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October 27, 2016

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October 27, 2016

Death Vs. Another Hospital Stay: Study Suggests Medicare Should Weigh Them Equally When Paying Hospitals

Oct. 27, 2016 — Medicare should focus more on how well hospitals do at actually keeping patients alive during the first 30 days after a hospitalization, in addition to how well they do at keeping patients from being ... read more

Oct. 26, 2016 — A new immunotherapy technique has been developed that nearly eliminates the allergic response to peanut and egg white proteins in food-allergic mice, reducing the anaphylactic response by up to 90 ... read more

Telerehabilitation Through Internet Proved to Ameliorate Both the Health and the Quality of Life of Women Suffering Breast Cancer

Oct. 26, 2016 — Telerehabilitation (rehabilitation with the help of the Internet, using the application Skype as a control platform) may help to alleviate the side effects associated with breast cancer and its ... read more

Study Suggests Approach to Waking Patients After Surgery

Oct. 25, 2016 — The use of general anesthesia for surgery has not changed fundamentally since it was first introduced 170 years ago. Patients are still left to come around in their own time following withdrawal of ... read more

More Than 50% of Americans Now Have at Least One Chronic Health Condition, Mental Disorder or Substance-Use Issue

Oct. 25, 2016 — With the future of US healthcare likely to rest on the next presidency, a new study highlights just how complex the medical needs of many Americans now ... read more

Simple Instruction Sheet Helps Patients Correctly Take Regular Medications Before Surgery

Oct. 24, 2016 — Patients may be more likely to take their regularly prescribed medications for chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension correctly before surgery when provided a simple instruction sheet, ... read more

New Guidelines Published for Discontinuing Mechanical Ventilation in ICU

Oct. 24, 2016 — New guidelines for discontinuing mechanical ventilation in critically ill adults have been published by researchers. The goal of the guidelines is to help physicians and other health care ... read more

Women Who Opt for Laughing Gas During Labor May Still Get an Epidural, Study Shows

Oct. 24, 2016 — The majority of women who chose nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to manage labor pain, ultimately decide to have an epidural, according to new research. Investigators found nitrous oxide provided limited ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — A novel coating they made with antibiotic-releasing nanofibers has the potential to better prevent at least some serious bacterial infections related to total joint replacement surgery, scientists ... read more

Avoid a Hyperparathyroidism Misdiagnosis

Oct. 24, 2016 — Almost all of us have four parathyroid glands, located next to the thyroid gland in the neck. They are an organ only the size of a grain of rice, but critical for controlling our body’s calcium ... read more

Iron-Deficiency Anemia in Ulcerative Colitis: Many Patients Don't Get Testing, Treatment

Oct. 24, 2016 — Many patients with ulcerative colitis don't receive recommended testing and treatment for the common problem of iron deficiency anemia, reports a new ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — For the first time, fetal medicine experts have performed prenatal heart surgery to remove a life-threatening tumor, called intrapericardial teratoma. The patient, who underwent the operation at 24 ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — Depression is generally considered to be a specific and consistent disorder characterized by a fixed set of symptoms and often treated with a combination of psychotherapy and medication. However, the ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — The superbug MRSA uses decoys to evade a last-resort antibiotic, reveals new research. The findings suggest potential new ways of tackling the bacteria, such as interfering with the ... read more

Tumor Markers Can Reveal Lethality of Bladder Cancers, Guide Treatment

Oct. 24, 2016 — Tumor cells collected during the removal of a cancerous bladder and transplanted into mice with weakened immune systems could help physicians rapidly identify high-risk cancers, determine prognosis ... read more

Personalized Prescription Tool Could Help to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

Oct. 24, 2016 — A new device is under development to diagnose viral and bacterial infections. The device uses genetically engineered bacteria to detect bacterial infections in blood samples. The new tool could lead ... read more

New Evaluation Model Delivers Improved Care for Patients With Cognitive Disorders

Oct. 24, 2016 — First year data on the effectiveness of a new care model has been published. The work follows a three-step evaluation and management plan from clinicians in Geriatrics, Neuropsychology and Neurology, ... read more

New Effort Aims to Prevent Surgery-Related Opioid Addiction Across Michigan

Oct. 24, 2016 — With 40 percent of opioid medications in Michigan prescribed by surgeons, a team has launched an effort to encourage safer prescribing across the state, and a map of drug takeback ... read more

Precision Medicine Test Helps Guide Breast Cancer Patients' Chemotherapy Decision

Oct. 24, 2016 — One of the earliest widespread applications of precision medicine in cancer care is helping patients and physicians decide whether chemotherapy is needed, a new study ... read more

Expanding the Role of Hospitalist Physician Assistants Achieves Similar Clinical Outcomes, Costs Less

Oct. 24, 2016 — More and more medical centers are relying on hospitalists -- hospital-based internal medicine specialists who coordinate the complex care of inpatients. Now, an 18-month study comparing two ... read more

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