MRSA Infections May Vary by Season
TUESDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- Dangerous
methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, infections
occur more often in the summer and fall, and this seasonal increase
is more common in children than adults, a new study reports.
Better Cleaning in ICUs Lowers MRSA Infection Rates
TUESDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- Enhanced cleaning of
hospital intensive care units reduces the risk of
methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection for
patients placed in a room previously occupied by someone with MRSA,
a new study finds.
Nerve Block Treatment May Ease Stubborn High Blood Pressure
TUESDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- A technique that
interrupts nerve signals between the kidneys and brain dropped
blood pressure to normal levels in 39 percent of patients with
drug-resistant hypertension, according to a small new study led by
Death Rates of Children, Young Adults Show Reversal
TUESDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- Death rates among teens
and young adults aged 15 to 24 are now higher than among children
aged 1 to 4 years in many countries, says a new study that shows a
reversal of historical death patterns.
Less Stress, Better Sleep May Help You Lose Weight
TUESDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- If you're looking to lose
those extra pounds, you should probably add reducing stress and
getting the right amount of sleep to the list, say researchers from
Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research in Portland.
Just-Approved Defibrillators Limit Unnecessary Shocks
TUESDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- Defibrillator maker
Medtronic says its new line of Protecta devices has been approved
by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The devices incorporate
"Smart Shock" technology that recognizes when irregular heartbeats
are life-threatening and delivers therapeutic shocks "only when
appropriate," Medtronic said in a news release.
Some Type 1 Diabetics Seem Shielded Against Complications
TUESDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- While complications from
type 1 diabetes are common, they aren't inevitable. New research
suggests that some people with the disease apparently have an
inherent protection against serious complications, such as eye,
kidney and heart disease.