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First study of promising Ebola vaccine commenced in West Africa

First study of promising Ebola vaccine commenced in West Africa

Professor Myron M. Levine, MD, Director of the Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and UM SOM Dean E. Albert Reece MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that the CVD, in conjunction with its sister institution, The Center for Vaccine Development of Mali and the Ministry of Health of Mali, have begun a clinical trial in health care workers (and other front-line workers) to evaluate a promising experimental Ebola vaccine. [More]
European experts publish common vision of priorities for marine research

European experts publish common vision of priorities for marine research

Some 340 European scientists, policy-makers and other experts representing 143 organizations from 31 countries spoke with one voice today, publishing a common vision of today's most pressing marine-related health and economic threats and opportunities. [More]
Exposure to workplace violence can lead to serious consequences for health sector employees

Exposure to workplace violence can lead to serious consequences for health sector employees

Exposure to violence in the workplace can lead to serious consequences for health sector employees say Stéphane Guay and Nathalie Lanctôt of the Institut universitaire de santé mentale and the University of Montreal, who studied this issue in a systematic review of the literature. [More]
Bedside ultrasound machine in pediatric ER is cost-effective, reduces length of stay in the ER

Bedside ultrasound machine in pediatric ER is cost-effective, reduces length of stay in the ER

Using a portable or bedside ultrasound machine in the pediatric emergency room has been proven to lessen the length of stay in the ER and to provide images equal in accuracy to x-ray or CT scan without exposing children to potentially harmful radiation. [More]
UVA Health System chooses StrataJazz for decision support and cost accounting

UVA Health System chooses StrataJazz for decision support and cost accounting

Strata Decision Technology (Strata Decision), a pioneer and leader in the development of innovative software tools for financial analytics, business intelligence and decision support in the U.S. healthcare market, announced today that University of Virginia Health System (UVA Health System) has selected StrataJazz® for decision support and cost accounting. [More]
MedCure offers Pulsatile Anatomical Trainer service to advance medical research and training

MedCure offers Pulsatile Anatomical Trainer service to advance medical research and training

After three years in development, MedCure, Inc. has perfected a technique that mimics functioning circulatory system processes in cadaveric specimens. [More]
Ruthigen begins Phase 1/2 clinical trial of RUT58-60

Ruthigen begins Phase 1/2 clinical trial of RUT58-60

Ruthigen Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on pioneering new therapies to improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs associated with infections related to post-operative invasive procedures, announces the initiation of a Phase 1/2 clinical trial to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and potential efficacy of its lead drug candidate, RUT58-60, for use as an adjunct to systemic antibiotics in abdominal surgery. [More]
New version of Belmont Rapid Infuser to be introduced at ASA 2014

New version of Belmont Rapid Infuser to be introduced at ASA 2014

Belmont Instrument Corporation, the widely recognized provider of blood and fluid infusers, will be introducing the new version of The Belmont Rapid Infuser, the RI-2 at the American Society of Anesthesiologists Meeting this week in New Orleans, LA. [More]
Pitt researchers awarded $1.25 million DOD grant to establish whole-eye transplantation program

Pitt researchers awarded $1.25 million DOD grant to establish whole-eye transplantation program

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers have been awarded $1.25 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to fund two projects that aim to establish the groundwork for the nation's first whole-eye transplantation program. [More]
Nurse-led intervention program fails to improve 30-day hospital readmission rates

Nurse-led intervention program fails to improve 30-day hospital readmission rates

Researchers at UC San Francisco have found that a nurse-led intervention program designed to reduce readmissions among ethnically and linguistically diverse older patients did not improve 30-day hospital readmission rates. Their findings suggest hospitals evaluate such programs before implementing or continuing. [More]
ACS COT's 2014 edition of Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient released

ACS COT's 2014 edition of Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient released

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma today announced the release of its 2014 edition of the Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient. Now in its sixth edition, the COT's Resources document provides the guidelines used by the ACS Verification/Consultation Program to evaluate trauma centers. [More]
Clot-buster shows promise in treating less severe forms of traumatic brain injury

Clot-buster shows promise in treating less severe forms of traumatic brain injury

The only drug currently approved for treatment of stroke's crippling effects shows promise, when administered as a nasal spray, to help heal similar damage in less severe forms of traumatic brain injury. [More]
Zavation releases ZVPlasty Vertebral Augmentation System

Zavation releases ZVPlasty Vertebral Augmentation System

Zavation, LLC., today announced the launch of the ZVPlasty Vertebral Augmentation System. [More]
CytoSorbents announces launch of International CytoSorb Treatment Registry

CytoSorbents announces launch of International CytoSorb Treatment Registry

CytoSorbents Corporation, a critical care immunotherapy company using blood purification to treat life-threatening conditions, announced the launch of its International CytoSorb Treatment Registry, established and managed by the Center of Clinical Trials at the University of Jena, Germany. [More]
LA BioMed researchers report that THC may help protect the brain of traumatic brain injury patients

LA BioMed researchers report that THC may help protect the brain of traumatic brain injury patients

Surveying patients with traumatic brain injuries, a group of Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute researchers reported today that they found those who tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, were more likely to survive than those who tested negative for the illicit substance. [More]
Women survivors of sexual abuse may suffer emotional distress during pelvic examination

Women survivors of sexual abuse may suffer emotional distress during pelvic examination

Women who have a history of violent sexual abuse may suffer emotional distress during a routine pelvic examination. Healthcare providers would benefit from greater awareness of symptoms predictive of examination-related distress in this patient population, according to a study published in Violence and Gender, a new peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. [More]
Study uncovers new pathway for treating high blood pressure, heart failure

Study uncovers new pathway for treating high blood pressure, heart failure

New research by scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Ottawa Heart Institute has uncovered a new pathway by which the brain uses an unusual steroid to control blood pressure. [More]
Natural disaster survival tips for families

Natural disaster survival tips for families

If an earthquake hit tomorrow, would you be prepared? What would you do if a hurricane or wild fire was headed toward your community and you only had a few hours' notice to grab your belongings and evacuate? How would you handle situations like these with your children? [More]
CMU's BrainHub initiative receives major boost from renowned Pittsburgh philanthropist

CMU's BrainHub initiative receives major boost from renowned Pittsburgh philanthropist

Just weeks after the launch of a global initiative to leverage its unique strengths to impact brain research, Carnegie Mellon University has received a major boost from renowned Pittsburgh philanthropist Henry L. Hillman in the form of a new $5 million gift to support CMU's BrainHub. [More]
UCSF gets CDC grant to provide expert guidance to clinicians who prescribe anti-HIV medications

UCSF gets CDC grant to provide expert guidance to clinicians who prescribe anti-HIV medications

The UCSF Clinician Consultation Center at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide a PrEPline, a telephone consultation service that gives expert guidance to healthcare providers across the nation who prescribe antiretroviral medications to HIV uninfected individuals to prevent HIV. [More]