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Human Papillomavirus Expert Named to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

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The chair of family and geriatric medicine at the University of Medicine is one of four new members named to the 16-member panel that makes national recommendations about clinical preventive services.

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Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Community Hospital Welcome New Breast and Body Imaging Radiologist

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Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Community Hospital are pleased to welcome Brandon D. Mirochnik, M.D. to the medical staff.

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UT Southwestern Recognized for Innovative System to Help Ensure Best Practices, Quality Care for Patients

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UT Southwestern Medical Center has received the 2016 Healthcare Informatics Innovator of the Year Award for developing a comprehensive and agile system to identify, track, and report clinical quality and patient-reported outcomes across all ambulatory clinics in support of UT Southwestern’s patient-centered care.

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Loyola Launches Integrated Digestive Health Program

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Loyola University Health System (LUHS) now offers a multidisciplinary digestive health program to treat digestive tract and related medical conditions. Bipan Chand, MD, FACS, FASGE, FASMBS, and Neil Gupta, MD, MPH, are co-directors of the new program.

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GW Researcher Tests New Method for Rapid Detection of Infection in Wounds

A new method for detection of infection in wounds could take physicians less than a minute to complete, rather than the current 24 hours it takes for diagnosis, according to research by the George Washington University’s Victoria Shanmugam, M.D.

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Most Internet Resources for IPF Are Inaccurate, Incomplete and Outdated

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After evaluating content on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis on almost 200 websites, researchers with medical backgrounds found that the information on IPF from these sites was often incomplete, inaccurate and outdated. The study, “Accuracy and Reliability of Internet Resources for Information on Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis” highlights the need for the medical community to continually reassess the accuracy of online information. The research was printed online ahead of print in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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Racial Disparities in Kidney Transplant Outcomes Are Narrowing

• From 1990 to 2012, disparities in health outcomes lessened between black and white kidney transplant recipients, including those who received live donor kidney transplants and those who received deceased donor kidney transplants.

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Lack of Research Keeps End-of-Life Care in Status Quo

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Randomized controlled trials often are considered the gold standard of research studies that help guide the medical care of patients across the world. However, in hospices, randomized controlled trials are difficult to conduct since patients are so close to the end of their lives, causing a gap in research that could improve the quality of hospice care overall. Now, a University of Missouri School of Medicine researcher has found that only 10 randomized controlled trials have taken place in U.S. hospices since 1985. The researcher said more randomized trials by hospice researchers could lead to improved care for hospice patients.

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Mobile Health Programs for Remote Communication Between Physicians and Patients Launch at Beaumont Health

Beaumont Health recently launched the first of three technology pilot programs that enable patients to communicate with their physicians and care providers through virtual visits including e-visits, video visits and electronic check-ins.

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Wickii Vigneswaran, MD, Internationally Known Thoracic Surgeon, Joins Loyola

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Internationally known thoracic surgeon Wickii Vigneswaran, MD, MBA, has joined Loyola University Health System as division director of Thoracic Surgery.

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New Report: New Yorkers Are Active, But Want More Opportunities to Get Fit

New study reveals attitudes about physical activity and what city dwellers need to workout more often.

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Tool Decreases Superfluous Lab Testing, Cuts Health Care Costs

Physicians have long recognized that lab testing isn’t necessary for all hospitalized patients on a daily basis. Regardless, such tests are often conducted because of routine. Published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, University of Utah Health Care developed a tool, Value Driven Outcomes (VDO), to reduce superfluous lab testing. When integrated into a quality improvement initiative lab costs decreased by nearly 10 percent per visit. If applied to all inpatient visits, it was estimated the hospital could save over $1.5 million each year.

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Potential New Approaches to Treating Eye Diseases

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Potential new approaches to treating eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are described in a new study published in the February Journal of Experimental Medicine. Hongkang Xi, Menno van Lookeren Campagne, and colleagues discovered that a signaling protein, or cytokine, called IL-33, plays a key role in recruiting phagocytes to damaged retina and induces retinal degeneration. Blocking the IL-33 receptor inhibits this process and prevents injury-induced retinal degeneration.

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One of America's Most-Wanted Careers Could Help Fill Health Care Gaps

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Clinics and hospitals across the country are adding physician's assistant positions to serve growing numbers of patients, and in underserved rural areas, practices are turning to PAs to help expand access to care.

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Sparse Coverage Hinders Infertility Treatment Access

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A newly published review article finds that use of infertility treatments in the United States, ranging from medicines to in vitro fertilization, is likely hindered by widespread gaps in insurance coverage of reproductive services and technology.

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New Report: Most Uninsured Texans Say Cost of Health Insurance Too High

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Almost 70 percent of uninsured Texans said the high cost of health insurance is the reason they remain uninsured, according to a new report released Jan. 28 by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF). The report found less than 20 percent of uninsured Texans said they simply don’t want health insurance.

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Pioneering Surgeon to Lead New Transplant Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center

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Renowned surgeon Robert A. Montgomery, MD, DPhil, FACS, is named director of the new NYU Langone Transplant Institute.

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ACR 2016 Highlights Health Care Technology Solutions for Radiologists

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ACR 2016® offers sessions on advanced data science tools, clinical decision support and electronic medical records (EMRs) optimization to help radiology professionals support enterprise imaging initiatives and adapt to new alternative payment models.

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ProMedica’s New Destination for Health Care Promises to Significantly Enhance the Patient Experience

The new ProMedica Health and Wellness Center houses 13 medical practices as well as diagnostic testing and other outpatient specialty services. Approximately 1,500 patients a day are expected to visit the center.