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Released: 22-Jun-2022 5:05 PM EDT
Faculty Scientists and Clinicians Publish Findings of World’s First Successful Transplant of Genetically Modified Pig Heart into Human Patient
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Six months ago, University of Maryland School of Medicine surgeon-scientists successfully implanted a genetically modified pig heart into a 57 year-old patient with terminal heart disease in a first-of-its-kind surgery.

21-Oct-2021 11:00 AM EDT
Progress in Xenotransplantation Opens Door to New Supply of Critically Needed Organs
NYU Langone Health

The first investigational transplantation of a genetically engineered, nonhuman kidney to a human body was recently completed at NYU Langone Health—marking a major step forward in potentially utilizing an alternative supply of organs for people facing life-threatening disease.

Released: 12-Aug-2021 2:05 PM EDT
What Does the Future Hold for Telehealth? New Report Gives Hints
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

What does the future hold for telehealth, and how can providers, insurers and policymakers use the experience of the past year and a half to decide what kind of virtual care they will support once the pandemic ends? A new report provides new data that could inform them all.

Released: 9-Jun-2021 1:40 PM EDT
SARS-CoV-2 Detectable — Though Likely Not Transmissible — on Hospital Surfaces
UC San Diego Health

UC San Diego School of Medicine researchers discovered that SARS-CoV-2, or at least its genetic signature, abounds on hospital surfaces, often co-locating with one particular type of bacteria.

Released: 5-May-2021 4:55 PM EDT
340B hospitals offer more assistance removing barriers to medication access
University of Illinois Chicago

According to a new study published in the journal Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, hospitals that participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program provide more medication access services — which are services that help remove barriers to accessing necessary medications — than comparably sized non-340B hospitals.

29-Apr-2021 2:45 PM EDT
Care Teams Differ for Black, White Surgical Patients in the Same Hospitals
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A new study finds Black patients are more likely to die after their heart bypass surgery if they’re at a hospital where some care teams see mostly white patients and others see mostly Black patients. On the other hand, mortality rates are comparable between Black and white patients after heart bypass surgery when the teams of health care providers at their hospitals all care for patients of all races.

31-Mar-2021 12:35 PM EDT
Health and Academic Professionals With Dependents at Greatest Risk of Quitting After COVID-19
University of Utah Health

Up to one in five employees at an academic medical institution are considering leaving their professions due to the strains of coping with the pandemic in their own lives, according to a new University of Utah Health study.

23-Feb-2021 10:35 AM EST
Study Estimates Two-Thirds of COVID-19 Hospitalizations Due to Four Conditions
Tufts University

A new study estimates 64% of adult COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S. may have been prevented if there were less obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and heart failure. The model suggests notable differences by age and race/ethnicity in COVID-19 hospitalizations related to these conditions.

24-Feb-2021 10:00 AM EST
A Canadian success story: world-first to treat Fabry disease with gene therapy
University Health Network (UHN)

Results of a world-first Canadian pilot study on patients treated with gene therapy for Fabry disease show that the treatment is working and safe.

Released: 24-Feb-2021 12:05 PM EST
COVID-19 Risk Factors for Healthcare Workers: Race, Ethnicity

Healthcare workers might not be so different from the general population in the factors that determine their risk of getting COVID-19. A new study led by Cedars-Sinai shows that healthcare workers are more likely to have antibodies to COVID-19 in their blood if they are African American or Latino or have hypertension.

Released: 13-Jan-2021 11:35 AM EST
Researcher Developing Scoring System to Redefine How U.S. Patients are Prioritized for Liver Transplant
University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine

Researchers with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are collaborating with faculty at the University of Pennsylvania to develop a risk score that more comprehensively prioritizes liver cancer patients for transplantation.

Released: 10-Dec-2020 7:05 PM EST
A surgeon’s birthday may be a dicey day for older patients
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Older people who undergo emergency surgeries on their operating surgeon’s birthday may be more likely to die within a month than patients who go through similar procedures on other days, a new UCLA-led study suggests.

5-Nov-2020 1:05 PM EST
Expanded Birth Control Coverage May Help Reduce Disparities in Unplanned Pregnancies
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Removing out-of-pocket costs for contraception may help reduce the income-related disparities that play such a significant role in unintended pregnancies, a new Michigan Medicine-led study suggests.

Released: 24-Sep-2020 3:35 PM EDT
A step toward helping patients breathe deeply
La Jolla Institute for Immunology

In a new study, researchers at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) report that a protein called TL1A drives fibrosis in several mouse models, triggering tissue remodeling, and making it harder for lungs and airways to function normally.

25-Aug-2020 11:00 AM EDT
International cardiology trial shows potential benefit of using personalized medicine in blood thinner therapy selection
University Health Network (UHN)

An international, first-of-its-kind cardiology trial used personalized genetic testing to reduce by 34 per cent the number of serious adverse events following balloon angioplasty, a treatment for the most common form of heart disease.

