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Many children with sports-related head injuries undergo unnecessary CT scans

Many children with sports-related head injuries undergo unnecessary CT scans

Visits to emergency departments by children with sports-related head injuries have skyrocketed in the past decade, and new research finds that many patients undergo unnecessary computed tomography or CT scans that expose them to radiation and increase the cost of treatment. [More]
Compliance with guidelines for treating traumatic brain injury doesn't necessarily translate into better results

Compliance with guidelines for treating traumatic brain injury doesn't necessarily translate into better results

Two decades ago, the Brain Trauma Foundation published its first set of guidelines for treating traumatic brain injury. [More]
Cepheid announces international availability of updated Xpert Carba-R test to identify Superbugs

Cepheid announces international availability of updated Xpert Carba-R test to identify Superbugs

Cepheid today announced the international availability of an update to Xpert Carba-R, with the addition of two newly emerging carbapenemase genes, OXA-181 and OXA-232. The on-demand, molecular test also detects and differentiates among the five most prevalent mechanisms of carbapenem resistance, namely KPC, NDM, VIM, IMP-1 and OXA-48. [More]
LixiLan-O Phase III clinical trial meets primary endpoint in patients with type 2 diabetes

LixiLan-O Phase III clinical trial meets primary endpoint in patients with type 2 diabetes

Sanofi announced today that the LixiLan-O Phase III clinical trial met its primary objective in patients with type 2 diabetes treated with metformin. The fixed-ratio combination of insulin glargine 100 units/mL and lixisenatide, a GLP-1 RA, demonstrated statistically superior reduction in HbA1c (average blood glucose over the previous three months) compared with lixisenatide and compared with insulin glargine 100 units/mL. [More]
GE Healthcare to invest more than $1 billion over five years in enhanced training for healthcare professionals

GE Healthcare to invest more than $1 billion over five years in enhanced training for healthcare professionals

In developed countries like the U.S., Europe and parts of Asia, healthcare leaders are trying to optimize efficiency, systems integration, data analytics and achieve greater productivity. In emerging economies, enabling access to affordable, basic primary care is often the most pressing concern. Healthcare systems around the world face a wide range of difficult challenges. All could benefit from training and education solutions focused specifically on their particular needs. [More]
PDL BioPharma signs revenue interest assignment agreement with ARIAD Pharmaceuticals

PDL BioPharma signs revenue interest assignment agreement with ARIAD Pharmaceuticals

PDL BioPharma, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a revenue interest assignment agreement (the "Agreement") in which it has agreed to provide ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. with up to $200 million in revenue interest financing in exchange for royalties on the net revenues of Iclusig (ponatinib). [More]
Mylan receives regulatory clearance from European Commission for proposed acquisition of Perrigo

Mylan receives regulatory clearance from European Commission for proposed acquisition of Perrigo

Mylan N.V. today announced that it received regulatory clearance from the European Commission under the European Union Merger Regulation (EUMR) for its proposed acquisition of Perrigo Company plc. [More]

PWNA announces supply drive for Native Americans living on isolated reservations

Partnership With Native Americans, formerly National Relief Charities, announced today a 100-day supply drive for Native Americans living on remote and isolated reservations. The nonprofit is calling upon individuals, corporations and foundations to help meet the critical needs of Native Americans who suffer the highest poverty in the U.S. yet receive less than one percent of the nation's charitable giving. [More]
Hospitals can make patients sick, reveals Consumer Reports

Hospitals can make patients sick, reveals Consumer Reports

Hospitals are thought to be sterile, safe environments where sick people get better, not sicker. But that's not always the case according to a new investigation by Consumer Reports into hospital-acquired infections. [More]
University of Southampton study to examine how nurse staffing levels affect care, safety of patients

University of Southampton study to examine how nurse staffing levels affect care, safety of patients

A University of Southampton study will investigate how the provision of nurses in hospitals affects the care and safety of patients. [More]
Possible link discovered between common medications and falls in older men

Possible link discovered between common medications and falls in older men

Serious falls are more than twice as likely in older men who take medicines with anti-cholinergic properties - according to new research from the University of East Anglia. [More]
New analysis examines pharmacy expenditures for publicly insured children with serious chronic illness

New analysis examines pharmacy expenditures for publicly insured children with serious chronic illness

In an analysis of expenditures for outpatient pharmacy products used by publicly insured children with serious chronic illness in California, treating hemophilia accounted for about 40 percent of expenditures but included just 0.4 percent of the group studied, suggesting a need to improve pricing for this and other effective yet high-cost medications, according to a study in the July 28 issue of JAMA. [More]
Consumption of B-GOS prebiotic has positive effect on gut microbiota, immune systems of elderly people

Consumption of B-GOS prebiotic has positive effect on gut microbiota, immune systems of elderly people

Clasado Biosciences Limited, the producers and suppliers of the second generation prebiotic Bimuno, a unique trans-galactooligosaccharide, and the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, The University of Reading, UK, today announce the results of human research demonstrating the positive effects of an advanced prebiotic on the immune system of the elderly. [More]
‘Digital Doctor’ study examines attitudes of primary care physicians to new healthcare technologies

‘Digital Doctor’ study examines attitudes of primary care physicians to new healthcare technologies

Healthcare apps and wearable tech have a long future in the treatment of patients, according to a panel of Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) interviewed as part of a newly launched Ipsos Healthcare study. [More]
New WFSJ initiative to help journalists report on staggering toll of HCV

New WFSJ initiative to help journalists report on staggering toll of HCV

The World Federation of Science Journalists is launching a new initiative to help journalists report on the staggering toll of Hepatitis C (HCV) as well as the scientific and political barriers to treating the disease. [More]
CHOP surgeons successfully complete world's first bilateral hand transplant on child

CHOP surgeons successfully complete world's first bilateral hand transplant on child

Surgeons at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia joined with colleagues from Penn Medicine recently to complete the world's first bilateral hand transplant on a child. Earlier this month, the surgical team successfully transplanted donor hands and forearms onto eight-year-old Zion Harvey who, several years earlier, had undergone amputation of his hands and feet and a kidney transplant following a serious infection. [More]
UC Davis health economists predict total costs of caring for individuals with ASD in the U.S.

UC Davis health economists predict total costs of caring for individuals with ASD in the U.S.

UC Davis health economists have for the first time projected the total costs of caring for all people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the U.S. for the current calendar year and in 10 years if effective interventions and preventive treatments for the condition are not identified and widely available. [More]
New method identifies preferred retinal locations in both eyes of patients with central vision loss

New method identifies preferred retinal locations in both eyes of patients with central vision loss

Eyes with central vision loss adapt by developing a new fixation point in a different part of the retina, called the preferred retinal location (PRL). Now for the first time, a new method makes it possible to identify PRLs in both eyes simultaneously, reports a study in the August issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. [More]
Sham-controlled trial of deep brain stimulation treatment for depression fails to show efficacy

Sham-controlled trial of deep brain stimulation treatment for depression fails to show efficacy

Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide, and treatment-resistant symptoms of depression have a terrible personal and societal cost. They can devastate lives, careers, and families. Some severely ill patients may be unable to attend to even the basic elements of self-care, while others attempt or complete suicide. [More]
Moffitt researchers find cancer healthcare disparities in LGBTQ community

Moffitt researchers find cancer healthcare disparities in LGBTQ community

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community is a growing and medically-underserved minority population in the United States, with 3 to 12 percent of the population estimated to identify as LGBTQ. [More]
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