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Sharing clinical information with other health systems helps avoid diagnostic tests and procedures

An Allina Health study published in the current issue of the journal Applied Clinical Informatics showed that a significant number of diagnostic tests and procedures can be avoided if clinicians exchange health information with other health systems. [More]
ABAM Foundation accredits four new addiction medicine fellowship programs

ABAM Foundation accredits four new addiction medicine fellowship programs

The American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation today announced the accreditation of four new addiction medicine fellowship programs, bringing the total number of accredited programs to 23. [More]

Snowstorms, heavy storms that cause power outages may increase carbon monoxide poisoning

​While preventable, carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious and sometimes fatal condition. Large weather events, such as snowstorms and heavy storms that cause power outages, can lead to an increase in the number of reported carbon monoxide exposures. [More]

Treatment for opioid overdose now available for use by non-medical personnel

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first naloxone treatment specifically designed to be given by family members or caregivers to treat a person with opioid overdose. [More]
Study shows important parallels between epidemic of HIV/AIDS and opioid addiction

Study shows important parallels between epidemic of HIV/AIDS and opioid addiction

​There are important parallels between the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the current epidemic of opioid addiction - ones that could trigger a significant shift in opioid addiction prevention, diagnosis and treatment. [More]
Researchers develop new screening tool to help diagnose obstructive sleep apnea in children

Researchers develop new screening tool to help diagnose obstructive sleep apnea in children

Clinical investigators at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) have developed a new screening tool to help diagnose obstructive sleep apnea in children. Their findings are published in Pediatric Pulmonology. [More]

New biomarker test accurately estimates mortality risk in patients with septicemia

Septic shock is a severe systemic infection and major cause of death for the old and young alike. Unfortunately, researchers say testing new drug regimens to stop the infection is confounded because clinical trials include patients who are either too sick to be saved by experimental therapies or not sick enough to warrant the treatments. [More]

Echo Therapeutics reports net loss of $3.9M in fourth quarter 2013

Echo Therapeutics, Inc., a medical device company developing its Symphony® CGM System as a non-invasive, wireless continuous glucose monitoring system, today announced financial results for the year ended December 31, 2013. [More]
Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput receives IJO New Faculty Award for research on obesity

Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput receives IJO New Faculty Award for research on obesity

At the International Congress on Obesity held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last week, Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput from the Healthy Active Living and Obesity research group at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute was awarded the International Journal of Obesity (IJO) New Faculty Award for Population Science and Public Health Research. [More]
Research roundup: New medical coding system; choosing a hospice; revamping Medicare

Research roundup: New medical coding system; choosing a hospice; revamping Medicare

On October 1, 2014, all health plans, health data clearinghouses, and health care providers that transmit health information electronically must use a new, significantly broader, coding system, called ICD-10, for diagnoses and inpatient procedures. [More]

Health care reform increases emergency department use in Massachusetts

The implementation of health care reform in Massachusetts - principally the expansion of health insurance coverage to nearly everyone in the state - was associated with a small but consistent increase in emergency department use, according to the findings of a study to be published online today in Annals of Emergency Medicine ("Increased Use of the Emergency Department After Health Care Reform in Massachusetts"). [More]
Scientists discover cellular pathway that may prevent onset of Type 2 diabetes

Scientists discover cellular pathway that may prevent onset of Type 2 diabetes

Scientists at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute have discovered a cellular pathway that is responsible for keeping blood sugar levels low in obese or pre-diabetic people, and may prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes. [More]
Study provides evidence that sepsis-related mortality has steadily decreased over time

Study provides evidence that sepsis-related mortality has steadily decreased over time

In critically ill patients in Australia and New Zealand with severe sepsis or septic shock, there was a decrease in the risk of death from 2000 to 2012, findings that were accompanied by changes in the patterns of discharge of intensive care unit (ICU) patients to home, rehabilitation, and other hospitals, according to a study appearing in JAMA. [More]
Prescriptions of opioid analgesics increased during U.S. emergency department visits

Prescriptions of opioid analgesics increased during U.S. emergency department visits

George Washington University (GW) researchers report dramatic increases in prescriptions of opioid analgesics, such as Percocet, Vicodin, oxycodone and Dilaudid, during U.S. emergency department visits from 2001 to 2010. [More]
Study: Trauma center closures associated with higher risk of death in injured patients

Study: Trauma center closures associated with higher risk of death in injured patients

Injured patients who live near trauma centers that have closed have higher odds of dying once they reach a hospital, according to a new analysis by UC San Francisco researchers. [More]

Researchers examine experiences of transgender patients in emergency department

A new study out of Western University has found the majority of transgender patients have had a negative experience when it comes to receiving emergency department care. [More]

Injured patients with decreased travel times to trauma center have lower odds of death

Injured patients who live near trauma centers that have closed have higher odds of dying once they reach a hospital, according to a new analysis by UC San Francisco researchers. [More]
Text-message program may be effective violence prevention tool for at-risk teen girls

Text-message program may be effective violence prevention tool for at-risk teen girls

Megan Ranney, M.D., M.P.H., an emergency medicine attending physician at Hasbro Children's Hospital, recently led a study that found a text-message program may be an effective violence prevention tool for at-risk teen girls. The study has been published online in the Journal of Adolescent Health. [More]

APS annual meeting to be held in Tampa from April 30 to May 3, 2014

The 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society (APS) will convene April 30 through May 3 at the Tampa Convention Center. [More]

Elsevier launches medical reference and learning platforms for clinicians, students

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the launch of the fully redesigned Expert Consult and Student Consult, its two medical reference and learning platforms, now powered by Inkling, the creator of engaging, intuitive digital books for some of the world's most respected publishers. [More]