Released: 23-Jun-2020 11:00 AM EDT
When is the Optimal Time for Knee Surgery and Rehabilitation After Knee Dislocation?
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A new clinical trial aims to discover the optimal time for surgery after a knee dislocation, and when to begin rehabilitation post-surgery.

Released: 11-Jun-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Nation Must Prepare for COVID-19 Related Drug Shortages
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

A new paper published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society examines the nation’s current shortage of vitally needed medications, and how this dangerous situation is being made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors provide recommendations on how clinicians and institutions might address potential scarcities of essential medications during the current public health crisis.

27-Feb-2020 12:50 PM EST
Physiotherapy could be done at home using Virtual Reality
University of Warwick

Current Physiotherapy techniques require patients to complete exercises at home, which doesn’t include much guidance

Released: 8-Jan-2020 7:05 PM EST
Tip Sheet: Mesh loaded with T cells shrinks tumors; second dose of CAR-T cells shows potential; and gene-edited cells stay safe as immunotherapy attacks cancer
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Below are summaries of recent Fred Hutch research findings with links for additional background and media contacts.

Released: 7-Jan-2020 8:30 AM EST
Analysis of FDA Documents Reveals Inadequate Monitoring of Key Program to Promote Safe Opioid Use
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

A risk-management program set up in 2012 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to curb improper prescribing of extended-release and long-acting opioids may not have been effective because of shortcomings in the program’s design and execution, according to a paper from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Released: 6-Jan-2020 5:05 PM EST
Significant underreporting in safety data found on Nursing Home Compare website
University of Chicago Medical Center

The website Nursing Home Compare is a go-to resource for many families researching nursing home options for their loved ones, however, a University of Chicago researcher has found that the data used by Nursing Home Compare to report patient safety related to falls may be highly inaccurate.

31-Dec-2019 8:30 AM EST
Having a Baby May Cost Some Families $4,500 Out-Of-Pocket
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

One of the most expensive parts of having a baby may involve the birth itself, a new Michigan Medicine study suggests.

Released: 23-Dec-2019 4:05 AM EST
NUS researchers develop microsensor implants smaller than a pencil tip for round-the-clock health monitoring
National University of Singapore (NUS)

A research team from the National University of Singapore has developed an advanced wireless technology that can detect microsensors tiny enough to be injected under the skin.

12-Dec-2019 4:30 PM EST
Primary Care Declines in America
Harvard Medical School

National analysis reveals alarming decline in primary care use. Primary care is associated with better health outcomes than episodic, inconsistent care.

5-Dec-2019 9:00 AM EST
Machine Learning Can Help Us Understand Conversations About Death
University of Vermont

Researchers at the University of Vermont have used machine learning and natural language processing to better understand end-of-life conversations. Borrowing techniques used to study fiction, where algorithms analyze manuscripts to identify story types, the researchers identified several common elements in these conversations. That knowledge could eventually help healthcare practitioners understand what makes a “good” conversation about palliative care.

13-Nov-2019 7:20 AM EST
New Health Insurance Benefit at U-M Led to Increased Rates of IVF
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

In a new research letter appearing in JAMA detailing a first-of-its-kind study, the team compared the use of IVF among university employees before and after the addition of the insurance coverage benefit.

Released: 5-Nov-2019 11:05 AM EST
Study calculates links between prescription medications and risk for suicide
University of Chicago Medical Center

A review of 922 prescription medications taken by almost 150 million people over an 11-year period shows that just 10 of these drugs were associated with an increased rate of suicide attempts.

Released: 4-Nov-2019 11:05 AM EST
Retrospective study suggests emergency department physicians are improving both outcomes and efficiency of care
Beth Israel Lahey Health

In a new study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine, a team of researchers led by Laura Burke, MD, MPH, an emergency medicine physician at BIDMC, found that among Medicare beneficiaries receiving ED care in the United States, mortality within 30 days of an ED visit has declined in recent years, particularly for the highest-severity patients.

Released: 29-Oct-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Think you’re allergic to penicillin? You are probably wrong
University of Georgia

More than 30 million people in the United States wrongly believe they are allergic to penicillin.

2-Oct-2019 8:00 AM EDT
Some ICU Admissions May Be Preventable, Saving Money and Improving Care
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Many admissions to the intensive care unit may be preventable, potentially decreasing health care costs and improving care, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

16-Sep-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Miniaturizing Medical Imaging, Sensing Technology
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Scientists have used a microchip to map the back of the eye for disease diagnosis. The interference technology used in the microchip has been around for a little while. This is the first time technical obstacles have been overcome to fabricate a miniature device able to capture high quality images.

Released: 9-Sep-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Rutgers Researchers Develop Custom Data Collection System to Improve Health Disparity Research
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University

Rutgers researchers develop web-based data collection and management system that addresses linguistic and cultural barriers for researching minority populations.

Released: 4-Sep-2019 4:05 PM EDT
University Hospitals Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine joins nationwide network of U.S. travel clinics
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

University Hospitals (UH) Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine has been accepted as the newest member of Global TravEpiNet, a 29-member network of travel clinics within the United States supported by the Centers for Disease Control in partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Released: 23-Aug-2019 11:10 AM EDT
Caregivers of People with Dementia Are Losing Sleep
Baylor University

Caregivers of people with dementia lose between 2.5 to 3.5 hours of sleep weekly due to difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep — a negative for them and potentially for those who receive their care, according to a Baylor University study published in JAMA Network Open.

