Single vs multilumen: preventing drug incompatibilities

Patients in the OR or ICU often receive several drugs at the same time which have to be administered through one or few venous access points. The result is an increased risk for physical or......

Prosthetic hands with a sense of touch

Reserachers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are working to enhance prosthetic hands and arms so that amputees not only regain a limb but also a sense of touch. PBS reporter......

The Oscars of spinal fusion

What is the definition of a successful surgical intervention? When the surgeon says so? Or is it down to the patient to decide? In the present study, Finnish authors back the latter approach and......

In-line filtration might prevent SIRS in cardiac pediatric ICU patients

German scientists at the Department of Pediatric Cardiology and Intensive Care Medicine at Hannover Medical School, after previously showing that in-line filtration can prevent major complications...

Help yourself so helps you an app

There are thousands of apps but not many of them are truly beneficial. While this broad statement probably resonates with a lot of people, it is especially true for obstetricians or gynecologists......

NGF/TrkA vs. NSAIDs in fracture-related pain treatment

Is the blockade of nerve growth factor (NGF)/neurotrophic tyrosine kinase receptor type 1 (TrkA) signaling an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) when treating......

Not more at risk but less tolerant

Elderly patients who underwent emergency laparotomy do not show a higher 30-day-mortality because they are more inclined to suffer from complications but rather because they are less capable to......

RSSC safe SILC alternative for children

Robotic single-site cholecystectomy (RSSC) is quickly becoming an attractive alternative to single incision laparoscopic cholecystemctomy (SILC) not just in adults but even in children, concludes......

Apple and IBM take digital health venture one step further

Tech giants Apple and IBM announced a new partnership with pharmaceutical manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and medical technology and services company Medtronic. The new alliance aims to optimze...

No increased cardiovascular risk with low-dosed ibuprofen

High doses of ibuprofen carry a certain risk of cardiovascular problems and should therefore be avoided in patients with known indicators for serious heart or circulatory conditions, concludes a......

Single vs multilumen: preventing drug incompatibilities

Patients in the OR or ICU often receive several drugs at the same time which have to be administered through one or few venous access points. The result is an increased risk for physical or......

Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer: spotlight on the Elderly

As in many other areas of life, the elderly seem to be somewhat overlooked when it comes to cancer treatment in general, and treatment for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in particular. This......

Measuring respiratory effort in ICU patients

Measuring patients' contribution to pressure-supported ventilaton (PSV) is difficult in an ICU setting with critically ill patients. A team of researchers in Italy and the US enrolled 25 patients......

Agreement grants "Kickstart" access to "Stroke Belt"

Cadence Biomedical and TruMedical Solutions announced a cooperation that delivers Cadence Biomedical's "Kickstart" orthosis to national and regional rehab providers but in particular to healthcare...

Gamification: Learning by playing doctor

Gamification is the state-of-the-art approach to make any kind of education more attractive by maximizing both the motivation to learn and the joy while doing so. A Sri Lanka-based company is in......

Normal saline or lactated Ringer’s in hypovolemic patients?

Doctors at the Department of Internal Medicine at School of Medicine, University of Ioannina in Greece say they have developed an algorithm to help fellow physicians make the best choice between......

Prosthetic hands with a sense of touch

Reserachers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are working to enhance prosthetic hands and arms so that amputees not only regain a limb but also a sense of touch. PBS reporter......

Predictors for neonatal health care–associated sepsis

A team of Belgian researchers systematically reviewed prediction models for health care-associated bloodstream infection (HABSI) in neonates. The meta analysis found lethargy and pallor and/or......

Vitamin D supplementation in long-term dialysis patients

A team of researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the University of Chicago, Illinois set out to determine the safety and efficacy of nutritional vitamin D......

From eels to electrodes: spinal cord stimulation analgesia

The treatment of pain by stimulating the peripheral or central nervous system is nothing new – just ask electric eels, who were first used for this purpose thousands of years ago. Spinal cord......

Analgesic effects of ketamine or magnesium for PHN

Ketamine and magnesium sulfate are viable analgesic alternatives for patients suffering from chronic postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), according to an open prospective study by South Korean physicians...

Hazardous attitudes in orthopaedic surgeons?

So-called hazardous attitudes, specifically antiauthority, impulsivity, invulnerability, macho, and resignation, are seen as affecting pilots' aeronautical decision-making and thereby aviation......

Laparoscopic vs. open surgery for rectal cancer resection

Due to the lack of "robust evidence" for similar outcomes of laparoscopic and open surgery procedures in rectal cancer, an international research team compared 3-year rates of cancer recurrence in...