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16 ideas for reducing healthcare energy costs
By Christina Thielst
Healthcare organizations are constantly under pressure to reduce costs these days. That often means turning to variable staffing and supply costs for solutions. Some healthcare leaders view energy costs as somewhat fixed, but they are probably more variable than one thinks. Energy costs are based upon consumption, and as with electricity, costs are usually higher at times of peak demand.



New blood test can detect whether chest pain is a heart attack
By Lynn Hetzler
Performing high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I at presentation in patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome can rule out myocardial infarction quickly and accurately, according to a new study published in Lancet. This strategy could help emergency department physicians identify low-risk patients suitable for discharge, shorten ED wait times, reduce unnecessary hospitalizations, decrease costs — and, most importantly, alleviate patient anxiety about the possibility of having had a heart attack.


Parents want to meet radiologists before child's ultrasound
Diagnostic Imaging
Parents whose children require diagnostic ultrasounds appreciate speaking with radiologists, and such consultations result in decreased anxiety and an increased understanding of the radiologist's role, according to a study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine, in California, sought to determine if radiologist-parent consultation sessions for pediatric ultrasound with immediate disclosure of examination results, if desired, increases visit satisfaction.


  Ovarian cancer drug promising for prostate tumors
Renal & Urology News
Lynparza targets mutations found in about 30 percent of men with prostate cancer, but may also benefit men whose tumors have acquired defects in DNA repair, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine. For the study, 49 men with advanced prostate cancer who were no longer responding to standard therapies received olaparib. Of these, 16 responded to the drug.


Miscarriage risk is not increased with subchorionic hematoma
Ob.Gyn News
The presence of subchorionic bleeding around the gestational sac does not appear to increase the risk of miscarriage, according to data from a prospective observational study. In a study of 1,115 women in early pregnancy, 13 percent had documented subchorionic hematoma. The women were diagnosed either after presenting with bleeding or during a routine dating scan.


CEO and CFO pay increases fueled by pressures of consumer-driven healthcare market
Becker's Hospital Review
Both CFOs and CEOs of U.S. publicly traded companies saw their compensation increase at a slower rate in 2015 than the year prior, with finance chiefs faring slightly better overall than chief executives, according to a study from accounting and consulting organization BDO USA.


Breaking new ground (and kidney stones) with ultrasound
Urology Times
Novel ultrasound-based techniques for propelling and breaking kidney stones could soon join ESWL and URS in the urologist's treatment armamentarium. Michael Bailey, PhD, discusses how these technologies work, what they're capable of, and where they are in development. Dr. Bailey is assistant professor of mechanical engineering and adjunct assistant professor of urology at the University of Washington, Seattle.



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