Individuals, businesses and nations grapple with how to measure success. Are similar productivity measures warranted in medicine?
Measuring serum creatinine within six hours after cardiac surgery may improve clinicians’ ability to predict development of acute kidney injury (AKI), researchers found.
After examining vitamin D receptor (VDR) Cdx2 genotype and calcium intake in 533 African-American men with prostate cancer (PCa) and 250 control subjects, Gary G. Schwartz, PhD, and colleagues found that men in the highest quartile of calcium intake had a 2.2 times increased risk of localized and advanced PCa compared with men in the lowest quartile.
Fibroblast growth factor-23 (FGF-23) is associated with an elevated risk of death and of cardiovascular (CV) events in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to findings published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is linked just as tightly to chronic kidney disease (CKD) complications as the more invasive and cumbersome iothalamate GFR (iGFR) test in a recent study, results that challenges the conventional view that iGFR is the gold-standard measure of kidney function.
A jury in Lehigh County, Pa., awarded more than $23 million to a 55-year-old woman who lost her legs to infection while being cared for by a hospital nurse, according to a report in The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) newspaper.
In a stunning defeat for Republican legislators, North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue (D- N.C.) vetoed Senate Bill 33, a medical malpractice reform bill that would have capped noneconomic damages at $500,000, regardless of injury.
Adverse medical events are almost as likely to happen in a physician’s office as they are in a hospital setting, according to data from a recently published study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.