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Study: Higher PEEP Improves Outcomes in ARDS Patients

Mortality in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) remains high. These patients require mechanical ventilation strategies that include high positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP). It remains controversial if high PEEP can improve outcomes for ARDS patients, wholesome improvement in oxygenation in response to PEEP. In this meta-analysis, we aimed at the effects of high PEEP on ARDS patients.

Role of Dexamethasone in the Para-vertebral Block

Surgery for aortic coarctation requires special care during anesthesia due to severe pain during the lateral thoracotomy incision, intraoperative hemodynamic instability and the need for large doses of intra- and postoperative analgesics and vasodilators. Additionally, the postoperative care of patients is very important.

Health Insurance Cover Can Protect Your Wealth, Experts

Adversities hit you without a warning. Especially if they are to do with a catastrophic illness. Most people have that family member who has been diagnosed with a dreaded illness and finds it challenging to manage financially. It is surprising that to hear that almost 44% of India's population is not covered by health insurance.

Further, the average insurance cover of ? 2 lakh is grossly inadequate to cover the expenses for any large illness. In such situations, people dip into their savings or take loans or sell assets to fund treatments. As per a report by EY, 70% of healthcare spending in 2016 was out of pocket and only 2% was through private insurance, the balance of 28% being borne by the government.

Mental Health: Council Plans Survey in Nepal

The Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC) is preparing to launch the National Mental Health Survey for the first time in Nepal. According to the council, they will be following the ‘Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI) Adult and MINI-Kid version 7.0.2’ tool created by Dr. David Vincent Sheehan, a famous physiatrist and a professor emeritus at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.

Powerful Healing with Better Bandage

A new, low-cost wound dressing could drastically speed up healing in a surprising way. The method leverages energy generated from a patient's own body motions to apply gentle electrical pulses at the site of an injury.

More Insights into How Prions Invade The Brain

The spread of prions to the brain does not occur by direct transmission across the blood-brain barrier, according to a new study. As noted by the authors, insights into how prions enter the brain could lead to the development of effective strategies to prevent neurodegeneration, even after infection outside the nervous system has already taken place.