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Gene linked to respiratory distress in babies
Some infants are more susceptible to potentially life-threatening breathing problems after birth, and rare, inherited DNA differences may explain why, according to research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2012-11-27)
Research from ASCO'S Quality Care Symposium shows advances and challenges in improving the quality of cancer care
New studies released today reveal important advances in cancer care quality measurement, physician adherence to quality standards, and end-of-life care, while highlighting the overuse of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy. (2012-11-27)
Gastric bypass surgery helps diabetes but doesn't cure it
After gastric bypass surgery, diabetes goes away for some people -- often even before they lose much weight. (2012-11-26)
New test may improve cervical cancer detection
Routine smear tests have considerably reduced the number of cases of cervical cancer, but despite intensive screening 250 women in Sweden still die from the disease every year. (2012-11-23)
Less than half of youth with mental illness received adequate follow-up care, new study finds
Youth with mental illness are among the most vulnerable, but new research from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has found that less than half of Ontario youth aged 15 to 19 hospitalized with a psychiatric diagnosis received follow-up care with a primary care doctor or psychiatrist within a month after being discharged. (2012-11-19)
Study demonstrates that earlier end of life care discussions are linked to less aggressive care in final days of life
Summary of a study being published online Nov. 13, 2012 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, reporting that earlier discussions about end of life care preferences are strongly associated with less aggressive care in the last days of life and increased use of hospice care for patients with advanced cancer. (2012-11-13)
Smart drug improves survival in older patients with acute myeloid leukemia
Acute myeloid leukemia accounts for around a third of all leukemias diagnosed in the UK. (2012-11-12)
Patient preferences often ignored in treatment decisions, warn experts
Patients' preferences are often misinterpreted or ignored in treatment decisions, leading to a 'silent misdiagnosis' that is damaging to both doctors and patients, warn experts on today. (2012-11-08)
Intensive farming with a climate-friendly touch: Farming/woodland mix increases yields
In the world of agriculture, climate protection and intensive farming are generally assumed to be a contradiction in terms. (2012-11-08)
Capnography training video by BMC published in New England Journal of Medicine
Physicians at Boston Medical Center have developed a training video for health care providers about how to effectively use capnography to monitor ventilation and carbon dioxide levels for patients under anesthesia or conscious sedation. (2012-11-08)
Children's National's David Wessel receives AHA Meritorious Achievement Award
Dr. Wessel is honored for his pioneering career in the field of pediatric cardiac critical care. (2012-11-07)
Guidelines developed for extremely premature infants at NCH proven to be life-changing
A new study shows that Small Baby Guidelines are not only improving survival rates for extremely premature infants, but also improving their quality of life. (2012-10-31)
High European mortality rates compared to US raise questions about sepsis care
A new study, published Online First in the Lancet Infectious Diseases, has found substantial disparities between the US and Europe in the care of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. (2012-10-24)
Expert advisory: VCU study finds simple prevention strategy reducing MRSA infections
High compliance with hand hygiene and focusing on other simple infection control measures on medical, surgical and neuroscience intensive care units resulted in reduced rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection by 95 percent in a nine-year study, according to research findings by Virginia Commonwealth University physicians presented during IDWeek 2012. (2012-10-24)
Low adoption by large hospital ICUs of catheter-associated urinary tract infection precautions
The study found that large hospitals -- those with more than 500 beds -- had a 1.5 higher average rate of CAUTI than hospitals with 500 beds or less. (2012-10-23)
Effective treatment helps Danes with personality disorders
A study conducted by Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences and the Clinic for Personality Disorders at Aarhus University Hospital shows that modern psychoanalytic therapy has a good effect on patients with severe personality disorders. (2012-10-23)
Using big data to save lives
Computer scientists at the University of California, Riverside are working with a doctor at Children's Hospital Los Angeles to mine data collected from pediatric intensive care units in hopes of helping doctors treat children and cutting health care costs. (2012-10-22)
Risk of death significantly higher if both mother and newborn admitted to ICU following birth
Mothers and newborns who are both admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) after delivery are significantly more likely to die compared with mom-baby pairs not needing ICU admission, found a study in CMAJ. (2012-10-22)
Mortality rates significantly higher if both mother and newborn admitted to ICU
When mothers and newborns are both admitted to intensive care units they are significantly more likely to die than when neither is admitted to an ICU, new research has found. (2012-10-22)
