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Tests to measure internal bleeding may not be reliable

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Photo: Hand holds a vial of blood [25/08/2015] A recently-published study found that while internal bleeding may be uncommon as a result of taking blood thinners, the normal coagulation tests physicians use to check for the side effect of bleeding may not be reliable.Tests to measure internal bleeding may not be reliable - Read more

New clinical standards for emergency nurse practitioners

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Photo: Doctor and nurse look at a tablet [24/08/2015] Dr Jane O'Connell, Australia's first endorsed nurse practitioner specializing in emergency care, is leading the way in re-defining the role specialty nurse practitioners play in the health system. She has published the first set of clinical practice standards for emergency nurse practitioners.New clinical standards for emergency nurse practitioners - Read more

Global vaccine-development fund could save lives and money

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Photo: Syringe filled with a dollar note [06/08/2015] Ebola is a preventable disease, and yet a safe and effective vaccine has not been deployed. As with many vaccines, financial barriers persist: pharmaceutical companies see high costs with limited market potential, and government support is lacking.Global vaccine-development fund could save lives and money - Read more

NICU admissions increase for normal birth weight and term infants

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Photo: Newborn in an incubator [05/08/2015] Neonatal intensive care units were originally created for newborns who are extremely ill and/or underweight, but a Dartmouth study finds that NICU admission rates are increasing for newborns of all weights. In effect, NICUs are increasingly caring for normal, or near normal, birth weight and term infants.NICU admissions increase for normal birth weight and term infants - Read more

NIST PET phantoms bring new accuracy to medical scans

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Photo: A calibration phantom in a PET scanner [03/08/2015] Teaming with a medical equipment company, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated the first calibration system for positron emission tomography (PET) scanners directly tied to national measurement standards.NIST PET phantoms bring new accuracy to medical scans - Read more

New devices are driving improvement in stroke treatment outcomes

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Graphic: Stent is passed through an artery [28/07/2015] In the last decade, Intra-Arterial (IA) stroke therapy has gained notable momentum as an effective and safe treatment option for patients. Two new studies further reinforce the value and progress of IA treatment with conclusions that the innovative new devices that facilitate this approach are reducing treatment times, improving outcomes and decreasing mortality rates. New devices are driving improvement in stroke treatment outcomes - Read more

Action and reform for scientific reproducibility needed

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Photo: Woman writing in a lab book [16/07/2015] Public concern about reproducibility is legitimate and scientists must respond effectively, says task force for scientific reproducibility from the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB).Action and reform for scientific reproducibility needed - Read more

Co-payments tied to drug resistance

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Photo: A dollar note showing from a jeans pocket [14/07/2015] The high out-of-pocket costs for antimicrobial drugs in many developing countries are leading to an increase in drug-resistant pathogens, according to a study by Stanford University researchers.Co-payments tied to drug resistance - Read more

Less work hours do not improve surgical patient safety

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Photo: Young surgeon sleeping in a wheelchair [13/07/2015] Work hour restrictions for resident physicians, revised nationally four years ago largely to protect patients against physician trainees' fatigue-related errors, have not had the desired effect of lowering postoperative complication rates in several common surgical specialties, according to new study results.Less work hours do not improve surgical patient safety - Read more

COPD: Imaging could improve treatment

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Photo: Images of lungs [07/07/2015] Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) provide important information on the symptoms and exercise capabilities of people with mild-to-moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. Researchers said the findings point the way to better treatment for some COPD patients.COPD: Imaging could improve treatment - Read more

 
 

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