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'Default' options influence patient choices in advance care directives, Penn study shows
A new study by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggests that for many patients, preferences for end-of-life care are constructed on the spot and heavily influenced by the ways in which the options are presented. (2013-02-04)
Tuberculosis in Nunavut can be controlled
A combined strategy is needed to combat tuberculosis in Nunavut where the rate is 66 times higher than in the general Canadian population, states a commentary in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2013-02-04)
Electronic health records could help identify which patients most need ICU resources
What if patients' electronic health records could help a physician determine ICU admission by reliably calculating which patient had the highest risk of death? (2013-01-31)
Daily antiseptic baths slash risk of bloodstream infections in critically ill children
Daily baths with an ordinary antibacterial cleanser can safely reduce the risk of dangerous bloodstream infections in critically ill children, according to a trial conducted in five pediatric hospitals and led by investigators at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. (2013-01-25)
Critically ill flu patients saved with artificial lung technology treatment
In recent weeks, the intensive critical care units at University Health Network's Toronto General Hospital have used Extra Corporeal Lung Support to support five influenza patients in their recovery from severe respiratory problems. (2013-01-17)
Privacy a problem for mothers of newborns in neonatal intensive care units, CWRU study finds
Many mothers of newborns in neonatal intensive care units have difficulty finding private, quiet places in the hospital to express milk, according to a new study from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. (2013-01-16)
Physical therapy in the intensive care unit benefits hospital's bottom line
In a study evaluating the financial impact of providing early physical therapy for intensive care patients, researchers at Johns Hopkins found that the up-front costs are outweighed by the financial savings generated by earlier discharges from the intensive care unit and shorter hospital stays overall. (2013-01-11)
Study identifies infants at highest risk of death from pertussis
A study released today from the upcoming issue of the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society found that taking early and repeated white blood cell counts is critical in determining whether infants have pertussis and which of those children are at highest risk of death from the disease. (2013-01-10)
ISHLT issues new guidelines for care of mechanical circulatory support device patients
The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation convened an international panel of experts in all aspects of mechanical circulatory support care (MCS), a rapidly growing technology to treat advanced heart failure. (2013-01-10)
Intensive training for aphasia: Even older patients can improve
Older adults who have suffered from aphasia for a long time can nevertheless improve their language function and maintain these improvements in the long term. (2013-01-08)
Post-operative intravenous acetaminophen may help reduce use of morphine in infants
Among infants undergoing major surgery, postoperative use of intermittent intravenous paracetamol (acetaminophen) for the management of pain resulted in a lower cumulative morphine dose over 48 hours. (2013-01-08)
Stuck in the throat
It is a well known fact that children often swallow things. (2012-12-28)
Intensive weight-loss intervention linked with increased chance of partial remission from diabetes
Among overweight adults, participation in an intensive lifestyle intervention (that included counseling sessions and targets to reduce caloric intake and increase physical activity) was associated with a greater likelihood of partial remission of Type 2 diabetes, however the absolute remission rates were modest. (2012-12-18)
Worries about dementia how hospitalization affects the elderly
Older people often worry about dementia and while some risks are known, for example alcoholism or stroke, the effects of illness are less clear. (2012-12-16)
Traumatic brain injury study finds standard of care not a significant improvement
For patients with a traumatic brain injury, the default standard of care has just been turned on its head by a group of researchers at the University of Washington working with colleagues at six hospitals in Bolivia and Ecuador. (2012-12-12)
Pre-diabetic patients respond to self-directed lifestyle interventions, Stanford researcher says
Efforts to help overweight patients avoid diabetes through lifestyle changes need not rely on intensive, one-on-one focused programs, a new clinical study from the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute has found. (2012-12-10)
Palliative care improves outcomes for seniors
A paper published in the Gerontologist reports seniors in long-term care experienced a significant reduction in emergency room visits and depression when receiving palliative care services, according to a recent collaborative study by researchers at Hebrew SeniorLife's Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and Institute for Aging Research, both affiliated with Harvard Medical School. (2012-12-10)
In vitro study finds digested formula, but not breast milk, is toxic to cells
Free fatty acids created during the digestion of infant formula cause cellular death that may contribute to necrotizing enterocolitis, a severe intestinal condition that is often fatal and occurs most commonly in premature infants, according to a study by University of California, San Diego bioengineers. (2012-12-10)
CBT proves effective at reducing depression in people who have not responded to antidepressants
For the first time in a large-scale randomized trial, scientists have demonstrated that people with depression who have not responded to treatment with antidepressants are three times more likely to get better if they receive cognitive behavioral therapy in addition to antidepressants and usual care. (2012-12-06)
Researchers identify proteins that indicate which kidney tumors are most likely to spread
Researchers at St. Michael's hospital have identified 29 proteins that are likely to be involved in the spread of kidney cancer. (2012-12-05)
Prohibitive reimbursement may restrict hospice enrollment in patients requiring high-cost care
In the first national survey of enrollment policies at hospices, researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Yale University have found that the vast majority of hospices in the United States have at least one enrollment policy that could restrict access for terminally ill Medicare patients with high-cost medical needs. (2012-12-03)
New autism treatments to be revealed at Queen's
A new treatment for children with autism, which has the potential to significantly improve their learning and academic skills, will be unveiled at Queen's University Belfast today (Friday 30 Nov.). (2012-11-30)
When eating for 2 becomes a weighty issue
Two-thirds of Australian mums-to-be are in the dark when it comes to how much weight they should gain during pregnancy. (2012-11-30)
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 bmj.com 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)
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