Training Competent Public Health Informaticians

The primary focus of public health is prevention, with a key focus on responding to the health needs of individuals as well as populations. Meanwhile, public health informatics (PHI) is the field in which today’s information revolution meets the specific needs of public health. It is also defined as information, comp

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The CIO To CEO Leap

According to a recent Billian's HealthDATA study, the CIO career path generally does not lead to the corner office. The study evaluated 384 hospital executive personnel changes in 2014 and found that there was only one CIO who was promoted into a CEO role. Laura Musfeldt, Vice President of Senior Executive Search at h

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ESICM 2014: Learning Happens Even During Crises

The image of residents taking part in rounds to hone their clinical skills is a familiar one. In the context of intensive care, and frequent medical crises, how can this learning take place? The tension between the dual responsibility of patient care and optimal learning is felt in many medical disciplines, but learnin

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ESICM 2014: What About the Family’s Burden?

How much do we know about the burden for family caregivers of patients in the ICU? An intensive care unit (ICU) in Mexico surveyed family caregivers about the burden they carry with having a family member in intensive care.Dr Olivares Durán from Mexico presented the results at the European Society of Intensive Care Me

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Telenursing: Proper Communication Avoids Malpractice Claims

Telephone advice nursing, or ‘telenursing’ including telephone triage, is defined as the practice of providing ‘a component of telephone nursing practice that focuses on assessment, prioritisation, and referral to the appropriate levels of care’ and ‘identifying the nature and urgency’ of a caller's or pati

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Diabetes Screening Urged For All After Age 45

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has amended its recommendations on screening for diabetes following a review of current best evidence. According to the revised USPSTF guidelines, screening for diabetes and pre-diabetes should now be performed for all adults over at 45. USPSTF also recommends t

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Blood Test Could Help Diagnose Schizophrenia

According to a new study, a blood test could determine who is at high risk for developing schizophrenia and other forms of psychosis. The research, conducted by Dr. Diana O. Perkins of the University of North Carolina and her research team, has been published in Schizophrenia Bulletin.Schizophrenia affects around 24 mi

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"Bio-floaters" in Antibiotic-Resistant Joint Infections

Results of a new study by Thomas Jefferson University (PA, USA) scientists published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases could help explain the joint pain caused by different infections, including Lyme disease, and why these infections are so resistant to antibiotic treatment."Our goal was to determine why Staphyloco

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Zoom On: Prof. Alberico L. Catapano

This week, we Zoom On Alberico L. Catapano, who has dedicated his career to investigating the causes of atherosclerosis as they relate to biochemistry and genetics, and to designing clinical trials which explore the efficacy of lipid-lowering and anti-atherosclerotic drugs. He is active in both Italian and internationa

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CAID Syndrome: Heart and Gut Dysrhythmia

A rare disease affecting both heart rate and intestinal movements has been discovered by researchers from CHU Sainte-Justine, Université de Montréal, CHU de Québec, Université Laval, and Hubrecht Institute. The "Chronic Atrial Intestinal Dysrhythmia syndrome" (CAID) is a serious condition caused by a rare genetic m

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NHS Guidelines Name Nalmefene for Alcohol Dependency

Unhealthy alcohol intake is a major source of burden on National Health Service (NHS) resources and costs the health service in England around £3.5 billion a year. There are nearly 600,000 patients with alcohol dependency in England. Now, these patients will have access to a new treatment pill developed by Lundbeck.

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Excessive Use Increasing Antimicrobial-Resistant Infections

According to a recent survey, approximately 50 percent of hospitalised patients were receiving antimicrobial drugs and around half of these patients were receiving two or more antimicrobial drugs. In majority of the cases, the antimicrobial had been prescribed for infection treatment.However, based on factors such as l

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MIR 2014: Calling In Critical Findings

The importance of communicating critical and incidental findings as soon as possible is not in dispute. The radiologist’s responsibility does not end with the report, and he/she has a duty to communicate findings to referring clinicians. As it it, failure to communicate appropriately is the second most common reason

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MIR 2014: Tracking Radiation Dose

Tracking radiation dose and contrast will improve the quality of radiology services, said Prof. Davide Caramella, speaking at the Management in Radiology (MIR) meeting in Bologna last week. Radiation dose historically has taken second place to diagnostic priority - diagnose no matter what the dose. While the knowledge

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