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More Stroke Patients Die After Weekend Hospital Admissions

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Patients who are hospitalized over the weekend for strokes fare worse than those who come into the hospital during the week, according to new research published in the Archives of Neurology.

The study found patients who were hospitalized on the weekends for stroke were less likely to receive urgent treatments and had overall worse outcomes.  Dubbed "the weekend effect," other studies have shown similar results with a variety of medical conditions, but none have specifically looked at admission days and their effect on mortality rates after stroke, according to the research.

"The scale of the issue is substantial, with approximately 350 potentially avoidable in-hospital deaths within seven days, and an additional 650 people could be discharged to their usual place of residence," said Will Palmer of the Imperial College and the National Audit Office in England, and lead author of the study.

Palmer noted that the results are representative of a population that is one-sixth the size of the United States.

"The results are consistent with previous studies in the U.S., which have suggested a weekend effect in stroke care," said Palmer.  "However, to date, there has not been such a comprehensive study in the U.S."

The study included more than 90,000 U.K. patients over a one-year period in 2009.  Researchers analyzed the day in which a person was admitted for stroke and compared six indicators of stroke care, including the availability of brain scans and clot treatments, 30-day readmission rates, complications, seven-day mortality and hospital discharge.

Researchers found that there was an 11 percent in-hospital death rate for Sunday admissions, compared to an average of 8.9 during the weekdays.  The availability of same-day brain scans showed the largest disparity, with 43.1 percent on the weekends, compared to 47.6 percent on weekdays.

They also found that strokes that occurred over the weekend were also more likely to be classified as emergencies than those during the week.  Of note, emergency readmission rates within 30 days did not differ between weekend versus mid-week patients.

The scientists suggested that a lack of staff, particularly among specialty staff, along with lack of access to urgent treatments, are responsible for the weekend outcomes.  But these are areas that can be addressed "through better management of the existing resources and, where necessary, some additional investment," said Palmer.

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Most Adults Prefer Having Sex on Weekends, Survey Finds

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If your big weekend plans include getting busy in the bedroom, you're not alone.

A new survey of 1,000 adults by finds most adults choose weekends for sex, with 30 percent preferring Saturday, 22 percent opting for Friday and 20 percent Sunday.  The next highest day for sex was Wednesday, aka "Hump Day," with 14 percent favoring it.’s resident sex expert, Dr. Kat Van Kirk, says "less structured time" on weekends can definitely lead to more sex.   As for why Wednesday is the preferred weekday for sex, Dr. Van Kirk says it's the middle of the work week when we can all use a sexual boost.

Of the remaining days of the week, 13 percent prefer sex on Monday and Thursdays, while 12 percent choose Tuesday as their day for lovemaking.

Still, a whopping 65 percent of all respondents said they have no preference when it comes to which day of the week they choose to have sex.

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