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Wearable interface to make prosthetics more comfortable

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Photo: Bubble actuator [24/10/2014] UT Arlington researchers have been awarded a $744,300 grant from the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Orthapaedic Research Program to create an adaptive interface that fits between a prosthetic and a patient's limb so that the fit and comfort of the prosthetic are improved.Wearable interface to make prosthetics more comfortable - Read more

Inventing a healthier future

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[14/10/2014] Innovation in medical technologies is booming. That is why MEDICA and COMPAMED attract such huge audiences each year, and an increasing number of exhibitors. New technologies are combining material science, electronics, engineering and biochemistry. With an increasing number of us living longer, the market for healthcare appliances has ever greater potential.Inventing a healthier future - Read more

US: 34 percent of severely injured patients undertriaged

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Photo: Woman is treated in an ambulance [25/09/2014] According to the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma, patients with severe injuries should be treated at level I or level II trauma centers. Those centers have the resources to provide the best care for those patients.US: 34 percent of severely injured patients undertriaged - Read more

Cancer: which patients are most likely to delay hospice enrollment?

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Photo: Physician holding an enrollment form [24/09/2014] The findings of a Penn Medicine study may influence national quality assessment programs and improve transitions from active treatment to hospice care sooner.Cancer: which patients are most likely to delay hospice enrollment? - Read more

Patients: 'just-in-time' management in the clinic

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Photo: Patients in the waiting room [23/09/2014] Using a pain clinic as a testing ground, researchers at Johns Hopkins have shown that a management process first popularized by Toyota in Japan can substantially reduce patient wait times and possibly improve the teaching of interns and residents.Patients: 'just-in-time' management in the clinic - Read more

High levels of physical activity linked to better academic performance in boys

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Photo: Children running [11/09/2014] A recent Finnish study shows that higher levels of physical activity are related to better academic achievement during the first three school years particularly in boys. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Physical Activity and Nutrition in Children (PANIC) Study conducted at the University of Eastern Finland and the First Steps Study at the University of Jyväskylä.High levels of physical activity linked to better academic performance in boys - Read more

Motion recognition method successful for 10 years

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Graphic: Figure celebrates a price [09/09/2014] Nils Papenberg, research scientist at Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing MEVIS, is receiving one of the most prestigious awards in the field of machine vision. The 36-year-old is accepting the Koenderink award with three colleagues in Zurich on September 8th. Motion recognition method successful for 10 years - Read more

EUR 750,000 in funding for new Competence Center for HPC in the Natural Sciences at Mainz University

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Photo: Man working with a microscope [08/09/2014] Planned center for High Performance Computing (HPC) at the Institute of Computer Science will bring together various research projects and will provide an improved level of HPC Services.EUR 750,000 in funding for new Competence Center for HPC in the Natural Sciences at Mainz University - Read more

A prescription for better stroke care

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Photo: Drug prescription form and stethoscope [03/09/2014] Stroke patients are 70 per cent more likely to continue taking their stroke prevention medications one year later if they have a prescription in hand when discharged – according to researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).A prescription for better stroke care - Read more

Pediatric Anesthesia: “I would object to a specialty medical training”

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[01/09/2014] When very young children already need to be in the operating room, it’s not just the parents that are concerned. This type of situation is a special challenge for the entire operating team, because children are always very special patients – especially since they are not just simply small grown-ups! Pediatric Anesthesia: “I would object to a specialty medical training” - Read more

The Intensive Care Unit of the Future – Speedier recovery through feel good architecture

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[01/09/2014] The rooms in German intensive care units are cold and dreary. Hectic movements determine the patient’s everyday life along with noisy surveillance systems. Artificial light often also promotes a disturbed circadian rhythm. Sleeping pills are meant to solve this problem, but they also increase the risk of delirium at the same time. The Intensive Care Unit of the Future – Speedier recovery through feel good architecture - Read more

New tool to evaluate doctor's bedside manner

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Photo: Physician with patient and relative [15/08/2014] The best way to improve a doctor's bedside manner may lie in a new tool that evaluates and helps medical residents improve their communication and other soft skills to become better doctors, according to a new study led by Women's College Hospital's Dr. Tim Dwyer.New tool to evaluate doctor's bedside manner - Read more

Natural light in office boosts health

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Photo: Offices with large windows [12/08/2014] Office workers with more light exposure at the office had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace, reports a new study from Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Natural light in office boosts health - Read more

Breaking down cancer's barrier against treatment

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Graphic: A cancer cell [28/07/2014] Canser Research UK scientists at Barts Cancer Institute have found that targeting a molecule in blood vessels can make cancer therapy significantly more effective, according to a new research. Breaking down cancer's barrier against treatment - Read more

More people in the UK complaining about their doctors

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Graphic: A man is throwing a complaint in a box [21/07/2014] Report analyses the rise in doctor fitness to practice complaints made by the public to the General Medical Council.More people in the UK complaining about their doctors - 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

Study maps EU school food policies for the first time

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Photo: School children eating lunch together [17/07/2014] As part of the European Commission's efforts to help reduce childhood obesity, the Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), has published the first comprehensive report on school food policies in Europe.Study maps EU school food policies for the first time - Read more

3D printed anatomy marks a new era for medical training

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Graphic: Anatomy of the upper part of the body [16/07/2014] The creators of a unique kit containing anatomical body parts produced by 3D printing say it will revolutionize medical education and training, especially in countries where cadaver use is problematical. 3D printed anatomy marks a new era for medical training - Read more

Finding real value in big data for public health

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Graphic: An asian woman holding Big Data in her hands [08/07/2014] Media reports of public health breakthroughs made possible by big data have been largely oversold, according to a new study.Finding real value in big data for public health - Read more

Quality in health care: "It is about the welfare of treated patients"

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[22/05/2014] Measuring quality in health care is not easy. Controlling it doesn’t just provide challenges for the medical sector, but also for policy makers. This is why measuring and representation systems for quality in hospitals as well as improvement concepts are being developed at the IGES Institute.Quality in health care: "It is about the welfare of treated patients" - Read more

Heart Disease: Aspirin or No Aspirin?

