Common muscle relaxant causes severe confusion in patients with kidney disease

One in 25 patients with very low kidney function were admitted to hospital with severe confusion and other cognitive-related symptoms a few days after being prescribed a common muscle relaxant. A new study from ICES Western, Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute has shown that patients with kidney dysfunction who were prescribed a high…

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Examining muscle relaxant dose, risk of encephalopathy in patients with CKD

What The Study Did: Whether a higher or lower dose of the muscle relaxant baclofen was associated with 30-day risk of hospitalization with encephalopathy (defined as a main diagnosis of delirium, disorientation, transient alteration of awareness, transient ischemic attack or an unclear diagnosis of dementia) among newly prescribed patients with chronic kidney disease was the…

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Study points to new weapon in fight against lethal fungi

Monash University researchers have gained insights into how nanoparticles could develop a biosensor to prevent deadly diseases contracted on medical equipment, such as catheters. Candida albicans can become a serious problem for people who are seriously ill or immune-suppressed. Researchers at Monash University have gained insights into how nanoparticles could be used to identify…

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With Medical Bills Skyrocketing, More Hospitals Are Suing for Payment

WISE, Va. — When a judge hears civil cases at the courthouse in this southwest Virginia town two days a month, many of the lawsuits have a common plaintiff: the local hospital, Ballad Health, suing patients over unpaid medical bills. On a Thursday in August, 102 of the 160 cases on the docket were brought…

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Hospital Identifies Source of Infections That Killed 3 Infants

The infants at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., neonatal intensive care unit were tiny, with some born 27 weeks premature. In July, some started to get ill. One by one, the number of sick babies climbed to eight. Between August and September, bacterial infections claimed the lives of three of them. At a…

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‘Gender Reveal’ Celebration in Texas Led to a Plane Crash

In recent years, expectant parents have gone to extreme lengths to create splashy, Instagrammable moments to announce the sex of their child. Some of the celebrations, however, have ended in calamity: a 45,000-acre forest fire, a flaming car, a deadly explosion. And now, a plane crash could be added to that list, according to a…

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Vaping Illnesses Are Linked to Vitamin E Acetate, C.D.C. Says

A form of vitamin E has been identified as a “very strong culprit” in lung injuries related to vaping THC, health officials reported on Friday, a major advance in a frightening outbreak that has killed 40 people and sickened 2,051. Many patients with the mysterious illness have wound up hospitalized in intensive care units, needing…

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See All the Looks from Valentino’s Extravagant Couture Show in Beijing

There’s opulence, and then there’s a Valentino haute couture collection. The luxury Italian house swarmed Beijing this week with the opening of the Sanlitun flagship store, coinciding with a runway filled with extravagant gowns worthy of your next holiday party, bejeweled fencing helmets, and taffeta bows the size of a small child. The extreme lavishness…

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Barneys New York Closing Sends Couples Racing to Redeem Registries

Samantha Wadell, a 33-year-old lawyer with Weiss Wexler & Wornow, had a looming task ahead of her Thursday night after finishing her last case of the day in a Brooklyn court. She had only two hours to spend nearly $9,000 at Barneys New York. But this wasn’t a Carrie Bradshaw-style dream come true. Rather, Ms.…

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Inside the Valentine’s Day Text Message Mystery

Embarrassment, alarm and confusion undulated across the United States and Canada in powerful waves Thursday, as thousands upon thousands of cellphone users unlocked their phones to the baffling revelation that they had either sent or received an eerie, contextless text message while sleeping. The messages — more than 168,149 of them — appeared from jilted…

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