4 Noteworthy Medical Tales To Shut 2023

Four Noteworthy Medical Stories To Close 2023


Prior to now few weeks, I’ve encountered 4 attention-grabbing, eye-opening, and/or offbeat medical information tales that I’d prefer to share with fellow Forbes readers:

1) Each day toothbrushing is sweet for ICU sufferers

Each day toothbrushing of sufferers within the ICU (intensive care unit) can assist forestall them from growing pneumonia whereas within the hospital. This may be particularly helpful for sufferers on mechanical ventilators (“respiration tubes”), and has been related to “decrease ICU mortality charges, shorter ICU size of keep, and fewer days of mechanical air flow.”

Toothbrushing is an easy and low-cost medical intervention that may save lives!

2) Electrical shocks to surgeon’s brains can enhance their efficiency

Mild use of “transcranial direct present stimulation” of the cerebellum of the mind can assist surgeons extra simply study delicate motor abilities, corresponding to utilized in fashionable robotic surgical procedure. The surgeons’ brains are stimulated in a non-invasive style through electrodes connected to their pores and skin.

Here’s a brief video from the researchers at Johns Hopkins College displaying the system in motion: “Might an Electrical Nudge to the Head Assist Your Physician Function a Surgical Robotic?

In principle, this system is also utilized in different arenas beside surgical procedure.

3) French physicians efficiently ship a baby born as an ectopic being pregnant

A 37-year previous pregnant lady got here to her native emergency room with belly ache. She was discovered to have a uncommon belly ectopic being pregnant, by which the fetus had developed with th the mom’s belly cavity quite than with the uterus. (One way or the other, the fetus was capable of set up a viable provide of blood and vitamin through a placenta connected to the peritoneal lining of the mom’s stomach.)

Though the overwhelming majority of ectopic pregnancies are deadly to the fetus (and if untreated additionally deadly to the mom), her physicians had been capable of efficiently surgically ship the fetus at 29 weeks gestation. After two months within the neonatal intensive care unit, the infant was capable of go residence with its mom.

The New England Journal Of Drugs article has a dramatic MRI picture of the fetus whereas nonetheless within the mom’s stomach.

(Be aware: The profitable supply of this explicit uncommon type of ectopic being pregnant shouldn’t be utilized by US legislators as a cause to disclaim acceptable medical care to sufferers with life-threatening nonviable ectopic pregnancies.)

4) Gross sales of “morning after” capsules spike after New Yr celebrations

In accordance with analysis in The BMJ, gross sales of those emergency contraception drugs within the US rise by roughly 10% following New Yr Eve and New Yr day festivities. That is greater than on different holidays corresponding to Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Independence Day.

The BMJ notes, “New Yr’s Eve celebrations are related to elevated sexual exercise, which is much less prone to be protected as a result of elevated alcohol consumption. New Yr’s Eve can also be linked to increased charges of sexual assault and restricted entry to different types of contraception as a result of restricted opening hours of clinics, medical places of work and retailers.”

So it is a warning for everybody to watch out of unprotected sexual encounters (or undesirable sexual advances) throughout the upcoming vacation.

I hope everybody has a secure and blissful New Yr vacation and I look ahead to returning in 2024!


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