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New Technology Improves Atrial Fibrillation Detection After Stroke
A new method of evaluating irregular heartbeats outperformed the approach that’s currently used widely in stroke units to detect instances of atrial fibrillation.
The technology, called electrocardiomatrix, goes further than standard cardiac telemetry by examining large amounts of telemetry data in a way that’s so detailed it’s impractical for individual clinicians to attempt.
Co-inventor Jimo Borjigin, Ph.D., recently published the latest results from her electrocardiomatrix technology in Stroke. Among stroke patients with usable data (260 of 265), electrocardiomatrix was highly accurate in identifying those with Afib.
“We validated the use of our technology in a clinical setting, finding the electrocardiomatrix was an accurate method to determine whether a stroke survivor had an Afib,” says Borjigin, an associate professor of neurology and molecular and integrative physiology at Mic
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Finger-Prick Blood Test Could Safely Reduce Antibiotic Use In Patients With COPD
A simple finger-prick blood test could help prevent unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics for people with the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new study by researchers from Cardiff University, University of Oxford and King's College London.
With funding from the National Institute for Health Research, the team demonstrated that using a CRP finger-prick blood test resulted in 20% fewer people using antibiotics for COPD flare-ups.
Importantly, this reduction in antibiotic use did not have a negative effect on patients' recovery over the first two weeks after their consultation at their GP surgery, or on their well-being or use of health care services over the following six months.
Safely reducing the use of antibiotics in this way may help in the battle against antibiotic resistance.
More than a million people in the UK have COPD, which is a
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Pneumonia Patients Get Too Many Antibiotics – Especially As They Leave The Hospital
A million times a year, pneumonia sends American adults to the hospital. And while antibiotics help save lives, a new study shows two-thirds receive more antibiotics than they probably need.
It’s not the care that happens in the hospital that leads to over-treatment, the study finds. Rather, it’s the prescriptions that patients receive as they head home from the hospital.
In all, 93% of the overly long antibiotic prescriptions given to pneumonia patients were written at hospital discharge.
Extra doses of antibiotics come with a physical cost. The more days’ worth of antibiotics a patient received beyond the recommended minimum, the higher the chance that they experienced problems related to the drugs, such as upset stomachs or yeast infections.
The findings come from detailed medical records of nearly 6,500 pneumonia patients treated at 43 Michigan hospitals, and phone conversations
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After Concussion, Biomarkers In The Blood May Help Predict Recovery Time
A study of high school and college football players suggests that biomarkers in the blood may have potential use in identifying which players are more likely to need a longer recovery time after concussion, according to a study published in the July 3, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
“With so many people sustaining concussions and a sizeable number of them having prolonged symptoms and recovery, any tools we can develop to help determine who would be at greater risk of problems would be very beneficial, so these results are a crucial first step,” said study author Timothy B. Meier, PhD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and a member of the American Academy of Neurology.
The study involved 41 high school and college football players who experienced a concussion during the season. None of the players lost consci