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January 2013 Archives

Michigan hospital blazes trail in fight against fungal meningitis

Bonita Robbins (L ), a patient suffering with arachnoiditis due to a contaminated steroid injection, sits on her hospital bed as she and her husband Ed (C ) listen to Infectious Diseases doctor Anurag Malani at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan December 21, 2012. St. Joseph Mercy -- a 537-bed Catholic hospital located on the doorstep of the University of Michigan -- has played an outsized role in the fight against one of the largest fungal meningitis outbreaks in US history, treating 169 of the state's 223 cases, including 7 people who died.

Tips for Your Next Physical

A new year means a lot of things to a lot of people. For some, it's a time to take stock of your general health by getting a medical check-up. You may be acting on a New Year's resolution to take better care of yourself, or maybe your new insurance just kicked in or your health savings account has been replenished. Whatever the reason, these tips from the US Department of Health & Human Services can help you get ready for your appointment, especially if you haven't been to the doctor in a while.

Reducing harm through medication reconciliation

Dr. Jeffrey L. Schnipper 

Dr. Schnipper, director of clinical research for the hospitalist service at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, is the principal investigator for the Multi-Center Medication Reconciliation Quality Improvement Study (MARQUIS). The 3-year study seeks to improve the way medications are prescribed, documented, and reconciled at admission and discharge to the hospital. MARQUIS, which was launched in 2010, is sponsored by the Society of Hospital Medicine and is funded by a $1.5-million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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