Unread X-Ray Backlog Investigated in Australia

A backlog of more than 40,000 unread x-rays has been uncovered at the Gold Coast Hospital in Queensland, Australia. It has further emerged that the health board responsible had been aware of the issue for more than five years. While the x-rays had been read by the referring doctor, none had been read and reported on by

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Mapping Technique for Modulation Following Sham Surgery

Researchers at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have identified a new image-based strategy that can be used to identify and measure placebo effects in randomised clinical trials for brain disorders. These findings have been published in the August issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation. The research

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Wireless Monitor Trialled in UK

An adhesive patch, which wirelessly transmits data on heart rate, breathing and body temperature, is being trialled by the National Health Service, reports BBC News. The patch  addresses the issue of deterioration that can occur between routine observations.While the system, developed by a UK-based firm, coul

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Viral Therapy Shows Promise for Limb-Sparing Cancer Treatment

Viruses developed to target and kill cancer cells could boost the effectiveness of chemotherapy to the arms and legs and help avoid amputation, a new study published in the International Journal of Cancer reports.The research, which was carried out by the London-based Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden,

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Significant Cost Savings with Early Palliative Care

A new study in Health Services Research reports that palliative care, if delivered early during hospitalisation, can play an important role in cutting down costs for critically ill patients. The ultimate objective of palliative care is to relieve the patient's suffering. Lead author Ian McCarthy, PhD, an assistant

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Study: Physical Therapy Can Promote Early Mobility In ICU

Growing evidence shows that early mobilisation of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) is a safe and cost-effective strategy to improve patient outcomes. Several studies indicate that providing early physical therapy interventions in the intensive care setting can decrease hospital and/or ICU length of stay (LOS).

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Hypertensive Patient? Try Lifestyle Changes!

Resistant hypertension can be defined as a blood pressure 140/90mmHg despite the use of 3 hypertensive agents or ≥ 4 antihypertensive agents. Primary care clinicians and specialists come across treatment resistant hypertensive patients quite frequently. While its exact prevalence is unknown, it is believed that 10 to 3

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Radial Artery Catheterisation: Safer for Women

Threading a catheter to the heart, in order to clear a blockage or place a stent, is usually performed via the femoral artery in a patients’ groin. In an innovative, less traumatic and much safer alternative, especially for women, the catheter can now be inserted through the wrist in a

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Nanotech Microchip Test Detects Type-1 Diabetes

An inexpensive, portable, nanotech microchip-based test for diagnosing type-1 diabetes has been invented at the Stanford University School of Medicine. It is believed that this innovation could go a long way in improving care for diabetes patients worldwide and enable researchers and medical professionals to better un

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Study: Handheld Computers Enhance Clinical Decision Making

Use of smartphones and tablets among health professionals has been on the rise in recent years. These handheld devices offer easy access to vast amounts of information via the internet and healthcare applications (apps). Today's clinicians use handheld computers to search the internet for evidence and guidance on drugs

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