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Study reveals increasing incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome in U.S.

Study reveals increasing incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome in U.S.

An increasing number of babies across the country are born addicted to opioids and require intensive care, according to a study analyzing MEDNAX Clinical Data Warehouse statistics from 299 neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) around the United States. [More]
New T1D Prevention Initiative launched to identify pathways to prevent type 1 diabetes

New T1D Prevention Initiative launched to identify pathways to prevent type 1 diabetes

As the incidence of type 1 diabetes (T1D) rises worldwide, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust today announced the launch of an ambitious new T1D Prevention Initiative to investigate the early stages of development of the disease and identify new pathways to prevent it. [More]
Research findings could offer new way to test for chemo brain in patients

Research findings could offer new way to test for chemo brain in patients

UBC research shows that chemotherapy can lead to excessive mind wandering and an inability to concentrate. Dubbed 'chemo-brain,' the negative cognitive effects of the cancer treatment have long been suspected, but the UBC study is the first to explain why patients have difficulty paying attention. [More]
WHO sends additional medical supplies, health workers into earthquake-affected region in Nepal

WHO sends additional medical supplies, health workers into earthquake-affected region in Nepal

WHO is surging additional medical supplies and health workers into the earthquake-affected region to help the Government of Nepal provide rapid medical assistance to the thousands who have been injured in Saturday's disaster. [More]
Universal Health Services announces net income of $174.3 million for first quarter 2015

Universal Health Services announces net income of $174.3 million for first quarter 2015

Universal Health Services, Inc. announced today that its reported net income attributable to UHS was $174.3 million, or $1.73 per diluted share, during the first quarter of 2015 as compared to $138.1 million, or $1.38 per diluted share, during the comparable quarter of 2014. [More]
MCW announces formation of four-party MOU to provide inadequate access to oral health care in Tanzania

MCW announces formation of four-party MOU to provide inadequate access to oral health care in Tanzania

As part of its Oral Health Care Initiative, which has the vision to improve oral health care for all Tanzanians, MCW announced today the formation of an historic four-party Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). [More]
Many transgender people refrain from going to health care providers to avoid social stigma

Many transgender people refrain from going to health care providers to avoid social stigma

Discussing your sexual history with a doctor, or anyone for that matter, can be an uncomfortable experience. But for many transgender people, the conversation never takes place because they aren't seeking health care, according to Adrian Juarez, PhD, a public health nurse and assistant professor in the University at Buffalo School of Nursing. [More]

Scholars from leading U.S. medical schools issue updated recommendations on medical ethics training

The American health care landscape has changed significantly in the three decades since the landmark "DeCamp Report" first argued that ethics training should be required for all medical students, yet the fundamental importance of professionalism and ethical practice has only solidified. [More]
Shadowing helps clinicians achieve ideal patient care experiences

Shadowing helps clinicians achieve ideal patient care experiences

Patient-centered care is best achieved when the care team understands every moment of the patient and family experience in their journeys through a health care system - from parking in the hospital garage to being treated in the intensive care unit. This is the core value of a novel quality improvement program implemented at a leading U.S. medical center and presented today at the National Quality Summit, sponsored by the National Association for Healthcare Quality. [More]
ACA incentives driving healthcare transition improvements in hospitals

ACA incentives driving healthcare transition improvements in hospitals

Regardless of one's views on the Affordable Care Act, it has succeeded in placing long-overdue attention on improving management of patient transitions from one care setting to another, according to a leading health care policy analyst speaking today at the National Quality Summit, sponsored by the National Association for Healthcare Quality. [More]
Study explores how NYC doctor can perform tele-robotic ultrasound over the Internet on patients in Chicago

Study explores how NYC doctor can perform tele-robotic ultrasound over the Internet on patients in Chicago

A new clinical trial is testing the feasibility and efficiency of a doctor in New York City remotely performing long-distance, tele-robotic ultrasound exams over the Internet on patients in Chicago. [More]
OHTAC recommends MRgHIFU as possible cost-effective strategy for uterine fibroid treatment

OHTAC recommends MRgHIFU as possible cost-effective strategy for uterine fibroid treatment

The Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee has recommended Magnetic Resonance-Guided High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (MRgHIFU or MRgFUS) as a possible "cost-effective strategy" and a "safe and effective, noninvasive, uterine-preserving" option for women seeking treatment for uterine fibroids. [More]
New analysis finds that rates of health insurance coverage vary by demographics, cancer type

New analysis finds that rates of health insurance coverage vary by demographics, cancer type

A new analysis has found that, among patients with cancer, rates of health insurance coverage vary by patient demographics and by cancer type. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings suggest that the expansion of coverage through the Affordable Care Act may disproportionally benefit certain patient populations. [More]
Large majority of people in the world lack access to safe, affordable surgery and anaesthesia

Large majority of people in the world lack access to safe, affordable surgery and anaesthesia

Millions of people are dying from common, easily treatable conditions like appendicitis, fractures, or obstructed labour because they do not have access to, or can't afford, proper surgical care, according to a major new Commission, published in The Lancet. [More]
UNICEF working to bring relief for children affected by earthquake in Nepal

UNICEF working to bring relief for children affected by earthquake in Nepal

UNICEF expects children to be among the worst affected by the devastating 7.9 earthquake that struck Nepal today, affecting the area around the capital city of Kathmandu. While the full impact of the disaster is still being assessed, an estimated 40 percent of Nepal's population is children, who are the most vulnerable during emergencies. [More]
National Immunization Awareness Week launched by the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health

National Immunization Awareness Week launched by the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health

Today, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, and Dr. Gregory Taylor, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, launched National Immunization Awareness Week, which runs from April 25 to May 2. They encouraged Canadians to stay healthy by making sure their vaccinations are up to date. [More]
Systematic review shows hepatitis B and C testing lacking in many European countries

Systematic review shows hepatitis B and C testing lacking in many European countries

The apparent dearth of research on hepatitis B and C testing in many European countries could be hampering efforts to identify infected individuals, according to results from a comprehensive review of 136 studies presented today at The International Liver Congress 2015. [More]

Study: Most California residents with mental illness experience high levels of discrimination

Most California residents facing psychological distress do not perceive the public as being supportive, with a large proportion reporting discrimination both in personal relationships and in public realms such as the workplace, according to a new RAND Corporation study. [More]
Elekta introduces new Leksell Gamma Knife Icon to treat patients with brain disease

Elekta introduces new Leksell Gamma Knife Icon to treat patients with brain disease

With the introduction of Elekta's new Leksell Gamma Knife Icon, the benefits of precision cranial radiosurgery are now available for more patients with a wider variety of tumor types and sizes. [More]
PCMH care model gaining acceptance in primary care, specialist practices

PCMH care model gaining acceptance in primary care, specialist practices

Primary-care physicians play a pivotal role in assuring that patients who require specialized care are transitioned properly from one clinical environment to another to help lower the risks for adverse events and repeat hospitalizations, according to a health quality management expert who spoke today at the National Quality Summit sponsored by the National Association for Healthcare Quality. [More]
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