Case Studies/Studies

New Approach Extends Survival for Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Among the 35 percent of pancreatic cancer patients whose tumors have begun spreading into surrounding blood vessels and are often deemed inoperable, life-extending surgery may in fact be possible, according to a study published in Annals of Surgery.

Rate of Healthcare-Associated Infections in Hospitals Drops

Among patients in U.S. hospitals, about one in 30 has one or more healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) on a given day, according to the CDC.

Gauging Social Media Strategies in Hospital Marketing

A recent study provides insight into what makes hospitals’ social media posts successful — and what turns audiences off.

Zeroing In on Coffee’s Potential Use Against Neurodegenerative Disease

The health effects of coffee are not a novel field of research. A study in Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety in 2016 determined that the benefits of moderate coffee consumption among adults clearly outweigh its risks, and numerous studies have evaluated its possible neuroprotective effects.

Probiotic Therapy Linked to Reduced Rehospitalization for Patients with Acute Mania

A recent study further explores interrelationships among inflammation, probiotics and mental health.

Injured Children Show Marked Increase in Mental Health Diagnoses

Children who are hospitalized for injuries may subsequently be more likely to be diagnosed with mental health issues, recent research suggests.

Physician Suicide Rate Surpasses That of General Population

Physicians commit suicide at more than twice the rate of the general population — 28-40 per 100,000 versus about 12 per 100,000 — according to research presented at a meeting of the American Psychiatric Association and reported in Medscape Medical News.

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Detection of Failing Shunts in Hydrocephalus Patients

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a bandage-like sensor to quickly and noninvasively detect malfunctions in implanted shunts used to drain excess fluid from the brains of hydrocephalus patients.

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Meta-Analysis: As Smoking Increases, So Does Atrial Fibrillation Risk

Risk for atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder, increases with every cigarette a person smokes per day, according to a meta-analysis of nearly 30 prospective studies.

Trending in 2019: Medical Costs Likely to Keep Climbing

The U.S. healthcare system has long offered some of the most sophisticated and effective care available, But success comes with rising costs. Those increases do not appear to be over.