Category Archives: Health News

How Bias Influences Medical Care

How doctors’ bias leads to unfair and unsound medical triage by Philip Rosoff October 17, 2017 When someone is sick or needs the help of a physician, who should decide what is appropriate — what blood tests and imaging studies to order, what medicines to prescribe, what surgeries to perform? Should it be the doctor,… Read More »

Study Boosts Case for OTC Hearing Aids

Performed nearly as well as prescription devices, but not yet legal for sale by Salynn Boyles, Contributing Writer July 03, 2017 Action Points • Note that this small, randomized trial suggests that some personal sound amplification products may perform as well as much more costly hearing aids. • However the study was in a highly controlled environment,… Read More »

No Pun Intended: Obesity Problem Gets Bigger (CNN)

Almost 40% of adults, 19% of kids affected by MedPage Today Staff October 13, 2017 The national obesity epidemic touches more Americans than ever and shows no signs of letting up, CNN reported. The latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics showed that 39.6% of U.S. adults met the definition of obese, as… Read More »

Legionnaire’s Disease Transmitted Through Street Cleaning Trucks (CDC Emerging Infectious Diseases)

Occupational exposure to high-pressure hoses was likely culprit by MedPage Today Staff October 11, 2017 A Spanish man may have contracted Legionnaires’ disease from exposure to street cleaning trucks, researchers found. Writing in Emerging Infectious Diseases, the authors detailed the case of a 58-year-old man diagnosed with Legionnaire’s disease, whose only exposure to aerosolized water… Read More »

iMedicalApps: Mobile Sonogram Could Bring Access to Remote Areas

While promising, the technology has a way to go by iMedicalApps Staff October 11, 2017 Sonography in remote areas is often affected by access limitations. Sonograms are typically interpreted after the patient has already left the facility by off-site radiologists. If additional images are required by the radiologist to make a definitive diagnosis, another examination… Read More »

Pneumococcal Disease Rates Dropped After Vax Introduction

Benefits now appear to have reached a plateau • by Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today October 09, 2017 Action Points • Note that this study was published as an abstract and presented at a conference. These data and conclusions should be considered to be preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. • Note that this epidemiologic… Read More »

On UTI Front, Chicken Dinner is No Winner

Study finds links between infection and retail poultry by Randy Dotinga, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today October 09, 2017 Action Points • Note that this study was published as an abstract and presented at a conference. These data and conclusions should be considered to be preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. • Note that this observational study… Read More »

Healthcare-Associated Infection Rates Wane Over Time

25% reduction in sampled U.S. hospitals in 2015 versus 2011 by Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today October 08, 2017 Action Points • Note that this study was published as an abstract and presented at a conference. These data and conclusions should be considered to be preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. SAN DIEGO… Read More »

Sepsis Study Pits EHR(electronic health records)Against Claims Data

Little change seen in incidence or mortality over 4-year period by Tinker Ready, HealthLeaders Media October 08, 2017 Is the incidence of sepsis stable or is it increasing? Awareness campaigns and clinical education programs would suggest a rise in the potentially fatal condition, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes as a… Read More »

Kids’ Experiment Shows Value of Washing Hands

Side benefit: less absenteeism from school by Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today October 05, 2017 Action Points • Note that this study was published as an abstract and presented at a conference. These data and conclusions should be considered to be preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. • Note that an experiment in an… Read More »