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New Detroit-designed hospital gown moves from creative concept to patient's bedside

New Detroit-designed hospital gown moves from creative concept to patient's bedside

Model G - the new Detroit-designed hospital gown that finally closes the drafty, embarrassing backside - has moved from creative concept to the patient's bedside, with more than 35,000 gowns rolling out this month throughout Henry Ford Health System's hospitals. [More]
May issue of Red Journal focuses on role of radiation therapy in current lymphoma treatment

May issue of Red Journal focuses on role of radiation therapy in current lymphoma treatment

The "Radiation and the Modern Management of Lymphoma" issue (May 1, 2015) of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (Red Journal), the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, is focused on the integral role of radiation therapy in current lymphoma treatment. [More]
ASA QCDR adds new quality reporting measures

ASA QCDR adds new quality reporting measures

Physician anesthesiologists can now choose from 36 reporting measures when participating in the ASA QCDR, the American Society of Anesthesiologists Qualified Clinical Data Registry. [More]
Many Medicare patients undergo unnecessary routine preoperative tests before cataract surgery

Many Medicare patients undergo unnecessary routine preoperative tests before cataract surgery

More than half of all Medicare patients who have cataract surgery undergo unnecessary routine preoperative testing, despite strong evidence that these tests are usually not beneficial and increase national health care costs, reports a study published on April 16 in The New England Journal of Medicine. [More]
James Allison to be honored with 2015 Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research

James Allison to be honored with 2015 Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research

The 2015 Pezcoller Foundation-American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) International Award for Cancer Research will be presented to James P. Allison, PhD, at the AACR Annual Meeting 2015, to be held in Philadelphia, April 18-22. [More]
Aspirin use continues to surge among older adults in US

Aspirin use continues to surge among older adults in US

A national survey suggests that slightly more than half of the older adults in the United States are now taking a daily dose of aspirin, even though its use is not recommended by the Food and Drug Administration for most people who have not yet had a heart attack or stroke. [More]
Donald S. Coffey to receive Margaret Foti Award at AACR Annual Meeting 2015

Donald S. Coffey to receive Margaret Foti Award at AACR Annual Meeting 2015

Donald S. Coffey, PhD, will be honored with the ninth annual American Association for Cancer Research Margaret Foti Award for Leadership and Extraordinary Achievements in Cancer Research at the AACR Annual Meeting 2015, to be held in Philadelphia, April 18-22. [More]
Obesity in African-American men increases prostate cancer risk

Obesity in African-American men increases prostate cancer risk

Obesity has a profoundly different effect on prostate cancer risk in African-American as compared to non-Hispanic white men. Obesity in black men substantially increases the risk of low- and high-grade prostate cancer, while obesity in white men moderately reduces the risk of low-grade cancer and only slightly increases the risk of high-grade cancer, according to the first large, prospective study to examine how race and obesity jointly affect prostate cancer risk. [More]
Study paves way for greater understanding of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Study paves way for greater understanding of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Researchers at the Angiocardioneurology Department of the Neuromed Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalisation and Health Care of Pozzilli (Italy), have found, in animal models, that the absence of a certain enzyme causes a syndrome resembling the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). [More]
GW Cancer Institute finalizes competency statements for oncology patient navigators

GW Cancer Institute finalizes competency statements for oncology patient navigators

The George Washington University Cancer Institute has finalized 45 core competency statements for oncology patient navigators, who have become critical members of the health care team. These competency statements were published in the Journal of Oncology Navigation and Survivorship and were created through literature review, focus group data analysis, expert review, and a national survey of oncology patient navigation stakeholders. [More]
Medtronic plans to develop stent graft system for treatment of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms

Medtronic plans to develop stent graft system for treatment of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms

The global leader in medical technology for endovascular aortic repair (EVAR), Medtronic plc today announced that it plans to develop a stent graft system for less invasive treatment of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms under an exclusive patent license agreement with South Dakota-based Sanford Health. [More]
New ACS initiative aims to improve outcomes for patients who require complex wound management

New ACS initiative aims to improve outcomes for patients who require complex wound management

The American College of Surgeons today announced a new initiative to improve outcomes for patients requiring complex wound management. ACS will release a new structured teaching and verification program that utilizes engaging media and self-assessment checklists to educate surgical patients and their families about delivering self-care for wound conditions. [More]
Racial and ethnic minority groups face disproportionate rates of smoking, health-related illnesses

Racial and ethnic minority groups face disproportionate rates of smoking, health-related illnesses

April is National Minority Health Month, and one of the most significant health issues minorities face is disproportionate rates of smoking and health-related illnesses. [More]
Study looks at dabigatran adherence across Veterans Health Administration sites

Study looks at dabigatran adherence across Veterans Health Administration sites

Among patients with atrial fibrillation who filled prescriptions for the anticoagulant dabigatran at Veterans Health Administration sites, there was variability in patient medication adherence across sites, with appropriate patient selection and pharmacist-led monitoring associated with greater adherence to the medication, according to a study in the April 14 issue of JAMA. [More]
Health-related tweets may help predict hospital emergency room visits

Health-related tweets may help predict hospital emergency room visits

Twitter users who post information about their personal health online might be considered by some to be "over-sharers," but new research led by the University of Arizona suggests that health-related tweets may have the potential to be helpful for hospitals. [More]
Most people visit health care settings before attempting suicide, study finds

Most people visit health care settings before attempting suicide, study finds

Most people who attempt suicide make some type of healthcare visit in the weeks or months before the attempt, reports a study in the May issue of Medical Care, published by Wolters Kluwer. [More]

UCLA researchers find that 59% of California physicians support Patient Protection and ACA

UCLA researchers have found that 77 percent of California primary care and specialty physicians understand the basics of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and 59 percent support it. The survey, conducted by doctors from the UCLA department of family medicine, was published in the peer-reviewed journal Family Medicine. [More]
Oxycodone-related deaths drop 25% after implementation of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Oxycodone-related deaths drop 25% after implementation of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Oxycodone-related deaths dropped 25 percent after Florida implemented its Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in late 2011 as part of its response to the state's prescription drug abuse epidemic, according to a team of UF Health researchers. The drop in fatalities could stem from the number of health care providers who used the program's database to monitor controlled substance prescriptions. [More]
New UV light method could help stop spread of hospital superbugs

New UV light method could help stop spread of hospital superbugs

Can a robot clean a hospital room just as well as a person? According to new research out of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, that is indeed the case. Chetan Jinadatha, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine and chief of infectious diseases at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in Temple, is studying the effectiveness of a germ-zapping robot to clean hospital rooms, which could hold the key to preventing the spread of "superbugs" - in turn, saving countless dollars and, most importantly, lives. [More]
Intelligent Hospital Association recognizes Ochsner with Best Comprehensive Integration award

Intelligent Hospital Association recognizes Ochsner with Best Comprehensive Integration award

The Intelligent Hospital Association today announced that Ochsner Health System was awarded the Best Comprehensive Integration for 2014. The award is given to a hospital or health system that effectively and seamlessly integrates technologies to provide a comprehensive solution in a health care facility. [More]
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