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Genetic testing at UMMC helps doctors identify effective medication for heart stent patients

Genetic testing at UMMC helps doctors identify effective medication for heart stent patients

The University of Maryland Medical Center is now offering a simple genetic test to patients who receive heart stents to determine whether they have a genetic deficiency that affects how they respond to a common drug to prevent blood clots. [More]
Elevated levels of brain protein linked to longer recovery period after concussion

Elevated levels of brain protein linked to longer recovery period after concussion

Elevated levels of the brain protein tau following a sport-related concussion are associated with a longer recovery period and delayed return to play for athletes, according to a study published in the January 6, 2017 issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. [More]
Older adults who visit ED at increased risk for long-term disability, Yale study finds

Older adults who visit ED at increased risk for long-term disability, Yale study finds

Older adults who go to the emergency department (ED) for an illness or injury are at increased risk for disability and decline in physical abilities up to six months later, according to a study by Yale researchers. [More]
Children increasingly at risk of toxicity from liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes

Children increasingly at risk of toxicity from liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes

A 6-year-old child who accidentally swallowed liquid nicotine intended for her parents' electronic cigarettes required immediate emergency medical treatment that included intubation and an overnight stay in a pediatric intensive care unit. [More]
Fire and smoke inhalation injuries increase during cold-weather months

Fire and smoke inhalation injuries increase during cold-weather months

Over the last few weeks, Vanderbilt University Medical Center has seen multiple admissions and a few tragic deaths due to fire and smoke inhalation injuries. [More]
Clinical study tests adult stem cell therapy for infants with congenital HLHS

Clinical study tests adult stem cell therapy for infants with congenital HLHS

In a first-in-children randomized clinical study, medical researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have begun testing to see whether adult stem cells derived from bone marrow benefit children with the congenital heart defect hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). [More]
New book provides insights into latest treatments for partial blindness

New book provides insights into latest treatments for partial blindness

In Restoring Low Vision, renowned neuroscientist Bernhard Sabel explains cutting-edge science in language that patients can easily understand and provides a comprehensive look at the latest treatments for partial blindness. [More]
Medical skin glue could be simple, cost-effective way to reduce intravenous drip failure

Medical skin glue could be simple, cost-effective way to reduce intravenous drip failure

Aussie researchers have found a new way to make one of the most common medical procedures in the world - placing drips or intravenous (IV) lines - safer, less painful and potentially more cost effective. [More]
UAB case study details patient experiencing hemorrhagic stroke after consumption of energy drink

UAB case study details patient experiencing hemorrhagic stroke after consumption of energy drink

Investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have presented the first case study of a patient experiencing a hemorrhagic stroke — a brain bleed — following consumption of an energy drink. [More]
New survey finds 1 in 4 vacations includes visit to ER

New survey finds 1 in 4 vacations includes visit to ER

If you've ever had to seek medical attention for an illness or an injury during a vacation, you're not alone. [More]
Head injuries increase by 14% after Michigan’s partial repeal of universal helmet law

Head injuries increase by 14% after Michigan’s partial repeal of universal helmet law

Fewer motorcycle riders who are involved in crashes across the state of Michigan are wearing a helmet, and the state's trauma centers have seen a 14 percent increase in head injuries among motorcyclists, since the state's partial repeal of its universal helmet law in April 2012, a new study finds. [More]
Early treatment for stroke patients could help prevent disability and improve chances of recovery

Early treatment for stroke patients could help prevent disability and improve chances of recovery

Following the onset of a stroke, restoring blood flow to the brain as quickly as possible is critical for preventing disability and improving the chances of recovery. [More]
High daily doses of vitamin D can help reduce incidence of ARI in older, long-term care residents

High daily doses of vitamin D can help reduce incidence of ARI in older, long-term care residents

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that high doses of vitamin D reduce the incidence of acute respiratory illness (ARI) in older, long-term care residents. [More]
Eminent physician Kenneth Walker receives Georgia Hospital Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award

Eminent physician Kenneth Walker receives Georgia Hospital Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award

Grady Health System Assistant Chief of Internal Medicine and Emory University School of Medicine Professor H. Kenneth Walker, M.D., was awarded the prestigious Georgia Hospital Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Georgia Hospital Association's (GHA) Annual Meeting on Nov. 11. [More]

Retail clinics do not reduce emergency department visits, study finds

Despite being touted as a way to reduce emergency department visits, retail clinics opened near emergency departments had little effect on rates of low-acuity visits to them, according to the results of a study published online today in Annals of Emergency Medicine ("Association Between the Opening of Retail Clinics and Low-Acuity Emergency Department Visits"). [More]
International consortium awarded $36.9 million grant to accelerate introduction of new typhoid vaccines

International consortium awarded $36.9 million grant to accelerate introduction of new typhoid vaccines

Typhoid fever, a bacterial infection that causes high fever and other disabling symptoms, remains a serious global problem in the developing world: it kills almost a quarter of a million people annually, and infects about 21 million. [More]
Physician Groups jointly launch new campaign to help providers perform head CT scans in children

Physician Groups jointly launch new campaign to help providers perform head CT scans in children

The Image Gently Alliance, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery and allied medical organizations have launched the "Think A-Head" campaign to help providers appropriately obtain and perform computed tomography (CT) scans in children with minor head injuries. [More]
Prostrate treatment may offer relief for patients with kidney stones

Prostrate treatment may offer relief for patients with kidney stones

Millions of Australians suffering from kidney stones could soon get relief, with researchers discovering a prostrate treatment can also help ease the painful condition. [More]
BloodTrack Emerge: A new technology that provides access to life-saving products during trauma

BloodTrack Emerge: A new technology that provides access to life-saving products during trauma

The Medical Center of Plano (MCP) is the first hospital in Texas to use innovative technology, BloodTrack Emerge, which acts as a vending machine for blood products in the emergency department. [More]
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to research oxygen deprivation

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to research oxygen deprivation

This expedition was a part of our clinical collaboration with the Mayo Clinic. In short, this particular study focused on the effect of altitude and aging on heart and lung function. [More]
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