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Benzodiazepine Sedatives Linked to Higher Rates of Mortality Compared to Propofol

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A University of Utah study shows for the first time that continuous infusion benzodiazepines – a class of sedatives that includes lorazepam and midazolam, once considered the standard of care in the ICU – are linked to an increased likelihood of death among patients who receive mechanical ventilation, when compared to the sedative propofol.

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New Study Reconfirms: Calling 9-1-1 Can Be the Difference Between Life and Death

It's a simple message: Call 9-1-1 at the first warning signs of a heart attack. Unfortunately, many still choose to either drive to the hospital, or wait to see if the symptoms disappear. New research from the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute reconfirms relying on emergency medical services helps heart attack patients avoid delays and expedite treatment.

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Treatment Studied to Help Patients ‘Burned to the Bone’

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Burn researchers at the University of Michigan Health System examine new approach for treating painful aftermath of war-defining combat injuries.

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Possible New Treatment for Soft Tissue Bone Formation in Burn Victims May Hold Promise for Blast Injured

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A possible new treatment for stopping bone growth in soft tissue following third-degree burns may also prove to be beneficial to combat troops suffering high energy orthopaedic trauma or blast injuries, according to an article to appear in Science Translational Medicine, Sept. 24, 2014.

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New Study Finds 34% of Severely Injured Patients Undertriaged in the United States

According to the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma, patients with severe injuries should be treated at level I or level II trauma centers. Those centers have the resources to provide the best care for those patients.

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JAMA Internal Medicine Article Discusses New American Board of Addiction Medicine

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In a new JAMA Internal Medicine article, three leading addiction experts document the need for an addiction medicine specialty, trace the history of physicians specializing in addiction treatment, and discuss current efforts by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and The ABAM Foundation to train and certify physicians, and to become recognized and accredited within the larger medical community.

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To Admit or Not to Admit: Huge Variation in Hospitalizations From Emergency Room Suggests Opportunity to Save Billions

Doctors at one hospital may be as much as six times as likely to admit an emergency patient with a common non-life-threatening diagnosis to the hospital, compared with doctors at another hospital treating an identical patient. The variation may cost an extra $5 billion dollars a year.

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Penn Study Shows Better Outcomes for Sepsis Patients Treated in Hospitals with Higher Volume of Cases

Patients with sepsis, one of the most time-sensitive and hard-to-detect illnesses in medicine, are more likely to survive the life-threatening condition when treated at a hospital that sees a higher volume of sepsis cases. New research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania shows a clear relationship between hospitals that treat the most cases of severe sepsis and lower rates of inpatient deaths among those patients. The study is published online in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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Real Tremors, or Drug-Seeking Patient? New App Can Tell

New iPod smart phone app developed by University of Toronto measures frequency of tremors in alcoholics.

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Intervention Needed for Survivors of Childhood Burns

Adults who have been hospitalized for a burn as a child experience higher than usual rates of depression and suicidal thoughts, according to new research at the University of Adelaide.

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