Fire!

Posted on 29. Jul, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Earlier this month, Modern Healthcare published a story about the slow movement by hospitals to prevent operating room fires. An excerpt:Despite a slew of news accounts about patients being set on fire in operating rooms across the country, adoption o…

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Debunking the debunking

Posted on 29. Jul, 2014 by in Uncategorized

I really don’t want to write more about surgical robots, but you folks out there keep sending good material.  Here’s an article by a surgeon on ThirdAge.com “debunking the myths about robotic surgery.”Let’s look some assertions:The robotics techno…

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Will you be in Panama City in August?

Posted on 29. Jul, 2014 by in Uncategorized

This is a must-see exhibit by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.  A good chance to meet Matt Larsen, STRI’s new director, too.

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Keeping up with the Joneses

Posted on 29. Jul, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Just by casual observation, I have asserted that a hospital was more likely to acquire a surgical robot if a nearby competitor hospital had already done so.  But this was an untested conclusion, based on viewing websites and highway signs, partic…

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In memoriam: Marc Roberts

Posted on 28. Jul, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Sometimes unexpected news takes your breath away, and this was one such instance.  I just learned that Marc Roberts died this past weekend.We never worked together, but we led parallel lives for decades–he in academia studying and writing about m…

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Healthy School Lunches Get Thumbs Up From Students

Posted on 28. Jul, 2014 by in Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Nutrition, News,

Kids aren’t avoiding healthier fare or throwing more food away, research shows

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Early Hormone Therapy May Be Safe for Women’s Hearts

Posted on 28. Jul, 2014 by in Cardiology, Gynecology, News,

Hormone replacement started soon after menopause wasn’t linked to hardening of the arteries in study

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Facial Dimensions May Be Key to First Impressions

Posted on 28. Jul, 2014 by in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, News,

Findings especially relevant to social media’s obsession with ‘selfies,’ researchers say

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Running Could Add 3 Years to Your Lifespan

Posted on 28. Jul, 2014 by in Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Sports Medicine, News,

Just 5 to 10 minutes a day seems to bring benefits, study says

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CDC Downplays Ebola’s Threat to the United States

Posted on 28. Jul, 2014 by in Infections, Preventive Medicine, News,

Deadly virus relatively slow to transmit, and travel factors make spread from West Africa unlikely

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Pacemakers Common for Those With Dementia and Irregular Heartbeats

Posted on 28. Jul, 2014 by in Cardiology, Nursing, Geriatrics, News,

Study couldn’t explain why more dementia patients had operation, though families’ wishes likely a factor

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Heat Stroke a Greater Threat to Endurance Runners Than Heart Problems: Study

Posted on 28. Jul, 2014 by in Sports Medicine, Emergency Medicine, News,

More education needed about how to prevent it, researchers say

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FDA Expands Use of Imbruvica for Form of Leukemia

Posted on 28. Jul, 2014 by in Oncology, Pharmacy, FDA Approvals,

People with CLL and a specific genetic anomaly can now get the therapy

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Chronic Medical Conditions Can Shorten Seniors’ Lives: Study

Posted on 28. Jul, 2014 by in Family Medicine, Geriatrics, News,

Preventing older people from developing additional illnesses may boost life expectancy, researcher says

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How to make sure no one will report the next time

Posted on 28. Jul, 2014 by in Uncategorized

From a Washington Post report on the CDC anthrax problem:Farrell had been reassigned following the June incident, and his future at the CDC was uncertain before his resignation this week. Sean Kaufman, a biosafety expert who also testified at last we…

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This one won’t be on the daVinci website

Posted on 28. Jul, 2014 by in Uncategorized

The Baltimore Sun reports on a study:Using robotic techniques to remove a cancerous bladder doesn’t reduce the risk of complications compared with conventional “open” surgery, according to a new comparison of 118 patients conducted by surgeons at th…

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‘Fist Bump’ May Beat Handshake for Cleanliness

Posted on 28. Jul, 2014 by in Infections, Nursing, Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine, News,

U.K. researchers found it transferred about a tenth of the bacteria that gripping hands did

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How low can you go? Evaluating the trigger for a restrictive transfusion strategy

Posted on 28. Jul, 2014 by in hematology, hospital medicine

From a recent systematic review and meta-analysis:

Results

In the primary analysis, pooled results from 3 trials with 2364 participants showed that a restrictive hemoglobin transfusion trigger of less than 7 g/dL resulted in reduced in-hospital morta…

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We must dream just right

Posted on 27. Jul, 2014 by in Uncategorized

A nugget from Gene Lindsey:The tension arises from the image of the perfect being balanced against what it is practically possible to accomplish. This is the hardest step for dreamers like me. Dreaming small is hard. Dreaming too big leads to failure a…

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MDs in Missouri say, "Show me."

Posted on 27. Jul, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Here’s a fascinating story in Governing about Missouri’s approach to alleviating a physician shortage in rural areas.  (Thanks to the folks at Commonwealth Magazine for the tip in one of their daily newsletters.)  The lede:A new Missouri law …

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Ties that bind

Posted on 27. Jul, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Martha Bebinger over at Commonhealth gets it quite right when she describes recent comments submitted to the Trial Court about the AG-Partners Healthcare System proposed settlement:Quite an “only in Massachusetts” moment.Patriots owner Robert …

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Wives’ Higher Education May Not Affect Divorce Rate

Posted on 27. Jul, 2014 by in Family Medicine, Gynecology, Psychiatry, Reproductive Medicine, News,

Couples with equal levels of academic achievement less likely to split than if husbands have more, study finds

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Health Highlights: July 27, 2014

Posted on 27. Jul, 2014 by in Family Medicine, WebScout,

U.S. Doctor Working in Liberia Is Infected With Ebola

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SARS versus MERS

Posted on 27. Jul, 2014 by in Infectious disease, pulmonary

From a recent review:

Recent findingsBats are the natural reservoirs of SARS-like coronaviruses (CoVs) and are likely the reservoir of MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Although a small number of camels have been found to have positive nasal swabs by real-…

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Effect of a transitions program on readmission

Posted on 26. Jul, 2014 by in hospital medicine

From AJHSP:

Results Over the 2-year study period, 19,659 unique patients had 26,781 qualifying index admissions, 2,523 of which resulted in a readmission within 30 days of discharge. After adjusting for various demographic and clinical characteristics…

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Uric acid as a risk factor for erectile dysfunction

Posted on 26. Jul, 2014 by in miscellaneous, Urology

In this study there was a two fold increase in risk of ED for every 1 mg/dL increase in uric acid.HT to Clinical Cases and Images.

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Don’t Let Kids Drink Pool Water

Posted on 26. Jul, 2014 by in Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Sports Medicine, Preventive Medicine, News,

Expert offers tips for spotting chlorine poisoning, bacterial infection, secondary drowning in kids

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Distractions Seem More Troublesome With Age

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by in Neurology, Psychiatry, Geriatrics, News,

Seniors scored worse on tests than young adults, study says

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Human Brain Has Coping Mechanism for Dehydration

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by in Neurology, Sports Medicine, Nutrition, News,

The mind preserves oxygen to protect itself from the effects of too little fluid, research shows

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Lymphoma Treatment May Harm, Halt Men’s Sperm Production

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by in Oncology, Reproductive Medicine, Fertility, Research, News,

But most men regain their fertility within two years of final treatment, researchers add

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