MedMinute: Fall-related injuries land older patients back in the hospital


LUBBOCK, Texas– Heart failure patients who have healthy levels of gut bacteria had a reduced risk of death and were less likley to need a heart transplant, according to a new Norwegian study. Researchers found patients were getting the good gut bacteria by eating more high-fiber foods and less meat.

A University Of Michigan study found the third leading reason for hospital readmission among older adults is a fall-related injury. Researchers said hospitals need to teach fall prevention before discharging any patient over age 65.

Canadian researchers worry increased cannabis use among teenagers could leave them with long-term neurological problems. They found students who used cannabis were more likely to experience impairments in their working memory and self-control.

1.    European Society of Cardiology
2.    University of Michigan
3.    Canadian Association for Neuroscience

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