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Study: Ebola transmission from deceased patients may be possible

Study: Ebola transmission from deceased patients may be possible

To determine how long Ebola virus could remain infectious in a body after death, National Institutes of Health scientists sampled deceased Ebola-infected monkeys and discovered the virus remained viable for at least seven days. They also detected non-infectious viral RNA for up to 70 days post-mortem. The study, published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, suggests that Ebola transmission from deceased individuals may be possible for an extended period of time following death, underscoring the importance of using safe practices for handling corpses. [More]
Young women report greater stress than men after heart attack

Young women report greater stress than men after heart attack

Young and middle-aged women experience more stress than their male counterparts, which could contribute to worse recovery from acute myocardial infarction (AMI), according to new findings by Yale School of Medicine researchers and their colleagues. [More]
Elusys presents positive results of obiltoxaximab for treating inhalational anthrax, post-exposure prophylaxis

Elusys presents positive results of obiltoxaximab for treating inhalational anthrax, post-exposure prophylaxis

Elusys Therapeutics, Inc. (Elusys), a biopharmaceutical company developing antibody therapies to treat infectious disease, presented data demonstrating that obiltoxaximab (ETI-204) demonstrated a statistically significant survival benefit across a range of disease severity in animal model studies assessing treatment of inhalational anthrax, as well as effectiveness in post-exposure prophylaxis. [More]
Medflow 2.0 EHR, Release 10 gets ONC HIT 2014 Edition COMPLETE EHR certification

Medflow 2.0 EHR, Release 10 gets ONC HIT 2014 Edition COMPLETE EHR certification

Medflow, Inc., Medflow 2.0 EHR, Release 10 has achieved ONC HIT 2014 Edition COMPLETE EHR certification, which designates that the software is capable of supporting Eligible Providers with meeting the Stage 1 and Stage 2 Meaningful Use measures required to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). [More]
IOM committee identifies five main symptoms to diagnose ME/CFS

IOM committee identifies five main symptoms to diagnose ME/CFS

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome -- commonly referred to as ME/CFS -- is a legitimate, serious, and complex systemic disease that frequently and dramatically limits the activities of affected individuals, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. [More]
Three groups of researchers receive BRAIN Initiative funding to improve artificial limb technology

Three groups of researchers receive BRAIN Initiative funding to improve artificial limb technology

Three groups of researchers who have received support from the National Institutes of Health will obtain funding from the President's BRAIN Initiative to improve artificial limb technology. The new awards will be funded and administered by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and will build on the fundamental discoveries that were made possible by NIH support. [More]
Five researchers selected to receive 2015 Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS Research

Five researchers selected to receive 2015 Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS Research

With proposals ranging from innovative therapies to the development of unique organoid models of the brain, five scientists have been selected to receive the 2015 Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS Research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health. The five scientists will each receive $500,000 per year for five years to support their research. [More]
ACS stresses the importance of designating trauma centers based upon regional population need

ACS stresses the importance of designating trauma centers based upon regional population need

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) recently released a statement emphasizing that the allocation of trauma centers should be based upon the needs of the population, rather than the needs of individual health care organizations or hospital groups. [More]
Foley Hoag’s new blog highlights current legal issues in Medicaid program

Foley Hoag’s new blog highlights current legal issues in Medicaid program

Foley Hoag LLP has launched a new blog to highlight and explain current legal and policy issues in the Medicaid program and how they will play out in the public policy arena. [More]

National #KnowBetterDoBetter movement comes to Houston to end AIDS epidemic

The national #KnowBetterDoBetter movement led by the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) is coming to Houston and the message is loud and clear- we can end the AIDS epidemic if we fully engage non-medical workers on the frontline of the battle with greater knowledge and skills. [More]
New NIEHS grants to support independent biomedical research

New NIEHS grants to support independent biomedical research

New grants totaling $3 million will go to six outstanding early-career scientists, bridging a funding gap to independent biomedical research. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, created the award to encourage early stage researchers who want to discover how our environment influences human health. [More]
Study on life expectancy in fruit flies may pave way for human 'longevity'

Study on life expectancy in fruit flies may pave way for human 'longevity'

Some studies on the genetic roots of aging will need a second look after the discovery that a common lab chemical can extend the life span of female fruit flies by 68 percent. [More]
Howard K. Koh receives CADCA's 2015 National Leadership Award

Howard K. Koh receives CADCA's 2015 National Leadership Award

In recognition of his significant contributions to public health and tobacco prevention, and his long-standing support of community-based drug prevention, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) will present Howard K. Koh M.D., M.P.H. with its 2015 National Leadership Award. [More]
IOM report says white potatoes should be allowed under WIC Nutrition Program

IOM report says white potatoes should be allowed under WIC Nutrition Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture should allow white potatoes as a vegetable eligible for purchase with vouchers issued by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC), says a new report. [More]
Loyola students, faculty and staff to take part in poverty simulations

Loyola students, faculty and staff to take part in poverty simulations

Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences students, faculty and staff will participate in simulations to help them better understand what it is like to live in poverty. [More]
Congressman Fattah meets with Amarantus regarding research efforts for degenerative brain diseases

Congressman Fattah meets with Amarantus regarding research efforts for degenerative brain diseases

Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), architect of the Fattah Neuroscience Initiative, met last week with Amarantus, a biotechnology company on their recent efforts to develop treatment and diagnostics for degenerative brain diseases, including Alzheimer's. [More]
One in four nonsmokers still exposed to secondhand smoke, shows CDC report

One in four nonsmokers still exposed to secondhand smoke, shows CDC report

Although secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure in the United States dropped by half between 1999 to 2000 and 2011 to 2012, one in four nonsmokers -- 58 million people -- are still exposed to SHS, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [More]
Home health leaders raise concerns over proposed budget cuts and copayments on Medicare beneficiaries

Home health leaders raise concerns over proposed budget cuts and copayments on Medicare beneficiaries

Leaders in the home health community raised concerns today in response to President Obama's Fiscal Year 2016 budget that calls for the re-imposition of a copayment on Medicare home health beneficiaries. [More]
Large clinical trial to assess safety, efficacy of two experimental Ebola vaccines opens in Liberia

Large clinical trial to assess safety, efficacy of two experimental Ebola vaccines opens in Liberia

A large clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of two experimental vaccines to prevent Ebola virus infection is now open to volunteers in Liberia. The trial is being led by a recently formed Liberia-U.S. clinical research partnership and is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. [More]
HHS sets goals to shift Medicare payments to reward quality of care rather than volume

HHS sets goals to shift Medicare payments to reward quality of care rather than volume

New plans announced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mean that hospitals will need to accelerate changes to patient care if they are to avoid receiving lower payments. [More]