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Sun, 27 Mar 2016 21:17:00 +0100In today’s 60 Minutes they highlight the Health Wagon where nurse practitioners are providing badly needed health care to the uninsured working poor in Appalachia — it’s what 60 Minutes calls "medical mercy for those left out of Obamacare and ineligible for Medicaid." It’s difficult to find fault in the compassionate health professionals highlighted in the segment. However C.K. Prahalad, author of Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid suggests there’s a more sustainable approach. Prahalad stated the following: If we stop thinking of the poor as victims or as a burden, and start recognizing them as resilient and creative entrepreneurs and value-conscious consumers, a whole new world of opportunity will open up. I wrote earlier on how a Nobel Pri...
Sun, 27 Mar 2016 13:29:18 +0100Out of 100 people needing mental health care in India, only 25 receive it. A mobile app has been developed in an attempt to close this treatment gap. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Sun, 27 Mar 2016 09:51:02 +0100Authors: Manzaneque A, López-Cabezas C, Mensa M, García-Moral A, Sánchez-López J, Bartra J, Luis Valero A PMID: 27012019 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology)
Sun, 27 Mar 2016 03:55:02 +0100Authors: Chodick G, Moser SS, Goldshtein I Abstract Osteoporosis-related fractures at the spine and hip have a substantial impact on mortality, morbidity, and quality of life in older adults worldwide. Adherence to bisphosphonates is essential for effective treatment and fracture prevention. Nevertheless, numerous studies from various populations and study designs clearly indicated that adherence and persistence are poor with more than 50% of patients discontinuing therapy within one year. This is primarily explained by mild adverse effects, dosing regimens, and costs. Studies have also shown that good adherence is associated with reduced osteoporosis-related and non-related healthcare costs as soon as 2 years from therapy initiation. Nonetheless, we found only little improvement i...
Sun, 27 Mar 2016 01:31:02 +0100Authors: Ruxwana N, Herselman M, Pottas D Abstract Although e-health can potentially facilitate the management of scarce resources and improve the quality of healthcare services, implementation of e-health programs continues to fail or not fulfil expectations. A key contributor to the failure of e-health implementation in rural hospitals is poor quality management of projects. Based on a survey 35 participants from five rural hospitals in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, and using a qualitative case study research methodology, this article attempted to answer the question: does the adoption of quality assurance (QA) models add value and help to ensure success of information technology projects, especially in rural health settings? The study identified several weaknesses i...
Sun, 27 Mar 2016 01:31:02 +0100Authors: Caron F, Vanthienen J, Vanhaecht K, Van Limbergen E, Deweerdt J, Baesens B Abstract This paper proposes the Clinical Pathway Analysis Method (CPAM) approach that enables the extraction of valuable organisational and medical information on past clinical pathway executions from the event logs of healthcare information systems. The method deals with the complexity of real-world clinical pathways by introducing a perspective-based segmentation of the date-stamped event log. CPAM enables the clinical pathway analyst to effectively and efficiently acquire a profound insight into the clinical pathways. By comparing the specific medical conditions of patients with the factors used for characterising the different clinical pathway variants, the medical expert can identify the best ...
Sun, 27 Mar 2016 01:31:02 +0100Authors: Cunningham J, Williamson DW, Robinson KM, Carroll R, Buchanan R, Paul L Abstract This paper reviews the documentation and coding of External causes of admitted fall cases in a major hospital. Intensive analysis of a random selection of 100 medical records included blind re-coding in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth revision, Australian Modification (ICD-10-AM), Fifth Edition for External causes to ascertain whether: (i) the medical records contained sufficient information for assignment of specific External cause codes; and (ii) the most appropriate External cause codes were assigned per available documentation. Comparison of the hospital data with the state-wide Victorian Admitted Episodes Database (VAED) data on ...
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Sat, 26 Mar 2016 17:53:02 +0100CONCLUSIONS: The low mean scores on these dimensions indicate that that substance abuse centers have significant room for improvement of their website's. Efficiently spending marketing funds to increase the effectiveness of a treatment center's website can be a low cost way for even small facilities to increase market competitiveness. PMID: 27010991 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Substance Use and Misuse)
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 15:35:13 +0100Health Minister Jane Philpott says she's working "every day" with her provincial counterparts on a long-term health accord. What's the best way forward for Canadian health care? (Source: CBC | Health)
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 15:10:15 +0100The 974 nurses at Newton-Wellesley Hospital have averted a strike after coming to a tentative agreement on a contract on Friday. The union came close to announcing a strike, which the membership had voted to allow in mid-March. Had negotiations over a contract extended past today, a strike would have likely been imminent, the union said. The two-and-a-half-year agreement settles what was primarily a wage dispute, offering nurse a one percent increase retroactive to October, as well as two .5 percent… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 14:34:12 +0100This article describes the quality improvement project of the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation acute care therapy division to change culture from volume-driven to value-added through best practice guideline (BPG) development and implementation. Quality Improvement Process: The acute care therapy division of the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation provides the rehabilitation therapy services for 8 hospitals in North Texas. In 2013, the division created and implemented comprehensive BPGs addressing the high impact areas of reducing falls, reducing readmissions, and early mobility. Outcomes: Hospital systemwide leadership and multidisciplinary clinical development teams were created to synthesize practice guidelines translating high-quality evidence to practical clinical tools. Each comp...
