July 29, 2014 |
Featured Hospital

Family Fertility Center Utilizes EmbryoScope to Increase IVF Success
Houston, TX – Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, one of the nation’s premier hospitals for women’s, fetal and newborn health, announced the opening of their new state-of-the-art in vitro fertilization (IVF) lab featuring the latest technology and techniques in reproductive endocrinology, including the first IVF clinic in Houston to utilize a leading-edge embryo monitoring system called the EmbryoScope. The clinic also offers a full spectrum of pain management options tailored to each patient’s individual needs and supervised by board certified obstetric anesthesiologists. View All Hospitals >
"The New Medicine"
Why the First Closed Loop Artificial Pancreas Did Not Come From a Medical School
Dr. Scott Hammond

Editor’s Note: This is the first in an ongoing series exclusive to Medical-Horizons.Net on the future of healthcare. For more informations see "From the Publisher" righthand column.

Santa Barbara, CA - Recently, Medical-Horizons.net had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Scott Hammond of the University of California Santa Barbara's Translational Medical Research Laboratories.

M-H.Net: Dr. Hammond, thank you for taking to time to speak with us today.  We’re excited to have this opportunity to learn about your approach to translational medicine at TMRL.  We’re accustomed to seeing breakthrough research associated with medical schools, but you’re doing something a little different here. Can you explain?

Dr. Hammond: As Executive Director of the UCSB Translational Medical Research Laboratories I’m frequently heard saying “no medical school, no problem.”  At the TMRL we’re redefining biomedical research by applying a “systems approach” to medical research and partnering with researchers and clinicians from around the world to develop solutions and expedite the application of medical research. 

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Featured Technology
Imaging Device May Provide Early Detection of Changes Associated with Alzheimer’s
This image from NeuroVision Imaging shows beta-amyloid plaques, highlighted in red, inside the retina. Los Angeles, CA - A noninvasive optical imaging device developed at Cedars-Sinai can provide early detection of changes that later occur in the brain and are a classic sign of Alzheimer’s disease, according to preliminary results from investigators conducting a clinical trial in Australia. Full Story >
On The Horizon
Injectable Foam Could Prevent Fatal Blood Loss in Wounded Soldiers
This prototype device, invented by Johns Hopkins undergrads, is designed to inject a foam that hardens and halts bleeding within a serious combat wound.

Baltimore, MD - To give soldiers inflicted with a deep wound a fighting chance at survival while being transported to a distant medical station, Johns Hopkins undergraduates have invented an injectable foam system designed to stop profuse bleeding from a wound where a limb or the head is connected to the torso.

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Smart Moves
St. Jude Medical Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire NeuroTherm
St. Paul, MN - St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held NeuroTherm, Inc., a manufacturer of interventional pain management therapies, for approximately $200 million in cash. Full Story >
News Briefs
Cheaper Drug for Heart Attack Could Improve Outcomes and Save Millions
Dr Rod Stables Liverpool, UK - A new study compares outcomes for two drugs used to prevent blood clot formation during emergency heart attack treatment and suggests that use of one of the drugs could result in improved outcomes - such as a reduced rate of repeat heart attacks - compared to the other drug tested, which is in widespread use in high-income countries. One is around 400 times more expensive than the other. Full Story >
Cutting Unnecessary Blood Testing Brings 1.25 Million Spending Decrease
Baltimore, MD - Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center used two relatively simple tactics to significantly reduce the number of unnecessary blood tests to assess symptoms of heart attack and chest pain and to achieve a large decrease in patient charges. Full Story >
Healthcare IT
Some of the 2014 Most Wired Hospitals Share Their Success Stories
Chicago, IL - The results of Hospitals and Health Networks (H&HN) magazine's 2014 "most wired" survey shows hospitals are moving deeper into data analytics and population health management. Listen to the H&HN editors discuss some of the key findings of the survey and hear the story of what made some of this year's winners the most wired. Full Story >
From Fatigues to Scrubs: Memorial Hermann Looking to Hire Veterans
After serving in the Navy, Charles House, at work with Meagan Chapman, R.N., became a certified surgical technician and now works at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. Houston, TX - Memorial Hermann is among Houston-area businesses actively recruiting new employees from the thousands of veterans separating or retiring from active duty.  Full Story >
From the Publisher...
Glimpse the Future of Healthcare in Our Exclusive Series, "The New Medicine"
Emerson, NJ - At the University of California, Santa Barbara's (UCSB) Translational Medicine Research Laboratories (TMRL), a paradigm shift in medical research and problem solving is already in motion - and producing results. Starting this week, Medical-Horizons.net will be presenting a monthly series with Dr. Scott Hammond, Executive Director of UCSB's TMRL. The series will provide insight into their new approach and where, what Dr. Hammond refers to as "The New Medicine," may take healthcare.  Full Story >
Featured Video
Delivering Tomorrow's Healthcare Today - Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals is using telehealth in new and innovative ways to better connect with patients and their families. President and CEO Stephen Klasko describes the strategy in this video.
Safety First
Clot Prevention Drug Offsets Cost By Lowering Risk of Catheter-Related Infections
Washington, DC — Using an expensive agent to prevent blood clots in kidney failure patients’ dialysis catheters may turn out to be less costly overall due to its ability to reduce medical complications, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). Full Story >
New Results Show Personalized Brain Tumor Vaccine Helps Patients Live Longer
Andrew T. Parsa, MD, PhD - Northwestern department of neurosurgery Chicago, IL – Patients newly diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and treated with an experimental cancer vaccine made from the patient's own tumor in addition to standard of care lived longer compared to those who received standard of care alone, according to new results from a study involving Northwestern Medicine researchers.  Full Story >