Archive January 2011

Study: No link between e-records, better health care [New Orleans CityBusiness (LA)]

Jan31

Many New Orleans area hospitals have already switched over to electronic health records for patients. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals even started handing out federal incentive money to Medicare providers who move to electronic health records.But a new study by Stanford University researchers published last week states that electronic health records don’t necessarily […]

At what price innovation? Health care reform heightens biz challenge of justifying new procedures, technologies [Journal Record (Oklahoma City, OK)]

Jan31

Ed McKay stopped in surprise as he saw ABC News reporting on blood test advances for detecting breast, prostate and colorectal cancer cells."Isn’t that the test we’ve been using two years now?" asked McKay, director of imaging and laboratories at Tulsa’s Cancer Treatment Centers of America Southwestern Regional Medical Center.The Tulsa hospital actually joined in […]

Gynecologic Cancer Unit Relocates to Improve Patient Experience

Jan31

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 1 The Siteman Cancer Center issued the following news release:Patients hospitalized in the new gynecologic oncology unit at the Siteman Cancer Center and Barnes-Jewish Hospital can touch a screen in their rooms and see a photo of their nurse for that day. Touch the screen again, and they can watch a video […]

Congresswoman Corrine Brown Discusses Health Care Reform Benefits Already in Place

Jan31

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla. (3rd CD), issued the following news release:Congresswoman Brown made the following statement:"I was first elected to Congress in 1992, and in all my years of service, I have worked to make affordable, quality health care available for ALL Americans. Indeed, for nearly a century, leaders from all over […]

New Drug for Use in Bone Scans Approved; Provides an Alternative to Radioactive Tracer That is Currently in Short Supply

Jan31

BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 1 The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ National Cancer Institute issued the following news release:The FDA has approved a New Drug Application (NDA) from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, for a new strength of a previously approved drug, Sodium Fluoride F18, for use […]

American College of Physicians Issues Advice for High-Value Health Care for Diagnostic Imaging for Low Back Pain

Jan31

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 1 The American College of Physicians issued the following news release:The American College of Physicians (ACP) has found strong evidence that routine imaging for low back pain with X-ray or advanced imaging methods such as CT scan or MRI does not improve the health of patients.In "Diagnostic Imaging for Low Back Pain: Advice […]

Court Urged to Uphold Challenge to FDA Bioequivalence Rule

Jan31

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 The Washington Legal Foundation issued the following news release:The Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) this week urged the U.S. District Courtfor the District of Columbia not to dismiss a challenge to an FDA rule that makes it easier for generic drug manufacturers to demonstrate that their products are bioequivalent to a brand-name drug […]

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, HIGGINS, KING: FOOT-DRAGGING BY FEDS PUTS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR NY HOSPITALS AT RISK

Jan31

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, HIGGINS, KING: FOOT-DRAGGING BY FEDS PUTS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR NY HOSPITALS AT RISK – SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO EXTEND DEADLINE SO HOSPITAL PROJECTS CAN MOVE FORWARD350 Long-Overdue Projects to Modernize Hospitals Across New York At Risk Of Stopping Dead In Their Tracks – Without ‘F-SHRP’ Funding, NY Hospitals Can’t Meet Construction Deadlines […]

Early Tests Find Nanoshell Therapy Effective Against Brain Cancer

Jan31

HOUSTON, Feb. 1 Rice University issued the following news release:Rice University bioengineers and physician-scientists at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital have successfully destroyed tumors of human brain cancer cells in the first animal tests of a minimally invasive treatment that zaps glioma tumors with heat. The tests involved nanoshells, light-activated nanoparticles that […]

Barrasso, Graham Introduce Legislation Allowing States to ‘Opt-Out’ of Obamacare

Jan31

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) today introduced S.244, The State Health Care Choice Act, to repeal and replace Obamacare by allowing states to ‘Opt-Out’ of its major provisions. Under the legislation, states could choose to ‘Opt-Out’ of:* Individual mandate – the requirement to buy government-approved health insurance coupled […]