Medicare To Cover Low-Dose CT Screening for Lung Cancer

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week its proposal for low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans to become a covered service in the screening of high-risk patients for lung cancer. Patients must be between the ages of 55 and 74, and be a current smoker or one who quit within the pa

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Agfa HealthCare, Park Place International Optimise MEDITECH EHRs

Agfa HealthCare has announced a collaboration with Park Place International (PPI) to integrate and resell the Agfa HealthCare Enterprise Imaging Portfolio to optimise the MEDITECH electronic health record (EHR). This solution provides multi-media electronic content management for MEDITECH EHRs and enhances value based

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Study: Hypoxia, Hypotension 'Deadly Combo' in TBI

Prehospital hypoxia and hypotension have been known to increase mortality in the setting of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Results of a new study showed that while hypoxia and hypotension increased mortality by four- and threefold respectively, the combination of these two factors further increased mortality by 14-fold.

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AABB Guideline for Platelet Transfusions

The AABB, formerly the American Association of Blood Banks, has developed a guideline on appropriate use of platelet transfusion in adult patients. The new guideline published in the Annals of Internal Medicine emphasises judicious use of the procedure to reduce patient risk and conserve resources.The guideline was dev

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Zirconium Cyclosilicate Effective For Hyperkalaemia

In a new study published in JAMA and presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014, researchers evaluated the efficacy and safety of the drug zirconium cyclosilicate in patients with hyperkalaemia. The project was carried out by Mikhail Kosiborod,

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Overall Heart Disease Mortality Declines

During 2000-2010, the overall heart disease death rate declined annually in the United States, although mortality increased for certain heart disease subtypes, researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. The study is published in the November 19 issue of JAMA, a cardiovascula

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'Superchip' Project Gets $725,000 Grant

Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas are working on a project to further develop a new material for advanced electronics devices. The project is funded by a $725,000 grant from the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).The new material – a combination of silicon, germanium and tin grown

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Personalised Care Pushes Health Providers' Shift to the Cloud

Cloud computing service providers offering guaranteed reliability and clear data portability terms stand to benefit from the fast-growing healthcare cloud market in the United States and Europe, according to Frost & Sullivan. Average market penetration rates are projected to increase by 10 to 30 percent b

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Cornerstone's CPI-613 Recognised For Disrupting Cancer Metabolism

Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals, a development stage company and a leader in the field of cancer metabolism-based therapeutics, has been chosen by Informa and Kantar Health as one of the Top 10 Most Interesting Oncology Projects to Watch in 2014.   The CEO of Cornerstone, Steve Carchedi, will be presenting at Informa

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Sanofi And MannKind To Launch Inhalable Insulin

MannKind and Sanofi are set to launch their inhalable insulin product. Approved earlier this year by the FDA, Afrezza is a fast-acting insulin to be taken at mealtimes. The drug is effective for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Seven years ago, Pfizer launched Exubera, another inhalable insulin. When Exubera was intro

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European Antibiotic Awareness Day Is 18 November 2014

EMA supports innovative approaches to facilitate development of new antibioticsThe European Medicines Agency (EMA) supports European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD), which is taking place on Tuesday 18 November. EAAD is organised every year by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). It aims to ra

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I-PASS Reduces Medical Errors During Patient Handoffs

Preventable adverse events — injuries due to medical errors — are a major cause of death among Americans. Although some progress has been made in reducing certain types of adverse events, overall rates of errors remain extremely high. Failures of communication, including miscommunication during handoffs of patient

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Measures To Reduce Unnecessary Laboratory Testing

According to several studies presented at the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) 2014, educating healthcare providers about the usefulness of laboratory tests could significantly reduce unnecessary testing and could eventually result in improved patient care at a lower cost to labs. The investigators repo

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Single Blood Test To Screen For Different Types Of Cancer

More than 800 markers have been identified in the blood of cancer patients that could potentially lead to the development of a single blood test for early detection of many cancer types. In a study conducted by the UK Early Cancer Detection Consortium (ECDC), which was presented at the National Cancer Resea

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