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 14:24:02 +0100CONCLUSION: Sepsis and death from sepsis are markedly more common in Germany than previously assumed, and they are on the rise. Sepsis statistics should become a standard component of federal statistical reports on public health, as well as of hospital statistics. Preventive measures and evidencebased treatment should be implemented across the nation. PMID: 27010950 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Deutsches Arzteblatt International)
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 14:09:02 +0100Authors: Olson CK, Iwamoto M, Perkins KM, Polen KN, Hageman J, Meaney-Delman D, Igbinosa II, Khan S, Honein MA, Bell M, Rasmussen SA, Jamieson DJ Abstract Zika virus transmission was detected in the Region of the Americas (Americas) in Brazil in May 2015, and as of March 21, 2016, local mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus had been reported in 32 countries and territories in the Americas, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.* Most persons infected with Zika virus have a mild illness or are asymptomatic. However, increasing evidence supports a link between Zika virus infection during pregnancy and adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes (1), and a possible association between recent Zika virus infection and Guillain-Barré syndrome has been reported (2). Although Zik...
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 11:13:34 +0100OBJECTIVE Trauma is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in adults and a major contributor to health care expenditures. Although spine-related injuries constitute a small proportion of trauma cases, they need special consideration due to p... (Source: SafetyLit)
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 08:58:05 +0100The 974 nurses at Newton-Wellesley Hospital have averted a strike after coming to a tentative agreement on a contract on Friday. The union came close to announcing a strike, which the membership had voted to allow in mid-March. Had negotiations over a contract extended past today, a strike would have likely been imminent, the union said. The two-and-a-half-year agreement settles what was primarily a wage dispute, offering nurse a one percent increase retroactive to October, as well as two .5 percent… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 08:25:25 +0100Conclusion. LBP is prevalent among the general population of Tehran. Our findings can help health care providers regarding logical assignment of limited resources, in order to create multidimensional prevention plans according to potentially modifiable associated factors. Level of Evidence: 3 (Source: Spine)
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 08:25:24 +0100Conclusion. The use of additional surgical resources does not appear to impact 2-year HRQoL outcomes after surgery for ASD. The estimated impact of physician preference on surgical resource utilization highlights the variation in current surgical practice and the opportunity for cost reductions via a more standardized approach. Level of Evidence: 3 (Source: Spine)
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 07:44:23 +0100Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic smoking-related lung disease associated with significant mortality and morbidity. It carries an enormous economic burden on the health care system. This results in a significant social impact on affected patients and their families. In this article, we review COPD in general, critical care management of patients presenting with acute exacerbation of COPD, and methods of prevention. (Source: Critical Care Nursing Quarterly)
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 07:44:23 +0100Acute pneumonia is an active infection of the lungs that results when an individual at risk gets exposed to a particular microbiological pathogen. Acute pneumonia is the leading cause of death in the United States that is attributable to an infection. The risk factors, pathogenesis, and microbiological organisms involved differ if the pneumonia develops in the community versus health care-associated environment. The development of concise and comprehensive guidelines has led to an improvement in the management of the problem. However, the emergence of multidrug-resistant organisms and the increase in the percentage of elderly population keep mortality risk very substantial. (Source: Critical Care Nursing Quarterly)
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 07:25:52 +0100CHICAGO (AP) — A leading hospital system is courting military veterans with a multimillion-dollar ad campaign, raising concerns from some veterans groups that private sector marketing could weaken the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system. (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 06:14:02 +0100Authors: Molyneux J Abstract Clinton wants to build on the ACA's gains; Sanders says it's time for the next big step. PMID: 27011133 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The American Journal of Nursing)
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 06:00:00 +0100(NaturalNews) As some presidential candidates in the United States run around telling supporters that they can provide "free healthcare" under a socialized medical scheme, one of the countries that essentially founded the concept is struggling to keep their system afloat.As reported... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 03:34:09 +0100LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday that his proposal to shift some Medicaid services to private companies broadens the debate about the program's future beyond the hybrid expansion he has been urging lawmakers to save. The Republican governor called his managed care and expansion proposals "historic," a day after lawmakers got their first look at legislation outlining his plans ahead of a special session planned April 6 on both issues. "We've broadened the debate simply from the one small slice of the pie chart that is impacted by the expanded Medicaid population and we've put the reform in the entire pie of Medicaid," Hutchinson told reporters at the state Capitol. Hutchinson has proposed having the state contract with private companies to manage th...
