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CF patients require close monitoring for resistance to ganciclovir after lung transplantation

CF patients require close monitoring for resistance to ganciclovir after lung transplantation

A drug called ganciclovir is given to lung transplant patients to protect against a life-threatening virus that is common after transplantation. [More]
New holistic approach to cancer treatment

New holistic approach to cancer treatment

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and UnitedHealthcare have launched a pilot to explore a new cancer care payment model for head and neck cancers that focuses on quality patient care and outcomes. The collaboration is among the first using bundled payments in a large, comprehensive cancer center. [More]
Researchers find that one in six Ontario adults reports a history of TBI

Researchers find that one in six Ontario adults reports a history of TBI

Nearly seventeen per cent of adults surveyed in Ontario said they have suffered a traumatic brain injury that left them unconscious for five minutes or required them to be hospitalized overnight, according to new research. These same adults also reported more substance use, smoking and recent psychiatric distress. [More]
CorMedix seeks QIDP designation from FDA for Neutrolin Catheter Lock Solution

CorMedix seeks QIDP designation from FDA for Neutrolin Catheter Lock Solution

CorMedix Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing therapeutic products for the prevention and treatment of cardiac, renal and infectious disease, has filed a request with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for designation of its lead product candidate, Neutrolin Catheter Lock Solution, as a qualified infectious disease product (QIDP) pursuant to the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now (GAIN) title of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act. [More]
Sphere Medical to unveil Proxima in-line miniature blood gas analyser at ICS State of the Art meeting

Sphere Medical to unveil Proxima in-line miniature blood gas analyser at ICS State of the Art meeting

Sphere Medical, innovator in critical care monitoring and diagnostics equipment, will be introducing its new Proxima in-line patient dedicated arterial blood gas analyser to the Intensive Care Society (ICS) community at its State of the Art Meeting, ICC London ExCel, 8-10th December. [More]
SIM physicians available to speak on Ebola epidemic ahead of International Volunteer Day

SIM physicians available to speak on Ebola epidemic ahead of International Volunteer Day

Two SIM USA physicians — one a long-term veteran and the second a new, short-term volunteer — are headed to Ebola-stricken West Africa and available to speak this week in advance of International Volunteer Day, Dec. 5, on a variety of topics related to the outbreak, the healthcare crisis in the region, and the role and need for volunteers. [More]
Obstructive sleep apnea associated with impaired exercise capacity

Obstructive sleep apnea associated with impaired exercise capacity

A new study shows that obstructive sleep apnea is associated with impaired exercise capacity, which is an indicator of increased cardiovascular risk. [More]
Study: Preoperative interventions improve outcomes of patients undergoing CABG surgery

Study: Preoperative interventions improve outcomes of patients undergoing CABG surgery

A quality improvement initiative improved the outcomes of patients undergoing cardiac surgery at select medical centers in northern New England, according to a study in the December issue of Critical Care Nurse (CCN). [More]
ImaCor releases all-in-one platform for advanced hemodynamic management

ImaCor releases all-in-one platform for advanced hemodynamic management

ImaCor, Inc, the developer of the world’s first and only hemodynamic transesophageal echocardiography (hTEE) technology, today announced the release of its all-in-one platform for advanced hemodynamic management. [More]
GABA injections prevent and reverse Type 1 diabetes in mice

GABA injections prevent and reverse Type 1 diabetes in mice

A chemical produced in the pancreas that prevented and even reversed Type 1 diabetes in mice had the same effect on human beta cells transplanted into mice, new research has found. [More]
Researchers say that nervous system may play vital role in infections, autoimmune diseases

Researchers say that nervous system may play vital role in infections, autoimmune diseases

The nervous system may play a bigger role in infections and autoimmune diseases than previously known. If researchers can learn more about that role, it could provide insight into diagnosing and treating everything from the stomach flu to rheumatoid arthritis. [More]
People with sleep apnea have lower peak oxygen uptake during aerobic activity

People with sleep apnea have lower peak oxygen uptake during aerobic activity

People with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea may have an intrinsic inability to burn high amounts of oxygen during strenuous aerobic exercise, according to a new study led by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. [More]
Abaxis completes acquisition of QCR & Trio Diagnostics

Abaxis completes acquisition of QCR & Trio Diagnostics

Abaxis, Inc., a medical products company manufacturing point-of-care instruments and consumables for the medical, research, and veterinary markets worldwide and providing reference lab services to the veterinary and research markets in the United States, announced today the completion of a stock purchase agreement to acquire 100% of QCR & Trio Diagnostics Limited, a United Kingdom based distribution organization. [More]
MGH investigators develop system to accurately track the process of falling asleep

MGH investigators develop system to accurately track the process of falling asleep

Massachusetts General Hospital investigators have developed a system to accurately track the dynamic process of falling asleep, something has not been possible with existing techniques. In their report in the October issue of the open-access journal PLOS Computational Biology, the research team describes how combining key physiologic measurements with a behavioral task that does not interfere with sleep onset gives a better picture of the gradual process of falling asleep. [More]
Excess fat in lungs may cause pulmonary fibrosis

Excess fat in lungs may cause pulmonary fibrosis

Pulmonary fibrosis has no cure. It's caused by scarring that seems to feed on itself, with the tougher, less elastic tissue replacing the ever moving and stretching lung, making it increasingly difficult for patients to breathe. [More]
Echo Therapeutics reports net loss of $5.5 million for third quarter 2014

Echo Therapeutics reports net loss of $5.5 million for third quarter 2014

Echo Therapeutics, Inc., a medical device company, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014. [More]
Discovery opens up new routes to strengthen anti-smoking efforts to control TB

Discovery opens up new routes to strengthen anti-smoking efforts to control TB

TB is an infectious disease that kills 1.5 million people each year, and smoking is the biggest driver of the global TB epidemic. Medical scientists at Trinity College Dublin and St James's Hospital in Ireland have unlocked the mechanism underlying the connection between smoking and Tuberculosis (TB). [More]
Experts focus on key issues impeding delivery of cardiac care in resource-limited settings

Experts focus on key issues impeding delivery of cardiac care in resource-limited settings

Critical care is defined by life-threatening conditions, which require close evaluation, monitoring, and treatment by appropriately trained health professionals. Cardiovascular care bears these same requirements. [More]
Study: Critically ill newborns may be exposed to DEHP chemicals in medical products

Study: Critically ill newborns may be exposed to DEHP chemicals in medical products

Hospitalized premature infants are exposed to unsafe levels of a chemical found in numerous medical products used to treat them, raising questions about whether critically ill newborns may be adversely affected by equipment designed to help save their lives. [More]
Researchers identify molecular switch that controls inflammatory processes in aging-related disorders

Researchers identify molecular switch that controls inflammatory processes in aging-related disorders

A study led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has identified what appears to be a molecular switch controlling inflammatory processes involved in conditions ranging from muscle atrophy to Alzheimer's disease. [More]