Head Injury Triples Stroke Risk in Youth

From MedPage Today:

Traumatic head and neck injury tripled stroke risk for young adults compared with other types of trauma injuries, a large cohort study showed.

The relative stroke risk was 2.8 in the 4 weeks after head or neck trauma versus other trauma-related emergency visits among 20- to 49-year-olds (95% CI 1.9-4.1),Christine Fox, MD, MAS, of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and colleagues found.

Stroke incidence rate was 11 per 100,000 head and neck trauma patients under age 50 overall, and 48 per 100,000 in the 18 to 49 age range, the researchers reported here at theInternational Stroke Conference (ISC).

More Doctors Move To Salaried Jobs

From the NY Times, via Kaiser Health News:

As Health Care Shifts, U.S. Doctors Switch To Salaried Jobs
American physicians, worried about changes in the health care market, are streaming into salaried jobs with hospitals. Though the shift from private practice has been most pronounced in primary care, specialists are following. Last year, 64 percent of job offers filled through Merritt Hawkins, one of the nation’s leading physician placement firms, involved hospital employment, compared with only 11 percent in 2004. The firm anticipates a rise to 75 percent in the next two years

Preschoolers most frequent visitors to emergency rooms

From CTV:

Preschool-aged children are the biggest users of hospital emergency rooms, according to a new report, which found that nearly half of kids in that age group will end up in an ER at least once in a year.

The study, released Thursday by the Canadian Institute of Health Information, collected data from more than 10 million visits to emergency rooms across the country between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. It found that children aged four and under accounted for nearly nine per cent of all emergency room visits in Canada over the course of that year.

That added up to nearly 900,000 pre-schoolers ending up in the ER, some for serious problems such as falling down stairs or swallowing a foreign object.