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Research roundup: Malpractice reforms and doctors' practice; Medicaid expansion's effect

Research roundup: Malpractice reforms and doctors' practice; Medicaid expansion's effect

Defensive medicine is considered by many to be a major source of wasteful medical spending in the United States. [More]
Coordinated Health launches #Ch435pledge campaign to provide free mammography exams

Coordinated Health launches #Ch435pledge campaign to provide free mammography exams

Each year in Lehigh Valley, an estimated 435 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and one in eight will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, data extrapolated from reports by the National Cancer Institute's SEER program and the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission. [More]
Rose Medical Center experts perform LARIAT procedure for patients with atrial fibrillation

Rose Medical Center experts perform LARIAT procedure for patients with atrial fibrillation

Rose Medical Center is now performing a groundbreaking procedure for patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) that may reduce their risk for stroke when they cannot take blood thinners due to special circumstances. [More]
Endo International enters into definitive agreement to acquire Auxilium Pharmaceuticals

Endo International enters into definitive agreement to acquire Auxilium Pharmaceuticals

Endo International plc and Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Endo will acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Auxilium for a per share consideration of $33.25 in a cash and stock transaction. [More]
Lya Segall Ovarian Cancer Institute at Mercy opens in Maryland

Lya Segall Ovarian Cancer Institute at Mercy opens in Maryland

Mercy Medical Center has announced the opening of The Lya Segall Ovarian Cancer Institute at Mercy, the first center in Maryland specifically designed and dedicated solely for the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer. [More]
XAGE1 antibody confers survival benefits to lung adenocarcinoma patients

XAGE1 antibody confers survival benefits to lung adenocarcinoma patients

Patients with advanced lung adenocarcinoma who produce the XAGE1 antibody appear to survive twice as long as those who do not produce it, Japanese study data show. [More]
Catecholamine polymorphism influences opioid use

Catecholamine polymorphism influences opioid use

The catechol-O-methyltransferase rs4680 single nucleotide polymorphism could affect postoperative opioid consumption, study findings show. [More]
The Miriam Hospital receives Primary Stroke Center certification for fifth consecutive year

The Miriam Hospital receives Primary Stroke Center certification for fifth consecutive year

The Miriam Hospital has for the fifth time been designated by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. [More]
WellStar establishes new health park in East Cobb

WellStar establishes new health park in East Cobb

WellStar East Cobb Health Park opened its doors September 15, serving as a comprehensive, one-stop shop for outpatient medical needs. [More]
Cancer Research UK, CRT partner with Asterias to trail novel immunotherapy treatment for lung cancer

Cancer Research UK, CRT partner with Asterias to trail novel immunotherapy treatment for lung cancer

CANCER RESEARCH UK and Cancer Research Technology , the charity's development and commercialisation arm, have reached an agreement with Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company in the emerging field of regenerative medicine, to take forward Asterias' novel immunotherapy treatment AST-VAC2 into clinical trials in subjects with non-small cell lung cancer. [More]
Lucideon announces collaboration with Knight Mechanical Testing

Lucideon announces collaboration with Knight Mechanical Testing

Lucideon, an international provider of materials development, testing and assurance, and Knight Mechanical Testing, an independent mechanical testing laboratory, are pleased to announce that they have entered into a Marketing and Commercial Collaboration Agreement. The agreement means that both partners will now be to offer a complete portfolio of testing and analysis services to the orthopaedic industry. [More]
Miriam Hospital receives grant from NIH to prevent spread of sexually transmitted HIV in women

Miriam Hospital receives grant from NIH to prevent spread of sexually transmitted HIV in women

The Miriam Hospital is part of a research collaboration that has received a $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop an intravaginal ring (IVR) that can deliver powerful antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted HIV in women. [More]

Researchers work on system that detects arthrosis based on changed motion patterns

Arthrosis is excessive wear of joints beyond the usual age-related degeneration. For this reason, about 150,000 Germans are provided with an artificial knee joint every year. [More]
Virginia Mason introduces surgical warranty for hip and knee replacements

Virginia Mason introduces surgical warranty for hip and knee replacements

Virginia Mason, a national leader in improving quality and safety and controlling health care costs, today introduced a surgical warranty for hip and knee replacements. [More]
Distinct features of COPD–asthma overlap syndrome identified

Distinct features of COPD–asthma overlap syndrome identified

US researchers have shown that patients with both chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma have more exacerbations, less emphysema and more airway disease than patients with COPD alone. [More]
Study compares FK506 and rapamycin for Schwann cell migration, peripheral nerve regeneration

Study compares FK506 and rapamycin for Schwann cell migration, peripheral nerve regeneration

FK506 possesses a well-studied neuroregenerative effect, stimulating neurite extension in the presence of nerve growth factor in vitro, and enhancing nerve regeneration following nerve crush injury and isografting. [More]
Vasopressin more effective for cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Vasopressin more effective for cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Epinephrine has been shown to be a first-choice drug for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Nevertheless, its β-adrenergic effect probably increases myocardial oxygen consumption and leads to severe cardiac and cerebral injuries; moreover, epinephrine does not elevate long-term survival rates. [More]

New adhesive method for repairing sciatic nerves

When repairing nerves with adhesives, most researchers place glue directly on the nerve stumps, but this method does not fix the nerve ends well and allows glue to easily invade the nerve ends. [More]

EDGE gets FDA clearance for VIEW Plating System and REDUCE Fracture Plating System

EDGE Orthopaedics, a new entry in the orthopedic medical device space, is excited to announce they have received their second FDA 510(k) clearance for the VIEW Plating System and REDUCE Fracture Plating System. [More]
Mutant allele frequency predicts lung cancer TKI response

Mutant allele frequency predicts lung cancer TKI response

Tyrosine kinase inhibitor sensitivity may be predicted by the frequency of a point mutation in the epidermal growth factor receptor gene, suggests a study of Japanese patients with advanced lung adenocarcinoma. [More]