Healthcare-Associated Infections Spiked in 2020 in US Hospitals

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Several healthcare-associated infections in US hospitals spiked in 2020 compared to the previous year, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysis published September 2 in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Soaring hospitalization rates, sicker patients who required more frequent and intense care, […]

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Aurora VA hospital one of the world’s most expensive facilities

When the U.S. Veterans Affairs medical complex in Aurora finally opened, a decade behind schedule and more than $1 billion over its initial budget, it was already the most expensive VA hospital in the country. Three years later, costs to get the 11-building, 1.2 million-square-foot, 31-acre medical campus operating have grown by another $40 million —  pushing the total tab […]

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Colorado hospital systems profitable in 2020 despite COVID

Colorado’s hospital systems remained profitable last year despite canceling or delaying elective surgeries due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but small rural hospitals experienced significantly greater challenges, according to a new state report. Federal stimulus money was a significant factor in keeping hospitals profitable, according to the report, which the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing released Wednesday. Colorado […]

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More Hospitals Are Requiring Workers to Get Covid Vaccines

With some health care workers still refusing to be immunized, medical centers around the country are requiring shots as cases climb once again. By Reed Abelson More and more hospitals and major health systems are requiring employees to get the Covid-19 vaccine, citing rising caseloads fueled by the Delta variant and stubbornly low vaccination rates in their communities and even […]

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A Colorado hospital charged $722.50 to push medicine through an IV. Twice. – The Denver Post

By Rae Ellen Bichell, Kaiser Health News Claire Lang-Ree was in a lab coat taking a college chemistry class remotely in the kitchen of her Colorado Springs home when a profound pain twisted into her lower abdomen. She called her mom, Jen Lang-Ree, a nurse practitioner who worried it was appendicitis and found a nearby hospital in the family’s health […]

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‘Better Than the Hospital’: Pandemic Boosts Care for Serious Illnesses at Home

Late last year, Janet Yetenekian was one of the thousands of people in Southern California whose case of covid-19 was serious enough to send her to the hospital. But Yetenekian’s recovery was not typical: She received hospital-level care in her own home in Glendale. “It was even better than the hospital,” Yetenekian said, laughing. “They were constantly reaching out — […]

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Study in Ireland identifies underlying conditions associated with severe COVID-19 outcomes

A national study of 20,000 patients conducted by RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences and the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has identified the underlying conditions that are associated with more severe outcomes from COVID-19 in an Irish setting.   The research, which has been published in The Lancet Regional Health – Europe, will help inform national public […]

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Immune tolerance in hemophilia can be modulated by B cell activating factor

A group of scientists have just made a key discovery that could prevent and eradicate immune responses that lead to treatment failure in about one-third of people with severe hemophilia A. Hemophilia is the most common severe inherited bleeding disorder in men. The disease affects 1 in 10,000 males worldwide and results from deficiency of blood clotting factor VIII (FVIII). […]

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Research provides insights on why redheads exhibit altered sensitivity to pain

New research led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) provides insights on why people with red hair exhibit altered sensitivity to certain kinds of pain. The findings are published in Science Advances. In people with red hair (as in numerous other species of animals with red fur), the pigment-producing cells of the skin–called melanocytes–contain a variant form of the […]

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New genetic link to male infertility found

The findings published in eLife show that men with this unstable subtype of the Y chromosome have a significantly increased risk of genomic rearrangements. These rearrangements affect the sperm production process (spermatogenesis) and consequently, these men can be up to nine times more likely to have fertility issues. Molecular diagnostics of this genetic variant could help identify those at higher […]

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