Electronic health records fail to detect up to 33% of medication errors

Despite improvements in their performance over the past decade, electronic health records (EHRs) commonly used in hospitals nationwide fail to detect up to one in three potentially harmful drug interactions and other medication errors, according to scientists at University of Utah Health, Harvard University, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. In tests using simulated medical records, the researchers found ...

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COVID-19 could be a seasonal illness

A study conducted in Sydney during the early epidemic stage of COVID-19 has found an association between lower humidity and an increase in locally acquired positive cases. Researchers discovered a 1 percent decrease in humidity could increase the number of COVID-19 cases by 6 percent. The research led by Michael Ward, an epidemiologist in the Sydney School of Veterinary Science ...

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Researchers identify seasonal peaks for foodborne infections

Each year, thousands of pounds of food are wasted and billions of dollars in food sales lost because of recalls tied to foodborne infections. Using a newly developed approach, researchers identified seasonal peaks for foodborne infections that could be used to optimize the timing and location of food inspections. “We rely upon food producers, distributors and retailers to keep food ...

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Adherence to oral diabetes drugs may improve survival in diabetics with colorectal cancer

Among patients with both colorectal cancer and diabetes in Korea, those who had a high adherence to their oral diabetes medication had a significantly reduced risk of overall mortality compared with those with lower adherence. Findings are published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. “It is estimated that only ...

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STERILUCENT GRANTED EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION TO REPROCESS RESPIRATORS

Hydrogen peroxide process enables safe mask reuse April 21, 2020: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Sterilucent, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN), an Emergency Use Authorization to allow the emergency use of the SterilucentTM HC 80TT Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilizer for decontaminating single-use compatible N95 and N95-equivalent respirators. Test results have demonstrated that filtering facepiece respirators may be reprocessed for use during the COVID-19 pandemic in the ...

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