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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Health News: 5 People sickened with E.coli in Vermont ♦ Fewer patients die at fully accredited hospitals ♦ Medications to treat opioid use disorders

5 People sickened with E.coli in Vermont The Vermont Department of Health is investigating a cluster of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections in Vermont residents. As of September 22, five laboratory-confirmed STEC infections and one probable case have been identified. All of these cases are associated with a common exposure. Valley News reports that Worthy Burger in South Royalton voluntarily closed.
Restricting access at known 'suicide hotspots' reduces the number of suicides by more than 90 percent, study shows Blocking the means of suicide (e.g., installing barriers and safety nets) at suicide hotspots like high bridges and cliffs can reduce the number of deaths at these sites by more than 90 percent, new research has found.
In-flight medical emergencies: What doctors and travelers must know A new article offers guidance for both healthcare providers and other travelers about how to handle mid-air medical emergencies. This important advice could save your life
Medications to treat opioid use disorders: New guideline released Medications play an important role in managing patients with opioid use disorders, but there are not enough physicians with the knowledge and ability to use these often-complex treatments. New evidence-based recommendations on the use of prescription medications for the treatment of opioid addiction have now been published
Fewer patients die at fully accredited hospitals For the first time, researchers can now demonstrate an association between the level of hospital accreditation and the mortality rate among patients, reports a Danish study.

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