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Immunotherapy doubles survival rates for patients with melanoma brain metastases

Cancer immunotherapies and targeted therapy have revolutionized how clinicians take care of patients with advanced skin cancer and have led to long lasting treatment responses for many of them. However, little is known about the survival impact of these therapies for a substantial group of patients. Melanoma patients with cancer that has spread to the

2018-07-16T09:34:26+00:00 Tags: |

Sustainable cost control tops list of priorities for healthcare executives

When it comes to a hospital executive's list of priorities, there's a new occupant in the top slot according to Advisory Board's Annual Health Care CEO Survey. Previously occupied by "revenue growth," it's cost control that has taken up position as the top priority among health system CEOs. "While interest in revenue growth remains high,

2018-07-16T09:29:42+00:00 Tags: |

No Fable: ESOPs Gain Favor Among Business Owners Looking to Retire

After 20 years of running her consulting business, Jennifer Wise started to think about her next challenge: how to transition her company and retire. As the sole owner and founder of Wise Consulting — an HR and payroll consulting company — Wise said she started looking at options for the future of her business about

Religious Institutions Are Becoming More Involved in Sustainable Investing

The roots of sustainable and responsible investing (SRI) can be traced back to religious movements. As early as the 18th century John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, recognised the extent to which the use of money was the second most important aspect of New Testament teachings. Quakers are often considered the founders of SRI and

Here is Why Social Entrepreneurs are Silent Revolutionaries

Often, large-scale social problems such as poverty, energy, waste, water, education, health and jobs are the responsibility of the State. However, these problems are complex in nature and need the innovativeness and agility that an enterprise can bring to the table for it to be solved. State Institutions lack typical characteristics that enterprises have –

Trash into Treasure: U.Va.’s MERCI gives new life to unused medical supplies

MERCI, or Medical Equipment Recovery of Clean Inventory, is a program at the University Hospital that collects and donates clean medical supplies and gently used lab equipment at no cost to the University and other organizations. According to MERCI, 30 to 50 percent of waste generated by hospitals is mistakenly treated as regulated medical waste,

2018-07-16T09:25:01+00:00 Tags: |

Nederland moves towards Sustainable Energy

Lauren Berger, Nederland.   Why Investing in Energy Efficiency is Like Eating Your Vegetables Before Dessert. Nederland is embarking on an ambitious journey towards energy leadership with a community-wide goal of consuming 100% electricity from renewable sources by 2025. In order to get there, we all have to make sure we eat our energy vegetables –

2018-07-18T03:03:18+00:00 Tags: |

Pairing access to finance and energy to solve global poverty

Beginning in the 1980s, microfinance emerged as a way to tackle the myriad challenges of poverty by focusing on financial inclusion. It was recognized that lack of access to basic financial services, such as a small loan, was preventing billions of people from raising their standard of living. As of 2017, 1.7 billion adults globally remain

Looking Past the Labels

People putting their money into environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments might be in for disappointment, Greenchip Financial’s John Cook said. ESG funds, which select companies for their broader environmental and social impact on top of performance, include a lot of big names whose business has little to do with reducing pollution, Greenchip president Cook

This company pioneered a new business structure to preserve its mission

The new owner of Organically Grown Company, an Oregon-based organic produce distributor, isn’t a person but a trust, created to help the company maintain its social and environmental mission as it grows. The company is the first in the U.S. to use something called purpose trust law to restructure itself. “Most ownership structures are still about

Bioengineers create pathway to personalized medicine

Engineering cellular biology, minus the actual cell, is a growing area of interest in biotechnology and synthetic biology. It’s known as cell-free protein synthesis, or CFPS, and it has potential to provide sustainable ways to make chemicals, medicines and biomaterials. Unfortunately, a long-standing gap in cell-free systems is the ability to manufacture glycosylated proteins –

2018-07-16T09:14:32+00:00 Tags: |

7 More Ways The Right And Left Enable Continued Income Inequality

In my last post, I mentioned seven ways people on the right and left hinder progress on income inequality. Here are the seven more ways that I mentioned would follow in another post. 1. We can keep growing out of our problems Expectations of constant growth are the usual solution you hear from the right and

‘Pay what you feel’: the supermarket giving wasted food new life

A man places his shopping bag on the counter filled with canned goods, fruit, vegetables and a loaf of bread. He passes it to a woman, who weighs the bag, while her colleague makes a note on a clipboard. Then they wish him luck. “Come back soon,” 19-year-old Vincent Hui tells him. No money changes

How Waste Management Innovators are Capitalizing on Healthcare Materials

U.S. hospitals are increasingly under fire to divert the 5.9 million tons of waste they generate each year, but most continues to be landfilled or incinerated, according to nonprofit Practice Greenhealth. One big problem is recyclers are often reluctant to take it, finding it difficult to deal with or to market. It’s hard to find

2018-07-14T07:48:29+00:00

Financial literacy, not information simplicity, fuels good decision making

This is one time where KISS (keep it simple, stupid) isn’t the answer, according to a new study from Texas Tech University. The study used a hypothetical employer-sponsored 401(k) plan and looked at how the presentation of financial planning information impacts retirement-savings behavior. Researchers did not expect to find that simplifying the information did not increase plan

7 Myths About Income Inequality And How We Think About It

We're a country of absolutes in attitudes. Maybe it’s a craving for simplicity and certainty, but we frequently frame problems and their potential solutions starkly. That's true for income inequality, social mobility, economic fairness, opportunity, and many related issues — innovation, education, jobs, crime, poverty, budget deficits and more. Our absolutist views become manufactured truisms.

UNSW study shows hospital hand hygiene rates may be worse than reported

UNSW medical researchers have found that hand hygiene rates in hospital staff drop sharply when humans undertaking compliance monitoring are replaced by machines. A government-led mandatory hand hygiene program has operated in Australian hospitals for the past eight years, with human auditors ensuring staff follow hand hygiene guidelines, which require a minimum of 70% compliance. But compliance rates

2018-07-11T05:07:04+00:00 Tags: |