infections

Surgeons washing hands
The media frenzy over Ebola has focused a glaring spotlight on hospitals across the country this fall. One man has died from the virus in the United States, and a handful of nurses have been infected. And even though the chance of a large-scale U.S. outbreak is tiny, nearly 36 percent of Americans said they are worried that a family member will contract Ebola, according to today’s  Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Report shows patient safety harm from skilled nursing facilities used for post-acute care
If ever there were a statistic to make your heart stop, this is it: 1 out of every 3 patients who went to skilled nursing facilities after a hospital stay was harmed by his or her treatment. A study released this week by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that this harm included infections and medication errors.
400-woman-coffee-cellphone-germs
It's certainly extreme, but a recent news story points up how germy a cellphone can be.
Study Finds Dirty Colonsocopy Instruments
It's hard enough convincing people to have a colonoscopy because of the laxative and liquids-only prep regimen you need to undergo the day before.
dentist chair
Few people like going to the dentist, even if those tooth-yankers do rate highly for honesty and ethics. At my most recent visit, I got a referral to the gum specialist ... again. Painful memories have slowed me from making the call, but healthy choppers are important, so I know I will.
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