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January 16, 2013
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  • Pentagon: Military suicides at record high
    Military suicides reached a record high in 2012, outpacing deaths in combat, the Pentagon says. The number of active-duty troops committing suicide grew by 15% over 2011 levels to 349, despite efforts to raise awareness and increase prevention strategies. The Baltimore Sun/Reuters (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: For elderly, diet may not affect health outcomes
    Restricting dietary intake of sugar and fat in a bid to trim excess weight or help treat conditions in people over 75 years of age may not have a significant impact on health outcomes, according to a new study from Penn State and the Geisinger Healthcare System. Researchers interviewed participants about their diets and tracked medical conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and metabolic syndrome through EHRs to inform the study. (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • System allows creation of patient avatars to improve surgeries
    Surgeons at St. Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, are using technology that creates patient avatars on computer screens. Dr. Peter Choong, director of orthopedic surgery at the hospital, said the "stealth guidance machine" allows for accurate navigation of patients' bodies during brain and spine surgeries. The system works by using data from PET and other patient scans to create a 3D model of the head or spine that can be matched to patients during surgery. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PCI outcomes in patients with diabetes are improving
    Diabetes patients today may have a reduced risk of heart attack and stroke following percutaneous coronary intervention than in past decades, according to a study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Researchers also noted fewer negative hospital-related outcomes in patients. A second study notes that patients with diabetes may face greater risk of complications than patients without diabetes; however, utilization of drug-eluting stents seemed to mitigate some of that risk. (1/7) , (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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