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Taking care of yourself? That can be messy for millennials

Getting enough rest, exercising, eating right and achieving a balance between work and play is a tall order for anyone. But for busy millennials, self-care might be even more elusive. Medical Center experts advise this population to be mindful and deliberate about self-care, planning it if they need to, and to not feel guilty about paying attention to their emotional and physical health.]]>Original Article…

Is weight loss your New Year’s resolution? What’s next when you lose the weight?

Body contouring can help put the finishing touches on your 2020 weight loss goal and keep you motivated.Original Article…

New Ph.D. in research program resonates with radiologists

There’s a new degree in town – a Ph.D. in research for radiologists who set out on a biomedical imaging/bioengineering track. According to its advocates, the program reflects well – not just on the Department of Radiology, but also on the Medical Center as a whole.]]>Original Article…

The Latest Technology & Inventions

By Matthew Coleman The Warm Scrub Emergency physicians must spend all day in chilly hospitals wearing thin scrubs which are practical but poor providers of warmth. Bob Perez, a radiology technologist, said he “froze” in the bacteria-protected, cold atmosphere of his place of work for 18 years before envisioning ThermScrub, a warm, durable scrub. The ThermScrub maintains the function of a regular scrub, but is made of polyester fleece, a material often used in winter gloves and hats. The ThermScrub comes in nine colors, sizes XS-XXXL. For more information, visit www.thermscrub.com. Resuscitation Quick Guide Situations often arise in emergency medicine when quick decisions about critical medication and dosage information can mean life or death for a patient needing resuscitation. Though health care providers may have memorized the information, miscalculation mistakes are inevitable. That is where the ABCs of Resuscitation charts come in. These charts follow the same color pattern as familiar resuscitation systems, and supply a quick reference for resuscitation information. The color-coded categories are organized by patient age and weight, and contain emergency medications, precalculated dosages, and size specific equipment. The laminated, waterproof charts are available in pocket, clipboard, and wall sizes. For details, visit www.VedellsMD.com. Finding a Job Emergency physician Brian Rike, MD, found himself frustrated while looking for a job online. Many listings were rife with expired positions and other problems. So last May, he founded www.Code3Spots.com, a job site tailored for EPs. Don’t confuse the website as a recruiter-based resource. Jobs can be searched and listed for free. Code3Spots allow employers to log in, list an open position, and get responses. Searchers do not have to log in to view open positions. The website also offers other resources for emergency physicians, including information on how to prepare for boards, emergency medicine news sources, and…

If obstructive sleep apnea makes rest elusive, a new device can help

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea often can’t get a good night’s sleep, and no wonder. They may snore loudly and gasp for breath because their airway is blocked, making them sleepy the next day and sometimes causing cardiovascular problems. A new device implanted by a UMMC physician opens up those patients’ airways, giving some the first solid sleep they’ve had in years.]]>Original Article…

New Technology & Inventions

By Matthew Coleman   This column focuses on the latest products, devices, and ideas to improve emergency medicine practice. Brief news releases and photographs are welcome, and must be submitted electronically. Images must be 300 dpi, in tiff, jpeg, or eps format, and at least 4“x4” in size. Please send information to emn@lww.com. Portable Brain Cooler     Cooling the brain after cardiac arrest has been known to improve neurological outcomes in patients, and initiating this process as early as possible is essential. The RhinoChill Intra-Nasal Cooling System allows cooling to start in the field by using a noninvasive nasal catheter that sprays a rapidly evaporating coolant liquid into the nasal cavity. The system is small, battery-powered, easy to use, and portable, allowing for quick deployment in any prehospital and emergency setting. It also won the Critical Care and Emergency Medicine Product of the Year prize in the 2012 MEDTEC EMDT Innovation Awards. Visit www.benechill.com/wp/rhinochill-trade for details.   Innovative Wound Dressing     Patients with partial thickness burns must undergo painful dressing changes as frequently as twice daily, which can cause discomfort and potential wound infection. ConvaTec’s Aquacel Ag burn dressing can be left on for up to 21 days. The dressing features the company’s hydrofiber technology, which has been shown to lock in fluid and trap bacteria. It incorporates the antimicrobial action of silver, proven to kill a broad spectrum of pathogens, including MRSA, VRE, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida krusei, and Bacteroides fragilis. The Aquacel Ag burn dressings also come as a glove for partial thickness burns to hands, where a large number of burn injuries occur. More information is available at www.convatec.com.   C. difficile Prevention     The spread of Clostridium difficile, the bacteria that causes diarrhea and other health issues, has become a…