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Swiss teenager with classic sudden symptoms of stroke diagnosed with Lyme disease

Swiss teenager with classic sudden symptoms of stroke diagnosed with Lyme disease

A Swiss teenager, recently returned home from a discotheque, came to the emergency department with classic sudden symptoms of stroke, only to be diagnosed with Lyme disease. [More]
Study: Competition among physicians, retail medical clinics increases antibiotic prescriptions

Study: Competition among physicians, retail medical clinics increases antibiotic prescriptions

Competition among doctors' offices, urgent care centers and retail medical clinics in wealthy areas of the U.S. often leads to an increase in the number of antibiotic prescriptions written per person, a team led by Johns Hopkins researchers has found. [More]
Ninety percent of patients at risk of CHD fail to receive statins

Ninety percent of patients at risk of CHD fail to receive statins

The study, published in Current Medical Research and Opinion, provides the first ever real-world view of the treatment landscape for patients at risk of CHD[1], with a sample of two million patients. But the results paint a bleak picture of prescribing patterns with the majority not being given the potentially life saving drug. [More]
Active shooter incidents growing in U.S. hospitals

Active shooter incidents growing in U.S. hospitals

A new Viewpoint article in The Journal of the American Medical Association questions whether the notion of the community hospital as a sanctuary from violence may have become too quaint. The fatal shooting death of a Boston surgeon Jan. 20, 2015, the authors note, was another in what appears to be an increasingly frequent series of "active shooter" incidents in U.S. health care facilities. [More]

Eight professional health organizations call for action to reduce firearms injuries, deaths in the U.S.

Leaders from eight professional health organizations, including the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the American Bar Association have issued a call to action to reduce firearms injuries and deaths in the United States. [More]
Discovery could help scientists treat heart problems

Discovery could help scientists treat heart problems

The average heart beats 35 million times a year - 2.5 billion times over a lifetime. Those beats must be precisely calibrated; even a small divergence from the metronomic rhythm can cause sudden death. For decades, scientists have wondered exactly how the heart stays so precisely on rhythm even though it contains so many moving parts. [More]
Study compares two different methods of blood transfusion in trauma care

Study compares two different methods of blood transfusion in trauma care

The University of Maryland School of Medicine is part of a new nationwide, multi-site study that may help save hundreds of lives among trauma patients with major bleeding. The study, which was published earlier this month in JAMA, compared two different methods of blood transfusion, and found that one approach gave patients a significantly better chance of survival within the first 24 hours. [More]
Prescription painkiller abuse: A worst drug overdose epidemic in history

Prescription painkiller abuse: A worst drug overdose epidemic in history

The Centers for Disease Control calls prescription painkiller abuse "one of the worst drug overdose epidemics in history." [More]
Training modules for emergency department staff to treat infectious disease patients available on CDC's website

Training modules for emergency department staff to treat infectious disease patients available on CDC's website

Four Web-based training modules developed by Johns Hopkins Medicine for emergency department personnel who treat patients with infectious diseases are now available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. [More]
UMHS opens Massey Emergency Critical Care Center

UMHS opens Massey Emergency Critical Care Center

They come from highway accident scenes and nursing home beds, from factories and farm fields, from suburban homes, downtown sidewalks and small community hospitals. [More]
New study indicates that malaria-causing parasite is unlikely to cross from animals to humans

New study indicates that malaria-causing parasite is unlikely to cross from animals to humans

In recent years, public health experts have increasingly explored the idea of eliminating the most dangerous malaria-causing parasite. But they have questioned whether getting rid of this species, called Plasmodium falciparum, would allow other species of the parasite to simply jump into the gap and start infecting humans with malaria. [More]
TeamHealth announces acquisition of Ruby Crest Emergency Medicine

TeamHealth announces acquisition of Ruby Crest Emergency Medicine

TeamHealth Holdings Inc., one of the nation's largest providers of outsourced physician staffing solutions for hospitals, announced the acquisition of the operations of Ruby Crest Emergency Medicine, the group that manages and staffs the hospital emergency department for Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital in Elko, Nev. Ruby Crest Emergency Medicine's clinicians provide care for approximately 24,000 cases annually. [More]
Sanford Health wins LocumTenens.com's Best Places to Practice Locum Tenens contest

Sanford Health wins LocumTenens.com's Best Places to Practice Locum Tenens contest

Sanford Health, the nation's largest rural, not-for-profit healthcare system, has been named the winner of LocumTenens.com's Best Places to Practice Locum Tenens contest. [More]
Blood gas POCT seminar video published online by sphere medical - new clinical resources centre added to sphere medical’s website

Blood gas POCT seminar video published online by sphere medical - new clinical resources centre added to sphere medical’s website

Sphere Medical, innovator in critical care monitoring and diagnostics equipment, has published online a video of an industry seminar on ‘True Point-of-Care Testing’ presented by Dr. Tom Clutton-Brock, Senior Lecturer Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Birmingham at the AAGBI 2014 Annual Congress. [More]
HPV vaccine does not increase rates of STIs in adolescent females

HPV vaccine does not increase rates of STIs in adolescent females

Receiving the human papillomavirus vaccine does not increase rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in adolescent females. The vaccine, which can prevent cervical cancer in women, has had a low uptake, partly because of concerns about how it will affect adolescent sexual activity. [More]
TeamHealth partners with St. David's HealthCare to expand services to greater Austin, Texas market

TeamHealth partners with St. David's HealthCare to expand services to greater Austin, Texas market

TeamHealth Holdings Inc., one of the nation's largest providers of outsourced physician staffing solutions for hospitals, announced today it will expand services to the greater Austin, Texas market through a strategic partnership with St. David's HealthCare, a six-hospital system. [More]
Loyola doctor offers tips to stay healthy during shoveling season

Loyola doctor offers tips to stay healthy during shoveling season

Mother Nature scored a touchdown this Super Bowl Sunday, dumping more than a foot of wet, heavy snow on the Chicago area and causing many to take to the streets and alleys to clear thoroughfares. [More]
UM SOM launches ‘Program in Lung Healing’ to develop treatments for acute respiratory failure

UM SOM launches ‘Program in Lung Healing’ to develop treatments for acute respiratory failure

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, and Jeffrey A. Rivest, MS, President and Chief Executive Officer of University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), today announced the official launch of a new "Program in Lung Healing," that will further the School's position as a national leader in research, education and clinical innovation for acute ailments of the lung and respiratory system. [More]
ACEP: Emergency rooms are fully prepared to handle measles outbreak

ACEP: Emergency rooms are fully prepared to handle measles outbreak

The nation is dealing with the worst measles outbreak in more than a decade. Once again — and reminiscent of the recent Ebola crisis — the nation's emergency physicians are working to track and treat another infectious disease in the midst of a severe flu season. [More]

Joyce and Don Massey Family Foundation supports U-M’s TBI care and research

A tragic accident 32 years ago forever altered the lives of an entire prominent Michigan auto industry family, as a beloved wife and mother suffered a devastating traumatic brain injury, or TBI. [More]