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Image: A new study suggests that regular sauna bathing can reduce the risk of men developing hypertension by up to 46% (Photo courtesy of iStock).

Regular Saunas Could Reduce Hypertension Risk

Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Leicester, and other institutions conducted a study involving 1,621 men (42-60 years of age) without hypertension to assess the relationship between sauna bathing and risk of incident hypertension. Sauna bathing frequency was based on questionnaires, with hypertension defined as a physician diagnosis, systolic blood pressure (SBP) higher than 140 mm Hg, diastolic blood pressure higher than 90 mm Hg, or use of antihypertensive medication. During follow-up, 251 men developed high blood pressure. More...
17 Oct 2017
Image: A new study suggests anesthesia time should be kept to the minimum to avoid surgical complications (Photo courtesy of Alamy).

Longer Anesthesia Duration Tied to Surgical Complications

A new study suggests that extended anesthesia is associated with significantly increased rates of surgical complications, especially due to postoperative transfusion requirements. More...
16 Oct 2017
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Image: A new study suggests that surgical patients believed to be allergic to penicillin are significantly more likely to develop surgical site infection (SSI) than patients with no documented allergy (Photo courtesy of iStock).

Penicillin Allergy Increases Surgical Site Infection Risk

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and other institutions conducted a retrospective cohort study involving 8, 385 hip arthroplasty, knee arthroplasty, hysterectomy, colon surgery, and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) patients treated between 2010 and 2014 in order to compare SSI susceptibility, both with and without a reported penicillin allergy. The primary outcome was SSI, with a secondary outcome of perioperative antibiotic use. More...
16 Oct 2017
Image: The Masimo Root patient monitoring and connectivity platform with the RAS-45 acoustic respiration sensor (Photo courtesy of Masimo).

Miniature Acoustic Sensor Monitors Respiration Rate

An acoustic monitoring system noninvasively and continuously measures respiration rate using an innovative adhesive sensor. More...
16 Oct 2017
Image: A new study asserts supplemental oxygen has no advantage for stroke patients (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock).

Routine Oxygen Supplementation Irrelevant in Acute Stroke

A new study concludes that providing routine oxygen to all stroke victims does not improve functional outcome at any stage. More...
11 Oct 2017
Image: The automated hand scanner scores hygiene performance (Photo courtesy of HandInScan).

Antiseptic Scanner Provides Feedback on Hand Hygiene

A small scanner provides immediate digital evaluation of hand hygiene under non-invasive ultraviolet (UV). More...
10 Oct 2017
Image: A new study claims stopping daily aspirin increases risk of secondary cardiovascular events (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock).

Discontinuing Aspirin Raises Cardiovascular Event Risk

Interrupting long-term, low-dose aspirin treatment may increase the likelihood of an additional cardiovascular event, claims a new study. More...
09 Oct 2017

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