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Penn receives orphan status in Europe for treatment of PNH

Penn receives orphan status in Europe for treatment of PNH

A Penn Medicine-developed drug has received orphan status in Europe this week for the treatment of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), a rare, life-threatening disease that causes anemia due to destruction of red blood cells and thrombosis. [More]

Patient deaths raise questions about lethal doses in hospice

The Washington Post examines the deaths of some hospice patients who were not close to death but who received large doses of powerful pain-killers. [More]
First Edition: August 22, 2014

First Edition: August 22, 2014

Kaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle Andrews writes: "How much leeway do employers and insurers have in deciding whether they'll cover contraceptives without charge and in determining which methods make the cut? Not much, as it turns out, but that hasn't stopped some from trying. Kaiser Health News readers still write in regularly describing battles they're waging to get the birth control coverage they're entitled to" (Andrews, 8/22). [More]
Electronic alerts reduce urinary tract infections in hospital patients with urinary catheters

Electronic alerts reduce urinary tract infections in hospital patients with urinary catheters

A Penn Medicine team has found that targeted automated alerts in electronic health records significantly reduce urinary tract infections in hospital patients with urinary catheters. In addition, when the design of the alert was simplified, the rate of improvement dramatically increased. [More]
Penn Medicine launches CAROT to build novel therapies for retinal and ocular disorders

Penn Medicine launches CAROT to build novel therapies for retinal and ocular disorders

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has launched the Penn Center for Advanced Retinal and Ocular Therapeutics (CAROT) to build on its previous success developing novel therapies for the personalized diagnosis and treatment of retinal and ocular disorders. [More]
Brookdale offers tips to seniors to keep themselves safe and independent

Brookdale offers tips to seniors to keep themselves safe and independent

Brookdale understands the importance for seniors to maintain and maximize their independence as they age. There comes a time when seniors look to others, including their adult children, for guidance and support, and Brookdale is here to help find solutions to the needs in their lives. [More]
Penn researchers analyze clinical practice guidelines

Penn researchers analyze clinical practice guidelines

The common thought in the medical community is that the randomized, controlled trial is the gold standard in medical research. [More]
Dopamine therapy linked to increased impulse control disorders, daytime sleepiness in early PD patients

Dopamine therapy linked to increased impulse control disorders, daytime sleepiness in early PD patients

New Penn Medicine research shows that neuropsychiatric symptoms such as depression, anxiety and fatigue are more common in newly diagnosed Parkinson's disease (PD) patients compared to the general population. [More]
HCR ManorCare opens new post-acute health care center in Ohio

HCR ManorCare opens new post-acute health care center in Ohio

HCR ManorCare announces the opening of Heartland of Twinsburg, its 47th post-acute health care center in the state of Ohio. The state-of-the-art 120-bed center is located in Twinsburg and will provide employment to more than 150 people when the facility reaches full capacity. [More]
Loyola, ABHS partner to expand pediatric services in Chicago area

Loyola, ABHS partner to expand pediatric services in Chicago area

Alexian Brothers Health System of Arlington Heights, Ill., and Loyola University Health System of Maywood, Ill., are partnering to expand the breadth and reach of their pediatric service lines in the Chicago area. [More]
Dopamine replacement therapy increases impulse control disorders in newly diagnosed PD patients

Dopamine replacement therapy increases impulse control disorders in newly diagnosed PD patients

New Penn Medicine research shows that neuropsychiatric symptoms such as depression, anxiety and fatigue are more common in newly diagnosed Parkinson's disease (PD) patients compared to the general population. [More]
Researchers examine reason for patients being discharged from hospice care

Researchers examine reason for patients being discharged from hospice care

About 1 in 5 Medicare patients is discharged from hospice care alive, whether due to patients' informed choice, a change in their condition, or inappropriate actions by the hospice to save on hospitalization costs related to terminal illness. [More]
Human genetics expert wins 2014 Basser Global Prize for BRCA-related research

Human genetics expert wins 2014 Basser Global Prize for BRCA-related research

Twenty years after the first identification of the BRCA1 gene, the University of Pennsylvania's Basser Research Center for BRCA will honor the geneticist credited with its founding with the second annual Basser Global Prize. [More]
Tackling rising healthcare costs: an interview with Professor Graeme Currie, Warwick Business School

Tackling rising healthcare costs: an interview with Professor Graeme Currie, Warwick Business School

I think the main reason involves the impact of an aging population, some of whom age healthily, but many of whom, unhealthily, particularly those from poorer sectors of society. [More]
Expert panel issues key suggestions related to unconventional natural gas drilling operations

Expert panel issues key suggestions related to unconventional natural gas drilling operations

Groundwater and air quality testing before, during, and after natural gas drilling - which includes hydraulic fracturing -- should be key components of efforts to ensure the safety of communities near these sites, according to an expert panel convened to weigh in on public health research needs associated with unconventional natural gas drilling operations (UNGDO). [More]
State highlights: Mo. drops many from Medicaid; Mich. Medicaid shift savings

State highlights: Mo. drops many from Medicaid; Mich. Medicaid shift savings

A selection of health policy stories from Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Minnesota. [More]

Skilled Healthcare Group Q2 2014 revenue decreases 1.5% to $207 million

Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc. today announced its consolidated financial operating results for the three and six month period ended June 30, 2014. [More]
New questions arise about hospice companies as rates of discharge increase

New questions arise about hospice companies as rates of discharge increase

When so many patients leave a hospice alive, it could signal problems such as inadequate care or companies seeking financial gains by enrolling people who should not have been considered hospice patients, The Washington Post reports. [More]
First Edition: August 7, 2014

First Edition: August 7, 2014

Today's headlines include stories about how uninsured people fare with the health law's exemptions. [More]
Penn physiologist receives Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from NIH

Penn physiologist receives Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from NIH

Erika Holzbaur, PhD, a professor of Physiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has received the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health. [More]