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 02:39:56 +0100This week we witnessed a world coming together and a world falling apart, a world between engagement and terror. For the first time in nearly 90 years, an American president visited Cuba, turning upside down the anti-Yanqui narrative that has been the raison d'être of one of the Western Hemisphere's most longest-lasting dictatorships. In Havana, President Barack Obama promised to work toward lifting the embargo on Cuba just as he has done in Iran, where the advance of reformists in last month's election has already demonstrated the fruits of that opening. In Brussels, it appears that some children of Muslim immigrants expressed their explosive alienation in terror attacks in the very city many of them grew up, which also happens to be the capital of Europe. As the French scholar Olivier ...
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:00:00 +0100We present the procedures in the form of a guided 2-part interview. The first part has 5 questions that triage the patient toward a more detailed questionnaire that reflects features of housing conditions known to be reliably associated with exposures to mold and dampness contaminants. We chose the questions based on the conditions associated with moisture problems in homes across the United States and Canada. The goal is to facilitate the clinician's effort to help patients reduce exposure to environmental triggers that elicit symptoms to better manage their disease. (Source: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:00:00 +0100This study includes semi-structured focus-groups and individual interviews with 24 participants who had various mental health problems and experiences with coercion. Data were collected in 2012- 2013 in three regions of Norway and analysed by a thematic content analysis. Findings show that participants had wide-ranging accounts of coercion, including formal and informal coercion across health- and welfare services. They emphasised that using coercion reflects the mental health system’s tendency to rely on coercion and the lack of voluntary services and treatment methods that are more helpful. Other core characteristics of coercion were deprivation of freedom, power relations, in terms of powerlessness and ‘counter-power,’ and coercion as existential and social life events. Participan...
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:00:00 +0100Conclusions The findings highlight the complexity of managing work when experiencing musculoskeletal symptoms, and the dilemmas faced by those affected. The importance of work environment factors and the fact that some women feel compelled to work part-time in order to prioritize their own health require further consideration. (Source: Occupational Medicine)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:00:00 +0100Publication date: Available online 25 March 2016 Source:The Journal of the Economics of Ageing Author(s): Younghwan Song (Source: The Journal of the Economics of Ageing)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:00:00 +0100Publication date: Available online 25 March 2016 Source:The Journal of the Economics of Ageing Author(s): Sang-Hyop Lee, Naohiro Ogawa, Rikiya Matsukura Japanese government has been implementing a series of changes in pension programs. This paper specifically focuses on the economic impacts of the increase in pension eligible age in Japan. The results show that employment to population ratio increases by 2.2 percentage points for people ages 55-59, 5.9 percentage points for 60-64, and 1.9 percentage points for ages 65-69, but does not have an effect on other age groups. The larger behavioral response is in contrast with much smaller responses found in Europe and the U.S. This could be due to the absence of early retirement pension benefits in Japan. The labor income increases for thes...
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:00:00 +0100With the advances in the burn wounds care, the epidemiology of infection has changed and pneumonia has become the most frequent infection in this population . Inhalation injuries occur in up to one third of burn patients with many receiving mechanical ventilation . In December 2013, the National Healthcare Safety Network published their report about device associated infections that occurred in the year 2012 in 4444 health care facilities across the U.S.A. (Source: Burns : Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:00:00 +0100Conclusions The incidence and prevalence rates of Parkinson's disease in Spain are similar to those in the rest of Europe. According to current population estimates, there are at least 300 000 patients with Parkinson's disease and one new case per 10 000 habitants per year in Spain. This has a major impact on the patient's quality of life and nearly doubles patient mortality. In addition, the disease generates sizeable costs for the country that may exceed 17 000€ per year per patient; costs will rise due to the ageing of the population and the new therapies employed. Healthcare professionals and administrators dedicate their efforts to providing quality care to patients. Despite the above, we still have a long way to go in order to provide quality, efficient, multidisciplinary, and univ...
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:00:00 +0100We examined print, broadcast and social media reports about health care systems' disclosures of large scale adverse events to develop future effective messaging. (Source: Public Health)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:00:00 +0100Technology is changing the way health care is delivered and how patients are approaching their own health. Given the challenge within sleep medicine of optimizing adherence to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), implementation of telemedicine-based mechanisms is a critical component toward developing a comprehensive and cost-effective solution for OSA management. Key elements include the use of electronic messaging, remote monitoring, automated care mechanisms, and patient self-management platforms. Current practical sleep-related telemedicine platforms include Web-based educational programs, automated CPAP follow-up platforms that promote self-management, and peer-based patient-driven Internet support forums. (Source: Sleep Me...