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Photo: Aspirin pills [15/05/2014] A study involving the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation shows that a simple test to measure plaque in the arteries of the heart may help doctors better determine who will and will not benefit from use of aspirin therapy to prevent heart disease.Heart Disease: Aspirin or No Aspirin? - Read more

Women: New Software Aids Breast Cancer Risk Assessment

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Photo: Pink grafics of women with breast cancer [09/05/2014] Researchers of the Universitat Politècnica de València, in collaboration with the Instituto de Salud Carlos III (Institute of Health Carlos III, ISCIII, in Spanish) and the Foundation for the Health and Biomedical Research of the Comunitat Valenciana (Fisabio), have developed DMScan, new software to aid breast cancer risk assessment. Women: New Software Aids Breast Cancer Risk Assessment - Read more

“The most important aspect in a service is always information”

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[08/05/2014] Medicine is no occult science anymore – books and magazines, documentaries and the internet help everyone to understand the human body and its diseases. Quality is paramount in this respect, since misinformation can mislead patients. The Health Media Award offers guidance also for lay people: it honors useful and effective information services.“The most important aspect in a service is always information” - Read more

Surgery: Patients Report High Satisfaction with Pain Treatment

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Photo: Patient having pain [02/05/2014] An international research group with members from the University of Basel, several EU countries, Israel and the USA, analyzed patient satisfaction with pain treatment after surgery.Surgery: Patients Report High Satisfaction with Pain Treatment - Read more

Prototype: Intelligent Prosthetic Liners Could Ease Pain for Lower Limb Amputees

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Photo: Prosthetic limb [25/04/2014] A new device could help to relieve the pain and discomfort experienced by thousands of amputees as a result of poorly fitting replacement lower limbs. Researchers are developing a prototype of the world's first prosthetic 'intelligent' liner with integrated pressure sensors, which could be available to NHS patients in as little as three years.Prototype: Intelligent Prosthetic Liners Could Ease Pain for Lower Limb Amputees - Read more

Continuing Education: Overarching Cooperation Is Necessary

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[04/03/2014] Medical science and technology are growing. This holds not only true for the demand of medical services that an ever-aging and evermore wealthy population has from healthcare systems. Theoretical and practical knowledge are growing, too. Thus, healthcare staff has to keep up to date regarding the use of new devices and therapies.Continuing Education: Overarching Cooperation Is Necessary - Read more

Seminars for Physicians: “Physicians are obligated to continue their education for the safety of their patients“

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[04/03/2014] Continuing education is an integral part of the medical profession, because research continuously delivers new findings that sooner or later make their way into patient treatments. How does an event need to be organized to provide the highest level of benefit for the participants? MEDICA.de spoke with Eva Ningel, Managing Director for beta seminare bonn berlin GmbH (bsbb). Seminars for Physicians: “Physicians are obligated to continue their education for the safety of their patients“ - Read more

Sonography: “Unfortunately, hospitals are not being required to train well”

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[04/03/2014] Prenatal care, cancer check-up, vascular examinations – sonography is versatile, provides reliable imaging to physicians and does not tax patients with radiation. It is comprehensively available, from doctor’s office to university medical center. A sound continuing education of sonography users is essential for good diagnostics, also since different devices have different strong points.Sonography: “Unfortunately, hospitals are not being required to train well” - Read more

Medical Devices: High-Tech Prosthetics and Orthotics Offer Active Life-Style

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Photo: Man with prosthesis running [12/02/2014] Thanks to advanced technologies, those who wear prosthetic and orthotic devices are now able to break previous activity boundaries. People with amputations now have prosthetic devices that allow them to engage in and function more effectively in a wider range of daily activities, exercise, sports, and even extreme sports, such as long-distance snowshoeing and ice climbing.Medical Devices: High-Tech Prosthetics and Orthotics Offer Active Life-Style - 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

Practice Guidelines: Base and Quality of Recommendations

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Photo: Quality management [20/01/2014] A study published by Mayo Clinic shows that most clinical practice guidelines for interventional procedures (e.g., bronchoscopy, angioplasty) are based on lower-quality medical evidence and fail to disclose authors’ conflicts of interest.Practice Guidelines: Base and Quality of Recommendations - Read more

Technical Devices: The Cyborgs Era Has Started

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Photo: Human hand touches robot hand [15/01/2014] Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or remotely controlled insects: Recent developments combining machines and organisms have great potentials, but also give rise to major ethical concerns.Technical Devices: The Cyborgs Era Has Started - Read more

Study Approach: Surgical Trials Mean More Safety in the Operating Room

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[06/01/2014] Whether a surgical suture is better applied manually or with a surgical stapler can be determined through trial and error. Determining which method guarantees patient safety best should also not just be based on a surgeon’s experience. Controlled studies are the method of choice to assess both well-proven and new techniques in the operating room. Study Approach: Surgical Trials Mean More Safety in the Operating Room - Read more

Hospital Construction: “Single rooms are private and at the same time efficient”

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[09/12/2013] Are hospital patients merely cured by medicine? Or does maybe architecture support the healing, too? A hospital does not have to be built like a typical hospital: Its planning can enable patients to access family, privacy and normalcy. Fears are taken away from the patient and the process of healing is supported.Hospital Construction: “Single rooms are private and at the same time efficient” - Read more

South Africa: Study Highlights Massive Benefits of HIV Treatment

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Photo: Map of africa and pills [04/12/2013] Antiretroviral therapy (ART) for the treatment of HIV infection has saved 2.8 million years of life in South Africa since 2004 and is projected to save an additional 15.1 million years of life by 2030, according to a new study. South Africa: Study Highlights Massive Benefits of HIV Treatment - Read more

"The way things currently look, red tape will increase even more"

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[22/11/2013] The current revision of the Medical Devices Regulation in Brussels will not please everyone. The rearrangement is too confusing, the rules are far too complicated for everyday work, the persons concerned say. The real goal, to improve the patients safety, would not be reached. MEDICA.de spoke with Jan Wolter, Head of Medical Technology, SPECTARIS German Hightech Industry Association."The way things currently look, red tape will increase even more" - Read more

“Setting up a new operating room needs to be well-planned”

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[08/11/2013] The setup of a new operating room at a hospital is an organizational accomplishment. New equipment, technical processes and operational procedures as well as staff need to be included in the planning process. Only when all hospital departments communicate with each other, is the project able to run smoothly.“Setting up a new operating room needs to be well-planned” - Read more

SFDA: Infrastructure of Medical Devices Regulation

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority is working very closely with the Medical devices industry in Saudi Arabia (Manufacturers, Importers, and Distributors) to ensure that medical devices imported into Saudi Arabia or put into services in its hospitals are in compliance with the SFDA.SFDA: Infrastructure of Medical Devices Regulation - Read more

