Innovative treatment to prevent common brain infection could save NHS 7 million pounds per year

An innovative solution used to prevent common brain infections in patients having surgery for hydrocephalus has been found to significantly reduce infection rates according to a report published in The Lancet today. Hydrocephalus is a build-up of fluid on the brain. The excess fluid puts pressure on the brain, which Continue Reading

Evidence says antipsychotics do not prevent delirium in adults

(HealthDay)—Current evidence does not support routine use of haloperidol or second-generation antipsychotics for prevention or treatment of delirium in hospitalized adults, according to two reviews published online Sept. 3 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Esther S. Oh, M.D., from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, and Continue Reading

Molecular scissors technique to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance genes in bacterial communities 

The decreased efficacy of antibiotics is a global problem and hinders the therapeutic outcome of previously treatable bacterial infections. In Europe, an estimated 33,000 people die due to antibiotic resistant bacterial infections annually. Furthermore, these bacteria cause notable financial losses, for example, in animal husbandry. Due to the largely diminished Continue Reading

How to prevent food poisoning

You’re sick, woozy and deeply regretting that second helping of potato salad from yesterday’s picnic, because you’re now one of the four million Canadians hit with a case of food poisoning every year. Even harder to swallow is the fact that it’s almost completely avoidable. “Food poisoning can be prevented Continue Reading

Psychology can help prevent deadly childhood accidents

Injuries have overtaken infectious disease as the leading cause of death for children worldwide, and psychologists have the research needed to help predict and prevent deadly childhood mishaps, according to a presentation at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. “Many different factors contribute to unintentional injuries, so if Continue Reading

Could artificial intelligence prevent sepsis in hospital patients? Sentara thinks so.

During your stay in a hospital, computer systems are collecting and analyzing all sorts of data about you. In the background of all the beeping and gadgetry, an electronic medical record contains thousands of bits of information about your medical history, vital signs and laboratory results. Sentara Healthcare is now Continue Reading

Antioxidant compound from soybeans may prevent marijuana-induced blood vessel damage

In laboratory tests, a compound found in soybeans blocked damage to the lining of blood vessels in the heart and circulatory system and may someday provide a way to prevent the cardiovascular side effects of recreational and medical marijuana use, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Continue Reading

These gut bacteria prevent mice from becoming obese—what could that mean for us?

Researchers at University of Utah Health have identified a specific class of bacteria from the gut that prevents mice from becoming obese, suggesting these same microbes may similarly control weight in people. The beneficial bacteria, called Clostridia, are part of the microbiome—collectively trillions of bacteria and other microorganisms that inhabit Continue Reading