Emergencies and First Aid News

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6/3/2006
Severe Allergic Reactions Can Kill

Experts offer tips on spotting anaphylaxis -- and getting help

5/19/2006
Research Questions Usefulness of Public Defibrillators

Outside of a few locales, other methods of saving lives may be more cost-effective

5/18/2006
Cooling Brain Improves Cardiac Arrest Outcomes

'Controlled hypothermia' limits the damage when blood supply dwindles, study finds

5/18/2006
Hispanics Less Likely to Get Bystander CPR

They received the lifesaving procedure half as often as U.S. whites

5/11/2006
EMS Stroke Response Good in Poor Neighborhoods

But another study found poverty boosts stroke risk

5/10/2006
Bird Flu Vaccine Looks Safe, Effective

But it might not work against new strains of the virus, experts warn

5/10/2006
Experts Point to Best Centers for Heart Attack Care

Hospitals that adhere to guidelines boost patient outcomes

5/8/2006
Lesson From Katrina: Fighting for the Tiniest Survivors

As floodwaters rose, medical staffs performed small miracles to keep preemies alive

5/8/2006
Lesson From Katrina: Patient Information Is Key

As the hurricane season approaches, medical experts turn to better organization and technology

5/2/2006
Most U.S. Hospital ERs Lack Specialists

Too many are being asked to work for little or no pay, experts say

4/26/2006
Hemoglobin Solution Could Limit Brain Injury

Studies with pigs suggest it stems secondary damage

4/26/2006
Computers Predict Bird Flu Pandemic's Course

Quarantining the sick will be key to limiting outbreak, study shows

4/24/2006
Blood Protein Spots ICU Patients at Risk

C-reactive protein pinpoints those most vulnerable to infection, researchers say

3/30/2006
Too Many Ignore Symptoms of Mini-Stroke

Only 1 in 10 sought emergency treatment in British study

3/23/2006
Symptom Awareness, Alert Friends Speed Stroke Care

In study, urging by a loved one cut time-to-treatment by 80%

3/22/2006
Heat, Rain Boost ER Admissions

But icy streets don't make a difference, study finds

3/21/2006
Health Tip: When Asthmatics Should See a Doctor

Parents should watch for these warning signs

2/27/2006
2/22/2006
Time Crucial in Anthrax Cases

Infection becomes untreatable within just a few days, study finds

2/21/2006
Corticosteroids May Harm ICU Patients

These drugs fight sepsis but also suppress the immune system, researchers note

2/20/2006
Focus, Flexibility Speed Heart Attack Care

Lessons from the nation's best-responding hospitals can improve centers elsewhere, experts say

2/17/2006
Stroke Guidelines Help Improve Care

American Stroke Association's program boosts hospital performance, study finds

2/17/2006
Cost of Stroke for Hispanic-Americans Will Soar

Study estimates $334 billion in related expenditures by 2050

2/17/2006
Oxygen Shows Promise as Stroke Treatment

Therapy might extend the time that patients have to receive drug therapy, study says

2/17/2006
Blood Test Could Speed Bioterror Care

Agent-specific gene patterns arise soon after exposure, scientists say

2/16/2006
Stroke Survival May Depend on Staying Cool

Maintaining normal or lower-than-normal body temperature could be key, study suggests

2/16/2006
Kids Can Be Key to Emergency Stroke Care

Educating them on the warning signs could save lives, researchers say

2/16/2006
When Stroke Hits, Call 911

Ambulances are your best bet for rapid care, studies show

2/13/2006
Most Stroke Patients Miss Out on Clot-Busting Drug

Far too many wait too long to seek care, researchers say

2/10/2006
Many Men Drive to ER During Heart Attack

One in 14 do so, researchers say, even though ambulance is the better option

2/10/2006
High Blood Acid Raises Death Risk in Critically Ill

Doctors need to watch this condition carefully, study finds

2/8/2006
New Stroke Drug Could Reach More Victims

Widens treatment window from three hours to six, study finds

1/25/2006
Trauma Centers Save More Lives

The findings could help save facilities threatened with closure, experts say

1/24/2006
Carbon Monoxide Can Damage the Heart

Poisoning victims had higher long-term cardiovascular death rates, study found

1/13/2006
Children Poisoned by Medications a Common Cause of ER Visits

Most of these events are avoidable, experts say

1/10/2006
U.S. Emergency Care Not Making the Grade: Report

Entire country is given a C- by professional group

12/28/2005
Angioplasty Best for Heart Attack Survival

When emergency clot-dissolvers failed, it upped survival rates, study found

12/27/2005
Heart Attack Drugs Often Misprescribed

Powerful anti-clotting meds aren't adjusted for patient size, study finds

12/23/2005
Harry Potter Books Keep Kids Safe

Drop in ER visits seen on weekends when new installments were released

12/15/2005
Americans Murky on Emergency Preparedness

Survey finds many would turn to nontraditional help, have little faith in government, and aren't prepared

12/6/2005
U.S., Most States Get Failing Grades for Health Emergency Preparedness

Report faults government for post-9/11 emergency planning, Katrina response and pandemic flu plans

12/1/2005
Volunteer-Operated Defibs are Lifesavers

Study shows they improve survival even in rural areas

11/28/2005
Simpler CPR Guidelines Unveiled

They emphasize chest compressions over rescue breaths

11/5/2005
Insect Sting Allergy May Be Undertreated

Many at-risk patients aren't receiving needed medication, studies find

10/13/2005
Katrina Leaves Scientific Research in Ruins

Some New Orleans-based scientists lost their life's work in the storm

10/6/2005
Study Suggests More May Benefit From Clot-Busting Drug

Right now, tPA is reserved for patients with more severe attacks

9/30/2005
As Waters Recede, New Health Woes Rise

Survivors of Katrina's and Rita's fury must now battle mold, tainted water

9/28/2005
Insect Sting Allergies Undertreated, Study Finds

Hospital emergency staff aren't always adhering to expert guidelines

9/26/2005
When Red Sox Are Hot, ER Visits Cool

Sick or injured fans put troubles on hold to watch the game, study suggests

9/22/2005
Web-Based Stroke Care Aids Rural Patients

Doctors consult with experts at larger centers via the Internet