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Topic of the Month March: Blood

Process damages lungs of donors with traumatic brain injury

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Graphic: Human lung [05/09/2014] Few people would guess that some of the most detrimental damage from a traumatic brain injury is to the lungs, but transplant specialists are keenly aware of this phenomenon. Indiana University research sheds light on the potentially lethal process.Process damages lungs of donors with traumatic brain injury - Read more

Death risk is lowest at busiest emergency centers

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Graphic: Look inside an ambulance [18/07/2014] When a medical emergency strikes, our gut tells us to get to the nearest hospital quickly. But a new study suggests that busier emergency centers may actually give the best chance of surviving – especially for people suffering life-threatening medical crises.Death risk is lowest at busiest emergency centers - Read more

Football: "We want to globally determine deaths for the first time"

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[02/06/2014] Sudden deaths of football players make headlines time after time: competitive athletes who are the idols of many people die just when they are on the playing field and in the limelight. Congenital heart defects often cause their death. Sports physicians and FIFA now plan to ascertain data that can help improve preventive examinations in competitive football.Football: "We want to globally determine deaths for the first time" - Read more

A better way to treat ACE inhibitor angioedema in the ED

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Photo: Emergency Department [20/05/2014] Investigators at the University of Cincinnati have found a safe and effective treatment for life-threatening angioedema attacks in the emergency department.A better way to treat ACE inhibitor angioedema in the ED - Read more

Understanding aspirin's effect on wound healing offers hope for treating chronic wounds

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Photo: Doctor treats a wound on an arm [20/05/2014] In addition to its known capacity to promote bleeding events, aspirin also inhibits wound healing. New research now describes how aspirin acts on key skin cells called keratinocytes, delaying skin repair at wound sites. A better understanding of this process offers hope for the development of drugs to encourage wounds to heal.Understanding aspirin's effect on wound healing offers hope for treating chronic wounds - Read more

Mobile Assistance Systems: “The device automatically notifies if something isn’t right”

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[02/05/2014] Staying active and mobile when you are old – who doesn’t want that? People suffering from dementia can often only dream about that. The fear of not finding your way back home or not getting any help in an emergency severally restricts many affected people in the way they live their lives. Yet there are many people, who could still independently participate in life despite mild dementia. Mobile Assistance Systems: “The device automatically notifies if something isn’t right” - Read more

RESCUER: “Crowds should take an active part in ensuring their own safety during major events”

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[01/04/2014] Thousands of people push through a tight tunnel: 21 people died while several hundred people were injured this way during the Love Parade 2010 disaster in Duisburg, Germany. Today we know that such disasters could be prevented, if communication between event participants and rescue workers would be better.RESCUER: “Crowds should take an active part in ensuring their own safety during major events” - Read more

Training: “Participants do not have to experience every mistake they make at the simulator with the patient first”

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[01/04/2014] In an emergency, every flick of the wrist has to be correct – the right treatment is time-critical and usually vital. Mistakes can be fatal, so emergency physicians and paramedics need to be seasoned and experienced. But they will not always know certain problems from their daily work. Using patient simulators, they are able to train for rare situations and learn possible solutions.Training: “Participants do not have to experience every mistake they make at the simulator with the patient first” - Read more

Emergencies: Trauma Center Closures Increase Odds of Death

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Photo: Ambulance [17/03/2014] Injured patients who live near trauma centers that have closed have higher odds of dying once they reach a hospital, according to a new analysis by UC San Francisco researchers.Emergencies: Trauma Center Closures Increase Odds of Death - Read more

Emergency: Ambulance Checklists and Feedback Improve Care

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Photo: Emergency room [06/02/2014] The introduction of checklists and better feedback for ambulance crews as part of a national quality improvement project has significantly improved the standard of care for heart attack and stroke patients across England.Emergency: Ambulance Checklists and Feedback Improve Care - Read more

Skin: Artificial Tissue Grown from Stem Cells

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Photo: Skin [25/11/2013] Spanish scientists have been able to grow artificial skin using stem cells from the umbilical cord. This breakthrough from the University of Granada will aid the immediate use of artificially-grown skin for major burn patients.Skin: Artificial Tissue Grown from Stem Cells - Read more

Stroke Units: Specialized Stroke Care

Stroke Units: Specialized Stroke Care [28/10/2013] Fifteen million people all over the world are annually suffering a stroke. Approximately 5.5 million of them die and another 5 million suffer permanent damage from stroke. A patient’s prognosis significantly improves, when the hospital treatment takes place in a specialized unit, a so-called stroke unit.Stroke Units: Specialized Stroke Care - Read more