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:00:00 +0100Conclusion The anchoring effect may bias TTO values. In this Web-based valuation study, the observed anchoring effect was substantial. Further studies are needed to determine whether the effect is present in face-to-face experiments. (Source: Quality of Life Research)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:00:00 +0100Conclusion These results support the validity and reliability of the RTQ V2 for evaluating HRQoL in RTR during the first post-transplant year, and confirm that the RTQ V2 is a useful tool to assess the HRQoL precociously after transplant. (Source: Quality of Life Research)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:00:00 +0100Conclusions This study found that the trajectories in the 4 QOL domains were cubic trajectories in patients with TLI. These findings indicate that clinicians should pay additional attention to improve the patients’ QOL in the first 6 months after injury and to prevent or reduce QOL deterioration at 6–12 months. (Source: Quality of Life Research)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 22:22:33 +0100The city of Aurora—together with Aurora Sister Cities International—will host a trade-focused delegation of Koreans from its sister city Seongnam City, Republic of Korea, from March 27-30. During their visit, Aurora Sister Cities International will host a one-day, private-sector business conference open to metro-area business owners. Among the delegates is Seongnam City Mayor Jae-myung Lee, city officials and 10 private-sector businesses who want to sell their products and discuss potential… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 21:55:39 +0100Here are key patient and clinical care, research and academic facilities at or adjacent to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. (Organizations with multiple missions are listed under their core function.) HOSPITALS University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) — The Rocky Mountain region’s leading academic medical center. Its physicians are faculty of the CU School of Medicine. UCH houses the Anschutz Inpatient and Outpatient Pavilions and the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Children’s… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 21:19:22 +0100The Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Iasis Healthcare Corp. teamed up to open a $7.9 million Multi Specialty Clinic in downtown Phoenix. Housed in the former 28,000-square-foot Phoenix Suns Athletic Club, the facility also once was the Phoenix Mercantile Building. The building is on the southeast corner of the Talking Stick Resort Arena parking lot. Click on the photo of the brick building for a tour of the new clinic. This is the first of its kind multi-specialty clinic, offering a wide range… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 20:41:35 +0100Scientists at Seattle’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and the University of Cape Town in South Africa have developed a blood test to predict whether latent tuberculosis will develop into active tuberculosis, a measure with implications for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. The 10-year project that culminated with the development of the test was funded in part by the Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. What’s more, the Seattle connection is continuing with the University… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 20:28:35 +0100Before Mark Bertolini became the chief executive of the country's biggest health insurer, before he was celebrated by business publications for being an "unconventional boss" who is "mindful of morality," before he overhauled his company to prioritize the wellness of his workers, he was a father watching his teenage son die. It was 2001, and Bertolini's son Eric, who was then 16, was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer. Bertolini, now the chief executive of Aetna, quit his job at insurance rival Cigna and moved into his son's hospital room in Boston to help manage his care. Eric made a full recovery two years later, but was struck by complications and needed a kidney transplant. Once again, Bertolini stepped in, donating one of his kidneys to his son. Those experiences, coupled with a sev...
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 20:16:51 +0100MedStar Georgetown University Hospital received approval for its $567 million plan to build a six-story hospital pavilion and renovate its existing hospital, District regulators said Friday. A regulatory panel recommended last week that the project receive a certificate of need — the regulatory approval required for medical facilitiles — and on Friday the director of the State Health Planning and Development Agency agreed. The hospital submitted its plan last July. MedStar officials intend… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 20:13:12 +0100Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has given InnovAge the green light to convert from a nonprofit into a for-profit provider of elderly care — with a few stipulations. InnovAge operates six senior centers and a daycare program in Colorado, as well as has locations in New Mexico and California. The organization is a provider of PACE, a program through which individuals who are 55 years of age and older, eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, and a nursing home level of care can receive medical… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 20:04:00 +0100With the right kind of equipment, can a video conference between an ambulance and an on-call neurologist deliver the same stroke assessment results as at the bedside in the emergency room? The University of Virginia Health System, after over one year of research, is poised to find out. Previously, AMA Wire® brought you the theory behind the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System’s research efforts to bring telemedicine to the ambulance so they can improve care for patients who are experiencing a stroke. We recently caught up with the UVA team to find out that their telestroke model iTreat is now in action. Andrew M. Southerland, MD, a neurologist with UVA, and his team already have provided this advanced telemedicine service to patients. “We have enrolled seven patients thus f...
