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Emeregency Department Patients Never Mind Their Body Spots

Researchers suggest that Patients do not mind if their emergency care doctors sport tattoos or piercings. The study was published online in Emergency Medicine Journal. Perceptions regarding body art change over time as societal norms change. Previous research regarding patients' perceptions of physicians with exposed body art has been hampered by flaws in design methodology that incorporate biases into patient responses.

This study was performed to determine whether emergency department (ED) patients perceived a difference in physician competence, professionalism, caring, approachability, trustworthiness, and reliability in the setting of exposed body art. Evidence of visible body art seems to have no discernible impact on what they think of their doctor's professionalism or competence, the findings show.

Abnormalities Of Circadian Rhythm And Dysfunction In Patients With ME

Researchers aimed to explore circadian rhythm patterns in rest and activity and distal skin temperature (DST) and their association with self-reported outcome measures, in CFS/ME patients and healthy controls at two different times of the year. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) patients frequently show autonomic symptoms which may be associated with a hypothalamic dysfunction. 

New Era In Cardiology; D-transposition Of The Great Arteries

TGA is a congenital heart defect in which the two major arteries leaving the heart, the pulmonary artery and the aorta, are connected to the wrong ventricles. The result is that oxygenated blood in the lungs is pumped back to the lungs instead of around the body. Blood in the body continues circulating instead of going to the lungs to pick up oxygen. The study was published in Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications.

'National Health Stack' Facilitates Healthcare Schemes

The NITI Aayog came out with a blueprint of the National Health Stack (NHS), a shared digital healthcare infrastructure, with a view to implement the Centre's flagship scheme Ayushman Bharat and other public healthcare programmes in the country.

The NHS is proposed to be the country's first futuristic nationally shared digital healthcare infrastructure usable by both the Centre and states across public and private sectors.

Safety and Efficacy of Novel HIV Vaccine Candidate

New research published in The Lancet shows that an experimental HIV-1 vaccine regimen is well-tolerated and generated comparable and robust immune responses against HIV in healthy adults and rhesus monkeys. Moreover, the vaccine candidate protected against infection with an HIV-like virus in monkeys.

Smart Bandages Developed to Monitor and Deliver Treatment for Chronic Wounds

A team of engineers led by Tufts University has developed a prototype bandage designed to actively monitor the condition of chronic wounds and deliver appropriate drug treatments to improve the chances of healing.

While the lab-tested bandages remain to be assessed in a clinical context, the research, published today in the journal Small, is aimed at transforming bandaging from a traditionally passive treatment into a more active paradigm to address a persistent and difficult medical challenge.

New Approaches to Avoid Infection Transmission in Clinical Settings

The medical community is losing its biggest gun in fighting infection, antibiotics. Researchers are turning to safety protocols to reduce the transmission of antibiotic-resistant organisms, like Clostridium difficile, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA) and influenza. The healthcare environment, however, may be setting health care workers up for failure.