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March 13th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP March 13, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

Ethiopia: Bus attack

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17360598

13 March 2012 Last updated at 15:39 ET

“Gunmen have attacked a public bus in western Ethiopia,
killing 19 male passengers, officials say.

 

One report said the attackers kidnapped five female passengers during their
assault on the bus, 20km (12 miles) from the town of Gambella….”



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March 13th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 11:49 pm

Hospitals across the world: Putting lives at risk

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17359796

Poor hospital care ‘puts many lives at risk’ in developing world

By Matt McGrath Science reporter, BBC World Service

“Poor hospital care poses a risk to the lives of many
patients in the developing world…….

 

A study [British Medical Journal] of 26 hospitals in eight countries in the Middle East and Africa
found more than one death per day in every hospital was due to preventable
accidents and poor treatment.

 

Many deaths were due to poor staff training and supervision rather than a
lack of resources…..”



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March 13th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 11:48 pm

Bangladesh: Ferry disaster

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17348409

“At least 32 people have died and scores are missing after a ferry with some 200 people on board sank in a
southern Bangladeshi river…….

 

About 50 people swam to safety after the accident in the Meghna River,
south-west of the capital Dhaka. Divers have recovered many of the bodies….”



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March 13th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 11:44 pm

influenza vaccine effectiveness in community-dwelling elderly patients

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Wong K, Campitelli MA, Stukel TA, et al. Estimating influenza vaccine effectiveness in community-dwelling elderly patients using the instrumental variable analysis method. Arch Intern Med 2011; early online publication Feb 27

http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/archinternmed.2011.2038v2?rss=1

Estimating Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness in Community-Dwelling Elderly Patients Using the Instrumental Variable Analysis Method

Kenny Wong, MPH; Michael A. Campitelli, MPH; Thérèse A. Stukel, PhD; Jeffrey C. Kwong, MD, MSc

Arch Intern Med. Published online February 27, 2012. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.2038

 Influenza vaccination is associated with reductions in the composite of hospitalizations for pneumonia and influenza and all-cause mortality during the influenza season but not mortality alone. Compared with standard modeling, IV analysis appears to produce less-biased estimates of vaccine effectiveness.

 



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March 13th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 11:43 pm

Kids on the stairs …..

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-rt-us-tots-stairsbre82b08a-20120311,0,4684052.story

Fewer tots hurt on the stairs, but still a danger

Genevra Pittman Reuters

1:19 a.m. CDT, March 12, 2012

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Fewer kids are hurting themselves on the stairs than were a decade ago, according to a new report — but a U.S. child still goes to the emergency department with a stair-related injury every six minutes, on average.

SOURCE: http://bit.ly/jsoh2P Pediatrics, online March 12, 2012.

Stair-Related Injuries to Young Children Treated in US Emergency Departments, 1999–2008

Pediatrics peds.2011-2314; Published online March 12, 2012 (10.1542/peds.2011-2314)

 Stair-related injuries are on the decline but still represent an important source of injury to young children. Increased prevention efforts are needed, including parental education and improved stairway design, to decrease stair-related injuries among young children.



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March 13th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 11:42 pm

ICEID Meeting Abstracts, 2012

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March 13th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 11:41 pm

Kids, Farms, & Injuries

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Source reference:
Zaloshnja E, et al “Incidence and cost of injury among youth in agricultural settings, United States, 2001 to 2006″ Pediatrics 2012; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2011-2512.

 We found that, similarly to adult agricultural injuries, youth agricultural injuries tend to be more severe and more costly than nonagricultural injuries. Only 1.4% of injured youth in the United States were hospitalized in 2000, but 14% of youth injured in agriculture were hospitalized in 2001–2006.

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/03/07/peds.2011-2512.abstract



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March 13th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 11:12 am

Tragedy upon tragedy in Afghanistan…..

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CNN, 3/13/12:  “President Obama….called the killing of Afghan civilians, allegedly by a U.S. soldier, outrageous and unacceptable, and he said he is heartbroken over the incident.

“The United States takes this as seriously as if it was our own citizens and our own children who were murdered,” Obama said to reporters at the White House. He said he directed the Pentagon to spare no effort in conducting a full investigation of what happened, and pledged that “we will follow the facts wherever they lead us.”

A unidentified U.S. soldier is accused of shooting nine children, three women and four men in a house-to-house rampage in villages near his combat outpost in southern Afghanistan on Sunday.”



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March 13th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 7:31 am

FEMA: Safe Schools

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March 13th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 7:30 am

Predicting Stroke Risk by CTA

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http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/242182.php

MNT

“New research from the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) shows that using a CT (computerised tomography) scan, doctors can predict if patients who have had a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or minor stroke, with neurological symptoms such as weakness or speech issues, are at risk for another more severe stroke. This vital information can help doctors decide if stronger medications should be used to prevent future episodes, or if a patient can be safely sent home….”



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