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2009-03-18 09:58:22

A new study may help doctors determine who is a good candidate for an implanted defibrillator -- and who is not. Data collected from more than 14,000 patients over five years show heart failure patients under age 65, or those over 65 without kidney disease, cancer or dementia could be protected from sudden death with the assistance of an implanted defibrillator. However, older patients with several comorbidities, including other cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic pulmonary disease and...

2009-03-17 11:04:22

A U.S. study suggests older people with comorbidities or multiple hospital admissions for heart failure receive little benefit from implanted defibrillators. The cohort study was conducted among more than 14,000 patients with heart failure using an administrative five-year data base. Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard Medical School in Boston said the patients, with a mean age of 77 years, had a high level of comorbidities such as other cardiovascular disease,...

2009-01-14 12:38:00

American Heart Association rapid access journal report: Study highlights: -- Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) may reduce the risk of death by 30 percent in patients with reduced heart function. -- This survival benefit applied to patients 75 years and older in this primary prevention study. -- Previous studies have focused on younger, healthier patients. DALLAS, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) can improve survival in...

2009-01-07 09:35:37

 Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) can improve survival in patients with heart damage "” even those in their 70s "” according to research reported in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.Implanted ICDs reduced the risk of dying by 30 percent in patients younger than 65 years old, 65 to 74, and 75 and older, said Paul Chan, M.D., M.Sc., lead author of the study and assistant professor at the Mid-America Heart Institute and the University of Missouri in...

2008-08-29 03:00:19

By Smith, Ashley Wilder Reeve, Bryce B; Bellizzi, Keith M; Harlan, Linda C; Klabunde, Carrie N; Amsellem, Marni; Bierman, Arlene S; Hays, Ron D This study examined the physical and mental health of 126,685 males and females age 65 or over, with and without cancer that completed a Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (MHOS) between 1998- 2002. Cancer information was ascertained through the National Cancer Institute's (NCI's) Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program and linked to...

2008-07-15 03:00:11

By Meyers, James F Robbins, Anthony S; Gildengorin, Ginny L; Grayson, J Kevin ABSTRACT A comparative study was conducted on patients in military hospitals in response to recent studies at veterans' hospitals showing the possibility that access to an equal-access health care system may reduce or reverse racial differences in mortality outcomes. Using a cohort study of 14,122 military retirees admitted to military hospitals with any of six common medical diagnoses between October 2000 and...

2006-07-03 15:45:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Findings from a new study suggest that just 15 percent of adolescents who have been sexually assaulted and started anti-HIV postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) actually complete the recommended 28-day course of treatment. "The use of PEP in this population can be difficult because of patient uncertainty regarding exposure, high rates of psychiatric comorbidity, and low rates of follow-up," Dr. Elyse Olshen, from Columbia University in New York, and colleagues note. PEP...

2005-08-09 23:34:56

Current clinical practice guidelines are not written with older adults with multiple illnesses in mind, according to a study in the August 10 issue of JAMA. The aging of the population and the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases pose challenges to the development and application of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs), according to background information in the article. In 1999, 48 percent of Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 years or older had at least 3 chronic medical conditions and 21...

2005-06-06 02:40:00

Researchers supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) have found that half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, and that despite effective treatments, there are long delays "” sometimes decades "” between first onset of symptoms and when people seek and receive treatment. The study also reveals that an untreated mental disorder can lead to a more severe, more difficult to treat illness, and to the development of co-occurring mental illnesses....