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Short-term exposure to fine particulate matter with diameter less than 2.5 µm is associated with increased hospital admission risks and costs

Risk for Hospital Admission Up With Short-Term PM2.5 Exposure

Admissions for new causes, previously identified causes linked to short-term exposure to air pollution
In two reports published online Nov. 25 in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology

Antimicrobial Resistance Patterns Examined for Adult, Peds HAIs

Antimicrobial nonsusceptibility less prevalent in pediatric than adult health care-associated infections
In an article published in the Nov. 19 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

CDC Updates Interim Guidance on Vaping-Linked Lung Illness

CDC will no longer monitor nonhospitalized patients due to similarities with hospitalized cases
New rules requiring hospitals and insurers to disclose the actual prices for common tests and procedures before they are performed have been proposed by the Trump Administration.

White House Wants Hospitals, Insurers to Provide Actual Costs of Care

Government officials say the objective is to encourage competition and reduce costs
Twelve cases of electronic cigarette

12 Cases of Vaping-Related Lung Injury Described in One Hospital

Eight of the patients required ICU admission for hypoxemic respiratory failure, but no deaths reported
The number of Americans stricken with a severe respiratory illness tied to vaping has now reached 2

CDC: Number of Vaping-Linked Lung Illnesses Up to 2,172

Meanwhile, Apple has removed 181 vaping-related apps from its mobile App Store worldwide
Neither vitamin D nor marine omega-3 fatty acid supplementation significantly reduces the rate of first heart failure hospitalization

AHA: Vitamin D, Omega-3 Do Not Cut Heart Failure Hospitalization

However, marine n-3 supplementation appears to reduce recurrent heart failure hospitalization
Alzheimer disease patients who initiate treatment with antipsychotic medications spend more days hospitalized than those who do not initiate antipsychotics

More Hospital Days Seen With Antipsychotic Use in Alzheimer Disease

Number of hospital days up by more than 50 percent in AD patients initiating antipsychotic medication
The number of Americans stricken with a severe respiratory illness tied to vaping has now reached 2

CDC: Number of Vaping-Linked Lung Illnesses Tops 2,000

Cases have been reported in every state except Alaska; nine fatalities across 24 states, D.C.
For older adults

Hospitalizations May Hasten Cognitive Decline in the Elderly

Association more pronounced for those with more tangle pathology, neocortical Lewy bodies