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With major surgery now occurring at a rate of 234 million procedures per year WHO launched a new safety checklist for surgical teams to use in operating theatres, as part of a major drive to make surgery safer around the world.
Wireless devices interfering with life saving medical devices probably shouldn't come as any surprise to anyone who's experienced interference of one type or another from a wireless device of some kind. After all, we have all these signals filling the air around us. You would think someone would have tested this before.
CBO just released a score of the Medicare legislation (HR 6331, with a proposed amendment) under consideration in the House. In total, CBO estimates that the bill would reduce deficits by $0.3 billion over the 2008-2013 period and by less than $50 million over the 2008-2018 period.
Black men in Jacksonville are less likely than white men to have a primary care physician or health insurance.
The Partnership for a Healthier North Dakota will conduct a survey to gather information about the views of North Dakotans concerning health-care issues. The Partnership is a group of leaders from the private and public sectors focused on exploring innovative approaches to improving the health of North Dakotans. The group will use the information gathered by the survey to guide future efforts in addressing health-care issues in North Dakota.
Many county health departments are getting questions from their residents who have been affected by the smoke from the wildfire burning in Eastern North Carolina. The accompanying information has been provided to the local health departments by the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response and is being provided to the media to help facilitate dissemination of the information to the public. Thank you for assisting us in that effort.
Q: What is the health threat from wildfire smoke?
To address chronic blood shortage crisis, New Jersey DHSS and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation are joining forces to create the New Jersey Workplace Blood Donor Coalition.
Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death among adolescents, the second leading cause of death among children and is one of the top five leading causes of death among adults in Multnomah County.
As heavy rain is causing flooding in northeastern, eastern and other portions of Missouri, DHSS urged Missourians who will be working in or near the flood waters to make sure their immunizations are up-to-date, especially for tetanus.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued guidance today on the safety of wells and private water sources that have been subjected to flooding. If the well casing is submerged in floodwater, DO NOT USE THE WATER. Water from submerged wells cannot be safely sanitized. When floodwaters recede, small quantities may be disinfected until the well can be properly chlorinated.
MDCH is urging residents to be aware of the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning when using alternative sources of power during an outage.
Treating cancer patients with interleukin-7, a small protein that can stimulate the immune system, leads to an increase in lymphocytes, key to the production of effective immune responses, in the bod.
Following the closure of Swann Park because of arsenic contamination, Baltimore City has completed its review of city parks and found no other public health risks associated with arsenic. The review was conducted in coordination with the Maryland Department of the Environment with input from federal and local experts.
"Because of its proximity to a former chemical manufacturing facility, Swann Park is unique," said Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Commissioner of Health. "This review is reassuring to all of us who regularly enjoy the parks in the city."
In newly released lab results from one of the nation's largest labs with a presence in over 30 countries, both Usana and Herbalife have lead levels that are over 1000 times the lead allowed under California law when taken as directed daily.
FDA approved the NeuRx DPS RA/4 Respiratory Stimulation System, an implantable electronic device that stimulates the diaphragm and allows certain spinal cord injury patients to breathe for at least four hours a day without a mechanical ventilator.
House leaders and the White House reached an agreement on a $250 billion supplemental war appropriations bill with a provision that would place a one-year moratorium on six new Medicaid regulations proposed by the Bush administration.
AORN to raise awareness about the importance of requiring the entire surgical team to pause before all invasive procedures to communicate as a group and confirm key information about the patient and procedure to help prevent errors from occurring.
Researchers have modified a common chemotherapy drug to create a new probe for positron emission tomography, an advance that will allow them to model and measure the immune system in action and monitor its response to new therapies.
Volunteers generally won't ever hear from the researchers about what the study revealed. But other studies make a special effort to keep volunteers informed, via newsletters or Web sites.
A made-in-Canada approach to wound care pioneered by clinical researchers from Women's College Hospital is serving as a model for international health care providers.
In the battle among two proposed Medicare bills Baucus' version got 39 and Grassley's version got 54 votes, reducing the risk for doctors' fee cut. However, Grassley's bill still was short of 6 votes to get the full 60 votes for approval.
A new report indicates more than 35 million prescription transactions were sent electronically in 2007, a 170 percent increase over the previous year. The report, "Electronic Prescribing: Becoming Mainstream Practice," offers a detailed examination of the progress made, obstacles that remain, and recommendations for helping the nation's prescribers migrate from paper-based prescriptions to an electronic system.
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