Monthly Archives: June 2013

Investigation Follows Trail of a Virus in Hospitals

A detailed investigation of the viral illness first detected last year in Saudi Arabia has revealed the chilling ease with which the virus can spread to ill patients in the hospital — and its ability to infect some close contacts … Continue reading

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Education of a cancer nurse

Excerpted from “I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse” “You’re a good girl,” he tells me. “You’re a good nurse.” *** Am I? Maybe Roger is right to say so, but he … Continue reading

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Few Wash Hands Properly, Study Finds

“Researchers discreetly watched 3,749 people, 60 percent of them women, after they used public toilets in a Michigan college town. Over all, 10.3 percent did not wash their hands at all, and 22.8 percent used no soap. The remainder did … Continue reading

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Home palliative care services double people’s chances of dying at home and reduce symptoms:

Home palliative care services double people’s chances of dying at home and reduce symptoms: A new Cochrane review led by King’s College London has found that providing home palliative care doubles the odds that someone with a terminal illness can … Continue reading

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Anglican Pastoral Care team puts religion on back burner

The members of Maitland Hospital’s newly formed pastoral care team are not here to push religion. More simply, the Anglican Church parishioners are on hand to just listen. “We just go and visit people without question and we are always … Continue reading

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Approaching Death

A nurse goes from the ER o a hospice, and changes the way she thinks about life and its end. A moving essay from slate,com.    

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Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine

Hospitals are spaces of birth and death, and of hovering between the two. For the acutely sick, they are disorienting and frightening places. For medical professionals, they are busy workplaces. In the gap between the expertise of doctors and nurses … Continue reading

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California to Expand Medicaid

“The State Legislature passed a major piece of the federal Affordable Care Act on Saturday, opting to expand Medicaidto 1.4 million low-income people in California as it rushed to meet its deadline to complete a state budget.” reports the NY Times.

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This Is Your Brain on Coffee

From  The New York Times Magazine. In a 2012 study of humans, researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of Miami tested the blood levels of caffeine in older adults with mild cognitive impairment, or the first … Continue reading

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Surgery Patients Embrace New-Age Wonder Drug: The iPad

“The iPad already has won the hearts of doctors across the country, and now, they’ve started experimenting with the popular tablet computer as an anxiety reducer for children. Doctors at the University of Chicago use an app that recreates the in-utero sound … Continue reading

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