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Delirium Worsens Outcomes in Stroke Patients

Stroke patients with delirium appear to have unfavorable outcomes when compared with those who do not have delirium, according to a Canadian study. When compared with stroke patients without delirium, those with it had: Higher...

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Analyzing the Delivery of Preventive Services

A combination of factors appears to play a role in whether preventive services are recommended or delivered to patients aged 50 to 80. An American investigation found that the likelihood of preventive service delivery tended to...

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Agent Approved for Highly Toxic Chemotherapy Levels

The FDA has approved glucarpidase (Voraxaze, BTG International) for treating patients with toxic levels of methotrexate—a type of chemotherapy—in the blood due to kidney failure. The drug breaks down methotrexate to a form that...

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Drug Poisoning Death Trends

The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has released a data brief indicating that poisoning became the leading cause of death by injury in the United States in 2008. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs, the report...

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Healthcare Expenditures: A Status Update

A report from the AHRQ has found that 1.0% of the United States population accounted for 20.2% of total healthcare expenditures in 2008. Researchers noted that the bottom half of the expenditure distribution accounted for 3.1%...

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