Released: 21-Aug-2019 2:05 PM EDT
The challenge: Make and purify a medical isotope that must be used the same day
University of Alabama at Birmingham

A DOE grant will help solve a production roadblock for the medically useful radioactive isotopes scandium 43 and scandium 47. If available, they could visualize and destroy solid tumors. But with a half-life of 4 hours, scandium 43 must be made, purified and then used in a PET scan in a single day.

Released: 14-Aug-2019 1:25 PM EDT
Wills Eye Ophthalmologist-in-Chief, Julia A. Haller, MD Receives Physician of the Year Award
Wills Eye Hospital

Julia A. Haller, MD, the ophthalmologist-in-chief of Wills Eye Hospital, is the recipient of this year’s Physician of the Year Award from The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Released: 13-Aug-2019 6:05 PM EDT
Coaching profissional alivia sintomas de exaustão em médicos
Mayo Clinic

Médicos nos Estados Unidos tem duas vezes mais chances de experienciar sintomas de exaustão do que outros trabalhadores, o que pode comprometer a qualidade do atendimento e colocar pacientes em risco.

Released: 7-Aug-2019 4:10 PM EDT
Home Births as Safe as Hospital Births: International Study
McMaster University

The study examined the safety of place of birth by reporting on the risk of death at the time of birth or within the first four weeks, and found no clinically important or statistically different risk between home and hospital groups.

Released: 30-Jul-2019 7:05 PM EDT
La Mayo Clinic classée au 1er rang des hôpitaux par US News & World Report
Mayo Clinic

La Mayo Clinic à Rochester a été classée meilleur hôpital des États-Unis au classement « Meilleurs hôpitaux » du magazine US News & World Report 2019 – 2020.

Released: 30-Jul-2019 1:00 AM EDT
The Johns Hopkins Hospital Ranked #3 Nationally by U.S. News
Johns Hopkins Medicine

BALTIMORE –The Johns Hopkins Hospital is once again ranked #3 in the nation out of more than 4,600 hospitals reviewed for U.S. News & World Report’s 2019–20 Best Hospitals list, which was released today.

Released: 27-Jun-2019 10:00 AM EDT
Ocean Medical Center’s 2019 Resident White Coat Ceremony Marks Start of Training for New Physicians
Hackensack Meridian Health

The inaugural class of eight internal medicine residents, along with the second classes of eight family medicine residents, and six psychiatry residents who matched at Ocean Medical Center’s residency program were honored during the resident White Coat ceremony on June 25.

Released: 27-Jun-2019 9:00 AM EDT
AED and NAMED Respond to the Media Coverage of Restrictive Diets as ‘Biohacking’
Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and National Association for Males with Eating Disorders Respond to the Media Coverage of Restrictive Diets as ‘Biohacking’

13-Jun-2019 9:00 AM EDT
AAHCM Applauds Results of Year 4 Medicare Independence at Home (IAH) Demonstration
American Academy of Home Care Medicine

The Academy is pleased to share that the Independence at Home (IAH) Demonstration saved Medicare approximately $33 million in Year 4, or about $384 per beneficiary per month (PBPM). This follows savings from Years 1-3 that, when combined with Year 4, amount to about $63 million in savings and high-quality care for Medicare. These results highlight the value of a home-based primary care (HBPC) model to serve complex, frail elders, with an emphasis on a high-touch and high-tech mobile team care.

Released: 3-Jun-2019 10:05 AM EDT
National Survey Indicates Majority of Physician Misconduct Goes Unreported
Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has released the results of a survey commissioned to measure the prevalence of physician misconduct and public awareness of the work of state medical boards.

Released: 17-May-2019 6:00 AM EDT
Cedars-Sinai Volunteers Turn Music Into Medicine

Just hours before Rebecca Woolf's 44-year-old husband died of pancreatic cancer, the melodic tones of a harp wafted into his hospital room. Rebecca describes the music as a gift. Cedars-Sinai’s long-running Music for Healing program dispatches musicians and singers to perform for patients and their loved ones. Most perform in patients’ rooms, but others play the piano in the Plaza Level Lobby.

Released: 2-May-2019 4:15 PM EDT
Answering the Call: Mom Meets Child Who Received Her Kidney
UT Southwestern Medical Center

When she turned 48, Lisa James of Arlington, Texas, decided she wanted to make the ultimate gift by donating one of her kidneys to a child she hadn’t met.

Released: 2-Apr-2019 4:35 PM EDT
Study Identifies Potential Fix for Hospital Star Rating Program
Henry Ford Health

Allowing for more quality measures in the federal government’s Quality Star Rating program would create a fairer and more equitable model for assessing the level of quality at U.S. acute-care hospitals, according to a Henry Ford Health System study. The study is published online in the American Journal of Medical Quality

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