Heart group says apps, wearable sensors can be useful tools
An American Heart Association scientific statement said evidence showing that mobile applications and wearable sensors help reduce cardiovascular risk factors is limited, but the technology still can be useful. The report in the journal Circulation, which analyzed peer-reviewed study data, found apps and mobile technology were linked to greater short-term weight loss, increases in physical activity and a better chance people would stop smoking. HealthDay News
Control of CV risk factors increases survival in diabetes patients
Researchers found that diabetes patients with coronary heart disease who had two or fewer cardiovascular risk factors under control had twice the mortality risk and a 70% higher risk of cardiovascular events, compared with those who had all six risk factors under control. The findings, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, also revealed an inverse association between control of risk factors through protocol-guided intensive medical therapy and a composite end point of mortality, myocardial infarction and stroke. Medscape (free registration)
Hospitals struggle with best practices in cases of medical errors
Few hospitals have implemented best practices for responding to questions or complaints from family members and caregivers whose loved ones have died in hospital care. However, communication-and-resolution models backed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that call for apologies, investigations and prompt offers of financial compensation in cases of medical mistakes have been shown to reduce both the frequency of malpractice claims and the amount spent on patient compensation. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model)
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