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Fitness trackers accurately measure heart rate but not calories burned, study finds

Fitness trackers accurately measure heart rate but not calories burned, Stanford study finds Millions of people wear some kind of wristband activity tracker and use the device to monitor their own exercise and health, often sharing the data with their physician. But is the data accurate? Such people can take heart in knowing that if…

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Study shows one of the deadliest hospital-acquired infections is preventable

For some hospital patients, going on a ventilator is often the difference between life and death. About 800,000 hospital patients undergo mechanical ventilation each year in the United States due to a variety of illnesses or conditions, such as a brain injury, stroke or pneumonia. A ventilator can provide much-needed assistance to patients with their…

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Major teaching hospitals have lower mortality rates, study finds

Patients who are admitted to a major teaching hospital are less likely to die than patients admitted to nonteaching hospitals, according to a study published Tuesday by JAMA. “Academic medical centers are often considered more expensive than community hospitals, and some insurers have excluded AMCs from their networks in an attempt to control costs, assuming…

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Baking soda shortage forces hospitals to postpone surgeries, treatments

Hospitals nationwide are delaying major operations and chemotherapy due to a major shortage of a simple, yet crucial drug — sodium bicarbonate solution, reports The New York Times. Here are five things to know. 1. Sodium bicarbonate solution — which contains baking soda as a base ingredient — is used for open heart surgery, some…

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Ineffective Antibiotics Form Strong Teams Against Deadly Super Bacteria

In the fight against super bacteria, University at Buffalo scientists are relying on strength in numbers to win the battle against drug resistance. A team of researchers found that combinations of three antibiotics – that are each ineffective against superbugs when used alone – are capable of eradicating two of the six ESKAPE pathogens when…

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Double-blind Study Suggests Humans Have Olfactory Defense Against Contagious Disease

(Medical Xpress)—A European team of researchers working at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet has found evidence that suggests that humans have an olfactory defense against contagious diseases. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes experiments they conducted with volunteers undergoing fMRI scans while viewing photos and sniffing body odor…

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Care Management Program Reduced Health Care Costs in Partners Pioneer ACO

Across the country, health care is going through a transformation both in how care is delivered and how it is paid for. These alternative payment models, such as Medicare’s Accountable Care Organization (ACO), require health care delivery organizations to share in the financial risk associated with their patients’ medical spending and encourage health care providers…

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Himalayan Powerhouses: How Sherpas Have Evolved Superhuman Energy Efficiency

Sherpas have evolved to become superhuman mountain climbers, extremely efficient at producing the energy to power their bodies even when oxygen is scarce, suggests new research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The findings could help scientists develop new ways of treating hypoxia – lack of oxygen – in…

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Brain Fights West Nile Virus in Unexpected Way

In a turnabout, a biochemical self-destruct trigger found in many other types of cells appears to guard the lives of brain cells during an infection with West Nile virus. UW Medicine scientists led research showing that this chemical pathway doesn’t have to sacrifice brain cells to destroy the viruses and recruit the body’s defenses against…

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Seeking Dynamic – High Energy – Leadership Oriented Risk Management Professionals

The Clinical Risk Manager is responsible for the daily risk management activities, including investigating, managing and analyzing risk management data; complying with risk management standards of The Joint Commission, and other accrediting agencies. RESPONSIBILITIES • Coordinates the risk management program to meet the needs of the institution • Performs investigation of potentially reportable incidents •…

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