Archive December 2012

NURSE CUTS KEEP 22,000 IN HOSPITAL ; Slashed care costs NHS Pounds 6million a month [Ulster Region] [Mirror (UK)]

Dec31

TENS of thousands of vulnerable people are getting trapped in hospital after the number of district nurses was slashed.The Coalition’s NHS spending squeeze has seen one in five of the roles – almost 1,400 in total – axed in just two years, official figures show today.It is costing the cash-strapped health service Pounds 6million a […]

First New TB Drug In 50 Years Approved Must Be Made Widely Available

Dec31

NEW YORK, Dec. 31 The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news release:The approval by the US Food and Drug Administration of an important new tuberculosis treatment must lead to its availability in countries with high levels of the drug-resistant form of the deadly disease, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Medecins […]

‘Protecting’ Psychiatric Medical Records Puts Patients at Risk of Hospitalization

Dec31

BALTIMORE, Dec. 31 Johns Hopkins Medicine issued the following news release:Medical centers that elect to keep psychiatric files private and separate from the rest of a person’s medical record may be doing their patients a disservice, a Johns Hopkins study concludes.In a survey of psychiatry departments at 18 of the top American hospitals as ranked […]

FDA Approves First Anti-Diarrheal Drug for HIV/AIDS Patients

Dec31

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration issued the following news release:The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Fulyzaq (crofelemer) to relieve symptoms of diarrhea in HIV/AIDS patients taking antiretroviral therapy, a combination of medicines used to treat HIV infection.Diarrhea is experienced by many HIV/AIDS patients […]

FDA Approves First Drug to Treat Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis

Dec31

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration issued the following news release:On Dec. 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Sirturo (bedaquiline) as part of combination therapy to treat adults with multi-drug resistant pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) when other alternatives are not available.TB is an infection caused […]

Eating revolution at hospital [Northern Echo (England)]

Dec31

A HOSPITAL has revolutionised the way patients enjoy mealtimes.A team at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Lanchester Road Hospital, in Durham City, has developed a scheme where patients and staff work together to prepare home cooked meals.Food had previously been bought either frozen or chilled and then heated up on […]

EMMC wraps up deal to integrate Bangor cardiology practice [Bangor Daily News (ME)]

Dec31

BANGOR, Maine Eastern Maine Medical Center has finalized plans to integrate Northeast Cardiology Associates, the last sizeable private cardiology practice remaining in the state, into the hospital’s heart center.The deal between EMMC and Northeast, a Bangor physician practice, was reached Monday after about a year of serious negotiations, according to James Raczek, EMMC’s chief medical […]

Spotlight for Tuesday 1113 [Bangor Daily News (ME)]

Dec31

FDA approves first new TB pill in 40 yearsWASHINGTON Johnson & Johnson has won accelerated Food and Drug Administration approval for its tuberculosis tablet Sirturo, the first medicine in 40 years that provides a new way to treat the contagious lung infection.The FDA cleared Sirturo to be added to existing therapies for use by adults […]

AP Health NewsBrief at 6:39 p.m. EST

Dec31

FDA approves 1st new tuberculosis drug in 40 yearsWASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a Johnson & Johnson tuberculosis drug that is the first new medicine to fight the deadly infection in more than four decades. The agency approved J&J’s pill, Sirturo, for use with older drugs to fight a […]

AP Health NewsBrief at 6:36 p.m. EST

Dec31

Clinton’s blood clot an uncommon complicationThe kind of blood clot in the skull that doctors say Hillary Rodham Clinton has is relatively uncommon but can occur after an injury like the fall and concussion the secretary of state was diagnosed with earlier this month. Doctors said Monday that an MRI scan revealed a clot in […]