September 21, 2014 |
Featured Hospital

Northwestern Develops First Blood Test to Diagnose Depression in Adults
Chicago, IL - Scientists at Northwestern Medicine have developed the first blood test to diagnose major depression in adults, a breakthrough approach that provides the first objective, scientific diagnosis for depression. The test identifies depression by measuring the levels of nine RNA blood markers.  View All Hospitals >
"The New Medicine"
Why the First Closed Loop Artificial Pancreas Did Not Come From a Medical School
Dr. Scott Hammond

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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
Recently FDA Approved OAS is Less Invasive and Offers Quicker Recovery Time
Heart patient Geraldine Leka of Hobart is on the move again and ready to shop after a newer, less invasive procedure to clear her severely blocked coronary artery performed by Dr. Arif Khalil at St. Mary Medical Center. Hobart, IN – Heart patient Geraldine Leka is tickled pink and feeling great again after a new minimally-invasive procedure to treat a life-threatening condition. St. Mary Medical Center cardiologist Arif Khalil, MD, is among the first in Northwest Indiana to use the FDA approved Diamondback 360°® Coronary Orbital Atherectomy System (OAS) to treat severely blocked coronary arteries.  Full Story >
On The Horizon
Target Leukemia Treatment Shows Promise
Noriko Satake Sacramento, CA - Noriko Satake, UC Davis pediatric oncologist and researcher, has demonstrated in laboratory studies that a new, targeted treatment for leukemia is effective. 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
New Melanoma Drug Turns on the Immune System to Fight Deadly Cancers
Patient Tom Stutz (left) with Dr. Antoni Ribas (right) Los Angeles, CA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new immunotherapy drug to treat advanced melanoma, signaling a paradigm shift in the way the deadly skin cancer is treated. Hear some first hand video testimonial from two survivors. Full Story >
Researchers Warn Against Overcautious Use of Cardiac Stress Tests
David Winchester, M.D. Gainesville, FL - Physicians sometimes order cardiac stress tests for symptomless patients out of an abundance of caution, but a University of Florida study found this practice rarely reveals hidden heart issues.  Full Story >
Healthcare IT
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 >
UC Davis Children's Hospital Does Their Version of Glory Glory Hallelujah
Sacramento, CA - UC Davis Children's Hospital staff, faculty and patients do their own rendition of the Sacramento Republic FC chant "Glory Glory Sacramento."  Full Story >
Featured Video
FIRST EVER 3D PRINTED VERTEBRA Chin, a 12-year-old Chinese boy suffering from bone cancer, has become the very first recipient of a 3D printed artificial vertebra. The five hour surgery was performed at Peking University.
Safety First
MRSA Infections Can Be Reduced by up to 90% Through Effective Environmental Sanitization and Hospital Screening
Harrisburg, NC - According to a previous study, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital was able to reduce MRSA by 90% in the medical ICU’s – a result which Clearstream officials say can be mirrored in hospitals nationwide by standardizing not only the use of antimicrobial technologies designed to provide long-term environmental protection, but additionally by screening incoming patients and visitors for MRSA and other contagious illnesses Full Story >
First International Standards for Developing Baby Growth Could Help Combat Stunting, Obesity
Oxford, UK - New international standards for fetal growth and newborn size provide the first accurate measurements of ideal growth and development from conception to birth. Published in The Lancet, these new standards depict a healthy pattern of growth that is desirable for all fetuses and newborns everywhere, regardless of ethnic origin.  Full Story >
Additional Reading
New Comprehensive Book on Treatments for Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Sacramento, CA - Significant progress has been made in identifying the neurobiological mechanisms of several disorders, and targeted treatments are modifying patients’ outcomes. But how to use this knowledge has not been summarized in one place for clinicians. Treatment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Targeting Neurobiological Mechanisms fills that gap, providing both the theoretical underpinnings as well as the latest advances in targeted treatments. Full Story >