AHRQ's Guide to Clinical Preventive Services 2009 now available
AHRQ has released the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services 2009, which highlights recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. This year’s Guide provides updated Task Force recommendations on topics such as aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular disease, major depressive disorder for children and adolescents, screening for prostate cancer, universal screening for hearing loss in newborns, and screening for colorectal cancer.
Childbirth and deliveries are becoming more complicated
The number of hospital stays for women who had a normal or uncomplicated birth decreased by 43 percent between 1997 and 2007 – from 544,000 to 312,000 stays, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. more
Disaster alternate care facility selection tool: New tools help emergency planners select alternate care facilities and transfer patients during disasters
Two interactive computer tools released today by HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will help emergency planners and responders select and run alternate care facilities during disaster situations. In such instances, hospitals experiencing a surge in seriously ill patients requiring acute care may need to transfer less ill patients efficiently to alternate care sites. more
Study: The new buzz on detecting tinnitus
It's a ringing, a buzzing, a hissing or a clicking - and the patient is the only one who can hear it. more
Where’s the science? The sorry state of psychotherapy
The prevalence of mental health disorders in this country has nearly doubled in the past 20 years. Who is treating all of these patients? Clinical psychologists and therapists are charged with the task, but many are falling short by using methods that are out of date and lack scientific rigor. This is in part because many of the training programs—especially some Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) programs and for-profit training centers—are not grounded in science.
Survey finds just 40 percent of adults 'absolutely certain' they will get H1N1 vaccine
In a new survey, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found that just 40% of adults are "absolutely certain" they will get the H1N1 vaccine for themselves, and 51% of parents are "absolutely certain" that they will get the vaccine for their children. The survey examined the reasoning among those who said they would not get the vaccine or might not. more
Cholesterol necessary for brain development
A derivative of cholesterol is necessary for the formation of brain cells, according to a study from the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet. The results, which are published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, can help scientists to cultivate dopamine-producing cells outside the body.
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