Today's Health News

Troponin Testing May Be Overused in Geriatric Patients

Findings show high false-positive rate in elderly with nonspecific complaints in the emergency department

New Guidance Issued for Care of Children With Williams Syndrome

Children with WS should be evaluated by a pediatric cardiologist, undergo psychoeducational evaluation

Quickly Reducing High Potassium Levels Improves Outcomes

Lower mortality seen in emergency department patients whose potassium is normalized quickly

Decline in Mortality Seen in Diabetes Patients in Hong Kong

Decline in all-cause mortality from 2001 to 2016 not statistically significant for those aged 20 to 44 years

Ageism Predicts Significantly Worse Health Outcomes

Older persons who are less educated particularly likely to have adverse health effects of ageism

CDC: Many Americans Are Inactive, With Southerners Faring Worse

Agency releases new estimates of physical inactivity across states and U.S. territories

Single-Payer System Would Likely Save Money

Largest savings predicted to come from simplified billing and lower drug costs

ACA Tied to Narrowing of Disparities in Access to Care

Nationwide improvements in insurance coverage and access to care seen, even in nonexpansion states

Coronary Artery Disease Risk Down in Survivors of Childhood Cancer

Risk for coronary artery disease significantly decreased for survivors with diagnosis in 80s, 90s versus 70s

Evolution of Approval, Regulation Processes for Drugs Explored

FDA drug review times down from 1983 to 2017, but time from clinical testing to approval did not change