“We established a professionally independent, transparent quality oncology audit”

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[22/10/2013] Quality improvement and management play an ever-increasing role in medicine. This affects not only patient safety, but also the treatment process. The independent certification of a treatment network is a tool to raise the success of treatments. It also creates a positive image in the eyes of patients and healthcare payers.“We established a professionally independent, transparent quality oncology audit” - Read more

“Our plasma promotes cell growth”

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[08/10/2013] In the world of medicine, the term plasma is often associated with a liquid. For physicists and chemists however, plasma is a gaseous state. Now researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films (IST) together with physicians from the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research (HZI) have developed plasma that lets cells grow on the surface of a bag.“Our plasma promotes cell growth” - Read more

Public Health: Americans Living Longer, More Healthy Lives

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Photo: Life Quality [16/09/2013] New research by University of Massachusetts Medical School faculty measures increases in health-related, quality-of-life expectancy.Public Health: Americans Living Longer, More Healthy Lives - Read more

Tablet PC in the Operating Room: “With the tablet PC, we have the tools right at the operating table”

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[09/09/2013] The liver is an organ interwoven with numerous blood vessels. Approximately one and a half liters of blood flow through it every minute. This is why it creates a big challenge for surgeons – especially if a tumor needs to be removed.Tablet PC in the Operating Room: “With the tablet PC, we have the tools right at the operating table” - Read more

Hospital Performance: Readmission Rates Are Not the Indicator

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Photo: Emergency sign [27/08/2013] Readmission rates of adult patients to the same hospital within 30 days are an area of national focus and a potential indicator of clinical failure and unnecessary expenditures.Hospital Performance: Readmission Rates Are Not the Indicator - Read more

CAT Scans: New Standard Reference Material

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Photo: SRM and CT [26/07/2013] A new standard reference material (SRM) enables hospitals to link important tissue density measurements made by CAT scans to international standards.CAT Scans: New Standard Reference Material - Read more

Medical Technology Exports: Demand Is Increasing

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[01/07/2013] Exports move all over the world. Countless goods – ranging from foods to technology – from hundreds of countries travel the world every day and supply the different markets. The medical technology sector is also a part of this. The demand for medical equipment keeps increasing and prompts more and more companies to offer their products in foreign markets.Medical Technology Exports: Demand Is Increasing - Read more

New Technique: Protein Drugs From Bacteria

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Photo: Bacteria [06/06/2013] A cheaper, more efficient technique for developing complex protein drugs from bacteria has been developed at the University of Sheffield.New Technique: Protein Drugs From Bacteria - Read more

Bloodstream: Hospitals Profit from Infections

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Photo: Central line [23/05/2013] Johns Hopkins researchers report that hospitals may be reaping enormous income for patients whose hospital stays are complicated by preventable bloodstream infections contracted in their intensive care units.Bloodstream: Hospitals Profit from Infections - Read more

New Study: Fewer Unnecessary Early Deliveries

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Photo: Newborn [10/04/2013] A new study shows that multistate, hospital-based quality improvement programs can be remarkably effective at reducing early elective deliveries of babies.New Study: Fewer Unnecessary Early Deliveries - Read more

CyberKnife: “It is currently the only system that is routinely used worldwide to compensate for breathing-induced motion”

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[13/03/2013] Even if the name “CyberKnife” is reminiscent of a scalpel and surgery, the precision radiation performed by the robotic radiosurgery system is a non-invasive treatment option for many tumor patients. Aside from precision robotics as it is also known in the automotive industry, the CyberKnife features an image guidance system and respiratory compensation technology.CyberKnife: “It is currently the only system that is routinely used worldwide to compensate for breathing-induced motion” - Read more

Hospitals: Improving Floor Design Against Fatigue

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Photo: Floor Plan [04/02/2013] In hospitals, poor floor design, storage closet clutter and crowded corridors can contribute to staff fatigue. These distractions can hurt patient care quality and result in higher medical costs. A new study offers a spatial solution.Hospitals: Improving Floor Design Against Fatigue - Read more

Medical Personnel: Intimately in Tune with the Latest Technology

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[01/02/2013] Progress in medical fields has been enormous. The skills physicians and other medical personnel acquired during their studies or training is no longer sufficient for their daily job routine. Medical technology in particular is constantly evolving. Many colleges and universities have discovered this market niche and offer continuing education in medical technology.Medical Personnel: Intimately in Tune with the Latest Technology - Read more

Implants: Unsafe High-risk Medical Devices on the Market

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Photo: Hip joint [23/01/2013] Technological advancements in medicine have allowed patients suffering from musculoskeletal conditions such as hip and knee pain to regain mobility and live relatively pain-free. But some "high risk" surgical devices that have been approved by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are not required to go through clinical trials.Implants: Unsafe High-risk Medical Devices on the Market - Read more

Good Communication: The Key to Medication Adherence

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Photo: Patient and doctor [10/01/2013] Study shows patients who give their doctors high marks in communication more likely to fill prescriptions. The work suggests preparing doctors to be better communicators may help improve medication adherence and ultimately health outcomes.Good Communication: The Key to Medication Adherence - Read more

Teleradiologists: Ties to Fewer Hospitals Work Better

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Photo: Radiologist [09/01/2013] Experience working for a particular hospital matters when it comes to the performance of radiologists who work for outsourcing teleradiology companies. This finding could have important implications, given the growing use of telemedicine.Teleradiologists: Ties to Fewer Hospitals Work Better - Read more

Superbugs: Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor Enhances Disinfection

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Photo: Superbugs [03/01/2013] Infection control experts at The Johns Hopkins Hospital have found that a combination of robot-like devices that disperse a bleaching agent into the air and then detoxify the disinfecting chemical are highly effective at killing and preventing the spread of multiple-drug-resistant bacteria, or so-called hospital superbugs.Superbugs: Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor Enhances Disinfection - Read more

US Hospitals: Study Reports Racial Disparities in Treatment

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Photo: Girl in Hospital [02/01/2013] When researchers investigated the link between racial disparities and appendicitis outcomes in children, they found that the type of hospital —community, children's or county— affects the patients’ odds of developing a perforated appendix.US Hospitals: Study Reports Racial Disparities in Treatment - Read more

