The Latest on the Battle Against Antibiotic Resistance in Hospitals

Diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhea, and tuberculosis once posed a huge threat to ordinary Americans; according to the Centers for Disease Control, these three illnesses were responsible for a third of all deaths during the 20th century. Cancer and heart disease have since taken over as the top killers, but the threat of bacterial illness has by no means left. Today, experts fear the rise of superbugs — diseases resistant to antibiotics. These illnesses are of particular concern in hospitals, where close quarters and weak immune systems leave patients uniquely susceptible. Keep reading to learn where the medical community stands…

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When Doctors Get Sick: How They Navigate Medical Issues

Everybody needs a medical checkup from time to time — even highly-skilled doctors. While medical professionals can often spot symptoms that might escape those with less training, self-treatment is never recommended. Doctors face several obstacles in their quest for optimal personal health, as outlined below: Ceding Control Years of in-depth training may convince health care professionals that they know it all — and that they’re capable of working through medical problems without further assistance. In reality, however, many doctors specialize in a specific area of medicine (oncology or geriatrics, for example) and are therefore not qualified to treat all conditions….

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Keep Your Trick-or-Treater Safe with These Six Safety Tips

Halloween is one of the most exciting times for your children. They get to dress up as their favorite character, eat candy, and watch scary movies. As a parent, however, it’s important to make sure your kids have a fun and safe holiday by following a few crucial safety tips. 6 Halloween Safety Tips for Your Trick-or-Treater Plan costumes accordingly. Bright and reflective costumes are safer, but if your child’s costume is dark, you can add reflective tape or give them a bright trick-or-treat bag. Make sure their shoes fit well and that their costumes are short enough to prevent…

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What American Doctors And Hospitals Can Learn From International Health Care Successes

The United States may be home to several of the world’s finest medical facilities, but it’s impossible to escape the fact that, in many ways, we lag behind other nations in terms of health care. Thankfully, success stories abound throughout the world. These triumphs grant hope that we too can improve outcomes. The following are just a few of the most promising developments in international health care: Rwanda’s Miraculous Health Care Transformation In just over two decades, Rwanda has transformed from a country torn apart by genocide to one of the world’s most remarkable health care success stories. This comes…

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How to Use the 2018 SoberRide Program for Halloween

Statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that drunk driving accidents increase on Halloween. According to NHTSA, 44 percent of motor vehicle accident deaths on Halloween night between 2012 and 2016 involved drunk drivers. The National Safety Council reports that children have a twofold risk of being killed by drunk drivers on Halloween. Fortunately, you have options for getting home safely from a Halloween party in the D.C. area. SoberRide is a designated driver program that is operated by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP). The program partners with Lyft, a ridesharing service, to offer inebriated…

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Halloween Tips and Tricks for Parents of Toddlers: How to Handle First-Time Trick-Or-Treating

For decades, trick-or-treating has been a Halloween rite of passage. Kids love the costumes and the candy, but parents? Not necessarily. For parents of toddlers (especially first-time trick-or-treaters), this holiday is little more than a source of stress. From scary houses to excessive sugar, a lot can go wrong. Follow these simple steps to ensure more treats than tricks: Avoid Elaborate Costumes Preteens love to go all out with crazy costumes, but with toddlers, simple is always best. When in doubt, avoid fancy headpieces or other elaborate accessories. Most toddlers struggle with masks, so opt for nontoxic face paint instead….

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Are Pedestrian Accidents on the Rise in the DC Area?

Pedestrians in the DC area are advised to become extra vigilant as they are walking along the streets of our communities. Local crashes are leaving a string of victims, many of whom are seriously injured and others whose death leaves a mourning family. The first concern in attempting to prevent a spike from becoming a trend is to make drivers and pedestrians aware of the situation and re-educate everyone on basic safety guidelines for sharing the roads and obeying traffic signals. Are Pedestrian Accidents Getting Out of Hand in the DC Area? Listed below are just a handful of recent…

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The Dangers of Medical Record Hacking: What You Should Know

New threats emerge regularly in the health care community, but one of the greatest dangers looks little like you’d expect. It’s not an aggressive new form of cancer or an antibiotic-resistant illness: it’s the hacking of medical records. Healthcare data breaches have become increasingly common in recent years; a report from Protenus’ Breach Barometer suggests that the 477 reported healthcare breaches in 2017 impacted 5.579 million patient records. Experts believe that information obtained through medical hacks is actually more valuable than credit card data. Thankfully, medical providers finally appear to be rounding the corner on data security. Read more to…

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Nootropics: How Safe Are They, Exactly?

In a competitive workforce and academic sphere, employees and students are more desperate than ever to gain an edge on the competition. Several believe that nootropics — drugs specifically designed to enhance cognitive function — represent that edge. Proponents claim that nootropics are highly beneficial and 100 percent safe, but a growing body of research suggests otherwise. Read on to learn more about these drugs — and why experts are sounding the alarm. Defining Nootropics Much of the danger surrounding nootropics lies in the struggle to define and classify these substances. Depending on whom you ask, nootropics could include dietary…

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The Hidden Dangers of Infant Walkers — Why Doctors Are Calling For a Ban

Baby walkers may be cute, but experts warn that they’re deceptively dangerous. According to an alarming NPR report, walkers are responsible for over 2,000 hospital emergency room visits every year. Additionally, a study recently published in the journal Pediatrics reveals that 230,000 children under the age of 15 months were treated in United States emergency departments for walker-related injuries such as concussions and skull fractures. Read on to learn more about the dangers of walkers — and how they cause developmental delays. Why Are Walkers So Dangerous? Experts have long regarded walkers as a hazard. Already in 1994, the Consumer…

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