10 clinical research findings to know this week

Here are 10 articles on medical research study findings from the week of Aug. 17.

1. Despite current recommendations, many training courses for Ebola virus disease personal protective equipment have yet to be evaluated, according to the American Journal of Infection Control. Read more.

2. The CDC's recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report revealed that, while advances in water management and sanitation have substantially reduced waterborne disease in the United States, outbreaks continue to occur. Read more.

3. A study published in The American Journal of Medicine found that peripherally inserted central catheters carry with them a potential complication of deep vein thrombosis in not only upper extremities, but lower extremities as well. Read more.

4. A study out of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto produced evidence supporting the infection-reducing outcomes of breastfeeding. Read more.

5. Patients who are in greater need of care tend to objectify their physicians and view them as "empty vessels" more so than patients whose care needs are less urgent, according to a new study. Read more.

6. Septic shock affects more than 230,000 U.S. patients each year, but JAMA has published new advances in diagnosing and treating this clinical emergency in hopes of reducing that number. Read more.

7. To better clarify best practices for contact precautions, a group of epidemiologists and infection prevention specialists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine conducted a review of current practices and existing literature. Read more.

8. Dealing with rude behavior — even mild rudeness — is not just bothersome, it can actually influence a medical team's performance and, ultimately, potentially jeopardize patient safety, according to a new study. Read more.

9. Researchers at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill are working on using wearable devices and smartphone apps to track the flu among college students. Read more.

10. Researchers recently conducted a study to examine the condition severity and the clinical outcomes of patients with different Clostridium difficile strains, effectively debunking a myth surrounding the C. diff strain called Ribotype 027. Read more.

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