Intermediate glucose control may be better than tight in neurocritical care patients
A new study in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care suggests that intensive glycemic control does not reduce mortality in neurocritical care patients and could, in fact, lead to more neurological damage. (2012-10-21)
Weight loss does not lower heart disease risk from type 2 diabetes
An intensive diet and exercise program resulting in weight loss does not reduce cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke in people with longstanding type 2 diabetes, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health. (2012-10-19)
Coronary angioplasty improves cardiac arrest survival
Survival improves for STEMI and NSTEMI patients Survival at 1 year equals myocardial infarction survival without cardiac arrest. (2012-10-19)
Daily sedation interruption for critically ill patients does not improve outcomes
For critically ill patients receiving mechanical ventilation, daily sedation interruption did not reduce the duration of mechanical ventilation or appear to offer any benefit to patients, and may have increased both sedation and analgesic use and nurse workload (2012-10-17)
Lower chloride use in intravenous fluids for critically ill patients may lower risk of kidney injury
In a pilot study assessing the effect of different levels of chloride in intravenous fluids administered to critically ill patients in an intensive care unit, restricting the amount of chloride administration was associated with a significant decrease in the incidence of acute kidney injury and the use of renal replacement therapy. (2012-10-16)
Drugs used to immobilize patients during surgery raise risk of respiratory complications
Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have found that medications currently used to immobilize patients during surgery can increase the risk of postoperative respiratory complications. (2012-10-16)
Researchers win $5 million grant for program to keep families together
A $5 million federal grant has been awarded to University of Connecticut researchers working with state and private agencies on new methods of supportive housing aimed at keeping at-risk families together. (2012-10-15)
Higher-dose use of certain statins often best for cholesterol issues
A comprehensive new review on how to treat high cholesterol and other blood lipid problems suggests that intensive treatment with high doses of statin drugs is usually the best approach. (2012-10-15)
DNA method can provide more effective treatment of childhood cancer
After leukaemia and brain tumours, neuroblastoma is the most common form of cancer to affect children. (2012-10-15)
Wide discrepancy in surveillance and control of infections in ICUs
Screening practices for multidrug-resistant organisms in intensive care units vary widely from hospital to hospital, according to a new study by researchers at Columbia University School of Nursing and published in the October 2012 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control. (2012-10-15)
Is delaying premature delivery safe?
An editorial published today on asks if delaying premature labor is actually safe. (2012-10-09)
Language learning makes the brain grow
At the Swedish Armed Forces Interpreter Academy, young recruits learn a new language at a very fast pace. (2012-10-08)
Use of fresh red blood cells for transfusions for premature infants does not improve outcomes
Among premature, very low-birth-weight infants requiring a transfusion, use of fresh red blood cells (RBCs) compared with standard RBC transfusion practice did not improve clinical outcomes that included rates of complications or death. (2012-10-08)
Helicopter heroes save lives
The benefits and cost effectiveness of helicopter transport for severely injured patients is of continued debate. (2012-09-27)
Constraining world trade is unlikely to help the climate
From rubber dinghies to television sets: the emissions of greenhouse gases in countries like China are to a significant extent caused by the production of goods that are exported to Germany or the United States. (2012-09-23)
Europe-wide study finds death rates after surgery double that of recent estimates
National estimates of death following general surgery have been too optimistic, suggests the first large-scale study to explore surgical outcomes across Europe published in the first Article in a special Lancet theme issue on surgery. (2012-09-20)
Study provides roadmap for delirium risks, prevention, treatment, prognosis and research
Delirium, a common acute condition with significant short- and long-term effects on cognition and function, should be identified as an indicator of poor long-term prognosis, prompting immediate and effective management strategies, according to the authors of a new systematic evidence review. (2012-09-18)
Tackling 'frequent flyers' won't solve the rising emergency hospital admissions problem
Patients who are regularly admitted to hospital as emergencies (known as (2012-09-18)
Sound level around seriously ill patients 'like a busy road'
Seriously ill patients in intensive care units are being cared for in environments with sound levels more than 20 dB higher than the WHO's recommendations. (2012-09-17)
Children's intensive care units performing well despite low staffing levels
New report by University of Leeds and the University of Leicester on pediatric intensive care units. (2012-09-13)
Tight blood sugar control for pediatric cardiac surgery patients does not improve outcomes
Research to be published in New England Journal of Medicine shows no benefit over standard care. (2012-09-10)
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