Emergency: Minority of Stroke Victims Sees Doctor Soon

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Photo: Ticking clock [15/10/2013] In a study of over 270 patients newly diagnosed with minor strokes or transient ischaemic attack (TIA), only a minority sought medical help within the timeframe recommended by the Royal College of Physicians.Emergency: Minority of Stroke Victims Sees Doctor Soon - Read more

Emergency Room: Visits for Kids with Concussions Skyrocket

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Photo: Football [30/09/2013] Researchers report a skyrocketing increase in the number of visits to the emergency department for kids with sports-related traumatic brain injuries (TBI), such as concussions.Emergency Room: Visits for Kids with Concussions Skyrocket - Read more

Public Health: Aging Population and Emergency Departments

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Photo: Waiting room [09/07/2013] As the population gets older, and the baby boomers begin to enter their 60's and 70's, one might assume that the number of trips to the emergency department will also increase.Public Health: Aging Population and Emergency Departments - Read more

Spinal Cord Injury: Irreversible Tissue Loss Within 40 days

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Photo: MRI protocol [05/07/2013] A joint research effort between the University of Zurich, University Hospital Balgrist and colleagues from University College London have found evidence that patients already have irreversible tissue loss in the spinal cord within 40 days of injury. Spinal Cord Injury: Irreversible Tissue Loss Within 40 days - Read more

Cardiac Arrest: Cooling Treatment Rarely Used in Hospital

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Photo: Cold heart [26/06/2013] The brain-preserving cooling treatment known as therapeutic hypothermia is rarely being used in patients who suffer cardiac arrest while in the hospital, despite its proven potential to improve survival and neurological function.Cardiac Arrest: Cooling Treatment Rarely Used in Hospital - Read more

Heart: AEDs Not Always in the Best Position

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Photo: AED [08/05/2013] A new study has found that publicly registered AEDs in Toronto are not in the best positions to help victims of cardiac arrest.Heart: AEDs Not Always in the Best Position - Read more

Heart Attacks: Improving Response Time

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Photo: Heart Attack [30/04/2013] Recent study finds that door-to-balloon times can be lowered using process improvement strategies.Heart Attacks: Improving Response Time - Read more

Blood: Nanosponges Remove Toxins and Venoms

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Photo: Nanosponge cross section [18/04/2013] Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have invented a "nanosponge" capable of safely removing a broad class of dangerous toxins from the bloodstream – including toxins produced by MRSA, E. coli, poisonous snakes and bees.Blood: Nanosponges Remove Toxins and Venoms - Read more

Japan: Family Members Less Likely to Give CPR

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Photo: Heart [05/11/2012] Family members did not give CPR for cardiac arrests as often as passers-by or friends in a Japanese study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2012.Japan: Family Members Less Likely to Give CPR - Read more

Crowdsourcing: Locating Defibrillators via Smartphone

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Photo: Automated External Defibrillator [05/11/2012] Participants in a "crowdsourcing" challenge in Philadelphia used a smart phone application to locate, photograph and map more than 1,400 automated external defibrillators in public places, according to research.Crowdsourcing: Locating Defibrillators via Smartphone - Read more

Personalised Medicine: Revolution in Drug Therapy?

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[02/11/2012] Many experts are seeing it as a „megatrend“ – personalised or individualised medicine. Therapy strategies are aiming at using drugs only for patients who will profit most and have to suffer only from very few side effects. Today, there are already more than 20 approved medications in Germany, which are prescribed only after a diagnostic test.Personalised Medicine: Revolution in Drug Therapy? - Read more

Stroke: Telemedicine Can Save Lives and Reduce Disability

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Photo: Fiber optic cable [05/10/2012] Besides saving lives and health of stroke patients, the Canadian telestroke network would also cut health-care costs in all parts of the country, according to a major national study. This technology will provide optimal care to more Canadians, once it is expanded in all provinces.Stroke: Telemedicine Can Save Lives and Reduce Disability - Read more

EU Project: Saving More Lives in Catastrophe Situations with Robots

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[01/10/2012] The earthquake and tsunami in Japan just over a year ago quickly plunged half the country into chaos. Coordinating rescue efforts in such disaster zones is often challenging and the search for survivors is particularly difficult on such a terrain and even life-threatening for rescue teams.EU Project: Saving More Lives in Catastrophe Situations with Robots - Read more