Prosthetic Joints: Guidelines to Fight Infections after Surgery

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Photo: Hip prothesis [13/12/2012] Multispecialty physician teams need to work together to reduce disability, death and costs associated with the ever-growing number of prosthetic joint infections, note the first guidelines on the topic being released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).Prosthetic Joints: Guidelines to Fight Infections after Surgery - Read more

Health Insurance: Finding Physicians May Be Problematic

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Photo: Accept or refuse [06/12/2012] Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is expected to result in up to 50 million currently uninsured Americans acquiring some type of health insurance coverage. However, newly insured patients may have trouble finding primary care physicians.Health Insurance: Finding Physicians May Be Problematic - Read more

Health Care: Defining Career Paths to Improve Systems

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Photo: Health care professionals meeting [05/12/2012] The sheer number of efforts aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of the health care system in United States – ranging from portions of the national Affordable Care Act to local programs at individual hospitals and practices – reflects the urgency and importance of the task.Health Care: Defining Career Paths to Improve Systems - Read more

Mechanism After a Stressful Event: "The dynorphin opioid receptor system decreases the intensity of stress memory“

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[03/12/2012] Forgetting stressful events isn’t always easy, especially when they have been deeply committed to human memory. Scientists at the Universities of Bonn and Berlin have now discovered a mechanism that inhibits the ability to forget fear after a stressful incident. They demonstrated in experiments that subsiding fear does not happen if not enough dynorphin is dumped in the brain. Mechanism After a Stressful Event: "The dynorphin opioid receptor system decreases the intensity of stress memory“ - Read more

OR Distractions: Young Surgeons Face Special Concerns

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Photo: Operation [03/12/2012] A study has found that young, less-experienced surgeons made major surgical mistakes almost half the time during a "simulated" gall bladder removal when they were distracted by noises, questions, conversation or other commotion in the operating room.OR Distractions: Young Surgeons Face Special Concerns - Read more

Patients: More Involvement in Decision-Making Necessary

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Photo: Doctor with patient [30/11/2012] Everywhere, there is a clear need for the systematic improvement of patient safety. Patient safety cannot be improved by simply making new rules. A new model of adaptive safety-management is already being used at Vaasa Central Hospital in Vaasa, Finland.Patients: More Involvement in Decision-Making Necessary - Read more

Diabetes: Options for Leaders to Reduce Costs

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Photo: Insulin test [16/11/2012] Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes calls for national decision makers to consider local experience in reducing disparities in diabetes as health reform implementation advances.Diabetes: Options for Leaders to Reduce Costs - Read more

International markets: You need competent partners if you want to make it

Having an amazing product isn’t always enough to make it in the international marketplace. Market know-how is required as well as, for instance, the right certification mark so that the product meets the respective standards of a country. CSA International has specialized in developing such standards and in making this data available as well as supplying test and certification services.International markets: You need competent partners if you want to make it - Read more

Healthcare Interventions: Experts Call for More Rigorous Evidence

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[26/10/2012] Leading clinicians and health researchers from across Europe say much greater emphasis must be placed on the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of treatments and other healthcare interventions to ensure patients receive the best care available.Healthcare Interventions: Experts Call for More Rigorous Evidence - Read more

Nursing: Fewer Patient Deaths After Surgery

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[23/10/2012] Patients treated in magnet hospitals (specially designated for their nursing excellence) had 14 percent lower odds of death than those in non-magnet hospitals in a four-state study of 564 hospitals led by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.Nursing: Fewer Patient Deaths After Surgery - Read more

Hospital Hygiene: “Hands are playing the most important role in conveying pathogens“

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[23/10/2012] According to the German Federal Ministry of Health (Bundesministerium für Gesundheit, BMG) there are around 600,000 hospital infections every year in Germany alone, which result in 15,000 deaths. According to the Federal Ministry of Health, 20 to 30 percent of the infections and deaths would be preventable by adhering to well-known rules of hygiene.Hospital Hygiene: “Hands are playing the most important role in conveying pathogens“ - Read more

Diagnosis: New Way of Imaging Lungs

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[10/10/2012] A new approach to lung scanning could improve the diagnosis and treatment of a lung disease that affects approximately 24 million Americans and is the country's third-highest cause of death.Diagnosis: New Way of Imaging Lungs - Read more

ALHO: Optimal conditions for patients and staff: New department of geriatrics and on-site childcare center for the Municipal Hospital Mönchengladbach ,“Städtische Kliniken Mönchengladbach”

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[01/10/2012] In less than four months, a new department of geriatrics was created with room modules at the Elisabeth Hospital Rheydt of the Municipal Hospital Mönchengladbach. At the same time, an on-site childcare center for children under three was built as well. The new geriatric department, a specialist clinic for geriatric medicine, was built and ready to be occupied in just 100 days. ALHO: Optimal conditions for patients and staff: New department of geriatrics and on-site childcare center for the Municipal Hospital Mönchengladbach ,“Städtische Kliniken Mönchengladbach” - Read more

T-Systems: Making mobile medical rounds with Smartphones and tablets

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[01/10/2012] More and more hospital employees appreciate the potential of mobile working with Smartphones and tablets. Quick access to clinical data in day-to-day work life streamlines information search processes, can relieve physicians and supports the quality of medical care of patients. Deutsche (German)Telekom presents new solutions for healthcare. T-Systems: Making mobile medical rounds with Smartphones and tablets - Read more

Devices: Scanner Prototype Represents Soft Tissue

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[12/09/2012] A promising approach for producing medical images with enhanced soft tissue visibility — grating-based x-ray phase contrast — has now advanced from bench-top studies to implementation in an in vivo preclinical computed tomography scanner.Devices: Scanner Prototype Represents Soft Tissue - Read more

Cost Control in the Hospital: ”A unique benchmarking database for hospitals has been developed over the past ten years“

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[03/09/2012] Hospitals have to fulfill many requirements, for instance in the area of hygiene, but at the same time they are supposed to work efficiently. This balancing act is easier to master with so-called hospital facility management. Professor Kunibert Lennerts from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has developed a database with which hospitals are able to get information about their costs. Cost Control in the Hospital: ”A unique benchmarking database for hospitals has been developed over the past ten years“ - Read more

Diabetic Patients: Investing in Quality of Care Reduces Costs

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[20/08/2012] University of Minnesota School of Public Health researchers have found that medical group practices can reduce costs for patients with diabetes by investing in improved quality of care.Diabetic Patients: Investing in Quality of Care Reduces Costs - Read more

