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Featured Hospital

Personalized Radiation Therapy During - Instead of After - Surgery
New York, NY — In 2012, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital became the first hospital in New York City to offer IORT to women with certain breast cancers. Since then, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center has been finding new ways to use individualized, internal radiation delivered in the operating room immediately after a cancer tumor is removed.  View All Hospitals >
"The New Medicine"
Why the First Closed Loop Artificial Pancreas Did Not Come From a Medical School
Dr. Scott Hammond

Editor’s Note: This is the first in an ongoing series exclusive to Medical-Horizons.Net on the future of healthcare. For more informations see "From the Publisher" righthand column.

Santa Barbara, CA - Recently, had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Scott Hammond of the University of California Santa Barbara's Translational Medical Research Laboratories.

M-H.Net: Dr. Hammond, thank you for taking to time to speak with us today.  We’re excited to have this opportunity to learn about your approach to translational medicine at TMRL.  We’re accustomed to seeing breakthrough research associated with medical schools, but you’re doing something a little different here. Can you explain?

Dr. Hammond: As Executive Director of the UCSB Translational Medical Research Laboratories I’m frequently heard saying “no medical school, no problem.”  At the TMRL we’re redefining biomedical research by applying a “systems approach” to medical research and partnering with researchers and clinicians from around the world to develop solutions and expedite the application of medical research. 

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Featured Technology
iPads Used to Teach Sleep Apnea Patients About CPAP Use
App entrance screen Boston, MA - In the first program of its type for people using a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine to help improve their sleep, clinicians at National Sleep Therapy (NST) are providing every new patient with a training session that employs an iPad, under the guidance of a Respiratory Therapist. Full Story >
On The Horizon
Blocking Nerve Signals With Botox May Shrink Stomach Cancers
New York, NY — Research from Columbia University Medical Center and published in Science Translational Medicine shows that nerves may play a critical role in stomach cancer growth and that blocking nerve signals using surgery or Botox® (onabotulinumtoxinA) could be an effective treatment for the disease. Full Story >
Smart Moves
Collaboration on Wearable Technology Could Improve Quality of Life for ALS Patients
Andover, MA – Royal Philips and Accenture today announced that they have developed proof of concept software connecting a wearable display to Emotiv Insight Brainware that could ultimately give more independence to patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neurodegenerative diseases.  Full Story >
News Briefs
Some Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Affect More Than Their Targets
A schematic showing that some drugs that affect cell membranes also increase the range of proteins cut by rhomboid proteases. Credit: courtesy of Cell Press, modified Baltimore, MD - Researchers have discovered that three commonly used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, alter the activity of enzymes within cell membranes. Their finding suggests that, if taken at higher-than-approved doses and/or for long periods of time, these prescription-level NSAIDs and other drugs that affect the membrane may produce wide-ranging and unwanted side effects. Full Story >
Regular Blood Transfusions Can Stave Off Repeat Strokes in Children With Sickle Cell Disease
Boston, MA - Monthly blood transfusions can substantially reduce the risk of recurrent strokes in children with sickle cell disease (SCD) who have already suffered a silent stroke, according to the results of an international study by investigators at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Vanderbilt University and 27 other medical institutions. Full Story >
Healthcare IT
Researchers Develop EHR Algorithms to Identify Undiagnosed Hypertension
Chicago, IL – A new study authored by Northwestern Medicine® researchers found that reviewing electronic health records using algorithms can successfully identify patients with previously undiagnosed hypertension with a high rate of accuracy. Of the 1,033 patients that were identified with the EHR algorithms and evaluated, 361 were formally diagnosed with the hypertension and 290 others were diagnosed with related blood pressure conditions.  Full Story >
Caring Nurse Makes Life-Saving Connection
(left) with Theresa Huckabay, L.V.N. Photo Credit: Tom Broad, Memorial Hermann Humble, TX - “Theresa is my angel,” said Betty Currier with Theresa Huckabay, L.V.N. “I don’t want to think what would have happened if she hadn’t taken the time to listen to me and care about me. I trust the staff at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital - they’re like family.” Full Story >
From the Publisher...
Glimpse the Future of Healthcare in Our Exclusive Series, "The New Medicine"
Emerson, NJ - At the University of California, Santa Barbara's (UCSB) Translational Medicine Research Laboratories (TMRL), a paradigm shift in medical research and problem solving is already in motion - and producing results. Starting this week, will be presenting a monthly series with Dr. Scott Hammond, Executive Director of UCSB's TMRL. The series will provide insight into their new approach and where, what Dr. Hammond refers to as "The New Medicine," may take healthcare.  Full Story >
Featured Video

One of the biggest challenges in biomedical research today is breaking down the barriers that slow the translation of new scientific discoveries into treatments and cures. This video drives home that point through a parody of the Emmy Award-winning TV series, “Breaking Bad.”

Shot by the University of New Mexico’s Clinical and Translational Science Center, this film focuses on a dramatic but obviously fictional example of what it takes to move fundamental knowledge about biology into a therapy that can make a difference for a patient. 

Safety First
Experts Question Value of Common Superbug Control Practices
Cologne, DE - The jury is still out on the effectiveness of MRSA superbug control policies in hospitals, according to leading infectious disease experts in a Viewpoint published in The Lancet. In particular, screening and isolating infected patients have poor evidence for their effectiveness, say the authors.  Full Story >
Regional Anesthesia for Pediatric Knee Surgery Reduces Pain, Speeds Recovery
Columbus, OH - A recent study of femoral nerve block, shows that it leads to less opioid use and allows the majority of patients to go home within hours of surgery. As many as 98 percent of all pediatric knee surgeries performed at Nationwide Children’s Hospital were done in an outpatient setting, as a result of this method that reduces post-operative pain and speeds recovery. Full Story >