Health Alert: Public reporting may limit heart treatment

(CBS) - A new study finds heart attack patients are less likely to have life-saving treatment in states that require more transparency. The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at 100-thousand medicare patients in ten states. It found when hospitals were required to report the outcomes of procedures to open blocked arteries, fewer patients had the treatment. But even with the difference in care, there was little difference in patient survival rates.

(CBS) - If you feel like talking to your doctor could be better, you may be right. A British study found that communication between doctors and the parents of young patients needs improvement. Researchers interviewed the parents of 44 children who had a suspected adverse drug reaction. They found that most of the parents in their study were dissatisfied with the information they received from their doctors and nurses about side-effects.

(CBS) - According to Canadian researchers, reading bad news has more of an impact on women than men. They found that after reading negative news stories, women had higher levels of the hormone cortisol, which indicates higher levels of stress. The women also had a better recollection of the bad news they read.


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