Physiotherapy for Parkinson’s Disease: "Active therapy can ultimately delay the mobility disability"

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[01/08/2012] For the longest time, a specifically developed physiotherapy treatment for Parkinson’s patients was not being adequately considered. Yet goal-oriented therapy can alleviate and delay mobility disability. The sooner you start these newly developed types of physiotherapy training, the faster you can get results. Physiotherapy for Parkinson’s Disease: "Active therapy can ultimately delay the mobility disability" - Read more

Non-slip Tracheal Implants: Relieving Respiratory Distress

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[10/07/2012] If a person‘s windpipe is constricted, an operation in which the surgeon inserts a stent to enlarge the trachea is often the only way to relieve their respiratory distress.Non-slip Tracheal Implants: Relieving Respiratory Distress - Read more

Debilitating Eyesight: Good News for Aging Eyes

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[06/07/2012] Today’s senior citizens are reporting fewer visual impairment problems than their counterparts from a generation ago, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. Debilitating Eyesight: Good News for Aging Eyes - Read more

Systems Biology: "There is an enormous automation in laboratory techniques"

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[08/06/2012] The function of systems biology is to treat organs and biological organisms as a whole. In doing so, researchers among other things examine interactions and different aspects of the human cell. This still young discipline creates interfaces to biology, mathematics and physics to be able to understand regulatory processes for cells, tissues and organisms and thus get an integrated idea.Systems Biology: "There is an enormous automation in laboratory techniques" - Read more

Health Apps: ”Interoperability is still not developed“

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[01/06/2012] Exchanging medical topics through digital media is rapidly on the rise. Health apps in particular, offer interested people and patients a medical overall service package: whether it is measuring vital signs, the prevention of falling in patients with Parkinson’s disease or providing recommendations for healthy eating. Health Apps: ”Interoperability is still not developed“ - Read more

Higher Prices: US Spends Far More for Health Care Than 12 Industrialised Nations

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[04/05/2012] The United States spends more on health care than 12 other industrialised countries yet does not provide "notably superior" care, according to a new study from The Commonwealth Fund. Higher Prices: US Spends Far More for Health Care Than 12 Industrialised Nations - Read more

German Crisis Pregnancy Act: "The understanding for the respective other side is missing in part"

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[02/05/2012] For some time, the German Crisis Pregnancy Act that regulates the information and advice for the prenatal diagnosis in special cases, for example evidence of damage to the physical and mental health of the unborn child, is integrated into the German day-to-day practise. However, slowly, criticism is growing on the part of physicians. Bureaucracy and the daily workload seems to be increasing.German Crisis Pregnancy Act: "The understanding for the respective other side is missing in part" - Read more

Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program: ”It was and is our aspiration to structure residency training and education“

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[02/05/2012] What can future medical specialists expect during the time of their training and education, which areas will they have gotten to know and what quality is attached to the apprenticeship. Depending on the hospital and location in Germany, this question has to be answered differently. Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program: ”It was and is our aspiration to structure residency training and education“ - Read more

Unique Device Identification: "Global interconnectedness makes uniform traceability systems necessary"

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[23/04/2012] In order to design safety standards and traceability of medical devices more professionally in the future, international committees are currently working on a new identification system that could apply worldwide in the future. In doing so, products could be identified during their entire life cycle.Unique Device Identification: "Global interconnectedness makes uniform traceability systems necessary" - Read more

The Slightly Different Kind of Flu: Pneumonia as reflected in modern medicine

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[02/04/2012] Pneumonia is a classic among infectious diseases. Hippocrates already described an illness whose symptoms included coughing followed by pneumonia but today would more resemble an influenza virus. Sir William Osler, considered to be the father of modern medicine, characterized it as “Captain of the Men of Death“ at the start of the 20th century. And what about today?The Slightly Different Kind of Flu: Pneumonia as reflected in modern medicine - Read more

Air Contamination: Air Emissions Near Fracking Sites May Impact Health

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[19/03/2012] In a new study, researchers from the Colorado School of Public Health have shown that air pollution caused by hydraulic fracturing or fracking may contribute to acute and chronic health problems for those living near natural gas drilling sites.Air Contamination: Air Emissions Near Fracking Sites May Impact Health - Read more

Depression: Increasing of Death Risk in Coronary Stent Patients

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[16/03/2012] After seven years of follow up, depressed patients were 1.5 times more likely to have died than non-depressed patients. The findings were independent of age, gender, clinical characteristics, anxiety and the distressed (Type D) personality.Depression: Increasing of Death Risk in Coronary Stent Patients - Read more

Bipolar Disorder: Body Clocks May Hold Key for Treatment

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[14/03/2012] Scientists have gained insight into why lithium salts are effective at treating bipolar disorder in what could lead to more targeted therapies with fewer side-effects.Bipolar Disorder: Body Clocks May Hold Key for Treatment - Read more

New Study: More Children Living with 'Life-limiting' Conditions

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[12/03/2012] The number of children with conditions such as muscular dystrophy, neurodegenerative disorders or severe cerebral palsy who are surviving into adulthood has been underestimated, a new study led from the University of Leeds shows.New Study: More Children Living with 'Life-limiting' Conditions - Read more

Autophagy: Protein Identified that Can Lengthen Our Life

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[02/03/2012] Cells use various methods to break down and recycle worn-out components – autophagy is one of them. Karin Håberg of the Umeå University, Sweden, shows that the protein SNX18 is required for cells to be able to perform autophagy.Autophagy: Protein Identified that Can Lengthen Our Life - Read more

Product development: “If you fail early, you will reach your goal faster“

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[01/03/2012] Medical devices are becoming increasingly complex and develop faster and faster technically. Modern medicine would be unthinkable without the use of new and more delicate equipment. But there can also be risks to patients, since a comprehensible handling cannot be guaranteed in all cases – it can’t even be excluded in experienced medical specialists. Product development: “If you fail early, you will reach your goal faster“ - Read more

Facing Forgetfulness: Recognising the Early Stages of Alzheimer‘s Disease

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[01/02/2012] Diagnosing advanced Alzheimer‘s nowadays is no longer difficult. And yet, to detect the so-called “progressive neurodegenerative brain disease with memory loss as the leading symptom“ early on, basic diagnostic methods are not sufficient. Facing Forgetfulness: Recognising the Early Stages of Alzheimer‘s Disease - Read more

