• Adults living in areas with high air pollution are more likely to have multiple long-term health conditions
    on December 5, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Exposure to traffic related air pollution is associated with an increased likelihood of having multiple long-term physical and mental health conditions, according to a new study of more than 364,000 people in England. Led by researchers from Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, this is the largest study worldwide to examine whether air pollution exposure is linked with the occurrence of multiple long-term health conditions.

  • 'Tumor progressing,' 'positive findings': Patients often confused by medical jargon
    on December 5, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    A new study finds that the medical jargon doctors use can be completely misunderstood by patients. Common medical lingo that makes perfect sense to doctors often gets lost in translation when conveyed to laypeople, the new research found. It turns out that many people mistakenly believe it's good news if a tumor is "progressing" or a chest X-ray is "impressive." And it's no wonder, experts said: In a frustrating quirk, medical meanings of certain words are exactly the opposite of their meaning in plain English.

  • 'Good news for older Americans': Dementia prevalence is declining
    on December 5, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Dementia prevalence dropped 3.7 percentage points in the U.S. from 2000 to 2016, according to a RAND Corporation study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “The reasons for the decline in the prevalence of dementia are not certain, but this trend is good news for older Americans and the systems that support them,” Péter Hudomiet, PhD, MA, MSc, the study’s lead author and an economist at RAND, said in a press release. “This decline may help reduce the expected strain on families, nursing homes and other support systems as the American population ages.”

  • More needs to be done to improve uptake of interpreting services in primary care settings
    on December 5, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    People who do not speak English well often ask friends and family to translate for them when accessing their primary care practice, finds a new study from the University of Surrey. However, more needs to be done to improve the understanding and quality of language support services available, as increasing uptake will ensure patients are given equal access to healthcare.

  • Pregnant women's cannabis usage in legalized US states raises calls for screening
    on December 5, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Pregnant women living in US states where cannabis is legal must be screened for the drug, for the health of both mother and baby, claim scientists who in a new national study have found that they are far more likely to use the substance.

  • CDC expands wastewater testing for polioviruses
    on December 5, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding testing to detect polioviruses in wastewater to select communities in Philadelphia and Michigan, the agency announced Nov. 30. The announcement comes months after the July discovery of the first polio case in the United States since 2013, in an unvaccinated man in Rockland County, New York.

  • White House announces plan to end HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030
    on December 5, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    The United States will renew its focus on ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030, with new funding and a five-year strategy, the White House said Dec. 1. The Biden administration announced its ambitious plans on World AIDS Day. Among the plan's components are requesting $850 million in the 2023 budget for HIV prevention and care programs. Biden also proposed a new $10 billion national PrEP program. This could give access to preexposure prophylaxis and services for people without insurance or low coverage.

  • Flu, RSV infecting children at staggering rates
    on December 5, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    There has been no ebb in the flurry of respiratory illnesses infecting America's youngest children. More pediatric wards across the country are announcing crises as beds reach capacity, the pediatric death toll jumped significantly in the past week, and sometimes children are being infected with more than one virus at a time.

  • ACP releases living practice points on COVID-19 treatment in outpatient settings
    on December 5, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    The ACP has released living, rapid practice points summarizing the best available evidence on the treatment of adults with confirmed mild or moderate COVID-19 in an outpatient setting. “Management of COVID-19 in the outpatient setting continues to evolve as new data emerges on SARS-CoV-2 variants and the availability of newer treatments,” ACP President Ryan D. Mire, MD, MACP, said in a press release. “These living practice points will be a valuable clinical resource for physicians and the rest of the health care community in treating patients in the outpatient setting, as most COVID-19 cases are now managed as outpatients.”

  • Travel nurse pay remains high as hospitals fill gaps from staff departures
    on December 5, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Even as COVID-19 cases fell this year, demand and rates for traveling nurse staff have remained high, according to data from nursing staffing companies. That’s strapping hospitals and health systems that expected to be using less temporary labor by now, and comes as systems boost permanent staff wages to quell ongoing shortages and heightened turnover driven by burnout.

  • The 'Great Resignation' is taking a toll on US healthcare
    on December 5, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    The nationwide shortage of health care professionals—a so-called "Great Resignation" of providers—is impacting patient care in ways large and small, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll shows. One in four Americans have noticed or personally experienced the impact of staffing shortages in healthcare, second only to staff shortages in the retail sector, the poll found.

  • ANA urges Congress to enact critical nursing priorities in 2022 year-end legislation
    on December 5, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    As 2022 concludes, the American Nurses Association is calling on the 117th United States Congress to enact in any end-of-year package legislation measures to support the nation’s nursing workforce. These legislative priorities are necessary to protect nurses in the workforce, support their mental health and well-being and remove barriers that they often face when providing safe and quality patient care.