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2015 march medical news

Thursday 09, April 2015

Another month passed. Any medical news in March? Sure!

Fight against the Alzheimers disease.

The first gold standard technique for measuring brain tissue loss - an early sign of Alzheimers disease - has been validated in a new study led by UCLA researchers.

The team found there was a strong correlation between hippocampal volume and tau protein accumulation and brain cell loss. The researchers say this provides "pathological confirmation" that hippocampal morphometry is a valid biomarker for Alzheimer's and that HarP is an effective technique to measure it.

Diagnostic is always very important step in fighting the disease.

More brain.

A study estimates that by 2030 around 60000 Americans a year will develop chronic brain bleeds with many needing neurosurgery. This may put a strain on the medical community.

The researchers note that patients being treated for chronic SDH are also likely to require longer hospital stays than those being treated for brain tumors; they often need more comprehensive physical therapy and rehabilitation.

And this means more work for CNAs, LPNs and RNs.

Military tech.

Both patients and physicians may benefit from a "work flow" system developed at military medical facilities and tested at a Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center clinic, according to results of an efficiency study.
Specifically, the clinic increased its daily patient volume by 31.4 percent, from an average of four patients per day to five patients per day. During the clinic's busy season, from January to July, doctors in the clinic saw 10 patients per day with the new work flow in place, up from five patients per day.

Quite a performance boost, isn't it?

Gender problems.

Male registered nurses are earning more than female registered nurses across settings, specialties and positions, and this pay gap has not narrowed over time, says a new analysis of salary trends published in JAMA.

The researchers analyzed nationally representative data from the last six quadrennial National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses studies (1988-2008; including 87,903 RNs) and data from the American Community Survey (2001-13; including 205,825 RNs). In both studies, the proportion of men in the sample was 7%.

So time goes on, nothing actually changes.