Almost half of Americans have been sleepy behind the wheel

(HealthDay)—Nearly half of American adults admit that they’ve fought to stay awake while driving, a new survey finds. Of the more than 2,000 respondents, 45% said they’d struggled to remain awake while behind the wheel, while 48% said they’d never driven drowsy, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) survey conducted in September. Each year in the United […]

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National poll: Half of parents have declined kids’ play date invites

The new school year often leads to playdate invitations, sometimes between families who don’t know each other. But parents don’t always agree to such invites, with nearly half in a new national poll saying they have declined a playdate because they didn’t feel comfortable leaving their child in the other parent’s care. Parents’ top concerns about playdates include children being […]

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Survey finds less than half of Americans concerned about poor posture

The average American adult spends more than three and a half hours looking down at their smartphones every day. Looking down or slouching for long periods of time can not only cause chronic pain in the back, neck and knees, but it can lead to more serious health issues like circulation problems, heartburn and digestive issues if left unchecked. However, […]

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Giving trauma patients blood pressure stabilizing hormone cuts transfusions by half

Giving trauma patients with severe blood loss the hormone arginine vasopressin (AVP) cut the volume of blood products required to stabilize them by half, according to results of a new, first-of-its-kind clinical trial from Penn Medicine. The finding, published online this week in JAMA Surgery, suggests that administering AVP to trauma patients with severe bleeding could become standard practice in […]

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Girl with suffocating tumor in the womb is SAVED by ‘half delivery’

Twin girl with suffocating tumor in the womb is SAVED by ‘half delivery’: Doctors pulled her out half-way to fit a breathing tube before delivering her and her sister Parents Theodora and Epimenio were given terrible news at the 13-week scan for their twin girls Jenessa and Genesis Chicago doctors had spotted a teratoma, a benign but fast-growing tumor, on […]

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One simple change cut unnecessary imaging for cancer patients in half

Simply introducing a default physician order—a “nudge”—into electronic health records (EHRs) cut the use of unnecessary daily imaging in half during palliative radiation therapy sessions for patients with advanced cancer, according to a Penn Medicine study published today in JAMA Oncology. While daily imaging is typically used in curative cancer treatment, national guidelines recommend providers transition to weekly imaging for […]

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About half of workers are concerned about discussing mental health issues in the workplace

Roughly half of American workers say they are comfortable talking about their mental health in the workplace and more than one-third are worried about job consequences if they seek mental health care, according to a new poll released here today by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). While most workers with benefits know how to access mental health services (70 percent) […]

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ACP: half of practices implement telehealth technology

(HealthDay)—Roughly half of internal medicine physicians report working in a practice that has telehealth technology, according to the results of a survey released by the American College of Physicians (ACP) at its annual Internal Medicine Meeting, held from April 11 to 13 in Philadelphia. Between October 2018 and January 2019, ACP conducted a survey of a random sampling of 1,449 […]

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Half of patients on statins fail to reach ‘healthy’ cholesterol level after 2 years

Half of patients prescribed statins in primary care fail to reach ‘healthy’ cholesterol levels after two years of treatment with these drugs, reveals research published online in the journal Heart. The findings back up those of previous studies, and highlight the need for personalised medicine to tackle high cholesterol and lower the significantly increased risks of future heart disease and […]

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Only about half of elderly newly diagnosed with ALL receive Tx

(HealthDay)—Almost half of elderly patients newly diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) do not receive treatment, according to a study recently published in Leukemia & Lymphoma. Christopher Kim, M.P.H., Ph.D., from Amgen Inc. in Thousand Oaks, California, and colleagues analyzed Medicare ALL data from 2007 to 2015 to describe patient characteristics and treatment patterns among elderly patients (≥66 years) newly […]

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