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Simple blood test may help to predict cardiovascular risk in older women

...cell] count automated measurement methods are well standardized and precision excellent. There is little information on the variability of leukocyte count in individuals over time, but from limited data, the within person compared with between-person variability is similar to that of cholesterol or C-reactive pro...

Women less likely to get quality heart attack care

...ect on mortality rates was the first evidence that standardized heart care saves lives. GAP tries to increase hospitals' use of aspirin and beta blocker drugs, and cholesterol testing, within 24 hours of a heart attack, and the prescribing of aspirin, beta blockers, cholesterol-lowering drugs and ACE inhibitor dr...

Depression predicts heart rhythm abnormalities in heart attack patients

... interviewed by a mental health provider and given standardized tests for depression and anxiety within three days of admission. All patients were then connected to a heart monitor that recorded detailed heart beat information continuously over a 24-hour period. "We found that almost one in five (18 percent) pati...

More training needed to care for growing geriatric population

...earchers warn. What is required, they say, is more standardized geriatric training across all medical specialties. An article in the March 2005 issue of Academic Medicine says older adults are making more visits to nonprimary-care specialists and suggests faculty development and curriculum changes be made to bett...

Flu vaccination benefits people of any age with high-risk medical conditions

...heir vaccine from a general practitioner through a standardized vaccination program. "To our knowledge, this is the first study showing high vaccine effectiveness in reducing severe end points such as deaths (78 percent) and hospitalizations for acute respiratory and cardiovascular disease (87 percent) among high...

Clinicians report missing patient information is common

...tants, and hospitals. These communications are not standardized -- some offices may make personal telephone calls, others may correspond by letter or fax, and still others may use e-mail or have digital interfaces that allow real-time transmission of data. It is not surprising, therefore, that Smith et al found l...

New way to diagnose sciatica may point to a different cause

...cellent outcome, based on patients' responses to a standardized outcome questionnaire over a six-year period. "Although sciatica is the most common condition treated by neurosurgeons, piriformis syndrome is not even mentioned in the majority of neurosurgery textbooks and no more than a handful of surgeons in the ...

Generation gap found in chronic pain

...luation for pain treatment, the patients completed standardized questionnaires that assessed their mental and physical status, as well as the intensity and impact of their pain, the ability to cope with their pain, sleep and alcohol use patterns, and symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder that ...

Behavior and quality of life improve for children who receive treatment for obstructive sleep apnea

...sessed child behavior and quality of life by using standardized surveys completed by parents of children with OSA (n = 42) before and after T & A, compared with 41 children in the control group with no history of snoring undergoing unrelated elective surgery. "In this study of 42 children with documented OSA unde...

Carefree people care less about cancer symptoms, endanger health

...ime. In addition, each patient was assessed with standardized psychological tests to measure their sensitivity to threat and disposition toward anxiety. Individuals who score low on these tests tend to be confident, relaxed, optimistic, carefree, uninhibited, and outgoing. Those who score high are usually cauti...

Environmental tobacco smoke linked to reading, math, logic and reasoning declines in children

...s translate into nearly a three-point decline in a standardized reading test and nearly a two-point decline in a standardized math test, given an average score of 100 and a modest increase in exposure to environmental tobacco ...

NIH action plan charts future challenges for liver disease research

... early and improve patient survival. Developing standardized and objective diagnostic criteria of major liver diseases and their grading and staging. Standards will benefit clinical research on all types of liver disease, including the evaluation of new diagnostic and therapeutic agents. Decreasing the mor...

Veterans in better health than other residents of nursing homes, new test for evaluating tinnitus

...similar levels of disability who can be treated by standardized rehabilitative programs. Prosthesis with suction...hes with the new system. Investigators assert that standardized assessment of tinnitus is essential, so that the perceptual attributes of the disorder can be quanti...

Arsenic ingestion from well water associated with increased risk of lung cancer

...r risk factors was collected at enrollment through standardized questionnaire interview. During the study followup period, there were 139 newly diagnosed cases of lung cancer. Residents with the highest level of arsenic exposure had a 3.29 times increased risk for lung cancer, after adjusting for various factors ...

Women seeking treatment for even minimal 'male-type' hair growth need endocrine evaluation

...m is made by a physician's evaluation and based on standardized scales. Women with true hirsutism often find professional help for their underlying conditions because the severity of their symptoms forces them to seek cosmetic services. "Electrologists tend to be the front line for patients with hirsutism. When e...

Moving admitted ER patients into inpatient beds faster could significantly increase hospital revenue

... because their care in the emergency department is standardized and they are frequently admitted to telemetry beds, which are hospital beds equipped to monitor a cardiac patient's condition. Of the 904 visits made by chest pain patients to an urban emergency department between Oct. 1, 1999 and Sept. 30, 2000, 91 ...

The NIH funds network to study drug-induced liver injury (DILIN)

...per year. One objective of DILIN is to develop standardized definitions and instruments to identify and fully characterize cases of drug-induced liver injury. With a systematic way of classifying drug-induced liver injury, researchers will be able to analyze the epidemiology and clinical issues of liver injur...

Panel offers recommendations for monitoring adverse events from dietary supplements

...-hours a day, 365 days per year; (3) creation of a standardized questionnaire that would facilitate the collection of data that are useful for detecting, prioritizing and evaluating adverse event signals in order to establish and maintain the integrity of the process; and (4) ways in which issues regarding signa...

Study finds computer vignette to be effective way to measure quality of physician practice

...for measuring physician performance is through the standardized patient -- a trained actor with a simulated illnes...rformance when both were compared directly against standardized patients. A total of 116 physicians participated in the study, conducted at two VA hospitals ...

Prenatal alcohol exposure has effects far beyond fetal alcohol syndrome

...enatally. (The WISC-III is the most commonly used standardized test of IQ administered to children ages 6 - 17 years.) Alcohol exposure was assessed using a timeline, follow-back interview that was administered to the mothers at every prenatal clinic visit. Numerous potential confounding variables were examine...

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