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First Edition: July 29, 2014

First Edition: July 29, 2014

Today's headlines include coverage of the latest Medicare trustee report and the details of the veterans care legislation on Capitol Hill. [More]
Incisionless TAVR surgery cuts length of hospital stay by 30%

Incisionless TAVR surgery cuts length of hospital stay by 30%

New research from Penn Medicine shows that incisionless transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery cuts length of hospital stay by 30 percent and has no impact on post-operative vascular complication rates when compared with conventional transfemoral TAVR, which requires an incision in the groin. [More]

New innovative set of recommendations to keep older adults safe during future disasters

Drawing on the lessons of Superstorm Sandy, a new report from The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), "Resilient Communities: Empowering Older Adults in Disasters and Daily Life," presents an innovative set of recommendations to strengthen and connect formal and informal support systems to keep older adults safe during future disasters. [More]
For Medicare, good news for future, changes in hospice rules

For Medicare, good news for future, changes in hospice rules

And a new report by a conservative group identifies Medicare Advantage cuts by congressional district. [More]
First Edition: July, 21, 2014

First Edition: July, 21, 2014

Today's headlines include a story about an effort by regulators to widen insurer networks, as well as a range of other health policy developments. [More]
A personalized approach for patients with ccRCC-related mutations

A personalized approach for patients with ccRCC-related mutations

In an analysis of small molecules called metabolites used by the body to make fuel in normal and cancerous cells in human kidney tissue, a research team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania identified an enzyme key to applying the brakes on tumor growth. [More]
Potassium supplements with loop diuretics increase survival rates of heart failure patients

Potassium supplements with loop diuretics increase survival rates of heart failure patients

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that patients taking prescription potassium supplements together with loop diuretics for heart failure have better survival rates than patients taking diuretics without the potassium. Moreover, the degree of benefit increases with higher diuretic doses. [More]
Study: 27% of hospice patients still take antibiotics in the final week of their life

Study: 27% of hospice patients still take antibiotics in the final week of their life

New research suggests that use of antibiotics is still prevalent among terminal patients who have chosen hospice care as an end-of-life option, despite little evidence that the medications improve symptoms or quality of life, and sometimes may cause unwanted side effects. [More]
Palliative care delivered early during hospitalization can cut costs for critically ill patients

Palliative care delivered early during hospitalization can cut costs for critically ill patients

Palliative care delivered early during hospitalization can help cut costs for critically ill patients, finds a new study in Health Services Research. [More]
Reducing amount of alcoholic beverages consumed may improve cardiovascular health

Reducing amount of alcoholic beverages consumed may improve cardiovascular health

Reducing the amount of alcoholic beverages consumed, even for light-to-moderate drinkers, may improve cardiovascular health, including a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, lower body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure, according to a new multi-center study published in The BMJ and co-led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. [More]
Penn receives $8 million grant from NCI to study effects of PDT

Penn receives $8 million grant from NCI to study effects of PDT

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with the Roswell Park Cancer Institute have received an $8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study the effects of photodynamic light therapy (PDT) in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma, a rare, aggressive and deadly cancer that most often manifests itself in the lining of the lungs and is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos. [More]
Researchers receive $8 million NCI grant to study effects of PDT in patients with mesothelioma

Researchers receive $8 million NCI grant to study effects of PDT in patients with mesothelioma

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with the Roswell Park Cancer Institute have received an $8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the effects of photodynamic light therapy (PDT) in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma, a rare, aggressive and deadly cancer that most often manifests itself in the lining of the lungs and is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos. [More]
Baptist Health, AFC partner to improve patient outcomes throughout Central Alabama

Baptist Health, AFC partner to improve patient outcomes throughout Central Alabama

Today, Baptist Health and American Family Care announced that they have partnered to provide primary and urgent care services throughout Central Alabama. [More]
Older kidney donors enjoy similar life expectancy as people who did not donate their kidneys

Older kidney donors enjoy similar life expectancy as people who did not donate their kidneys

Previous studies linking older age with kidney and heart disease have raised concerns about the safety of living kidney donation among older adults. [More]
Report raises concerns about Medicare lab billing

Report raises concerns about Medicare lab billing

Medicare allowed $1.7 billion in payments to laboratories in 2010 for claims that raised red flags, according to a report by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General. [More]
Mercy Memorial Hospital System signs LOI to join Promedica

Mercy Memorial Hospital System signs LOI to join Promedica

Mercy Memorial Hospital System signed a letter of intent to join ProMedica, a not-for-profit, multi-hospital system based in Toledo, Ohio. [More]
Research findings provide promising news for couples considering in-vitro fertilization

Research findings provide promising news for couples considering in-vitro fertilization

Using computer-automated, timeā€lapse photography of embryos in the laboratory during in-vitro fertilization may improve embryo selection, potentially increasing the chances of pregnancy among women undergoing the procedure, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and five other fertility centers. [More]
New meta-analysis highlights significant gaps in hepatitis C care

New meta-analysis highlights significant gaps in hepatitis C care

A new meta-analysis published online in PLOS ONE by infectious disease and epidemiology specialists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania highlights significant gaps in hepatitis C care that will prove useful as the U.S. health care system continues to see an influx of patients with the disease because of improved screening efforts and new, promising drugs. [More]
Seattle magazine names 36 EvergreenHealth physicians to "Top Doctors" list

Seattle magazine names 36 EvergreenHealth physicians to "Top Doctors" list

The latest issue of Seattle magazine names 36 physicians within the EvergreenHealth network to the publication's annual "Top Doctors" list. [More]
Viewpoints: Nothing in health care is free; Obamacare opponents lack facts; 'Nurse Jackie' and the ER

Viewpoints: Nothing in health care is free; Obamacare opponents lack facts; 'Nurse Jackie' and the ER

The Department of Health and Human Services released a report Friday declaring that 76 million Americans with private insurance became eligible for more preventive services with no out-of-pocket fees as a result of the 2010 healthcare law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare). Because Democrats are counting on female voters to help them at the polls in November, the report highlighted how women had been helped by that aspect of Obamacare. [More]