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January 10, 2017 | Procedures

Atlanta, GA — Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a procedure to help fight serious chronic inflammatory diseases. The device, similar in function to a pacemaker, electrically stimulates the vagus nerve while also inhibiting unwanted nerve activity in a targeted manner. Forms of vagus nerve stimulation treatment have already been successfully tested in humans, but Georgia Tech’s introduction of the inhibiting signal could increase the clinical efficacy and [...]
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January 10, 2017 | Hospitals

Indianapolis, IN ­­— Franciscan Health Heart Center is one of the first hospitals in Indiana offering atrial fibrillation (AFib) patients a device that greatly reduces their risk of stroke. The newly approved Watchman™ Device has been used successfully in five patients at the facility. According to Saeed Shaikh, MC, FACC, FSCAI, the interventional cardiologist who first performed the procedure at the Heart Center, “The device provides physicians with a breakthrough str [...]
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January 10, 2017 | Specialties

London, UK — Two recent follow-up studies posted in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology have suggested that gastric bypass surgery helps severely obese teenagers lose weight and keep it off, while some patients will likely need further surgery to deal with the complications of rapid weight loss or may develop vitamin deficiencies later in life. Severe obesity is classified as having a BMI of 40 or over and affects around 4.6 million children and teenagers in the United States, causing [...]
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January 10, 2017 | News Briefs

Philadelphia, PA — Six primary care practices at Temple Physicians, Inc. (TPI) have been selected to participate in a nationwide advanced primary care medical home initiative that aims to strengthen primary care through regionally-based, multi-payer payment reform and care delivery transformation. The initiative — known as Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) — features a partnership between payer partners from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), state Me [...]
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Featured Technology
LUKE Arm Prostheses Available for Wounded Warriors
Bethesda, MD — The recent holiday season brought high-tech offerings for U.S. war veterans in the form of sophisticated bionic arms developed under the direction of DARPA. Full Story >
On The Horizon
Sanford Health Offers Unique Trial For Shoulder Injuries
Sioux Falls, SD — Sanford Health is offering the first FDA-approved clinical trial of its kind in the United States, using a person’s own fat-derived adult stem cells to treat shoulder injuries. Full Story >
Smart Moves
Hill-Rom to Acquire Mortara Instrument
Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI — Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc, recently announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Mortara Instrument, Inc. Full Story >
Continuing Education
Facebook Live's First CME-Accredited Livestream Course
Basking Ridge, NJ — Physician’s Weekly and Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare (AKH) recently launched the first ever CME-accredited course broadcast through Facebook’s Live functionality. Full Story >
Pharma
Parkinson's Drug Meant to Work With Levodopa
Portugal — New research into Parkinson’s disease suggests that people with the disease may achieve better and more reliable motor control by taking opicapone, an experimental drug, alongside the standard levodopa. Full Story >
Procedures
Researchers Use Electric Stimulation For Inflammatory Diseases
Atlanta, GA — Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a procedure to help fight serious chronic inflammatory diseases that functions similarly to a pacemaker.  Full Story >
Healthcare IT
New MobileHelp® Tablet Allows for Patient-Doctor Communication
Las Vegas, NV — MobileHelp® has debuted a new tablet format that they believe blends the safety benefits of a medical alert system with the added health benefits of telehealth technology and video conferencing. Full Story >
Safety First
High Rate of Failure Found In Colorectal Cancer Diagnoses
Oak Brook, IL — A study published in January's Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety found that 71 percent of patients experienced at least one process-of care failure in the workup of rectal bleeding — a potential sign of colon cancer. Full Story >
Specialties
Lancet Studies - Gastric Bypass Helps Severely Obese Teenagers
London, UK — Two recent follow-up studies posted in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology have suggested that gastric bypass surgery helps severely obese teenagers lose weight and keep it off, while some patients will likely need further surgery to deal with the complications of rapid weight loss or may develop vitamin deficiencies later in life. Full Story >
Community
Parkland’s Palliative Care Program Aims to Empower Those with Serious Disease
Dallas, TX — Started in 1999, the Palliative Care program at Parkland Memorial Hospital was one of the first in the state of Texas, and continues to be one of the largest, both in Texas and in the nation. Full Story >
Hospitals
Indiana Hospital Offers Stroke Prevention Technology For Afib Patients
Indianapolis, IN ­­— Franciscan Health Heart Center is one of the first hospitals in Indiana offering atrial fibrillation patients a device that greatly reduces their risk of stroke. Full Story >
News Briefs
Six Temple Practices to Partake In National Initiative
Philadelphia, PA — Six primary care practices at Temple Physicians, Inc. (TPI) have been selected to participate in a nationwide advanced primary care medical home initiative.  Full Story >