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    Friendly Bacteria Cut Hospital Infections

    Friendly Bacteria Cut Hospital Infections
    LUND, Sweden - Swedish scientists say they have used a probiotic bacterium to control dangerous bacteria that cause respiratory illness in ventilated hospitalized patients. Bengt Klarin from University Hospital in Lund, Sweden, said he and his colleagues applied the probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum 299 in place of normal antiseptics and found it was effective in preventing the most common cause of ventilator-associated ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Tattoo You: Right Arm for Hire to Fund Nursing School Dreams

    Tattoo You: Right Arm for Hire to Fund Nursing School Dreams
    BLOOMINGTON -- Offering to tattoo advertising on his arm to finance nursing school is probably the craziest thing Douglas Hall has ever done. But, since it's for his 3-year-old daughter, Mya, he doesn't care what anyone thinks. Hall, a certified nursing assistant at the McLean County Nursing Home, wants to become a licensed practical nurse and eventually a registered nurse so ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Heart Transplant Gives Girl More Possibilities in New Year

    Heart Transplant Gives Girl More Possibilities in New Year
    Shelley Effert was at a Brewers game with her husband, Derek, and a couple of friends this summer -- "Our first date night in forever," she said -- when she got the call. Her daughter's new heart was ready, and the Efferts had an hour and a half to get to the hospital for the transplant. So Shelley and Derek scrambled ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Study Links Lead in Blood to Wild Game Consumption

    Study Links Lead in Blood to Wild Game Consumption
    BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota health officials are recommending that pregnant women and young children avoid eating meat from wild game killed with lead bullets. The recommendation is based on a study released Wednesday that examined the lead levels in the blood of more than 700 state residents. Those who ate wild game killed with lead bullets appeared to have higher ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Nap Without Guilt: It Boosts Sophisticated Memory

    Nap Without Guilt: It Boosts Sophisticated Memory
    WASHINGTON – Just in time for the holidays, some medical advice most people will like: Take a nap. Interrupting sleep seriously disrupts memory-making, compelling new research suggests. But on the flip side, taking a nap may boost a sophisticated kind of memory that helps us see the big picture and get creative. "Not only do we need to remember to sleep, ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Swine Flu Vaccine Arriving, But Don't Line Up Yet

    Swine Flu Vaccine Arriving, But Don't Line Up Yet
    WASHINGTON - And we're off: Swine flu vaccinations begin Monday with squirts in the noses scheduled for some doctors, nurses and other health workers in Indiana and Tennessee, a first step in a hugely ambitious campaign to try to inoculate over half the population in a few months. But don't start bugging your doctor about an appointment just yet. This week's ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Cell Phone Soap Operas Deliver Safe-Sex Message

    Cell Phone Soap Operas Deliver Safe-Sex Message
    TRENTON, N.J. — "Hey baby, you OK?" Mike asks his girlfriend as she sits down next to him. "Yeah, I'm OK," Toni says, and she puts her head on his shoulder. Mike thinks it's safe to move in for a kiss. "Slow down," she says, pushing him back. "Just because I've decided to take you back, it doesn't erase the fact ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Once-a-Day Heart Combo Pill Shows Promise in Study

    Once-a-Day Heart Combo Pill Shows Promise in Study
    ORLANDO, Fla. – It's been a dream for a decade: a single daily pill combining aspirin, cholesterol medicine and blood pressure drugs — everything people need to prevent heart attacks and strokes in a cheap, generic form. Skeptics said five medicines rolled into a single pill would mean five times more side effects. Some people would get drugs they don't need, ...
    Published about 10 years ago | Rate This
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    FDA Panel Unanimously Backs Kidney Cancer Drug

    FDA Panel Unanimously Backs Kidney Cancer Drug
    GAITHERSBURG, Md. - Federal health advisers said Monday an experimental kidney cancer drug from GlaxoSmithKline PLC can benefit patients by slowing the disease, despite some risk of liver damage. The Food and Drug Administration's cancer drug panel voted unanimously in favor of Glaxo's pazopanib pills for advanced kidney cancer, a rare but deadly form of the disease. Glaxo studies showed higher ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Danny's Heart: College Swimmer Faces Mortality

    Danny's Heart: College Swimmer Faces Mortality
    CHICAGO – This time, when the lanky young man stepped into the pool, his chest was tight. His muscles ached. He pushed off to take his first strokes, and grimaced at the pain. That he was back in the pool just six weeks after open heart surgery was quite remarkable, but he was still a bit crestfallen. He could only swim ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +3
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    'New' Type of Breast Cancer Stops Women in Their Tracks

