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A thorough hand hygiene procedure can prevent nosocomial infections and also reduce costs. Nonetheless, the implementation of this recommendation in medical practice has been defective. One US ... [more]

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Consistent with the goals of the law, the proposed rule would improve the relevance and depth of Medicare’s value and quality-based payments and increase clinician flexibility by allowing ... [more]

Oliver Paul has published the Flexikon article Head's paradoxical reflex
The Head's paradoxical reflex occur in case of cold block (or in general irritation) of the vagus nerve. The inflation inhibition explained by Hering-Breuer inflation reflex is annulled and a deep breath occur. The Head's paradoxical reflex has ... [more]
Alexandra Schritz has edited the Flexikon article Pantothenic acid
Pantothenic acid is a water-soluble vitamin of B-complex.

Structure
Pantothenic acid consist of β-alanine and pantoic acid.
Constitutional formula: C9H17NO5

Biochemical role
Pantothenic acid is a component of coenzyme A which has an important ... [more]
Alexandra Schritz has edited the Flexikon article Pharyngeal raphe
German: Raphe pharyngis
The pharyngeal raphe is the attachment point for three muscles:
Musculus constrictor pharyngis superiorMusculus constrictor pharyngis mediusMusculus constrictor pharyngis inferiorIt connects these muscles to the pharyngeal ... [more]
Dr. Carina Hönscher has edited the Flexikon article Biotin
Biotin is a water soluble B vitamin with an energy releasing function.

Structure
Biotin consits of an imidazole ring, a thiophene ring and a valeric acid chain (also called pentanoic acid).

Biochemistry
Biotin acts as a coenzyme in carboxylation ... [more]
Alexandra Schritz has published the Flexikon article Cholangitis
Cholangitis is defined as the inflammation of the bile tracts.

Etiology
The bile tracts get inflamed in cases of obstruction (eg. choledocholithiasis) and bacterial infection. Bacteria can settle in the bile tracts the hematogenic way, or eg. ... [more]
Emeritus Francis Verschooten commented on the News-item Hand Hygiene: Big Brother Is Washing You
What is outlined in this publication is of course very true. It is amazing that the bottle with disinfectant is often in the back of the patient's room and not outside the room next to the door of the patient. And indeed many doctors ignore this ... [more]
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Image of the Week - May 23, 2016 - CIL:38927 - http://www.cellimagelibrary.org/images/38927

CIL:38927 - http://www.cellimagelibrary.org/images/38927   Description: Scanning electron micrograph of the the fruiting body of bread mould. As the mould grows, it propagates itself by forming spores that are released into the environment and grow ... [more]
Raphael Klinkhammer has published the Flexikon article Calcitriol
Calcitriol is defined as the double hydroxylated vitamin D3 which animal organisms can synthesize from cholesterol. The vitamin-like hormone belongs to the group of calciferols and is generated from calcidiol by attaching a second hydroxyl group to ... [more]
Raphael Klinkhammer has published the Flexikon article Amaurosis fugax
Amaurosis fugax is defined as a transient visual disorder, which is caused by circulatory problems of the retinal vessels.

Etiology and clinical presentation
In most cases, the cause is a sudden unilateral occlusion of the central retinal artery ... [more]
Oliver Paul has published the Flexikon article Pharyngeal raphe
The pharyngeal raphe is the attachment point for three muscles:
Musculus constrictor pharyngis superiorMusculus constrictor pharyngis mediusMusculus constrictor pharyngis inferiorIt connects these muscles to the pharyngeal tubercle of the occipital ... [more]