Triaging: Keeping Track During an Emergency

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[01/10/2012] Whether it is the Tsunami in Thailand or the 2010 Love Parade in Duisburg – in emergency situations, every second counts when it comes to taking care of the injured. Paper-based tags like the ones used in Germany until now are considered not practical and outdated by experts. That is why the SOGRO project studies the efficiency of RFID wristbands in emergencies.Triaging: Keeping Track During an Emergency - Read more

Brain: Nanoparticles Reboot Blood Flow

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Photo: Traumatic brain-injury victim [27/08/2012] A nanoparticle developed at Rice University and tested in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) may bring great benefits to the emergency treatment of brain-injury victims, even those with mild injuries.Brain: Nanoparticles Reboot Blood Flow - Read more

Preemies: “The anatomical maturation of the lung makes a gas exchange possible after the 22nd week of pregnancy at the earliest“

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[02/04/2012] In the event of a premature delivery, the lung of a newborn child is often not able to assume its function. One reason for this: it lacks a tenside called surfactant (surface active agent), that makes sure that the lungs don’t stick together during the breathing process. MEDICA.de spoke to Professor Peter Bartmann, Director of Neonatology at University Hospital Bonn, on how preemies can be helped.Preemies: “The anatomical maturation of the lung makes a gas exchange possible after the 22nd week of pregnancy at the earliest“ - Read more

Diagnosis: Paramedics Skilled in Identifying Strokes

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[30/03/2012] Researchers of Loyola University Medical Centre examined the records of 5,300 patients who were brought to Loyola's emergency room by emergency medical services (EMS). Paramedics were able to identify stroke patients with a 99.3 per cent specificity. In diagnosing disease, a high specificity rate indicates there's a high probability the patient actually has the disease.Diagnosis: Paramedics Skilled in Identifying Strokes - Read more

Accidents: Headphone-Distracted Pedestrians face Death

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[19/01/2012] Listen up, pedestrians wearing headphones. Can you hear the trains or cars around you? Many probably cannot, especially young adult males. Serious injuries to pedestrians listening to headphones have more than tripled in six years, according to new research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Centre in Baltimore.Accidents: Headphone-Distracted Pedestrians face Death - Read more

Anorexia Therapy: Allowing yourself to enjoy food again

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[02/01/2012] There is no drug to treat anorexia nervosa. This complex mental illness that goes along with severe physical impairments requires intense therapy that has one final goal in mind: the affected person is supposed to relearn healthy eating patterns to avoid becoming dangerously underweight. Anorexia Therapy: Allowing yourself to enjoy food again - Read more

Radiation Sickness: "There is no specific treatment"

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[08/09/2011] Many years ago in Chernobyl, now Fukushima (Japan) - when it comes to nuclear accidents, human lives are in danger. Not only in the moment of the accident, but for many years later. Because the disease-causing rays have a life-long effect on our health and can be the cause of cancer even in the following generation.Radiation Sickness: "There is no specific treatment" - Read more

Awareness: “The risk varies depending on the research“

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“The risk varies depending on the research“ [08/03/2011] As a patient about to go under general anesthesia for surgery, you are understandably nervous. Although complications in anesthetics have become rare, patients still fear two things in particular – to not wake up again after the surgery or to wake up during the surgery, respectively. The latter phenomenon is called awareness or also intra-operative awareness. Awareness: “The risk varies depending on the research“ - Read more

Telemedicine: "Oftentimes, the necessary systems that work in emergencies are still lacking"

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[01/03/2011] Being pressed for time, a lack of information and a shortage of resources are elements that define all disaster situations. For many injured however it is crucial to be medically as well as psychologically treated as quickly and optimally as possible. For this to happen, it’s not just the helpers that need to be well trained, but the technical processes also need to be able to run smoothly. Telemedicine: "Oftentimes, the necessary systems that work in emergencies are still lacking" - Read more

Emergency: Detection systems for senior citizens

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Detection systems for senior citizens [01/03/2011] Ms. K. is vision-impaired and cannot get around very well any more. Still, the 80-year-old, who lives alone, has no intention whatsoever of moving to a retirement home. Most elderly people think the same way. Emergency: Detection systems for senior citizens - Read more

