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Eliminate Emotional Harm By Focusing on Respect and Dignity For Patients

BOSTON – Hospitals have made significant strides to reduce or eliminate physical harm to patients since the landmark 1999 Institute of Medicine Report “To Err is Human.” In a new paper published in BMJ, patient care leaders at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) say hospitals must now devote similar attention to eliminating emotional harms that damage a patient’s dignity and can be caused by a failure to demonstrate adequate respect for the patient as a person.

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Misquotes and Memes: Did Ben Franklin REALLY Say That?

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As Independence Day approaches, social media is lighting up with memes and quotes from the nation’s Founding Fathers. But did George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin actually say these things for which they receive so much acclaim? A Baylor scholar can tell the truth about Ben.

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How to Use the Good to Combat the Bad in Cardiovascular Disease

New research shows that cardiovascular disease conditions trigger pathways that protect the blood vessels. The response may be a new therapeutic strategy for cardiovascular disease. This research is highlighted as one of this month’s “best of the best” as part of the American Physiological Society’s APSselect program.

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ORNL–Dow Evaluation of Advanced Energy-Saving Sealant for Buildings

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Building technology researchers at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory collaborated with Dow to evaluate a new product invented by Dow that significantly reduces air leakage and helps to make residential and commercial buildings more energy efficient.

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Rush University Medical Center Among Four Hospitals Nationwide Honored for Equitable Care

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Rush University Medical Center has been named a finalist for the American Hospital Association’s Equity of Care Award for its efforts to reduce health care disparities and promote diversity within the organization’s leadership and staff. The association announced the award honorees on June 30.

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An Alert for Parents— CWRU Nursing School Researcher Raises Awareness of Flame-Retardant Dangers in Household Products

Parents might be surprised to learn their cellphones, living room sofas, baby carriers, bouncy baby chairs and even some pizza boxes may contain chemicals harmful to young children, according to Case Western Reserve University nursing school researcher Laura Distelhorst.

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New Epigenetic Mechanism Revealed in Brain Cells

Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have discovered that histones are steadily replaced in brain cells throughout life

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Preemies at High Risk of Autism Don’t Show Typical Signs of Disorder in Early Infancy

Premature babies are at an increased risk for developing autism spectrum disorder. But a small study indicates that preemies who avoid eye contact in early infancy are less likely to demonstrate symptoms of autism at age 2 than preemies who maintain eye contact during early interactions, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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UChicago Medicine, Little Company of Mary Expand Pediatric Partnership

The University of Chicago Medicine and Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers are partnering to expand care for infants and children by developing a subspecialty center on the community hospital’s Evergreen Park campus that will provide enhanced neonatology and pediatric services.

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Support for Overdose-Reversing Drug Low, but Can Be Bolstered with Right Messages

While most Americans do not support policies designed to increase distribution of naloxone – a medication that reverses the effects of a drug overdose – certain types of educational messages about its lifesaving benefits may bolster support for its use, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests.