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Released: 12-Oct-2023 10:00 AM EDT
Study Reveals Shyness Could Impact Young Children’s Performance on Language Tests
Southern Methodist University

A recent study from SMU psychologist Sarah Kucker and a student she mentored at Oklahoma State University suggests shyness can influence a child’s performance in language assessments, depending on the level of social interaction required to complete the test.

Released: 18-Oct-2021 4:05 PM EDT
End-of-life care program at UCLA benefited dying patients and loved ones despite COVID restrictions
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A program offered by UCLA Health’s intensive care units is providing meaningful and compassionate support for dying patients and their families, despite the challenges brought about by COVID-19.

Released: 4-Oct-2021 4:30 PM EDT
Hackensack University Medical Center Becomes First in Northern New Jersey to Use Innovative Heart Valve Device
Hackensack Meridian Health

Heart doctors at Hackensack University Medical Center were the first in northern New Jersey and the third in the state to perform Tendyne™ Transcatheter Mitral Valve Implantation (TMVI) in a patient with a leaky mitral valve in the heart. Tendyne TMVI, which is being offered through a clinical trial, may become another therapeutic option for patients who cannot have surgery or other procedures.

Released: 10-Sep-2021 2:50 PM EDT
Health care experts propose policies to encourage shared responsibility between electronic health record developers and users
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Developers of electronic health records (EHR) should create or modify their products to ensure that health care organizations can meet safety recommendations of the Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience (SAFER) Guides, according to researchers with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and Baylor College of Medicine.

10-May-2021 11:25 AM EDT
Cholesterol-Lowering Statins Prescribed Less Later in Day
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Statins are prescribed to less than half of eligible U.S. patients, and a new study shows time of day may affect doctors’ likelihood of writing a script

5-Jan-2021 11:45 AM EST
Wearable Electronics for Continuous Cardiac, Respiratory Monitoring
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

A small and inexpensive sensor, announced in Applied Physics Letters and based on an electrochemical system, could potentially be worn continuously by cardiac patients or others who require constant monitoring. A solution containing electrolyte substances is placed into a small circular cavity that is capped with a thin flexible diaphragm, allowing detection of subtle movements when placed on a patient’s chest. The authors suggest their sensor could be used for diagnosis of respiratory diseases.

Released: 15-Dec-2020 8:00 AM EST
Study Shows Women Less Likely to Survive Out-Of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Than Men
UT Southwestern Medical Center

DALLAS – Dec. 15, 2020 – A study of patients resuscitated from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest shows that women have a lower likelihood of survival compared with men and are less likely to receive procedures commonly administered following cardiac arrest.

Released: 27-Feb-2020 8:35 AM EST
Bifunctional nanobodies proven effective at protecting against botulinum neurotoxins including Botox
University of California, Irvine

New study reveals potential for developing novel antibody-based antitoxins against botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs), including the most commonly used, yet most toxic one, Botox.

11-Sep-2019 9:30 AM EDT
Two Studies Show Promise, Safety of Proton Therapy in the Brain in Children with Cancer
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

From improving outcomes in children with brain cancer to lowering the risk of damage to the brainstem in children with central nervous system tumors, a pair of new studies published today add to the growing body of research showing the potential benefits of proton therapy.

Released: 5-Aug-2019 1:55 PM EDT
Health System Giving Patients Free Vegetables to Improve Their Health
Loyola Medicine

In an innovative program to improve the health of low-income patients, Loyola Medicine and its partners are giving patients a weekly cornucopia of fresh vegetables grown on urban farms. It's called VeggieRx.

8-Nov-2018 3:05 PM EST
How Nurses Rate Daily Job Difficulty Plays Key Role in Patient Care
Ohio State University

A nurse’s ability to provide optimal patient care is influenced by a variety of factors – not just how many patients he or she is caring for or how sick they might be, a new study suggests.

Released: 30-Oct-2018 10:05 AM EDT
OpenNotes: More than 30 Million Americans Have Access to their Clinical Notes
Beth Israel Lahey Health

OpenNotes announced today that more than 30 million Americans now have access to notes written by their clinicians in fully transparent medical records.

Released: 29-Oct-2018 11:00 AM EDT
Combat Veterans with PTSD Report Better Mental Health After Therapeutic Horseback Riding Intervention
Baylor University

Veterans with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder were less anxious and depressed and had an improved quality of life after an eight-week therapeutic horseback riding program, according to a Baylor University study.

Released: 31-May-2018 8:00 AM EDT
Infection Rates After Colonoscopy, Endoscopy at US Specialty Centers Are Far Higher Than Previously Thought
Johns Hopkins Medicine

The rates of infection following colonoscopies and upper-GI endoscopies performed at U.S. outpatient specialty centers are far higher than previously believed, according to a Johns Hopkins study published online this month in the journal Gut.

9-May-2018 4:55 PM EDT
How Do Public ‘Report Cards’ Affect Physicians’ Treatment Decisions?
Beth Israel Lahey Health

Researchers from the Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) provide a closer look at physicians’ knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about PCI public reporting.

Released: 17-Apr-2018 4:10 PM EDT
Man's Heartbeat Continues to Beat After Death with Help of Music Therapy Project
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Steven Eaise was 47 years old when he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2015. Today, a unique part of him lives on thanks to a music therapy project. Music therapists at UAB recorded Steven’s heartbeat, then incorporated it into a song, using his heartbeat in place of the drums. The Eaises were given a recording of the song after he passed away.

