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Rethinking Hospital Alarms

On average, there are about 480,000 patients in hospitals in the United States — each generating about 135 clinical alarms per day. But studies show that more than 90 percent of these alarms result in no action, and alarm errors occur roughly 8 million times per day. During the ASA 171st meeting, Ilene Busch-Vishniac, an acoustical consultant, will present a model that predicts how often alarm errors will occur based on several recent studies of hospital alarms.

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Plenary 3 of ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting Explores Regulatory and Legislative Issues in Health Outcomes Research

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The third plenary session for ISPOR's 21st Annual International Meeting—Contemporary Regulatory and Legislative Issues in Health Outcomes Research—was held this morning in Washington, DC, USA.

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Dialing Up Chemotherapy for Pancreatic Cancer with Ultrasound

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Researchers at Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway have combined a laboratory ultrasound technique called "sonoporation" with the commercially-available chemotherapy compound Gemcitabine to increase the porosity of pancreatic cells with microbubbles and to help get the drug into cancer cells where it is needed. They report some initial results at this week’s ASA’s 171st meeting in Salt Lake City.

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Lung Function May Affect Vocal Health for Women

Vocal fatigue is a common complaint among teachers and one of the most debilitating conditions that can lead to vocal damage. The typical symptoms include hoarseness, vocal tiredness, muscle pains and lost or cracked notes. However, the actual physiological mechanism of vocal fatigue is still being explored. Now, a group of researchers have found a potential link between pulmonary function and the symptoms of voice fatigue unique to women, the predominate population of teaching workforce.

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ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting Workshop Examines Methodologies for Evaluating Geospatial Access

The ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting Workshop 23—Methodologies for Evaluating Geospatial Access in Medication Use Studies—was held this afternoon in Washington, DC, USA.

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ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting Issue Panel Explores Patient Perspectives of Value Assessment Frameworks in Oncology

The ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting Issue Panel 20—What Is the Value of Frameworks to Patients? The Case in Oncology—was held this morning in Washington, DC, USA.

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ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting Issue Panel Focuses on Precision Medicine and Its Impact on Outcomes Research

The ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting Issue Panel 18—Precision Medicine: The End of Outcomes Research?—was held this morning in Washington, DC, USA.

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ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting Workshop Explores How to Make Patients as Partners in Research a Reality

The ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting Workshop 13—Patients as Partners in Research—Making It a Reality—was held this afternoon in Washington, DC, USA.

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ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting Issue Panel Considers MCDA as a Possible New Paradigm in Health Care Decision Making

ISPOR's 21st Annual International Meeting Issue Panel 12—Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis: A New Paradigm in Health Care Decision Making? What Are the Current Status, Challenges, and Opportunities?—was held this afternoon in Washington, DC, USA.

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Plenary 2 of ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting Focuses on Impact of Behavioral Economic Models on Medical Decision Making

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The second ISPOR plenary session on Making Medical Decisions in an Irrational World was held this morning at the Society’s 21st Annual International Meeting in Washington, DC, USA.

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ISPOR Recognizes 2016 Awards Program Recipients at 21st Annual International Meeting

ISPOR recognized its 2016 Awards Program recipients at the 21st Annual International Meeting in Washington, DC, USA. The ISPOR Awards Program is designed to foster and recognize excellence and outstanding technical achievement in health economics and outcomes research (HEOR).

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ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting Workshop Explores Risk-Sharing Agreements

ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting Workshop 2—Risk-Sharing Agreements for Manufacturers and Commercial Payers in the United States: How Can Theory Help Practice? Design and Aligning Incentives Are Key—was held this afternoon in Washington, DC, USA.

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ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting Issue Panel Considers the Use of Real-World Evidence in Health Care Decision Making

ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting Issue Panel 5—Use of Real-Word Evidence in Payer Decision Making: Fact or Fiction?—was held this morning in Washington, DC, USA.

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CHOP Researcher Inducted into Italian Academy of Sciences

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Douglas C. Wallace, Ph.D., director of the Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, was inducted into the Italian Academy of Sciences during the Academy’s 234th annual meeting on May 5 in Rome. Past members of the Academy have included Einstein, Franklin, Pasteur, Volta, Fermi, and many other internationally renowned scientists.

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Dana-Farber Research Presented at 2016 ASCO Conference

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Select studies Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers are presenting at the meeting

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Plenary 1 of ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting Focuses on Issues Surrounding Accelerated Drug Approvals

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ISPOR opened its 21st Annual International Meeting this morning with the first plenary session, Accelerating Cures: Addressing Unmet Patient Need or Putting Patients at Risk?, in Washington, DC, USA.

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Even Frail, Older Adults Could Benefit From Intensive Blood Pressure Reduction

Adults with hypertension who are age 75 years and older, including those who are frail and with poor overall health, could benefit from lowering their blood pressure below current medical guidelines. The multi-institutional investigation was published online in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and presented at the American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting on May 19. The findings could have broad health implications for older Americans, 75 percent of whom have high blood pressure.

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ASTRO Annual Meeting to Feature Cutting-Edge Cancer Research and Keynotes From Experts in Health Care and Safety

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Registration opens today for the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO) 58th Annual Meeting, which will feature a record number of abstracts on radiation oncology clinical trials and research and keynote addresses from former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, the current CEO of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization and a top safety executive from Delta Air Lines.

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Doctors Changing Their Approach to Common Heart Attack Treatment

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Doctors change practice trends as debate continues on optimal time to administer antiplatelet therapy.

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Heart Failure Patients with Predominant Central Sleep Apnea at Higher Risk for Serious Complications Than Those Who Also Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Chronic heart failure (CHF) patients with predominant central sleep apnea (CSA) are at higher risk for death and unplanned hospitalization than those who have both CSA and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), whether or not they receive adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) therapy. These interim results from the ongoing FACE Multicentre National Cohort Study, a French prospective observational study, were presented at the ATS 2016 International Conference.