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Study could point the way to new treatments for people with severe asthma

Study could point the way to new treatments for people with severe asthma

The immune response that occurs in patients with severe asthma is markedly different than what occurs in milder forms of the lung condition, according to researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Those unique features could point the way to new treatments, they said in an article published online today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. [More]
Canada's first human gene therapy trial for choroideremia now underway at Royal Alexandra Hospital

Canada's first human gene therapy trial for choroideremia now underway at Royal Alexandra Hospital

Canada's first human gene therapy trial for eyes -- the replacement of a faulty gene with a healthy one -- is now underway at the Royal Alexandra Hospital to preserve and potentially restore vision for people with a genetic disorder that leaves them blind by middle age. [More]
Specialized mental health treatment can benefit children from poor nations

Specialized mental health treatment can benefit children from poor nations

A specific type of talk therapy dispensed in the developing world to orphans and other vulnerable children who experienced trauma such as sexual and domestic abuse showed dramatic results, despite being administered by workers with little education, new research shows. [More]
Residents’ participation does not increase patients’ risks of postoperative complications after brain and spine surgeries

Residents’ participation does not increase patients’ risks of postoperative complications after brain and spine surgeries

An analysis of the results of more than 16,000 brain and spine surgeries suggests patients have nothing to fear from having residents — physicians-in-training — assist in those operations. [More]
Study may lead to better treatments for children with neuroblastoma

Study may lead to better treatments for children with neuroblastoma

Researchers studying the pediatric cancer neuroblastoma have detailed how cancer-driving mutations evolve during chemotherapy, and they hope to exploit this knowledge to design better treatments for children. [More]
Researchers discover gene locations affecting wrist bones in children

Researchers discover gene locations affecting wrist bones in children

Pediatric researchers have discovered gene locations affecting bone strength in wrist bones, the most common site for fractures in children. Children who have those genetic variants may be at higher-than-average risk of wrist fractures, and could especially benefit from activities and diets that promote bone strength. [More]
Researchers develop world's first prognosis scoring system for life expectancy of patients in hospitals

Researchers develop world's first prognosis scoring system for life expectancy of patients in hospitals

Researchers at the MedUni Vienna's University Department of Anaesthetics, General Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy, the University Department of Internal Medicine III and the Centre for Medical Statistics, Information Technology and Intelligent Systems have developed the world's first prognosis scoring system (PANDORA score) for hospital patients and their life expectancy within the next 30 days. [More]
Study: Umbilical cord milking improves blood pressure, red blood cell levels in preterm infants

Study: Umbilical cord milking improves blood pressure, red blood cell levels in preterm infants

A technique to increase the flow of blood from the umbilical cord into the infant's circulatory system improves blood pressure and red blood cell levels in preterm infants delivered by Cesarean section, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. [More]
Study proposes use of soft computing solutions to predict survival in multiple trauma patients

Study proposes use of soft computing solutions to predict survival in multiple trauma patients

The NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre has developed a piece of work that applies soft computing solutions to predicting survival in multiple trauma patients. [More]
Study: Disconnect between patients and physicians on use of online communication tools

Study: Disconnect between patients and physicians on use of online communication tools

A large number of patients use online communication tools such as email and Facebook to engage with their physicians, despite recommendations from some hospitals and professional organizations that clinicians limit email contact with patients and avoid "friending" patients on social media, new research suggests. [More]
Implementation of public health strategies can improve survival rates of cardiac arrest in US

Implementation of public health strategies can improve survival rates of cardiac arrest in US

The Institute of Medicine Committee on the Treatment of Cardiac Arrest is announcing results of a new report that examines current statistics and survival rates of cardiac arrest in the United States, assesses evidence on existing lifesaving therapies, and recommends public health strategies that – if implemented – will improve cardiac arrest survival rates. Additionally, the report explores cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of [More]
Mental Health Advisory Committee to hold hearings on two bills to enhance care for patients suffering from acute mental illness

Mental Health Advisory Committee to hold hearings on two bills to enhance care for patients suffering from acute mental illness

Behavioral health care advocates and nurses will testify Monday on two critically important bills designed to improve care for residents of Massachusetts suffering from acute mental illness who are currently going without proper care while being boarded in overcrowded hospital emergency departments or being inappropriately housed in our corrections system. [More]
ProfNet network experts available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area

ProfNet network experts available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area

Below are experts from the ProfNet network that are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area. You can also submit a query to the hundreds of thousands of experts in our network – it's easy and free! [More]

AMGA appreciates Supreme Court's decision on King v. Burwell case

Today, in a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Government's ability to offer health insurance premiums on the Federal health insurance marketplace. [More]
Kenall Manufacturing introduces light fixture to kill harmful bacteria linked to HAIs

Kenall Manufacturing introduces light fixture to kill harmful bacteria linked to HAIs

Kenall Manufacturing today introduced Indigo-Clean, a light fixture that uses Continuous Environmental Disinfection technology to continuously kill harmful bacteria linked to hospital acquired infections (HAIs). The technology behind Indigo-Clean inactivates a wide range of micro-organisms that are known causes of HAIs, including MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), C.difficile and VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus). [More]
New 2015 Rettsyndrome.org awards announced

New 2015 Rettsyndrome.org awards announced

Rettsyndrome.org announces today that the Board of Trustees has awarded $1M to launch the Read-Through Program, further translational research in the area of Neuro-Habilitation, and fund clinical research. [More]
Study shows wide geographic variation in use of 'clotbuster' for stroke treatment

Study shows wide geographic variation in use of 'clotbuster' for stroke treatment

It looks like a crazy quilt spread over the continent. But a new map of emergency stroke care in America shows just how much of a patchwork system we still have for delivering the most effective stroke treatment. [More]
UC Davis pediatricians describe challenges faced by children with asthma in California

UC Davis pediatricians describe challenges faced by children with asthma in California

Low flu vaccination rates, medication compliance and limited access to primary care providers have contributed to the high pediatric asthma rates in California, say UC Davis pediatricians Ulfat Shaikh and Robert Byrd, who have published an extensive study describing the challenges faced by children with asthma in California. [More]
New research reveals that polluted Toronto neighbourhoods have high rates of childhood asthma

New research reveals that polluted Toronto neighbourhoods have high rates of childhood asthma

Children who develop asthma in Toronto are more likely to have been born in a neighbourhood that has a high level of traffic-related air pollution, new research suggests. [More]
BIOCITECH, Seine-Saint-Denis CCI announce winners of first BIOCITECH Funding Day

BIOCITECH, Seine-Saint-Denis CCI announce winners of first BIOCITECH Funding Day

BIOCITECH, the city complex for healthcare and biotechnology businesses and the Seine-Saint-Denis Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI), today announce the three winners of the first BIOCITECH Funding Day. [More]
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