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New research finds positive health technique for stressed nurses
Within the healthcare industry and beyond, daily exposure to stress can lead to negative consequences for employees both on and off the job — from apathy and burnout to physical illness or mental impairments. New Open Access research published in Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health suggests the implementation of a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program can reduce employee stress and burnout.
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Untreated spider bite leaves exterminator needing heart, lung transplant
The Charlotte Observer
The tattoo on Richard Jenkins' left shin is of a black widow spider. Below the spider tattoo is a circular scar, smaller than a pencil eraser. Both mark the spot where Jenkins believes a black widow spider bit the 31-year-old exterminator seven years ago and left the husband and father of two daughters so sick that without new lungs and a new heart, he will likely die.
Black-market lottery: Organ donation and the international transplant trade
While accurate statistics are difficult to find, some suggest that up to 15 percent of the world's transplants are performed using illegally obtained organs via an international black market web of organ brokers. The brokers bring recipients and donors together with transplant surgeons working out of fly-by-night medical clinics. The process is unregulated, illegal and the risks to both donor and recipient are high.
Dampening immune response may encourage lung transplant rejection
The Medical News
Organ transplant patients routinely receive drugs that stop their immune systems from attacking newly implanted hearts, livers, kidneys or lungs, which the body sees as foreign.
But new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that broadly dampening the immune response, long considered crucial to transplant success, may encourage lung transplant rejection.
Telemedicine: The future of medicine
There are many reasons for the increasingly prevalent use of telemedicine. What may have started out as a way to deliver improved health care services to rural areas, has now exploded to include ways to extend the availability of services to everyone and produce cost benefits both to health care providers and to the patient.
Big rise in Scottish heart transplant operations
The number of heart transplants carried out on patients in Scotland tripled in 2013, figures have revealed.
There were 24 heart transplants last year, up from eight in 2012, the Scottish Government said.
Stethoscopes may spread bacteria
Researchers have found that the diaphragm of a stethoscope can become filthy with antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as potentially deadly MRSA.
They discovered that a diaphragm will pick up more bacteria during a patient examination than any part of the doctor's hand except the fingertips.
The tube of the stethoscope also can become laden with bacteria, and the contamination level of both the diaphragm and the tube increases with the amount of bacteria on the doctor's fingertips, the study said.
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