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News on public health research and national as well as international health policies. Edited by MEDICA.de and several associations.

 
 

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

Persistent vegetative state: brain stimulation with laser beams

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[01/09/2014] The public only notices diseases when celebrities become patients: in the spring of 2014, Formula One driver Michael Schumacher fell into a coma for several months as the result of a head injury caused by a skiing accident. These types of accidents show how delicate the brain responds to injuries. Brain stimulation could possibly support the rehabilitation of vegetative patients.Persistent vegetative state: brain stimulation with laser beams - 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

Model predicts COPD hospital readmission

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Photo: Physician listens to a patient's chest [15/08/2014] Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have identified predictors of early rehospitalization among patients hospitalized for complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.Model predicts COPD hospital readmission - 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

Hospitals: many small measures against infections and sepsis

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[01/08/2014] If neither the immune system nor antibiotics are able to control an infection, a sepsis can arise out of it – an infection that attacks several organs at the same time and causes the immune system to overreact. This is a life-threatening condition.Hospitals: many small measures against infections and sepsis - Read more

Hygiene: “The sensor applies the principle of so-called ‘photonic structures‘“

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[01/08/2014] Detecting infections quickly and reliably with the naked eye: This is what many doctors in hospitals and in the doctor's surgeries wish for. To make this dream come true, Prof. Dr. Holger Schönherr, a scientist from Siegen, is researching a sensor that should show an infection by a color change.Hygiene: “The sensor applies the principle of so-called ‘photonic structures‘“ - Read more

Multi-resistant bacteria want to conquer the world

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[01/08/2014] Bacteria lurk everywhere: on the skin, in the intestines and in every puddle. Most of them that are hanging out in the human body are good bacteria. But not all of them. Those pathogens that exhibit resistance and are thus very hard to combat are the most dangerous kind. Their spread threatens people all over the world.Multi-resistant bacteria want to conquer the world - Read more

$15 billion annual public funding system for doctor training needs overhaul

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Graphic: stethoscope lying on a book [31/07/2014] The U.S. should significantly reform the federal system for financing physician training and residency programs to ensure that the public's $15 billion annual investment is producing the doctors that the nation needs, says a new report by the Institute of Medicine. $15 billion annual public funding system for doctor training needs overhaul - 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