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Medical instrument processing personnel may be exposed to tissue, blood, and patient fluids: study

Medical instrument processing personnel may be exposed to tissue, blood, and patient fluids: study

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain New data published today suggest that personnel who process reusable medical instruments and equipment may be frequently exposed to tissue, blood, and patient fluids even when wearing recommended personal protective equipment (PPE). The findings, which appear in the American Journal of Infection Control, the journal of the Association for Professionals in …

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New NCCN patient guideline explains when and how to screen for colorectal cancer

New NCCN patient guideline explains when and how to screen for colorectal cancer

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN®) today announced the publication of new NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Colorectal Cancer Screening. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the fourth most frequently diagnosed cancer in the United States, with an estimated 104,270 new cases of colon cancer and 43,230 new cases of rectal cancer in 2021, and an estimated 52,980 …

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New review article outlines potential of SARS-CoV-2 genetic sequencing in patient care

New review article outlines potential of SARS-CoV-2 genetic sequencing in patient care

Creative rendition of SARS-CoV-2 particles (not to scale). Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH The rise of more transmissible variants of SARS-CoV-2 has spurred growing interest in harnessing information about the genetic sequences of these variants to help treat patients. A new joint consensus review from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) …

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Small primary care practices that received training in quality measures to enhance care improved patient outcomes

Small primary care practices that received training in quality measures to enhance care improved patient outcomes

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A team of family medicine researchers conducted an assessment to determine if the implementation of policies and workflows designed to improve quality of care in smaller primary care practices was associated with improved health outcomes for patients with cardiovascular disease. The study also examined whether enhancements in quality improvement capacity are …

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Doctor Talking to Patient

How does a surgeon’s language affect patient risk perception?

In this interview, we speak to Dr. Joshua E. Rosen about his latest research into treatment options and what role a surgeon’s language plays in people’s perception of its risks. Please could you introduce yourself and tell us what inspired your career in surgery? I am a general surgery resident at the University of Washington …

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Inflammatory cytokines may help predict patient outcomes after traumatic injury

Inflammatory cytokines may help predict patient outcomes after traumatic injury

Inflammatory cytokines are molecules that are secreted by immune cells to promote inflammation. A study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research found that measuring inflammatory cytokines may help predict patient outcomes after traumatic injury, which is the leading cause of mortality in individuals under 50 years of age. In the study of 58 patients …

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COVID-19 pandemic shifted patient attitudes about colorectal cancer screening

COVID-19 pandemic shifted patient attitudes about colorectal cancer screening

COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Colorectal Cancer Screening. Credit: American College of Surgeons The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on patients’ willingness to keep appointments for non-COVID-19 illnesses has been well documented, but a team of researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University report that for people hesitant to come into the hospital or an outpatient center to …

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AI tool pairs protein pathways with clinical side effects, patient comorbidities to suggest targeted COVID treatments

AI tool pairs protein pathways with clinical side effects, patient comorbidities to suggest targeted COVID treatments

Colorized transmission electron micrograph shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (orange), isolated from a patient. Credit: NIAID via NIH. The symptoms and side effects of COVID-19 are scattered across a diagnostic spectrum. Some patients are asymptomatic or experience a mild immune response, while others report significant long-term illnesses, lasting complications, or suffer fatal outcomes. Three researchers from …

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Study: Year-long COVID-19 infection reveals within-host evolution of SARS-CoV-2 in a patient with B cell depletion. Image Credit: NIAID

SARS-CoV-2 evolution promoted by long-term infection in patient with B cell depletion

Scientists have developed several coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines, which received approval or emergency use authorization (EUA) from global regulatory bodies to manage severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. SARS-CoV-2 is the causal agent of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed more than 4.8 million lives worldwide. Interestingly, previous studies have indicated that …

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Dialysis facility closures linked to patient hospitalizations and deaths

Dialysis facility closures linked to patient hospitalizations and deaths

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Some experts fear that recent reforms instated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services may lead to the closure of some dialysis facilities that treat patients with kidney failure. When investigators analyzed data from past dialysis facility closures, they found that patients affected by the closures experienced higher rates of …

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