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Steroids Prescribed In The ICU Linked To Delirium

May 27, 2014 10:25 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

New Johns Hopkins research suggests that critically ill patients receiving steroids in a hospital's intensive care unit (ICU) are significantly more likely to develop delirium. Results of their research, they say, suggest minimizing the use of steroids could reduce delirium in the ICU...


One-Third Of All Brain Aneurysms Rupture: The Size Is Not A Significant Risk Factor

May 27, 2014 10:22 am | by University of Helsinki | Comments

The lifetime risk for rupture of a brain aneurysm depends heavily on the patient's overall load of risk factors. However, a recent study by researchers from the University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Central Hospital demonstrated that the size of an aneurysm has no great significance on the risk of rupture...


U.S. Approves New Antibiotic For Hospital Skin Infections

May 27, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new antibiotic from Durata Therapeutics to treat adults with common skin infections often acquired in U.S. hospitals. Regulators approved the intravenous drug Dalvance to treat bacterial skin infections caused by common bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant strains of those germs...


Florida Health Workers Cleared After MERS Exposure

May 27, 2014 10:04 am | by Associated Press | Comments

All the healthcare workers who came into contact with a Saudi resident infected with the second confirmed MERS case in the U.S. have been cleared to return to work. The Florida Department of Health previously said all had tested negative for the rare virus...


Study: Kidney Transplant Patients Live Longer Than Those In Intensive Home Hemodialysis

May 23, 2014 11:28 am | by University Health Network | Comments

A first-ever study from a large Canadian centre found that kidney transplant recipients lived longer and had better treatment success than patients on intensive home hemodialysis, but also had an increased risk of being hospitalized within the first year...


Image Fusion-Guided Biopsy Improves Accuracy Of Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

May 23, 2014 11:22 am | by North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System | Comments

A recent study by investigators from LIJ Medical Center demonstrated that using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in men with an elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA) resulted in a prostate cancer detection rate that was twice as high as data reported in the March 1999 Prostate journal that analyzed men undergoing the standard 12-core biopsy with an elevated PSA...


New Sensor Could Light The Way Forward In Low-Cost Medical Imaging

May 23, 2014 9:50 am | by University of Surrey | Comments

New research published today in Nature's Scientific Reports, identifies a new type of light sensor that could allow medical and security imaging, via low cost cameras. The team of researchers from the University of Surrey have developed a new 'multispectral' light sensor that detects the full spectrum of light, from ultra-violet (UV), to visible and near infrared light...  


Antibiotic Crisis Needs United Global Response, Experts Say

May 23, 2014 9:15 am | by University of Edinburgh | Comments

Growing resistance to antibiotics and other drugs demands a coordinated global response on the same scale as efforts to address climate change, experts say. Without an international commitment to tackle the issue, the world faces a future in which simple infections that have been treatable for decades become deadly diseases, they warn...


Study: Some Pancreatic Cancer Treatments May Be Going After The Wrong Targets

May 23, 2014 9:09 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

New research represents a significant change in the understanding of how pancreatic cancer grows – and how it might be defeated. Unlike other types of cancer, pancreatic cancer produces a lot of scar tissue and inflammation. For years, researchers believed that this scar tissue, called desmoplasia, helped the tumor grow, and they've designed treatments to attack this...


UCI School Of Medicine First To Integrate Google Glass Into Curriculum

May 22, 2014 10:53 am | by UC Irvine | Comments

As physicians and surgeons explore how to use Google Glass, the UC Irvine School of Medicine is taking steps to become the first in the nation to integrate the wearable computer into its four-year curriculum – from first- and second-year anatomy courses and clinical skills training to third- and fourth-year hospital rotations...


Seattle Surgeon Accused Of Misconduct Surrenders License

May 22, 2014 10:36 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

A Seattle surgeon has surrendered his medical license amid an investigation by the Medical Quality Assurance Commission that alleges he gave questionable testimony regarding proposed legislation. Administrative charges were filed against Dr. David Heimbach, a former chief of Harborview Medical Center’s burn unit, this past March...


U-M Study: Most Women Who Have Double Mastectomy Don't Need It

May 22, 2014 9:51 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

About 70 percent of women who have both breasts removed following a breast cancer diagnosis do so despite a very low risk of facing cancer in the healthy breast, new research from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center finds...  


Surgical-Site Infections Associated With Excess Costs At Veterans Affairs Hospitals

May 22, 2014 9:39 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

Surgical-site infections (SSIs) acquired by patients in Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals are associated with costs nearly twice as high compared to patients who do not have this complication. The greatest SSI-related costs are among patients undergoing neurosurgery...


Soil Bacteria May Provide Clues To Curbing Antibiotic Resistance

May 22, 2014 9:35 am | by Washington University School of Medicine | Comments

Drug-resistant bacteria annually sicken 2 million Americans and kill at least 23,000. A driving force behind this growing public health threat is the ability of bacteria to share genes that provide antibiotic resistance. Bacteria that naturally live in the soil have a vast collection of genes to fight off antibiotics, but they are much less likely to share these genes, a new study has revealed...


Non-Invasive Lithotripsy Leads To More Treatment For Kidney Stones

May 21, 2014 10:50 am | by Duke University Medical Center | Comments

When it comes to treating kidney stones, less invasive may not always be better, according to new research from Duke Medicine. In a direct comparison of shock wave lithotripsy vs. ureteroscopy – the two predominant methods of removing kidney stones – researchers found that ureteroscopy resulted in fewer repeat treatments...



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