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December 7, 2012
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  Critical Care Update 
  • CDC study links fungal infection to tornado victims
    A report in the New England Journal of Medicine advises physicians treating patients injured in a natural disaster, such as the Joplin, Mo., tornado, to watch for soft tissue fungal infections that can occur following penetrating wounds. The CDC study documented 13 cases of necrotizing cutaneous mucormycosis following the Joplin tornado, and five of the patients died. Medscape (free registration) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Need for early NICU therapeutic intervention seen in study
    Early therapeutic interventions in the NICU may be needed to help the muscle and nerve development of premature infants, according to a small study from Washington University in St. Louis. Therapeutic intervention can help preterm infants interact with caregivers and gain muscle tone, researchers said. Missourinet (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Increasing survival rates seen for extremely premature babies
    The number of babies who survived after being born before 27 weeks of gestation increased in Europe from 1995 to 2006, but the prevalence of severe disabilities due to premature birth remained about the same, according to two studies in the British Medical Journal. Reuters (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medicine in the News 
  • FDA approves more drugs this year
    The FDA has approved 31 new drugs in 2012 for conditions including cancer, HIV, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. The total is the most since 2004, reflecting faster drug development. A separate report showed that in fiscal year 2012 the agency granted 35 new approvals. The Wall Street Journal (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • About 9 in 10 U.S. hospitals encounter a data breach, report says
    A Ponemon Institute report finds about nine out of 10 U.S. hospitals surveyed have experienced a data breach since 2010, with almost 50% reporting more than five incidents and an average of about 2,800 records being compromised per incident. Stolen laptops or mobile devices were cited as the main cause of breaches, followed by employee negligence and third-party errors. DOTMed.com (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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