Study Suggests: Surgical Breast Biopsy Not Overused

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[01/02/2012] Contrary to earlier findings, surgical breast biopsies may not be as overused as previously thought, according to a new study. Surgical breast biopsies are more invasive than needle biopsies, requiring an incision and the use of general anaesthesia. Study Suggests: Surgical Breast Biopsy Not Overused - Read more

Cancer Patients: Radiation Therapy Improves Patients' Quality of Life

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[30/01/2012] Patients with head and neck cancers who have been treated with newer, more sophisticated radiation therapy technology enjoy a better quality of life than those treated with older radiation therapy equipment, a study by UC Davis researchers has found.Cancer Patients: Radiation Therapy Improves Patients' Quality of Life - Read more

Vegetables and Fish: Mediterranean Diet Gives Longer Life

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[21/12/2011] A Mediterranean diet with large amounts of vegetables and fish gives a longer life. This is the unanimous result of four studies to be published by the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg. Vegetables and Fish: Mediterranean Diet Gives Longer Life - Read more

Immunological Defense Mechanism: Malaria Patients Vulnerable to Deadly Infection

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[20/12/2011] The link between malaria and salmonella infections has been explained for the first time, opening the way to more effective treatments.Immunological Defense Mechanism: Malaria Patients Vulnerable to Deadly Infection - Read more

Sensor Mat: Lying and Sitting More Comfortably

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[13/12/2011] People who have to sit at work often have back pain. People permanently confined to bed are even worse off – they frequently develop bed sores. New smart cushioning is intended to eliminate the discomforts of lying and sitting. An integrated sensor system equalises pressure selectively.Sensor Mat: Lying and Sitting More Comfortably - Read more

Hospital Room Cleaning: New Disinfection Technique

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[12/12/2011] A Queen’s University infectious disease expert has collaborated in the development of a disinfection system that may change the way hospital rooms all over the world are cleaned as well as stop bed bug outbreaks in hotels and apartments.Hospital Room Cleaning: New Disinfection Technique - Read more

Germany’s Electronic Health Insurance Card: “Data protection for the insured person is unquestionably guaranteed”

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[08/12/2011] Since October 2011, Germany’s electronic health insurance card (“elektronische Gesundheitskarte” eGK) has been adopted into the everyday lives of patients and physicians for good. After a long and tedious process, it finally meets the required regulations to ensure data protection for the insured.Germany’s Electronic Health Insurance Card: “Data protection for the insured person is unquestionably guaranteed” - Read more

Children: Body Weight, Sleep-disordered Breathing and Cognition Linked

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[04/11/2011] Researchers at the University of Chicago have found important new relationships between obesity, sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and cognitive processing among elementary school children. Children: Body Weight, Sleep-disordered Breathing and Cognition Linked - Read more

Chronic Wounds: "Among experts we focus far too little on the basics"

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[02/11/2011] If a wound does not heal within four to twelve weeks after emergence, doctors call it a chronic wound. In many cases underlying diseases such as venous or vascular disease or diabetes mellitus are the cause. A successful therapy, however, still presents a challenge and requires an interdisciplinary cooperation.Chronic Wounds: "Among experts we focus far too little on the basics" - Read more

Breastfeeding: Reducing Risk of Suffering Allergy

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[17/10/2011] Today, about one in four European children suffer from allergy, which makes this disease the non-infectious epidemic of the 21st century. Evidence suggests that lifestyle factors and nutritional patterns, such as breastfeeding, help to reduce the early symptoms of allergy.Breastfeeding: Reducing Risk of Suffering Allergy - Read more

EurSafety Health-net: "You can learn a lot in many different areas from each other"

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[01/09/2011] To be able to fight resistant hospital bacteria effectively and for the long term, it is getting more and more important to collaborate throughout Europe and internationally with different stakeholders of medical facilities. Now one European project is making this its primary goal. The German-Dutch collaboration is meant to strengthen patient safety and protection against infections.EurSafety Health-net: "You can learn a lot in many different areas from each other" - Read more

Attack of the microorganisms: Medical Science and Technology against hospital-acquired Infections

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[01/09/2011] Time and again it sweeps through the media and we hear of serious diseases, like for instance MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), which attack patients in hospitals. Needless to say these diseases happen, but they have long ago come to the forefront of hygiene experts, who fight with a vengeance to prevent essentially “man-made” infections in clinics and hospital facilities.Attack of the microorganisms: Medical Science and Technology against hospital-acquired Infections - Read more

It's Official: Chocolate Linked to Heart Health

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[30/08/2011] High levels of chocolate consumption might be associated with a one-third reduction in the risk of developing heart disease, finds a study published on bmj.com. It's Official: Chocolate Linked to Heart Health - Read more

Poloxamer Gel: Sutureless Method for Joining Blood Vessels

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[29/08/2011] Reconnecting severed blood vessels is mostly done the same way today — with sutures — as it was 100 years ago, when the French surgeon Alexis Carrel won a Nobel Prize for advancing the technique. Now, a team of researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine has developed a sutureless method that appears to be a faster, safer and easier alternative.Poloxamer Gel: Sutureless Method for Joining Blood Vessels - Read more

New ‘Bionic’ Leg: Giving Amputees a Natural Gait

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[19/08/2011] A new lower-limb prosthetic developed at Vanderbilt University allows amputees to walk without the leg-dragging gait characteristic of conventional artificial legs.New ‘Bionic’ Leg: Giving Amputees a Natural Gait - Read more

Dementia: An underestimated problem

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[01/08/2011] Dementia is a disorder caused by malfunctions in brain performance, from which in Germany alone approximately 1.2 million people are suffering from. Since dementia mostly appears in the third phase in one’s life and the number of affected people is increasing constantly, all industrial nations are facing entirely new challenges.Dementia: An underestimated problem - Read more

Robot-assistance: “The procedure is minimally traumatic“

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[22/07/2011] The da Vinci Surgical System revolutionizes the job in the operating room. For several months, surgeons at the RWTH Aachen University have worked with the da Vinci Surgical System. Here, the surgeon no longer stands alongside the patient, but instead works at a console from which he operates the surgical instruments inside the patient. Robot-assistance: “The procedure is minimally traumatic“ - Read more

German Center for Heart Failure: "Research has to be interdisciplinary"

