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Doctors Stand to Lose Incentive Payments Due to Unrealistic Quality Standards
The doctors staffing New York City’s public hospitals stand to lose out on tens of thousands of dollars in incentive payments because of new standards they say are too high.   As part of the doctors’ most recent contract with NYC Health &...
August 24, 2016
Cardiovascular / Cardiology
Study Of Sudden Heart Death Exposes Limits Of Genetic Testing 
Scientists have discovered that a common cause of sudden heart death has been misunderstood because researchers didn’t appropriately account for racial differences in their studies. The findings, published online Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine,have implications far beyond this particular inherited...
August 24, 2016
Diagnostics & Healthcare News
EpiPens Are Getting A Lot More Expensive
Some families gearing up for the start of school have noticed that one important item for kids with severe food allergies has gotten a lot more expensive. With some retailers now charging more than $700 for a set of EpiPens, allergists say they’ve...
August 23, 2016
Cardiovascular / Cardiology
Boston Scientific Recalls Lotus Valve System Units for Delivery System Malfunction
MARLBOROUGH, MA — Boston Scientific has issued a voluntary global recall for several units of the Lotus Valve System because of breakage issues with the release mandrel, a component of the delivery system. Release mandrel breaks most commonly resulted in the need to...
August 22, 2016
Biologics, Wound Care, Infection Prevention
Copper Kills Bacteria and Wins Fans in Health Care
Copper is used in everything from automobiles to air conditioners, but it has one property that makes it especially attractive for medical uses: It kills bacteria A burgeoning opportunity for copper producers relies on a simple premise: that the base metal is good...
August 22, 2016
Imaging Visualization & Navigation
Siemens and INSIGHTEC Sign Strategic Agreement 
ERLANGEN, Germany and HAIFA, Israel, Aug. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — INSIGHTEC, the global leader in MR-guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS) therapy, announced today the signing of a strategic agreement with the global leader in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Siemens Healthineers. The strategic collaboration will involve...
August 19, 2016
Biologics, Wound Care, Infection Prevention
Compound from Marine Sponge Reduces Pancreatic Tumor Size
A deep-water marine sponge that contains leiodermatolide has the ability to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and block cancer cells from dividing using extremely low concentrations of the natural compound. Scientists at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute found that a...
August 19, 2016
Diagnostics & Healthcare News
Why Doctors Want A Computerized Care Assistant For Cancer Patients
A computer may soon be able to offer highly personalized treatment suggestions for cancer patients based on the specifics of their cases and the full sweep of the most relevant scientific research. IBM and the New York Genome Center, a consortium of medical...
August 19, 2016
Surgery and Surgical Robotics
Wireless ‘Neural Dust’ Could Monitor Your Brain 
Science fiction that features wires connecting brains to computers might now be obsolete. Wireless powered implants, each smaller than a grain of rice, could serve as “neural dust” that can one day scan and stimulate brain cells. Such research could one day help...
August 18, 2016
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