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 20:01:01 +0100Netsmart Technologies Inc.’s management will have a small stake in the Overland Park, Kansas-based company after its sale — but it will play a huge role in the deal. A joint venture of San Francisco-based equity firm GI Partners and Chicago-based Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. is buying Netsmart for $950 million. Although they’re buying nearly all of Netsmart, company management will have a small stake representing a bridge that keeps either of the two big investors from owning more… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:43:14 +0100Total Access Urgent Care is opening another location, this time in Wentzville. The 5,000-square foot facility at 1890 Wentzville Parkway opens Thursday. It’s Total Access’ seventh location in the St. Louis region and is the first of about a half-dozen Dr. Matt Bruckel, president and founder of Total Access, is planning to add in the next year. Facilities in Ellisville and Creve Coeur will open in May and July, respectively. “We placed the patient back in the center of the patient care experience,”… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:21:47 +0100Netsmart Technologies Inc.’s management will have a small stake in the Overland Park-based company after its sale — but it will play a huge role in the deal. A joint venture of San Francisco-based equity firm GI Partners and Chicago-based Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. is buying Netsmart for $950 million. Although they’re buying nearly all of Netsmart, company management will have a small stake representing a bridge that keeps either of the two big investors from owning more than 50… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:20:22 +0100Alameda Health System and Alameda County are about to burst with pride about the health system's new inpatient tower at Oakland's Highland Hospital. The county is investing at least $668 million to expand and upgrade the safety net hospital's campus, including the new nine-story, 169-bed Acute Care Tower, slated to open April 4. That overall price tag includes $40 million in equipment and furnishings, with $25 million included as part of the new inpatient facility. See the photos in the slideshow… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:20:19 +0100Nashville's well-positioned to innovate in health care: We've got the nation's largest hospital companies, investors who made their money building and selling to those companies, and a bevy of creative, entrepreneurial-minded folks who can easily be convinced to turn their songwriting efforts into reshaping health care. That's the theory, anyways. And yes, it does hold truth, which is why most national write-ups of the city's growing tech sector point to the importance of health care (shortly after… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:11:18 +0100The vote of no confidence by an overwhelming percentage of San Antonio Police Officers Association union members this week in San Police Chief William McManus has city leaders up in arms. It’s a move that is certain to put more distance between the city of San Antonio and union leadership, making it even more unlikely the two sides will strike a new collective bargaining agreement anytime soon. Based on city leaders’ reaction to the police union’s latest move, frustrations are mounting over… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:10:34 +0100Minnesota's fourth-largest health system has dropped out of the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA). Fairview Health Services told the trade association two weeks ago it would end its membership for the year, but reconsider its decision in 2017, MHA spokeswoman Wendy Burt said. "We are disappointed. They were a very active member and we hope they return in 2017," she said. Minneapolis-based Fairview declined to comment on its departure. The move could mean less clout for the MHA, which advocates… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:06:55 +0100Durham-based health care analytics startup Bivarus has raised $2 million in a round co-led by Durham investment group Hatteras Venture Partners. Research Triangle Park-based Excelerate Health Ventures, an existing Bivarus investor, also led in the round. With the additional capital, Bivarus plans to hire another 10 employees in sales, marketing and product engineering. The company currently employs 11, meaning it would nearly double in size. Bivarus has developed a patient satisfaction survey for… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:01:03 +0100Cardiovascular Systems (NSDQ:CSII) said last week it extended its supply deal with Fresenius (NYSE:FMS) for its ViperSlide lubricant, extending the agreement through April 4, 2021. The extension to the agreement also gives Cardiovascular Systems final purchase rights upon the termination of the agreement or if Fresenius stops production of ViperSlide. St. Paul, Minn.-based Cardiovascular Systems said the extended agreement included an update to the product pricing schedule as well, according to an SEC filing. Earlier this month, Cardiovascular Systems said it agreed to an $8 million settlement with the plaintiff in a False Claims Act lawsuit based on allegations from a former sales rep that the company ran kickbacks and an off-label marketing scheme to boost sales of its orbital arthere...
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 18:58:02 +0100CONCLUSIONS: We identified a wide array of risk indicators for clinical trials on medicinal products and we used a tree-structure to incorporate the indicators identified to clearly distinguish individual indicators and to enable efficient use of the indicators. The overview of indicators may facilitate multiple stakeholders in developing structured risk assessment (identification and analysis) for supervising clinical trials on medicinal products. Stakeholders can interpret and prioritise the indicators from their own perspective. PMID: 27009363 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Current Medical Research and Opinion)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 18:58:02 +0100CONCLUSIONS: This study reconfirms the results of our previous survey. Discontinuation of antiresorptive treatment may increase both fractures and ONJ. Immediate development of a strategy for sharing information about ONJ among physicians, dentists, and patients is required to reduce the incidence of both ONJ and skeletal events in osteoporosis treatment. Study limitations were selection bias due to low response rate and possible inaccurate responses to the questionnaire. PMID: 27007294 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Current Medical Research and Opinion)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 18:57:15 +0100Big data is making health care more transparent, more accurate and more cost-effective. That was the message from health care executives at the recent Health Care of the Future conference presented by the Puget Sound Business Journal, where they discussed how massive amounts of detailed information can be used to produce more reliable figures tied to health care. “We think that the bigger the data, the better,” said Shakil Haroon, the CEO of Mpirica Health Analytics. Large volumes of data… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 18:53:27 +0100Psoriasis patients who switched from etanercept (ETA) to ustekinumab (UST) incurred higher health care resource utilization and health care costs over 12 months compared to patients who switched from... (Source: Cutis: Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 18:51:50 +0100For the last several years, Martine Rothblatt has been positioning United Therapeutics to manufacture transplantable human organs. This week, the founder and CEO of the Maryland biotech cornerstone told the state's tech community to get ready for a new industry to sprout from the idea. "In the next 10 to 20 years, Maryland will be known as the state that pioneered the concept of organ manufacturing," Rothblatt said as she accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award Monday from the Tech Council of Maryland.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 18:19:02 +0100DISCUSSION: The apparent lack of benefit suggests the need for further investigation into efficacy of these treatments in hyperactive/inattentive preschool children. PMID: 27011416 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Children's Health Care)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 16:43:50 +0100The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health. Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available. The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative ...