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[08/07/2011] The number of heart failure disease has increased for years. Drugs and a change in lifestyle can help the affected person, but a cure is still not in sight. That’s why it is all the more important to research the origins of heart disease as well as develop suitable strategies for prevention. These are some of the objectives the German Center for Heart Failure has committed itself to. German Center for Heart Failure: "Research has to be interdisciplinary" - Read more

Good Sleepers: Better Quality of Life and Less Depression

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[15/06/2011] Getting six to nine hours of sleep per night is associated with higher ratings for quality of life and lower ratings for depression. Good Sleepers: Better Quality of Life and Less Depression - Read more

Rare Diseases: Separate Methods for Handling Evidence Neither Identifiable Nor Required

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[02/05/2011] People with rare diseases have the same right to high-quality health care in line with current medical knowledge as other patients do. However, relevant and reliable clinical studies on rare diseases are often lacking. Among other things, this makes the development of corresponding guidelines more difficult, but precisely such guidelines could help improve treatment quality. Rare Diseases: Separate Methods for Handling Evidence Neither Identifiable Nor Required - Read more

Country Doctor: “Sadly, humanity will fall by the wayside“

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Photo: Countryside [22/04/2011] Rural exodus is not just a well-known German problem, but happens all over the world. In the foreseeable future, this development will have a negative impact on the rural infrastructure and with it also on medical care. The fact remains: Many physicians prefer the city and a country atmosphere doesn’t do much for them.Country Doctor: “Sadly, humanity will fall by the wayside“ - Read more

Melanoma: Blood Test Could Predict Metastasis Risk

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[18/04/2011] Scientists at Yale University have identified a set of plasma biomarkers that could reasonably predict the risk of metastasis among patients with melanoma.Melanoma: Blood Test Could Predict Metastasis Risk - Read more

Temporary Changes: Brain Speeds Up Learning

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[15/04/2011] In a breakthrough that may aid treatment of learning impairments, strokes, tinnitus and chronic pain, UT Dallas researchers have found that brain nerve stimulation accelerates learning in laboratory tests.Temporary Changes: Brain Speeds Up Learning - Read more

Gene Combinations: Relation to Hip Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women

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[30/03/2011] Women with osteoporosis in their hip suffer menopause two years earlier than healthy women, a study conducted at the University of Granada says. Additionally, researchers have found at least three genetic markers associated with osteoporosis in the hip in postmenopausal women.Gene Combinations: Relation to Hip Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women - Read more

'Pre-Baby Blues': Due to Lack of Support From Partner

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[14/03/2011] Pregnancy is meant to be a joyous time however some women experience overwhelming 'baby blues' before the birth of their child. Anxiety and depression during pregnancy can result in premature birth, or low birth weight, and impact the child's health into early school years. New research shows that a bad relationship is the strongest predictor of maternal emotional distress.'Pre-Baby Blues': Due to Lack of Support From Partner - Read more

International Women's Day: Providing a 'Red Alert' for Women's Hearts

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[08/03/2011] Today on International Women's Day, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is calling for action to reduce the gender disparities that are currently resulting in women receiving second rate cardiovascular (CV) care. Studies published show a persistent under-utilisation of guideline recommended treatments for heart disease in women compared to men. International Women's Day: Providing a 'Red Alert' for Women's Hearts - Read more

Cracks in time: Learning to handle emergencies

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[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

Physician-Patient Relationship: Focus on Decision Making When Doctor Is a Woman

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[25/02/2011] A study conducted reveals that patients have greater expectations of their family doctor listening actively to them, keeping them informed and considering their opinions than in getting involved in decision making. Physician-Patient Relationship: Focus on Decision Making When Doctor Is a Woman - Read more

Full Film Frame: Family of Proteins Essential for Cell Function

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[24/02/2011] Researchers have completed the 3D structural sequence adopted by several essential proteins in the exchange of substances between the extra and intracellular milieu.Full Film Frame: Family of Proteins Essential for Cell Function - Read more

Tumor Cells: Prevention of Metastasis

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[10/02/2011] Tumor cells have several routes that enable them to move from the primary tumor to distant tissues, a process called metastasis. It is metastasis of the primary tumor that kills most cancer patients. Tumor Cells: Prevention of Metastasis - Read more

Crohn’s Disease: Vitamin D Absorption Diminished

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[19/01/2011] Researchers have for the first time shown that reduced vitamin D absorption in patients with quiescent Crohn's disease (CD) may be the cause for their increased risk for vitamin D deficiency. The findings also showed that the only way to determine absorption efficiency is to perform a vitamin D bioavailability test.Crohn’s Disease: Vitamin D Absorption Diminished - Read more

HIV Infection: Sex, Race, and Geography Influence Health

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[18/01/2011] Women, nonwhites, and people in the southern United States who were newly infected with HIV and followed for an average of four years experienced greater HIV/AIDS-related morbidity compared to men and people of other races living in other regions of the country. HIV Infection: Sex, Race, and Geography Influence Health - Read more

A Journey into Adventure: A ship’s surgeon in the 17th century

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[03/01/2011] Discovering foreign countries, getting to know new civilizations. What’s possible for many today, in the 17th century was an adventure few dared to embark on. Back then, moving from one continent to another was only possible by ship. But journeys that often lasted many months were often also very perilous – and generally no trained physicians were on board the ship. A Journey into Adventure: A ship’s surgeon in the 17th century - Read more

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

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[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

Increasing Lifespan: More Time Sick Than A Decade Ago

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[14/12/2010] Increased life expectancy in the United States has not been accompanied by more years of perfect health.Increasing Lifespan: More Time Sick Than A Decade Ago - Read more

Afternoon Nap: Lead to More Active Lives

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[28/10/2010] Experts at the University of Surrey discovered that many older people felt that they may be branded lazy for taking afternoon naps so they tried hard to avoid nodding off.Afternoon Nap: Lead to More Active Lives - Read more

Balance Disorder: Development of Implanted Device

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[22/10/2010] Success could spur new treatment approach for millions of people who suffer vestibular problems.Balance Disorder: Development of Implanted Device - Read more

Physician Job Profile: “Communication is the central tenet in medical science“

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[22/10/2010] Just like in modern society, the image of physicians is also subject to different developments. The physician’s profession has to constantly meet new challenges. It is particularly difficult to reconcile role perceptions, which have increasingly become more differentiated due to the modern science- and health care system. Physician Job Profile: “Communication is the central tenet in medical science“ - Read more

