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Safeguards May Be Reducing Serious Catheter Infections

Posted 23 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 – Improved catheter safety measures in hospitals significantly reduce bloodstream infections and health care costs, a new study indicates. "Safety interventions are a win-win for both patients and hospitals," said study leader Dr. Teryl Nuckols of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She is director of the center's division of general internal medicine. More than 60,000 primary bloodstream infections related to central venous catheters occur each year in the United States. About 12 percent of these infections end in death, according to background notes with the study. These catheters, also known as central lines, are widely used in intensive care units. They're placed in large veins in the arm, chest, neck or groin to deliver medications, fluids or blood to patients. To prevent serious infections, hospitals have introduced new safety procedures in recent ... Read more

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Summer Spurs Calls to Poison Centers

Posted 12 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 12, 2015 – The wet spring in many parts of the United States has led to mold and mildew in some homes, leading people to get out the bleach. As a result, calls about bleach exposure are on the rise this summer, the Nebraska Regional Poison Center says. Household bleach can cause problems if it gets in the eyes or is swallowed. Also, bleach should never be used with other cleaning products. When bleach comes into contact with other cleaners that contain acids or ammonia, a dangerous gas can form. Summer also brings an increase in calls about insect bites and stings, and barbecue-related toxins, the poison center said in a news release. If someone is stung, watch closely for signs of an allergic reaction, especially within the first hour, the poison center said. Many people use DEET-containing insect repellents. These products should be applied sparingly to skin and ... Read more

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U.S. Kids Not Drinking Enough Water Each Day

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Many American children and teens aren't consuming enough liquids – especially water – and that lack of hydration could affect their physical and mental health, a new study suggests. The findings "highlight a potential health issue that has not been given a whole lot of attention in the past," study author Erica Kenney, a postdoctoral research fellow in social and behavioral sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health, said in a Harvard news release. "Even though for most of these kids this is not an immediate, dramatic health threat, this is an issue that could really be reducing quality of life and well-being for many, many children and youth," she added. One expert in child health agreed. "Children – due to their slower acclimation to heat and greater surface area than adults – can be more susceptible to dehydration than adults," said Nancy ... Read more

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Health Tip: Avoiding Leg Cramps

Posted 20 May 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Painful leg cramps can happen to anyone, but tend to be common among seniors. The AARP recommends: Gently stretch and flex the leg to ease a cramp. Ask your doctor if a medication, such as a statin or diuretic, could be causing your leg cramps. Make sure your electrolyte levels are normal. Below-normal levels of potassium, magnesium or calcium could trigger leg cramps. Drink plenty of fluids. Make sure the covers aren't too tight on your bed. Choose shoes with proper arch support. Read more

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