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Hospital, Medication, Prescribing, Errors

Reducing Hospital Medication Prescribing Errors

Physicians and pharmacists can reduce adverse drug events in hospital patients by understanding the causes of most medication prescribing errors, according to a study by Albany Medical Center (Albany, NY) researchers in the Jan. 22 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study is the first to quantify the most common causes of hospital medication prescribing errors, which occur approximately four times for every 1,000 prescriptions. Embargoed: 4 p.m. (EST) Tuesday, January, 21, 1997

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Health, care, Communication, Doctor, Patient, Quality

Patient and Physician Communication

Hopkins School of Public Health Researchers analyzed the content of patient-physician communication and identified five communication patterns that directly impact both patient and physician satisfaction, as well as the quality of care.

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Genetics, Lipids, Heart, Disease, Hyperlipidemia, Cardiology, Mouse, Cholesterol, Triglyceride

Mouse Mimics Disorder Leading to Heart Disease

Researchers at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and colleagues have developed as mouse model for the most common genetic cause of a lipid disorder associated with premature heart disease.

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Parkinson's, Disease, Migraine, Persian, GULF, War, Syndrome

Neurology News Briefs January 1997

News Briefs from Neurology 1) New Treatment Developed for Parkinson's Disease 2) Study Shows New Treatment for Menstrual Migraine 3) Persian Gulf War Symptoms Not Related to Exposure to Toxins

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Upenn, NGF, Nerve, Growth, Factor, Cancer, Genetics, Therapy

NGF Cancer Gene Therapy Strategy

Nerve growth factor (NGF) helps immature neurons survive and differentiate. Now, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center have discovered that, paradoxically, NGF can also induce massive cell suicide among childhood brain tumor cells engineered to express the receptor for NGF. The surprising findings, reported in the January 15 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience, suggest a new cancer gene therapy approach.

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Liposuction, Liposhaving, Plastic, Cosmetic, Reconstructive, Surgery

"Liposhaving" vs. Liposuction

Liposhaving, an improved form of liposuction, is now available at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. The procedure is more advantageous than traditional liposuction because it is far less traumatic to facial tissue and can also be done under direct visualization.

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Adverse, drug, Events, Health, care, Cost, Economics

JAMA - Drugs Errors Costly to Health Care System

The substantial expense of drug errors, as well as the increased risk of morbidity and mortality, justifies investing in efforts to prevent them from happening, according to a series of articles and an editorial in this week's issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). EMBARGOED: 3 p.m. (CT) TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1997

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Ahcpr, Research, Activities, Quality, care, Cost, Primary, Specialty, Elderly, Women

Highlights From AHCPR'S November Research Activities

Here are some of the findings described in the most recent issue of AHCPR's Research Activities.

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Physician Assisted, Suicide, End Of Life, Issues, HIV, Tuberculosis, Mumps, Antig

January Tip Sheet Annals of Internal Medicine

January 15, 1997 Annals of Internal Medicine Tip 1) Providing Quality Care for Dying Patients; Practical Issues for Physician-Assisted Suicide 2) Tuberculosis in HIV-Infected Individuals More Common in Eastern United States 3) Medical Decision Rules Should Not Be Based On Medical Necessity, Cost-Effectiveness

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Epilepsy, Diet, Nutrition, Seizures, Pediatrics

High-fat Diet Controls Pediatric Epilepsy

Neurologists and nutritionists at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center are using a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet to control seizures in epileptic children who do not respond to, or cannot tolerate, medication. The "ketogenic diet" was actually devised in the 1920s, but fell out of favor with the advent of effective anti-seizure medications.







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