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    Pa. Hospitals Go High-Tech on Infection Tracking

    Pa. Hospitals Go High-Tech on Infection Tracking
    HERSHEY, Pa. — At Hershey Medical Center, a sophisticated computer program serves as a watchdog for infection outbreaks. With a few mouse clicks on a Web browser, the hospital's infection-control staffers can quickly generate reports with charts and graphs illustrating how many patients within a particular unit are infected, and which lab specimen contained the germs. "It's more for us to ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rate This
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    How Much Vitamin D Do I Need?

    How Much Vitamin D Do I Need?
    Vitamin D - the so-called sunshine vitamin - is the wonder nutrient of the moment. While the vitamin is best known for helping build strong bones and absorb calcium, a vitamin D deficiency can raise the risk of everything from immune disorders to colds and flu, according to recent research. But testing for a vitamin D deficiency may raise more questions ...
    Published about 10 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Woman Worked in Nursing Jobs With False Credentials

    Woman Worked in Nursing Jobs With False Credentials
    A woman used falsified credentials to work as a nurse for 18 years, many of them in the St. Louis area, according to federal court documents in a wire fraud case against her. Catherine M. Connor, 55, of Chesterfield, pleaded guilty July 22 in U.S. District Court in St. Louis to one felony count of wire fraud. She admitted a long ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Fear of Change Paralyzes Health-Care Reform

    Fear of Change Paralyzes Health-Care Reform
    Sep. 28--During last year's presidential campaign, polls showed that most Americans wanted the new president to reform the nation's health-care system. The evidence is overwhelming: 47 million people are uninsured, health-care costs continue to climb, people are putting off care because of costs, medical bills are the top reason to file bankruptcy, and the nation spends more than $2.2 trillion a ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Is Hand Soap Dangerous?

    Is Hand Soap Dangerous?
    You probably don't want to know, because chances are good that it contains something kind of awful called triclosan. Triclosan is an antibacterial/antifungal that is so widely used that it is found in the urine of 75 percent of the population according to the CDC, and has also been found in human breast milk. This despite there being truckloads of scientific ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    W.Va. High Court to Consider Personal Nurse for Student

    W.Va. High Court to Consider Personal Nurse for Student
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Supreme Court will consider whether Putnam County Schools must provide a full-time nurse to a developmentally delayed, blind 13-year-old student prone to seizures. The boy, identified in court records as C.E.M., has had a full-time nurse every school year in Putnam County. School officials say they can meet his medical needs without a full-time nurse. ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Smoking Ban Leads to Major Drop in Heart Attacks

    Smoking Ban Leads to Major Drop in Heart Attacks
    ATLANTA – A smoking ban in one Colorado city led to a dramatic drop in heart attack hospitalizations, according to a new study that is considered the best and longest-term research to show such a link. The rate of hospitalized cases dropped 41 percent three years after the ban of workplace smoking in Pueblo, Colo., took effect. There was no such ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rate This
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    Obama: Nurses Play Critical Role in US Healthcare

    Obama: Nurses Play Critical Role in US Healthcare
    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has thrown a bouquet at the nurses of America. Hosting the first-ever virtual Town Hall at the White House, Obama called nurses the backbone of the country's health care system and suggested they are unappreciated. He said that at a time when his daughter Sasha had a serious medical issue, nurses rather than physicians were doing ...
    Published about 10 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Google Helps Track Swine Flu, Twitter Catches Criticism

    Google Helps Track Swine Flu, Twitter Catches Criticism
    'The swine flu pandemic has showcased some websites strength and others weakness.' - Google's CEO Eric Schmidt once called Twitter a "poor man's email."  While such an aspersion is obviously questionable in nature, it might seem true for once, as the usually successful Twitter has come under fire for the its use during the swine flu outbreak, all while one of ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    WHO: Swine Flu Now a Pandemic

    WHO: Swine Flu Now a Pandemic
    GENEVA — The World Health Organization told its member nations it was declaring a swine flu pandemic Thursday – the first global flu epidemic in 41 years – as infections climbed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere. In a statement sent to member countries, WHO said it decided to raise the pandemic warning level from phase 5 ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: -1
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    FDA Warns About Supplements with Steroids

