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When hospital workers get vaccines, community flu rates fall, study shows

When hospital workers get vaccines, community flu rates fall, study shows

For every 15 healthcare providers who receive the influenza vaccination, one fewer person in the community will contract an influenza-like illness, according to a study using California public health data from 2009 — 2012. Continue reading

Lasers, night-vision technology help improve imaging of hidden lymphatic system

Lasers, night-vision technology help improve imaging of hidden lymphatic system

The human lymphatic system is an important but poorly understood circulatory system consisting of tiny vessels spread throughout the body. This “drainage” network helps guard against infections and prevents swelling, which occasionally happens when disease or trauma interrupts normal lymphatic function. Chronic swelling is the hallmark of a painful, incurable condition known as lymphedema, which often occurs after cancer therapy and can leave the limbs and other body parts disfigured for life. Continue reading

Universal antidote for snakebite: Experimental trial represents promising step toward

Universal antidote for snakebite: Experimental trial represents promising step toward

A team of researchers, led by Dr. Matthew Lewin of the California Academy of Sciences and Dr. Continue reading

Added value of local food hubs

Added value of local food hubs

As the largest purchaser of wholesale produce in Santa Barbara County, UC Santa Barbara’s residential dining services provided the perfect avenue for a pilot project incorporating local pesticide-free or certified organic produce into an institutional setting. Continue reading

Public reporting of ICU mortality does not improve outcomes

Public reporting of ICU mortality does not improve outcomes

A large study of intensive care patients in California found that public reporting of patient outcomes did not reduce mortality, but did result in reduced admission of the sickest patients to the ICU and increased transfer of critically ill patients to other hospitals. “Public reporting is designed to reduce mortality by steering patients towards high-quality hospitals and creating incentives for hospitals to adopt quality improvement programs,” said Lora Reineck, MD, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Pittsburgh. Continue reading

Bacteria in mouth may diagnose pancreatic cancer

Bacteria in mouth may diagnose pancreatic cancer

Patients with pancreatic cancer have a different and distinct profile of specific bacteria in their saliva compared to healthy controls and even patients with other cancers or pancreatic diseases, according to research presented today at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. Continue reading

Bacteria in mouth may diagnose pancreatic cancer

Bacteria in mouth may diagnose pancreatic cancer

Patients with pancreatic cancer have a different and distinct profile of specific bacteria in their saliva compared to healthy controls and even patients with other cancers or pancreatic diseases, according to research presented today at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. Continue reading

Scientists investigate the role of the ‘silent killer’ inside deep-diving animals

Scientists investigate the role of the ‘silent killer’ inside deep-diving animals

With its imperceptible features, carbon monoxide is widely known as the “silent killer” due to its risks at lethal concentrations. Far less known is that carbon monoxide is produced naturally in small quantities in humans and animals, and in recent years medical researchers have evaluated the gas as a treatment for diabetes, heart attacks, sepsis, and other illnesses Continue reading

Plugging leaky blood vessels to save vision

Plugging leaky blood vessels to save vision

A new drug approach has been developed for safer clean-up of deformed blood vessels in the eye by a research team at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. The growth of malformed blood vessels that can burst is a leading cause of vision loss in North America. Retinopathy and retina degeneration are associated with premature birth, with diabetes, and with increasing age. Continue reading

Plugging leaky blood vessels to save vision

Plugging leaky blood vessels to save vision

A new drug approach has been developed for safer clean-up of deformed blood vessels in the eye by a research team at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. The growth of malformed blood vessels that can burst is a leading cause of vision loss in North America. Retinopathy and retina degeneration are associated with premature birth, with diabetes, and with increasing age. Continue reading