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Prescription opioids involved in 67.8% of nationwide ED visits in 2010, find researchers

Prescription opioids involved in 67.8% of nationwide ED visits in 2010, find researchers

Researchers from Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals and the Stanford University School of Medicine have found that prescription opioids, including methadone, were involved in 67.8 percent of (or over 135,971 visits to) nationwide emergency department (ED) visits in 2010, with the highest proportion of opioid overdoses occurring in the South. [More]
Susan Tolle to be awarded 2014 MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Ethics

Susan Tolle to be awarded 2014 MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Ethics

The 2014 MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Ethics, an award of $50,000, will be presented to Susan Tolle, MD, a former MacLean Center fellow who has pioneered efforts to improve communication between health care providers and patients regarding end-of-life care. [More]
Hospice care lowers hospitalization, ICU admissions and invasive procedures for Medicare patients

Hospice care lowers hospitalization, ICU admissions and invasive procedures for Medicare patients

Medicare patients with poor­ prognosis cancers who received hospice care had significantly lower rates of hospitalization, intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and invasive procedures at the end of life, along with significantly lower health care expenditures during the last year of life, according to a study in the November 12 issue of JAMA. [More]
Sulindac drug can protect against oxidative damage due to AMD

Sulindac drug can protect against oxidative damage due to AMD

While oxygen is essential to our planet's life force and the way we function and stay healthy, high concentrations referred to as oxidative stress may very well be the cause of more than 70 widely-spread diseases such as cancer, heart disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and eye diseases including macular degeneration. [More]
Innovative program benefits incapacitated patients with no family or friends

Innovative program benefits incapacitated patients with no family or friends

A Regenstrief Institute and Eskenazi Health study reports on an innovative program that trains and supervises volunteers who act as advocates for adults and seniors who are unable to make their own decisions due to conditions like Alzheimer's disease or coma, but have no family or friends to help them. [More]
Patients who receive care from nurses with bachelor's degrees have shorter stays, fewer readmissions

Patients who receive care from nurses with bachelor's degrees have shorter stays, fewer readmissions

Patients in an eastern academic medical center who received most of their nursing care from nurses with bachelor of science degrees had better care, fewer readmissions and shorter stays, according to a University of Michigan study. [More]
Stradis Healthcare signs definitive agreement to acquire Medikmark

Stradis Healthcare signs definitive agreement to acquire Medikmark

Stradis Healthcare is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive acquisition agreement with Medikmark, a leading provider of healthcare kits based in Waukegan, IL, under which Stradis will acquire all shares of Medikmark. [More]
APHON announces recipients of 2014 APHON Membership Awards

APHON announces recipients of 2014 APHON Membership Awards

The Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses announced the recipients of the 2014 APHON Membership Awards at its 38th Annual Conference and Exhibit, held September 4-6 in Portland, OR. APHON Membership Awards recognize members who have shown outstanding achievement in their field. [More]
Researchers explore why many patients opt out of bariatric surgical procedure

Researchers explore why many patients opt out of bariatric surgical procedure

Researchers from the University Health Network in Toronto are hoping to improve the operational efficiency of bariatric surgery programs to increase access to care. Studies have shown that bariatric operations can alleviate chronic health issues like diabetes and arthritis for extremely obese people. [More]
FDA approves CYRAMZA in combination with paclitaxel for advanced adenocarcinoma

FDA approves CYRAMZA in combination with paclitaxel for advanced adenocarcinoma

Eli Lilly and Company announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved CYRAMZA (ramucirumab) in combination with paclitaxel (a type of chemotherapy) as a treatment for people with advanced or metastatic gastric (stomach) or gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) adenocarcinoma whose cancer has progressed on or after prior fluoropyrimidine- or platinum-containing chemotherapy. [More]
Gentiva Health Services reports revenues of $498.0 million for Q3 2014

Gentiva Health Services reports revenues of $498.0 million for Q3 2014

Gentiva Health Services, Inc., one of the largest providers of home health, hospice and community care services in the United States, today reported net revenues of $498.0 million, adjusted EBITDA of $48.5 million and adjusted income attributable to Gentiva shareholders per diluted share of $0.28. [More]
Dr. Grace Campbell receives RNF Fellow Research Grant Award

Dr. Grace Campbell receives RNF Fellow Research Grant Award

The Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation (RNF) presents Dr. Grace Campbell, PhD BSN RN CRRN MSW, with the RNF Fellow Research Grant Award. RNF offers $30,000 in the form of multiple grants for research projects that address the clinical practice, educational or administrative dimensions of rehabilitation nursing. Dr. Campbell received her award at the ARN 40th Annual Educational Conference, October 29 - November 1, 2014 in Anaheim, CA. [More]
Resilience training program may help ICU nurses better handle stressful work environment

Resilience training program may help ICU nurses better handle stressful work environment

A multifaceted approach to teaching coping mechanisms may help critical care nurses better handle their stressful work environment, according to a study in the November issue of American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC). [More]
LSU Health New Orleans receives grant to support young breast cancer survivors in the Gulf South

LSU Health New Orleans receives grant to support young breast cancer survivors in the Gulf South

The LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health has been awarded a $2.2 million grant to increase the availability of health information and support services for young breast cancer survivors in the Gulf South. [More]
WHO conducts formal review of PPE guidelines for healthcare workers in response to Ebola outbreak

WHO conducts formal review of PPE guidelines for healthcare workers in response to Ebola outbreak

As part of WHO's commitment to safety and protection of healthcare workers and patients from transmission of Ebola virus disease, WHO has conducted a formal review of personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines for healthcare workers and is updating its guidelines in context of the current outbreak. [More]
Tau proteins spur neuron death in Alzheimer's disease

Tau proteins spur neuron death in Alzheimer's disease

New research points to tau, not amyloid-beta (Abeta) plaque, as the seminal event that spurs neuron death in disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. The finding, which dramatically alters the prevailing theory of Alzheimer's development, also explains why some people with plaque build-up in their brains don't have dementia. [More]
Aviv REIT reports net income of $12 million for third quarter 2014

Aviv REIT reports net income of $12 million for third quarter 2014

Aviv REIT, Inc. today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014. [More]
Two major studies newly implicate dozens of genes in autism

Two major studies newly implicate dozens of genes in autism

Two major genetic studies of autism, led in part by UC San Francisco scientists and involving more than 50 laboratories worldwide, have newly implicated dozens of genes in the disorder. The research shows that rare mutations in these genes affect communication networks in the brain and compromise fundamental biological mechanisms that govern whether, when, and how genes are activated overall. [More]
Vibratory insoles improve balance stability for elderly fallers

Vibratory insoles improve balance stability for elderly fallers

Findings published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation show that imperceptible vibratory stimulation applied to the soles of the feet improved balance by reducing postural sway and gait variability in elderly study participants. [More]
Around-the-clock visitation during patient's stay improves patient satisfaction

Around-the-clock visitation during patient's stay improves patient satisfaction

Regardless of the circumstances, hospitalization can be a fearful thing. Patients find themselves in a new environment, surrounded by new people, new sights, new sounds - and often, the only thing that can quell that strange sense of unfamiliarity is having a loved one there to visit. [More]