Alzheimer’s Disease: Nicotine Could Play A Role

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[14/10/2010] Stimulating the brain's Alpha7 nicotine receptor may eliminate side effects caused by promising Alzheimer's drug.Alzheimer’s Disease: Nicotine Could Play A Role - Read more

Clinical Trials: “It Is Important That The Methodology Is Right“

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[22/09/2010] Initially it is a puzzle made up of small pieces or an assumption that question established diagnostics and therapy methods. Yet not always do the individual components add up to the desired shape. Being the core of evidence-based medicine, clinical trials are admittedly indispensable for the systematic development and quality inspection of pharmaceuticals and surgical- and radiation methods. Clinical Trials: “It Is Important That The Methodology Is Right“ - Read more

Lack of Healthy Food: Contribution to Health Disparities in Kidney Disease

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[17/09/2010] Processed and fast foods enriched with phosphorus additives may play a role in health disparities in chronic kidney disease. Lack of Healthy Food: Contribution to Health Disparities in Kidney Disease - Read more

New Infrared Light: New Frontier in Fighting Cancer

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[02/09/2010] A "game-changing" technique using near infrared light enables scientists to look deeper into the guts of cells, potentially opening up a new frontier in the fights against cancer and many other diseases.New Infrared Light: New Frontier in Fighting Cancer - Read more

Adult Stem Cells: Repairing Hearts

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[17/08/2010] Mayo Clinic investigators have demonstrated that rationally "guided" human adult stem cells can effectively heal, repair and regenerate damaged heart tissue. Adult Stem Cells: Repairing Hearts - Read more

Healthy Teeth: Gene Brings Teeth in Shape

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[06/08/2010] No healthy teeth without this gene: if during tooth formation (odontogenesis) the so-called Jagged2 gene is inactivated, and hence the Notch signalling pathway interrupted, tooth crowns will be malformed and enamel will be lacking. Healthy Teeth: Gene Brings Teeth in Shape - Read more

Personalised Medicine: “The Body of Experts Needs to Close Ranks“

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[22/07/2010] It’s the “I” rather than the “we” that’s most important in personalised medicine. After all, new methods should offer an individually targeted treatment for patients. Many developments however are still in their infancy. Several players are cavorting in the subject, but what is the central theme here and where are knowledge and new research results being exchanged?Personalised Medicine: “The Body of Experts Needs to Close Ranks“ - Read more

Rating Physicians: Click Me – Fair Grades for Doctors

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[01/07/2010] With its suggestion to grade doctors on the Internet, the German National Health provider AOK caused a big stir one year ago. Supporters expected more transparency and quality health care from this. Critics feared that physicians are being put on a digital chopping block. Now the first step was made. Whether hopes are being fulfilled or fears prove to be true: MEDICA.de has taken a closer look.Rating Physicians: Click Me – Fair Grades for Doctors - Read more

Hospitals in Competition: “Quality Requires Transparency“

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[01/07/2010] The introduction of quality standards in hospitals is in vogue. This does not just apply to legally required records, but also for “self-imposed“ quality management. For some hospitals the competition has just started: They publish and analyze data and face direct comparison. It still is disputed how quality can be measured best. Hospitals in Competition: “Quality Requires Transparency“ - Read more

Statutory Health Insurance: “Extensive service does not automatically mean higher premiums“

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Photo: Health insurance Card [08/06/2010] Many patients get the feeling that they have to keep paying more for increasingly worse service. This is why all the commotion over the additionally levied premiums by the statutory health insurance was high in the past and remains so now.Statutory Health Insurance: “Extensive service does not automatically mean higher premiums“ - Read more

Medical Design: “Aesthetics Is Not Everything“

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[08/04/2010] Coco Chanel, Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld – they all cause a big stir in the fashion world. Design is also a topic in medical science. Here, it’s not just the visual appearance that counts. In medical design, it’s primarily about ergonomics of equipment and more safety for the patient. Medical Design: “Aesthetics Is Not Everything“ - Read more

Protheses: May Last for More than 150 Years

[25/03/2010] Current body protheses do not last more than ten to 15 years. After this time, the operation has to be repeated in order to change prothesis. Researchers have now found a way of producing a prosthesis that could last more than 150 years. Protheses: May Last for More than 150 Years - Read more

Patient Care: Images Speed Decision Making

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[05/03/2010] Embedding clinical images to accompany findings described in a radiology text report enhances radiologists' communication with referring physicians and can improve patient care, according to a new study.Patient Care: Images Speed Decision Making - Read more

Smart Labels: Big Brother Is Integrated

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Big Brother Is Integrated [01/03/2010] In former times, folded cartons were sufficient: pills were packed in boxes and given to the patient. This has not complied with modern standards for a long time. Medicine packaging is advancing and Smart Labels are all the rage: they are able to assure product quality as well as to protect against drug fakers. Smart Labels: Big Brother Is Integrated - Read more

Simulation Training: Communication Was Successful, Patient Is Alive

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[01/03/2010] Medical study is full of dull theory. After completing their final University semester, most graduates have become walking medical encyclopedias. Still, mistakes in the operating room happen time and again. Usually the reason is not a physician‘s lack of medical knowledge. Communication is the key word here- and simulation dummies can help.Simulation Training: Communication Was Successful, Patient Is Alive - Read more

Radiation: Six-Point Patient Protection Plan

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[01/03/2010] The American Society for Radiation Oncology has committed to a six-point patient protection plan that is to improve safety and quality and reduce the chances of medical errors, Board Chairman Tim R. Williams said.Radiation: Six-Point Patient Protection Plan - Read more

Attending Physicians: “Learning Early on that Everybody Makes Mistakes”

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“Learning Early on that Everybody Makes Mistakes” [01/03/2010] “A man, who has made a mistake and doesn't correct it, just made another mistake.” This quote from Confucius also applies to doctors, since only being open-minded and dealing with mistakes prevents them. Matthias Schrappe is the Director of the Institute for Patient Safety in Bonn – the first facility of its kind in Germany. MEDICA.de talked with him about forgotten swabs, students and pilots. Attending Physicians: “Learning Early on that Everybody Makes Mistakes” - Read more

Study: Accreditation Improves Quality of Ultrasound Practice

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[22/07/2004] American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) accreditation increases the quality of ultrasound practice, according to an article published in the August 2004 issue of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.Study: Accreditation Improves Quality of Ultrasound Practice - Read more

 
 

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