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2011-08-25 21:37:31

Johns Hopkins study suggests unfamiliarity with surroundings may contribute to more frequent serious medication errors Temporary staff members working in a hospital's fast-paced emergency department are twice as likely as permanent employees to be involved in medication errors that harm patients, new Johns Hopkins research suggests. Results of the research raise serious issues related to temporary nursing staff in particular because they already are a substantial and growing part of the...

2011-08-03 13:03:27

A combination of several well-known safety procedures could greatly reduce patient-harming errors in the use of radiation to treat cancer, according to a new study led by Johns Hopkins researchers. Radiation oncologists use more than a dozen quality assurance (QA) checks to prevent radiotherapy errors, but until now, the Hopkins researchers say, no one has systematically evaluated their effectiveness. Working with researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, the Hopkins team gathered...

2011-07-07 14:55:35

Johns Hopkins and South African scientists have further compelling evidence that new, simpler and shorter treatments with antibiotic drugs could dramatically help prevent tens of millions of people worldwide already infected with the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis, and especially those co-infected with HIV, from developing full-blown TB. That population includes as many as 22 million in sub-Saharan Africa who are already HIV positive and at high risk of also picking up TB, which is...

2011-06-24 12:48:42

HEREDITARY COLON CANCER SYNDROME MARKED BY ABNORMALLY DENSE BLOOD VESSEL GROWTH IN MOUTH --Scanning lining of mouth may enable earlier detection of high colon cancer risk A team led by Johns Hopkins researchers has found that a hereditary colon cancer syndrome, familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), is associated with abnormally dense blood vessel growth in the skin lining the mouth. The finding, reported in the June issue of Familial Cancer, could lead to a quick screening test for FAP, which...

2011-06-17 21:08:13

How dramatic reduction in infection at 100 intensive care units was achieved is revealed A team of social scientists and medical and nursing researchers in the United States and the United Kingdom has pinpointed how a programme, which ran in more than 100 hospital intensive care units in Michigan, dramatically reduced the rates of potentially deadly central line bloodstream infections to become one of the world's most successful patient safety programmes. Funded in part by the Health...

2011-05-11 08:12:00

HAMBURG, Germany, May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the growing interest in the sensitive blood-test for the detection of tumor-specific DNA-molecules, Inostics GmbH (Hamburg, Germany) has founded a US subsidiary. Inostics' non-invasive test based on the BEAMing-Technology is one of the most sensitive methods available today for the detection of tumor specific mutations and is already used in studies by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. The founding of Inostics Inc....

2011-04-27 01:56:53

Hospitals and physician practices that form care-coordinating networks called "Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)," under provisions of the new health-care law could reap cost-savings and other benefits. However, experts at Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania warn that such networks could potentially be designed to exclude minorities and widen disparities in health care. In a commentary appearing in the April 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a Johns...

2011-04-19 09:40:00

BALTIMORE, April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- From a group of Long Island teens, celebs with a penchant for philanthropy and just plain folk with heart, people from around the U.S. are geared up to fight ALS and support the May 7 Fiesta 5K & Fun Run sponsored by The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins. Location is Power Plant Live! in Baltimore's Inner Harbor area, 34 Market Place. Registration is at 6:30 a.m. with the race at 8:00 a.m. Post-race celebrations follow....

2011-04-15 00:00:29

Disaster management experts gather to preview and shape decision support tools for the healthcare system. Greenbelt, MD (Vocus/PRWEB) April 14, 2011 ElanTech today announced that on March 30, 2011, it completed a successful tabletop simulation of its new (IMDSS-H) software tool, which will be used by public health incident response teams facing conflicting data and incomplete information when they arrive at the scene of a public health emergency. ElanTech is a government prime contractor...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.