New study sheds light on medication administration errors leading to death — omission is a common cause

Medication administration errors leading to death are common with anticoagulants and antibiotics in particular, according to a new study that analyzed incidents reported in England and Wales. The most common error category was omitted medicine, followed by a wrong dose or a wrong strength. In half of the reported incidents, the patient was aged over…

Blue light can significantly reduce blood pressure

Blue light can significantly reduce blood pressure Blue light can significantly reduce blood pressure Blue light exposure significantly decreased systolic blood pressure and increased heart rate as compared to control. In parallel, blue light significantly increased forearm blood flow, flow-mediated dilation, circulating nitric oxide species and nitroso compounds while it decreased forearm vascular resistance and…

Bots actually target and pursue individual influencers

New research co-authored by assistant research professor and associate director of Informatics at the University of Southern California Department of Computer Science, Emilio Ferrara, looks at ‘social hacking’ over social networks that can increase violent commentary and can affect voting behavior. Source: Bots actually target and pursue individual influencers

ISS microbes should be monitored to avoid threat to astronaut health

Strains of the bacterium Enterobacter, similar to newly found opportunistic infectious organisms seen in a few hospital settings, have been identified on the International Space Station (ISS). The strains found in space were not pathogenic to humans, but researchers believe they should be studied for potential health implications for future missions, according to a study…

Mannose impairs tumour growth and enhances chemotherapy

Mannose impairs tumour growth and enhances chemotherapy Mannose impairs tumour growth and enhances chemotherapy Tumours use more glucose than normal, healthy tissues. However, it is very hard to control the amount of glucose in your body through diet alone. In this study, the researchers found that mannose can interfere with glucose to reduce how much…

Drug used for PTSD may worsen nightmares, not reduce suicidal thoughts

Public Release: 19-Nov-2018 Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University AUGUSTA, Ga. (Nov. 19, 2018) – Nightmares and insomnia often accompany posttraumatic stress disorder and increase suicide risk. A small study looking at whether the drug prazosin, best known for treating high blood pressure but also used to treat PTSD-related sleep problems, can reduce suicidal…