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Costs to treat bleeding strokes increases 10 years later

Costs to treat bleeding strokes increases 10 years later

Costs to treat strokes caused by bleeding in the brain may increase significantly 10 years later, according to a study in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. The Australian study is the first to include 10 years of follow-up data on stroke cost estimates, which may also apply to the United States, researchers said Continue reading

Efficacy of ‘natural’ bed bug pesticides compared

Efficacy of ‘natural’ bed bug pesticides compared

Concerns over human-insecticide exposure has stimulated the development of alternative bed bug control materials, and many essential oil-based pesticides and detergent insecticides have been developed in recent years. But how well do they work Continue reading

College athletes in contact sports more likely to carry MRSA, study finds

College athletes in contact sports more likely to carry MRSA, study finds

Even if they don’t show signs of infection, college athletes who play football, soccer and other contact sports are more likely to carry the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), suggests a study on MRSA and athletes, which is being presented at IDWeek 2014™. This puts them at higher risk for infection and increases the likelihood of spreading the bug, which can cause serious and even fatal infections. The study is the first to observe college athletes who are not part of a larger MRSA outbreak Continue reading

Sandwiches a major contributor to dietary sodium intake

Sandwiches a major contributor to dietary sodium intake

Sandwiches make up a substantial part of the American diet and are a significant contributor to daily energy and sodium intake. By closely analyzing data from the federal nationwide dietary intake survey known as “What We Eat in America NHANES 2009-2010,” a team of Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers found that on any given day 49 percent of U.S. adults eat at least one sandwich, and sandwiches account for one-fifth of total daily sodium intake Continue reading

Healthcare workers wash hands more often when in presence of peers

Healthcare workers wash hands more often when in presence of peers

Nationally, hand hygiene adherence by healthcare workers remains staggeringly low despite its critical importance in infection control. A study in the October issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology , the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), found that healthcare workers’ adherence to hand hygiene is better when other workers are nearby. “Social network effects, or peer effects, have been associated with smoking, obesity, happiness and worker productivity Continue reading

Epigenetic changes in children with Crohn’s disease seen in study

Epigenetic changes in children with Crohn’s disease seen in study

A new study finds a wide range of epigenetic changes — alterations in DNA across the genome that may be related to key environmental exposures — in children with Crohn’s disease (CD), reports Inflammatory Bowel Diseases , official journal of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. Continue reading

Climate change could drive rise in debilitating disease

Climate change could drive rise in debilitating disease

A disease prevalent in developing countries could be spread by the changes in rainfall patterns according to a new study. Continue reading

Home-based primary care lowers medicare costs for high-risk elders, data shows

Home-based primary care lowers medicare costs for high-risk elders, data shows

MedStar Washington Hospital Center geriatricians found that when medical care for frail elders with advanced illness shifts to the home, total Medicare costs were reduced by 17 percent during a two-year period. A new study published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) underscores the value of home-based primary care for America’s aging seniors Continue reading

Home-based primary care lowers medicare costs for high-risk elders, data shows

Home-based primary care lowers medicare costs for high-risk elders, data shows

MedStar Washington Hospital Center geriatricians found that when medical care for frail elders with advanced illness shifts to the home, total Medicare costs were reduced by 17 percent during a two-year period. Continue reading

Noninvasive advanced image analysis could lead to better patient care

Noninvasive advanced image analysis could lead to better patient care

Lung cancer patients could receive more precise treatment, and their progress could be better tracked, using a new high-tech method of non-invasive medical imaging analysis, according to a study published by the journal PLOS ONE . Genetic changes increasingly are recognized as driving cancer development. But obtaining evidence of these changes usually requires a biopsy, which can be problematic for sensitive regions of the body such as the lungs. Continue reading