Released: 8-Feb-2018 10:05 AM EST
Health Departments Must Plan for Changing Workforce, Study Finds
Washington University in St. Louis

State health departments are lagging in planning for the replacement of retiring employees, according to a survey from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.Roughly 85 percent reported they have no plan.“The diminishing ratio of public health workers and high percentages of those eligible for retirement are of concern to maintaining an effective public health system,” said Amy Eyler, associate professor and principal investigator of the study, “Administrative Evidence-based Practices in State Chronic Disease Practitioners,” published in the February issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

22-Dec-2017 5:05 PM EST
State Medicaid Expansions From 1996 to 2011 Led to More Prenatal Care for Low-Income Mothers
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

The Medicaid expansions for low-income parents that took place between 1996 and 2011 led to a 2.3 percent decrease in the uninsured rate among women who already had a child and became pregnant again, and a 7.9 percent decrease in the number of mothers who didn’t have insurance while they were pregnant.

Released: 16-Nov-2017 9:05 AM EST
Loyola Medicine's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Celebrates 30 Years
Loyola Medicine

Loyola Medicine's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is celebrating 30 years of caring for some of the smallest and sickest newborns.

8-Nov-2017 8:55 AM EST
Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities

Rural counties continue to rank lowest among counties across the U.S., in terms of health outcomes. A group of national organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National 4-H Council are leading the way to close the rural health gap.

Released: 6-Oct-2017 5:00 AM EDT
Want To Help A Loved One Coping With Cancer? Stay Positive
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

San Diego State University Professor Dr. Wayne Beach explains how positive, frequent communication by family members can truly help cancer patients.

Released: 25-Aug-2017 12:05 PM EDT
Disease Diagnostics Take Top Honors of DEBUT Biomedical Engineering Design Competition
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Tools to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and latent tuberculosis are among the winning projects in the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge, a biomedical engineering design prize competition for teams of undergraduate students. The teams developed prototypes of devices that advance technology and improve human health.

Released: 8-Aug-2017 3:30 PM EDT
Equality Isn’t Cutting It: New Campaign From American Heart Association and American Academy of Pediatrics Works for Health Equity, Too

Join our virtual press briefing on August 10 at 11 am ET to hear from these organizations about new research, stories of successful programs in communities, and experts who can speak to the need to ensure all children have access to nutritious food and safe places to be physically active.

Released: 2-Aug-2017 3:05 PM EDT
Loyola Neurologist Named Among 50 Most Influential Latinos in Chicago
Loyola Medicine

Loyola Medicine neurologist José Biller, MD, has been named to Negocios Now's list of the 50 Most Influential Latinos in the Chicago Area.

Released: 26-Jun-2017 4:00 PM EDT
Expansion of Successful Online Population Health Resource Gives U.S. Cities Access to Key Health Data
NYU Langone Health

Hundreds of U.S. cities will be able to identify their most pressing health needs--thanks to a nationwide expansion of NYU Langone Medical Center's City Health Dashboard.

Released: 30-May-2017 11:05 AM EDT
Price Controls on Drugs: Striking the Balance Between Affordability and Innovation
Texas A&M University

With a number of high-profile cases of prescription medication prices suddenly skyrocketing, people naturally start to wonder if perhaps some government control over the price of drugs might be a good idea.

Released: 4-May-2017 10:05 AM EDT
Engineering Researcher at MSU Helps Design Artificial Lung Device
Mississippi State University

Children with chronic lung diseases often must wait months or even years for a transplant, while large, immobile hospital equipment that could help them breathe easier actually may worsen their condition by overtaxing already damaged lungs.

Released: 24-Apr-2017 11:05 AM EDT
Study: Medicare Recipients Who Utilize Rehabilitation Services Report Major Functional Improvements
University of Vermont

A new study showing significant patient-reported functional improvement among Medicare recipients who utilize rehabilitation services offers hope for America’s 65-and-older set, which is expected to double by 2050. That’s assuming Medicare – the nation’s largest federal health insurance program for seniors – survives recent talk of its demise.

Released: 7-Apr-2017 5:05 AM EDT
The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano Performs 1,000th Robotic Surgery
Baylor Scott and White Health

Robotic-assisted cardiac and thoracic surgery pairs a surgeon’s skills with advanced robotic technology. Surgeons use minimally invasive techniques, meaning large surgical incisions are not required. The technology translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.

17-Mar-2017 4:00 PM EDT
Automatic Palliative Care Consult for Patients with Advanced Cancers Leads to Improved Outcomes
Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital

A recent study demonstrated that increased palliative care consultations for patients with advanced cancers is associated with substantial impact on 30-day readmission, administration of chemotherapy following discharge, hospice referral, and use of support services following discharge.

Released: 15-Feb-2017 3:05 PM EST
Medicaid Expansion Possibly Reduced 'Medical Divorces,' Economists Find
University of Kansas

In the paper distributed this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research, University of Kansas researchers found states that did expand Medicaid under the 2010 Affordable Care Act experienced a 5.6 percent decrease in the prevalence of divorce among people ages 50-64, compared with those states that did not expand.

Released: 31-Jan-2017 5:05 PM EST
Team Demonstrates Digital Health Platform for Department of Veterans Affairs
Georgia Institute of Technology

“Liberate the data.” That was a principal design goal for a team of public-private health care technology collaborators established by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Health Administration to develop a working and scalable proof-of-concept digital health platform (DHP) to support the department’s long-term vision.

Released: 30-Jan-2017 2:05 PM EST
How a Tech Start-Up Pioneer Found New Meaning to Life in Health Care
Rutgers University

Seeking more meaning to life, a successful entrepreneur pursues a career as a physician assistant

Released: 26-Jan-2017 12:05 PM EST
PennSeek is the "Google" of EMRs
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Genetic sequencing technology has generated a vast amount of biomedical data in the past ten years. Along with that, the technology has become cheaper, faster and more accurate. Medical experts are blending these improved sequencing methods with President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative in an effort to combine electronic medical records (EMRs) with individual genome data to ultimately select treatments that will work best for individual patients.

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