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Vanderbilt Physicians Seeing Increase in Brown Recluse Spider Bites

The brown recluse spider has a violin-shaped image on its back. Source: Stock photo from CDC image library

Vanderbilt medical toxicologists are reporting an increase in patients seen with brown recluse spider bites this summer. The venomous bites usually heal well if left alone, according to Tennessee Poison Center Medical Director Donna Seger, MD, but there are so many urban legends about these bites, patients frequently apply many treatments before seeking medical advice. [...]

Number Of People Susceptible To Painful Mosquito-Borne Virus Increasing, Says Leading Researcher

Stephen Higgs conducts research on mosquitoes in Kansas State University's Biosecurity Research Institute. Source: Kansas State University Photo Services

In just two weeks, the number of Americans infected with the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya has almost doubled and the virus has now been found in mosquitoes in the United States, something that is very concerning to a Kansas State University professor who is a leading researcher of the virus. At least 243 travel-related cases of [...]

Missing Sleep May Hurt Your Memory

The Sleep and Learning Lab in Michigan State University's Department of Psychology studies the relationship between sleep and learning and memory.
Source: G.L. Kohuth

Lack of sleep, already considered a public health epidemic, can also lead to errors in memory, finds a new study by researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine. The study, published online in the journal Psychological Science, found participants deprived of a night’s sleep were more likely to flub the details [...]

Hour-Long Home Coaching Greatly Decreases Re-Admission And Health Care Costs For Medicare Patients

Stefan Gravenstein, MD, of University Hospitals Case Medical Center, co-author of study in Journal of General Internal Medicine reporting that an hour-long educational coaching session and two or three follow-up phone calls after a hospital stay reduced re-admission odds by 39% among Medicare patients.
Source: UH Case Medical Center

A new study in Journal of General Internal Medicine reports that an hour-long educational coaching session and two or three follow-up phone calls after a hospital stay reduced re-admission odds by 39% among Medicare patients. The study also found that the average cost of care was reduced by $3,700 per patient for those patients who [...]

Patient’s Twenty-Pound Tumor Sheds Light On Liposarcoma – A Rare Form Of Soft Tissue Cancer

Thanks to life-saving surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center to remove a 20-pound liposarcoma, Frank Bollettieri of Staten Island was able to return to a favorite hobby: building model airplanes. Source: Joshua Bright

It caught 75-year-old Franklin Bollettieri by complete surprise. After all, how many individuals carry around a 20-pound tumor and not even know it?  But such was the case for the retired Staten Island resident, husband, father and grandfather. Lingering pain from a fall last winter prompted Mr. Bollettieri to visit his local primary care physician, [...]