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Innovative Risk Score Tool Effectively Predicts Future Risk of Hospitalization for Pulmonary Disease Patients

Researchers have developed a new tool that utilizes basic laboratory tests to effectively identify patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who are at high risk of being hospitalized due to a flare up of the condition.
21-May-2018 5:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites


Atrial Fibrillation Patients Diagnosed with Carotid Atery Disease Face Increased Risk of Dementia, New Study Finds

Atrial fibrillation patients who are diagnosed with carotid artery disease face higher risks for developing dementia, according to new research from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City.
9-May-2018 6:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites


New Study Finds That RNA Molecules Predict Adverse Heart Growth and Function That Can Lead to Atrial Fibrillation and Death

Researchers have identified that enlargement of the left atrium of the heart is linked to abnormal activity of molecules that are associated with adverse changes in the heart’s size, shape, structure, and function — conditions that can lead to...
8-May-2018 5:30 AM EDT Add to Favorites


Study Finds New Combined Risk Score More Effectively Predicts Stroke Risk in AFib Patients

Doctors know patients with atrial fibrillation are at a higher risk of having a stroke, and now a new study finds that integrating two separate clinical risk score models more accurately helps clinicians assess the stroke risk of patients with Afib.
10-May-2018 6:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites


New Study Identifies Ways Smaller Community Hospitals Can Reduce Antibiotic Overuse to Prevent Growth of Superbugs

Researchers at Intermountain Healthcare and University of Utah Health in Salt Lake City have completed a study identifying how community hospitals with fewer than 200 beds can develop antibiotic stewardship programs that work to prevent the growth...
30-Apr-2018 6:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites


Brief Exposure to Tiny Air Pollution Particles Triggers Childhood Lung Infections

Even the briefest increase in airborne fine particulate matter PM2.5, pollution-causing particles that are about 3% of the diameter of human hair, is associated with the development of acute lower respiratory infection (ALRI) in young children,...
12-Apr-2018 6:30 AM EDT Add to Favorites


Study Links Type of Blood Pressure Medication to Increased Variability and Higher Risk of Death

Two types of blood pressure medications — alpha blockers and alpha 2 agonist — show increased variability in blood pressure measurements between doctor visits, which is associated with an increased risk of death, according to new research from...
7-Mar-2018 6:05 AM EST Add to Favorites


Stress of Open-Heart Surgery Significantly Reduces Patients’ Vitamin D Levels, But Supplementation Before and After Surgery Helps

The stress of open-heart surgery significantly reduces patients’ vitamin D levels, but aggressive supplementation with vitamin D3, just before and after surgery, can completely eliminate the observed drop in vitamin D, researchers have found.
8-Mar-2018 8:15 AM EST Add to Favorites

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