The Re-admission Dilemma
Certain regions of the U.S. suffer from high hospital readmission rates. Interestingly, that elevated number may have less to do with poor care or more severe illnesses.
Simple Solution to Reducing Pneumonia Worldwide
Cooking over a wood fire is a common practice around the world. A new study shows that by reducing wood smoke inhalation, severe pneumonia was reduced in children.
Don't Catch a Cold After Heart Surgery
Prior to heart surgery, many patients are concerned that there could be complications such as infection from the deep incision. Pneumonia is actually the most common serious infection after a cardiac operation.
Ozone and your lungs
Before you step outside on a sunny day for a run, think about taking precautions for your health. Sure, you stretched, but did you check the day's ozone level?
Supplements Have No Impact After Lung Injury
Patients who suffered a lung injury, such as from pneumonia or sepsis, and received dietary supplements including omega-3 fatty acids were on a ventilator and in the ICU longer and had a small increase in the rate of death.
Worse Outcomes for Patients at Isolated Rural Hospitals
Patients at smaller, rural hospitals may not be getting the same quality of care as some of the larger hospitals inside major cities. A study indicates patients at these less accessible hospitals have a greater chance of dying from serious illnesses such as congestive heart failure.
Sneaky and Sudden Killer
Some health problems can come out of nowhere, even under the watchful eye of a doctor. Hospital patients can be suddenly hit by a complication that seems separate from the reason they were put in the hospital in the first place.
Come On back and See Us Real Soon
Hospital readmission rates for elderly black patients are greater than those of white patients, according to a new study.
Unprotected Old Folks
During both the 2009 H1N1 flu epidemic and the whooping cough outbreak in California, elderly Hispanics had high rates of infection. New research suggests this might be due to low vaccination rates and language.
¡Get Vaccinated, Por Favor!
Older Hispanic seniors are less likely to receive immunizations against the flu and pneumonia, according to a recent study by the RAND Corporation.