Cate Pelletier, MD, well remembers the day it all fell apart. It was late October, and she said one of the chief officers of Roxborough Memorial Hospital called to offer her a contract with Prime Healthcare, the company that owned the hospital if she would show up for her midnight shift. She said he promised that a contract at a higher rate of pay would be on her desk when she got to the hospital.
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A study by researchers from Sweden and Hungary shows that white, painted stripes on the body protect skin from insect bites. It is the first time researchers have successfully shown that body-painting has this effect. Among indigenous peoples who wear body-paint, the markings thus provide certain protection against insect-borne diseases.
Leptomeningeal carcinomatosis (LC) is a severe complication of metastatic tumor spread to the central nervous system. Prognosis is dismal with a median overall survival (OS) of ~10–15 weeks. Treatment options include radiotherapy (RT) to involved sites, systemic chemo- or targeted therapy, intrathecal chemotherapy and best supportive care with dexamethasone.
Fecal-microbiota transplantation (FMT) is superior to 10 days of fidaxomicin or vancomycin for resolving recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), according to results from a randomized open-label clinical trial. The researchers report in Gastroenterology.
Higher platelet transfusion threshold appeared to increase the risk for death and major bleeding among preterm infants with severe thrombocytopenia, according to results of a randomized trial published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
A study by UCLA researchers is the first to demonstrate a technique for coaxing pluripotent stem cells which can give rise to every cell type in the body and which can be grown indefinitely in the lab into becoming mature T cells capable of killing tumor cells.
Study demonstrates the scale of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in the US. A new Northwestern Medicine study found only 13% of outpatient antibiotic prescriptions were appropriate, with 36% considered potentially appropriate.