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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RSNA 2014: New Device Could Reduce Mammography Discomfort

A new device that could result in more comfortable mammography for women is to be presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).  A study will outline how standardising the pressure applied in mammography could reduce the pain associated with breast compression,

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Widespread Public Misconception About Antibiotics

According to a new survey by Public Health England (PHE), nearly 40 percent of people are unnecessarily taking antibiotics for coughs or runny noses while 90 percent are unaware that drug-resistant bacteria can spread from person to person. These findings were released to mark the European Antibiotics Awareness Day on

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FDA Approves New Opioid Hysingla ER

The FDA has approved a new opioid with properties that make it difficult to abuse. Hysingla ER (hydrocodone bitartrate) is an extended-release opioid analgesic which is designed to treat severe pain that requires around-the-clock, long-term treatment. Drug overdose is a major problem in the US and deaths fro

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Heart Muscle Inflammation Peaks Twice after MI

A new study provides evidence challenging the current consensus in cardiology that peak myocardial oedema (heart muscle swelling) only occurs immediately after a myocardial infarction (MI) or heart attack. In the study, researchers discovered a second wave of swelling and inflammation which occurs within a we

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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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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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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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