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Trending Stories Report for 27 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: Bruce Jenner and transgender health, agriculture and pesticide alternatives, new tick-borne disease, internal dissent in Iran over nuclear deal, listeria ice cream recalls, changing mammography recommendations, immunology, materials science, and healthcare education.

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Are Hospitals Doing All They Can to Prevent C. diff Infections? Not Yet, New Study Suggests

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Nearly half of American hospitals aren’t taking key steps to prevent C. difficile, a kind of gut infection that kills nearly 30,000 people annually and sickens hundreds of thousands more – despite strong evidence that such steps work, according to a new study.

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Trending Stories Report for 23 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: diet supplements and cancer risk (3 days on top 10 list), oral mucositis in cancer treatment, updated breast cancer screening guidelines, climate change, materials science, asthma, mental health and gun violence, genetics and immunology, and multiple sclerosis treatment.

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Ongoing Trial May Lead to Better Understanding of Oral Mucositis, a Debilitating Side Effect Affecting Many Cancer Patients

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CAP and NSH Release New Guideline to Improve Patient Safety

Today, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the National Society for Histotechnology (NSH) released the first evidence-based guideline to ensure patient safety through the uniform labeling of paraffin blocks and slides. The guideline, “Uniform Labeling of Blocks and Slides in Surgical Pathology,” is now available in the online edition of Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.

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Intensive Care Unit Interventions Developed at Johns Hopkins Sharply Reduce Bloodstream Infections in Abu Dhabi Hospitals

A bundled intervention focused on evidence-based infection prevention practices, safety culture and teamwork, and scheduled measurement of infection rates considerably reduced central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) across intensive care units (ICUs) in seven Abu Dhabi hospitals, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality report.

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‘Real-Time’ Feedback and ‘Pay for Performance’ Improve Physician Practice and Hospital Safety

Research at Johns Hopkins suggests hospitals may reach higher safety and quality levels with programs that give physicians real-time feedback about evidence-based care and financial incentives for providing it.

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UV Light Robot to Clean Hospital Rooms Could Help Stop Spread of ‘Superbugs’

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Can a robot clean a hospital room just as well as a person? A researcher at the Texas A&M College of Medicine is studying the effectiveness of a germ-zapping robot to clean hospital rooms, which could hold the key to preventing the spread of “superbugs” – in turn, saving lives.

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Spinal Surgery: Right on Target

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Because the spine is made up of repeating elements that look alike, surgeons can mistakenly operate on the wrong vertebra. To avoid this, researchers have developed a software program that works seamlessly with currently available procedures to assist a surgeon’s determination of which vertebra is which. Results from its first clinical evaluation show that the LevelCheck software achieves 100 percent accuracy in just 26 seconds.

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Trending Stories Report for 13 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: fertility, same-sex marriage, mobile apps, IL tornado, Clinton running for President, violence against women, CA water crisis, medical research