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New Treatments Haven't Lowered Anesthesia Risks for Children with Pulmonary Hypertension, Reports Anesthesia & Analgesia

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Despite effective new treatments for their disease, children with pulmonary hypertension (PHT) are still a high-risk group for serious complications and death related to anesthesia and surgery, reports a study in the February issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia.

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Researchers Make Breakthrough on New Anesthetics

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For the first time since the 1970s, researchers are on the verge of developing a new class of anesthetics. According to a study published in the February issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), a new approach to identifying compounds may lead to the next generation of anesthetics.

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New Test Helps Guide Treatment for Bone Marrow Transplant Patients with Graft vs. Host Disease

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Innovative scoring system uses “Ann Arbor GVHD score” to better predict how patients will respond, minimize side effects

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Patients Can Make Surgery Safer: Physician Anesthesiologists Explain How

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Surgery and anesthesia are safer than ever, but most patients don’t know about the steps they can and should take to make their experience safer and more comfortable.

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Hold Your Breath to Protect Your Heart

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A simple technique may be most effective in preventing heart disease after radiation therapy for breast cancer.

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Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Aids in Clinical Trial Examining Effects of ‘Chemo Brain’ in Breast Cancer Patients

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Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is referring breast cancer patients to a clinical trial examining the side effects of chemotherapy and hormonal therapy on the brain. Referred to as “chemo brain,” these changes can affect a patient’s quality of life.

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Many Patients with Gout Do Not Receive Recommended Treatment

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Among patients in England with gout, only a minority of those with indications to receive urate-lowering therapy were treated according to guideline recommendations, according to a study in the December 24/31 issue of JAMA.

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Perioperative Surgical Home Improves Quality, Reduces Health Care Costs, Large Review Finds

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The Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) model consistently and significantly improves quality of care for patients and reduces health care costs, reports a first-of-its-kind, large-scale literature review of the PSH in the United States and abroad. The review, published online this month in Milbank Quarterly, provides further evidence to support the benefits, and encourage the adoption, of the PSH model.

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Faster, Coordinated Response Could Help More Patients Survive Heart Attacks in New York City, Across Nation

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A faster, coordinated emergency response in collaboration with hospital cardiac catheterization laboratories in each U.S. region, including New York City, is associated with improving patient survival from a heart attack caused by a sudden, completely blocked artery called an ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI), according to a study presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2014.

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Revolutionary Software Helping Overhaul Inefficient Healthcare Delivery, Improve Patient Safety and Outcomes

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Amid rising healthcare expenditures, an innovative software program called TimeCaT is helping hospitals identify where inefficiencies in workflow are impacting both the quality of patient care and the bottom line.