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Heart attacks less frequent, less deadly since 1990s

Heart attacks less frequent, less deadly since 1990s

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March 15 (UPI) -- Fewer Americans are having heart attacks these days, and those that do are dying less often, thanks to heart attack prevention techniques, a new study says. Since the mid-90s, hospitalizations for heart attack have fallen by 38 percent, according to research published Friday in JAMA Open. The 30-day mortality rate for heart attacks has also decreased to an all-time low of 12 percent. "We are now at historic lows in the rates of heart attacks and deaths associated with heart attacks," said Harlan Krumholz, a cardiologist at Yale University and study lead author, in a news release. The study tracked more than four million Medicare patients between 1995 and 2014, which the researchers call the largest heart attack study in the United States ever. The researchers attribute...
Minority hospitals less likely to give end of life relief, study says

Minority hospitals less likely to give end of life relief, study says

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Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Hospitals that primarily serve people of color are less likely to provide relief from the stress of a serious illness, regardless of the person's race, a new study says. Only about 22 percent of white patients with metastatic cancer received palliative care, according to research published Friday in JAMA Network Open. "We knew that black and Hispanic cancer patients receive palliative care at lower rates than white patients, but until now, we didn't know why. Was it just that doctors were not offering these services to their black and Hispanic patients? Or is there some other factor at play?" said Alexander Cole, a researcher at the Center for Surgery and Public Health at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, in a news release. Overall, the study included more than 600,000 ind...
Worry less about children's screen use, parents told

Worry less about children's screen use, parents told

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There is little evidence screen use for children is harmful in itself, guidance from leading paediatricians says.Parents should worry less as long as they have gone through a checklist on the effect of screen time on their child, it says.While the guidance avoids setting screen time limits, it recommends not using them in the hour before bedtime. Experts say it is important that the use of devices does not replace sleep, exercising and time with family. It was informed by a review of evidence published at the same time in the BMJ Open medical journal, and follows a debate around whether youngsters should have time on devices restricted.Meanwhile, a separate study has found that girls are twice as likely to show signs of depressive symptoms linked to soci...
Older adults fall less if they exercise, study says

Older adults fall less if they exercise, study says

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Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Exercise may be able to save older adults from taking costly spills, new research says. A study, published Friday in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that in 40 randomized trials exercise significantly decreased the risk of falling or suffering an injury while falling in 21, 868 participants. "Exercise training is an intervention of utmost importance for older adults' health leading to benefits on multiple systems and functions, including muscle and bone health, the cardiometabolic system, as well as physical and potentially cognitive functions," the study read. While exercise didn't decrease the risk of falling multiple times, as well as hospitalization and mortality if they did fall, it's still an important activity for older adults. The Council on Aging says that o...