2 years ago

Certain Antibiotic Might Combat Children's Wheezing Episodes

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TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Quickly clobbering a cold with a certain antibiotic might help kids who are prone to severe respiratory tract infections, a new study suggests.

Doctors generally are advised not to prescribe antibiotics for routine viruses like the common cold. But for especially vulnerable children, one antibiotic in particular -- azithromycin -- might thwart more serious illness, researchers said.

2 years ago

Maternal mortality falls by almost 50%

Pregnant womanImage copyright PA Image caption Maternal mortality has fallen by almost half since 1990 Pregnancy-related deaths have fallen by almost half in the past 25 years, according to a report by United Nations agencies published in The Lancet.

Around 303,000 women died of complications during pregnancy or up to six weeks after giving birth in 2015 - down from 532,000 in 1990.

Officials from the World Health Organisation (WHO) said the results showed "huge progress".

However, only nine countries hit targets set by the UN.

"This report will show that by the end of 2015 maternal mortality will have dropped by 44% from its levels from 1990," said Dr Lale Say, coordinator for reproductive health and research at the WHO.

But she warned that the progress was "uneven" - with 99% of deaths happening in developing countries.

While 39 countries reported "significant progress" in reducing pregnancy-related deaths, only nine countries achieved their targets.

"Many dentist in Boston ma countries with high maternal death rates will make little progress, or will fall behind, over the next 15 years if we don't improve the current number of available midwives and other health workers with midwifery skills," said Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the UN Population Fund.

Eastern Asia saw the greatest improvement, with maternal mortality falling from approximately 95 to 27 per 100,000 live births.

The UN now aims to reduce the global ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 by 2030.


2 years ago

Sunday GP opening 'not in demand'

Self-checking in for a GP appointmentImage copyright SCIENCE PHOTO more info LIBRARY Image caption The government wants patients to be able to access GP services seven days a week somewhere in their local area Four out of five people are happy with their GP surgery's opening hours, and Sunday appointment

2 years ago

Morning Break: Fukushima Cancer; Oprah and WW; 'Humaetna' Born

Japan has acknowledged that a worker at the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power installation has developed leukemia.

A landmark study finds that talk therapy -- in conjunction with lower doses of medication -- can help schizophrenia patients. (The New York Times)

Here's a brief guide to Big Pharma, courtesy of The Week.

Difficulty gaining access to pentobarbital and other drugs used for lethal injections forced Ohio to postpone executions of condemned prisoners until 2017.

Health insurance giants Aetna and Humana are set to become a single super giant after their shareholders approved a merger.

David Gorski at the Science Based Medicine blog takes a really, really close look at that study of Choosing Wisely's effectiveness.

BMJ blogger Richard Lehman wonders why anyone would use the acronym NEUROSIS for a trial of inhaled steroids for premature infants.

Oprah Winfrey put her money where her mouth is, buying a big block of stock in Weight Watchers and taking a seat on the WW board. (Dealbook New York Times)

"Diseases I Have According To WebMD." Let us know if you need a second opinion. (McSweeney's)

The American Heart Association acknowledged that the vice-chair of the committee that drafted the 2013 guidelines for the management of cholesterol failed to disclose $110,000 in research grants from Lilly for studies of an experimental cholesterol treatment. The AHA said the omission was inadvertent, but wrong. Oops. (Pharmalot/STAT)

A group of more info explorers found a lot more than they bargained for: leishmaniasis. (Maryn McKenna at Nat Geo)

Ex-NBA star Lamar Odom is reportedly doing better after his brush with death, apparently brought on by a combination of cocaine and herbal sexual enhancement drugs.

Also improving is the Scottish nurse who survived Ebola but returned to the hospital last week with late complication, according to Reuters.

The ICD-10 roll out hasn't been smooth across the board. Here's a guide to the OMG codes to guide doctors in the pain they're feeling in implementation. "OMG 000.19 Nervous breakdown due to ICD-10, fetal position." (Gomer Blog)

And here's a handy, illustrated guide to the ICD-10 called "Struck by Orca."

Work on a MERS vaccine is beginning, according to the WHO.

Morning Break is a daily guide to what's new and interesting on the Web for healthcare professionals, powered by the MedPage Today community. Got a tip? Send it to us:MPT_editorial@everydayhealthinc.com.


2 years ago

UK dental regulator launches confidential helpline for dental professionals

The General Dental Council (GDC) is today launching a new confidential helpline for dental professionals who may have a concern that they need to raise at work.

Principle 8 of Standards for the Dental Team is to 'raise concerns if patients are at risk'.

It sets out the obligations of every registered dental professional to put patients' interests first and act to protect them. This means that any dental professional must raise a concern if they believe patients or colleagues are at risk, and they must act on any concern that is raised.

However, the GDC does understand that raising a concern is often easier said than done.

Whilst there is a professional responsibility to raise concerns, taking the decision to raise a concern can be a very difficult one, for a click range of reasons. Knowing who to raise your concern with you can also https://www.metlife.com/ be challenging.

The GDC has teamed up with Public Concern at Work - a charity that provides free, confidential advice to people who are concerned about wrongdoing at work to produce new advice for its registrants.

This guidance can be found on the GDC website here.

A confidential helpline has also been launched for dental professionals who wish to discuss their concerns with an impartial adviser.

This helpline is being run by Public Concern at Work. You can call them on 0800 668 1329.


2 years ago

UK scientists apply to modify embryos

EmbryoImage copyright SPL UK scientists are seeking permission to genetically modify human embryos for the first time.

Researchers at The Francis Crick Institute in London want to use a controversial genetic technique to carry out research into infertility.

The embryos would be destroyed after the research and not implanted into the womb.

The government's fertility watchdog said it had received the application, which would be looked at in d