April 18, 2015 |
Featured Hospital

New Global Diabetes Program Improves Patient Access and Care
Dallas, TX - To meet the needs of ever rising diabetes rates, and the challenge of getting patients the required treatment, Parkland Health & Hospital System has developed an innovative new program that “will transform diabetes care in Dallas County,” according to Luigi Meneghini, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Executive Director of the new Global Diabetes Program.  View All Hospitals >
Featured Technology
Minimally Invasive Treatment of Vertebral Compression Fracture Using the Kiva® VCF Treatment System
Munster, IN – Patients who have suffered a painful vertibral compression fracture have several treatment options such as conservative care, vertebroplasty, and vertebral augmentation, a minimally-invasive treatment option often referred to as kyhphoplasty. The latter is still a relatively new treatment option offered by a small group of orthopedic specialists throughout the nation. Surgeon Mark Chang, MD, Community Hospital in Munster chooses to perform the procedure using the new Kiva® VCF Treatment System. Full Story >
On The Horizon
Discovery May Hold Clues to Treatments That Slow Aging and Prevent Age-Related Chronic Disease
T. Keith Blackwell, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Research Director at Joslin and Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, and Collin Ewald, Ph.D., Research Fellow at Joslin. Boston, MA – In a study published today by Nature, researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center used a microscopic worm (C. elegans) to identify a new path that could lead to drugs to slow aging and the chronic diseases that often accompany it—and might even lead to better cosmetics. Full Story >
Smart Moves
No-Touch Thermometer Revolutionizes Care for Ebola and Other Highly Contagious Diseases

Paris, FR – Dr. Francois Teboul understands what it means to fight Ebola. As the medical director at Visiomed, he proposes solutions and procedures to teams in West Africa that identify potential Ebola cases, slowing the spread of this highly contagious disease. When working with a virus that is highly lethal and contagious, any margin of error can have devastating consequences. Accuracy and precision are essential when containing such a dangerous disease. Enter ThermoFlash®

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Continuing Education
NTI 2015: Learning, Sharing, Leading At the Premier Conference for High Acuity and Critical Care Nurses

San Diego, CA - The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ (AACN) National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) is the premier conference for high acuity and critical care nurses. This year marks the 42nd time nurses from across the country will gather for our national conference, Monday, May 18 through Thursday, May 21, 2015, in San Diego. Preconferences are Sunday, May 17.

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News Briefs
Chemical Compound Decreases Effects of Multiple Sclerosis
Seema Tiwari-Woodruff (left) is seen here with two of her lab staff members, Leonardo Martinez-Torres (center) and Jonathan Hasselmann. Photo Credit: I. Pittalwala, UC Riverside Riverside, CA – Given the debilitating effects of Multiple sclerosis (MS), an aggressive search is on among scientists to find a drug that could minimize the degeneration of axons, thus reducing the rate and degree of MS progression. Better still would be if this drug could stimulate “remyelination,” the re-sheathing of the axons, restoring fast and uninterrupted flow of nerve impulses. Now a team of researchers, led by a biomedical scientist at the University of California, Riverside, reports in this week’s issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that it has identified just such a drug in the lab. Full Story >
'Kiddie Caudal' Anesthesia Seems Safe But More Research Needed
Philadelphia, PA – A recent report provided anesthesiologists with reassuring data on the safety of caudal nerve block — sometimes called the "kiddie caudal" — for infants and young children undergoing surgery. But an editorial in the January issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia draws attention to some important limitations of the study and to the need for further research on the safety and efficacy of this widely used pediatric anesthesia technique. Full Story >
Healthcare IT
IBM Clinical Reasoning System to Help Accelerate and Enhance Care Delivery
Houston, TX - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun a two-year pilot to study innovative approaches to quickly search electronic medical records and medical literature for relevant published studies. During the pilot, VA will assess how the technology may accelerate evidence-based clinical decisions. IBM Corporation was selected to provide the system which uses its “Watson technology” made famous on the TV show "Jeopardy." Full Story >
Featured Video
DIGITAL PATHOLOGY ...helps Riverside Regional Medical Center core lab become a regional leader in breast cancer diagnostics. Digital image analysis algorithms for the breast panel allows for confidence in diagnosis. Additionally, digital pathology will allow more efficient consultation with remote hospitals and outside institutions.
Safety First
High Doses of Vancomycin Fuel Risk of Kidney Damage in Children
Baltimore, MD - Results of a small Johns Hopkins Children’s Center study show that hospitalized children given high-dose IV infusions of the antibiotic vancomycin to treat drug-resistant bacterial infections face an increased risk for kidney damage. Full Story >
Taming the Inflammatory Response in Kidney Dialysis
Structure of a compstatin molecule. Credit: Daniel Ricklin, PhD, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA — New work by Penn researchers has found an effective way to avoid systemic inflammation  which could lead to complications such as cardiovascular disease and anemia  by temporarily suppressing complement during dialysis. Their work appears online in Immunobiology. Full Story >
2013 Nobel Prize Recipient to Speak on Autism, Schizophrenia
Thomas C. Südhof, 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine Sacramento CA - Thomas C. Südhof, recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, will address his research on how defects in a ‘glue’ that binds together proteins at the neuronal synapses may play a role in the etiology of autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia and other psychiatric neurodevelopmental conditions, during the first 2015 UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series address in January. Full Story >