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Medical News

Unlocking the opium poppy's biggest secret: genes that make codeine, morphine
Researchers at the University of Calgary have discovered the unique genes that allow the opium poppy to make codeine and morphine, thus opening doors to alternate methods of producing these effective painkillers either by manufacturing them in a lab or controlling the production of these compounds in the plant.
Source: University of Calgary

Eprotirome lowers bad cholesterol, triglycerides and Lp(A) without statin side effects
A new drug, eprotirome, has been shown to significantly lower bad cholesterol, triglycerides and Lp(A), without the side effects that statins cause in many people. Results of a study were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Link between low levels of vitamin D and higher rates of asthma in African American children
Researchers at Children's National Medical Center have discovered that African American children with asthma in metropolitan Washington, DC, are significantly more likely to have low levels of vitamin D than healthy African American children.
Source: Medical News Today

Patient Resources

Stroke survivors can improve functioning of paralyzed arm years after stroke
High-intensity, repetitive rehabilitation exercises can help stroke survivors significantly improve functioning in their paralyzed arm and in their quality of life — even years after their disabling event, according to late-breaking science results presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2010.

Which over-the-counter pain killer is right for you?
When people have ailments that are not serious enough to see the doctor about, many of them head to the pharmacy. But which over-the-counter medication should you choose?
Source: ABC News

Exercising just got easier for busy people
If you're the type of person who invokes the "not enough time" clause when it comes to exercising, it's time to find a new excuse. Researchers who have been studying interval training have found that it not only takes less time than what is typically recommended, but the regimen does not have to be "all out" to be effective in helping reduce the risk of such diseases at Type 2 diabetes.
Source: McMaster University

Did You Know?

Health Canada warns antibiotic Avelox may be linked to rare liver injury
The antibiotic Avelox may be linked to a rare but potentially life-threatening liver injury, Health Canada warns. Avelox, or moxifloxacin, is used to treat a broad spectrum of bacterial infections, including respiratory illnesses.

"Health Canada has conducted a safety review and concluded that Avelox may be associated with the rare but potentially life-threatening risk of liver injury, including liver failure," the department said in a release Monday.
Source: CBC News

Practice Management Tips

Reporting Needlestick Injuries Using Fields of Code Medical 2.0

Workers in medical offices may be at risk for exposure to blood borne pathogens including Hepatitis B and C, and HIV. US data has placed the annual incidence of needlestick injuries among health care workers at 10%¹. The Canadian Needle Stick Surveillance Network (CNSSN) reported a 3% risk for nurses and a 10% risk for doctors².

Many Canadian provinces³ and US states⁴ have passed safety regulations which require reporting and a post-exposure protocol. Information required in a needlestick (or sharps) injury log is usually a minimum of:
• The type and brand of device involved in the incident
• The department or work area where the exposure incident occurred
• An explanation of how the incident occurred

Fields of Code provides a basic Needlestick Injury report template for the logging of sharps injuries. The report comes in two versions: confidential and full details. The reports can be downloaded from our website in the Fields of Code Download Library. Scroll down the Reports, Importable section and look for the Needlestick Report templates, ID: 4TM8 (all details) and ID: 4TM9 ( this report will only identify the employee by their employee ID to ensure confidentiality and to encourage reporting).

All of our report templates are free. To download them you are only required to complete a free, one-time registration.
Source: Fields of Code Library


1. Porta C, Handelman E, McGovern P. Needlestick injuries among health care workers: a literature review.
    AAOHN J 1999;47:237-44. 

2. Update - Surveillance of health care workers exposed to blood, body fluids and bloodborne pathogens in
    Canadian hospital settings: April 1, 2000 to March 31, 2002
    Public Health Agency of Canada, Canada Communicable Disease Report

3. Canadian Sharps Safety Regulations
    BD Canada, Canadian Sharps Safety Regulations

4. Bloodborne Pathogens
    United States Department of Labor

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