80 percent of asthma-related hospitalizations are avoidable

One in ten school-aged children in Australia have a current diagnosis of asthma. Every year, there are around 40,000 asthma hospitalisations and over 40 per cent of these are in children aged younger than 14 years old. Approximately 80 per cent of these asthma-related hospital presentations are potentially avoidable through a standardized comprehensive care pathway for children with asthma. These […]

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Forty-three percent of melanoma patients have chronic complications from immunotherapies

Chronic side effects among melanoma survivors after treatment with anti-PD-1 immunotherapies are more common than previously recognized, according to a study published March 25 in JAMA Oncology. The chronic complications, which occurred in 43% of patients, affected the joints and endocrine system most commonly, and less often involved salivary glands, eyes, peripheral nerves and other organs. These complications may be […]

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AHA: Blacks, Hispanics Make Up 53 Percent of COVID-19 Deaths

MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2020 — Due to disproportionate representation, Black and Hispanic patients bear much of the burden of mortality and morbidity related to COVID-19, according to a study published online Nov. 17 in Circulation to coincide with the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2020, held virtually from Nov. 13 to 17. Fatima Rodriguez, M.D., M.P.H., from Stanford University in […]

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Review: Estimated Prevalence of VTE 14.1 Percent in COVID-19

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2020 — The overall prevalence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients with COVID-19 is estimated to be 14.1 percent, with a higher prevalence for patients in the intensive care unit (ICU), according to a review published online Sep. 25 in Research and Practice in Thrombosis and Haemostasis. Stephan Nopp, M.D., from the Medical University of Vienna, and […]

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Forty percent of dementia cases could be prevented or delayed by targeting 12 risk factors throughout life

Modifying 12 risk factors over the lifecourse could delay or prevent 40% of dementia cases, according to an update to The Lancet Commission on dementia prevention, intervention, and care, which is being presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC 2020). Combined, the three new risk factors are associated with 6% of all dementia cases—with an estimated 3% of cases […]

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Overall, 8.5 percent of suicide acts in U.S. are fatal

Overall, 8.5 percent of suicidal acts are fatal, with higher rates for males and older adults, according to a study published online Dec. 3 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Andrew Conner, from Quinnipiac University in North Haven, Connecticut, and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional study involving suicide deaths (309,377 records) and nonfatal suicide attempts requiring treatment in an emergency department […]

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Less than 40 percent of all U.S. adults have ever had HIV testing

(HealthDay)—The percentage of U.S. adults undergoing HIV testing nationwide is less than 40 percent, according to a study published online June 27 in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Marc A. Pitasi, M.P.H., from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to determine the percentage of adults […]

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Blueberries may lower cardiovascular risk by up to 20 percent

Dubbed “the silent killer” because it has no visible symptoms in its early stages, hypertension affects approximately 1 in 3 adults in the United States. The condition puts a strain on the cardiovascular system, which in the long run may contribute to heart failure, stroke, and kidney failure. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommend that people with high blood […]

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