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Acute myocardial infarction patients live longer if they're treated at high-performing hospitals -- those with lower 30-day mortality rates

Lasting Mortality Benefit for MI Care at High-Performing Hospital

Survival difference of about one year between high- and low-performing hospitals
People who live in regions with low sunlight may have a higher risk of pancreatic cancer

Lack of Adequate Sunlight May Up Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

Shortage of vitamin D may be to blame
Researchers say they have successfully linked certain byproducts of digestion to the risk of excess body fat. The findings were published in the April 29 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

Metabolic ‘Map’ May One Day Help Predict Obesity Risk

In-depth biochemical 'map' tracks way food is processed and broken down by the body
Fewer pregnant women had cesarean section births in Canadian hospitals that took part in a C-section review program

Collaborative Program Reduces Unnecessary C-Section Rates

Newborn complications also decreased, Canadian researchers report
An implant created with a three-dimensional printer has demonstrated success in three patients

3-D Printing Method Successfully Treats Tracheobrochomalacia

Flexible implant adapts with child's growth, researchers say
Intensive management of type 1 diabetes can reduce the risk of having a diabetes-related ocular surgery by nearly 50 percent

Intensive T1DM Control Greatly Lowers Odds of Ocular Surgery

Even modest period of tight control can lower need for eye surgery
Two experimental drugs may help patients whose lung cancer has become resistant to the latest available treatments

Two New Lung Cancer Meds Show Promise in Advanced Disease

Two experimental medications target mutation that fuels treatment resistance
For patients with knee osteoarthritis and insomnia

Cognitive Therapy for Insomnia Reduces Pain in Knee OA

CBT-I linked to reductions in pain; greater decrease for CBT-I than behavioral desensitization
Volpara and Quantra algorithms have the lowest variability in repeated measures of breast density

Study Looks at Variability in Measures of Breast Density

Lowest variability for Volpara, Quantra; higher variability for Cumulus ABD and CumulusV
Black and Hispanic patients are significantly less likely to initiate hemodialysis with arteriovenous fistula

Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Arteriovenous Fistula Use

Lower odds of initiating hemodialysis with AVF for black, Hispanic versus white patients