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RDoC research initiative aims to help guide classification of patients in clinical studies

RDoC research initiative aims to help guide classification of patients in clinical studies

A new effort by the National Institutes of Health will facilitate communication among scientists, clinicians, and the public to reframe mental health research, from diagnosis to treatment. The Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) unit was recently established by the National Institute of Mental Health, part of NIH, to support the development of the institute's RDoC initiative. [More]
Rush University Medical Center receives UHC's Quality Leadership Award

Rush University Medical Center receives UHC's Quality Leadership Award

Rush University Medical Center has received the UHC's (University HealthSystem Consortium) Quality Leadership Award, ranking fifth among 104 academic medical centers in the UHC's annual study. Rush is the only medical center in Illinois to be listed among the 12 top ranking medical centers. [More]
Insomnia contributes to deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes, other fatal injuries

Insomnia contributes to deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes, other fatal injuries

New research suggests that insomnia is a major contributor to deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes and other unintentional fatal injuries. The results underscore the importance of the "Sleep Well, Be Well" campaign of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project. [More]
PP&AR: 1 out of 4 older Americans experience unwanted medical treatment

PP&AR: 1 out of 4 older Americans experience unwanted medical treatment

Nearly one out of four older Americans say that either they or a family member have experienced excessive or unwanted medical treatment, according to the latest issue of The Gerontological Society of America's Public Policy & Aging Report, which goes on to show that Americans strongly support holding doctors accountable when they fail to honor patients' end-of-life health care wishes. [More]

Zebra Imaging enters into strategic partnership with Zygote Media Group

Zebra Imaging, Inc., the world's foremost provider of 3D holographic visualization technologies announced today a strategic partnership with the Zygote Media Group Inc., the industry leader in high-end 3D anatomy and biomedical models for animation and visual effects, to serve the medical and medical education markets. [More]
Angela W. Rowe honored with American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics' Award of Fellow

Angela W. Rowe honored with American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics' Award of Fellow

Angela W. Rowe, D.O., orthopedic surgeon at Blair Orthopedics, has received the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics' Award of Fellow. [More]
New consensus guidelines for toxicity testing of oligonucleotide-based therapeutics

New consensus guidelines for toxicity testing of oligonucleotide-based therapeutics

Oligonucleotide-based therapeutics present unique challenges when it comes to testing their potential to cause reproductive and developmental harm. New consensus guidelines for toxicity testing that take into consideration the combined chemical and biological characteristics of these novel biopharmaceuticals are presented in Nucleic Acid Therapeutics, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers. [More]
Study estimates Medicare costs of lung cancer diagnostic workup in patients

Study estimates Medicare costs of lung cancer diagnostic workup in patients

Biopsies were found to be the most costly tool prescribed in lung cancer diagnosis, according to research presented today at the 2014 Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology. [More]
Study identifies new targets for developing novel treatment for alcohol dependence

Study identifies new targets for developing novel treatment for alcohol dependence

Bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract fulfill many vital functions and are critical for digestion. Yet, these same bacteria can induce strong inflammatory responses by the immune system if they penetrate the gut and enter the bloodstream. [More]
Group encourages approval of lung cancer screening for eligible Medicare patients

Group encourages approval of lung cancer screening for eligible Medicare patients

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Committee on Coverage studies the decision to cover lung cancer screening for eligible individuals, today's Online First section of the journal CHEST published Components for High Quality Lung Cancer Screening: American College of Chest Physicians and American Thoracic Society Policy Statement. [More]

Leaders from selected private-equity firms to participate in Cavendish Global Health Impact Forum

Cavendish Global announced today the selection of accomplished leaders of private-equity firms from the United States and the United Kingdom to participate in the Cavendish Global Health Impact Forum taking place Monday, November 10th to Thursday, November 13th at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. [More]

Strata Decision named a winner of 2014 Chicago Innovation Award

Strata Decision Technology has been named one of the winners of the 13th annual Chicago Innovation Awards. The Company's cloud-based financial analytics and performance platform, StrataJazz, is leveraged for financial planning, decision support, and continuous cost improvement by over 1,000 hospitals in the U.S. [More]
Initiative may allow 'instantaneous diagnosis of potentially fatal rhythm disorders' in endurance athletes

Initiative may allow 'instantaneous diagnosis of potentially fatal rhythm disorders' in endurance athletes

The condition of an athlete's heart has for the first time been accurately monitored throughout the duration of a marathon race. The real-time monitoring was achieved by continuous electrocardiogram (ECG) surveillance and data transfer over the public mobile phone network to a telemedicine centre along the marathon route. [More]
Google search data can provide more accurate real time picture of flu

Google search data can provide more accurate real time picture of flu

Researchers have found that Google search data really can provide a more accurate real time picture of current flu infections. [More]
New Clinical Practice Guideline for diagnosis, treatment of acromegaly

New Clinical Practice Guideline for diagnosis, treatment of acromegaly

The Endocrine Society today issued a Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for the diagnosis and treatment of acromegaly, a rare condition caused by excess growth hormone in the blood. [More]

Challenges of maintaining enriched health care for pregnant women enrolled in Covered California

A new report by Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University examines the challenge of maintaining enriched health care for pregnant women who are enrolled in Covered California and who are also eligible for Medi-Cal, which includes the Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP). [More]
Study: Even mild depressive symptoms can weaken outcome of lumbar spinal stenosis surgery

Study: Even mild depressive symptoms can weaken outcome of lumbar spinal stenosis surgery

Even mild depressive symptoms can weaken the outcome of lumbar spinal stenosis surgery, according to a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital. Patients with depressive symptoms had a weaker functional capacity post-surgery even five years after surgery. [More]
Hospital bed positioning can affect outcomes of stroke patients

Hospital bed positioning can affect outcomes of stroke patients

During the first 24 hours after a stroke, attention to detail --such as hospital bed positioning -- is critical to patient outcomes. [More]
VCOR project aims to improve coronary angioplasty services in Victoria

VCOR project aims to improve coronary angioplasty services in Victoria

Victorian Hospitals will be better equipped to measure the quality of care for their cardiac patients, under a new project that collects and compares data on coronary angioplasty practice. [More]
Adults with eczema at greater risk of accidental bone fractures, other injuries

Adults with eczema at greater risk of accidental bone fractures, other injuries

Intense itching and dry, irritable skin aren't the only problems adults with eczema face. They are at greater risk of accidental bone fractures and other injuries, a new Northwestern Medicine® study has found. [More]