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Undergrad academic performance linked to neural signals
Students will have to use their brains to get good grades at school this year, according to new University of Toronto research that relates brain activity to undergraduate academic performance. (2009-09-08)

Patient perception is vital when reporting medical errors
When reporting medical errors, patients' perceptions of their physicians' disclosure may be key to gaining their trust, according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. However, a positive perception of the disclosure has little effect on the lawsuit risk a physician faces. (2009-09-01)

Adults with genetic disorder PKU need to get back to the clinic
Adults with PKU need to get back into treatment. If not -- complications will resurface. (2009-08-26)

Setting priorities for patient-safety efforts will mean hard choices
Is it more urgent for hospitals, doctors and nurses to focus resources on preventing the thousands of falls that injure hospitalized patients each year, or to home in on preventing rare but dramatic instances of wrong-side surgery? Is it best to concentrate immediately on preventing pediatric medical errors or on preventing drug interactions in the elderly? (2009-08-25)

UGA researchers propose model for disorders caused by improper transmission of chromosomes
University of Georgia scientists have developed a model system for plants and animals that shows the loss of a key structural protein can lead to the premature separation of one DNA copy called a chromatid. The new model shows for the first time that the loss of this protein can lead to aneuploidy -- the name given to birth disorders caused by extra or too few chromosomes. (2009-08-16)

Statewide program to improve emergency care for children
An initiative is underway to improve emergency medical care for Illinois' youngest patients. Loyola University Health System, in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Public Health and other area hospitals, has established a process to support facilities in managing critically ill and injured children across Illinois. (2009-08-14)

Out of court settlement of malpractice claims: Incorrect treatment of bone fractures in children
Incorrectly treated fractures in children are one of the errors most frequently confirmed in the arbitration process. This was the conclusion reached by Heinrich Vinz and Johann Neu of the Arbitration Board of the North German Medical Associations, Hanover, in the current edition of Deutsches Ă„rzteblatt International. (2009-08-07)

Fumbled handoffs can lead to medical errors
A new study by researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine has found that hospital discharge summaries are grossly inadequate at documenting both tests with pending results and information about which doctors should receive the post-discharge test results. Study appears in September 2009 issue of Journal of General Internal Medicine. (2009-08-07)

Parents fear errors during children's hospitalization
Nearly two-thirds of parents reported they felt the need to watch over their child's care to ensure that medical errors are not made during their hospital stay, according to a University of Michigan study. Parents whose first language is not English were more likely to report the need to be vigilant about their child's care. (2009-08-03)

Errors in diagnosis of depression lead to over and under diagnosis in primary care
A meta-analysis of more than 50,000 patients has shown that general practitioners have great difficulty separating those with and without depression, with substantial numbers of missed and misidentified. (2009-07-29)

UCSF team focuses on patient safety in ambulatory care system
Health care experts at the University of California, San Francisco, highlight in a new report the hidden risks and complexities that compromise patient safety for ambulatory patients with chronic disease. (2009-07-27)

The 15-Minute Genome 2009 Industrial Physics Forum features faster, cheaper genome sequencing
In the race for faster, cheaper ways to read human genomes, Pacific Biosciences is hoping to set a new benchmark with technology that watches DNA being copied in real time. The device is being developed to sequence DNA at speeds 20,000 times faster than second-generation sequencers currently on the market and will ultimately have a price tag of $100 per genome. (2009-07-27)

Wrong dose of heart meds too frequent in children
Infants and young children treated with heart drugs get the wrong dose or end up on the wrong end of medication errors more often than older children, according to research led by the Johns Hopkins Children's Center to be published July 6 in Pediatrics. (2009-07-07)

Secrets revealed about how disease-causing DNA mutations occur
A team of Penn State scientists has shed light on the processes that lead to certain human DNA mutations that are implicated in hundreds of inherited diseases. The results one day could influence the way couples who seek to have children receive genetic counseling. The findings will be published in the July 2009 edition of the journal Genome Research. (2009-07-01)

New statistical technique improves precision of nanotechnology data
A new statistical analysis technique that identifies and removes systematic bias, noise and equipment-based artifacts from experimental data could lead to more precise and reliable measurement of nanomaterials and nanostructures likely to have future industrial applications. (2009-06-30)

Molecular typesetting -- proofreading without a proofreader
Researchers at the Universities of Leeds and Bristol have developed a model of how errors are corrected while proteins are being built. (2009-06-23)

Some patients are not notified of abnormal test results
Primary care clinicians and their staff appear to fail to inform some patients, or to fail to document informing patients, about abnormal results on outpatient medical tests, according to a report in the June 22 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2009-06-22)

Team effort needed to report on science, U of Alberta study says
Trust in science is diminishing, according to recent studies, especially in the area of biomedicine, biotech and genetics. University of Alberta researchers Tim Caulfield and Tania Bubela blame it on the complexity of many discoveries and they're concerned the whole message from the study isn't getting across to the general public. (2009-06-12)

Study finds air traffic control tracking method reduces errors in trauma management
New research published in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons shows that a method used by air traffic controllers tracks patient data more effectively and with fewer errors compared with current hospital methods, primarily the use of clipboards. (2009-06-11)

Moving past the battle between good and evil hormones in a compelling new book about women's health
The evidence is in. Estrogen does not halt aging or protect women from heart disease and dementia, nor is it the safest or best treatment for the hot flashes, night sweats and the insomnia that are associated with menopause and perimenopause. Quite simply, estrogen is not a good and magical hormone, as Susan Baxter, PhD., and Dr. Jerilynn C. Prior painstakingly prove in their book, (2009-06-10)

