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Physician heal thyself: Simple coping strategies for pervasive physician burnout

28/06/2017

The proverb, "physician heal thyself," is probably more relevant today than it was in biblical times with the fast pace of life, the impact of multitasking and the unending bombardment of information, which have made emotional exhaustion almost certain. And this is especially true for obstetricians and gynecologists who experience professional burnout rates between 40 to 75 percent.
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Photo: A prosthetic limb; Copyright: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT

Muscle grafts could help amputees sense and control artificial limbs

28/06/2017

A new surgical technique devised by MIT researchers could allow prosthetic limbs to feel much more like natural limbs. Through coordination of the patient’s prosthetic limb, existing nerves, and muscle grafts, amputees would be able to sense where their limbs are in space and to feel how much force is being applied to them.
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Race and gender are important in predicting heart attack in the emergency department

27/06/2017

Researchers at the George Washington University (GW) found that certain symptoms are more and less predictive of patients' risk for acute coronary syndrome (ACS), which includes heart attack, in patients of different gender and race.
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Image: Cavitation Microstreaming Generated by a Sonovue Microbubble and Marked by Fluorescent Beads; Copyright: Miles M. Aron, courtesy of BUBBL, University of Oxford, England

Tiny bubbles offer sound solution for drug delivery

27/06/2017

Your brain is armored. It lives in a box made of bones with a security system of vessels. These vessels protect the brain and central nervous system from harmful chemicals circulating in the blood. Yet this protection system - known as the blood-brain barrier - also prevents delivery of drugs that could help treat patients with brain cancers and brain diseases such as Alzheimer's disease.
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Image: Graphic of how the exosomes can be produces; Copyright: Dr Marta I. Oliveira, INL, Portugal

Tiny nanoparticles offer significant potential in detecting/treating disease

26/06/2017

Exosomes - tiny biological nanoparticles which transfer information between cells - offer significant potential in detecting and treating disease, the most comprehensive overview so far of research in the field has concluded.
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Paracetamol during pregnancy can inhibit masculinity

26/06/2017

Paracetamol is popular for relieving pain. But if you are pregnant, you should think twice before popping these pills according to the researchers in a new study. In an animal model, Paracetamol, which is the pain-relieving substance found in the pills, actually damages the development of male behaviours.
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One in five hospitalized adults suffer side effects from antibiotics

23/06/2017

A study examining the impact of antibiotics prescribed for nearly 1500 adult patients admitted to The Johns Hopkins Hospital found that adverse side effects occurred in a fifth of them, and that nearly a fifth of those side effects occurred in patients who did not need antibiotics in the first place.
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Gaps in infection prevention impact long-term care residents

23/06/2017

While nearly 400,000 residents of long-term care facilities die as a result of healthcare associated infections (HAIs), these facilities continue to lack the resources, including qualified personnel, necessary to implement adequate infection control programs.
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Study finds more than 2 billion people overweight or obese

22/06/2017

Globally, more than 2 billion children and adults suffer from health problems related to being overweight or obese, and an increasing percentage of people die from these health conditions, according to a new study.
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Image: A bluely colored image of tissue with single pink dots in it; Copyright: University of Basel, Biozentrum

Bacteria free themselves with molecular "speargun"

22/06/2017

Many bacteria are armed with nano-spearguns, which they use to combat unwelcome competitors or knockout host cells. The pathogen responsible for tularemia, a highly virulent infectious disease, uses this weapon to escape from its prison in cells defending the host. Researchers from the Biozentrum of the University of Basel report on this bacterial strategy.
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