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Hour-long educational coaching session reduces re-admission odds, cost for Medicare patients

Hour-long educational coaching session reduces re-admission odds, cost for Medicare patients

A new study in Journal of General Internal Medicine reports that an hour-long educational coaching session and two or three follow-up phone calls after a hospital stay reduced re-admission odds by 39 percent among Medicare patients. [More]
UH Case Medical Center signs agreement with ARUP to offer DEEPGEN-HIV test

UH Case Medical Center signs agreement with ARUP to offer DEEPGEN-HIV test

University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center has signed an agreement with ARUP Laboratories, a major national clinical reference laboratory that offers an extensive menu of highly complex and unique medical tests to hospitals, medical schools, and other nonprofit and commercial organizations throughout the United States. [More]
UH Case Medical Center named one of nation's top hospitals

UH Case Medical Center named one of nation's top hospitals

University Hospitals Case Medical Center has once again been named one of the nation's top hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Hospitals rankings. UH Case Medical Center was ranked in all 12 methodology-ranked specialties for the third year in a row and in the Top 20 in four specialties - Cancer, Gastroenterology, Ear, Nose & Throat, and Orthopaedics. [More]
HHS grant to support new model of care for patients with complex cancer

HHS grant to support new model of care for patients with complex cancer

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced a three-year grant to University Hospitals Case Medical Center Seidman Cancer Center totaling $4.7 million to support a new national model aimed at improving care for patients with complex cancer. [More]
Surgical biopsies can be safely performed on selected patients with late-stage lung cancer

Surgical biopsies can be safely performed on selected patients with late-stage lung cancer

Researchers at UC Davis have determined that surgical biopsies can be safely performed on select patients with late-stage non-small cell lung cancer, which should enhance their access to drugs that target specific genetic mutations such as epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). [More]
3D mammography detects more invasive cancers, reduces call-back rates

3D mammography detects more invasive cancers, reduces call-back rates

3D Mammography finds significantly more invasive cancers and reduces unnecessary recalls, according to a large, retrospective study published in June 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. [More]
Keratoprosthesis restores vision in patients blinded by corneal disease

Keratoprosthesis restores vision in patients blinded by corneal disease

A new review article in the June issue of Focal Points, a monthly publication of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, calls keratoprosthesis a viable alternative to standard corneal transplantation to help people suffering from corneal blindness. [More]
University Hospitals introduces surgical procedure for management of glaucoma in NE Ohio

University Hospitals introduces surgical procedure for management of glaucoma in NE Ohio

With the arrival of a leading expert in glaucoma, Douglas Rhee, MD, as its chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University Hospitals Case Medical Center is introducing a surgical procedure for the management of glaucoma that is new to Northeast Ohio. [More]
Clinical dietitian comments on documentary highlighting obesity epidemic

Clinical dietitian comments on documentary highlighting obesity epidemic

"The movie seeks to remove blame from the individual who is obese and overweight," says Lisa Cimperman, RD, clinical dietitian at University Hospitals Case Medical Center about "Fed Up," a documentary on the obesity epidemic currently in theaters. "The overriding theme is the food industry and sugar are responsible for driving the obesity epidemic." [More]
Anticoagulation therapy with low-dose aspirin can be used with new generation mechanical heart valve

Anticoagulation therapy with low-dose aspirin can be used with new generation mechanical heart valve

Less aggressive anticoagulation therapy, combined with low-dose aspirin, can be used safely in conjunction with a newer generation mechanical heart valve. [More]
Scientists find new way to predict response to platinum-based chemotherapy in women with triple-negative breast cancer

Scientists find new way to predict response to platinum-based chemotherapy in women with triple-negative breast cancer

Researchers from University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center's Seidman Cancer Center will present findings from a study that found the presence of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, ahead of treatment may help predict response to platinum-based chemotherapy in women with triple-negative breast cancer. [More]
New biomarker shows promise in improving screening for esophageal cancer

New biomarker shows promise in improving screening for esophageal cancer

A new biomarker for esophageal cancer shows promise in improving screening for this deadly disease and its precursor, Barrett's esophagus. [More]
Aortic valve replacement now possible without open-heart surgery

Aortic valve replacement now possible without open-heart surgery

Loyola University Medical Center is the first hospital in Illinois to implant a newly approved aortic heart valve device that does not require open surgery. [More]
Scientists discover how MRP-14 gene generates dangerous clots that could trigger heart attack

Scientists discover how MRP-14 gene generates dangerous clots that could trigger heart attack

Right now, options are limited for preventing heart attacks. However, the day may come when treatments target the heart attack gene, myeloid related protein-14 (MRP-14, also known as S100A9) and defang its ability to produce heart attack-inducing blood clots, a process referred to as thrombosis. [More]
Study: Repeat sternotomy for surgical aortic valve replacement safe for octogenarian patients

Study: Repeat sternotomy for surgical aortic valve replacement safe for octogenarian patients

Surgical aortic valve replacement generally improves patients' symptoms and prolongs survival. However, the perceived risk of surgical aortic valve replacement in patients over 80 may result in surgery being denied or a recommendation for alternative therapy. Investigators at the Mayo Clinic challenge the way these patients have been managed. [More]
AM-Pharma reports positive results from recAP Phase I trial for Acute Kidney Injury

AM-Pharma reports positive results from recAP Phase I trial for Acute Kidney Injury

AM-Pharma B.V., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of recAP (recombinant human Alkaline Phosphatase) for inflammatory indications, announces the results of its Phase I trial with both single and multiple ascending doses, which demonstrate that recAP is safe and well tolerated at all doses. [More]
15 mm margins cut NSCLC local recurrence risk after wedge resection

15 mm margins cut NSCLC local recurrence risk after wedge resection

Increasing margin distance up to 15 mm significantly decreases the risk of local recurrence among patients undergoing wedge resection for early-stage, non-small-cell lung cancer, US researchers report. [More]
Long-term survivors after esophagectomy with gastric pull-up can enjoy good quality of life

Long-term survivors after esophagectomy with gastric pull-up can enjoy good quality of life

Long-term survivors after esophagectomy with gastric pull-up can enjoy a satisfying meal and good quality of life according to a new study from a team of researchers at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles. [More]
Lymphatic invasion indicates prognosis for lung cancer patients

Lymphatic invasion indicates prognosis for lung cancer patients

The presence of lymphatic invasion indicates a worse prognosis for patients with pathologically node-positive lung adenocarcinoma, compared with its absence, indicate Japanese study findings. [More]
Surgeons perform first auditory brainstem implant operation in Northeast Ohio

Surgeons perform first auditory brainstem implant operation in Northeast Ohio

Surgeons at University Hospitals Case Medical Center have completed the first auditory brainstem implant (ABI) operation in Northeast Ohio on a woman who has lost most of her hearing due to benign tumors on her auditory nerves. [More]