February 7, 2016 |
Featured Hospital

Mayo Clinic Opening Proton Radiation Facility
Tuscon, AZ - Patients will no longer have to travel out of state to get access to the most technologically advanced form of radiation available to fight cancer. The Mayo Clinic Hospital in northeast Phoenix is poised to open a $180 million facility that will allow patients access to proton radiation, which allows greater control in targeting cancer cells, while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue. View All Hospitals >
Featured Technology
Community Hospital Using Powerful 3T MRI/Ultrasound Technology in Fight Against Prostate Cancer
Munster, IN – Men with elevated and/or rising PSA levels concerned about a prostate cancer diagnosis or men in active surveillance of prostate cancer will get peace of mind with new 3T MRI technology being used at Community Hospital. Full Story >
On The Horizon
NIH Funding Supports Development of Therapeutic Alternatives
Bethesda, MD - The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded approximately $5 million in funding for 24 research projects seeking to develop non-traditional therapeutics for bacterial infections to help address the growing health threat of antibiotic resistance.  Full Story >
Smart Moves
Royal Philips and MGH announce $90 million, 15-year Partnership
Greenbrae, CA – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) and Marin General Hospital (“MGH”) today announced a 15-year, USD 90 million strategic partnership to transform and improve health care for thousands of patients across Marin County, just north of San Francisco.   Full Story >
Continuing Education
BIOTRONIK Contines Support of Educational Forum
Oswego, OR - BIOTRONIK, Inc. continues its support of the Advanced Concepts in Electrophysiology (ACE), an educational program for electrophysiologists and device-oriented cardiologists, with the largest gathering this year in the program’s history. Full Story >
News Briefs
Pharma
Antiretroviral therapy Could Lead to Decline in HIV Incidence
New York, NY - The use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) taken as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) could lead to a marked decline in HIV incidence—the annual rate of infection—among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the UK by the end of this decade, new modelling research published in The Lancet HIV journalsuggests. Full Story >
Procedures
Massive Teratoma Removed from Newlywed’s Chest
Tucson, AZ - At 23-years-old, Tucson resident Ryan Winfield knew something was wrong when he woke up one morning and felt something pushing on his chest. He was young, healthy and athletic – in fact, he played volleyball just a few days prior – so no need to worry, right? Later that afternoon, he woke up from a nap and was struggling to breathe. “I laid there for a little bit hoping whatever was going on would go away. It went away to a degree, but a few hours later, I was moving some boxes and I had to sit down,” he said. “I just couldn’t breathe.” Full Story >
Healthcare IT
Taking Control: Learn More About Accessing Health Information
Bethesda, MD - The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule has long supported the right of individuals to request and obtain copies of their medical records and other health information maintained by health-care professionals, medical facilities, and health insurance plans. However, due to the increasing use of online health-information technology and growing interest among Americans in being active participants in health-related decisions Full Story >
Featured Video
Mayo Expert: Artificial Liver Ready for Human Testing: On any given day about 15,000 Americans are on the liver transplant waiting list. It’s that kind of statistic that’s had doctors looking for alternatives for decades. Now, a new study in the Journal of Hepatology reports that Mayo Clinicresearchers may have a bioartificial liver ready to do the job for some of those patients. 
Safety First
Hand Hygiene Tool Linked to Decrease in Health Care-Associated Infections

Oak Brook, IL – MHHS’s system-wide hand hygiene compliance improved to 95.6% in the final 12 months. After pilot testing the hand hygiene TST, MHHS achieved significant improvement for each of the 150 inpatient units throughout its 12 hospitals.

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Specialties
Immunity Genes Could Protect Some From E. Coli

Durham, N.C. -- When a child comes home from preschool with a stomach bug that threatens to sideline the whole family for days, why do some members of the family get sick while others are unscathed? According to a Duke Health study published January 19 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, a person’s resistance to certain germs, specifically E. coli bacteria, could come down to their very DNA.

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Community
Program Addresses Rural Physician Shortage
Columbia, MO ― Mirroring national trends, 97 percent of the 101 rural counties in Missouri are designated Primary Medical Care Health Professional Shortage Areas by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Many medical schools across the country have developed admission policies and clinical training programs to address rural physician workforce shortages in their state. Full Story >