Blood Sugar Control, Strokes, and Diabetes

A six-year study of people with type 2 diabetes found that intensively lowering blood pressure had a long-lasting effect in preventing heart attacks, strokes and deaths. But intensive blood sugar control didn’t produce those benefits, the researchers found. For the study, investigators followed nearly 8,500 participants of a completed diabetes trial. Some participants had had their blood pressure and blood …

Ebola Unlikely to Spread Through Air

It’s incredibly unlikely that Ebola would mutate to spread through the air, and the best way to make sure it doesn’t is to stop the epidemic, a top government scientist told concerned lawmakers Wednesday. “A virus that doesn’t replicate, doesn’t mutate,” Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health told a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee. Fauci said U.S. researchers …

ENTEROVIRUS D68 INFORMATION FROM THE CDC

ENTEROVIRUS D68 INFORMATION FROM THE CDC Hospitals in Missouri and Illinois are seeing more children than usual with severe respiratory illness caused by enterovirus D68 for this time of the year. Several other states are investigating clusters of children with severe respiratory illness, possibly due to enterovirus D68. CDC is watching this situation closely and helping the states with testing …

Reduce your risk of dementia

The statistics, unfortunately, are staggering. An estimated 44 million people worldwide are living with dementia, according to a report released Tuesday by Alzheimer’s Disease International. As life expectancies continue to rise around the globe, that number is expected to nearly double by 2030 and more than triple by 2050. But there is some good news laid out in the sixth …

How ‘magic mushroom’ chemical could free the mind of depression, addictions

Think of psychedelics and you’ll likely think of bright colors, hallucinations, spirituality, and an overall “mystical” experience. For centuries these drugs have been used in social, religious and medicinal contexts by cultures across the globe. But today, the ability of these drugs to alter our brain function is being tapped into as a potential therapeutic for a range of mental …

Use Checklists to Minimize Mistakes in the Field

In Washington State, I worked on a committee that developed a statewide system for cardiac and stroke care. We drilled down to very key items we should never miss on these patients—specifically key interventions and legal requirements every provider should know on every call for every patient. The process begged the question: How could we ensure EMS personnel applied these …

Using Popcorn to Illustrate Lung Disease for Students

Explaining the differences in pathophysiology between various lung diseases to new medic students can be a daunting task. Fluid and bronchoconstriction and sputum—oh my! How do we describe all the idiosyncrasies between cardiac and non-cardiac causes? To differentiate the causes of each, a visual aid may help. What’s easily accessible, cost effective, looks like alveoli and can be your snack …

Case Study Test

Use this case study as an educational tool by answering the questions posed by the author, then reviewing the answers further down. At 6:45 a.m., your unit is dispatched for a 50-year-old male with chest pain. You and your partner proceed to the scene, with a response time of approximately eight minutes. The closest hospital from the scene is 40 …