Hand Hygiene: Big Brother Is Washing You

A thorough hand hygiene procedure can prevent nosocomial infections and also reduce costs. Nonetheless, the implementation of this recommendation in medical practice has been defective. One US health industry initiative wants to now monitor hand disinfection more...

MACRA – Doubling Down on Acronyms

Consistent with the goals of the law, the proposed rule would improve the relevance and depth of Medicare’s value and quality-based payments and increase clinician flexibility by allowing clinicians to choose measures and activities appropriate to the type of care more...

Blog entry by Shirie Leng
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Both Patients and Doctors Are at the Whim of Uncontrolled Time

As I sit home spending time with my family, I look back on the past few years of my practicing medicine and realize how much of a luxury this is. While most jobs allow employees time off for particular holidays, health care is a profession where we are called on more...

Blog entry by Chiduzie Madubata
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The Flicker of Broken Hearts

When a loved one dies, a burden remains on the bereaved. This also has an impact on the cardiac health of mourners: a recent study shows that one year after the death of a partner, the risk of having atrial fibrillation is significantly increased. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein
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Miscarriage: No Family Tree Without Stem Cells

About six percent of pregnant women suffer two or more abortions, wherein the risk increases with age. A lack of stem cells in the endometrium could be a possible reason for habitual miscarriage, according to British researchers. more...

Women and Heart Disease

Traditionally perceived as a predominantly male problem, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are in fact the number one killer of women.1 Cardiovascular diseases cause approximately 46% of older women’s deaths globally, with the additional 14% of deaths caused by cancers more...

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Microbiome: Purposeful Factory Farming

Researchers trace asthma, type 1 diabetes and allergies back to genetic risk and environmental causal factors. Many studies show how important the intestinal microbiome is in this context. Instead of ending up receiving delayed treatment, it's worth protecting our more...

A Better Path from Primary Care to Acute Care and Back

Within every community, a subset of patients will need surgery or an invasive procedure at any point in time. The common pathway is an encounter with anesthesiology. Today that encounter often begins too late in the process, and we miss an opportunity to improve more...

Blog entry by Karen Sibert

No Papers? No Problem!

An immigration issue has come to my attention that I thought I would weigh in on. I was recently contacted by a reporter (Hi Alicia!) who wanted to know what I thought about admitting children of undocumented immigrants to medical school. Apparently there are at least more...

Blog entry by Shirie Leng

Problem Patients: The Dislike-Diagnosis

When patients are difficult, the probability of erroneous diagnoses increases. This is because their behaviour distracts doctors and prevents them from processing clinical information appropriately. A number of measures could help to avoid "emotion based" errors. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein
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