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Electronic intensive care units (eICUs) effective in providing remote care, study presented at CHEST
A new study of electronic intensive care units shows them to be an effective way to provide 24-hour intensive care to patients in remote locations. (2013-10-27)
Participation in mindfulness-based program improves teacher well-being
Teacher well-being, efficacy, burnout-related stress, time-related stress and mindfulness significantly improve when teachers participate in the CARE (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education) for Teachers program, according to Penn State researchers. (2013-10-24)
Researchers propose social network modeling to fight hospital infections
Two researchers at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business have teamed up with a researcher at American University to help prevent costly and deadly infections acquired by hospitalized patients by using computer models that simulate interactions between patients and health care workers to determine if these interactions are a source for spreading multi-drug resistant organisms. (2013-10-22)
Classification system proposed for green roofs
A proposed classification system aims to better identify the unique characteristics and benefits of green roofs amid a growing industry. (2013-10-22)
Small group of homeless people are extremely high users of ERs
Although homeless people account for a small proportion of Emergency Department visits, a small group of them are extremely high users and have multiple complex health care needs, new research has found. (2013-10-22)
All probiotics are not the same in protecting premature infants from common, life-threatening illness
Treating premature infants with probiotics, the dietary supplements containing live bacteria that many adults take to help maintain their natural intestinal balance, may be effective for preventing a common and life-threatening bowel disease among premature infants, researchers at UC Davis Children's Hospital have found. (2013-10-17)
Baylor College of Medicine researchers find community-based weight loss intervention yields greater weight loss than self-help approach
A new randomized controlled trial conducted by Baylor College of Medicine researchers and published today as an article in press in the American Journal of Medicine finds that overweight and obese adults following a community-based weight loss intervention, namely Weight Watchers, lost significantly more weight than those who tried to lose weight on their own (10.1 lbs. vs. (2013-10-15)
Use of beta-blocker helps achieve target heart rate level among patients in septic shock
Andrea Morelli, M.D., of the University of Rome, Italy, and colleagues conducted a study to investigate the effect of the short-acting beta-blocker esmolol on the heart rate of patients with severe septic shock and high risk of death. (2013-10-09)
Among critically ill patients, muscle wasting occurs rapidly
Zudin A. Puthucheary, M.R.C.P., of University College London, England, and colleagues conducted a study to characterize and evaluate the time course and pathophysiology of acute muscle loss in critical illness. (2013-10-09)
Use of statin does not improve survival among adults with ventilator-associated pneumonia
Laurent Papazian, M.D., Ph.D., of Hopital Nord, Marseille, France, and colleagues conducted a study to determine whether statin therapy decreased day-28 mortality among intensive care unit patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia. (2013-10-09)
Universal gown and glove use by health-care workers in ICU reduces MRSA 40 percent
Health-care workers' use of disposable gowns and gloves upon entering all patient rooms on an ICU, versus only in rooms on standard isolation protocol, helped reduce patient acquisition of MRSA by approximately 40 percent. (2013-10-04)
Dartmouth researcher finds a new role for the benefits of oxygen
During a heart attack when the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of the heart is interrupted, and not quickly restored, heart muscle begins dying. (2013-10-04)
Study examines effect of use of gloves and gowns for all patient contact in ICUs on MRSA or VRE
The wearing of gloves and gowns by health care workers for all intensive care unit patient contact did not reduce the rate of acquisition of a combination of the bacteria methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, although there was a lower risk of MRSA acquisition alone, according to a study published online by JAMA. (2013-10-04)
New data-driven machine learning method effectively flags risk for post-stroke dangers
A team of experts in neurocritical care, engineering, and informatics, with the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, have devised a new way to detect which stroke patients may be at risk of a serious adverse event following a ruptured brain aneurysm. (2013-10-03)
Long-term cognitive impairment too common after critical illness
Patients treated in intensive care units across the globe are entering their medical care with no evidence of cognitive impairment but oftentimes leaving with deficits similar to those seen in patients with traumatic brain injury or mild Alzheimer's disease that persists for at least a year, according to a Vanderbilt study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. (2013-10-02)
California's new mental health system helps people live independently
A new analysis by Oregon State University researchers of California's mental health system finds that comprehensive, community-based mental health programs are helping people with serious mental illness transition to independent living. (2013-10-02)
When ICUs get busy, doctors triage patients more efficiently, Penn study finds
A new study by Penn Medicine researchers published Oct. 1 in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that busy intensive care units (ICUs) discharge patients more quickly than they otherwise would and do so without adversely affecting patient outcomes -- suggesting that low-value extensions of ICU stays are minimized during times of increased ICU capacity strain. (2013-09-30)
Diet and exercise for knee osteoarthritis produces greater improvement in knee pain, function
Among overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritis, combining intensive diet and exercise led to less knee pain and better function after 18 months than diet-alone and exercise-alone, according to a study in the Sept. (2013-09-24)
Acupuncture or counselling plus usual care 'may improve' depression symptoms
