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A recent article in Medscape reports that although “not all resuscitation strategies after a patient has an in-hospital cardiac arrest are equally beneficial when it comes to survival rates,” three practices have proven more effective than others. They are “watching closely for chest-compression interruptions,” providing adequate resuscitation training to staff and frequent reviews of previous cardiac arrest cases. These findings were discovered in a study of 131 acute-care hospitals in the United States. The study was published online in JAMA Cardiology.

According to Tim Lahey of the New York Times “Well” blog, “Ten thousand people ages 13 to 24 are give HIV diagnoses every year in the United States,” but many of these young people are unaware that they carry the virus. Part of this problem is “the low rate of HIV testing among young people, despite the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to that every sexually active person over the age of 13 be tested for HIV. Recent research has also shown that pediatricians and parents are testing five times fewer young people for HIV than what is recommended by national guidelines.

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