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Penn State Health and Catholic Health Initiatives Complete Ownership Transfer of St. Joseph Regional Health Network

Penn State Health and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) have completed the transfer of ownership of CHI’s affiliate, St. Joseph Regional Health Network (St. Joseph) in Reading, Pa., to Penn State Health.

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Trends in Antipsychotic Medication Use in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults

Despite concerns that use of antipsychotic medications in treating young people has increased, use actually declined between 2006 and 2010 for children ages 12 and under, and increased for adolescents and young adults.

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B-Line Medical Celebrates 10th Anniversary

B-Line Medical®, an industry leader in video-driven healthcare training and outcome improvement, celebrates its tenth anniversary today. Founded July 1st, 2005, B-Line Medical began as a small start-up with a client list of four U.S. medical schools. Today, B-Line Medical helps hundreds of hospitals, nursing programs, allied health programs and medical schools operate and manage their simulation-based healthcare training and clinical care quality improvement programs more effectively.

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Avian Flu: $1.35 Million Grant to Fund Bid to Better Predict Deadly Outbreaks

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An international research team will receive $1.35 million from the Human Frontier Science Program Organization to better understand how the influenza virus passes from birds to humans. This could lead to the creation of a new tool to predict the risk of outbreaks of potentially deadly avian flu.

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One in 4 People Prescribed Opioids Progressed to Longer-Term Prescriptions

Opioid painkiller addiction and accidental overdoses have become far too common across the United States. To try to identify who is most at risk, Mayo Clinic researchers studied how many patients prescribed an opioid painkiller for the first time progressed to long-term prescriptions. The answer: 1 in 4. People with histories of tobacco use and substance abuse were likeliest to use opioid painkillers long-term.

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Two-Thirds of Patients with an Advanced Form of Larynx Cancer Not Receiving Recommended Treatment

Despite findings of previous studies and published guidelines, nearly two-thirds of patients with T4a larynx (”voice box”) cancer are not receiving a total laryngectomy (surgical removal of the larynx), the recommended form of treatment, and as a result, have significantly worse survival rates versus those treated with a total laryngectomy.

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Supreme Court Ruling On Fair Housing Will Help Improve Quality of Life For Low-Income Housing Residents, Expert Says

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ISPOR Announces 2015-2016 Board of Directors

The International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) announced the Society’s 2015-2016 Board of Directors. The new officers and directors assume office on July 1, 2015.