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BIDMC researchers examine impact of note sharing on patient safety, quality of care

BIDMC researchers examine impact of note sharing on patient safety, quality of care

Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are homing in on the potential benefits of allowing patients access to the notes their clinicians write after a visit. An article published in the August edition of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety suggests that this kind of patient engagement has the power to improve safety and quality of care. [More]
Inflammation plays role in onset of delirium in older adults

Inflammation plays role in onset of delirium in older adults

Delirium is an acute state of confusion that often affects older adults following surgery or serious illness. Now a study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center confirms that inflammation - an immune response that develops when the body attempts to protect itself from harmful stimuli -- plays a role in the onset of delirium. [More]
Less invasive endovascular aortic repair benefits most patients, provides quick recovery

Less invasive endovascular aortic repair benefits most patients, provides quick recovery

Each year, nearly 40,000 Americans undergo elective surgery to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm with the goal of preventing a life-threatening rupture of this potentially dangerous cardiovascular condition. [More]
Availability of primary care appointments improves for people with Medicaid in Michigan

Availability of primary care appointments improves for people with Medicaid in Michigan

Getting access to health insurance, and getting access to a doctor, are two very different things. But a new University of Michigan study suggests that the two have gone hand-in-hand in the state of Michigan, despite a rapid influx of hundreds of thousands of newly insured people under the state's expansion of Medicaid. [More]
New study reveals strategy to improve interactions between physicians and patients

New study reveals strategy to improve interactions between physicians and patients

Physicians in their medical residency training programs often focus on scientific reasoning and research evidence in their efforts to provide medical care. While appropriate, this focus may overshadow subtle and indirect communication that reveals important information about the patient's experience with their illness that will help the physician provide better care. [More]
New research finds that stroke ages person's brain function by almost eight years

New research finds that stroke ages person's brain function by almost eight years

Having a stroke ages a person's brain function by almost eight years, new research finds - robbing them of memory and thinking speed as measured on cognitive tests. [More]
Genetically-programmed probiotics could help detect liver cancer metastases early-on

Genetically-programmed probiotics could help detect liver cancer metastases early-on

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have described a new method for detecting liver cancer metastases in mice. The approach uses over-the-counter probiotics genetically programmed to produce signals easily detectable in urine when liver cancer metastases are present. [More]
Novel in-line blood gas analyser demonstrated in Germany at H.I.T. 2015

Novel in-line blood gas analyser demonstrated in Germany at H.I.T. 2015

The Proxima sensor is a miniaturised blood gas analyser that is integrated directly into the patient’s arterial line, which also ensures blood conservation since all blood is returned to the patient... [More]
Microfluidic cell-squeezing device could introduce specific antigens inside immune system's B cells

Microfluidic cell-squeezing device could introduce specific antigens inside immune system's B cells

MIT researchers have shown that they can use a microfluidic cell-squeezing device to introduce specific antigens inside the immune system's B cells, providing a new approach to developing and implementing antigen-presenting cell vaccines. [More]
New guide helps doctors, nurses to identify hospital patients who may benefit from urinary catheter

New guide helps doctors, nurses to identify hospital patients who may benefit from urinary catheter

What's the only thing worse than having a urinary catheter when you're in the hospital? Having one and getting a urinary tract infection (UTI) - or worse - as a result. Now, a new detailed guide gives doctors and nurses information to help decide which hospital patients may benefit from a urinary catheter - and which ones don't. [More]
Clinical features identified to distinguish bipolar I disorder from MDD

Clinical features identified to distinguish bipolar I disorder from MDD

Researchers have identified seven clinical features that could help distinguish patients with bipolar disorder from those with major depressive disorder. [More]
Accelovance named finalist for Best Contract Research Organization at ViE Awards

Accelovance named finalist for Best Contract Research Organization at ViE Awards

Accelovance, a therapeutically focused contract research organization (CRO), has been named a finalist for "Best Contract Research Organization" at the upcoming Vaccine Industry Excellence (ViE) Awards hosted by the World Vaccine Congress. [More]
Early response plus genetic variants strengthen antidepressant outcome prediction

Early response plus genetic variants strengthen antidepressant outcome prediction

Considering genetic variants in combination with early partial improvement could be useful for predicting antidepressant outcome, say researchers. [More]
UM experts warn of serious risks associated with common IV devices

UM experts warn of serious risks associated with common IV devices

Every day, patients around the country get IV devices placed in their arms, to make it easier to receive medicines or have blood drawn over the course of days or weeks. But these PICC lines, as they're called, also raise the risk of potentially dangerous blood clots. [More]
Bayer announces FDA acceptance of BAY 81-8973 BLA for treatment of hemophilia A

Bayer announces FDA acceptance of BAY 81-8973 BLA for treatment of hemophilia A

Bayer HealthCare today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accepted the company's Biologics License Application for BAY 81-8973, a recombinant Factor VIII compound. Bayer is seeking FDA approval of the investigational compound, proposed trade name Kovaltry, for the treatment of hemophilia A in children and adults. [More]
Bayer expands patient assistance program for intrauterine devices

Bayer expands patient assistance program for intrauterine devices

Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. today announced the expansion of its patient assistance program for intrauterine devices (IUD). The ARCH (Access and Resources for Contraceptive Health) program will provide Skyla (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) 13.5 mg and Mirena (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) 52 mg to low-income women who meet eligibility criteria. [More]
Clinical data demonstrates safety, efficacy of vedolizumab for treatment of adults with UC and CD

Clinical data demonstrates safety, efficacy of vedolizumab for treatment of adults with UC and CD

Takeda Pharmaceuticals International GmbH today announced the presentation of data further demonstrating the efficacy and safety of vedolizumab for the treatment of adults with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD). [More]
New analysis takes comprehensive look at how patients feel about doctors' attire

New analysis takes comprehensive look at how patients feel about doctors' attire

What should doctors wear? And how does something as simple as their choice of a suit, scrubs or slacks influence how patients view them? [More]
Commonwealth Fund grant to support BIDMC's work on OurNotes

Commonwealth Fund grant to support BIDMC's work on OurNotes

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has received a $450,000 grant from The Commonwealth Fund to develop OurNotes, an initiative to promote active patient engagement in health and illness that invites patients to contribute to their own electronic medical records. [More]
Improving headache treatment could reduce health care spending, new study suggests

Improving headache treatment could reduce health care spending, new study suggests

Each year more than 12 million Americans visit their doctors complaining of headaches, which result in lost productivity and costs of upward of $31 billion annually. A new study by researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests some of that cost could be offset by physicians ordering fewer tests and an increased focus on counseling about lifestyle changes. [More]
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