Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide, taking 17.9 million lives every year. In the United States alone, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) estimated 1 in every 4 deaths is caused by heart disease, a total of nearly 647,000 Americans each year.
Last week, the World Health Organization declared a global emergency as the novel coronavirus continues to spread rapidly and with ease around the world. In only 10 days, the total of confirmed cases rose from 916 and 41 deaths to a staggering 24,622 cases and 494 deaths. Within the last 48-hours alone, approximately 7,000 new cases and 132 deaths have been reported.
The da Vinci surgical system is believed to be a one-of-kind medical breakthrough in the field of robotic-assisted surgery. Assisting in more than six million procedures to date, the da Vinci allows surgeons to perform high-risk procedures with minimally invasive methods. Manufacturers of the da Vinci claim it could one day change the landscape of all surgery, reducing the number of complications leading to life-threatening injuries.
Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that has been heavily studied since the late 1200s. Researchers say Spanish alchemist Arnold of Villanova first discovered the poisonous gas when examining the incomplete combustion of wood. According to historical records, Villanova described an invisible poisonous gas that scientists today believe was most likely the existence of carbon monoxide fumes.
Influenza Di Freddo is believed to have been a term coined by residents of Florence, Italy in the 1300’s. Literally translated, it means “the cold influence”. It was used to describe the sudden increase in community illness that coincided with the decrease in air temperatures from summer to fall. As it turns out, there is a scientific explanation for the increase in flu virus infection and the cold, dry air of fall and winter. You see, the flu virus is transmitted through the air. When the air is hot and wet, the virus gets dragged to the ground by water droplets. When the air is cold and dry, the virus stay afloat longer, allowing all of us a better chance at breathing it in, and becoming sick.
The release of the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades show Maryland hospitals could be getting safer. Though the state fell eight spots since the Spring reviews, ranking 38 out of the 49, Maryland ratings have still shown quite a bit of improvement.