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Yoga exercise program developed for patients living with pulmonary hypertension

Yoga exercise program developed for patients living with pulmonary hypertension

A first-of-its-kind yoga exercise program has been developed by Henry Ford Hospital for patients living with pulmonary hypertension, a chronic lung disease that afflicts women at least two times more than men. [More]
State highlights: State retiree benefit shortfalls; health data claims and cost

State highlights: State retiree benefit shortfalls; health data claims and cost

A selection of health policy stories from California, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, Virginia, Iowa, Florida, Missouri, Washington state, Connecticut, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee. [More]
Sacral nerve stimulation for patients with birth defect

Sacral nerve stimulation for patients with birth defect

Heather Rayser, 16, has a colon that does not function properly and as a result, she has never been to high school and has been on home hospital care for nine years. [More]
Sutter Health invests $11.5M to install patient safety equipment across Northern California

Sutter Health invests $11.5M to install patient safety equipment across Northern California

Today, not-for-profit Sutter Health announces an $11.5 million commitment to install overhead patient lifts at 19 intensive care units and acute rehabilitation centers across its Northern California network. [More]
UCF College of Nursing interim dean receives NIH grant to improve care for critically-ill patients

UCF College of Nursing interim dean receives NIH grant to improve care for critically-ill patients

More than one hospital television drama has played out an emergency room scene where a patient has to be "tubed" to re-establish breathing. [More]
First Edition: June 10, 2014

First Edition: June 10, 2014

Today's headlines include details of an extensive, nationwide audit of the wait times for care at VA hospitals and clinics. [More]
Banner Health receives prestigious stroke award

Banner Health receives prestigious stroke award

Several Banner Health facilities in Arizona have received a prestigious stroke award in recognition of their ability to better diagnose and treat stroke patients, to reduce death and disability among patients and to speed recovery. [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]
New market research report on advanced remote patient monitoring systems

New market research report on advanced remote patient monitoring systems

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Advanced Remote Patient Monitoring Systems [More]
SAGE reports preliminary data from SAGE-547 Phase 1/2 clinical trial for super-refractory status epilepticus

SAGE reports preliminary data from SAGE-547 Phase 1/2 clinical trial for super-refractory status epilepticus

SAGE Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company developing novel medicines to treat life-threatening, rare central nervous system (CNS) disorders, today announced preliminary data from its ongoing open-label Phase 1/2 clinical trial of SAGE-547, an allosteric modulator of GABAA receptors, in patients with super-refractory status epilepticus (SRSE). [More]
Symphony continuous glucose monitoring system study selected for presentation at ADA scientific sessions

Symphony continuous glucose monitoring system study selected for presentation at ADA scientific sessions

Echo Therapeutics, Inc., a medical device company developing its Symphony® CGM System as a non-invasive, wireless continuous glucose monitoring system, is pleased to announce that its most recently completed clinical study of Symphony was selected for poster presentation at the 74th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) which will be held June 13-17, 2014 in San Francisco, CA. [More]
NEJM publishes results from SOLO I Phase 3 clinical trial of ORBACTIV for ABSSSI

NEJM publishes results from SOLO I Phase 3 clinical trial of ORBACTIV for ABSSSI

The Medicines Company today announced the publication of the results from the SOLO I Phase 3 clinical trial of ORBACTIV (oritavancin), an investigational intravenous antibiotic treatment for Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections (ABSSSI), in the New England Journal of Medicine. [More]
Disinfection caps reduce CLABSI events by 68%

Disinfection caps reduce CLABSI events by 68%

Thanks to the simple use of an alcohol-impregnated cap, Loyola University Medical Center achieved a 68 percent decrease in the overall number of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) over a 12-month period. [More]
Klinikverbund Kempten-Oberallgäu selects iMDsoft's MetaVision to manage patient information

Klinikverbund Kempten-Oberallgäu selects iMDsoft's MetaVision to manage patient information

iMDsoft, a leader in clinical information systems, announced that Klinikverbund Kempten-Oberallgäu in Germany, a hospital with four sites in Kempten, Immenstadt, Oberstdorf and Sonthofen, chose MetaVision for all of its ICUs, intermediate care units and operating rooms. [More]
Loyola achieves 68% decrease in central line-associated bloodstream infections

Loyola achieves 68% decrease in central line-associated bloodstream infections

Loyola University Medical Center achieved a 68 percent decrease in the overall number of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) over a 12-month period. A two-year study compared the use of disinfection caps to an intense scrub-the-hub intervention to standard care. Scrub-the-hub refers to cleaning catheter connector hubs and injection ports with alcohol for the recommended 15 seconds before accessing the central line, a catheter placed in a large vein to deliver medicine and liquids during hospitalization. [More]
MRI-guided SLAH procedure provides safe, effective alternative to surgery

MRI-guided SLAH procedure provides safe, effective alternative to surgery

For patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) that can't be controlled by medications, a minimally invasive laser procedure performed under MRI guidance provides a safe and effective alternative to surgery, suggests a study in the June issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. [More]
Study: Use of antipsychotic medication during pregnancy can affect babies

Study: Use of antipsychotic medication during pregnancy can affect babies

A seven-year study of women who take antipsychotic medication while pregnant, proves it can affect babies. [More]
Research roundup: End-of-life preferences; surviving trauma when older; ACA's big waiver for states

Research roundup: End-of-life preferences; surviving trauma when older; ACA's big waiver for states

Policies and practices that promote advance care planning and advance directive completion implicitly assume that patients' choices for end-of-life (EOL) care are stable over time, even with changes in health status. [More]
Critically ill patients receiving steroids in ICU are more likely to develop delirium

Critically ill patients receiving steroids in ICU are more likely to develop delirium

New Johns Hopkins research suggests that critically ill patients receiving steroids in a hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) are significantly more likely to develop delirium. Results of their research, they say, suggest minimizing the use of steroids could reduce delirium in the ICU. [More]
Hospitals sue HHS over lengthy RAC appeals

Hospitals sue HHS over lengthy RAC appeals

The hospitals are demanding the agency fulfill its requirement to decide Medicare payment appeals within 90 days, instead of the current 16-month average. [More]