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Restricting hospital-based services during SARS outbreak had modest impact

...demic would be limited by continued high levels of hospital occupancy. For example, the 12% decrease in overall admissions seen during the SARS restrictions would only offset one-quarter of the number of additional admissions expected in an influenza pandemic in Toronto. In a related Public Health commentary...

Gene therapy study shows safety and statistically significant improvement in Parkinson's disease

...hesia and all 12 patients were discharged from the hospital within 48 hours of the procedure. At one year, all 12 patients as a group demonstrated a clinical improvement of 25% in the Unified Parkinson’s disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) compared to baseline (p<0.005). Nine of the 12 patients showed an average...

Understanding why C. difficile causes disease -- it's hungry

...r, human and animal feces, and on most surfaces in hospital wards. The bacteria don't cause problems until they grow in abnormally large numbers in the intestinal tract. This can happen when the benign bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract are reduced such as when people take antibiotics or othe...

Machine preservation may promote more organ sharing

...ing and transporting organs in a cooler ?may lower hospital costs, improve initial organ function, and promote... of machine preservation for ECD kidneys may lower hospital costs by reducing complications," said Stratta. "In addition, it may promote more sharing of organs;...

Simple home spit test to spot deadly pre-eclampsia

...ent of blood pressure, it may obviate the need for hospital admission,' said retired hospital rheumatologist Brian Owen-Smith, who invented the test. The trial, which will eventually involve ...

UQ research heralds vaccine technology breakthrough

... angst because their young children are going into hospital with very worrying symptoms and it would prevent the death of the children who succumb to it and die." With preclinical modelling in mice having been encouraging, Professor Tindle said clinical trials were forthcoming, leading the way to the vaccin...

Percutaneous aortic valve replacement safe, successful in high-risk patients

... additional patients died after discharge from the hospital from health problems unrelated to the replacement valve. Follow-up in the 11 survivors showed that the average aortic valve area more than doubled, on average, following the procedure. In addition, the severity of heart failure significantly improved...

HIV survival improves if patients stay in care

...ars. Most were diagnosed between 1997-1998 at a VA hospital or clinic and began treatment after Jan. 1, 1997. Researchers divided the men into four groups based on the number of quarters in the first year after starting treatment that they visited their HIV physicians or health care provider. Sixty-four p...

Thymus transplants gives hope to babies with fatal immune disease

...arly period." Typically, children remain in the hospital for two to three months after transplantation as p...lops. In Dave'yana's case, Harding returned to the hospital in Missouri after about a month. She received treatment for a viral infection at the Children's Hos...

Peanut allergies overstated, study finds

...hallenge. A challenge involves eating peanuts in a hospital environment. "Diagnostic tests for peanut aller... whether it might be worth a peanut challenge in a hospital environment, especially if their child has never had an allergic reaction to peanut before," Dr Wain...

NIAID expands capability for influenza research and surveillance

...ransmission between patients and physicians in the hospital emergency room setting. Emory will also offer a training program for postdoctoral fellows and veterinarians interested in influenza and other research performed in a biosafety level 3 laboratory. Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City (prin...

Transfusion expert urges wider use of filtered blood

...ed patient time in the ICU, and shorter lengths of hospital stays overall. One study, in fact, estimated that ...ood for all cardiac surgery cases. Since then, the hospital has extended its leukoreduction practice to all patients, beginning in 2000. ...

Using nanomagnets to enhance medical imaging

...issue. NIST is working with two universities and a hospital to design, produce and test nanomolecules that might make MRI imaging more powerful and easier to perform. The new paper resolves a debate in the literature by showing that iron-containing magnets just two nanometers wide, dissolved in water, do prov...

Better assessment of transfusions could save blood

Nearly 95 percent of patients admitted to hospital intensive care units are affected by anemia. Consequently, these patients receive a large number of red blood cell (RBC) transfusions in order to restore proper hemoglobin levels. New research shows that alternative treatments may lead to fewer trans...

Study finds surfing safer than soccer

...r from surfing for one or more days, resulted in a hospital visit, or required on-site suturing. "Sprains and strains to the lower extremities, particularly the knees, were found to be the most common injuries reported. This is likely due to the aggressive turning and aerial maneuvers, which score highly i...

Bacterial walls come tumbling down

...moxicillin, and is a great cause for concern among hospital infectious disease staff. Postdoctoral fellow Andrew Lovering, who is first author on the paper, hopes the group's three-dimensional pictures of the sugar-building enzyme from S. aureus will accelerate the search for an effective weapon against the i...

Drug-resistant bacterial infections serious complication after corrective eye surgery

...istant only to beta-lactam antibiotics, unlike the hospital strains, which usually demonstrate multiple drug resistance. Community-acquired MRSA is becoming a significant problem, with the prevalence of MRSA among community isolates expected to reach as high as 25% in the next decade. The authors cite the ...

Fighting influenza & co. with 40,000 blood samples

... Clinic. They come from patients who were taken to hospital with completely different ailments. For each sample, the age of the person it was taken from is known. The scientists aim to obtain an overview of the immune status of the population which is as representative as possible. 'Recently a number of new r...

Misusing vitamin to foil drug test may be toxic; plus, it doesn't work

... All four patients recovered after treatment in hospital emergency rooms for the adverse effects. The report appeared online in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. "Testing urine for drugs is becoming increasingly common for job applicants," said study leader Manoj K. Mittal, M.D., a fellow in Emergency M...

Study shows hope for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's

..., physicians could refer the patient to a research hospital for further evaluation. “Our ultimate goal is to increase the number of patients who are diagnosed earlier so they can start treatment sooner and slow the progress of Alzheimer’s and improve their quality of life,?Polikar said. ...

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