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Asthma breakthrough: potential cause and corrective treatment are identified

Asthma breakthrough: potential cause and corrective treatment are identified

A paper published yesterday in Science Translational Medicine reports that the root cause of asthma has been found and a potential treatment to reverse all symptoms has been proposed... [More]
Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital attains Baby-Friendly designation

Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital attains Baby-Friendly designation

Baby-Friendly USA announced this week that Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital has received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly designated birth facility. A hospital can only be deemed "Baby-Friendly" after the completion of a rigorous onsite assessment survey and a final review of the External Review Board. [More]
Study: Long-term exposure to air pollution can damage brain structures, impair cognitive function

Study: Long-term exposure to air pollution can damage brain structures, impair cognitive function

Air pollution, even at moderate levels, has long been recognized as a factor in raising the risk of stroke. A new study led by scientists from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine suggests that long-term exposure can cause damage to brain structures and impair cognitive function in middle-aged and older adults. [More]
Vestagen Technical Textiles' VESTEX receives two notable innovation awards

Vestagen Technical Textiles' VESTEX receives two notable innovation awards

Vestagen Technical Textiles, Inc. today announced that its proprietary textile technology, VESTEX, has recently received two notable innovation awards. The first is the prestigious Edison Award, a global competition that recognizes innovations with potential to create a positive impact in the world. [More]
Interventional treatments provide good functional outcomes for patients with lower-grade brain AVMs

Interventional treatments provide good functional outcomes for patients with lower-grade brain AVMs

Interventional treatments--especially surgery--provide good functional outcomes and a high cure rate for patients with lower-grade arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) of the brain, reports the May issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. [More]

DATIS, NPS MedicineWise partner to deliver face-to-face educational visits to GPs across South Australia

A new three-year contract launched in Adelaide today will see the Drug and Therapeutics Information Service based at the Repatriation General Hospital continue to deliver NPS MedicineWise educational visiting programs to general practitioners (GPs) across South Australia. [More]

DATIS, NPS MedicineWise partner to deliver face-to-face educational visits to GPs across South Australia

A new three-year contract launched in Adelaide today will see the Drug and Therapeutics Information Service (DATIS) based at the Repatriation General Hospital continue to deliver NPS MedicineWise educational visiting programs to general practitioners (GPs) across South Australia. [More]
Johns Hopkins study finds that nearly one-quarter of ICU survivors experience PTSD

Johns Hopkins study finds that nearly one-quarter of ICU survivors experience PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder is often thought of as a symptom of warfare, major catastrophes and assault. It’s rarely considered in patients who survive a critical illness and stay in the intensive care unit (ICU). However, in a recent Johns Hopkins study, researchers found that nearly one-quarter of ICU survivors suffer from PTSD. [More]
Leading scientists warn of 'Antibiotic Armageddon' in Britain and Europe by 2025

Leading scientists warn of 'Antibiotic Armageddon' in Britain and Europe by 2025

A group of leading scientists has warned that Britain and Europe collectively could face more than a million deaths in an impending "Antibiotic Armageddon” unless more is spent on developing new cures, rapid diagnostics and preventative measures to combat the spread of drug resistant diseases. [More]
Actor Stephen McGann explains how issues of medical accuracy were addressed in Call the Midwife drama

Actor Stephen McGann explains how issues of medical accuracy were addressed in Call the Midwife drama

Actor Stephen McGann, who plays GP Dr Patrick Turner in the hit BBC period drama Call the Midwife, has described the steps taken by the writers, production team and actors to ensure the series has sufficient medical accuracy and authenticity. In an essay published today by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, McGann writes of the unique insight that the role of Dr Turner has given him into questions regarding the way popular culture portrays medics and medicine. [More]
WHO: Progress towards global vaccination targets 'far off track'

WHO: Progress towards global vaccination targets 'far off track'

Progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is far off track with 1 in 5 children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases. In the lead-up to World Immunization Week 2015 (24 -30 April), the World Health Organization is calling for renewed efforts to get progress back on course. [More]
New study finds high mortality risks from alcohol and drug abuse among ex-prisoners

New study finds high mortality risks from alcohol and drug abuse among ex-prisoners

Alcohol and drug misuse are responsible for around a third of all deaths in former male prisoners and half in female ex-prisoners, a new study of almost 48000 ex-prisoners published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal has found. Moreover, the research shows that a substantial proportion of these deaths are from preventable causes, including accidents and suicide (42% in men and 70% in women). [More]
NUH develops new treatment guidelines to support women suffering from Hyperemesis

NUH develops new treatment guidelines to support women suffering from Hyperemesis

Nottingham’s hospitals (NUH) is the first Trust in the country to develop a new treatment plan to support women suffering from severe sickness during pregnancy. [More]
Getinge secures EUR 160 million loan from EIB for development of new medical devices

Getinge secures EUR 160 million loan from EIB for development of new medical devices

The European Investment Bank has provided a EUR 160 million loan to Getinge AB, a global medical technology company, for its research and development in the areas of surgery, intensive care, infection control, care ergonomics and wound care. Getinge’s research addresses unmet medical needs and targets the development of new devices with higher efficiency and safety for increased positive outcomes for both caregivers and patients. [More]

Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) hosts Medicines Optimisation Roadshow on Tuesday 12 May 2015

The Yorkshire The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) will be hosting their Medicines Optimisation Roadshow on Tuesday 12 May 2015. [More]

Cerner expands use of Jive's enterprise collaboration solutions to improve health care delivery

Jive Software, Inc. today announced that Cerner Corp., a global leader in health care technology, has expanded its use of Jive's enterprise communication and collaboration solutions. Cerner's 93,000-member community, called "uCern," uses Jive-n to enable industry-wide collaboration that helps clinicians systemically strive to improve health care delivery. [More]
WHO calls on global health community to address significant gaps in prevention, treatment of malaria

WHO calls on global health community to address significant gaps in prevention, treatment of malaria

WHO is calling on the global health community to urgently address significant gaps in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria. Despite dramatic declines in malaria cases and deaths since 2000, more than half a million lives are still lost to this preventable disease each year. [More]
ViewRay to exhibit MRI-guided radiation therapy system at ESTRO Forum

ViewRay to exhibit MRI-guided radiation therapy system at ESTRO Forum

ViewRay, makers of the world's first and only MRI-guided radiation therapy system, announced today that the company will showcase its MRIdian System at the 3rd ESTRO Forum, the annual meeting of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology, being held April 24-28, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. [More]
Accuray to highlight CyberKnife, TomoTherapy technologies at ESTRO meeting

Accuray to highlight CyberKnife, TomoTherapy technologies at ESTRO meeting

Accuray Incorporated announced today that the company will highlight new CyberKnife and TomoTherapy technologies at the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology meeting, booth #2100, in Barcelona, Spain, April 24 – 27, 2015. [More]

Study: Satisfaction with Health Insurance Marketplace exchange enrollment process improves

Satisfaction with the Health Insurance Marketplace exchange enrollment process among new enrollees has significantly increased from 2014, and health plans obtained through the Marketplace exchange generate levels of member satisfaction equal to or higher than plans not obtained through the Marketplace exchange, according to the J.D. Power 2015 Health Insurance Marketplace Exchange Shopper and Re-Enrollment (HIX) Study released today. [More]
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