Our featured research news in 2008 looked at new treatment approaches, prevention strategies, drug research, and changes in medical care. The studies also reflected the changes in medical industry to decrease unnecessary costs without cutting care. Here is a quick recap on medical care research featured from 2008.
Changes in the medical system include not only the ability to improve health of the patients but also rein in medical costs by eliminating unnecessary services and providing prevention programs.
Researchers found that cleaning wounds with drinkable tap water was
just as effective
as sterile saline water.
A vaccine for
was tested. Although rarely deadly, traveler's diarrhea can affect millions. The vaccine
appeared to decrease
the intensity and duration of the illness for people infected with the particular
will also cause a few days of illness but may be more serious for certain people including pregnant women. A varicella vaccine can protect from the illness but not all choose to be vaccinated. These individuals may still find protection if they are vaccinated shortly after exposure to the virus. They will be
less likely to get ill
and if they do it will be less severe.
Alternative treatments also continue to make news in medical care.
are an important tool in preventing serious illnesses. While most are received in childhood, there are some that may be received later. Talk to your child’s doctor to make sure your child’s vaccinations are on schedule. If you are planning to travel to third world countries you may need to receive vaccinations; let your doctor know if you plan to travel to such locations.
Alternative treatments may be helpful in some treatments but should be done in conjunction with medical care. Talk to your doctor about supplements or treatments, as some can interfere with medical treatments.
Last reviewed January 2008 by Larissa J. Lucas, MD
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