Discharge Summaries and Hospital Readmissions

Good discharge summaries for heart-failure patients can make the difference between a quick recovery and hospital readmission, according to Yale School of Medicine researchers.

The findings were published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

The 5 Worst Myths About Obesity

More than a third of adults in the United States, 35.1 percent, are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Nearly 70 percent are at least overweight, and obesity in adolescents has quadrupled in the past three decades.

Smart Strategies for Diabetic Foot Care

Along with monitoring blood sugar levels, one of the most important things diabetics can do is care for their feet. Diabetes can lead to a loss of feeling in your feet; as a result, you could be injured (a cut, a blister) and not know it. And because diabetes can also lower the blood flow to your feet, it can cause foot problems. In the most serious cases, feet or toes may even have to be amputated because they have developed serious ulcers that don’t heal.

Eczema Takes Emotional Toll & Ups Disease Risk

Eczema wreaks havoc on its sufferers' lives with health problems that are more than skin deep, according to researcher at Northwestern University Medicine in Chcago, Adults who have eczema -- a chronic itchy skin disease that often starts in childhood -- have higher rates of smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, and obesity and are less likely to exercise than adults who don't have the disease, reports the study that was published in January 2015 in the Journal of Allergy an

Excess Iron Promotes Aging

It's been known for decades that some metals, including iron, accumulate in human tissues during aging and that toxic levels of iron have been linked to neurologic diseases, such as Parkinson's. Common belief has held that iron accumulation happens as a result of the aging process. But research in the nematode C.


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