RESEARCH
New dental implant with built-in reservoir reduces risk of infections

New dental implant with built-in reservoir reduces risk of infections

London: A multidisciplinary team of researchers at KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium) has developed a dental implant that gradually releases drugs from a built-in reservoir. This helps prevent and fight infections. more

Soft robots hug the heart to help pump blood

Soft robots hug the heart to help pump blood

Washington: An implantable soft-robotic device could help failing hearts pump blood by giving the organ gentle squeezes, mimicking the natural motion of cardiac muscle, a new study reveals. more

94% of white coats used in hospitals contaminated by dangerous bacteria and fungus: Study

94% of white coats used in hospitals contaminated by dangerous bacteria and fungus: Study

Hyderabad: A study, published in the International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, says that 94% of white coats worn by doctors and other staff in hospitals are contaminated by dangerous bacteria and fungus like Aspergillus, which lead to nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infections. more

Vaccine shows promising results for early-stage breast cancer patients

Vaccine shows promising results for early-stage breast cancer patients

Washington: Deregulation and inhibition of the immune system contributes to cancer development. Many therapeutic strategies aim to re-stimulate the immune system to recognize cancer cells and target them for destruction. more

Financial penalties help in reducing hospital readmissions

Financial penalties help in reducing hospital readmissions

Washington: Hospitals that were financially penalized for too many readmissions were more likely than non-penalized institutions to subsequently reduce readmissions for all conditions, according to a new study by more

Reducing antibiotic duration does more harm than good for ear infections in young children

Reducing antibiotic duration does more harm than good for ear infections in young children

Pittsburgh (US): In a trial conducted at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (UPMC) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, researchers have demonstrated that when treating children between 9 and 23 months of age with antibiotics for ear infections, a shortened course has worse clinical outcomes without reducing the risk of antibiotic resistance or adverse events. more

70% of deaths caused by medical errors related to communication breakdowns during handoffs

70% of deaths caused by medical errors related to communication breakdowns during handoffs

Washington: Structured tools can reduce “end-of-round time compression” during multidisciplinary morning rounds in the hospital, according to a new study. more

India sees 50% surge in renal failure deaths in less than a decade

India sees 50% surge in renal failure deaths in less than a decade

New Delhi: Deaths due to renal failure in India have doubled in less than a decade, according to a study published in The Lancet Global Health. While in 2001-03, 2.2% of all deaths in the 15-69 years age-group were from renal failure, the proportion rose to 3.2% in 2010-13. Majority of those who died due to renal failure were in their 40s or 50s, reports ToI. more

Virtual patients developed for training medical students in psychiatry

Virtual patients developed for training medical students in psychiatry

Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh): Dr C Radhakanth, professor of psychiatry, Maharajah’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Vizianagaram, has developed virtual patients using computer graphics for teaching medical students about post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar suicidal patient. more

Research reveals how hospitals in India, Malaysia, Thailand use their websites to attract medical tourists

Research reveals how hospitals in India, Malaysia, Thailand use their websites to attract medical tourists

London: Researchers from Wageningen University, Netherlands and University of Malaya, Malaysia have published a report that provides analysis on how hospitals in India, Malaysia and Thailand are using their websites to effectively promote themselves to medical tourists. more