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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Today's Globe: fires during surgery, overweight impact, energy drinks, mental health emergency

Operating room fires have received less attention than other potential hazards such as wrong-site surgery, but fires have seriously injured and even killed patients. And new data show that they are more common than previously believed.

Being overweight boosts the risk of dying from diabetes and kidney disease but not cancer or heart disease, and carrying some extra pounds appears actually to protect against a host of other causes of death, federal researchers reported yesterday.

Energy drinks, the increasingly popular high-caffeine beverages, may do more than give people a jolt of energy - they may also boost heart rates and blood pressure levels, researchers said yesterday.

Emergency departments
and patients in psychiatric crisis are both victims of a healthcare system that increasingly relies on emergency care to cover gaps in basic mental health and social services, Susan Stefan, director of the National Emergency Department Project at the Center for Public Representation, writes in an opinion piece.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:52 AM
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