Readmission rates vary little among primary care doctors

(HealthDay)—There is minimal variation in readmission rates among primary care providers (PCPs), according to a study published online May 21 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Siddhartha Singh, M.D., from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and colleagues conducted a retrospective cohort study to examine whether 30-day readmission rates vary by PCP in Texas. Data were included for patients […]

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When doctors and nurses can disclose and discuss errors, hospital mortality rates decline

The diffusion of a culture of openness in hospitals is associated with lower hospital mortality, according to a study conducted among 137 acute trusts in England by Veronica Toffolutti (Bocconi University and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) and David Stuckler (Bocconi University) published in Health Affairs. Hospital openness, defined as an environment in which staff freely speak up […]

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Doctors underestimate patients’ weight loss attempts: study

Doctors think people with obesity are much less interested in losing weight than they actually are, an Australian-led study has found. According research presented at the European Congress on Obesity on Monday, 71 per cent of health professionals believe people with obesity do not want to lose weight, although only 7 per cent of people with obesity said they felt […]

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Exemptions surge as parents and doctors do ‘Hail Mary’ around vaccine laws

At two public charter schools in the Sonoma wine country town of Sebastopol, more than half the kindergartners received medical exemptions from state-required vaccines last school year. The cities of Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Nevada City, Arcata and Sausalito all had schools in which more than 30 percent of the kindergartners had been granted such medical exemptions. Nearly three years ago, […]

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Doctors may be prescribing antibotics for longer than needed

For most infections, the long-standing advice is to take a full course of antibiotics. The rationale for not simply stopping antibiotics as soon as you start to feel better is that antibiotics don’t kill the bacteria instantly. If stopped too early, the remaining bacteria, which are exposed to low concentrations of antibiotics, tend to be more resistant. These can then […]

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NHS is ‘dysfunctional’ with doctors ‘like headless chickens’

The health service is ‘dysfunctional’ with doctors ‘running around like headless chickens’ trying to reach targets, chairman of NHS England says Lord Prior of Brampton said ‘top-down, target-driven culture’ has ‘riven the NHS’ He added that desperation to meet targets was ultimately risking patient safety In January, just 84.4 per cent of patients were treated or admitted in four hours […]

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Doctors call for low-calorie diet study on teenagers to be abandoned

Local and international health experts have called for an adolescent weight-loss study being run at Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney to be abandoned, claiming it poses unacceptable risks to children’s health. The "Fast Track to Health" study, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, will see children as young as 13 […]

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24 hours in the emergency room: The difficulty of the everyday life of Doctors and nurses

In emergency rooms the patient numbers are increasing – an increasing burden for the staff. FOCUS-Online-editor Anika, Jonas accompanied the everyday life in a Munich emergency room. There showed, what is the real challenge for Doctors and nurses – and why it is a good sign, when a Patient has to wait longer. Monday, 20.29 PM: At the reception of […]

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Doctors and molecular engineers working to enlist the immune system to fight cancer

When telling the story of immunotherapy and cancer and how the two battle it out, it’s awfully challenging not to pull out the old A Tale of Two Cities cliché. Because everyone agrees: It is the best of times in cancer research and treatment. Over the past five years, the standard of care for treatment of many cancers has made […]

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We are losing the ’10-year challenge’ against antibiotic resistance

The depressing ’10-year challenge’ against antibiotic resistance: Doctors share image to show germs no longer respond to the drugs that worked a decade ago Antibiotic resistance kills at least 23,000 Americans every year  The World Health Organization considers it a top public health threat  Since 2007, resistant infection rates have doubled in Europe As the ‘#10yearchallenge’ photo trend takes social […]

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