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Doctors Prescribing Fewer Antibiotics To Kids

September 2, 2011 6:11 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP The push to get pediatricians to stop prescribing antibiotics for the wrong illnesses is paying off a bit, a new government report found. Since the early 1990s, there's been a 10 percent drop in prescription rates for antibiotics for kids 14 and younger, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

Encouraging The Use Of Hospital-Based Radiology Groups

September 2, 2011 6:05 am | Comments

Hospital executives should consider the value-added services of hospital-based radiology groups before allowing radiology departments to be taken over by teleradiologists or other specialists, according to an article in the September 2011 issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Taiwan Prosecutors Probe HIV Organ Transplants

September 2, 2011 5:57 am | Comments

(AP) — Physicians at a hospital in Taiwan that mistakenly transplanted four patients with HIV-infected organs may face criminal prosecution, an official said Friday. The doctors involved may face up to 10 years in prison if found to have caused patients to contract the HIV virus by negligence, Taipei Prosecutors' Office spokesman Lin Wen-teh said.


9/11 Dust Still A Medical Mystery

September 2, 2011 5:50 am | Comments

David B. Caruso, AP Like a lot of New Yorkers who spent time near the smoking ruins of the World Trade Center, Lorraine Ashman needs to take a deep breath before listing all the health problems that have afflicted her over the past decade. First, she got bronchiolitis and a constant cough that lasted for months.

Health System Achieves 42 Percent Drop In HAIs

August 31, 2011 7:52 am | Comments

Cone Health announces a dramatic reduction in healthcare-acquired infection (HAI) rates after implementing an infection prevention program which includes Xenex room disinfection systems. Cone Health saw zero MRSA cases in its intensive care units, and the total number of HAIs decreased 42 percent during the time period studied.

Hospital Uniforms Contain Dangerous Bacteria Majority Of The Time

August 31, 2011 7:17 am | Comments

More than 60 percent of hospital nurses' and doctors' uniforms tested positive for potentially dangerous bacteria, according to a study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of APIC - the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

Surgeons Remove Shears From Eye Socket

August 31, 2011 7:06 am | Comments

Amanda Lee Myers, AP Leroy Luetscher could feel the pruning shears jutting from his face as he tried to determine just what had happened to him after trimming the plants in his backyard and then falling face-first. At 86, Luetscher was covered in blood and in more pain than he'd ever felt in his life.

Obesity Ranks Low On Parents' Medical Concerns

August 31, 2011 6:58 am | Comments

PRNewswire/ - A new survey released by Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City shows more than 70 percent of parents would find it "very important" to seek medical care for a child with diabetes symptoms, asthma or a learning disability, whereas only 54 percent of feel the same about a child who is overweight.


MIS Options In Treating Children With Scoliosis

August 31, 2011 6:38 am | Comments

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - Minimally invasive surgery to treat scoliosis in teenagers is now a "feasible option," according to Vishal Sarwahi, M.D., Director of Spine Deformity Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. "This new procedure to correct curvature of the spine involves three small incisions in the back, as opposed to standard open surgery, which requires a two-foot incisions in the back," said Dr.


Mayo Clinic Finds Social Media Valuable For Rare Disease Studies

August 30, 2011 6:54 am | Comments

Mayo Clinic has identified a new benefit of social media and online networking: a novel way to study rare diseases. Through patient-run websites dedicated to heart conditions and women's heart health, a team of cardiologists led by Sharonne Hayes, M.D., is reaching out to survivors of spontaneous coronary artery dissection, also known as SCAD, a poorly understood heart condition that affects just a few thousand Americans every year.

Task Force Urges For Obesity Considerations In Health Benefits

August 30, 2011 6:45 am | Comments

Federal, evidence-based recommendations underpin Alliance Task Force’s proposal to include obesity services in the essential health benefits package "A major intent of the ACA is to control healthcare spending and increase access to necessary services for those who need it most," said Alliance Director Christine Ferguson, J.

Medieval Plague May Be Extinct

August 30, 2011 6:38 am | Comments

Randolph E. Schmid, AP The version of plague that caused the Black Death in 14th century Europe may now be extinct, researchers report, but other deadly forms remain in circulation. The plague ravaged Europe and wiped out nearly one- third to two-thirds of the population. Its cause was eventually identified as the bacteria Yersinia pestis.

Clinic Warns Of Possible Infections

August 30, 2011 6:21 am | Comments

Todd Richmond, AP A Madison, WI-based clinic is trying to track down hundreds of patients after a nurse apparently spent years improperly using diabetic injection devices on them, potentially exposing them to blood-borne diseases such as HIV. Dean Clinic officials have begun trying to contact 2,345 patients who saw the nurse between 2006 and when she left her job two weeks ago.

Irene's Impact

August 29, 2011 8:11 am | Comments

A look at how Hurrican Irene impacted the east coast of the United States, from a healthcare perspective. The most recent report states that 27 people in eight states lost their lives because of the storm. Total damage on the East Coast is projected at $7 billion. After evacuating more than 1,000 patients, Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, NY, and the north and south campuses of Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) received state approval to begin accepting inpatients on Sunday evening.

On Closure

August 29, 2011 8:04 am | by To continue reading this blog, click here . | Comments

by Dr. Wes The chief complaint, the history and physical, the differential diagnosis, the proper testing, the treatment. From Day 1, these are the pieces of medicine that are hammered in to young doctors' heads: the best way to treat this or that, the best drug, widget or gizmo, the latest advance.


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