- By: Giovanni Taccetti, Teresa Repetto, Silvia Campana, Maurizio de Martino
Hospitals would be more efficient if they were run more like car factories, according to the latest report in Health Europe (2003,2;56-67). The authors say that overburdened hospitals often have hidden reserves of operational capacity that can be unlocked by examining their process flow. Hospitals that borrow process-flow techniques from manufacturing could treat more patients at lower cost.
Anthrax may not kill by inducing endotoxic shock. A study of the effects of anthrax toxin in rats (Journal of Clinical Investigation 2003;112:656-8) found that toxin-induced death is mediated not by cytokine release, as previously thought, but by hypoxia-induced liver failure. These results suggest that the treatments developed for cytokine mediated septic shock will not be appropriate for treating anthrax.
A study of the effects of direct to consumer advertising of drugs in the United States (where it's legal) and Canada (where it's not; but it seeps across the border) in primary