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The Aging of Women’s Blood Vessels is Faster Than Men’s

According to researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC), women are not simply ‘catching up” to men in terms of the aging of their blood vessels, they are exceeding them.  The study’s research findings, published in a recent issue of the journal JAMA Cardiology, explains why woman tend to develop different types of cardiovascular disease with different […]

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Study Indicates NTM Infections on the Rise Nationally

Researchers say that the number of people newly infected each year and the number of people living with nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease seems to be increasing, especially among women and persons age 65 and older. In “Incidence and Prevalence of Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Lung Disease in a Large United States Managed Care Health Plan, 2008-2015,”

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Some ICU Admissions May Be Preventable, Saving Money and Improving Care

Research findings detailed in an “Potentially Preventable Intensive Care Unit Admissions in the United States, 2006-2015,” published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, indicate that many admissions to the intensive care unit (ICU) may be preventable, potentially decreasing health care costs and improving care. Lead author Gary E. Weissman, MD, MSHP, a researcher at

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For Heart Attack and Stroke Survivors, Dog Ownership Is Associated with a Longer Life     

Living alone after a cardiac event and not owning a dog may be hazardous to your health. A recently released study, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a journal of the American Heart Association (AHA), reported that dog ownership may be associated with longer life and better cardiovascular outcomes, especially for those heart attack

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Report Card: Best and Worst States Providing Access to Palliative Care

A national study released last month on Capitol Hill, demonstrates that access to palliative care continues to depend more upon where a person resident rather than it does upon the needs of patients living with a serious illness and their families. This impacts 12 million adults and 400,000 children living with a serious illness, such

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Shorter Stays in a SNF Tied to Higher Risk for Hospital Readmission

New York University (NYU) School of Medicine researchers says that high hospital readmission rates indicate that many elderly patients with heart failure may be sent home too soon from skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The recent study shows that the risk of hospital readmission among patients with heart failure discharged home after staying at a SNF is high—almost

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Study Shows Education for Consumers and Physicians Increases Favorability of Palliative Care

Findings from a new opinion research poll, released last month from the Centers to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) confirms that once educated with the correct definition of palliative care, understanding and favorability greatly increase among consumers and physicians.   “All organizations and clinicians must proactively align themselves in defining palliative care correctly,” said Diane E. Meier, MD,

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Study Looks at Impact of SNF, Home Care, on Hospital Readmission Rates and Care Costs

Post-acute care costs continue to rise throughout the nation with nearly 90 percent of Medicare patients discharged to post-acute care receive that care in either a skilled nursing facility or home health care. Researchers say that is known about the differences in outcomes and costs between these two levels of care. But a newly published study’s

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High-Intensity Interval Training Helps Patients in Cardiac Rehab

An increasing number of programs to strengthen the heart after a heart attack are offering high-intensity interval training (HIIT), a popular exercise routine that alternates intense bursts of activity with short recovery periods to rapidly enhance exercise performance, in their cardiac rehab programs. Recent research findings show significant benefits of using HIIT over a more

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