Tag: patients

When should patients with dementia receive palliative care?

Patients with dementia may benefit from being referred to specialist palliative care—a branch of medicine that focuses on optimizing quality of life and providing relief from symptoms—but who should be referred, and when? A recent analysis of published studies on the topic found a lack of consensus regarding referral criteria for palliative care in patients

Female heart disease patients with female physicians fare better

Female physicians have better patient outcomes compared with their male peers, while female patients are less likely to receive guideline-recommended care when treated by a male physician, according to a systematic review from the American College of Cardiology’s Cardiovascular Disease in Women section published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. While

Anticancer drug may improve outcome for severe COVID-19 patients

Treating severe COVID-19 patients with the anticancer drug bevacizumab may reduce mortality and speed up recovery, according to a small clinical study in Italy and China that was led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden between February and April 2020. On average, blood oxygen levels, body temperature and inflammatory markers significantly improved in patients

VRK1: A protein that reduces the survival of patients with neuroblastoma

Researchers from the Departments of Cell Biology and Medical Physiology at the University of Seville have identified that a high expression of the human protein VRK1 is associated with tumor aggressiveness and low survival among neuroblastoma patients. Aggressive neuroblastoma is one of the most common solid childhood cancers and causes disproportionately high mortality in affected

Depression screening tools in patients with kidney failure

A recent analysis examines research on the use of depression screening tools in patients with kidney failure. The results appear in an upcoming issue of CJASN. People with kidney failure experience depression at rates higher than the general population. Medicare requires routine depression screening for patients with kidney failure, but no clear guidance on which

Serious disparities in care and outcomes found among Black and non-white heart patients

Adults from underrepresented racial groups who have acute heart blockages and cardiac arrests received fewer early interventions, had longer hospital stays and higher death rates than their white counterparts, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Science Symposium 2020. Researchers set out to investigate whether health inequities exist for

Providing a safe environment for psychiatric patients during pandemic

The very heart of inpatient care for psychiatric patients is socialization, group therapy, shared meals, and a standard two people per room. Then COVID-19 hit with the accompanying public health warnings to isolate, socially distance, and wear masks. That sent clinicians and staff from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) moving

Home-Based Telerehabilitation Beneficial for Stroke Patients

THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2020 — Home-based motor training telerehabilitation is beneficial for stroke patients, with enhanced interhemispheric functional connectivity of the M1 areas, according to a study published online Sept. 30 in Neurology. Jing Chen, Ph.D., from Fudan University in Shanghai, and colleagues randomly assigned 52 stroke patients with hemiplegia to home-based motor training telerehabilitation

ECT May Reduce Suicide Risk in Patients With Bipolar Depression

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2020 — Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may help treat features of bipolar depression, including suicidality, according to study results partially published earlier this year in the The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry and presented at the annual congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, held virtually from Sept. 12 to 15. Giulio E.

No benefit from drug used to reduce heart disease in kidney patients

Following a large-scale clinical trial, researchers have found that lanthanum carbonate does not reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease developing in patients with chronic kidney disease. The drug is routinely prescribed to patients with chronic kidney disease to help reduce the risk of both bone disease and cardiovascular disease, with cardiovascular disease the most common

Ventilators could be adapted to help two COVID-19 patients at once

As the first peak of the COVID-19 pandemic approached, governments feared there would not be enough ventilators—machines that ‘breathe’ for patients when they cannot do so themselves—to help all those who needed one. Now, researchers from King’s College London and Imperial College London have developed a theoretical model for how one ventilator could be used

Targeted treatment for depression could benefit patients with psychosis

Patients with early onset psychosis may benefit from treatment for depression, including with anti-depressants alongside other medication, new research shows. According to scientists at the University of Birmingham’s Institute for Mental Health, depression may be an intrinsic part of early phase psychotic disorders that should be treated together with other more prominent symptoms to improve