February 20, 2015
CHICAGO, Ill., USA: The American Brain Tumor Association Discovery Grant funding of high-risk, high-impact projects continues to be a catalyst for moving innovative treatment concepts closer to the clinic. Recently, Curtana Pharmaceuticals, a privately held, preclinical stage pharmaceutical company, announced it will continue its OLIG2 inhibitor research.
January 9, 2015
LANSING, Mich., USA: Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed the “Right To Try Act” into law, making Michigan the fourth state in the country to adopt this innovative proposal aimed at helping terminally ill patients. Right To Try gives terminally ill patients the right to try investigational medicines that have passed the first phase of FDA approval but still may be years away from reaching pharmacy shelves.
December 12, 2014
The increasing reliability and versatility of adhesive approaches, and the growing need for better alternatives to surgical suturing and stapling, are ushering in a new era of wound repair devices that could one day replace stitches, according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.
November 24, 2014
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., USA: For all the advances in both medicine and technology, patients still face a bewildering array of advice and information when trying to weigh the possible consequences of certain medical treatments. But an MIT Sloan School of Management professor and her team have developed a hands-on, data-driven tool that enables patients to obtain personalized predictions for their recovery from surgery.
November 21, 2014
With spinal fusion surgeries receiving extensive scrutiny from various facets of the U.S. medical community, the number of procedures performed will be hindered mainly by reimbursement changes, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData. Joseph Gregory, GlobalData’s analyst covering surgical devices, says that everyone, from health insurers and hospital management to spine surgeons and policy makers, has expressed concerns that the increasing procedure volumes in this market may not always be associated with medically necessary indications.
November 8, 2014
CHICAGO, Ill., USA: To meet the unique needs of brain tumor patients, the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) and the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) have announced the availability of the first ever clinical practice guidelines (CPG) for the treatment of adults with brain tumors, called “The Care of the Adult Patient with a Brain Tumor Clinical Practice Guideline.”
October 1, 2014
New York, N.Y., USA: World Vasectomy Day is asking men whose families are complete to sign up for vasectomies on Nov. 7, 2014. Some states require a 30-day waiting period between initial consultation and vasectomy procedure, so time is of the essence. The World Vasectomy Day goal is to inspire 250 doctors in 30 countries to perform 1,500 vasectomies in 24 hours.
September 24, 2014
MIDDLETON, Wis., USA: Orascoptic, the leader in superior vision solutions for dental professionals, will consolidate its medical-centric brand – Surgical Acuity – under the same Orascoptic moniker. The Surgical Acuity brand will be phased out by the end of the year, at which time the single Orascoptic brand will be aligned with both dental and medical markets.
September 19, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., USA: Wills Eye Hospital has been ranked the No. 2 Best Hospital in the Nation for Ophthalmology in the new 2014-2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals issue. The annual issue, now in its 25th year, recognizes hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging cases. The rankings are determined by the votes of thousands of doctors nationwide.
August 19, 2014
Although most Canadian children are treated for caries in community-based dental offices or clinics, a significant number of young children who do not benefit from prevention strategies develop serious dental diseases such as early childhood caries. According to a report, this condition accounts for about one-third of all day surgeries for preschoolers.
August 5, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky., USA: Noting the progress in drug and vaccine development over the past three years, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has provided a three-year, $5.5 million grant to the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville to develop new treatments and vaccines for various forms of cancer.
July 24, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, USA – The College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been awarded $50,000 by The Blackstone Charitable Foundation for its support of veterans’ employment and business development. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was one of only six recipients across the nation to receive the 2014 Blackstone Veterans Grant from more than 200 submitted proposals.
July 16, 2014
RIVERSIDE, Calif., USA: Ripping a page from the Star Trek script, specialized cells of the barrier that lines the inside of the intestines and airways of humans have invoked a biological version of Captain Kirk’s famous command “shields up” as a first defense against invading microbes.
July 3, 2014
MELVILLE, N.Y., USA: Henry Schein Dental, the global dental business of Henry Schein Inc., has announced the launch of Henry Schein Dental Surgical Solutions. The group will specialize in providing a comprehensive package of specialty products and services, as well as innovative and personalized business solutions, to oral and maxillofacial surgeons and periodontists.
June 2, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: The high inflation on the cost of ovarian cancer therapeutics in the United States, predominately on Avastin, will drive the global market through to 2020, despite Avastin’s current limitation to off-label usage in the country, according to a new report from business intelligence provider GBI Research.
May 29, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: Hospitals are meant to be places of healing, yet every year an estimated 1.7 million Americans will develop a hospital-acquired infection (HAI) while hospitalized — and 99,000 patients will die from one, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
May 9, 2014
CHICAGO, Ill., USA: Screenings by dentists for the most common chronic medical diseases could save the American health care system as much as $102.6 million annually, according to a new study conducted by the ADA Health Policy Resources Center (HPRC). The findings were published recently in the American Journal of Public Health.
April 25, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: Advancements in medical science are astounding. You may no longer need corrective lenses due to an outpatient laser procedure, 15 pounds can be shed with a body wrap, and there is even surgical “super glue.” Unfortunately, there are still some things that require longer treatment processes, and cleft lip and palate (CLP) is one of them.