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Inaccurate pulse oximeter readings could limit transplants, heart pumps for Black patients with heart failure
Researchers suggest measuring oxygen saturation directly from the blood to guide treatment
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Trending Articles See all Health Lab articles Provider takes a pulse oximetry reading from a patient's finger
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Inaccurate pulse oximeter readings could limit transplants, heart pumps for Black patients with heart failure
Racially biased readings of oxygen levels in the blood using pulse oximeters may further limit opportunities for Black patients with heart failure to receive potentially lifesaving treatments, such as heart pumps and transplants
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How to make cancer prevention more equitable
Expert explains six behavioral risk factors for cancer and why current programs don’t always meet the needs of people from racially and ethnically minoritized groups and other vulnerable populations.
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Free sleep clinic addresses disparities in treatment of sleep disorders
New sleep medicine service aims to combat sleep disorders and help reduce poor health outcomes for people without health insurance.
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Hispanic patients with respiratory failure much more likely to be oversedated
Hispanic individuals who are hospitalized with respiratory failure are five times more likely than non-Hispanic patients to receive deep sedation while on a ventilator, according to a new study published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.
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High out-of-pocket costs hindering treatment of diabetes
According to a Michigan Medicine study, people with diabetes, particularly those with type 1 diabetes, endure substantial out-of-pocket expenses compared to people without diabetes.
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What is heart disease?
Tanuka Piech, M.D., a cardiologist at the University of Michigan Health Frankel Cardiovascular Center, answers questions about heart disease, why we should care and what we can do to help prevent it.
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Menopause and migraines: New findings point to power of prevention
Women who have both migraines and a long-term history of hot flashes and/or night sweats have a slightly higher risk of heart disease and stroke, and young women who have migraines have a higher risk of later persistent menopause symptoms.
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Long COVID-19 is linked to chronic pain conditions
Therapies for pain conditions like fibromyalgia provide clues for helping those with long COVID-19
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‘We might for the first time really be thinking of cures of cancer’
Founding Rogel Cancer Center Director reflects on how cancer evolved from ‘the least scientific discipline’ to a shining example of how basic research discoveries can change clinical care.
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Unveiling potential diagnostic, treatment target for APS-related thrombocytopenia
Researchers at the University of Michigan Health have unveiled a new mechanism that drives thrombocytopenia and a potential clinically actionable biomarker for antiphospholipid syndrome associated thrombocytopenia.
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Ketamine’s promise for severe depression grows, but major questions remain
New findings about the impact of IV ketamine on treatment resistant depression add more fuel to the potential for broader use and insurance coverage.
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Bacteria in the mouth linked to pulmonary fibrosis survival
Bacteria in the mouth may play a role in survival from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).