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State highlights: New La. abortion restrictions; new Mass. hospital deal; Medicare and ambulances in N.J.

State highlights: New La. abortion restrictions; new Mass. hospital deal; Medicare and ambulances in N.J.

A selection of health policy stories from Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Georgia, Missouri, Maryland, New York, Kansas and Washington state. [More]
First Edition: June 13, 2014

First Edition: June 13, 2014

Today's headlines include various updates on what Virginia lawmakers did in an attempt to resolve the state's budget impasse and Medicaid expansion debate. [More]
New genetic 'barcode' for malaria parasites could be used to track and contain spread of disease

New genetic 'barcode' for malaria parasites could be used to track and contain spread of disease

A new genetic 'barcode' for malaria parasites has been found which could be used to track and contain the spread of the disease, according to new research led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. [More]
Infection prevention and control guidance prioritizes strategies to combat MRSA

Infection prevention and control guidance prioritizes strategies to combat MRSA

New guidelines aim to reduce the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), improve patient safety and prioritize current prevention efforts underway in hospitals. This drug resistant bacterium is a common source of patient morbidity and mortality in U.S. hospitals, causing nearly twice the number of deaths, significantly longer hospital stays and higher hospital costs than other forms of the bacteria. [More]
TeleTracking’s hand hygiene technology redefines infection prevention standards at New Cross Hospital

TeleTracking’s hand hygiene technology redefines infection prevention standards at New Cross Hospital

New Cross Hospital, part of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, today announced a milestone of one million hand hygiene observations using TeleTracking Technologies, Inc.'s automated hand hygiene sensor as part of the 'Safe Hands' program. [More]
Infants exposed to bacterial species in house dust are less likely to develop asthma

Infants exposed to bacterial species in house dust are less likely to develop asthma

Infants exposed to a diverse range of bacterial species in house dust during the first year of life appear to be less likely to develop asthma in early childhood, according to a new study published online on June 6, 2014, in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. [More]
Disinfection caps, 'scrub-the-hub' regimens reduce bloodstream infections, cut costs

Disinfection caps, 'scrub-the-hub' regimens reduce bloodstream infections, cut costs

Whether through the use of alcohol-containing caps or basic cleaning of the injection port of the central line, infection preventionists at three hospitals are finding successful ways to stop germs from entering central line catheters and causing bloodstream infections in patients. [More]
Saint Louis’ medical students care about feet of the homeless

Saint Louis’ medical students care about feet of the homeless

At Saint Louis University, medical students care about the feet of the homeless. That's the focus of the new homeless care clinic, which started earlier this year when Howard Place, M.D., professor of orthopaedic surgery at SLU, approached the Health Resource Center to set up a foot care program for the homeless. [More]
Scientists discover group of lymphocytes that protects against intracellular infection

Scientists discover group of lymphocytes that protects against intracellular infection

The innate immune system recognizes infectious agents such as viruses and bacteria. A group of lymphocytes known as "innate lymphoid cells" or ILCs plays a central role in the defense of the human body against infective agents. [More]
ILCs play central role in defense of human body against infective agents

ILCs play central role in defense of human body against infective agents

The innate immune system recognizes infectious agents such as viruses and bacteria. A group of lymphocytes known as "innate lymphoid cells" or ILCs plays a central role in the defense of the human body against infective agents. [More]

Denver Rescue Mission receives 2,500 hygiene kits from Sound Physicians

Sound Physicians, a leading hospitalist organization focused on driving improvements in quality, satisfaction and financial performance of inpatient healthcare delivery, assembled 2,500 repurposed hygiene kits to donate to the Denver Rescue Mission. [More]
Awards scheme launched to recognise innovation in healthcare throughout the East Midlands

Awards scheme launched to recognise innovation in healthcare throughout the East Midlands

An awards scheme has been launched to recognise and celebrate innovation in healthcare throughout the East Midlands. Sponsored by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network, cash prizes are available across a range of categories. [More]
Four-year educational study offers hope for children with intellectual disability

Four-year educational study offers hope for children with intellectual disability

The findings of a pioneering four-year educational study offer hope for thousands of children identified with intellectual disability or low IQ who have very little, if any, reading ability. [More]
New toolkit to help prevent and control healthcare-associated infections

New toolkit to help prevent and control healthcare-associated infections

Montefiore Medical Center, in partnership with Boston University School of Public Health, today announced the launch of a toolkit to help prevent and control the emergence of a dangerous and highly contagious infection in healthcare settings. [More]
New intervention program may benefit chronically homeless, alcohol-dependent individuals

New intervention program may benefit chronically homeless, alcohol-dependent individuals

Chronically homeless, alcohol-dependent individuals might benefit from a new intervention that does not require them to stop or even reduce drinking, according to the results of a preliminary study in Seattle. [More]
New Aspen Dental office to open in Murfreesboro, TN on June 5

New Aspen Dental office to open in Murfreesboro, TN on June 5

A new Aspen Dental office is opening in Murfreesboro, TN on Thursday, June 5. Located at 2711 Medical Center Parkway, the conveniently located practice will provide dental services that range from dentures and preventive care to general dentistry and restoration. [More]
New Aspen Dental office to open in St. Augustine, FL

New Aspen Dental office to open in St. Augustine, FL

A new Aspen Dental office is opening in St. Augustine, FL on Thursday, June 5. Located at 1747 US Highway 1 South, the conveniently located practice will provide dental services that range from dentures and preventive care to general dentistry and restoration. [More]
IPM gains exclusive worldwide rights to promising HIV prevention medicine from Janssen R&D Ireland

IPM gains exclusive worldwide rights to promising HIV prevention medicine from Janssen R&D Ireland

The International Partnership for Microbicides announced today that it has received exclusive worldwide rights to a promising HIV prevention medicine called dapivirine from Janssen R&D Ireland, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. [More]
Study encourages schools to be more aware of hand-washing

Study encourages schools to be more aware of hand-washing

Dr. Michael Gabriel of GPM Pediatrics, a New York based Pediatric Center, comments on an article that says children are more likely to wash their hands when someone is around or watching. This new study could prove to be useful in reducing the amount of infectious diseases contracted by children. [More]
New expert guidance encourages healthcare institutions to implement prevention efforts infectious diarrhea

New expert guidance encourages healthcare institutions to implement prevention efforts infectious diarrhea

With rates of Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) now rivaling drug-resistant Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) as the most common bacteria to cause healthcare-associated infections, new expert guidance encourages healthcare institutions to implement and prioritize prevention efforts for this infectious diarrhea. [More]