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'Super Bugs' Study Author Sharon Meropol, MD, PhD, Says a Seven-Fold Increase in Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Results in 20 Percent Longer Hospital Stays for Children

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Popular Heartburn Drugs Linked to Gradual Yet ‘Silent’ Kidney Damage

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Taking popular heartburn medication for prolonged periods may lead to serious kidney damage, even in people who show no signs of kidney problems, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System. The drugs are sold under brand names such as Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium and Protonix.

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Patient Safety, Living Will, Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment, Do Not Resuscitate, Patient Video Message, Triad, Journal of Patient Safety

Video Messages Clarify Patients' Wishes for Critical Versus End-of-Life Care

Adding a patient-created video testimonial to a living will or "POLST" form can help to prevent errors of interpretation regarding the choice between life-sustaining treatment or allowing natural death in critically ill patients, according to a study in the March Journal of Patient Safety. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Retinopathy Of Prematurity, Blindness, Preeclampsia, Premature Birth

Is Preeclampsia a Risk or a Protective Factor in Retinopathy of Prematurity?

Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD, and colleagues at the John A. Moran Center and Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, were looking for a way to tease apart the effects of preeclampsia on the risk of developing retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), an eye disease found in premature infants. Their results, and the model they developed, were published February 14, 2017, in Scientific Reports.

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Clinical decision-making and treatment choice is a complex cognitive process influenced by multiple variables.

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Size Matters When It Comes to Keeping Blood Sugar Levels in Check

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Keeping blood sugar levels within a safe range is key to managing both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. In a new finding that could lead to fewer complications for diabetes patients, Yale School of Medicine researchers have found that changes in the size of mitochondria in a small subset of brain cells play a crucial role in safely maintaining blood sugar levels.

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Preventing Hospital-Related Deaths Due to Medical Errors – 'We Can and Must Do Better'

How many patients die in the hospital as a result of preventable medical errors? While debate continues over estimates based on flawed data, the US healthcare system can and must implement effective strategies to reduce adverse events and deaths, according to a special perspective article in the March Journal of Patient Safety. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Innovators Wanted: UC Health Hack Seeks New Ideas to Solve Critical Health Problems

Think you have an idea that will change health care but need the means to bring your innovation to fruition? Register for UC Health Hack, a two-day interdisciplinary hackathon that will bring students, physicians, researchers, industry professionals and community members together to grapple with integrative medicine and global health issues in a fast-paced competition.

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Osteomyelitis, MRSA, Mrsa Infections, MRSA strains, MRSA superbug, Stem Cell, stem cell activation, stem cell bio-manufacturing, Stem Cell Development, Scaffold, Scaffold Proteins, Scaffolding, Scaffolds, Bone Infections, Bone Regeneration, silver ions, Silver

A Silver Bullet Against MRSA: Silver Ion-Coated Medical Devices Could Fight MRSA While Creating New Bone

The rise of MRSA infections is limiting the treatment options for physicians and surgeons. Now, an international team of researchers, led by Elizabeth Loboa, dean of the University of Missouri College of Engineering, has used silver ion-coated scaffolds, or biomaterials that are created to hold stem cells, which slow the spread of or kill MRSA while regenerating new bone. Scientists feel that the biodegradable and biocompatible scaffolds could be the first step in the fight against MRSA in patients.

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Study: Medicare Could Overpay Medicare Advantage Plans by $200 Billion Over Ten Years

Research conducted at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that current trends in diagnostic coding for patient risk scores will lead to Medicare overpaying Medicare Advantage (MA) plans substantially through 2026-likely to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars.

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The Heavier the Person, the Lower the Chance of Getting Hospice Care or Dying at Home, Study Finds

– The heavier someone is, the less likely they are to have what many people might call a “good death”, with hospice care and a chance to die at home, a new study finds. And that difference comes with a financial, as well as a personal, cost, the research shows.

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Steven L. Flamm, MD, Medical Director of the Liver Transplant Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital is available to discuss new Hep C study

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IMSH to Demonstrate the Role of Simulation-Based Training in Patient Safety

Global simulation in healthcare event to address the newest ways that simulated learning environments are used to train medical professionals for active shooting scenarios, mass casualty emergencies and medical training

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Critical Care, Nursing, Cardiac, ECG interpretation , ECG Monitoring, dysrhythmia, ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, Electrocardiogram, ICU, Hospital, patient outcomes

Take Heart: AACN Updates Resources for Getting Accurate Cardiac Monitoring Results

Cardiac monitoring remains a key element in caring for hospitalized patients who are critically ill, and it takes high levels of knowledge and skill to ensure accurate results from ECGs. As part of its ongoing efforts to standardize clinical practice and improve patient outcomes, AACN has updated its practice alerts related to dysrhythmia and ST-segment monitoring.

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Brain Tumor Survivor Moves Into Next Phase of Life Thanks to Rehab Experts

Physical therapist Jorge Neira is helping Ruben Arellano regain use of his arms and the ability to walk. Arellano had a baseball-sized tumor removed from his head. The two share successes and setbacks on the arduous road to recovery at Harris Health System's CARF-accredited hospital.

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General Thoracic Surgery Database , Public Reporting, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Lung Cancer, Lobectomy, surgery outcomes, David M. Shahian, MD, general thoracic surgery, Benjamin D. Kozower, MD

Public Reporting of Lung Cancer Surgery Outcomes Provides Valuable Information About Quality of Patient Care

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The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has released the first publicly accessible national report of outcomes from lobectomy.

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Temple University Hospital Celebrates 125 Years of Providing Indispensable Health Care and Honors Longtime Employees

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Temple University Hospital (TUH), founded in 1892, will kick-off its historic 125th anniversary today during the hospital’s annual Employee Recognition Ceremony and Reception.

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UV Light Can Aid Hospitals’ Fight to Wipe Out Drug-Resistant Superbugs

A new tool -- a type of ultraviolet light called UVC -- could aid hospitals in the ongoing battle to keep drug-resistant bacteria from lingering in patient rooms and causing new infections.

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Journal Of Occupational And Environmental Medicine, Violence against hospital workers

'Data-Driven' Approach May Reduce Violence to Hospital Workers

A worksite intervention using unit-level data on violent events can lead to lower risks of patient-to-worker violence and injury to hospital staff, suggests a study in the January Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

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Cost, Technology Issues Are Barriers to Real-Time Cancer Patient Symptom Reporting

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In a perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher addresses the need for – and the barriers preventing – electronic reporting of patients’ symptoms between visits.







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