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Smart Device Tracks Hand Hygiene Habits

A hospital worker uses a soap dispenser that's been fitted into one of General Sensing's dispenser monitors. Source: General Sensing

The World Health Organization (WHO) cites good hand hygiene as a major factor in stopping the spread of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) caused by exposure to various bacteria. In fact, in 2009 the WHO released its “Five Moments of Hand Hygiene” guidelines, which pinpoint five key moments when hospital staff should wash their hands: before touching [...]

Who’s Going To Win? The Answer Could Depend On Biological Clocks Of The Athletes

This is Emily Defroand (left) and Holly Payne (right), two 'larks', students at the University of Birmingham, Great Britain hockey players, and participants of the study by Roland Brandstaetter and Elise Facer-Childs.
Source: Andy Smith

The outcome of that big sporting event you just can’t wait to watch may depend on how the timing of the match aligns (or doesn’t) with the internal biological clocks of the athletes on the teams, according to a study reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology. Athletes and coaches would do well to [...]

Long-Term Use Of Hormonal Contraceptives Is Associated With An Increased Risk Of A Rare Brain Tumor, Study Finds

Taking a hormonal contraceptive for at least five years is associated with a possible increase in a young woman's risk of developing a rare tumour, glioma of the brain.
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Taking a hormonal contraceptive for at least five years is associated with a possible increase in a young woman’s risk of developing a rare tumour, glioma of the brain. This project focused on women aged 15-49 years and the findings are published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Hormonal contraceptives, including oral contraceptives, contain [...]

Study Challenges Best Way T0 Position Women During Childbirth

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New research is challenging what many obstetricians and physician anesthesiologists believe is the best way to position women during labor. According to a study published in the issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), the traditional practice of positioning women on their side, with hips tilted at 15 [...]

Trans Buddy Program To Support LGBT Patients

Members of Vanderbilt’s Trans Buddy program include, from left, Andy Peterson, MMHD, M.Div., Amy Wilson-Stronks, MPP, Kale Edmiston, M.S., Shannon Thompson, Lauren Mitchell, M.S., Molly Meinbresse, MPH, Kristen Eckstrand, Ph.D., Leah Roberts, Natalie Paul, R.N., Danielle N and Robbie Maris.
Source: Image courtesy of Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Fear of being stigmatized by health care professionals is a barrier for many patients who are members of the LGBT community — it’s one of the most-reported reasons transgender individuals do not go to the doctor. Kale Edmiston and Lauren Mitchell, PhD candidates at Vanderbilt, want to change that. This month the pair, along with [...]

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