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Age, cost of treatment among top reasons patients leave hospital early

Age, cost of treatment among top reasons patients leave hospital early

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MONDAY, June 19, 2017 -- It's a not uncommon occurrence: Patients discharge themselves from the hospital against their doctor's best advice.Now, new research on over 29 million hospital stays sheds light on which types of patients are most prone to this behavior -- and why.Using 2013 U.S. hospital data, researchers found that younger patients are much more likely than older patients to leave the hospital against the advice of their doctor.In fact, patients aged 65 and older were four times less likely to leave the hospital against medical advice than were adults under 65, according to a team led by Dr. Jashvant Poeran, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.Other factors played a role as well. Regardless of their age, men were more likely to leave the hospital agai...
Poll: Most mothers have been 'mommy-shamed'

Poll: Most mothers have been 'mommy-shamed'

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MONDAY, June 19, 2017 -- "You're doing that wrong!"Sound familiar, Moms? It should: A new poll finds that six out of 10 American mothers say they've been criticized for their parenting skills.It's called mommy-shaming, and it goes viral when it happens to the famous. Actress Reese Witherspoon was shamed for giving her toddler cinnamon rolls for breakfast, and model Coco Rocho was judged for giving her baby formula.But a nationwide poll of 475 mothers finds it's a familiar experience for most with kids under age 5 -- and the source of the shaming is most often a woman's own parents.Major areas of criticism include discipline, 70 percent; diet and nutrition, 52 percent; sleep, 46 percent; breast- versus bottle-feeding, 39 percent; safety, 20 percent; and child care, 16 percent."Our findings ...
Prostate cancer blood test 'helps target treatment'

Prostate cancer blood test 'helps target treatment'

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Scientists have developed a blood test that could pick out which men with advanced prostate cancer would benefit from a new drug treatment.The test detects cancer DNA in the blood, helping doctors check whether precision drugs are working.Cancer Research UK said the test could "greatly improve survival".But larger studies involving more men needed to take place to confirm if doctors could rely on the test, the charity said.Blood samples from 49 men with advanced prostate cancer were collected by researchers, as part of the phase II clinical trial of a drug called olaparib.This type of precision drug is seen as the future of cancer medicine but because it is a targeted treatment, the drug does not work for everyone.Researchers from The Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden NHS ...
Mom's grief spurs NY bill targeting opioid dealers in deaths

Mom's grief spurs NY bill targeting opioid dealers in deaths

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Four years after Patty Farrell found her 18-year-old daughter lying cold and blue in bed from an overdose, the former police detective hopes to see heroin dealers charged with homicide when their product kills. "She was the love of my life, my only child," says Farrell, whose home is like a shrine to her daughter with photos and keepsakes everywhere. "When I lost her, I lost my world." A bill named for her daughter, Laree, would create a new criminal classification of "homicide by sale of an opiate-controlled substance," punishable by 15 to 25 years in prison. It has passed the state Senate and awaits action by the Assembly as the Legislative session moves into its final week. Proponents say tougher penalties would help reduce overdoses. But critics say the focus should be on prevention, ...