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Home health care nursing lowers hospitalizations and transfers to nursing homes

Home health care nursing lowers hospitalizations and transfers to nursing homes

In the largest study of its kind, a University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing investigation shows that home health agencies providing organizational support to their nurses get better outcomes. [More]
UMass Amherst doctoral student in chemistry receives USP's 2014-15 Global Fellowship Award

UMass Amherst doctoral student in chemistry receives USP's 2014-15 Global Fellowship Award

University of Massachusetts Amherst doctoral student in chemistry Khaja Muneeruddin is one of three promising young scientists to recently receive the 2014-15 Global Fellowship Award from the United States Pharmacopeial Convention, dual publishers of the official pharmacopeia and National Formulary (NF), the book of directions for identifying compound medicines. [More]

Sphere Medical introduces new Proxima miniaturised blood gas analyser at AAGBI 2014

Sphere Medical, innovator in critical care monitoring and diagnostics equipment, will launch its cutting edge in-line patient dedicated arterial blood gas analyser at the AAGBI Annual Congress 2014, Harrogate, 17-19th September. [More]
Doctors from UCLA Health System now available on LiveHealth Online

Doctors from UCLA Health System now available on LiveHealth Online

Doctors from UCLA Health System will be available on your smartphone, tablet or laptop beginning this week through LiveHealth Online, a telehealth solution for business travelers, busy parents, students away at college or anybody else who needs non-emergency medical attention when their own doctors are not available. [More]
New UNICEF report points out that 2.8 million babies die each year during first 28 days of life

New UNICEF report points out that 2.8 million babies die each year during first 28 days of life

Child survival rates have increased dramatically since 1990, during which time the absolute number of under-five deaths has been slashed in half from 12.7 million to 6.3 million, according to a report released today by UNICEF. [More]

Stago receives FDA approval for automated, highly sensitive D-dimer test

Stago has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for the reagent STA -Liatest D-Di, in the exclusion of pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients with low or moderate risk, presenting at an emergency unit. [More]
Johns Hopkins researchers adopt "Just-in-Time" process to reduce patient wait times

Johns Hopkins researchers adopt "Just-in-Time" process to reduce patient wait times

Using a pain clinic as a testing ground, researchers at Johns Hopkins have shown that a management process first popularized by Toyota in Japan can substantially reduce patient wait times and possibly improve the teaching of interns and residents. [More]
Training program for nurses can help address knowledge gaps related to AHCDs, end-of-life care

Training program for nurses can help address knowledge gaps related to AHCDs, end-of-life care

An educational program for nurses can help address knowledge gaps related to advance health care directives (AHCDs)-thus helping to ensure that patients' wishes for care at the end of life are known and respected, reports a paper in the October/December Journal of Christian Nursing, official journal of the Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. [More]
State highlights: N.Y. sues drugmaker over Alzheimer's drug switch; Ariz. Republican resigns over Medicaid remarks

State highlights: N.Y. sues drugmaker over Alzheimer's drug switch; Ariz. Republican resigns over Medicaid remarks

New York State's attorney general filed an antitrust lawsuit on Monday seeking to stop a pharmaceutical company from forcing patients with Alzheimer's disease to switch to a new version of a widely used drug. The lawsuit contends that the switch is designed to blunt competition from low-priced generic versions of the medication (Pollack, 9/15). [More]

GAO: Many insurers flout health law's abortion rule

A report by the Government Accountability Office found many examples of insurance plans not complying with the health law's requirement that they separately itemize a charge for coverage of elective abortion on enrollees' bills. The agreement that no federal funds go to pay for elective abortions was the basis of a political compromise that allowed the health law to pass in 2010. [More]
Missing paperwork puts coverage at risk for tens of thousands of people

Missing paperwork puts coverage at risk for tens of thousands of people

According to the Obama administration, as many as 115,000 people could lose the new insurance they obtained under the health law because they did not prove they were legal immigrants or U.S. citizens who were eligible for that coverage. Another 363,000 people must submit documentation to verify their incomes by Sept. 30 or lose their subsidies. These two numbers combined represent about 10 percent of the people who signed up through the online insurance marketplaces. [More]
Study: Marijuana users may attempt to manage negative moods by using drug

Study: Marijuana users may attempt to manage negative moods by using drug

Adolescents and young adults who smoke marijuana frequently may attempt to manage negative moods by using the drug, according to a study in September's Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. [More]
Positive messages more effective at persuading smokers to quit

Positive messages more effective at persuading smokers to quit

Which is more likely to convince a smoker to quit? The words, "Warning: cigarettes cause cancer" beneath the image of an open mouth with a cancerous lesion and rotten teeth, or the same image with the words, "Warning: Quitting smoking reduces the risk of cancer"? [More]
Covered California unveils ad campaign, awards $14.6M for outreach

Covered California unveils ad campaign, awards $14.6M for outreach

And new enrollment numbers for that state show a growing individual insurance market, officials said. Meanwhile, a Nebraska woman recounts her experience as a navigator, and Oregon officials say a tax credit error will affect fewer people than expected. [More]
Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group named recipient of 2014 AMGA Acclaim Award

Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group named recipient of 2014 AMGA Acclaim Award

The American Medical Group Association today announced that the recipient of the 2014 AMGA Acclaim Award is Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group for an innovative and integrated method to drive population health using a collaborative, team-based approach. [More]
NIH and West African leaders to discuss current crisis of Ebola outbreak at TJU

NIH and West African leaders to discuss current crisis of Ebola outbreak at TJU

Leaders from West African Nations and representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will attend a meeting on September 22nd from 3:00-5:15 pm at Thomas Jefferson University to discuss the current crisis and plan future collaborations. [More]
ADA Maryland Chapter, WellDoc collaborate to empower patients with type 2 diabetes

ADA Maryland Chapter, WellDoc collaborate to empower patients with type 2 diabetes

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) Maryland Chapter and WellDoc®, a health care behavioral science and technology company, have announced the launch of a collaboration to empower people in Maryland with type 2 diabetes to take control of their diabetes by improving their day-to-day self-management. [More]

GOP accuses VA of interfering with report on deaths

Meanwhile, the health-tracking device company Fitbit hires a D.C. lobbying firm to deal with privacy questions from lawmakers. [More]

LocalMed, United Concordia Dental team up to provide real-time information to members

Members of United Concordia Dental can now book appointments online with participating network dentists at UnitedConcordia.com, thanks to a partnership between LocalMed and the national dental wellness company. [More]
Viewpoints: New uninsured numbers are outdated; chiropractors' unusual move into nutrition

Viewpoints: New uninsured numbers are outdated; chiropractors' unusual move into nutrition

The federal government released some very reliable estimates of how many people had health insurance in the first three months of 2014. [More]