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 16:13:53 +0100This article discusses temporary housing for children and adolescents as a modality of health care. Using the framework of French Institutional Analysis, the research was based on interviews with practitioners, participant observation and analysis of indiv... (Source: SafetyLit)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 16:13:53 +0100This study aimed to assess the level of posttraumatic stress disorder and to examine the relationship between exposure to war stress and posttraumatic symptoms among health care providers following Israeli offensives against Gaza Strip in 2014. ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 16:13:53 +0100Violence in health care is increasing globally and Sweden is no exception. Still, this topic is sparsely studied in the Swedish trauma care setting. This focus group study examined nurses' experience of violence and threats, and their consequences. The con... (Source: SafetyLit)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 16:13:53 +0100BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Unwarranted variation in practice is among the principal contributors of suboptimal outcomes in health care. This variation can be minimized via quality improvement initiatives. However, quality improvement projects focus mostly on ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 14:05:07 +0100This week the San Antonio Business Journal features its Top 25 List of the area’s top Assisted Living Centers in the San Antonio MSA, ranked by the total number of licensed assisted living beds. Emeritus at Amber Oaks again sits at number 1 with a total of 205 assisted living beds. At a distant second is Brookdale Castle Hills with 160 beds. Three centers are new to the list this year. Isle at Watercrest - Alamo Ranch, Legacy at Forest Ridge and TCG New Braunfels Campus LLC. Additional information,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:34:23 +0100The numbers are in, and more sick people choose Swedish Medical Center for medical care. Swedish's First Hill campus ranked No. 1 on the Puget Sound Business Journal's Hospitals List with 22,174 admissions. Providence Regional Medical Center Everett ranked second with 21,456 admissions. The rankings cover the first three quarters of 2015. Swedish has been in the news for a $199 million deal involving the sale of an empty life-science research center that it leased at 1124 Columbia St. in Seattle.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:31:02 +0100Authors: Farrants K, Bambra C, Nylen L, Kasim A, Burstrom B, Hunter D Abstract Recommodification, the withdrawal of social welfare, has been going on for some decades in both Sweden and England. Recommodification disproportionately affects the unemployed because of their weak market position. We investigated the impact recommodification has had on health inequalities between the employed and unemployed in Sweden and England. Using national surveys, odds ratios for the likelihood of reporting less than good health between the employed and unemployed were computed annually between 1991 and 2011. The correlation between these odds ratios and net replacement rates was then examined. Health inequalities between the employed and unemployed were greater in 2011 than in 1991 in both countr...
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:02:55 +0100Although the Affordable Care Act provides no insurance for unauthorized immigrants, many large counties treat them anyway. Officials figure it is cheaper and safer to give basic health services than to treat the immigrants only in emergency rooms. (Source: WSJ.com: Health)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:00:39 +0100Supporters of Medicaid expansion in Kansas are organizing to make another run at the Legislature — next year, KCUR reports. A new organization called the Alliance for a Health Kansas has formed to prepare for a larger lobbying effort in favor of Medicaid expansion. Materials from the organization claim 70 members, including advocacy groups, foundations and health care providers. Voices in favor of expansing Medicaid were louder this legislative session, but the issue never gained traction with… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:00:06 +0100When I first moved to Seattle, my office was in South Lake Union. I was next door to Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) and down the street from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Juno Therapeutics, the Allen Institute for Brain Science and the Institute for Systems Biology. Stepping into my new role as health care reporter in what has become known as "Cloud City" shortly after President Barack Obama challenged the country to find a cure to cancer, I learned quickly that scientists at all these institutions… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:00:02 +0100CONCLUSION: We found age to be an important barrier to smartphone use in healthcare. Among smartphone users, good adherence and sufficient routine healthcare were the most common reasons for refusal to participate. Thus, this type of intervention could enhance participation for poor adherers or caregivers. Implementing educational initiatives could play a key role in improving patient perceptions of technology. PMID: 27007065 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Postgraduate Medicine)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:49:02 +0100CONCLUSION: Our findings suggest a paradox in how healthcare is organized: good results in terms of its global objective of providing healthcare for citizens contrast with lack of effective measures for protecting healthcare workers. PMID: 27010082 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Occupational Health)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:45:06 +0100An error appeared on page A20 in the AANP Forum section of the January 2016 issue. The corrected statement reads, “MinuteClinic is the only retail health care provider to receive four consecutive accreditations from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.” (Source: The Journal for Nurse Practitioners)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:44:15 +0100Clinton wants to build on the ACA's gains; Sanders says it's time for the next big step (Source: AJN)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:44:15 +0100Conclusion: This study's findings provided baseline data that will be useful in planning health-promoting lifestyle interventions for participants specific to their institutions, and may help guide future research and educational initiatives related to numerous issues common to the RN workforce. The failure of many nurses to take adequate care of themselves needs to be better understood and addressed, by both individual nurses and