Pathology

Piping Up: Study Illuminates Bacteria’s Spread from Hospital Drainpipes

As the medical toll of multidrug-resistant bacteria rises, recent research from the University of Virginia (UVA) provides insight into how a particularly at-risk population — hospitalized patients — may contract these pathogens from a hidden nursery: a component of the piping beneath hospital sinks.


Research Suggests Path toward Fewer Influenza Deaths in Nursing Homes

A study by researchers in Rhode Island and Ohio provides new evidence that well-matched flu vaccinations can save the lives of thousands of elderly residents of nursing homes and prevent thousands more hospitalizations.


Redirecting the Debate about Concussions among Soccer Players

For soccer players, reducing the likelihood of concussion goes well beyond avoiding ball heading — a research finding that can inform physicians’ recommendations to players and parents.


Cardiology Notes

Research published in 2015 may make some heart-conscious patients happy. Still, people don’t know as much about cardiac health as they should — maybe the concept of “heart age” can help.


St. Luke’s University Health Network—A Team Approach to Cardiac and Vascular Care

An emphasis on team-based patient care, along with innovative hybrid technology, has opened the door at St. Luke’s University Health Network to advanced cardiac and vascular procedures that cross disciplinary boundaries.


Why the Worst Ebola Outbreak May Be Worse Than We Thought

The current Ebola epidemic is the most lethal episode of the disease since its discovery in 1976. And yet, even while more than tripling the number of deaths from any previous outbreak, the Ebola crisis may be vastly underestimated, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).


The Light Has Turned on for Cancer Detection

Fluorescence proves a noteworthy boon for clinicians in the hide-and-seek game of cancer detection, and its future implications may lead to less invasive and more effective methods for screening and prognosis.


St. Luke’s University Health Network Initiative Offers Precise Guidance on Breast Screening

While widespread use of mammograms has reduced mortality from breast cancer, specialists at St. Luke’s University Health Network have developed an algorithm to help providers offer additional, nuanced screenings that take into account individual variations in breast density. At the same time, St. Luke’s University Health Network is incorporating advanced technology to aid early detection.


New Insights into Anxiety Development

A mouse-model study by researchers from The Ohio State University revealed new information about the immune system’s role in determining response to stress and may point the way toward novel treatment strategies for mood disorders in humans.


Drs. Stasik and Bub Provide New Insights into Prevention of Colorectal Cancer

By focusing on the detection of colon polyps, surgeons at Lehigh Valley Colon and Rectal Specialists draw on their research experience and ongoing innovations to prevent colon cancer.