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Cameras, Feedback Up Hospital Hand Washing

MANHASSET, N.Y., Feb. 7 (UPI) — U.S. researchers said cameras with views of every sink and sanitizer dispenser to record hand hygiene of healthcare workers changed hand washing behavior. Dr. Bruce Farber of North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., and colleagues evaluated healthcare worker hand hygiene with the use of remote video auditing in […]

Some 4,500 Children Hospitalized For Abuse

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb. 6 (UPI) — More than 4,500 U.S. children were hospitalized in 2006 due to child abuse, researchers at the Yale School of Medicine found. Study leader Dr. John M. Leventhal, a professor of pediatrics and medical director of the Child Abuse and Child Abuse Prevention Programs at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, […]

Mortality Rate After Age 80 Underestimated

CHICAGO, Feb. 6 (UPI) — Due to an error in computation, the odds of living to a ripe old age in the United States are much lower than previously thought, researchers said. Leonid A. Gavrilov and Natalia S. Gavrilova of NORC at the University of Chicago, formerly known as the National Opinion Research Center, said […]

U.S. To Reduce Heart Attacks By 1 Million

BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 6 (UPI) — A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiative aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years, officials said. Dr. Susan B. Shurin, acting director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, said as part of its 10th anniversary, The Heart Truth […]

Magnetic Therapy For Depression Promising

MAYWOOD, Ill., Feb. 7 (UPI) — Psychotherapy and antidepressants treat only about one-third of patients who suffer depression, but a magnetic therapy is promising, a U.S. researcher said. Dr. Murali Rao of Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., said nearly 300 U.S. centers offer the treatment, called transcranial magnetic stimulation, a treatment that sends […]

Worldwide Malaria Deaths On Downward Trend

SEATTLE, Feb. 5 (UPI) — Deaths from malaria have been on a downward trend for the past several years, U.S. researchers say. The researchers’ study, published in The Lancet, found global malaria deaths increased from 995,000 in 1980 to a peak of 1.82 million deaths in 2004 and then falling to 1.24 million in 2010. […]

Diabetes Helped By Any Exercise

LONDON, Feb. 3 (UPI) — Intermittent exercise with and without low oxygen concentrations can improve insulin sensitivity in those with type 2 diabetes, British researchers found. However, the study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, found exercise while under hypoxic conditions — low oxygen concentrations — provides greater improvement in glycemic control […]

Facebook Doesn’t Help Low Self-Esteem

WATERLOO, Ontario, Feb. 3 (UPI) — People with low self-esteem tend to bombard friends on Facebook with negative news of their lives — making themselves less likable, Canadian researchers say. Amanda Forest, a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, and her adviser, Joanne Wood, asked students how they felt about Facebook. People with low […]

Map Pinpoints Areas Of Lyme Disease

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb. 4 (UPI) — A tick survey shows a risk of Lyme disease in the Northeast from Maine to Virginia, but most of the South free of Lyme disease-carrying ticks, researchers say. Lead author Dr. Maria A. Diuk-Wasser of the Yale School of Public Health and colleagues found high infection risk confined […]

Anemia Triples Risk Of Death After Stroke

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb. 4 (UPI) — Being anemic could triple the risk of dying within a year after having a stroke, said researchers at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. Lead researcher Dr. Jason Sico, an assistant professor of neurology at Yale University School of Medicine, said anemia is a common […]

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