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Rescue docs provide on-scene care
Washington University in St. Louis has the only EMS program in Missouri that routinely sends emergency medicine physicians along with its own ambulances to treat trauma patients. These physicians work side-by-side with area emergency responders to provide top-quality patient care when every second counts.
New advice on flu shot
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that individuals 6 months of age and older get an influenza vaccination. This year's vaccine protects people from three types of flu, including the H1N1 virus that created last year's flu epidemic.
Multidisciplinary center specializes in little-known blood vessel disorder
While symptoms of hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) can be minor -such as nosebleeds and fatigue- the disease can become severe, affecting many different parts of the body. Rupture of malformed blood vessels can lead to breathing difficulties, brain abscesses and even stroke. The HHT Center at Washington University School of Medicine brings physicians from diverse specialties together to diagnose and treat this complex disease.
Chest compression-only CPR improves survival in cardiac arrest patients
Standard cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) involves alternating chest compressions with rescue breaths. But heart attack patients who receive CPR from bystanders fare better if their resuscitators skip the rescue breaths and do only chest compression, according to a study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Slather on the sunscreen
Sunscreens are an effective way to protect the skin against sunburn and reduce the risk of skin cancer. Yet many people don't use sunscreens correctly. newer broad-spectrum sunscreens block both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, but they need to be reapplied every two hours to be effective, say Washington University dermatologists. Most sunscreens must be applied at least 30 minutes before going outside.
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