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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Health News: Listeria outbreak ‘ wake-up call’ for apple industry ♦ Obesity, depression have role in excessive daytime sleepiness ♦ Device created for faster skin biopsies

Listeria outbreak ‘ wake-up call’ for apple industry  Following the recent outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to caramel apples which killed seven people and hospitalized 34, the president of the U.S. Apple Association has called food safety the apple industry’s “top issue,” according to the Capital Press.
Impact of post-treatment surveillance in head and neck squamous cell cancer Compliance with post-treatment surveillance, income level and the travel distance for follow-up care had effects on survival in patients with head and neck squamous cell cancer.
Study links post-acute care hospital costs with lower survival rates Spending on postacute care in skilled nursing facilities provides a key signal of inefficiency in the health care system, leading to higher spending and lower patient survival.
Obesity, depression have role in excessive daytime sleepiness Obesity and depression – not only lack of sleep – are underlying causes for regular drowsiness. The findings could lead to more personalized sleep medicine for those with excessive daytime sleepiness
Photoactive dye could prevent infection during bone-repair surgery A green dye that sticks to bone grafts becomes antimicrobial with the flick of a light switch and could help reduce the risk of infections during bone-reconstruction surgeries.
Device created for faster skin biopsies without anesthesia A new device for performing skin biopsies has been created by scientists. With this new tool a skin biopsy can be performed with fewer instruments and the length of the procedure is shortened from thirty minutes to less than five. Neither local anesthesia nor specialized personnel are required. As a result, faster diagnosis of pathologies such as skin cancer is possible

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