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Cardiac, Stent Implantation, Cardiac Stents, Healthcare Costs, Healthcare Cost Containment, Biomedical And Health Research, Biomedical Engineering

Novel UAB Technology Could Extend Life of Medical Implant Devices

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The long-term performance of medical implant devices, like heart valves and cardiac stents, could be enhanced substantially by new bio-coating technology recently licensed to University of Alabama at Birmingham spin-out company Endomimetics LLC through the UAB Research Foundation.

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CME, Continuing Medical Education, Oncology, Rural, Cancer

Albert Einstein College of Medicine Helps Address Need for Improved Cancer Care in Rural America

Nearly a quarter of Americans live in rural areas, which consistently report higher cancer mortality rates than urban and suburban areas. Among the complex causes for this disparity is that only 10 percent of physicians practice in rural areas and almost 4 out of 10 rural residents live at least an hour from an urban area. Finding the time, transportation, and financial resources for travel to urban academic medical centers, the standard bearers for quality cancer care, often proves difficult. Most rural residents have their cancer treated in their communities, although a survey suggests rural physicians are less likely to attend national medical conferences and may have difficulty keeping up with important oncology literature.

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Cancer Vaccine, Vaccine, Clinical Trial

New Brain Tumor Vaccine to Be Tested in Humans

A groundbreaking, first in humans vaccine will be tested in an early phase clinical trial that will soon begin at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Eighteen patients will be the first in the world to receive it.

Life

Arts and Humanities

Bristol-Myers Squibb and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Announce First-of-Its-Kind Collaboration to Express the Stories of People Impacted by HIV/AIDS Through Dance

2011 REYATAZ® (atazanavir sulfate) “Fight HIV Your Way” Contest call for entries begins on December 1, 2010.

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orthopedic registry, international registries, Medical Devices, orthopedic devices, Health Policy, Comparative Effectiveness, Epidemeology

New HSS Center’s Scientists Lead FDA’s International Consortium of Orthopedic Research Registries

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Hospital for Special Surgery is announcing the creation of a new research center and its selection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to develop an International Consortium of Orthopedic Registries. The consortium will serve as a model for other medical device registries.

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Melanoma, c-kit gene, nilotnib, Tasigna

International Clinical Trial Tests Targeted Drug for Melanoma

Rush University Medical Center has just enrolled the first U.S. patient in an international clinical trial testing a novel drug to treat certain kinds of melanoma, a deadly skin cancer that in its advanced stages currently has few effective treatments.

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Weight Watchers Introduces Revolutionary New Program To Help Americans Improve Their Eating Habits and Successfully Lose Weight

The new era of Weight Watchers is here. Today Weight Watchers, the world-renowned leader in weight management, has announced it is introducing in the United States a successor to its popular POINTS weight loss system – the new PointsPlus program.

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Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Kidney Transplantation, Surgery

Jefferson Offers Adult Kidney Transplant Patients the Lowest Wait Times in City, Per National Database

A recent listing* of Philadelphia adult kidney transplant programs by The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) has listed the transplant program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as having the shortest wait times for patients seeking a transplant among programs that have a three-year survival rate of greater than 90 percent.

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Transplant, Organ, Organ Donation, Organ Failure, Liver Failure, Liver Disease, Kidney, Kidney Disease, lung, Lung Disease, Lung Transplant, Liver Transplant, Kidney Transplant, Heart Transplant, Organ Transplant, Transplant Center, transplant hospital

Top Hospital Organ Transplant Centers Identified by HealthGrades

HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent ratings organization, today made available to organ transplant patients a list of those hospitals with the best track record for survival and chances of receiving a donor organ. HealthGrades annual evaluation of the nation’s top-performing hospitals in organ transplantation includes clinical quality data, based on patient outcomes, for each of the 210 adult acute care hospitals that perform transplants.

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Smoking Cessation Program Open to Cancer Survivors Who Need Help Quitting the Habit

In time for this year’s Great American Smokeout, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital expands its smoking cessation efforts by offering free counseling and nicotine replacement therapy to survivors of childhood or adult-onset cancer.







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