Smokers with stroke in the family 6 times more likely to have stroke too
A new study shows that people who are smokers and have a family history of brain aneurysm appear to be significantly more likely to suffer a stroke from a brain aneurysm themselves.
Study finds doctors' use of e-prescribing systems linked to formulary data can boost drug cost savings
Electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) systems that allow doctors to select lower cost or generic medications can save $845,000 per 100,000 patients per year and possibly more system-wide, according to findings from a new study funded by Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). more
New report recommends strategies to reduce medical resident fatigue-related errors and improve training
Fatigued medical residents need protected sleep periods and increased supervision of work hour limits to improve patient safety and the training environment, according to a new Institute of Medicine (IOM) report funded by the Department of Health & Human Services' (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). more
Antioxidants offer pain relief in patients with chronic pancreatitis
Antioxidant supplementation was found to be effective in relieving pain and reducing levels of oxidative stress in patients with chronic pancreatitis (CP), reports a new study in Gastroenterology. CP is a progressive inflammatory disease of the pancreas in which patients experience abdominal pain (in early stage) and diabetes and maldigestion (in late stage). more
MRSA pre-screening effective in reducing otolaryngic surgical infection rates
Pre-operative screening of patients for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) may be an effective way to reduce infection rates following otolaryngic surgeries, according to new research published in the January 2009 issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
Researchers engineer pancreatic cell transplants to evade immune response
In a finding that could significantly influence the way type 1 diabetes is treated, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have developed a technique for transplanting insulin-producing pancreatic cells that causes only a minimal immune response in recipients. more
Compound helps detect cancer cells in mice
Researchers have developed an imaging compound that allows them to visualize viable breast cancer cells that have spread to the lungs of mice. Similar compounds may one day help doctors monitor their patient’s tumors and even aid in tumor removal. more
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