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What exactly is DVT and am I at risk?

Deep vein thrombosis, or deep venous thrombosis (DVT), is the formation of a blood clot (thrombus) within a deep vein,[a] most commonly the legs. Nonspecific signs may include pain, swelling, redness, warmness, and engorged superficial veins. Pulmonary embolism, a potentially

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Intermittent Pneumatic Compression: The New Standard of Care for Preventing VTE in Stroke Patients?

By GA Wardle Reviewed by Alan S. Weinstein, MD, FACP, Senior Physician Advisor, Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Program, Marlton, NJ Physical methods for prevention of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)—including intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC)—have documented efficacy in surgical patients. As recently

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Antidepressant use increases hip fracture risk among elderly

from: Medical New Today .com Antidepressant use nearly doubles the risk of hip fracture among community-dwelling persons with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The increased risk was highest at the beginning of

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Public Wants Well-Rested Medical Residents to Ensure Safe Patient Care

A new national poll shows that the vast majority of the American public favors restricting the work shifts of medical residents (also known as resident physicians) to no more than 16 straight hours without sleep, according to a press release

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Rapid-Inflation Intermittent Pneumatic Compression for Prevention of Deep Venous Thrombosis

Eisele R, Kinzl L, Koelsch T:J Bone Joint Surg Am. 89:1050-6, 2007 Over 1800 consecutive inpatients were enrolled in this randomized prospective clinical study. A total of 902 patients were managed with chemoprophylaxis alone and 901 patients received chemoprophylaxis augmented

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Studies have shown that carefully controlled exercise is safe for patients with lymphedema.

INFORMATION FROM THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE Exercise does not increase the chance that lymphedema will develop in patients who are at risk for lymphedema. In the past, these patients were advised to avoid exercising the affected limb. Studies have now

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AMA Blasts Medicare Part B Drug Price Plan

Votes to ask CMS to withdraw proposal by Joyce Frieden News Editor, MedPage Today   CHICAGO — A proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to change the way Medicare pays for drugs under the Part B

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Low Level Laser Combine with Pneumatic Compression May Prove More Effective In Treatment Of Lymphedema

by Erkan Kozanoglu, et al, Faculty of Medicine, Cukurova University, Adana, Turkey Abstract Objective: To compare the long-term efficacy of pneumatic compression and low-level laser therapies in the management of postmastectomy lymphoedema. Design: Randomized controlled trial. Setting: Department of Physical Medicine

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SEXUALITY AND DEMENTIA

Balancing resident rights and safety. Excerpted from an article by Lee Ann Griffen in the Florida Health Care Association’s newsletter “Pulse”. “Competent residents engaging in consensual sexual activity is not a cause for undue concern in assisted living, especially considering

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New Study Reveals Concerns About Lymphedema and Other Complications As Cancer Survivors Increase

A new study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention shows that during the next 10 years there will be a 42 percent increase of cancer survivors who are older than 65 years old. Health care professionals will need

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