Study finds assigning hospitalists by unit has both pros and cons

Researchers from Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine have conducted the first time-motion study in more than a decade to assess the impact of geographic cohorting of hospitalists. Geographic cohorting—restricting or localizing hospitalists and their patients to one or two inpatient units rather than having hospitalists travel from…

Early retirement may accelerate dementia, study finds

How an early retirement may accelerate dementia: Scientists find quitting work before turning 60 ‘speeds up cognitive decline and memory loss’ New York scientists say it is caused by a lack of mental stimulation when retired  Retirement is also usually accompanied by less interaction with other people  This has also…

Report finds Americans’ health is flagging

(HealthDay)—The United States just received its annual checkup, and the news isn’t good. Life expectancy has declined over the past three years, driven down by increasing rates of suicides and drug overdoses. Electronic cigarette use among teens nearly doubled in the last year, increasing the risk of addiction for an…

Off-label medication orders on the rise for children, study finds

U.S. physicians are increasingly ordering medications for children for conditions that are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, according to a Rutgers study. The findings highlight the need for more education, research and policies addressing effective, safe pediatric drug prescribing. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, analyzed…

New study finds SkinVision detects 95% of skin cancer

An international group of researchers working with Erasmus University Medical Center (Erasmus MC) in the Netherlands determined that SkinVision—the first CE-marked skin cancer application based on extensive clinical trials—has a sensitivity of 95.1% in detecting the most common forms of skin cancer. The research published in the Journal of the…