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Medication errors in acute care that result in death occur most often in patients older than 75 years

Medication Errors Resulting in Death Most Common in Elderly

Most common medication error category was omitted medicine or ingredient
Adults with influenza are more likely to be hospitalized if they are obese or underweight than if they are normal weight

Influenza Hospitalization More Likely in Underweight, Obese

Clinicians should consider body mass index when deciding on treatment course
Despite declining incidence

Risk for Hospitalization for Heart Failure Greater With Diabetes

Rate has declined but remains higher in those with type 1 or 2 diabetes than in those without
A large proportion of the U.S. population seems to have negative attitudes toward weight-loss surgery

Negative Attitudes Reported Toward Weight-Loss Surgery

Women more likely to think surgery is needed for health, less likely to consider it 'easy way out'
Patient-reported outcome measures can be useful for measuring symptoms in primary care clinics if clinicians use these measures to improve care

Patient-Reported Outcome Measures May Aid Communication

Usefulness of PROs varies based on how much doctors value, prioritize, and use them
Continuity of care scores are significantly associated with lower expenditures and hospitalization rates

Continuity of Care Tied to Lower Expenditures, Hospitalization

Expenditures lower for those cared for by docs in highest quintile of Bice-Boxerman continuity score
About 17 percent of patients with diabetes report experiencing hypoglycemia when fasting for lab tests

Fasting-Evoked Hypoglycemia in Diabetes Is Prevalent

17.1 percent of patients reported having experienced one or more events in previous year
Men with inflammatory bowel disease have an increased risk for prostate cancer

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Prostate Cancer Linked

At age 60, men with inflammatory bowel disease have higher values of prostate-specific antigen
National health care spending slowed in 2017

2017 Saw Slowing in National Health Care Spending

Slower growth in health care spending mainly due to use and intensity of goods and services
The drugs most commonly involved in drug overdose deaths during 2011 to 2016 include fentanyl

CDC Identifies Drugs Frequently Involved in Drug Overdose Deaths

Oxycodone, heroin, and fentanyl ranked first in 2011, 2012-2015, 2016; cocaine ranked second or third