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Montefiore-Einstein investigators to present new findings from eight abstracts at IFHNOS 2014

Montefiore-Einstein investigators to present new findings from eight abstracts at IFHNOS 2014

Clinicians and researchers from Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University will present new findings from eight abstracts at the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies World Congress being held July 26 - July 30 in New York. [More]
State highlights: Public comments on Mass. hospital deal; Wash. insurance case brings allegations; Mo. clinic reaps dividends from new law

State highlights: Public comments on Mass. hospital deal; Wash. insurance case brings allegations; Mo. clinic reaps dividends from new law

Quite an "only in Massachusetts" moment. Patriots owner Robert Kraft and leaders of Raytheon, Suffolk Construction and Putnam Investments have all filed letters in support of an anti-trust agreement that would not normally see the light of day before a judge approves the deal. The opposition includes public health professors, a group of top economists and politicians battling Attorney General Martha Coakley in the governor's race. This show of force is weighing in on a deal Coakley negotiated with Partners HealthCare. It would let the state's largest hospital network expand its market power, but with constraints, some of which would last for 10 years (Bebinger, 7/24). [More]
Health care organizations partner to improve patient care, health care delivery and reduce costs

Health care organizations partner to improve patient care, health care delivery and reduce costs

The American Society of Anesthesiologists- (ASA-) today announced the launch of its ASA Perioperative Surgical Home Learning Collaborative, a national initiative designed to improve the patient experience before, during and after surgery. More than 40 leading health care organizations from across the country will participate in the collaborative, which will convene for the first time at the ASA's PSH Learning Collaborative Launch, July 25-26, in Schaumburg, Ill. [More]
RI Defeats Hepatitis C project aims to eliminate HCV in Rhode Island

RI Defeats Hepatitis C project aims to eliminate HCV in Rhode Island

Lynn E. Taylor, M.D., director of The Miriam Hospital's HIV/Viral Hepatitis Coinfection program, states in the July, 2014 Rhode Island Medical Journal special edition, "RI Defeats Hep C" that eliminating hepatitis c virus infection (hep c or HCV) is feasible, can provide economic benefits, enhance capacity to address other health challenges, and improve health care disparities. [More]
Clinical judgement with ECG and blood test effective in reducing hospital admissions for chest pain

Clinical judgement with ECG and blood test effective in reducing hospital admissions for chest pain

Clinical judgement, combined with an electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood test on arrival, is effective in reducing unnecessary hospital admissions for chest pain, a new study shows. [More]
AlloSource receives wellness awards from Cigna and Denver Business Journal

AlloSource receives wellness awards from Cigna and Denver Business Journal

AlloSource, one of the nation's largest providers of skin, bone and soft tissue allografts for use in surgical procedures, and the world's largest processor of cellular bone allografts, received a pair of wellness awards from Cigna and the Denver Business Journal. [More]
Parent involvement in primary care setting results in sustained weight loss for parent and child

Parent involvement in primary care setting results in sustained weight loss for parent and child

Primary care treatment of overweight and obese preschoolers works better when treatment targets both parent and child compared to when only the child is targeted, according to research published this week in Pediatrics and conducted at the University at Buffalo and Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo. [More]
Study: New EMS system increases survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest victims in Arizona

Study: New EMS system increases survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest victims in Arizona

A new system that sent patients to designated cardiac receiving centers dramatically increased the survival rate of victims of sudden cardiac arrest in Arizona, according to a study published online yesterday in Annals of Emergency Medicine. [More]
Researchers demonstrate novel approach in cervical cancer prevention

Researchers demonstrate novel approach in cervical cancer prevention

A study published online in the International Journal of Cancer earlier this month describes a novel approach to preventing cervical cancer based on findings showing successful reduction in the risk of cervical cancer after removal of a discrete population of cells in the cervix. [More]
Study: Slow walking, memory complaints may predict future dementia

Study: Slow walking, memory complaints may predict future dementia

A study involving nearly 27,000 older adults on five continents found that nearly 1 in 10 met criteria for pre-dementia based on a simple test that measures how fast people walk and whether they have cognitive complaints. [More]
Epigenetic switch can cause cancer, shows study

Epigenetic switch can cause cancer, shows study

Cancer has long been thought to be primarily a genetic disease, but in recent decades scientists have come to believe that epigenetic changes - which don't change the DNA sequence but how it is 'read' - also play a role in cancer. [More]
FDA issues Complete Response Letter for AcelRx's Zalviso NDA

FDA issues Complete Response Letter for AcelRx's Zalviso NDA

AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for the treatment of acute and breakthrough pain, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Complete Response Letter (CRL) for the Company's new drug application (NDA) for Zalviso (sufentanil sublingual tablet system). [More]
Albuminuria change is a strong cardiovascular risk indicator in diabetes

Albuminuria change is a strong cardiovascular risk indicator in diabetes

Changes in albuminuria predict cardiovascular mortality and morbidity over and above glucose levels and blood pressure, say researchers. [More]
Continuous antibiotics for children with antenatal hydronephrosis not necessary, study finds

Continuous antibiotics for children with antenatal hydronephrosis not necessary, study finds

Up to 5 percent of all prenatal ultrasounds uncover antenatal hydronephrosis, or enlarged kidneys, the most commonly detected prenatal abnormality in the United States. Many children with this abnormality are treated continually with preventive antibiotics for the first few years of life with the hopes of preventing the condition's associated urinary tract infections. [More]
IDEXX revenues increase 11% to $390M in second quarter 2014

IDEXX revenues increase 11% to $390M in second quarter 2014

IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. today reported that revenues for the second quarter of 2014 increased 11% versus the prior year period to $390 million. [More]
Friendships allow children to value companionship, affection, and empathy

Friendships allow children to value companionship, affection, and empathy

Friends play an extremely important role in a person's life. From infancy on, we have a desire to connect and those early relationships help to mold and develop our adult character. [More]
First Edition: July 25, 2014

First Edition: July 25, 2014

Today's headlines include reports that the Obama administration is moving ahead in preparations for the health law's employer mandate. [More]
Cardiovascular Research Foundation to co-sponsor 2014 VEINS conference

Cardiovascular Research Foundation to co-sponsor 2014 VEINS conference

VEINS is an established Venous Endovascular Interventional Strategies group comprised of experts in the field whose primary aim is to provide a "How To" meeting for cardiologists and other healthcare providers who are interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in venous interventions and whose ultimate goal is developing their own comprehensive venous interventional program. [More]
Cedars-Sinai launches applied research center to improve value of patient care

Cedars-Sinai launches applied research center to improve value of patient care

Cedars-Sinai has launched an applied research center to improve the value of patient care inside the medical center and beyond its walls by strengthening patient-doctor bonds and bringing greater efficiency to the delivery of clinical services. [More]

Patients who see same GP at every visit less likely to require emergency care

Attendances at emergency departments can be reduced by enabling patients to see the same GP every time they visit their doctor's surgery. This is just one of several recommendations made in a report published today, led by researchers at the University of Bristol. [More]