About 60% of patients who acquired staph infections in healthcare settings were infected outside of the hospitals, according to an international study published in today's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers examined staph infections in 16 countries, including the U.S., from June 2000 to December 2003. An accompanying editorial said the finding correlates with a global trend in which more healthcare services are delivered in outpatient settings.
Another JAMAstudy said first-degree relatives of blacks with early-onset lung cancer -- defined as those diagnosed with the disease before age 50 -- have twice the risk of lung cancer than first-degree relatives of whites with early-onset lung cancer. Nearly 7% of the nearly 174,000 cases of lung cancer diagnosed last year in the U.S. were classified as early-onset.