    FDA Warns About Supplements with Steroids
    The Food and Drug Administration issued a public health advisory Tuesday, warning consumers to stop using products touted as containing steroids or steroid-like substances, many of which are labeled as dietary supplements. The advisory came five days after FDA investigators, led by Jeff Novitzky of the BALCO probe, raided the California offices of American Cellular Labs, looking for evidence the company ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Got the Flu? CDC Says Tamiflu May Not Be Much Help

    Got the Flu? CDC Says Tamiflu May Not Be Much Help
    ATLANTA – The medical arsenal against the flu just got weaker. Government health officials said Friday that a leading flu medicine, Tamiflu, might not work against all cases of the flu this year. The most common flu bug right now is overwhelmingly resistant to Tamiflu, they said. The alert is "an early heads-up" for doctors. If current trends continue, they may ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +4
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    As the Year's End Looms, It's a Busy Time at Hospitals' Delivery Rooms

    As the Year's End Looms, It's a Busy Time at Hospitals' Delivery Rooms
    As the final hours of 2008 tick down, some popular New Year's Eve venues have been booked for weeks. They don't promise champagne, dancing and music. And no one shows up because of the cuisine. But every year, delivery rooms see a distinct uptick in business in the last days of December, said Dr. Melissa Bailey, an obstetrician at Baylor Medical ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Nurse Accused of Siphoning Dying Woman's Morphine

    Nurse Accused of Siphoning Dying Woman's Morphine
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Prosecutors have charged a nurse with stealing morphine by siphoning it from a dying woman's bedside at the University of Michigan hospital. Washtenaw County authorities say 48-year-old Esther Najer used a syringe to steal the morphine four times Sept. 6 from the room of meningitis patient LaKrisha Dobbins. Dobbins' mother, Janette Birton, says Najer entered her daughter's ...
    Published about 10 years ago | Rate This
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    Professor Dies of Plague-Related Infection

    Professor Dies of Plague-Related Infection
    A University of Chicago molecular genetics professor studying the origins of harmful bacteria died last weekend after contracting an infection linked to the plague, officials said Saturday. University hospital officials said there "does not appear to be a threat to the public" following the death of Malcolm J. Casadaban, 60, at the campus' Bernard Mitchell Hospital on Sept. 13. None of ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Obama Bucks Up Democrats On Health Care

    Obama Bucks Up Democrats On Health Care
    WASHINGTON - Some congressional Democrats are seizing on President Barack Obama's fresh call for a sweeping health care overhaul as a message to show resolve and get the legislation done. Yet doubters remain. After a week of turmoil, due in large part to the Massachusetts special election that denied them their filibuster-proof Senate majority, a few Democrats said the president's strong ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Goodbye to "ER": Remembering the Top 5 Episodes

    Goodbye to "ER": Remembering the Top 5 Episodes
    Tonight beings the end of an era. The hit medical drama, "ER," will begin its 15th and final season tonight. It is NBC's second longest-running drama (after Law and Order) and is the longest running medical drama of all time. Originally created by best-selling novelist, Michael Crichton, "ER" was not only lauded for its writing and acting, but for its real-to-life ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rate This
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    Study: Male Circumcision Helps Prevent 2 STDs

    Study: Male Circumcision Helps Prevent 2 STDs
    LOS ANGELES – Circumcision not only protects against HIV in heterosexual men, but it also helps prevent two other sexually transmitted infections, a large new study found. Circumcised males reduced their risk of infection with HPV, or human papillomavirus, by 35 percent and herpes by 28 percent. However, researchers found circumcision had no effect on the transmission of syphilis. Landmark studies ...
    Published about 10 years ago | Rated: +4
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    What's Holding You Back in Your Career?

    What's Holding You Back in Your Career?
    Is there some task or project you've been doing your creative best to avoid working on? I'll bet there is. But instead of wasting mental energy worrying about it, you can learn to overcome your resistance and tackle important, high-value tasks quickly and efficiently so that whatever your goals, you'll move forward faster. Here's how. Identify What You're Resisting Decide How ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    Nurses Remain Trapped in Vicious Circle of Illness, Injury and Overtime, New Report Says

    Nurses Remain Trapped in Vicious Circle of Illness, Injury and Overtime, New Report Says
    More nurses are working more overtime, shows a new report prepared by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions. There are more nurses being injured or becoming ill, resulting in rising rates of absenteeism and overtime. The study, prepared by Infometrica, updates their previous studies on rates of overtime and absenteeism in the nursing workforce and provides further insight into causes of ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rated: +1
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