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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.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti

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.
In the Media by Kaiser Health News

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.
In the Media by W. Mark Dendy

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.
In the Media by Owen Weldon - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Victoria Heckstall - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Owen Weldon - 10 comments

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.
In the Media by Andrew Moran

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.
In the Media by Steve Hayes - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Donald Quinn - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Anish Girdhar

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.
In the Media by Andrew John - 6 comments

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.
In the Media by Lynn Curwin

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.
In the Media by Jane Fazackarley - 6 comments

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.
In the Media by KJ Mullins

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."
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews

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.
In the Media by Jane Fazackarley

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.
In the Media by Bob Ewing - 5 comments

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.
In the Media by Sandy Sand - 2 comments

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?
In the Media by Moushumi Chakrabarty - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by KJ Mullins - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Chris V. Thangham - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by KJ Mullins - 2 comments

Heart Patients To Thankfully Face Keyhole Surgery

It could well mean the end of an era with regard to the way heart surgery is dealt with. Taking away the patient from the daunting hours of theatre, Frailer heart patients in particular, could now face only keyhole surgery instead
In the Media by Michelle Duffy - 3 comments

The End of the Road in the Hands of UK Care Means the End of Your Rights

In the UK, it is feared that as soon as we reach an elderly age were we are at the mercy of the care home system or the NHS, our basic human rights drop out of the window, yet who is to blame? Those seated securely in the government have much to ask
In the Media by Michelle Duffy - 1 comment

Rise in Cancer Will Cause Massive Doctor Shortage

Despite medical advances and early detection, some experts fear that a soar in cancer cases will produce a massive doctor shortage. By 2020, the number of cancer patients and survivors is expected to increase by 55 percent.
In the Media by Lisa Angotti - 9 comments

We Wouldn't Trust Our Hospital With Our Lives Says NHS Staff

Nearly two thirds of UK NHS staff would not like to ever be a patient in their own Trusts, according to a new survey
In the Media by Michelle Duffy - 1 comment

Patients are buying an experimental cancer drug over the internet

A drug called DCA is bought by the patients through internet.
In the Media by Jishpar - 4 comments
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