Copper Bedrails Could Dramatically Reduce Hospital Infections

When you check into a hospital your risk of infection rises, and research suggests a major source for these infections are the safety railings on hospital beds. Researchers in Santiago Chile think they have a solution: Replace the usual bedrails with copper ones, which have anti-microbial properties. » 12/18/14 5:30pm Yesterday 5:30pm

Midwives Are Often Safer Than Docs–Why Don't They Deliver More Babies?

This month, Britain's national health service advised women with low-risk pregnancies that it was safer to give birth under the supervision of midwives than doctors, as the latter are more likely to perform interventions like forceps deliveries and cesarean sections that carry risks of infection and surgical accidents. » 12/17/14 9:20am Wednesday 9:20am

America Has A Prescription Painkiller Problem, And It's Not Going Away

A newly published study of opioid use in the U.S. finds patients prescribed potentially addictive painkillers are taking more of them for longer – usually in the form of dangerous cocktail combinations. The increase is so stark that the number of prescriptions has risen, even as the total number of Americans filling… » 12/12/14 9:30am 12/12/14 9:30am

Candy Cane Esophagus Is A Real Condition (But It's Not What You Think)

To get myself into the holiday spirit, I decided to search for "candy cane injuries," expecting to see a lot of impalings. I found something entirely different. You are likely to get this "candy cane" injury during the holidays (at least if you live in the northern hemisphere, where it's cold) but it's not due to… » 12/10/14 8:40am 12/10/14 8:40am

Debunking Flu Shot Myths Makes Some Less Likely To Get Vaccinated

Only 42 percent of adults in the U.S. get their flu shots. A key reason for this low number is the misconception that you can catch the flu from the vaccine. But, a recent study found that, when vaccine-fearing patients heard the real facts from their doctors, they were actually more reluctant to get their flu shots. » 12/09/14 1:40pm 12/09/14 1:40pm

What Is It Like To Follow your Heart, When You Have Two Of Them?

A growing body of evidence suggests that the emotions we experience, while seated in the brain, are heavily influenced by cardiac awareness (literally the attention you pay to the activity of your heart). Now, researchers have turned to a man with two hearts, to study this enigmatic brain/body relationship. » 12/05/14 1:20pm 12/05/14 1:20pm