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State highlights: Scrutiny on for-profit surgery centers after Joan Rivers' death; Kaiser agrees to $4 million fine

State highlights: Scrutiny on for-profit surgery centers after Joan Rivers' death; Kaiser agrees to $4 million fine

A selection of health policy stories from New York, California, the District of Columbia, North Carolina and Georgia. [More]
Research roundup: Benefits of smaller practices; Rx price growth; fixing Medicare claims reviews

Research roundup: Benefits of smaller practices; Rx price growth; fixing Medicare claims reviews

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services within the Department of Health and Human Services has taken steps to prevent its contractors from conducting certain duplicative postpayment claims reviews-;reviews of the same claims that are not permitted by the agency-;but CMS neither has reliable data nor provides sufficient oversight and guidance to measure and fully prevent duplication. [More]
New market research report on Canadian endoscopic and surgical devices market

New market research report on Canadian endoscopic and surgical devices market

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Canadian Endoscopic and Surgical Devices Market. [More]
New method of growing human cells may help develop tailor-made therapies for GI conditions

New method of growing human cells may help develop tailor-made therapies for GI conditions

A method of growing human cells from tissue removed from a patient's gastrointestinal (GI) tract eventually may help scientists develop tailor-made therapies for inflammatory bowel disease and other GI conditions. [More]
Researchers recommend laparoscopic surgical removal of gallbladder for pediatric patients

Researchers recommend laparoscopic surgical removal of gallbladder for pediatric patients

A recent study conducted by Mayo Clinic researchers recommends laparoscopic cholecystectomies (surgical removal of the gallbladder) for pediatric patients suffering from gallstones and other gallbladder diseases. [More]
African Americans less likely to engage in CRC screening in VA healthcare system

African Americans less likely to engage in CRC screening in VA healthcare system

According to researchers in California, African Americans' participation in colorectal cancer screening is low and the use of colonoscopy infrequent despite similar access to care across races in a Veterans Affairs healthcare system. [More]
New guideline recommends genetic testing of tumors for colorectal cancer patients

New guideline recommends genetic testing of tumors for colorectal cancer patients

Of the 143,000 patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer annually in the U.S., up to 25 percent have a familial risk of colorectal cancer. A new guideline from the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer recommends genetic testing of tumors for all newly diagnosed colorectal cancer patients. [More]
New anesthesia procedure demonstrates cause of obstruction in patients with severe sleep apnea

New anesthesia procedure demonstrates cause of obstruction in patients with severe sleep apnea

A simplified anesthesia procedure may enable more widespread use of preoperative testing to demonstrate the cause of airway obstruction in patients with severe sleep apnea, suggests a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia. [More]
Endoscopic resection not always best for localized, early-stage esophageal cancer: Study

Endoscopic resection not always best for localized, early-stage esophageal cancer: Study

A new study, published in the July, 2014, issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute by Northwestern Medicine- researchers, sheds new light on the risks associated with the growing popularity of endoscopic resection in the treatment of localized, early-stage esophageal cancer. [More]

Key market data on Australia’s capsule endoscopy systems market

"Australia Capsule Endoscopy Systems Market Outlook to 2020″, provides key market data on the Australia Capsule Endoscopy Systems market. [More]
Study: Dietary elimination is successful method of treatment for adults with EoE

Study: Dietary elimination is successful method of treatment for adults with EoE

Dietary elimination is a successful method of treatment for adults with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), according to a new study1 in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. [More]
RD Biomed announces Chinese distribution agreement for reflux diagnostic tool Peptest

RD Biomed announces Chinese distribution agreement for reflux diagnostic tool Peptest

RD Biomed, the Yorkshire medical technology company, has announced a Chinese distribution agreement for its world-leading reflux diagnostic tool Peptest. [More]
PuriCore International acquired by Cantel Medical

PuriCore International acquired by Cantel Medical

Cantel Medical Corp., today announced that the company has successfully completed the acquisition of PuriCore International Limited., a wholly-owned subsidiary of PuriCore plc. [More]
UEG calls for more nurse endoscopy workforce to reduce CRC deaths

UEG calls for more nurse endoscopy workforce to reduce CRC deaths

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is currently estimated to claim the lives of 214,675[1] adults in Europe, equivalent to 1 death every 3 minutes. [More]
University Hospital Dinant Godinne surgeons successfully perform robotic-assisted surgeries with Flex System

University Hospital Dinant Godinne surgeons successfully perform robotic-assisted surgeries with Flex System

Leading surgeons at the University Hospital Dinant Godinne completed the world's first robotic-assisted surgical procedures with the Medrobotics' Flex System. [More]
New study show direct link between depression and medication nonadherence

New study show direct link between depression and medication nonadherence

A new study led by Alan B. Ettinger, M.D., M.B.A., Director of the Epilepsy Center at Neurological Surgery, P.C., has found that many patients who fail to take their antiseizure medications are suffering from depression. [More]
Blood oxygen sensor attached to endoscope identifies pancreatic cancer

Blood oxygen sensor attached to endoscope identifies pancreatic cancer

An optical blood oxygen sensor attached to an endoscope is able to identify pancreatic cancer in patients via a simple lendoscopic procedure, according to researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida. [More]
Olympus' ENDOEYE FLEX 3D articulating videoscope earns top honors at ATA Showcase

Olympus' ENDOEYE FLEX 3D articulating videoscope earns top honors at ATA Showcase

Olympus, a global technology leader in delivering innovative diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for medical and surgical procedures, among other core businesses, announced today that its ENDOEYE FLEX 3D articulating videoscope received top honors as the Breakthrough Technology of the Year. [More]
Region Skåne and Sectra sign six-year agreement

Region Skåne and Sectra sign six-year agreement

Region Skåne, one of Sweden's largest care providers, has signed a six-year agreement with IT and medical technology company Sectra. [More]
UCLA’s BrainSPORT Program earns $10M to research, treat sport concussions in youth

UCLA’s BrainSPORT Program earns $10M to research, treat sport concussions in youth

Philanthropist Steve Tisch, co-owner of the New York Giants and an Academy Award-winning film producer, has pledged $10 million to the department of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA for the BrainSPORT Program, which has been renamed the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program. [More]