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Penn Medicine Study Finds Automated Texts Decrease Odds of Rehospitalization
An occasional, simple “How are you feeling?” text from a primary care team can make a big difference in patients’ health after they are discharged from the hospital, according to a new JAMA Network Open study by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
After patients were discharged from a hospital following emergency care, researchers saw a significant decrease in hospital readmission among patients who received automated check-in text messages from their primary care team. Specifically, the researchers found a 55 percent decline in the likelihood that these patients would need to stay at the hospital again in the next month, and a 41 percent reduction in the odds that they would need emergency care of any kind over the next 30 days.
“In a fragmented health care landscape, relatively simple applications of technology can help patients feel mor
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FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Announces Six-Week Campaign to Get More Americans their Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Before End of the Yea
Today, the Biden Administration is announcing a six-week campaign through the end of the year urging Americans to get their updated COVID-19 vaccine. With winter and holiday gatherings right around the corner, more Americans getting their updated vaccine will help avoid thousands of preventable COVID-19 deaths.
The six-week campaign will focus on reaching seniors and the communities that were hardest hit by COVID-19 by making it even more convenient to get vaccinated and increasing awareness through paid media.
Making it even more convenient to get vaccinated – particularly for seniors and communities most impacted:
Over 70,000 locations are offering the updated COVID-19 vaccines, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken steps this month to expand to even more locations, including mobile settings and sites in rural and remote areas, through more flexible orderi
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Cedars-Sinai Creates Computer Models of Brain Cells
Cedars-Sinai investigators have created bio-realistic and complex computer models of individual brain cells-in unparalleled quantity.
Their research, published in the peer-reviewed journal Cell Reports, details how these models could one day answer questions about neurological disorders-and even human intellect-that aren’t possible to explore through biological experiments.
"These models capture the shape, timing and speed of the electrical signals that neurons fire in order to communicate with each other, which is considered the basis of brain function," said Costas Anastassiou, PhD, a research scientist in the Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai, and senior author of the study. "This lets us replicate brain activity at the single-cell level."
The models are the first to combine data sets from different types of laboratory experiments to present a complete picture of the ele
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Winter Viruses & The Busy Travel Season: Doctors Share Tips To Stay Healthy
Fall is upon us, which means colder-weather illnesses are too. Common viruses and close contact when traveling can wreak havoc on your immune system - especially during the holidays when we see peak travel days across the US. Doctors at MedStar Health share advice on how to stay protected when traveling:
>> If you don’t feel well, stay home
Delaying a trip is much better than spreading a virus. You’ll feel much better when traveling once recovered, and those you share transportation with will thank you too.
>> Avoid alcohol when traveling
Alcohol consumption can impair the body’s immune system, as well as impair sleep - which is vital to maintaining the immune system. It also dehydrates the body.
>> Open the vents above your seat on planes
Airlines adopted new airflow technology at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, with filters able to circulate clean air every 2-3 minutes.