Tag Archives: PATIENTS

Activity monitors measure step counts for surgery patients

Patients wearing Fitbit devices were able to measure step count after major surgery, improving clinical assessment of daily ambulation and helping to predict their length of hospital stay. A prospective cohort study of 100 patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, published in JAMA Network Open, found that for every 100 steps taken by post-operative participants they… Read More »

These Patients Had Sickle-Cell Disease. Experimental Therapies May Have Cured Them.

Scientists have long known what causes sickle-cell disease and its devastating effects: a single mutation in one errant gene. But for decades, there has been only modest progress against an inherited condition that mainly afflicts people of African descent. With advances in gene therapy, that is quickly changing — so much so that scientists have… Read More »

Shorter waits for new patients at VA than in private sector, U.S. study finds

(Reuters Health) – In many cases, veterans get a first appointment at VA hospitals quicker than the general public gets first appointments with health care providers, government researchers report. The researchers, all from the VA, compared wait times there for new patients to those for new patients in the private sector as determined by an… Read More »