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55 Percent Third-Degree Burns; 0 Handicap for Loyola Burn Patient

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Once told he would never golf again, burn victim Jamie Nieto, now head pro at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, is leading the ninth annual Burn Awareness Golf Outing and silent auction there on Friday, August 29. All proceeds benefit Loyola University Medical Center Burn Center, where Nieto was a patient

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For the Sickest Emergency Patients, Death Risk Is Lowest at Busiest Emergency Centers

When a medical emergency strikes, our gut tells us to get to the nearest hospital quickly. But a new study suggests that busier emergency centers may actually give the best chance of surviving – especially for people suffering life-threatening medical crises.

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In Lab Studies, Hydroxyethyl Starch Has Direct Harmful Effects on Kidney Cells

The increased risk of kidney injury related to the use of hydroxyethyl starch (HES) in resuscitation fluids reflects the mass of HES molecules, according to a report in Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

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Teen Dating Violence Cuts Both Ways: 1 in 6 Girls & Guys Have Been Aggressors, Victims or Both

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Dating during the teen years takes a violent turn for nearly 1 in 6 young people, a new study finds, with both genders reporting acts like punching and throwing things. The data, drawn from a survey of over 4,000 patients ages 14 to 20, indicate that dating violence is common & affects both genders.

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Weekend Emergency Surgeries Deadlier for Children

Children who undergo simple emergency surgeries, such as hernia repairs or appendix removals, on weekends are more likely to suffer complications and even die than children getting the same kind of treatment during the week, according to results of a Johns Hopkins Children’s Center study.

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Burn Victims Avoid Hypothermia with Practice Developed by Loyola Nurses

Loyola University Health System has established new guidelines to protect burn victims at risk for hypothermia during surgery.

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Taking the “Random” Out: New Approach to Medical Studies Could Boost Participation

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A new approach to designing clinical trials -- so that patients' odds of getting the better-performing treatment improve -- may help increase the number of people who agree to take part in medical studies.

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Cautionary Tales: Mustaches, Home Oxygen Therapy, Sparks Do Not Mix, Mayo Clinic Study Finds

Facial hair and home oxygen therapy can prove a dangerously combustible combination, a Mayo Clinic report published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings finds. To reach that conclusion, researchers reviewed home oxygen therapy-related burn cases and experimented with a mustachioed mannequin, a facial hair-free mannequin, nasal oxygen tubes and sparks. They found that facial hair raises the risk of home oxygen therapy-related burns, and encourage health care providers to counsel patients about the risk.

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Working Parents Resort to Emergency or Urgent Care Visits to Get Kids Back Into Child Care

Child care rules about illness create socioeconomic emergency for many working parents, especially African Americans, single/divorced parents

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Patient Safety: What’s Simulation Certification Got To Do With It?

Simulation techniques that target medical errors and seek to provide continued improvement in the quality and safety of patient care are rapidly becoming the new “go to” methods for professional healthcare education. Ranging from simulated human patients to detailed animations and disaster scenarios, these fool-proof techniques are increasingly used by hospitals, universities, and training schools to bridge between classroom learning and real-life clinical experience.

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