Preventive Medicine
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

Adequate nutrition alone could prevent over a million adults from developing TB every year in India: Study

Adequate nutrition alone could prevent over a million adults from developing TB every year in India: Study

Dehradun: More than a million new cases of TB every year in India are attributable to under-nutrition, according to a study published in The National Medical Journal of India that discusses a factor hitherto ignored in the epidemic. more

Worse than toilets: hospital elevator buttons a hidden source of bacteria

Worse than toilets: hospital elevator buttons a hidden source of bacteria

Toronto: Elevator buttons are more likely to be colonized by bacteria than toilet surfaces, a new study of three large urban hospitals has found. more

Physicians’ stethoscopes more contaminated than palms of their hands

Physicians’ stethoscopes more contaminated than palms of their hands

Washington: Although healthcare workers’ hands are the main source of bacterial transmission in hospitals, physicians’ stethoscopes appear to play a role. To explore this question, investigators at the University of Geneva Hospitals assessed the level of bacterial contamination on physicians’ hands and stethoscopes following a single physical examination. The study appears in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. more

Study shows community approach effective in fight against diabetes

Study shows community approach effective in fight against diabetes

Washington: New research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre shows that a diabetes prevention programme led by community health workers is effective at reducing blood glucose and potentially reducing diabetes over the long term. more

Sudden blood pressure drop with position change linked to higher risk of heart failure

Sudden blood pressure drop with position change linked to higher risk of heart failure

Washington: People whose blood pressure drops rapidly when they move from lying down to standing, known as orthostatic hypotension, may have a higher risk of developing heart failure, according to research published in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal. more

Obesity raises death risk tied to sleeping pills

Obesity raises death risk tied to sleeping pills

Washington: Obesity appears to significantly increase the risk of death tied to sleeping pills, nearly doubling the rate of mortality even among those prescribed 18 or fewer pills in a year, according to a recent research. more

Cholesterol-lowering drugs may reduce mortality for influenza patients

Cholesterol-lowering drugs may reduce mortality for influenza patients

Nashville (US): Statins, traditionally known as cholesterol-lowering drugs, may reduce mortality among patients hospitalized with influenza, according to a new study released online by the Journal of Infectious Diseases. more

Pioglitazone found to be effective in preventing Type 2 Diabetes

In a clinical study, Keck School of Medicine of USC (University of Southern California) researchers have found that pioglitazone, a drug that reverses some of the bad effects of obesity, reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by 72 per cent in pre-diabetic patients. The researchers also found that the drug slowed the development of an early marker of cardiovascular disease in the carotid arteries. more