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July 15, 2014
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Risks greater for pediatric emergency procedures on weekends
Pediatric emergency surgeries performed on weekends were associated with higher risks for postoperative complications and greater need for blood transfusions compared with weekday surgeries, according to an analysis in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery. The risk of death was greater, but researchers cautioned that the overall mortality risk remained very small. HealthDay News (7/11)
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Global antibiotics use rises 36%, study finds
A study in The Lancet Infectious Diseases found a 36% increase in the world's antibiotics use driven by economic growth in Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa. Consumption of broad-spectrum antibiotics increased sharply. Researchers called for global guidelines and a reporting system for antibiotic use. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (7/10)
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AAMC: U.S. suffers shortage in clinical training sites
A report by the Association of American Medical Colleges and other health groups revealed a progressive shortage of clinical training sites for medical school graduates, leading some to turn to alternatives including night shift rotations and community-based physician training. However, the American Academy of Family Physicians said that medical schools are developing ways to ensure clinical training despite the apparent shortage. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (7/14)
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Students design anti-bleeding injectable foam system
Johns Hopkins University undergraduates have created a new injectable foam system designed to stop bleeding and prevent wounded soldiers from losing too much blood before they reach a medical facility. Business Standard (India)/Press Trust of India (7/14)
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Univ. of Wis. hospital expands Med Flight helicopter service
The University of Wisconsin Hospital's Med Flight helicopter service now has two helicopters available around the clock for critical care transport. "We want Med Flight and our Level I trauma center to be even more accessible in the region," said critical care transport manager Frank Erdman. Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) (7/14)
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