Feb 23, 2009

Survey About Strokes

A telephone survey was done on how well people can recognize stroke symptoms when they see them and know to get help.  Over 85,000 people were surveyed and they found that about 1 in 5 people were able to identify all of the warning signs of a stroke.  One of the stroke symptoms almost everyone could pick out which was weakness in the arms, legs, or face.  Only a little over half of the people surveyed, knew that a quick onset of a severe headache was also a sign of a stroke.

Feb 2, 2009

Worst City In Country For People With Asthma



The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America researched using twelve factors one hundred of the USA’s largest cities. St. Louis, Mo. is at that at the top of the list for 2009 for being the worst city for people that have asthma to live. They have been moving up the chart for a couple of years and now they are number one. The amount of people that have died from asthma, pollen, and no non-smoking in public places contributed to their placing. Asthma attacks are responsible for almost two million emergency room visits and half a million hospital admissions per year.

Jan 14, 2009

ER Physicians



There has been a study done on the amount of emergency room doctors that are available to meet the needs of the hospitals.  As of now, there are many hospitals that do not have enough staff for their emergency room physicians with education in  board certified emergency training.

The study showed in 2005, only fifty percent of the demand of this type of training in hospitals was met.  They are looking into other ways to alleviate these problems, such as giving general doctors more training and relying more on the nurse practitioners and assistants to aid the emergency physicians in the emergency rooms.