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Treating Addiction In Doctors Poses Ethical Issues

October 15, 2012 8:02 am | Comments

State physician health programs (PHPs) play a key role in helping doctors with substance abuse problems, but the current PHP system is inconsistent and prone to potential conflicts of interest and ethical issues, according to a review that has been published ahead of print for the December 2012 issue of Journal of Addiction Medicine , the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Researcher Admits False Surgical Claims

October 15, 2012 7:50 am | Comments

Hisashi Moriguchi, a Japanese researcher who had said he implemented the world's first clinical trial using a trailblazing stem cell technology, has admitted that most of what he claimed in an academic conference presentation about the procedure was false. At a news conference in New York, Moriguchi said, "While the treatment was implemented, it was only one procedure.

New Grant Program Targets Infection Prevention Best Practices

October 15, 2012 7:36 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) The CareFusion Foundation has announced the launch of a new $500,000 grant program to help identify and share infection prevention best practices across hospitals and healthcare facilities nationwide. In addition, CareFusion Corp. is launching a virtual I Pledge wall, introduced in observance of International Infection Prevention Week.


Antibiotic Resistance A Growing Concern For UTIs

October 12, 2012 7:28 am | Comments

As a result of concerns about antibiotic resistance, doctors in the United States are increasingly prescribing newer, more costly and more powerful antibiotics to treat urinary tract infections, one of the most common illnesses in women. New research at Oregon State University suggests that the more powerful medications are used more frequently than necessary, and they recommend that doctors and patients discuss the issues involved with antibiotic therapy – and only use the stronger drugs if really neeeded.

Tests Target More Rapid Diagnosis Of Antibiotics Resistance

October 12, 2012 7:18 am | Comments

With their sensitivity and specificity, the use of these tests on a world-wide scale could allow for adapting antibiotic treatments to an individual's needs, and to be more successful in controlling antibiotic resistance, particularly in hospitals. These works were published in Emerging Infectious diseases and The Journal of Clinical Microbiology .

Superbugs Ride Air Currents Around Hospital Wards

October 12, 2012 7:06 am | Comments

Hospital superbugs can float on air currents and contaminate surfaces far from infected patients’ beds, according to UK-based University of Leeds researchers. The results of the study, which was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), may explain why, despite strict cleaning regimes and hygiene controls, some hospitals still struggle to prevent bacteria moving from patient to patient.

Physician Leaders Split Over Candidates' Plans

October 12, 2012 6:55 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) An on-line poll of physicians who lead hospitals, health systems and large group practices across the U.S. conducted after the first presidential debate found more preferred Republican challenger Mitt Romney's plan to reform Medicare than President Barack Obama's, with many still undecided.

CMS Penalties Don’t Change Hospital-Acquired Infection Rates

October 12, 2012 6:23 am | by Julie Appleby | Comments

A Medicare payment policy designed to push hospitals to cut their infection rates has had no effect in reducing two types of preventable infections among patients in intensive care units, researchers say in a  study out Wednesday  in the New England Journal of Medicine. In 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began denying additional payments to hospitals whose patients became sicker as a result of bloodstream infections and urinary tract infections associated with the use of central lines or catheters.


Pa. 'Madam' In Court In Buttocks Injection Death

October 10, 2012 5:52 am | Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia woman who calls herself the "Black Madam" is due in court Wednesday in the death of a London woman who died after getting cosmetic surgery at an airport hotel. Padge Windslowe is charged with killing 20-year-old Claudia Aderotimi. Police say the tourist came to Philadelphia in February 2011 to receive silicone injections that enlarge the buttocks.

Coffee Speeds Up Return Of Bowel Function After Colon Surgery

October 10, 2012 5:39 am | Comments

Patients who drank coffee, rather than water, after bowel surgery to remove a part of their colon experienced a quicker return to bowel movements and tolerance of solid food. Those are two of the key findings of a comparative study of 80 patients, carried out at University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany, and published in the surgical journal  BJS .

Hospitals That Cooperate On Infection Control Fare Better

October 10, 2012 5:35 am | Comments

An individual hospital's infection control efforts have a ripple effect on the prevalence of a deadly and highly infectious bacterium in hospitals throughout its surrounding region, a multi-center research group led by the University of Pittsburgh demonstrated in a computer simulation-based study.


Physical Therapy, Not A Knee Brace, Aids In ACL Recovery

October 10, 2012 5:26 am | Comments

Rosemont, Ill.  – Wearing a knee brace following  anterior cruciate ligament  (ACL) surgery has no effect on a person’s recovery. However, strength, range-of- motion, and functionality exercises provide significant benefits, and other new therapies may show promise.   In a new literature review recently published in the  Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery   (JBJS), a team of orthopaedic surgeons  reviewed 29 studies regarding treatment following reconstructive ACL surgery.

Revealing Angioplasty Outcomes Didn’t Improve Patient Mortality

October 10, 2012 5:06 am | by Jordan Rau | Comments

In the 23 years since New York State  began publishing  hospital death rates of  coronary artery-bypass graft  patients, the number of publicly reported outcome measures has proliferated. There are now  258 public reports  on health care quality available around the country, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Small Pox Virus Has Potential For Treating Breast Cancer

October 9, 2012 6:50 am | Comments

Researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City have shown that a new vaccinia virus, acting as both an oncolytic and anti-angiogenic agent, can enter and kill triple-negative breast cancer cells. Study findings presented at the 2012 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons could lead to a more targeted therapy against this deadly form of breast cancer.

Liquorice Helps Provide Cleaner Medical Implants

October 9, 2012 6:41 am | Comments

A nanotech material containing an extract from liquorice can be used to sterilize and protect medical devices and implants which include biological components, and protects these functional bio-components during the sterilization process. Publishing their findings in the latest issue of Materials Today , a team of researchers from Germany and Austria explain how conventional sterilization techniques based on a blast of radiation, or exposure to toxic gas can damage the functional biological components of the device.



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