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: |

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: |

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: |

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: |

Texas Health Resources Releases Sixth Sustainability Report

Texas Health Resources has released its sixth annual Community Responsibility and Sustainability Report, an overview of progress made in 2017 to improve organizational and fiscal sustainability. The report looks at programs implemented that were said to enhance Texas Health’s workplace, minimize its impact on the environment, and help it provide safe care in North Texas.

2018-07-10T06:49:49+00:00 Tags: |

Biomarker discovered for pathogen that can blind or kill healthy young people

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Imagine a pathogen that infects completely healthy people and can cause blindness in one day and flesh-eating infections, brain abscesses and death in just a few days. Now imagine that this pathogen is also resistant to all antibiotics. This is the nightmare scenario that obsesses Thomas A. Russo, MD, professor of medicine

2018-07-08T07:12:21+00:00 Tags: |

4 sustainable solutions to save millions of mothers and children

Every day, approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth; 99% of these deaths occur in resource-limited countries. In addition, 15,000 children under five years old die each day around the world from treatable conditions, such as pneumonia and diarrhea. Although these numbers are unacceptable, the world has witnessed great progress in

2018-07-09T01:44:28+00:00 Tags: |

Stony Brook University Hospital Awarded for Innovation in Sustainability

In recognition for leading the healthcare industry in sustainability and environmental stewardship, Stony Brook University Hospital received the Greenhealth Emerald Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the healthcare sector.

2018-07-07T07:44:20+00:00 Tags: |

Poor sleep as kids may help lead to cardiovascular disease as adults

Adolescents who get insufficient and poor quality sleep are more likely than well-rested kids to have higher blood pressure, bigger waistlines, and lower levels of HDL, or “good” cholesterol — risk factors that can set them up for cardiovascular disease as adults, according to a recent study led by Elsie Tavares, professor in the Department

2018-07-04T08:12:19+00:00 Tags: |

Compounds Found in Green Tea and Wine May Block Formation of Toxic Metabolites

A new Tel Aviv University study suggests there is hope of treating certain inborn congenital metabolic diseases — a hope found in green tea and in red wine. Most people with inherited metabolic disorders are born with a defective gene that results in a critical enzyme deficiency. In the absence of a cure, many patients

2018-07-03T08:33:42+00:00 Tags: |

Philadelphia’s Good Food, Healthy Hospitals Initiative Uses Food as Medicine

Overview: Good Food, Healthy Hospitals (GFHH) is an initiative to transform Philadelphia’s hospital food environment and promote healthy foods and beverages for patients, staff and visitors. The program’s approach is based on the concept that good food is good health care. Ensuring that staff, patients and visitors have access to fresh, healthy and environmentally sustainable

2018-07-03T08:27:54+00:00 Tags: |

Sustainable healthcare

Health, social care and medical research are all witnessing profound change at the hands of technology. Could digitalised healthcare help to transform the provision of services? With the National Health turning 70 in July it will provide an opportunity to celebrate one of the most enduring institutions to have been created by the UK since

2018-07-02T08:38:58+00:00 Tags: |

Optimising hospital patient flow – a key step towards high quality and sustainable healthcare?

Managing patient flow effectively is fundamental to any hospital’s operational efficiency and sustainability. Maximising finite resources, whilst ensuring safe patient outcomes, is a core objective. A winter bed crisis in the NHS and the risks of a potential flu pandemic have placed the issue into sharp focus. As the UK population ages, debates have concentrated

2018-06-29T09:31:41+00:00 Tags: |

This medical products company believes single-use devices should be safe, clinically effective . . . and sustainable

We have expectations of efficacy and safety in medical products that are brought to market; should we also factor in sustainability? Absolutely, says Rob Chase, founder and President of NewGen Surgical, a medical products company based in San Rafael, CA. Single-use medical devices and surgical products have dramatically improved medical care by minimizing opportunities for

2018-06-29T09:27:22+00:00 Tags: |

Sustainable healthcare

Health, social care and medical research are all witnessing profound change at the hands of technology. Could digitalised healthcare help to transform the provision of services? With the National Health turning 70 in July it will provide an opportunity to celebrate one of the most enduring institutions to have been created by the UK since

2018-06-27T12:55:43+00:00 Tags: |

Intermountain to fight pharmaceutical monopolies

As Dan Liljenquist watched former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli raise a rarely-heard-of-drug more than 550%, he had the same thought as nearly everyone else in America: Is this really happening? But unlike most Americans, Liljenquist happens to be in a position to do something about it. The former Utah state senator and the vice president of

Putting the brakes on metastatic cancer

In a new study published in Nature Communications, the team found that by inhibiting several newly identified gene targets they could block more than 99.5 per cent of cancer metastasis in living cells. "The potential significance is incredible," said John Lewis, the Alberta Cancer Foundation Frank and Carla Sojonky Chair in Prostate Cancer Research at

2018-06-25T09:47:36+00:00 Tags: |

Medicaid experiments may impact access to healthcare

Current experimental approaches in Medicaid programs — including requirements to pay premiums, contribute to health savings accounts, or to work — may lead to unintended consequences for patient coverage and access, such as confusing beneficiaries or dissuading some people from enrolling, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The

2018-06-23T07:37:45+00:00 Tags: |