After Jared and Kristina Burns went through a harrowing experience with their child, they wrote a letter to Walla Walla, Wash.-based Providence St. Mary Medical Center, requesting that the organization implement a telemedicine tool so pediatric patients could get better access to specialized care during emergencies. Providence St. Mary liked the idea, and more than a year and a half later, the pieces were in place.
Women who experienced menopause at ages 45 or younger, especially those who had smoked, were more likely to develop bladder cancer compared with those who were menopausal at ages 50 or older, researchers reported at the European Association of Urology's annual meeting. The findings also showed that age at menarche and first birth, parity, and use of oral contraceptives and postmenopausal hormones weren't linked to bladder cancer risk.
A Colonial Life survey found than 20% of employees said they spend more than five hours of work time each week thinking about stressors and worries, while another 50% stresses for one hour to five hours per week. The survey found 41% of workers said stress reduced their productivity levels and one-third said it made them feel less engaged.
Work stress is less likely to threaten relationships at home if you're upfront about what's distracting you and seek support from friends or colleagues, writes CEO coach Sabina Nawaz. It helps to find an activity that lets you decompress after work, even if it's just thinking of one positive from the day.
An analysis of data from 871 hospitals found cases of hospital-related sepsis as a percentage of all sepsis cases dropped 15% from 2015 to 2018, while sepsis mortality and readmission rates fell 8% and 7%, respectively. Patients who experienced sepsis, however, were 10% more likely to develop septic shock, and average treatment cost per hospital-associated case rose 20% to around $70,000, translating to $1.5 billion in additional spending last year, according to Premier.
House Democrats will release health care legislation this week that includes measures intended to bring down costs and protect those with pre-existing conditions, according to the office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The bill will be released about nine years after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law.
The CDC reports that flu activity remains high across the US, with 26 states reporting high influenza-like illness activity and 44 states experiencing widespread flu activity during the week ending March 16. The hospitalization rate increased to 47.1 per 100,000 people, and eight additional pediatric deaths were reported, bringing the season total to 76.
Implementing a nationwide reinsurance program with an 80% reimbursement rate for costs between $40,000 and $250,000 would cost the US government $30.1 billion for three years, according to a study published in the Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision and Financing. The estimate is a close match with proposals from the health insurance industry.
United States Steel announced it would add paid leave benefits for non-union employees and provide several other new benefits for employees, including gender reassignment surgery coverage and adoption assistance. In an increasingly tight labor market, companies are looking for ways to retain employees and many also don't want to be behind if a federal paid leave policy come to fruition.
A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found people who got from 10 minutes to 59 minutes of physical activity per week had an 18% lower mortality risk compared with those who were inactive, while those who got from 150 minutes to 299 minutes weekly had a 31% reduced risk. There also were larger reductions in mortality risk for vigorous exercise compared with moderate exercise.