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Model estimates mortality in patients waiting for hearts

(HealthDay)—For patients with advanced heart failure who are listed for transplantation, mortality risk is related to adverse events and end-organ dysfunction that vary over time, according to a study published in the Aug. 7 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Eugene H. Blackstone, M.D., from the Cleveland Clinic, and colleagues developed […]

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Coffee May Have Another Perk for Kidney Patients

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 — Could that morning cup of joe bring a health boost to people battling kidney disease? According to new research involving nearly 5,000 people with chronic kidney disease, a hike in daily caffeine intake appeared to lower their odds of an early death. The benefit remained “even after considering other important […]

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ACA expansion did not improve access to complex surgeries for low-income/minority patients

A first look at the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s Medicaid expansion finds that despite expectations, there was no increased use of complex surgical procedures at high volume hospitals—a proxy for high quality hospitals—among ethnic/racial minorities and low-income populations. The findings came from comparing surgery records from high-volume hospitals in three states that opted in to […]

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Doctors told to write to their patients in plain English

Doctors told to write to their patients in plain English Doctors told to write to their patients in plain English instead of using Latin and complicated medical jargon Five million outpatient letters are written each day but many are complicated Patients could be better involved with their care if they received letters directly And medics […]

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Wording used may affect thyroid cancer patients’ anxiety, choices

(HealthDay)—The terminology used to describe small papillary thyroid cancers (PTCs) may affect patients’ anxiety levels and treatment choices, according to a study published online Aug. 23 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Brooke Nickel, M.P.H., from the University of Sydney, and colleagues performed a randomized crossover study of 550 Australian adults without a history of […]

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Dementia patients are ‘suffering in silence’

Dementia patients are ‘suffering in silence’ Dementia patients are ‘suffering in silence’ and are left in agony because illness means they can’t express their pain, study finds  More than a third of dementia patients in hospital endure unnecessary agony Study finds they suffer because illness means they cannot explain their suffering  When dementia patients suffer […]

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Blood cancer patients benefit from breakthrough genetic testing service

Cutting-edge DNA sequencing technology has been used by QUT researchers at the new Australian Translational Genomics Centre (ATGC) to identify genetic mutations in 100 patients with blood cancers, with this testing providing clinically important information to doctors about prognosis and likely treatment responses for the majority of patients. Launched in July last year, the ATGC […]

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Time to stop cancer screenings: what do patients want to hear?

(HealthDay)—Older adults prefer explanations about stopping cancer screening that emphasize the shift to focus on other health issues, according to a research letter published in the August issue of JAMA Oncology. Nancy L. Schoenborn, M.D., M.H.S., from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional survey of 881 U.S. […]