Multiple-birth infants have higher risk of medical mixups in NICU

Multiple-birth infants had a significantly higher risk of wrong-patient order errors compared with singletons in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), according to a new study by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. The higher error rate was due to misidentification between siblings within Continue Reading

Methane pollution much higher in Pennsylvania than the state admits, warns environmental group

A new analysis warned that the Pennsylvania gas industry is under-reporting the extent of their methane emissions. They’re belching as much as twice the amount of air pollution they officially report to the state, reported a StateImpact news article. The warning comes from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), whose researchers analyzed 16 Continue Reading

Yet another risk for kids on antidepressants: Higher chance of developing type-2 diabetes, according to new study

Antidepressants are often prescribed for individuals who exhibit signs of major depressive disorders and various conditions such as anxiety, chronic pain, and sleep disorders. Now, a recent study has proven that children and adolescents who take antidepressants could develop type-2 diabetes. Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Continue Reading

Why Are Lesbians Apparently At Higher Risk Of Developing Breast Cancer?

Studies and reports whether being lesbian or bisexual is associated with a higher risk of breast cancer have been patchy and often with contradictory findings. National cancer registries, surveys and databanks do not routinely gather information on people’s sexual orientation. While advocates for ethnic, racial and geographical groups have managed Continue Reading

Patients With Autoimmune Disorders Have Higher Risk Of Pulmonary Embolism

According to a report published Online First by The Lancet, individuals admitted to hospital for an autoimmune disorder have a significantly higher risk of experiencing a pulmonary embolism during the next 12 months. Therefore prophylaxis may be permitted in these individuals. The article was written by Dr Bengt Zöller, Center Continue Reading

Higher Kidney Stone Risk For Postmenopausal Women On Estrogen Therapy

Healthy postmenopausal women who receive estrogen therapy have a higher risk of developing kidney stones (nephrolithiasis), according to researchers from Dallas, Texas, in an article published in Archives of Internal Medicine, October 11. Estrogen therapy, also known as estrogen replacement therapy uses estrogen hormones to treat the symptoms of menopause. Continue Reading