    'New' Type of Breast Cancer Stops Women in Their Tracks
    When a mammogram detected a lump in Barbara Laufer's breast, the fear was paralyzing. "You think you're going to die," says Laufer, 40, of Burbank, Calif. Laufer was diagnosed with a perplexing condition called ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, a growth of malignant cells inside the milk ducts of the breast. Though some doctors describe the condition to patients as ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Setting Nurse-to-Patient Ratios = More RNs

    Setting Nurse-to-Patient Ratios = More RNs
    Legislation in California that set nurse-to-patient ratios added more registered nurses to the hospital staffing mix, not fewer as feared, researchers say. Lead researcher Matthew McHugh, a nursing professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, says California was the first state to pass legislation setting staffing levels. However, mindful of the ongoing nurse shortage California legislators determined that hospitals could ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Hospitals Using 'Quick Look' Strategy To Ease Crowded ERs

    Hospitals Using 'Quick Look' Strategy To Ease Crowded ERs
    A patient at the Memorial-area emergency department barely warms a seat in the waiting room before a nurse beckons and starts asking questions. Beyond the desk and behind a thin curtain, the nurse checks the patient's blood pressure. During a chat, she assesses the medical problem. To save time, she may process a urine sample instead of sending out for lab ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Nurse's Slaying Not Tied to Drugs

    Nurse's Slaying Not Tied to Drugs
    EL PASO -- Ruth Sagredo Velasco, the nurse practitioner who was gunned down Saturday while driving in her sister's funeral procession in Juárez, allegedly was the target in the deadly ambush, but her death did not involve drugs, her lawyer said Monday. The slayings of Velasco, her sister, Cinthia Judith Sagredo Escobedo, and her father, Francisco Maria Sagredo Villareal, were allegedly ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Nurses Caring For Patients Behind Bars

    Nurses Caring For Patients Behind Bars
    The number of older prisoners in Virginia has more than doubled in the past 10 years, creating new issues for the state's prison system. CAPRON Winter sunshine slices through a narrow security window and falls on Aloysius Joseph Beyrer's white hair, slight shoulders and the linen covering his fractured hip. Like the rest of the country, Virginia is coping with a ...
    Published over 10 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Nursing Students Get Emergency Training

    Nursing Students Get Emergency Training
    Thirty nursing students graduating this week worked a half-day session with local emergency workers at Northwestern Technical College here Monday. Key personnel from Chickamauga City Schools, local hospitals, sheriffs' offices, police and the Georgia Health Department walked through their roles in a practice scenario in which a local resident tested positive for anthrax contamination. That scenario would shift much of the ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    Police Probe Disease Exposure at Fla. Hospital

    Police Probe Disease Exposure at Fla. Hospital
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Police were looking into possible criminal charges against a nurse at a South Florida hospital where officials say she may have exposed more than 1,800 patients to HIV and hepatitis by reusing medical supplies. Officials at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale said earlier this week the hospital discovered that Qui Lan, 59, was reusing ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Ex-Nurse Charged in Slayings Still at Work

    Ex-Nurse Charged in Slayings Still at Work
    A decision by military officials to allow an ex-nurse accused of killing three patients to keep working at an Air Force hospital in Texas is wrong, critics say. Capt. Michael Fontana, who is charged with murder in the deaths of three intensive-care patients at the Wilford Hall Medical Center, is still on duty in the medical library of the facility at ...
    Published about 10 years ago | Rated: -2
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    New Tech Filters Cancer Cells From Healthy Ones

    New Tech Filters Cancer Cells From Healthy Ones
    'New tech could be used in implant to suck up cancer cells as a chemotherapy alternative.' - Currently the most viable treatments for cancer -- chemotherapy and radiation -- ravage patients’ bodies, nearly killing them in an effort to save their lives.  However, for lack of a better treatment these remain the best options for those fighting cancer.  Novel applications like ...
    Published almost 10 years ago | Rate This
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    Nurses Save the Day as Gunshots Blast Convention

    Nurses Save the Day as Gunshots Blast Convention
    Oct. 9--A registered nurse and an advanced registered nurse practitioner who were attending a convention of the Kansas State Nurses Association rendered emergency aid to two shooting victims Thursday morning while waiting for paramedics. [widget:a_day_in_the_life] Susan Bumsted, president of the association, said she was standing at the front desk of the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 1616 W. Crawford, on Thursday ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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