CIRSE 2014: Radiation Protection Culture Integral to IR

Safety is best achieved when it is built into the system rather than a choice, said Prof. Efstathopoulos  from Greece, speaking at the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Society of Europe (CIRSE) Congress in Glasgow this week. While radiation protection is top of everyone’s mind, implementing a radiation

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CIRSE 2014: IR Could Reduce Diabetic Amputations

More than 6,000 people with diabetes have leg, foot or toe amputations every year in England. More people with diabetes could be saved from the threat of foot or leg amputation if they are referred more quickly to specialist clinics for less invasive – and potentially less expensive – medical alternatives like int

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Generic Drugs Provide Record Savings

According to a new report by the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA), generic drugs saved the United States health system approximately $239 billion in 2013. This is a 14 percent increase in the cost savings that were achieved in 2012. It is also the largest annual savings from generic drugs to d

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Needle-Free Vaccines

Emerging technologies are helping pharmaceutical companies to develop needle-free vaccines that are more efficient to use compared to vaccines that are delivered via traditional methods (i.e., needles and syringes).Drug delivery technologies that improve access and overall efficacy have become an essential part of the

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Venous Thromboembolism Treatments Compared

According to a study published in JAMA, there is no significant difference in the clinical and safety outcomes associated with most treatment strategies for venous thromboembolism, a common medical condition manifested as deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. Venous thromboembolism is the third leading cause of

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Zoom On: Alain Carpentier, Pioneering Heart Surgeon

A 2014 recipient of the European Society of Cardiology’s prestigious Gold Medal award, Alain Carpentier, MD, PhD has been a pioneer in biological heart valves since the 1960s. His career was inspired by an implanted valve that failed, causing his patient to suffer a stroke when a clot formed on the device. Following th

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Automated AMH Given CE Mark Approval

Beckman Coulter Diagnostics’ automated Anti-Müllerian Hormone test available to improve fertility assessment and treatment. Company brings innovation to women’s health with new assay to measure and predict ovarian response and reserve.Beckman Coulter Diagnostics has obtained CE Mark on its new automated Access anti-Mül

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Single-Drop Blood Test For Colorectal Cancers

A single drop of blood may be all that is required to diagnose a majority of colorectal cancers, with the introduction of a new test by Belgian startup company VolitionRX. The test could represent a less dreaded (and less expensive) option for colorectal screening than colonoscopy and faecal tests, unpleasant procedure

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Two Studies Examine ED Timeliness

Two studies which examined timeliness and lengths of stay in emergency departments (ED) found potential for improvement. Furthermore, variability across EDs was found to depend on factors such as hospital size, urban vs. rural location, ownership and teaching status, as well as rates of inpatient admissions.E

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Sepsis Mortality Better at High-Volume Centres

According to a research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, there is a clear relationship between hospitals that treat the most cases of severe sepsis and lower rates of inpatient deaths among those patients. Sepsis is one of the most time-sensitive and hard-to-detect illnesses in me

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Negative Gossip and Burnout in Hospitals

Gossip can both hinder and help in a hospital environment. Despite the fact that research indicates that it occurs frequently in healthcare organisations, it has not been studied in relation to other organisational manifestations such as burnout and engagement, or quality of care outcomes. A study recently published in

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Zoom On: Mr. Leo Nefiodow – Futurology Expert

Future Studies expert Leo Nefiodow was a keynote speaker at the 25th annual European Association of Hospital Managers (EAHM) congress held in Berlin between 10 and 13 September, where he presented his acclaimed work and discussed the role of biotechnology in driving the economy of the current and future decades.&n

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'Genetic Barcode' for Identifying TB Strains

Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK have developed a 'genetic barcode' for easy identification of the different types of tuberculosis (TB), according to a Medical News Today report."There is increasing interest in new technologies that can assist those treating tuberculosis patie

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Healthcare Data Breaches

There have been several news stories recently related to sophisticated data breaches of confidential data in hospitals and healthcare organisations. Early this year, two healthcare organisations lost tens of thousands of data records because of lost USB flash drives and data sticks. The extent of data breache

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