Accuracy essential to success of XBRL financial filing program
The largest 500 companies regulated by the SEC are poised to submit their first financial reports that will be tagged using XBRL code -- which allows computers to (2009-06-08)

Mayo study finds that team preop briefing improves communication, reduces errors
A short, preoperative team briefing prior to cardiac surgery -- where each person on the team speaks -- improves communication and reduces errors and costs, according to a pilot study conducted at Mayo Clinic. (2009-05-26)

Guidelines needed for informing patients of medical errors
National guidelines are needed for timely disclosure of medical errors and informing patients, write Toronto-based researchers in a review in CMAJ. (2009-05-25)

Side discrepancy errors in radiology reports rare but often clinically significant
Side discrepancy errors in radiology reports do occur and it is important that radiologists, referring physicians and patients communicate well to help prevent errors in clinical management, according to a study performed at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass. (2009-05-20)

Limiting work hours of medical residents could cost $1.6 billion annually, study finds
New Institute of Medicine recommendations to limit the work hours of medical residents could cost the nation's teaching hospitals about $1.6 billion annually to hire substitute workers, according to a new report. Researchers from the RAND Corporation and UCLA say the changes would create a substantial new expense for academic medical centers with no obvious way to pay the costs. (2009-05-20)

Electronic prescribing systems boost efficiency, may lead to improved quality of care
New research published in the May issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons indicates that the adoption of electronic prescribing systems may allow for greater efficiency at hospitals, which could result in long-term cost savings and improved quality of care. (2009-05-04)

Recycler protein helps prevent disease
Researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and Heidelberg University, Germany, have now uncovered the first step in the recycling of a crucial molecular tag which ensures the instructions encoded in our genes are correctly carried out. The study, published this week in the journal Cell, sheds new light on a proof-reading process that helps protect us from genetic diseases. (2009-04-30)

Medication errors in critical care: Risk factors and prevention
Medication errors account for 78 percent of serious medical errors in the intensive care unit but there are strategies that can help reduce errors and improve patient safety, write a team of Calgary researchers in an article in CMAJ. (2009-04-27)

NIST develops powerful method of suppressing errors in many types of quantum computers
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have demonstrated a technique for efficiently suppressing errors in quantum computers, an advance that could eventually make it much easier to build useful versions of these potentially powerful machines that, in theory, could solve important problems that are intractable using today's computers. (2009-04-22)

Quantum computers will require complex software to manage errors
Highlighting another challenge to the development of quantum computers, theorists at NIST have shown that a type of software operation, proposed as a solution to fundamental problems with the computers' hardware, will not function as some designers had hoped. (2009-04-08)

Caltech researchers train computers to analyze fruit-fly behavior
Caltech scientists have trained computers to automatically analyze aggression and courtship in fruit flies, opening the way for researchers to perform large-scale, high-throughput screens for genes that control these innate behaviors. The program allows computers to examine half an hour of video footage of pairs of interacting flies in what is almost real time; characterizing the behavior of a new line of flies (2009-04-08)

Study: Every 1.7 minutes a Medicare beneficiary experiences a patient safety event
The 2009 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients were identified in a report issued today by the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. Between 2005 and 2007, 913,215 total patient safety events were recorded among Medicare beneficiaries, which represents 2.3 percent of the nearly 38 million Medicare hospitalizations. This equates to one reported patient safety event every 1.7 minutes. (2009-04-07)

Serious vision problems in urban preschoolers rare but not that rare, Hopkins study shows
In what is believed to be the first comprehensive eye disease study among urban pre-schoolers, Johns Hopkins investigators report that while vision problems are rare, they are more common than once thought. Also, they say, a small group of children with easily treatable visions problems go untreated, while others get treatments they don't need. (2009-04-01)

On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research, third edition
New from the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine, offers researchers -- especially early career scientists and their mentors -- guidance on the ethical conduct of scientific research. (2009-03-26)

Questioning why health care IT manufacturers aren't liable for product-related medical errors
Even when their products are implicated in harm to patients, manufacturers of health care information technology currently enjoy wide contractual and legal protection that renders them virtually (2009-03-25)

Brain wave patterns can predict blunders, new study finds
Everyone makes an occasional error due to lack of attention. Now a team of researchers has found a distinct electric signature in the brain which predicts that such an error is about to be made. The discovery could prove useful in a variety of applications, from developing monitoring devices that alert air traffic control operators that their attention is flagging, to devising and monitoring new strategies to help children cope with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (2009-03-23)

Researchers develop DNA 'patch' for canine form of muscular dystrophy
Using a novel genetic technology that covers up genetic errors, researchers funded in part by the National Institutes of Health have developed a successful treatment for dogs with the canine version of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a paralyzing, and ultimately fatal, muscle disease. (2009-03-16)

Diagnostic errors: The new focus of patient safety experts
Johns Hopkins patient safety experts say it's high time for diagnostic errors to get the same attention from medical institutions and caregivers as drug-prescribing errors, wrong-site surgeries and hospital-acquired infections. (2009-03-10)

Researchers find brain differences between believers and non-believers
Believing in God can help block anxiety and minimize stress, according to new University of Toronto research that shows distinct brain differences between believers and non-believers. (2009-03-04)

New tool improves productivity, quality when translating software
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a software tool that will make it faster and easier to translate video games and other software into different languages for use in various international markets -- addressing a hurdle to internationalization that has traditionally been time-consuming and subject to error. (2009-02-24)

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