Monthly Archives: April 2017

Efforts to Increase Number of Hospital Sinks May Have Backfired by Contributing to Several Outbreaks

STAT reports that in recent years many hospitals have installed more sinks with the aim of increasing hand-washing among staff, but one unintended consequence of those efforts is that sinks have been tied to several “outbreaks of serious infections in hospitals.” … Continue reading

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Calcium Supplements May Be Linked to Higher Risk for Heart Disease

NBC Nightly News reported, “A new study has found that taking” calcium “supplements may raise the risk of heart disease,” while “eating foods rich in calcium may have the opposite effect.” The Baltimore Sun reports that research suggests “calcium supplements that many women … Continue reading

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Time to Downsize? How Seniors Can Take the Stress Out of Moving Day

Many older adults decide to downsize later in life. Whether moving to a retirement community or trading in your large family home for something smaller and more manageable, downsizing can be both invigorating and emotional. When moving day arrives, you’ll … Continue reading

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Surgical Operations Performed Long After Scientific Evidence Casts Doubt On Their Effectiveness

The New York Times “The Upshot” reports that despite clinical trials showing that spinal fusions were no better than nonsurgical alternatives, spinal fusion rates increased and “continued to soar in the United States until 2012, shortly after Blue Cross of North Carolina … Continue reading

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Pediatricians Recommend Against Baby Powder

USA Today reports that the American Pediatric Association has recommended against using baby powder due to talc concerns, and has also found that talc substitutes may cause rashes. Expert pediatricians recommend against any kind of powder because potential inhaling can be … Continue reading

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Bacterial Infection in Heart Patients Linked to Surgical Device

The Washington Post reports that “more than half a million patients who had open-heart surgery in the United States since 2012 could be at risk for a deadly bacterial infection linked to a device used during their operations…said” the CDC. The Post … Continue reading

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Study Finds Women More Likely to be Allergic to Common Medications

The Wall Street Journal reports that a study in the journal Allergy analyzed allergies to drugs in 1.7 million patients treated in two Boston hospitals from 1990 to 2013 and found that women has significantly more allergies than men and that white patients has … Continue reading

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Featured Link — An Overview of Parkinson’s Disease

The website VeryWell has a good explanation of Parkinson’s disease. Here are the opening paragraphs: Parkinson’s disease develops as a result of the death of dopamine-producing nerve cells in the brain. Dopamine is a vital neurotransmitter (chemical messenger in the brain) that … Continue reading

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Trump Administration Delays Safety Rule on Silica Dust

The Hill reports that the Trump Administration “is delaying a controversial safety rule on silica exposure.” Last year, the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “lowered the permissible exposure limit to silica dust for construction workers.” The new rule … Continue reading

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20 Percent of Patients with Serious Conditions Are First Misdiagnosed

An alarming article in the Washington Post reported that a significant percentage of hospital patients have been misdiagnosed by their doctors. Here are the opening paragraphs: More than 20 percent of patients who sought a second opinion at one of the … Continue reading

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