their employers. (Source: AJN)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:44:08 +0100It's Friday and here are 5 things to put you in the know bright and early. Where cancer could be cured Reporter Elizabeth Hayes got a first look at OHSU's planned expansion at South Waterfront. As the renderings and blueprints show, the $160 million Knight Cancer Research Building will sit just north of the 2-year-old Collaborative Life Sciences Building. OHSU has set an ambitious goal for the campus, and more specifically the researchers who work there: eradicate cancer. Zoomin' in the Pearl Another… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:41:28 +0100Gov. Robert Bentley vetoed the proposed general fund budget Thursday, citing concerns over a lack of Medicaid funding. The proposed state budget, which passed through the Alabama Legislature Wednesday, would have given the Alabama Medicaid Agency $85 million less than the agency originally requested. The request called for $785 million to keep the state's health care services functioning. The proposed appropriation falls short of what the Medicaid Agency will require to provide services for the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:07:08 +0100On Jan 11, 2016, the National Health and Family Planning Commission issued its guidance for standardised medical training.1 This document proposed an additional 2–4 years of standardised, specialist training for junior doctors in China, to improve the quality of health care. Young doctors and medical students immediately voiced their fierce opposition to the new proposals, and their doubts about the benefits of the new training plan. (Source: LANCET)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:00:57 +0100(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 11:48:02 +0100This article reveals the presence of inequalities in access to health care that may be considered unfair and avoidable. These inequalities are related to coverage of clinical needs, to the financial problems faced by families in completing medical treatments, or to disparities in waiting times and the use of services for equal need. A substantial proportion of inequalities appears to have increased as a result of the measures adopted to face the economic crisis. The recommendations aimed at improving equity affect different pillars of the taxpayer-funded health system, including, among others, the definition of the right to public health care coverage, the formulas of cost-sharing, the distribution of powers between primary and specialty care, the reforms of clinical management, and the pr...
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 11:45:54 +0100Good morning, Cincinnati! I'd wish you all a happy Good Friday, but that somehow seems wrong. Here are the five most important things you need to know to help start your busy business day: Budig: Park Board 'could have done things differently' Chris Wetterich reports that the Cincinnati Park Board has been using existing city contracts intended for routine maintenance to do major projects for “as much as a decade.” This, according to Park Board Chairman Otto Budig. The city revealed this week… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 11:34:20 +0100Centene Corp. has closed on its $6 billion acquisition of California-based Health Net Inc. The Clayton-based managed health care company announced Thursday that Health Net is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene and no longer an independent publicly traded company. The deal, which was originally announced in July, creates the nation's largest Medicaid managed care organization, according to a statement from Centene. The acquisition adds Health Net’s Medicare platform to Centene’s existing… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 11:26:43 +0100Less than two hours after the Boston Business Journal reported yesterday that Waltham-based Forum Pharmaceuticals notified the state about planned layoffs, the company announced the failure of a late-stage trial of its lead drug and a related restructuring of the company. Shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday, the privately held drug developer said that neither of the two Phase 3 studies the company was running on its drug, encenicline, in more than 1,500 patients with cognitive impairment in schizophrenia… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 11:07:50 +0100Half-a-dozen hospitals in the Tampa Bay area were awarded the Leader in Healthcare Equality designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. All Children’s Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine in St. Petersburg and Largo Medical Center are new to the list for 2016, according to a new report from the HRC Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. They joined H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 08:34:12 +0100LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas lawmakers are getting their first look at legislation outlining Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to keep and rework the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion. Legislative leaders on Thursday began distributing the draft bill for Hutchinson's proposal to continue the program, which uses federal funds to purchase private insurance for the poor. The Republican governor wants to rename the program "Arkansas Works" and add new restrictions such as requiring some participants to pay premiums. The Legislature is expected to convene for a special session on the plan April 6. The co-chairman of a task force studying the expansion says legislation outlining Hutchinson's plan to shift part of Medicaid to managed care will also be distributed to lawmakers later Thursda...
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 05:09:03 +0100Authors: Hamblin R, Shuker C, Stolarek I, Wilson J, Merry AF PMID: 27005868 [PubMed - in process] (Source: New Zealand Medical Journal)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 04:54:01 +0100Authors: Farhangi MA Abstract The current study was aimed to evaluate gestational weight gain and its socio-demographic determinants among pregnant women in north-west of Iran. In the current cross-sectional study, four hundred eighty one pregnant women aged 26.12 ± 7.45 years were enrolled. Data on pre-pregnancy weight, height, age, educational attainment, parity, household size, hemoglobin status and total pregnancy weight gain were extracted from routine health center records. The pregnant women were categorized based on their pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) as underweight, normal weight and overweight or obese according to the 2009 Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations. Participants were also classified according to their educational level into three 'some school', '...