Acupuncture or counselling plus usual care 'may improve' depression symptoms. (2013-09-24)
Cheap dextrose gel could help prevent cause of brain damage in newborns
A cheap and easy-to-administer dextrose gel should be used to treat low blood sugars in newborns, a common problem that affects up to 15% of otherwise healthy babies, and a preventable cause of brain damage, according to new research published in The Lancet. (2013-09-24)
Scientists confirm functionality of emergency ventilation system for horses
Respiratory or cardiovascular arrest in outdoor animals poses a huge challenge to veterinarians. (2013-09-24)
Managed care reduces hospitalizations in nursing home residents with advanced dementia
Nursing home residents with advanced dementia commonly experience burdensome, costly interventions that do not improve their quality of life or extend their survival. (2013-09-23)
Study compares types of insurance of nursing home residents and likelihood of being hospitalized
Elderly nursing home residents with advanced dementia who were enrolled in a Medicare managed care insurance plan were more likely to have do-not-hospitalize orders and were less likely to be hospitalized for acute illness than those residents enrolled in traditional Medicare, according to a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. (2013-09-23)
1-to-1 midwife care just as safe and costs significantly less than current maternity care
Continued care from a named midwife throughout pregnancy, birth, and after the baby is born (caseload midwifery) is just as safe as standard maternity care (shared between different midwives and medical practitioners) for all women irrespective of risk, and is significantly cheaper, according to new research published in The Lancet. (2013-09-16)
Get ready for the latest innovations in acute cardiac care
Cutting edge science and treatments in acute cardiovascular care will be presented in more than 300 abstracts by scientists from across the globe and generate a rich source of news stories for journalists. (2013-09-16)
Frequency and cost of critical care treatment perceived as 'futile' by physicians
In one of the first studies of its kind, a joint UCLA/RAND Corporation study addressed the prevalence and cost of critical care therapies provided in intensive care units that were perceived by physicians as (2013-09-09)
Futile treatment in critical care common, costs can be substantial
Critical care treatment for patients that was perceived to be futile was common and cost an estimated at $2.6 million at one academic medical center during a three-month period, according to a report published by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. (2013-09-09)
Children's Mercy receives $5 million NIH grant for 50-hour genomic diagnosis in critically ill newborns
A $5 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health allows Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City to assess the benefits of making STAT-Seq, currently the fastest whole genome analysis in the world, routine for diagnosis of acutely ill infants in neonatal intensive care units. (2013-09-04)
Big belly increases death risk in heart attack survivors
Findings from the FAST-MI 2005 registry suggest that lifestyle interventions in heart attack patients should focus on losing abdominal fat. (2013-09-01)
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival just 7 percent
The Paris Sudden Death Expertise Centre Registry is a population-based registry using multiple sources to collect every case of cardiac arrest in Greater Paris (population 6.6 million) according to the Utstein Style.1 Cases are continuously recorded (within hours of occurrence) and standardized follow-up is initiated on admission to the intensive care unit. (2013-09-01)
Study identifies better blood glucose monitor for burn care
Glucose monitoring systems with an autocorrect feature that can detect red blood cells (hematocrit), vitamin C and other common interferents in burn patients' blood are better for monitoring care, a pilot study conducted by UC Davis researchers at the School of Medicine and College of Engineering has found. (2013-08-29)
Specialist nurses as good as doctors in managing rheumatoid arthritis patients
Patients attending clinical nurse specialist clinics do not get inferior treatment to that offered by consultant rheumatologists, the results of a major new clinical trial have revealed. (2013-08-28)
Mayo Clinic: High-tech imaging contributing to overdiagnosis of low-risk thyroid cancers
An increasing gap between the incidence of thyroid cancer and deaths from the disease suggests that low-risk cancers are being overdiagnosed and overtreated, a study from the Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery finds. (2013-08-27)
Zealous imaging fuelling unnecessary and harmful treatment of low risk thyroid cancers
New imaging techniques are fuelling an epidemic in diagnosis and treatment of thyroid cancers that are unlikely to ever progress to cause symptoms or death, warn experts on bmj.com today. (2013-08-27)
Commonly used drug does not reduce delirium in critically ill patients
Haloperidol, an antipsychotic drug used in many hospitals to treat delirium in critically ill patients, is no more effective than placebo in reducing the number of days that critically ill patients spend either delirious or in a coma, according to new research published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. (2013-08-20)
Telemedicine consultations significantly improve pediatric care in rural emergency rooms
Telemedicine consultations with pediatric critical-care medicine physicians significantly improve the quality of care for seriously ill and injured children treated in remote rural emergency rooms, where pediatricians and pediatric specialists are scarce, a study by researchers at UC Davis Children's Hospital has found. (2013-08-08)
Study shows who survives Burkitt lymphoma
Treatment advances have helped improve survival of Burkitt lymphoma, a highly aggressive cancer, but not among the elderly, patients at a late stage, or black people. (2013-08-08)
First probable person to person transmission of new bird flu virus in China
The first report of probable person to person transmission of the new avian influenza A (H7N9) virus in Eastern China is published on bmj.com today. (2013-08-06)
Insect 'soup' serving up rapid biodiversity monitoring
Griffith University researchers have taken part in an international study which has discovered a fast but accurate means of identifying changes to the biodiversity of a region. (2013-08-06)
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