U-M launches emergency study of severe seizures

What’s the best way to treat someone who’s stuck in a prolonged, dangerous seizure? Although emergency medical teams use a variety of approaches around the country, they could use better guidance based on research to give patients the best chance of surviving, and reduce brain damage. Now, a study to answer that very question in children and adults has launched at the University of Michigan Health System and other hospitals around the country. 

First, do no harm: Hospital patients given anti-heartburn drugs have higher risk of dying, study finds

Right now, in any American hospital, about half of the patients have a prescription for an acid-reducing drug to reduce heartburn or prevent bleeding in their stomach and gut. But that well-intentioned drug may actually boost their risk of dying during their hospital stay, a new study finds – by opening them up to infections that pose more risk than bleeding would.

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