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Is an anesthesiologist needed for routine colonoscopies? Maybe not.

For many Americans, the prospect of a colonoscopy is unnerving and patients often find comfort knowing sedation will make the procedure as simple as a brief nap. Around the world, however, up to 80 percent of routine colonoscopies are done without any sedation at all. So, is an anesthesiologist really necessary in the U.S. for healthy people? One may be ...

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A telephone for your microbiome

More than 1,000 species of bacteria have been identified in the human gut, and understanding this incredibly diverse “microbiome” that can greatly impact health and disease is a hot topic in scientific research. Because bacteria are routinely genetically engineered in science labs, there is great excitement about the possibility of tweaking the genes of our intestinal interlopers so that they ...

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Too much sitting: Nurses’ role in educating patients to reduce health risks of prolonged sedentary time

Sitting for too many hours per day, or sitting for long periods without a break, is now known to increase a wide range of health risks, even if one engages in recommended amounts of physical activity. The health risks of prolonged sedentary time — and nurses’ role in reducing those risks — are discussed in an integrative literature review and ...

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Emergency hospital visits more common among most deprived bowel cancer patients

Bowel cancer patients living in the most deprived areas have up to 13 percent higher proportions of emergency hospital admissions before a diagnosis than patients living in the least deprived areas, according to a study funded by Cancer Research UK. The researchers, based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and at UCL, analyzed hospital admissions data for ...

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UTHealth-led study shows much work remains to ensure e-health record safety

Four years after their publication by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), voluntary guidelines designed to increase the safety of e-health records have yet to be implemented fully, according to a survey led by a researcher at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Findings appeared recently in the Journal of the ...

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