vaccination.


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