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Epic Health Services acquires Loving Care Agency

Epic Health Services acquires Loving Care Agency

Epic Health Services Inc., a portfolio company of Webster Capital and Dallas-based provider of pediatric skilled nursing and therapy, announced today the completion of its acquisition of the parent company and pediatric division of Loving Care Agency, Inc., a provider of pediatric and adult home health care services based in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. [More]
First comprehensive maps and analyses of human epigenomes revealed

First comprehensive maps and analyses of human epigenomes revealed

Two dozen scientific papers published online simultaneously on Feb. 18, 2015 present the first comprehensive maps and analyses of the epigenomes of a wide array of human cell and tissue types. Epigenomes are patterns of chemical annotations to the genome that determine whether, how, and when genes are activated. [More]
Training modules for emergency department staff to treat infectious disease patients available on CDC's website

Training modules for emergency department staff to treat infectious disease patients available on CDC's website

Four Web-based training modules developed by Johns Hopkins Medicine for emergency department personnel who treat patients with infectious diseases are now available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. [More]
Meridian Health to celebrate American Heart Month, raise awareness for women's heart health

Meridian Health to celebrate American Heart Month, raise awareness for women's heart health

For the seventh year in a row, Meridian Health's Red Dress event will celebrate American Heart Month and raise awareness for women's heart health. The fun-filled, health-focused event will take place at Watermark, a chic lounge in Asbury Park. In partnership with The Heart Truth campaign, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Meridian CardioVascular Network's Red Dress event will showcase fashions from the famous Red Dress Collection. [More]
Researchers say that cancer experience can lead to healthy lifestyle in survivors and family members

Researchers say that cancer experience can lead to healthy lifestyle in survivors and family members

After studying cancer survivors and their family caregivers, researchers at Case Western Reserve University conclude that the period between the final cancer treatment and first post-treatment checkup may be an ideal time for the entire household to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle. [More]
Cabazitaxel therapy may be more effective in treating prostate cancer

Cabazitaxel therapy may be more effective in treating prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer for men in the United States. Only one class of chemotherapy called taxanes is effective against the disease. [More]

Hip protector can reduce risk of hip fractures

Are you well used to wearing studded shoes in winter? If so, you're probably ready for yet another step towards tackling the eternally icy winter streets. [More]
Winter weather may cause vitamin D deficiency

Winter weather may cause vitamin D deficiency

Residents of snowy, northern U.S. cities are at risk of vitamin D deficiency and worse, may not even know it. [More]
UMHS opens Massey Emergency Critical Care Center

UMHS opens Massey Emergency Critical Care Center

They come from highway accident scenes and nursing home beds, from factories and farm fields, from suburban homes, downtown sidewalks and small community hospitals. [More]
Loyola pediatrician offers tips to help ease spit-up in babies after feeding

Loyola pediatrician offers tips to help ease spit-up in babies after feeding

A baby's feeding habits are a common source of questions for pediatricians. Though every baby will spit up, some do it considerably more than others, which can cause parents to think something might be wrong. [More]
New laser technology shows promise for cancer treatment

New laser technology shows promise for cancer treatment

Surgeons rely on 200-year-old technology when removing cancer--sight and touch--to determine how much to remove and what to leave alone. Laser technology pioneered at Florida Atlantic University has the promise to help a surgeon better determine if an area is cancer or healthy tissue. Moreover, when combined with laser treatment for cancer, this work lays the groundwork for laser robotic treatment of cancer. [More]
MJC ICM works out general guidelines for intensive care medicine

MJC ICM works out general guidelines for intensive care medicine

Frankfurt-based intensive care medical practitioner, Kai Zacharowski, is working on a joint curriculum for Europe. [More]
Short-term cognitive behavioral therapy reduces suicide attempts among at-risk soldiers

Short-term cognitive behavioral therapy reduces suicide attempts among at-risk soldiers

Short-term cognitive behavioral therapy dramatically reduces suicide attempts among at-risk military personnel, according to findings from a research study that included investigators from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. [More]
Prime Healthcare acquires St. Mary's Medical Center and St. Joseph Medical Center in Missouri

Prime Healthcare acquires St. Mary's Medical Center and St. Joseph Medical Center in Missouri

Prime Healthcare announced today that it has completed its acquisition of St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, MO, and St. Mary's Medical Center in Blue Springs, MO, as well as other assets of Carondelet Health from Ascension Health. St. Joseph and St. Mary's medical centers are acute-care hospitals with 456 beds and 900 physicians on staff combined. [More]
Declarative memory helps individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders compensate for dysfunction

Declarative memory helps individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders compensate for dysfunction

Individuals with five neurodevelopmental disorders -- autism spectrum disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome, dyslexia, and Specific Language Impairment -- appear to compensate for dysfunction by relying on a single powerful and nimble system in the brain known as declarative memory. [More]
Huntington Hospital, OBHG launch new program to improve women's healthcare

Huntington Hospital, OBHG launch new program to improve women's healthcare

Huntington Hospital of San Gabriel Valley, CA recently partnered with Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) to provide on-site, Board Certified OB/GYN obstetric hospitalist services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. [More]
InterveXion receives federal grants for development of drug therapies to treat methamphetamine users

InterveXion receives federal grants for development of drug therapies to treat methamphetamine users

A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences BioVentures startup company, InterveXion Therapeutics LLC, has received two federal grants totaling $14.5 million for development of drug therapies that can help methamphetamine drug abusers break their addiction. [More]
Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care receives CoC accreditation

Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care receives CoC accreditation

Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care, a premier cancer center that provides patient-centered care for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, today announced that it has received Three-Year Accreditation with Silver Level Commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. [More]
Retigabine drug shows promise in protecting the brain against effects of ischemic stroke

Retigabine drug shows promise in protecting the brain against effects of ischemic stroke

Retigabine, a drug approved to treat epilepsy, protected the brain against the effects of ischemic stroke in a study conducted at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. [More]
Peanut-shaped exercise ball promotes positive labor outcomes, reduces duration of delivery process

Peanut-shaped exercise ball promotes positive labor outcomes, reduces duration of delivery process

According to a new study by nurse researchers at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, a Phoenix hospital part of Banner Health, a peanut-shaped exercise ball can be a highly effective tool to accelerate the labor process for women with an epidural. The research shows women utilizing the peanut ball were half as likely to undergo a cesarean surgery and delivered babies faster than those who did not use the ball. [More]