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The Big Game: Prevent TV Tip-Overs

The biggest national game of the year is less than one week away and many families across the country are gearing up for game day celebrations.

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Ask a Loyola Burn Surgeon if the Burn/Severe Cold Scenes in the Revenant, Chicago Med and Chicago Fire Are True

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Societies Release Recommendations for Diagnosing Chest Pain in the Emergency Department

New document outlines appropriate use of diagnostic imaging.

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Societies Release Recommendations for Diagnosing Chest Pain in the Emergency Department

New recommendations from the American College of Cardiology and American College of Radiology have established appropriate use of diagnostic imaging for patients with chest pain, one of the most common reasons for emergency department visits.

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New Material Developed for Accelerated Skin Regeneration in Major Wounds

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Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have developed a synthetic biomaterial that fills wounds and aids in regeneration of skin cells, which ultimately improves wound healing.

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The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Is Now Accepting Submissions

The deadline for this round of proposals is January 15, 2016. Candidates will be notified of decisions by the end of February 2016. The Institute pays a competitive rate--and covers expenses--for investigative reporting that advances social and economic justice. All stories are published in In These Times magazine and on InTheseTimes.com.

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Saline Water Better Than Soap and Water for Cleaning Wounds, Researchers Find

Researchers found that very low water pressure was an acceptable, low-cost alternative for washing out open fractures, and that the reoperation rate was higher in the group that used soap.

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Top Stories 11 Dec 2015; New Forensic Science Breakthroughs, Breast Cancer Treatment Difference by Age, Racial Disparities in Dialysis, and More...

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Alcohol Aromatherapy Eases Nausea in the ER

Nauseated patients in the emergency department who sniffed pads saturated with isopropyl alcohol were twice as likely to obtain relief from their symptoms as nauseated patients who sniffed pads saturated with saline solution, according to a study published online today in Annals of Emergency Medicine ("Isopropyl Alcohol Nasal Inhalation for Nausea in the Emergency Department: A Randomized Controlled Trial").

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Medical Student Presence Does Not Slow Care in Emergency Departments, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Medical students in Emergency Departments often perform an initial evaluation of stable patients prior to supervising residents or attending physicians, who meanwhile provide care to other patients. Despite some concern over the possible effect to patients, new research shows the presence of medical students in the Emergency Department adds less than five minutes to the average length of a patient’s stay. The findings, from a team of researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, are published in the December 8 Medical Education issue of JAMA.

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Do You Know Your HIV Status?

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Loyola offers HIV testing to all ED patients. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the 1.2 million Americans living with AIDS, one in eight do not know they are infected. To raise awareness for the importance of this potentially deadly infectious disease, December 1 is World AIDS Day.

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Critically Ill Patients at Long-term Risk for Bone Fracture

One year after being hospitalized in intensive care, patients have reduced bone mass that puts them at greater risk for fractures, according to a new study published online ahead of print in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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Infants Under 12 Months Most at Risk of Physical Abuse

Infants under the age of 12 months are most at risk of serious physical abuse, reveals a large study of severely injured children published online in Emergency Medicine Journal.

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US Emergency Departments Show Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Pain Management

Minority patients are less likely to receive analgesic medications for abdominal pain at US emergency departments (EDs), suggests a nationwide study in the December issue of Medical Care. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Team Approach May Reduce Readmissions Due to Falls in Seniors

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A comprehensive care program that involves a team of specialists from multiple medical disciplines for treating injuries sustained from falls in older adults could help reduce hospital readmissions, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Under the program, the 30-day readmission rate for falls declined 10 percent from 2012-13 and remained unchanged in 2014. The 30-90 day readmission rate from 2012-13 also declined, before rising slightly in 2014.

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It May Be Bloodier, but Mixed Martial Arts Is Less Dangerous Than Boxing

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Mixed martial arts has a reputation for being one of the most brutal and bloody of all contact sports, but the reality is boxing poses a greater risk of serious injury, according to new research from the University of Alberta.

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Kids with Asthma can Avoid the ER by Avoiding the ER

Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children, and one of the most difficult to manage, which is one of the reasons there are so many emergency department visits for asthma sufferers in the US. A new study has determined that the probability of future acute care visits increased from 30 percent with one historical acute care visit to 87 percent with more than five acute care visits.

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Patient Interviews Document Emotional Strain, Distorted Reality From ICU Delirium

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Delirium may begin as a serious complication for up to 90 percent of patients who are critically ill, but its psychological effects often linger after they regain awareness, according to interviews with those who lived through the experience. A study in the American Journal of Critical Care identifies overarching themes based on participants’ personal perspectives about their experience with delirium.

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Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Expert Available to Talk About New AAP Policy

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Many Parents Unaware of Plans for Emergencies at Preschools and Child Care Centers

If your child’s preschool or child care were affected by a tornado, fire or violent situation, would you know the center’s emergency plan to keep the children as safe as possible?