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Hospitals' high-tech tools track who's washing their hands
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More hospitals are exploring new technological alternatives to the traditional "secret shopper" method of monitoring whether physicians, nurses and other health professionals clean their hands when they are supposed to. Systems using wireless, infrared, radio frequency identification and alcohol-sensing technology offer the promise of more accurate data on hand-hygiene compliance while gently reminding forgetful health professionals to wash up before interacting with patients. So far, hospitals are using the technology to gauge their hand-hygiene performance and encourage compliance while steering clear of using the data in punitive ways. More



Novel minimally invasive surgery tames fulminant C. difficile
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For patients with fulminant Clostridium difficile colitis, minimally invasive temporary loop ileostomy with colonic lavage may offer a novel life- and colon-saving alternative to colectomy. In a series of 42 consecutive patients with severe complicated C. difficile colitis who underwent the surgery, 30-day mortality was only 19 percent and 93 percent preserved their colon, Dr. Brian Zuckerbraun reported. "This approach may prove to be a better alternative to colectomy, because the colon is usually viable and can recover," he said. More

Benefit seen for ovary removal at hysterectomy
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Removing the ovaries at the same time as the uterus made a small risk of subsequent ovarian cancer even smaller without significantly increasing other risks, results of a large observational study showed. Among more than 25,000 women without a family history of ovarian cancer who had a hysterectomy, those keeping their ovaries were later diagnosed with ovarian cancer at a rate of 0.33 percent, compared with 0.02 percent in the women who also had elective bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, reported Vanessa L. Jacoby, M.D., M.A.S., of the University of California San Francisco, and colleagues. More

Higher income linked to increased breast cancer incidence
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Breast cancer incidence was highest among women residing in the highest neighborhood income quintile, while residence in the lowest quintile was associated with a 15 percent lower risk of breast cancer diagnosis, according to a study published online in Statistics Canada. Lower socio-economic status is linked with increased incidence and mortality for most chronic diseases and several types of cancer. However, the relationship between income and breast cancer may be inverted even when risk factors such as parity, age at first birth and hormone use are taken into account, according to Marilyn J. Borugian, M.D., of the British Columbia Cancer Agency in Vancouver, and colleagues. More

Prescription data mining case reaches Supreme Court
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Do states have the right to make doctors' prescription data private? Or do data mining companies have the right to gather that data and sell it? These are the questions before the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices hear arguments over Vermont's data mining law. Drugmakers will be watching the case closely because they use that prescription data to market their drugs. But so will other industries that rely on data disclosure as well as privacy advocates and free speech champions. More

Supreme Court turns down Virginia's request to expedite review of health care law
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The U.S. Supreme Court turned down Virginia's request that it rule immediately on the constitutionality of the nation's health care overhaul. The decision to reject Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II's request for expedited review, announced routinely without elaboration or noted dissent, is not surprising. The court rarely takes up issues that have not received a full review in the nation's appeals courts. More

Studies suggest higher risk of blood clots with some birth control pills
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Papers just published by the British Medical Journal add to the evidence that the latest type of birth control pills may confer a higher risk of blood clots than older kinds of oral contraceptives. The newer pills contain a synthetic hormone called drospirenone. Still, the studies aren't definitive, as editorial in BMJ notes. In a statement, Bayer, maker of Yaz and Yasmin, criticized the studies as flawed and affirmed the safety of its pills. More

Study confirms lymphoma-implant link
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A rare type of lymphoma that forms around breast implants may be more common than recognized, but the disease does not require systemic treatment once the implants are removed, according to an expert consensus panel. The slow-growing anaplastic large cell lymphoma, an indolent form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, that is linked to breast implants has a better prognosis than systemic cases, Soeren Mattke, M.D., and colleagues reported. Taking out the implant and capsule of tissue around it would likely prevent recurrence without need for adjuvant radiation or chemotherapy, they said. More
 
 
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