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Healthcare Leaders Join Forces On New Patient Safety Software

May 23, 2012 9:29 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- At the National Patient Safety Foundation Congress beginning today in Washington, D.C., two leaders in their respective healthcare areas have joined forces to improve patient safety. UHC, an alliance of 116 academic medical centers with 264 affiliated hospitals in the U.S., and Datix, a U.

CCSC Awards Recognizes Achievements In Eliminating HAIs

May 23, 2012 9:14 am | Comments

For the second year, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, in partnership with the Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC), sponsored a program to recognize teams of critical care professionals and healthcare institutions for outstanding leadership to reduce or eliminate healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

Men More Likely To Be Readmitted To Hospital

May 23, 2012 8:05 am | Comments

Men are more likely than women to be readmitted to the hospital within a month after being discharged, according to a new study funded by AHRQ.  The risk for returning to the hospital within 30 days is higher among men who are retired, unmarried, screen positive for depression or don’t visit a primary care physician for follow-up after their hospitalization, according to the study from researchers at Boston University School of Medicine.


New Data Supports Role In Optimizing IBD Treatment Management

May 22, 2012 7:28 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Prometheus Laboratories Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical and diagnostic company, announced today the thirteen abstracts relating to its proprietary diagnostic platform presented at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2012. The abstracts highlight Prometheus's innovative technologies aimed at helping healthcare providers personalize patient care with the goal of ultimately helping to improve patient outcomes.

Promising Data For Novel Pancreatic Cancer Vaccine

May 22, 2012 7:17 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- A novel pancreatic cancer vaccine shows promise in improving survival and represents a potential breakthrough in the treatment of this deadly disease. Jeffrey Hardacre, MD, of University Hospitals Case Medical Center's Seidman Cancer Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine presented results of a Phase 2 clinical trial in patients with pancreatic cancer testing the Algenpantucel-L vaccine today at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, part of Digestive Disease Week in San Diego.

Reprocessing Management Site Launched

May 22, 2012 7:12 am | Comments

Fraser, MI -- Healthmark Industries has announced the launch of their newest web site . is focused specifically on products that help endoscopy centers manage the proper reprocessing of their scopes. This site provides useful information on monitoring of cleaning, tools to improve cleaning and products to organize and manage the steps during reprocessing of flexible endoscopes.

HHS Launches Campaign To Educate Older Adults About Organ Donation

May 22, 2012 7:07 am | Comments

An effort to educate adults 50 and older about the importance of registering to be organ, eye, and tissue donors was launched today in observance of Older Americans Month. The campaign was developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), in partnership with the Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging and the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging.

Phase 3 Study Results On Adults With Active Ulcerative Colitis

May 21, 2012 9:46 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- New study findings presented today show that subcutaneous induction regimens of the anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha therapy SIMPONI@ (golimumab) induced clinical response in a majority of patients with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis (UC) who had previously failed or were intolerant to conventional agents.


Dangerous Medical Device Loophole Puts Patients At Risk

May 21, 2012 8:02 am | Comments

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, is calling attention to a dangerous medical device loophole that puts patients at risk in a full-page print ad in Politico today. The ad is running as the Senate prepares to vote on a bill this week to reauthorize the statute governing medical device oversight.

Knee Surgery Stats Prompt Changes At US Hospitals 

May 21, 2012 7:50 am | Comments

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Knee replacement surgeries at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center soon could be handled by a specialized operating room team as the result of a data-sharing project among health systems throughout the U.S. aimed at improving health care and lowering costs. The Lebanon hospital is among the founding members of a collaborative created in 2010 to analyze a range of high-volume, high-cost medical procedures and conditions and quickly spreading the word about which approaches result in the best outcomes and the lowest costs.


FDA Says Xarelto Reduced Deadly Heart Attacks 

May 21, 2012 7:41 am | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that a blood thinner from Johnson & Johnson appears to reduce life-threatening blood clots in high-risk patients, although it also increases the risk of internal bleeding. The FDA posted its review of J&J's Xarelto for the new use ahead of a public meeting Wednesday where medical experts will vote on its safety and effectiveness.

Unnecessary Surgeries Due To Induced Vasospasm Identified

May 18, 2012 8:03 am | Comments

The findings - presented May 10 in in Las Vegas during the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions' annual meeting - could determine a new way of clinical practice that could save patients from unnecessary operations and reduce health care costs. The findings showed that some patients are erroneously diagnosed with having stenosis when they in fact have experienced a vasospasm.

Kentucky Weighed Politics, Medicine In Inmate's Surgery

May 18, 2012 7:56 am | Comments

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A condemned killer's fight to receive surgery for agonizing hip pain pushed Kentucky officials into an uncomfortable debate over security, politics and even the possibility of inviting scorn from Fox News pundits. Emails and memos obtained by The Associated Press show corrections officials struggling for a year to reconcile their duty to provide medical care with the political ramifications of spending tens of thousands of dollars for surgery on a man they plan to execute.


Smile Train Achieves Milestone Of 750,000 Free Cleft Surgeries

May 18, 2012 7:52 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- "Smile Train has provided 750,000 free cleft surgeries to children around the world since its founding in 1999, and will now dedicate itself to reaching the goal of '1 million smiles' within two and half years," Smile Train Co-Founder and Chairman Charles B. Wang announced at a dinner in New York City tonight.

TB Patient Charged In Calif. For Not Taking Meds

May 18, 2012 7:45 am | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Armando Rodriguez was warned several times to continue taking his tuberculosis medicine. At one point, authorities said, he told his case officer he stopped the treatment out of concern for his liver while binging on alcohol and methamphetamine. So on Tuesday, authorities took the unusual step of arresting Rodriguez and charging him with refusing to comply with a tuberculosis order to be at home at certain times and make appointments to take his medication.


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