Patient safety update: Patient safety primer offers strategies to prevent medication erros

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): A growing evidence base supports specific strategies to prevent adverse drug events (ADEs), according to a patient safety primer posted online on AHRQ’s Patient Safety Network (PSNet). The primer  outlines strategies providers can use at each stage of the medication use pathway – prescribing, transcribing, dispensing, … Continue reading Patient safety update: Patient safety primer offers strategies to prevent medication erros

Two years after the tsunami in Japan, fear and mistrust of food and government

From the New York Times, an Op-Doc, 'In Japan, a Portrait of Mistrust': Two years after a huge earthquake, giant tsunami and nuclear meltdown ravaged parts of Japan, life has only seemingly returned to normal. Authorities say that outside the evacuation zone in Fukushima, there is at most a very low amount of radioactive contamination … Continue reading Two years after the tsunami in Japan, fear and mistrust of food and government

Tofurkey, tryptophan and Thanksgiving Torpor

New from Riskbites, fun and information on turkey, tofurky, and, snoozing the day away.  Enjoy!   There's a common belief that the tryptophan in turkey is responsible for post-thanksgiving dinner lethargy. But how about the the vegetarian tofurkey? Risk Bites takes on tofurky and the Thanksgiving tryptophan myth. For more information on the thanksgiving tryptophan … Continue reading Tofurkey, tryptophan and Thanksgiving Torpor

Exploding turkeys – Just in time for Thanksgiving

A bit of fun - and safety tips - for a Friday from our friends at Mind the Science Gap. There are certain traditions a family holds sacred, and for my family, that’s Thanksgiving Dinner.  We always have Mom’s made-from-whatever-fell-out-of-the-fridge-and-yet-tastes-awesome stuffing, my oldest brother always cooks a side dish that requires a minimum 3 lbs of butter … Continue reading Exploding turkeys – Just in time for Thanksgiving

Behavioral counseling is effective treatment for alcohol misuse

From the AHRQ Electronic Newsletter: AHRQ’s Effective Healthcare Program has released a new research review that found behavioral counseling interventions improved certain behavioral outcomes for adults with risky/hazardous drinking habits. The research review assesses the effectiveness of screening followed by behavioral counseling for alcohol misuse in adolescents and adults in primary care settings.  For most … Continue reading Behavioral counseling is effective treatment for alcohol misuse