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Clinical Research, Innovation

Poor blood oxygenation during sleep predicts chance of heart-related death

January 18, 2019

Via: The Medical News

Elderly men who experience extended episodes of interrupted breathing while asleep have a high risk of heart problems. Research shows for the first time that poor blood oxygenation is a good indicator of the chance of heart-related death, which cannot […]


Regulatory

Furloughed feds’ health coverage intact, but shutdown still complicates things

January 18, 2019

Via: The Medical News

Joseph Daskalakis’ son was born New Year’s Eve, a little over a week into the current government shutdown, and about 10 weeks before he was expected. Little Oliver ended up in a specialized neonatal intensive care unit, the only one […]


Innovation, Patient Experience

Relationship between nurse work environment and patient safety

January 17, 2019

Via: The Medical News

Lisa Smeds Alenius will defend her doctoral thesis on 22 January 2019 at Karolinska Institutet. Her thesis focuses on factors in the nurse work environment relating to quality of care and patient safety. The thesis shows that the experience of […]


Innovation, Med Tech

New biodegradable wound dressing material accelerates healing

January 17, 2019

Via: The Medical News

A team of scientists from the MISiS National University of Science and Technology with colleagues from the Central European Institute of Technology (Brno, the Czech Republic) and other Czech universities have developed a biodegradable material with antibacterial action to use […]


Clinical Research, Innovation

New rapid blood tests could speed up TB diagnosis, save the NHS money

January 17, 2019

Via: The Medical News

Rapid blood tests used by the NHS are unable to rule out tuberculosis (TB) and should be replaced with a new, more accurate test, a study has found. In the largest study to date of rapid TB tests used by […]


Clinical Research, Innovation

How certain bacteria protect us against flu

January 17, 2019

Via: Medical News Today

In most cases, when someone mentions the microbiome, they are referring to the bacteria in the gut. However, bacteria cover every inch of us, both inside and out, and the term “microbiome” refers to all of our microbial passengers. The […]


Opinions

Americans more likely to die from opioid overdose today than car accident

January 16, 2019

Via: CNBC

Americans are more likely to die from accidental opioid overdoses today than from car crashes, according to a study released Monday from the National Safety Council. The group analyzed preventable injuries and deaths in 2017 and found the odds of […]


Regulatory

FDA approves scalpel-free Parkinson’s tremor treatment

January 16, 2019

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

The procedure is called focused ultrasound and enables doctors to conduct brain surgery without cutting into a patient’s skull. It was proven to be a safe and effective option for reducing medication-resistant Parkinson’s tremor during clinical trials led by University […]


Clinical Research, Innovation

Study: How Less Than 6 Hours Of Sleep May Hurt Your Blood Vessels

January 16, 2019

Via: Forbes

If you don’t realize that not getting enough sleep may lead to health problems, then you don’t know jack. You also may not know JACC, which stands for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. JACC is the journal […]


Wellness

7 simple steps for heart health also prevent diabetes

January 16, 2019

Via: Medical News Today

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), there are seven cardiovascular risk factors that people can change to improve their heart health. Dubbed “Life’s Simple 7,” these risk factors are: “smoking status, physical activity, weight, diet, blood glucose, cholesterol, and […]


EHR & EMR

GAO: Patient matching hampered by demographic data

January 16, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

While healthcare providers are increasingly sharing electronic health records, they continue to face challenges in matching patients to their EHRs, according to the Government Accountability Office. Patients are matched to their medical records—either manually or automatically via software—through demographic information, […]


Clinical Research, Innovation

Researchers manipulate T cells to improve transplant success

January 15, 2019

Via: The Medical News

The findings, which were recently published in the journal Immunity, could pave the way for new approaches to reducing transplant rejection in the future. Organ transplant rejection occurs when immune cells called T cells respond to donor organs as if […]


Opinions

5 Forces Driving The Acceleration of Precision Medicine in 2019

January 15, 2019

Via: HitConsultant

The past several years has brought healthcare organizations closer and closer to integrating precision medicine and genomics into the daily business of care delivery. As an industry, we are nearly at the tipping point and I anticipate we will see […]


Regulatory

Walmart pharmacies likely to leave CVS network because of pricing dispute

January 15, 2019

Via: CNBC

Walmart pharmacies are expected to leave the drugstore networks offered by CVS because of an ongoing pricing dispute. Anyone with CVS-administered drug benefits and Medicaid enrollees with CVS drug coverage will be affected if the split happens, CVS said Tuesday. […]


Innovation, Medical Devices, Regulatory

Abbott’s heart defect treatment device for babies gets FDA approval

January 15, 2019

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

PDA is a common congenital cardiac defect that is characterised by an opening between two blood vessels leading from the heart, resulting in difficulty in breathing. Of the 60,000 premature babies born each year in the US, approximately 12,000 have […]