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Registered dietitians help critically ill children get necessary nutrition for recovery
For the first time, researchers investigated enteral nutrition and caloric requirements among critically ill children in a new report published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (2013-06-28)
Research shows Vitamin D levels drop after pediatric heart surgery, increasing sickness
Compelling evidence that children with congenital heart disease require even higher levels of Vitamin D intake in the months preceding surgery. (2013-06-26)
Results of landmark 11-year study on weight loss's effect on heart disease risks published today
A landmark study investigating the long-term effects of weight loss on the risks of cardiovascular disease among patients with Type 2 diabetes has now concluded, with significant results to be published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. (2013-06-24)
Rates of infection in intensive care units in England show impressive fall
Hospitals across England reduced the rate of serious bloodstream infections in intensive care units during a two-year program, research has shown. (2013-06-24)
Multidisciplinary initiative reduces airway infection in pediatric intensive care patients
An initiative that combines a multidisciplinary health care approach with a range of preventive measures could cut the rate of a common airway infection among children in intensive care by more than half, a new study suggests. (2013-06-17)
Severe maternal complications less common during home births
Women with low risk pregnancies who choose to give birth at home have a lower risk of severe complications than women who plan a hospital birth, finds a study published on bmj.com today. (2013-06-13)
Video gamers really do see more
Hours spent at the video gaming console not only train a player's hands to work the buttons on the controller, they probably also train the brain to make better and faster use of visual input, according to Duke University researchers. (2013-06-11)
$1.76 million federal grant to support palliative care program at CWRU nursing school
Medical advancements that extend the lives of patients with cancer, heart failure and other serious chronic diseases have created another need: More clinicians skilled in specialized care for people with terminal illnesses. (2013-06-03)
Critically ill patients to benefit from lung probe
Intensive care patients who are on breathing support could be helped by a new tool to enable doctors to see inside their lungs. (2013-06-03)
Update on determination of death: Experts call for international consensus
The criteria used to diagnose both circulatory and brain death in a patient are subject to variability and as such can be controversial. (2013-06-02)
MRSA study slashes deadly infections in sickest hospital patients
Using germ-killing soap and ointment on all intensive-care unit (ICU) patients can reduce bloodstream infections by up to 44 percent and significantly reduce the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in ICUs. (2013-05-29)
ACP issues recommendations for management of high blood glucose in hospitalized patients
High blood glucose is associated with poor outcomes in hospitalized patients, and use of intensive insulin therapy (IIT) to control hyperglycemia is a common practice in hospitals. (2013-05-24)
Youth with type 2 diabetes at much higher risk for heart, kidney disease
The news about youth and diabetes keeps getting worse. The latest data shows that children with type 2 diabetes are at high risk to develop heart, kidney and eye problems faster and at a higher rate than adults with diabetes. (2013-05-24)
Decisions to forgo life support may depend heavily on the ICU where patients are treated
The decision to limit life support in patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) appears to be significantly influenced by physician practices and/or the culture of the hospital, suggests new findings from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference on May 21. (2013-05-21)
Delayed transfer to the ICU increases risk of death in hospital patients
Delayed transfer to the intensive care unit in hospitalized patients significantly increases the risk of dying in the hospital, according to a new study from researchers in Chicago. (2013-05-21)
Early use of tracheostomy for mechanically ventilated patients not associated with improved survival
For critically ill patients receiving mechanical ventilation, early tracheostomy (within the first 4 days after admission) was not associated with an improvement in the risk of death within 30 days compared to patients who received tracheostomy placement after 10 days, according to a study in the May 22/29 issue of JAMA. (2013-05-21)
Music therapy reduces anxiety, use of sedatives for patients receiving ventilator support
Among intensive care unit patients receiving acute ventilatory support for respiratory failure, use of patient-preferred music resulted in greater reduction in anxiety and sedation frequency and intensity compared with usual care, according to a study published online by JAMA. (2013-05-20)
Listening to favorite music lowers anxiety, sedation in ICU patients on ventilators
New research suggests that for some hospitalized ICU patients on mechanical ventilators, using headphones to listen to their favorite types of music could lower anxiety and reduce their need for sedative medications. (2013-05-20)
Queen's scientists develop 'magic bullet' nanomedicine for Acute Lung Injury
Researchers at Queen's University Belfast have devised a 'magic bullet' nanomedicine which could become the first effective treatment for Acute Lung Injury or ALI, a condition affecting 20 percent of all patients in intensive care. (2013-05-15)
New program successful in reducing service and substance use among frequent health care users
