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2012-04-19 20:19:43

Continuity of care in doctor's surgery is key to reducing non-emergency hospital admissions, says new research A University of Leicester study has provided clear evidence that allowing a patient to see a particular doctor in the GP surgery has an important impact on reducing hospital admissions. Between 1999-2000 and 2009-2010 elective (non-emergency) hospital admissions in England increased by 28% to 9.4 million. Over the same period, there was an increase of 35% in emergency...

2012-04-17 23:04:11

Two new sets of research collectively reveal that less than half all adults have a proper oral healthcare routine — and that more people need dental treatment. Taken together, they highlight a worrying trend with regard to tooth decay and gum disease, warn the makers of Eludril mouthwash and Elgydium toothpaste. Bournemouth, Dorset (PRWEB) April 17, 2012 Two new sets of research collectively reveal that less than half all adults have a proper oral healthcare routine — and that...

2012-04-06 11:06:17

Letter: The importance of knowing context of hospital episode statistics when reconfiguring the NHS In a letter published today on bmj.com, authors from Imperial College London NHS Healthcare Trust stress the importance of accurately capturing and coding patient episodes. The authors reviewed available data from HESonline, the national statistic warehouse of England of the care provided by the NHS. Statistics found were interesting and surprising: on average, 1600 adults aged over 30...

2012-03-27 13:53:41

A new catheter coating that reduces bacterial attachment to its surface is being developed by scientists who are reporting their work at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Dublin this week. The antimicrobial coating could eventually be applied to other medical implants to reduce infection which would provide significant socioeconomic benefits to the NHS. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for 25% of all hospital infections and cost the NHS around £125...

2012-03-24 04:34:38

A major research trial to test the effectiveness of extra support for smokers calling an NHS quitline - on top of what is already offered by the service - has found the additional help does not improve success rates for quitting the habit. The pilot scheme offered smokers additional help in the form of free nicotine patches and extra telephone counseling from the English National Quitline. The Department of Health and UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies (UKCTCS)-funded study led by The...

2012-03-15 17:05:16

Do some trusts deliver a consistently better experience for patients? An analysis of patient experience across acute care surveys in English NHS trusts Some NHS trusts consistently outperform others on a range of measures of patient experience, finds research published online in BMJ Quality & Safety. Furthermore, the top performers tend to be Foundation Trusts and teaching hospitals, the study shows. Patient experience is one of the five domains for assessing NHS performance (NHS...

2012-03-01 11:21:37

A novel system for processing embryos during IVF treatment has been shown to significantly improve the chances of pregnancy — by more than a quarter. Pioneered by a Newcastle team of fertility experts at the University and within the NHS, the innovative design of interlinked incubators provides a totally enclosed and controlled environment within which every step of the IVF process can be performed. Research published today in the journal PLoS ONE reveals that the introduction of...

2012-02-17 11:05:09

Researchers from Queen Mary, University of London are aiming to improve the health of Londoners by combining a century-old mapping technique with up-to-the-minute technology. Using type 2 diabetes as their example, the researchers have compiled detailed maps of east London highlighting the geographical 'hotspots' of disease risk. The maps, which are published today in BMJ Open reveal startling similarities to the renowned 'poverty maps' created in the late 19th Century by Victorian...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.