Archive | March, 2010

Almost half of all US H1N1 vaccines unused.

March 31, 2010

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , “Nearly half the 163 million doses of H1N1 vaccine produced to fight the deadly flu in the United States have gone unused, and some batches have either expired or are nearing their expiration date.” In Pennsylvania, “some 4.6 million doses of H1N1 vaccine have been distributed, but state officials say they […]

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Impact of gene patent ruling debated.

March 31, 2010

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On the front page of its Business Day section, the New York Times reports that biotechnology executives struggled “Tuesday to figure out what the long-term impact” of “a ruling that threw out parts of two gene patents and called into question thousands more” would be. A district judge “ruled that parts of patents held by […]

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Primary Care Shortage Could Crimp Overhaul.

March 29, 2010

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From the Kaiser Health News: All the changes put in motion by the passing health care overhaul, an expansion of coverage for tens of millions of uninsured people raises a really big question: Who will take care of them all? It’s already tough to find a primary care doctor in many parts of the country. […]

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April 22 Regulation Aims at Protecting Children from Lead Paint chips & Dust.

March 27, 2010

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Dr. Leonard Vance of our department notes that a regulation, which takes effect next month could affect millions of U.S. homes. The regulation  seeks to reduce the amount of lead dust created during home renovations and repairs. Contractors who work in older homes will be required to become certified by a government-approved trainer and follow […]

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Need health data?

March 26, 2010

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A useful web site for those who wnat a quick review of health data in their state or County from Nurstini. http://bsntomsn.org/2010/how-healthy-is-your-state-10-enlightening-infographics/

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Newly insured will need access to primary-care physicians.

March 26, 2010

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The New York Times reports, “Just over 30 percent of doctors are in primary care — and that is trending downward — with compensation and the culture of medical schools driving students into better-paying specialties.” The Times adds, “Most people don’t realize the government’s role in the doctor supply. Medicare is the primary financer of […]

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Can Electronic Clinical Documentation Help Prevent Diagnostic Errors?

March 26, 2010

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Another excellent article in the NEJM today clarifies many of the problems that must be dealt with if we are to make the required electronic medical information systems effective. [NEJM 362;12 pp 1066-11069 mar 25]

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Dangers of the Internet

March 26, 2010

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In today’s NEJM is an excellent article on the pros and cons of patients searching internet for information on their diseases. See Vol 362, pages 1963-1066, Mar 25 Untangling the Web — Patients, Doctors, and the Internet.  There is no validation for much of the material on the internet.  Perhaps the health care industry needs […]

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Technology-Based Hand Hygiene Monitoring Improves Compliance at Duke Hospital.

March 23, 2010

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A real-time monitoring process improved hand hygiene compliance at Duke University Hospital, bringing its compliance rates to more than 90 percent — far above the national average of 40 percent. “Proper hand hygiene is a key component in providing patient care and preventing infections, but unfortunately it has not been a high priority historically,” said. […]

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Tracking the Impact of Traumatic Brain Injuries

March 22, 2010

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A CDC Report  estimated 1.7 million deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits related to traumatic brain injury (TBI) occur in the United States each year, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The report is based on data from 2002-2006 and identifies the leading causes of TBI and incidence […]

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