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Promoting safety in U.K. hospitals

London - The U.K. government has recently launched a new health and safety initiative across the U.K. National Health Service. The new program is called “Sign Up to Safety.”

Study suggests higher mortality rates among depressed patients

Seville - Scientists in Europe have presented a study linking together depression and the likelihood that an individual will suffer heart failure.

Giving hospital gowns a makeover

There are many things about staying in hospital that are unpleasant for the patient, in addition to the procedure. These may include the environment, the food and even the gown. But one innovator wants to change what patients wear.

There's a village where dementia patients can lead a normal life

There is a Dutch village that allows those with dementia to live normal lives, while at the same time receiving proper care.

Microscopic bumps could repel hospital superbugs

New research suggests that coating surfaces in hospitals with microscopic bumps and ridges could repel hospital superbugs (or at least prevent their attachment).

New York expected to become next medical marijuana state

New York - New York could legalize medical marijuana as soon as this week after a proposal to that effect passed the state legislature on Friday.

Antimicrobial copper leads to patient safety

The U.K. health service have concluded that the use of products containing copper, which is an antimicrobial metal, is of benefit and enhances patient safety through minimizing hospital acquired infections.

Op-Ed: Doctors discourage others from joining the profession

According to The Daily Beast, nine out of 10 doctors discourage others from joining the profession, and 300 physicians commit suicide every year. A few years ago, physicians were named as having the second-most suicidal occupation.

Next step for smartphones? Keeping tabs on patients

Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, knows when his patients’ hearts are racing or their blood pressure is on the rise, even if they’re sitting at home.

A new healthy trend: Doctors fist bumping patients and colleagues

Morgantown - It has long been held that handshaking is a vector for the transfer of disease-causing bacteria from one individual to the next. But an on-the-rise greeting trend could be a step in the right direction for reducing the spread of disease.

Assisted-living patients in California abandoned for two days

Sheriff's deputies went to an assisted living facility on Saturday in Northern California, and they had to remove more than a dozen senior patients.

Op-Ed: Patient Quality Care — Obama Administration

The Obama Administration has always considered healthcare a central part of its plans. The government shutdown as a result of Republican attitudes towards what they and the media have dubbed ‘Obamacare’ has put thousands of families at risk.

Kansas GOP to legalize quarantine of HIV patients

The Kansas legislature is about to give the state the power to quarantine people with HIV and AIDS. It is expected that the legislation will become law within the next few weeks.

Patient education transforming U.S. healthcare industry

Austin - Who hasn’t searched on the Internet for symptoms, causes or treatments to a bothersome ailment? What if there was a way of connecting healthcare professionals and patients without traveling to a medical clinic or a hospital? Perhaps there already is.

NHS patients treated like 'battery hens', says MP

Ann Clwyd, a Labour MP and Chair of the Human Rights parliamentary group, accused the National Health Service (NHS) of inhumane treatment and fears the normalisation of cruelty is now rife.

Op-Ed: The fear of surgery — Surgical errors

Surgical errors have become far too common in hospitals today. With everything from operating on the wrong person, to infecting a healthy patient with non-sterile equipment, it is hard to trust our medical professionals in such an unstable environment.

Europe's response to the problem of antibiotic shortage

Brussels - The issues of antibiotic shortage and growing resistance of many microorganisms to antibiotics is a significant global health issue. Strategies to tackle this issue have varied worldwide.

Hormone predicts which kidney patients would die early

A recent study suggests measuring a specific hormone in kidney patients can help doctors identify whether they require dialysis or not.

Expert: Terminally ill patients should be aided to commit suicide

A UK dementia expert says terminally ill patients who wish to end their lives should be medically assisted to commit suicide.

Laptop stolen from hospital contained information on 600 patients

Burnaby - A laptop stolen from a hospital in British Columbia contained personal information on more than 600 patients. It held data such as names, birth dates and health card numbers.

Avastin cancer drug denied to NHS patients in the UK

Avastin, a drug that has been shown to increase the life span of people suffering from advanced bowel cancer, won't be offered to NHS patients in the United Kingdom after a ruling from NICE.

Nursing fatigue threatens patients

Nursing is a demanding job. Due to budget cuts and staffing shortages, nurses are being pushed harder than ever-at a cost to patients, a report states.

Obese patients less respected by doctors, Hopkins study suggests Special

A study, “Physician Respect for Patients with Obesity,” will be published in Nov. in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Findings indicate that physicians have less respect for obese patients. Lead researcher wishes hypothesis was "wrong."

Cancer patients hit with parking fees

A new survey indicates that over half of the patients being treated for cancer in England do not get free or reduced cost parking fees when they go for hospital treatment. This goes against the governments own guidelines.

Discovery may lead to new painkillers for cancer patients

German scientists have completed a study that suggests blocking a specific type of hormone-like molecule may help alleviate the pain experienced by cancer patients.

Two Hospitals Penalized for Dumping Patients on L.A.’s Skid Row

In a scandal that rocked the hospital industry, two Southern California facilities were handed stiff fines for dumping mentally ill patients on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles.

Health conditions linked with weather - be forewarned

When you get out of bed tomorrow morning, your arthritis is going to give you trouble. So tonight you remember to reschedule the knitting session with your friends. How do you know this?

Getting Up And Walking Could Be Future for I.C.U. Patients

Some revolutionary doctors are revising years of practice by getting their I.C.U. patients up and about as soon as medically possible. The hope is by starting physical activity it will shorten the time it takes to recover.

German Doctor Might Have Infected 2,000 Patients With HIV Virus

German medical authorities have suspended a doctor for reusing unsterilized needles on her patients. They believe more than 2,000 patients may have been infected with HIV or the Hepatitis virus.

Doctors Need To Ask If Cocaine Was Used When Patients Show Signs Of Heart Attack

The American Heart Association is warning emergency room doctors to ask patients that show signs of heart attacks if they used cocaine. It's a matter of life and death. Treatments used for heart patients can be lethal for those using cocaine.
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Prime Minister Julia Gillard speaks to patients and staff at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard speaks to patients and staff at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre.