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CMS proposes extension of Stage 1 meaningful use in EHRs
American Journal of Managed Care
A CMS proposal could extend the deadline for providers to transition to Stage 2 meaningful use of electronic health records. Agency officials said they received extensive feedback from health providers who felt they did not have enough time to efficiently transition their EHR systems. Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, head of The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said the extension would particularly help high-risk providers including smaller practices and rural hospitals.
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Integrating telemedicine and mHealth into the health system
At the ATA 2014 Annual Meeting and Trade Show, healthcare colleagues discussed how the alternative to face-to-face communication — telemedicine — has grown remarkably in the past few years and is continuing to do so.
Is public policy changing the practice of medicine?
The quick answer to the title question is yes, but not in the way the architects of the Affordable Care Act intended. Indeed, the most significant unintended consequence of the ACA may be the way poorly designed regulations are inadvertently opening the door to improved medical practice.
FDA: NEW TREATMENTS & TECHNOLOGY
Medical breakthrough: Bioengineered heart tissue
Karen SC Ashley
For patients with heart damage, the best treatment option right now is an organ transplant. But with new research, the ideal solution — repairing the heart — may soon be possible. To mimic the heart's powerful mechanical action, scientists needed to engineer an artificial cardiac tissue similar in elasticity and biological properties to the native heart. That breakthrough has arrived: 3-D-engineered heart tissue that beats.
FDA approves new drug for hard-to-treat Colitis and Crohn's
HealthDay News via DoctorsLounge
Injections of Entyvio (vedolizumab) can be used to treat patients with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease who have had poor responses to one or more of the current standard therapies, the FDA says.
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New nano-chip can detect cancer markers in blood
Design & Trend
Researchers have successfully developed a "lab-on-a-chip" platform capable of detecting protein cancer markers in the blood, writes The Business Standard. The technology uses the latest advances in plasmonics, nano-fabrication, microfluids and surface chemistry.
Dose of measles destroys woman's incurable cancer
Medical News Today
In what they describe as a proof of principle study, doctors in the U.S. were able to keep a woman with deadly multiple myeloma — an incurable bone marrow cancer — free of all signs of living cancer cells for over 6 months by giving her just one high dose of measles virus.
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Testing identifies actionable drivers in nearly two-thirds of lung cancers
HealthDay News via HCP Live
Nearly two-thirds of lung cancers have actionable genetic drivers detectable with multiplexed testing, according to a study published in the May 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Lipase mutation may flag diabetes risk
A genetic mutation that blocks production of a protein critical for lipolysis appears to have a significant impact on metabolic health, researchers found.
Gene behind unhealthy adipose tissue identified
Karolinska Institutet via EurekAlert
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have for the first time identified a gene driving the development of pernicious adipose tissue in humans. The findings, published in the scientific journal Cell Metabolism, imply the gene may constitute a risk factor promoting the development of insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes.
Recent advances in nanohybrid hydrogels for drug delivery
Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Hydrogels are preferred materials for drug delivery due to their soft, elastomeric nature as well as their high water-retaining capability. The only problem is they have poor mechanical strength, but that can be improved by the incorporation of nanoparticles. Nanohybrids — containing the composites of carbon nanotubes, or CNTs — and polymeric hydrogels are considered promising drug-delivery materials in recent research.
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Gamification concept used to quickly improve patients' blood pressure
The blood pressure control of patients seeing doctors and nurses participating in an online, competitive game to solve hypertension cases improved in a shorter amount of time than patients of non-gaming providers. The study findings were published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
Clothing that tracks performance, health and fitness
Today's Medical Developments
OMsignal introduced a new collection of Biometric Smartwear comprised of four smart shirts for men. OM shirts monitor activity, physiological stress and fitness levels, giving the user total control over their fitness and everyday performance.
Red wine could help prevent cavities
Counsel & Heal
A new study has found that red wine and grape seed extract have the potential to prevent cavities. According to the researchers, the finding could lead to the development of natural products that ward off dental diseases with fewer side effects.
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Coping with 'chemo brain'
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Recently, the cluster of symptoms known most commonly as "chemo brain" has garnered medical attention and initiated a wave of discussion. Important work is now being done to understand the condition and, more crucially, to help alleviate it.
Oncology advances leading to better diagnosis, treatment
New methods to aid cancer diagnosis and treatment are being developed at a rapid pace. Here is a look at some of the latest oncology advances that are helping the medical oncology team, from surgeons to radiation oncologists to holistic physicians.
Human fat may be a Trojan horse in the fight against brain cancer
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Stem cells derived from human body fat have been successfully used to deliver biologic treatments directly to the brains of mice with the most common and aggressive form of brain tumor, significantly extending their lives.
Double mastectomy 'not necessary' for most women, study says
Medical News Today
Following a breast cancer diagnosis, many women opt for removal of both breasts, called a double mastectomy. But new research from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center suggests around 70 percent of women do so, even though they face a very low risk of cancer in the healthy breast.
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Task force: Not enough evidence on suicide screening in primary care
Annals of Internal Medicine
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a new report May 20 saying there is not enough evidence to determine whether it's effective to screen for suicide risk in adolescents, adults and older adults in a primary care setting. The USPSTF recognizes that clinical decisions involve more considerations than evidence alone. Clinicians should understand the evidence but individualize decision-making to the specific patient or situation.
Germs in GI tract may affect autism, study finds
Bacteria living in the intestines and colon may affect symptoms of autism by breaking down important message-carrying chemicals, researchers from Arizona State University reported to the American Society for Microbiology.
Experts make the case for more services during Mental Health Awareness Month
Here is some unsettling news: 1 out of 2 Americans will become mentally ill at some point in their lives. And roughly 1 in 4 suffer now from mental illness. Experts are calling for more resources in a health sector they say still suffers a stigma.
"A protein called Kindlin-3 drives breast cancer cells to migrate throughout the body. Inhibiting Kindlin-3 functions with new drugs could prevent the spread of breast cancer, according to the Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute."
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