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Mount Sinai cardiologists implant microchip sensors to better monitor patients with heart failure

Mount Sinai cardiologists implant microchip sensors to better monitor patients with heart failure

Cardiologists at The Mount Sinai Hospital have begun implanting tiny, state-of-the-art microchip sensors in patients with advanced heart failure to better monitor symptoms and reduce their chances of returning to the hospital. [More]
AfBPM launches new educational tool to help assess, reduce medication abuse in home

AfBPM launches new educational tool to help assess, reduce medication abuse in home

The Alliance for Balanced Pain Management today launched a new educational tool – "Are You the Only One Taking Your Medicine?" – that consumers and health care providers can use to assess whether a home is at risk for medication misuse, abuse or diversion. [More]

Physicians Endoscopy and Garden State Endoscopy Center finalize joint venture relationship

Physicians Endoscopy , and the physician partners of Garden State Endoscopy Center, are pleased to announce on May 6th, 2015, the two organizations finalized a joint venture relationship. [More]
Kaiser Permanente study identifies barriers to prescribing potentially life-saving medication

Kaiser Permanente study identifies barriers to prescribing potentially life-saving medication

A variety of factors including questions about risk and reluctance to offend patients limits clinician willingness to prescribe a potentially life-saving medication that counteracts the effects of an opioid overdose, according to a Kaiser Permanente Colorado study published today in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. [More]
FDA's Advisory Committee recommends approval of Praluent (alirocumab) Injection

FDA's Advisory Committee recommends approval of Praluent (alirocumab) Injection

Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended the approval of the investigational therapy Praluent (alirocumab) Injection. [More]
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute named one of America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care

Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute named one of America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute has received the Women's Choice Award as one of America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care for 2015. This award signifies Karmanos' commitment and passion towards providing an extraordinary healthcare experience for women and all patients. [More]
Despite low value and high costs, certain preoperative tests still common in U.S.

Despite low value and high costs, certain preoperative tests still common in U.S.

Professional physician associations consider certain routine tests before elective surgery to be of low value and high cost, and have sought to discourage their utilization. [More]
New research finds that stroke ages person's brain function by almost eight years

New research finds that stroke ages person's brain function by almost eight years

Having a stroke ages a person's brain function by almost eight years, new research finds - robbing them of memory and thinking speed as measured on cognitive tests. [More]
Mountain River Physical Therapy chooses Clinicient's PracticeInsight cloud-based EMR and billing software

Mountain River Physical Therapy chooses Clinicient's PracticeInsight cloud-based EMR and billing software

Clinicient Inc., a leader in outpatient rehabilitation business solutions, today announced that Mountain River Physical Therapy, a premier provider of personalized orthopedic, sports and industrial rehabilitation in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and Florida, selected Clinicient's PracticeInsight cloud based electronic medical record (EMR) and billing software. [More]
Death rates are higher in zip codes with more fine particulate air pollution

Death rates are higher in zip codes with more fine particulate air pollution

A new study by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that death rates among people over 65 are higher in zip codes with more fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) than in those with lower levels of PM2.5. [More]
Cyberonics announces results for fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015

Cyberonics announces results for fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015

Cyberonics, Inc. today announced results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended April 24, 2015. [More]
Keeping blood sugar levels under control can help protect hearts from diabetes-related damage

Keeping blood sugar levels under control can help protect hearts from diabetes-related damage

Day in and day out, for years on end, millions of people with diabetes prick their fingers to test their blood sugar level. And many may wonder if all the careful eating, exercise and medication it takes to keep those levels under control is really worth it. [More]
CDS systems fail to identify relevant appropriateness criteria for ordering of advanced diagnostic imaging

CDS systems fail to identify relevant appropriateness criteria for ordering of advanced diagnostic imaging

An analysis of the use of computerized clinical decision support systems regarding orders for advanced diagnostic imaging found that the systems failed to identify relevant appropriateness criteria for the majority of orders, according to a study in the June 2 issue of JAMA. [More]
Tools that help decide use of expensive imaging studies can reduce ordering of unnecessary tests

Tools that help decide use of expensive imaging studies can reduce ordering of unnecessary tests

Using tools that help physicians decide whether to use expensive imaging studies such as MRI scans can help reduce the ordering of unnecessary tests, but implementation of the tools in real-world settings has many challenges, according to a new RAND Corporation study. [More]
Decipher genomic analysis platform predicts tumor responsiveness to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in MIBC patients

Decipher genomic analysis platform predicts tumor responsiveness to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in MIBC patients

GenomeDx Biosciences today announced that the robust Decipher genomic analysis platform, successfully classified various subtypes of bladder cancer based on the genomic expression of certain biomarkers, including one type associated with resistance to cisplatin-based chemotherapy. Importantly, this unique genomic signature has potential as a tool to predict tumor responsiveness to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancers (MIBC). [More]
Medicare physician reimbursement data could be confusing to the public

Medicare physician reimbursement data could be confusing to the public

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released to the public data relating to 2013 Medicare payments made to physicians and other providers. In response, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is providing necessary context for the reimbursement data, which in its raw form are often complex and difficult to understand. [More]
ACA urges NINDS to include recommendations for use of conservative forms of pain management

ACA urges NINDS to include recommendations for use of conservative forms of pain management

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), in recent comments submitted to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Office of Pain Policy on the draft National Pain Strategy, strongly urges the agency to include recommendations encouraging patients and health care providers to first exhaust conservative forms of pain management, when appropriate. [More]
Precision medicine helps improve patient health and reduces risk of side effects, says Penn Medical School dean

Precision medicine helps improve patient health and reduces risk of side effects, says Penn Medical School dean

The rapidly emerging field of precision medicine is a "disruptive innovation" that offers the possibility of remarkably fine-tuned remedies to improve patient health while minimizing the risk of harmful side effects, says J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, dean of the Perelman School of Medicine and executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System, in this week's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. [More]
Decipher Prostate Cancer Classifier predicts metastasis in patients treated with salvage radiation therapy

Decipher Prostate Cancer Classifier predicts metastasis in patients treated with salvage radiation therapy

GenomeDx Biosciences today announced that data presented at the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting demonstrate that the Decipher® Prostate Cancer Classifier is a significant predictor of metastasis in patients treated with postoperative salvage radiation therapy. [More]
BioDelivery Sciences calls for new treatment options for opioid addiction

BioDelivery Sciences calls for new treatment options for opioid addiction

As the rate of opioid abuse soars to new levels, growing recognition of the problem is garnering unprecedented media attention—as well as motivating innovative new approaches to better treatment. [More]
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