Cracks in time: Learning to handle emergencies

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Learning to handle emergencies [01/03/2011] An emergency is a situation that requires immediate assistance – this is how the Duden, Germany’s definitive directory on orthography specifies it. However, this cut and dry sentence cannot reflect the amount of feelings people are subjected to in emergency situations. All the more admirable are those people who stay calm in the face of an emergency.Cracks in time: Learning to handle emergencies - Read more

Emergency Departments: Substantial Increase in CT Exams

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Substantial Increase in CT Exams [01/03/2011] A new study reports that the use of computed tomography (CT) in the nation's emergency departments is growing exponentially. If the growth trend continues, by 2011, nearly 20 percent of all emergency department (ED) visits may involve a CT exam. Emergency Departments: Substantial Increase in CT Exams - Read more

Emergency Center: “The time until the doctor sees the patient is used efficiently”

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Photo: Signature of the emergency center on building wall [10/01/2011] After an accident or in case of an acute illness fast help is needed. Ambulance vehicles, the flying ambulance and the walking patients – they all seek help at the accident and emergency department of a hospital. But how can you achieve to care for a number of critical patients simultaneously in an optimal way? Emergency Center: “The time until the doctor sees the patient is used efficiently” - Read more

Seriously Injured Patients: Helicopter Transport Increases Survival

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Helicopter Transport Increases Survival [06/01/2011] Severely injured patients transported by helicopter from the scene of an accident are more likely to survive than patients brought to trauma centers by ground ambulance, according to a new study.Seriously Injured Patients: Helicopter Transport Increases Survival - Read more

The History of Anesthesia: “At first there is the experimental research“

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“At first there is the experimental research“ [03/01/2011] For centuries many different types of remedies to soothe the suffering and pain of people have been known. Nonetheless, the search for pain free, reversible anesthesia took a while. Not until the 19th century was the first progressive anesthesia possible and paved the way for modern surgery.The History of Anesthesia: “At first there is the experimental research“ - Read more

Uninsured Patients: Higher Odds of Dying from Stroke

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[11/06/2010] An analysis of over 150,000 hospital discharges in the US has revealed that there are significant insurance related differences in hospital mortality, length of stay, and costs among working-age Americans (age 18-64 years) hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), stroke, or pneumonia. Uninsured Patients: Higher Odds of Dying from Stroke - Read more

Stroke Care: Many Americans More Than an Hour Away

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[04/03/2010] Forty-five percent of Americans – 135 million people -- are more than an hour away from primary stroke centres, the facilities that are best equipped to care for them if they are stricken by the condition, according to a new study.Stroke Care: Many Americans More Than an Hour Away - Read more

Treatment: Two Ways to Deal with Sepsis

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[02/03/2010] A new study finds that two treatment strategies for severe sepsis show similar survival rates.Treatment: Two Ways to Deal with Sepsis - Read more

Doctors Without Borders: "Creativity Is Essential When Working In Troubled Regions"

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[22/02/2010] Civil wars, floods or an earthquake like the recent one in Haiti – Catastrophes like these demand a lot of hard work from doctors. Surgeries are performed in piece work under poor hygienic conditions while missing anaesthetics and drugs. Doctors Without Borders: "Creativity Is Essential When Working In Troubled Regions" - Read more

Cardiac Arrest: Chances of Surviving Unchanged in 30 Years

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Chances of Surviving Unchanged in 30 Years [08/12/2009] The chance of surviving an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest has not improved since the 1950s, according to a new report. Cardiac Arrest: Chances of Surviving Unchanged in 30 Years - Read more

Security: Intelligent Blood Bags

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[07/12/2009] Have the blood supplies got too warm? Do they match the patient’s blood group? In the future, these kinds of questions will be answered by intelligent radio nodes attached to blood bags. Security: Intelligent Blood Bags - Read more

Emergency Medicine: Keeping Hearts Pumping

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[24/11/2009] Researchers at Tel Aviv University developed a smart intravenous (IV) device which can save lives at disaster sites. So far the system has been validated in tests with pigs. The device might be ready for field deployment within the next few years.Emergency Medicine: Keeping Hearts Pumping - Read more

Transplantation: New Artificial Pump Backs Up Hearts

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[07/04/2009] Patients with severe heart failure can be bridged to eventual transplant by a new, smaller and lighter implantable heart pump, according to a new study.Transplantation: New Artificial Pump Backs Up Hearts - Read more

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[20/11/2008] Swift availability, enhanced imaging technology and versatile applicability – all of these are key features of new developments which will be on display at this year’s MEDICA trade fair in Düsseldorf. Product Highlights - Read more

 
 

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