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Removal Of Tonsil Could Impact On Patient Immune System

Each year, over 530,000 children receive tonsillectomies to treat recurring middle-ear infections and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) that are unresponsive to other remedies, but a recent study published shows the surgery could have long-term effects on respiratory and immune function.

Tonsillectomies

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) stated that 30 years ago, 90% of tonsillectomies (which can also include adenoid removal) were done because of recurrent infection. Now, 20% of surgeries are performed to treat chronic infection, while 80% are done to treat OSA. The study was published online in JAMA Otolaryngology.

Link Police to Online System for Post-Mortem Reports, Forensic Doctors

Forensic Medicine doctors have welcomed the idea of an online system to track post-mortem examination (PME) reports. At present, doctors jot down their findings manually after conducting a post-mortem or other medico-legal examinations such as estimation of age.

At a meeting between DGP M Mahendar Reddy and chief secretary SK Joshi, participants felt the online system would help in avoiding delays in releasing PME reports.

ICU Patient's Relatives Worried About The Medical Staff

A new study examine many family members of intensive care unit (ICU) patients are reluctant to tell medical staff of worries about their loved one's care. Speaking up is a key component of safety culture, yet our study the first to our knowledge to address this issue revealed substantial challenges for patients and families speaking up during an ICU stay.

They surveyed 105 families of patients admitted to an academic hospital's ICU between July 2014 and February 2015. The researchers also conducted an internet survey of 1,050 people with recent ICU experience. The study was published in the journal BMJ Quality and Safety.

Hospice Care For Pain-Free Healing

The pain of illnesses was too much for people to handle. This is when he sought palliative care. Palliative care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family. It is a comprehensive symptom management programme which treats total pain.