RESEARCH
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

More complications, less satisfaction in breast cancer patients who get radiation, implants

More complications, less satisfaction in breast cancer patients who get radiation, implants

Washington: Many breast cancer patients who have a mastectomy will consider breast reconstruction. But for a portion of these women, radiation therapy is also recommended — and that can alter the tissue around the breast, impacting reconstruction efforts. more

Study finds few mobile health apps help patients who need them most

Study finds few mobile health apps help patients who need them most

Washington: The smartphones that most people carry could transform how people manage their health, especially for the tens of millions who have chronic conditions or complex health needs. more

GPs not dissatisfied with performance related pay, study finds

GPs not dissatisfied with performance related pay, study finds

London: Linking GPs’ pay to their performance has no discernible effect on their job satisfaction, a University of Manchester study of almost 2,000 UK doctors over a four-year period has found. more

Women with dementia receive less medical attention: Study

Women with dementia receive less medical attention: Study

London: Women with dementia have fewer visits to the GP (general practitioner), receive less health monitoring and take more potentially harmful medication than men with dementia, reveals a new study by the University College London (UCL). more

Phantom movements in augmented reality helps patients with intractable phantom limb pain

Phantom movements in augmented reality helps patients with intractable phantom limb pain

Stockholm: Dr Max Ortiz Catalan at Chalmers University of Technology has developed a novel method of treating phantom limb pain using machine learning and augmented reality. more

Experts call for fair vaccine pricing, not ‘random acts of charity’

Experts call for fair vaccine pricing, not ‘random acts of charity’

London: Drug companies should stop using donations to atone those who cannot afford expensive vaccines and instead lower prices, argue experts. more