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GWU Medical Center researcher named recipient of A.S.P.E.N.'s Research Trainee Award

GWU Medical Center researcher named recipient of A.S.P.E.N.'s Research Trainee Award

Ivy Haskins, MD, of George Washington University Medical Center has been named a Research Trainee Award recipient by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral. The award is for her research on volume-based enteral nutrition support regimens that she will present at A.S.P.E.N.'s Clinical Nutrition Week conference in Long Beach, California, February 14 to 17. [More]
Three top-performing health systems honored with national awards for improving care, lowering cost

Three top-performing health systems honored with national awards for improving care, lowering cost

The Advisory Board Company's Consulting and Management division announced on Tuesday that it has recognized three top-performing health systems with national awards for innovative initiatives that improved care quality and patient experience while lowering cost. [More]
COMBACTE-MAGNET project launched to study new treatment options for infections caused by MDR-GNB

COMBACTE-MAGNET project launched to study new treatment options for infections caused by MDR-GNB

Today 33 European academic partners and 5 pharmaceutical companies are launching a new project, COMBACTE-MAGNET, under the IMI antimicrobial resistance research programme New Drugs 4 Bad Bugs (ND4BB). [More]
Researchers to present report on impact of fetal gender on preterm birth risk at The Pregnancy Meeting

Researchers to present report on impact of fetal gender on preterm birth risk at The Pregnancy Meeting

In a study to be presented on Feb. 7 in an oral concurrent session at 8 a.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting, in San Diego, researchers will report on the impact of fetal gender on the risk of preterm birth and neonatal outcome. [More]
Pioneering research advances prevention of lung damage when providing mechanical ventilation

Pioneering research advances prevention of lung damage when providing mechanical ventilation

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry of the Universitat de València participates in a pioneering research to advance the prevention of lung damage when providing mechanical ventilation in operations that require general anaesthesia. [More]
Study recommends normalizing blood pressure in pregnant women

Study recommends normalizing blood pressure in pregnant women

Throughout her career in Canada and the UK, Dr. Laura Magee has taken a restrained approach to use of blood pressure-lowering medication in her pregnant patients, fearing that lowering pressure could reduce the flow of blood and vital nutrients to their babies. [More]
3D printing technology can make heart surgery safer for children with congenital anomaly

3D printing technology can make heart surgery safer for children with congenital anomaly

Three-dimensional printing technology can make surgery safer for children with congenital heart disease and reduce the duration as well as the number of invasive procedures required. [More]
ICU patients using ventilators could benefit from assistive communication tools

ICU patients using ventilators could benefit from assistive communication tools

A new study reveals that more than half of patients in intensive care units (ICU) using ventilators to help them breathe could benefit from assistive communication tools. [More]
Morphine after tonsillectomy may be life threatening for children

Morphine after tonsillectomy may be life threatening for children

Treating post-operative pain with morphine can cause life-threatening respiratory problems in some children who have had their tonsils and/or adenoids removed, new research has found. [More]
Phase I of new Heart Hospital opens at MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Phase I of new Heart Hospital opens at MedStar Washington Hospital Center

An entire floor of the new Heart Hospital at MedStar Washington Hospital Center was dedicated earlier this month by MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute medical staff, associates and administrators. The opening of the new 60-bed unit marks the completion of Phase I of four phases in the construction of the first dedicated Heart Hospital in the nation's capital. [More]
Study: 20% of very-low-birth-weight babies born in California not referred for follow-up care

Study: 20% of very-low-birth-weight babies born in California not referred for follow-up care

The tiniest babies need special follow-up care when they go home from the hospital after birth. But, of the thousands of very-low-birth-weight babies born in California during 2010 and 2011, 20 percent were not referred to the state's high-risk infant follow-up program, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. [More]
Voices of loved ones telling familiar stories can help awaken unconscious brain, speed coma recovery

Voices of loved ones telling familiar stories can help awaken unconscious brain, speed coma recovery

"Can he hear me?" family members are desperate to know when a loved one with a traumatic brain injury is in a coma. [More]
Astute Medical, bioMérieux sign agreement to develop NephroCheck Test for acute kidney injury

Astute Medical, bioMérieux sign agreement to develop NephroCheck Test for acute kidney injury

bioMérieux, a world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics, and Astute Medical, Inc., a company dedicated to improving the diagnosis of high-risk medical conditions and diseases through the identification and validation of protein biomarkers, today announced that they have signed a global, semi-exclusive agreement regarding the development of a test for the early risk assessment of acute kidney injury (AKI). [More]
Bathing critically ill patients with chlorhexidine wipes does not prevent ICU infections

Bathing critically ill patients with chlorhexidine wipes does not prevent ICU infections

Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers have found that bathing critically ill patients with disposable chlorhexidine cloths did not decrease the incidence of health care-associated infections when compared to less expensive nonantimicrobial cloths, according to a study appearing online in JAMA this week. [More]
Urinary levels of novel biomarkers linked to adverse long-term outcomes in AKI patients

Urinary levels of novel biomarkers linked to adverse long-term outcomes in AKI patients

High levels of two novel urinary biomarkers early in critical illness are associated with adverse long-term outcomes in patients with acute kidney injury (AKI), according to an international, multi-center study led by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Researchers. [More]
Intrexon and ZIOPHARM Oncology sign exclusive licensing agreement with MD Anderson

Intrexon and ZIOPHARM Oncology sign exclusive licensing agreement with MD Anderson

Intrexon Corporation, a leader in synthetic biology and its oncology partner, ZIOPHARM Oncology, today announced a broad exclusive licensing agreement with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, including an exclusive sublicensing agreement through MD Anderson for intellectual property developed at the University of Minnesota for the development of non-viral adoptive cellular cancer immunotherapies. [More]
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island receives 2015 Women's Choice Award

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island receives 2015 Women's Choice Award

Today it was announced that Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England Hospital, has received the 2015 Women's Choice Award as one of America's Best Hospitals for Obstetrics. This evidence-based designation identifies the country's best health care institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence and what women say they want from a hospital. [More]

Sustained quality improvement changes in ICU benefits both patients and health care facility

In a pre- and post-evaluation study, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers found that quality improvement changes made in an intensive care unit (ICU) were still in practice five years later — benefiting both patients and the health care facility. Those changes included new protocols for treating critically ill patients by encouraging early physical therapy in the ICU. [More]

JHQ special issue focuses on 'Transitions in Care'

The current issue of the Journal for Healthcare Quality is devoted entirely to an increasingly significant concern in healthcare quality management - how to assure favorable outcomes when transitioning patients from one clinical environment to another or to the home. [More]
Better physical functioning associated with remission of general anxiety, PTSD symptoms

Better physical functioning associated with remission of general anxiety, PTSD symptoms

In a two-year longitudinal study involving 13 intensive care units in four U.S. hospitals, researchers found that better physical functioning — basic and complex activities considered essential for maintaining independence — is associated with remission of general anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. These findings may help clinicians be better prepared for caring for the growing number of survivors of critical illness, potentially leading to a better quality of recovery for patients. [More]