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 02:39:28 +0100This article was originally published by the University of Michigan Risk Science Center -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 01:08:36 +0100Only one Houston-based entity even cracked the top 100 on Forbes’ 2016 “America’s Best Employers” list, but the No. 1 company on the list has a significant local presence. Findlay, Ohio-based Marathon Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: MPC) beat out the likes of Google, Costco and a variety of other beloved brands for the top spot. The company spun off from Houston-based Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) in 2011 and is now the country’s third-largest oil refiner. In 2013, Marathon bought BP’s Texas… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 00:32:10 +0100The Congressional Budget Office says the overall cost of insurance coverage will be higher than was predicted last year, but much lower than was expected in 2010. (Source: NYT Health)
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100All health care systems face the need to find the resources to meet new demands such as a new, cost-increasing health technology. In England and Wales, when a health technology is recommended by the National I... (Source: BMC Health Services Research)
Thu, 24 Mar 2016 23:39:02 +0100Conclusions. In patients with MDR-TB, using the low-dose ACTH stimulation test, a low prevalence of mild adrenal insufficiency was observed. After antituberculosis treatment adrenal function was restored in all cases. Given the increasing and worrying epidemic of MDR-TB these findings have important clinical implications that may help clinicians and patients make better decisions when deciding to test for adrenocortical dysfunction or treat insufficient stimulated cortisol levels in the setting of MDR-TB. PMID: 27006656 [PubMed] (Source: International Journal of Endocrinology)
Thu, 24 Mar 2016 23:00:00 +0100Publication date: Available online 24 March 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine Author(s): Sirry M. Alang Discrepancies exist between how some Black populations perceive depression and how depression is conceptualized within research and clinical settings. Based on a 12-month ethnography of mental health in a predominantly Black disadvantaged urban neighborhood in Midwestern United States, the current study identifies meanings and common ways of expressing depression among African Americans. Depression was often considered a sign of weakness rather than a health problem that might need medical attention. Associated emotions like sadness and hopelessness were inconsistent with notions of strength. Common indicators of depression included classic symptoms such as hopelessness, l...
Thu, 24 Mar 2016 23:00:00 +0100Publication date: Available online 24 March 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine Author(s): Cassandra A. Okechukwu, Erin L. Kelly, Janine Bacic, Nicole DePasquale, David Hurtado, Ellen Kossek, Grace Sembajwe We analyzed qualitative and quantitative data from U.S.-based employees in 30 long-term care facilities. Analysis of semi-structured interviews from 154 managers informed qualitative analyses. Quantitative data include 1,214 employees’ scoring of their supervisors and their organizations on family supportiveness (individual scores and aggregated to facility level), and three outcomes: (1), care quality indicators assessed at facility level (n=30) and collected monthly for six months after employees’ data collection; (2), employees’ dichotomous survey response on...
Thu, 24 Mar 2016 23:00:00 +0100Conclusion: Heterogeneity in methods used, the period or calendar year(s) for which the estimates were projected, and heterogeneity of variables evaluated led to disparate estimates, with results ranging from 0.7 to 3.5 rheumatologists per 100,000 population. An international initiative is needed to agree upon a common approach for a reliable estimation of manpower requirements in rheumatology. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. (Source: Arthritis Care and Research)
Thu, 24 Mar 2016 23:00:00 +0100Conclusions Diabetes-related healthcare costs are sensitive to diagnostic definition methods. Determining appropriate diagnostic definitions can further advance healthcare cost research for diabetes and its applications in healthcare policies. (Source: PharmacoEconomics)
Thu, 24 Mar 2016 23:00:00 +0100This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Antimicrobial peptides edited by Karl Lohner and Kai Hilpert. Graphical abstract (Source: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) Biomembranes)
Thu, 24 Mar 2016 23:00:00 +0100The opportunistic yeast Candida glabrata is increasingly refractory to antifungal treatment or prophylaxis and relatedly is increasingly implicated in health care-associated infections. To elucidate the epidemiology of these infections, strain typing is required. Sequence-based typing provides multiple advantages over length-based methods, such as pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE); however, conventional multilocus sequence typing (targeting 6 conserved loci) and whole-genome sequencing are impractical for routine use. A commercial sequence-based typing service for C. glabrata that targets polymorphic tandem repeat-containing loci has recently been developed. These CgMT-J and CgMT-M services were evaluated with 56 epidemiologically unrelated isolates, 4 to 7 fluconazole-susceptible or...
Thu, 24 Mar 2016 23:00:00 +0100Publication date: March–April 2016 Source:Air Medical Journal, Volume 35, Issue 2 Author(s): Celeste M. Alfes, Amanda S. Rowe The Dorothy Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing in Cleveland, OH, holds an annual flight camp designed for master's degree nursing students in the acute care nurse practitioner program, subspecializing in flight nursing at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. The weeklong interprofessional training is also open to any health care provider working in an acute care setting and focuses on critical care updates, trauma, and emergency care within the critical care transport environment. This year, 29 graduate nursing students enrolled in a master's degree program from Puerto Rico attended. Although the emergency de...