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Archive: April, 2010

Health quality problems and racial disparities persist in U.S.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 3:01 PM
The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s annual assessment of the state of health care in America noted that little progress was made to improve quality or reduce preventable errors and other adverse events such as health care-associated infections (HAIs). Moreover, the agency’s... Read more

Recession hurts patients, survey finds

Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 8:15 AM
Staff reductions, increased workloads and low morale at hospitals impacted by the economic downturn has put patients at risk of unsafe care, according to a recent survey of 848 health-care workers by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices in Horsham, Pa. The nonprofit group said one in five respondents... Read more

Parents beware: prescription drug abuse rising

Monday, April 12, 2010, 2:13 PM
Prescription drug abuse is rising and a group representing ER doctors is warning parents to better track their medications and be on the lookout for signs of problems in their children. Citing data from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the American College of Emergency Physicians stated... Read more

Dads may help youngsters deal with the outside world

Sunday, April 11, 2010, 1:28 PM
Sometimes it seems dads get the short end of things. I generally enjoy helping out with me kids giving baths, brushing hair, cooking meals and I am the best at getting our 7-month-old down for a nap or bed. But often it’s mom who the girls look to at key moments – my oldest daughter almost... Read more

Vitamins not effective in preventing preeclampsia

Sunday, April 11, 2010, 7:04 PM
My wife is careful with what she puts in her body, never more so than during her pregnancies. But she doesn’t like to take medications unless is absolutely necessary and then for as short a period of time as possible. So, for women like my wife, news that heavy doses of Vitamin C and Vitamin... Read more

Obese women more apt to have babies with heart defects

Saturday, April 10, 2010, 10:06 AM
Thinking about having a baby? A diet might be in order first, according to new study by National Institutes of Health researchers. Obese women are, on average, 15 percent more likely than normal-weight women to give birth to infants with congenital heart defects, the researchers found in a study published... Read more

Toddler dies of heparin overdose

Friday, April 9, 2010, 11:45 AM
Another death related to the blood thinner heparin has medication safety experts calling for renewed vigilance by hospitals, doctors and other health professionals using the drug. The Horsham, Pa-based Institute for Safe Medication Practices said that heparin has been included in its list of “high-alert”... Read more

Costly care - a $1,500 ER visit

Friday, April 9, 2010, 8:27 AM
Like most parents, I would do whatever it takes if one of my children is hurt. Certainly that would include – and has included – rushing to the ER without a thought about the cost. Still, a story by my colleague Don Sapatkin in the Health & Science section on Monday April 12 is enough... Read more

Sleep apnea doubles stroke risk for men

Thursday, April 8, 2010, 2:36 PM
When my wife used to complain that my snoring was keeping her awake at night I would joke that I didn’t believe that I snored. Then after my primary care doctor sent me to a sleep study – I’d complained to him that I was tired during the day a lot – I was diagnosed with sleep... Read more

Rare infection found in Phila. hospital patient

Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 12:56 PM
A patient at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia has been diagnosed with a rare form of staph infection - Vancomycin-resistant Staphyloccus aureus or VRSA. The patient was transferred to the hospital from Delaware and did not contract the bacterial infection at the University of Pennsylvania-owned... Read more
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