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Intensive In-Hospital Support Doubles Likelihood Of Smoking Cessation In Heart Patients

Patients admitted to hospital with coronary artery disease are twice as likely to quit smoking after receiving intensive smoking cessation support compared to minimal support, found a new study.


The study, a randomized clinical trial, compared intensive intervention with minimal intervention and found that patients admitted for open heart surgery (coronary artery bypass grafts) had significantly higher long-term abstinence rates ...

Medical Bills Underlie 60 Percent Of U.S. Bankruptcies: Study

Medical bills are behind more than 60 percent of U.S. personal bankruptcies, U.S. researchers report demonstrates that healthcare reform is on the wrong track.


More than 75 percent of these bankrupt families had health insurance but still were overwhelmed by their medical debts, the team at Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School and Ohio University.

More Canadians Choosing To Die At Home

The number of Canadians who are opting to live out their last days at home instead of the hospital has increased over the past 15 years, according to a new study.


In 1994, about 78 percent of the nation's deaths occurred in a hospital, but by 2004 that figure had fallen to 61 percent.

FDA Weighs Risk Of Antipsychotic Drugs For Kids

Three antipsychotic drugs appear to work in children and teens but their risks must be weighed as the makers aim to promote the medicines for youth, U.S. drug reviewers said.


The Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to approve AstraZeneca's Seroquel, Pfizer's Geodon and Eli Lilly and Co's Zyprexa for children and teens with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. All three are blockbuster medicines already sold for adults.

Remembering What To Remember And What To Forget

People in very early stages of Alzheimer's disease already have trouble focusing on what is important to remember, a UCLA psychologist and colleagues report.


"One of the first telltale signs of Alzheimer's disease may be not memory problems, but failure to control attention," said Alan Castel, assistant professor of psychology and lead author of the study.


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