A program co-led by St. Michael's Hospital could be the next widely used model to treat patients who are frequent users of the health care system and have severe addictions, often complicated by homelessness and mental health problems. (2013-05-14)
Nearly 50 percent increase in ICU admissions, new study says
A study released today by George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services researchers offers an in-depth look at hospitals nationwide and admissions to intensive care units (ICU). (2013-05-14)
BioMed Central announces new partnership with the Japanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine
Open access publisher BioMed Central is proud to announce a new partnership with The Japanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine, to launch the new journal entitled Journal of Intensive Care. (2013-05-10)
Increase in medical treatment caused greatest increase in US health care costs
The increasing proportion of the population that received treatment for a specific medical condition - called (2013-05-06)
Study examines spiritual support for patients with advanced cancer
A study by Tracy A. Balboni, M.D., M.P.H., of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, and colleagues suggests that spiritual care and end-of-life discussions by the medical team may be associated with reduced aggressive treatment. (2013-05-06)
Launch of £90 million initiative in big data and drug discovery at Oxford University
The new Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery is supported by a £20 million gift from the Li Ka Shing Foundation, announced today, and £10 million for big data research from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, also newly announced today. (2013-05-03)
Exercise proves to be ineffective against care home depression
Researchers at the University of Warwick and Queen Mary, University of London have shown that exercise is not effective in reducing burden of depression among elderly care home residents. (2013-05-02)
No greater death risk for children admitted to emergency out-of-hours intensive care
Children admitted to UK intensive care units in out-of-hours emergencies are at no greater risk of dying than children arriving during normal working hours, according to new research. (2013-05-02)
Study finds survival from cardiac arrest highest in the operating room or post-anesthesia care unit
A University of Michigan study found cardiac arrest was associated with improved survival when it occurred in the operating room or post-anesthesia care unit compared to other hospital locations. (2013-05-01)
Study examines neurodevelopmental outcomes for children born extremely preterm
Fredrik Serenius, M.D., Ph.D., of Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, and colleagues conducted a study to assess neurological and developmental outcome in extremely preterm (less than 27 gestational weeks) children at 2.5 years. (2013-04-30)
Relationship of medical interventions in childhood and prevalence of later intellectual disability
A study by Jeffrey P. Brosco, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Miami, Florida, and colleagues examines the relationship between medical interventions in early childhood and the increasing prevalence of later intellectual disability. (2013-04-29)
Reducing the pain of movement in intensive care
Monitoring pain and providing analgesics to patients in intensive care units during non-surgical procedures, such as turning and washing, can not only reduce the amount of pain but also reduce the number of serious adverse events including cardiac arrest, finds new research in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care. (2013-04-17)
Beaumont Children's Hospital pediatrician inducted into Legends of Neonatology Hall of Fame
M. Jeffrey Maisels, M.D., was honored as a 2013 Legends of Neonatology Hall of Fame inductee. (2013-04-17)
Prophylactic sodium bicarbonate infusion and acute kidney injury after open heart surgery
Contrary to the positive findings of a previous pilot study, administration of a sodium bicarbonate-based infusion to induce urinary alkalinization during and after surgery does not reduce the incidence of acute kidney injury and may even cause harm in patients undergoing open heart surgery. (2013-04-16)
Preventing cognitive decline in healthy seniors
Cognitive training exercises -- or mental exercise -- may help prevent cognitive decline in healthy older adults, while evidence for the benefits of pharmacologic substances and exercise is weak, outlines a review published in CMAJ. (2013-04-15)
No evidence drugs, vitamins, supplements help prevent cognitive decline in healthy older adults
A review of published research has found no evidence that drugs, herbal products or vitamin supplements help prevent cognitive decline in healthy older adults. (2013-04-15)
Racial disparities exist in end-of-life care for US dialysis patients
There is substantial regional variation in the magnitude of racial differences in end-of-life care among US adults with kidney failure. (2013-04-11)
Racial disparities exist in end-of-life care for US dialysis patients
There is substantial regional variation in the magnitude of racial differences in end-of-life care among US adults with kidney failure. (2013-04-11)
Study finds copper reduces 58 percent of healthcare-acquired infections
New research has revealed that the use of Antimicrobial Copper surfaces in hospital rooms can reduce the number of healthcare-acquired infections by 58 percent as compared to patients treated in Intensive Care Units with non-copper touch surfaces. (2013-04-09)
Copper surfaces reduce the rate of health care-acquired infections in the ICU
Placement of copper objects in intensive care unit hospital rooms reduced the number of healthcare-acquired infections in patients by more than half, according to a new study published in the May issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, in a special topic issue focused on the role of the environment in infection prevention. (2013-04-09)
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