New technique detects, eliminates ovarian cancer cells | No link found between diabetes, HCV in U.S. population study | T-cell therapy performs well against leukemia in new study
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New technique detects, eliminates ovarian cancer cells
A study in the journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine describes a technique that combines near-infrared fluorescence imaging and lasers to detect and kill off human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2) over-expression in ovarian cancer cells. The cancer cells were detected using nanoparticles with Indocyanine Green and anti-HER2 antibodies. The technique "is capable of specific targeting, near infrared molecular imaging, and photothermal destruction of ovarian cancer cells in vitro," said researcher Bahman Anvari. BioOptics World (10/15)
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No link found between diabetes, HCV in U.S. population study
Research in the journal Hepatology found no correlation between the prevalence of diabetes and hepatitis C in the U.S. "Elevated liver enzyme activities were associated with both diabetes and with [insulin resistance]. We suggest that previous reports of relationships of HCV with diabetes may, in large measure, have been the result of this effect of elevated liver enzymes," researchers noted. Healio (free registration)/HCV Next (10/16)
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T-cell therapy performs well against leukemia in new study
Nineteen patients with relapsing or unresponsive acute lymphoblastic leukemia remained in remission six months after being treated with genetically engineered autologous T-cells, researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania report in the New England Journal of Medicine. The therapy used T-cells reprogrammed to find and destroy B-cells that have the surface protein CD19. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have reported similar results with the therapy. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/16), HealthDay News (10/15)
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Healthy lifestyle during pregnancy may improve birth outcomes
Women who ate healthy food and regularly exercised during their pregnancy were less likely to give birth to heavier infants and had a lower risk of moderate to severe respiratory distress syndrome, according to a study in BMC Medicine. Science World Report (10/15)
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Study links severe psoriasis to higher hypertension risk
An analysis of data on more than 13,000 adults in the U.K. found that severe psoriasis was associated with a 48% greater risk of uncontrolled high blood pressure. The study, published in JAMA Dermatology, found an association between psoriasis and cardiovascular health, but it did not establish a causal link between the diseases. HealthDay News (10/15)
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Dallas nurses with Ebola transferred to biocontainment units
Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse and the first person known to have contracted Ebola in the U.S., has been transferred from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to a specialized NIH medical facility in Bethesda, Md., according to officials. Amber Joy Vinson, the second Dallas nurse infected with the virus, was moved Wednesday to a biocontainment area at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. "Clearly, we're seeing that whatever procedures were being used, particularly in the early days, did not adequately protect those nurses," ANA President Pamela Cipriano said. WBAL-TV (Baltimore) (10/17), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/16), WLTZ-TV (Columbus, Ga.) (10/16), HealthDay News (10/16)
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Webinar examines decision support tools for Ebola screening
A webinar on the use of clinical decision support tools for Ebola screening was conducted this week by the CDC and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Jon White, the ONC's acting chief medical officer, said the agency will help standardize the CDC's Ebola guidelines for use with electronic systems. Healthcare Informatics online (10/16)
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WHO: Ebola outbreak has killed 4,493 people
The World Health Organization said Wednesday that 4,493 people have died from the Ebola virus, and the outbreak continues to worsen in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Almost half of the deaths have occurred in Liberia. According to WHO, the total number of confirmed, suspected and probable cases of Ebola in seven countries was 8,997 on Oct. 12. Reuters (10/15)
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Work-Life Balance
Minn. firms share tips on successful wellness strategies
Wellness program coordinators at Minnesota companies told a forum that the success of employee programs relies on understanding what people need and being able to communicate with staff who may have diverse backgrounds and cultures. They said that employee feedback also is important as programs evolve and that return-on-investment can be measured through lower health costs, reduced absenteeism, higher productivity and a better quality of life. West Central Tribune (Willmar, Minn.) (10/14)
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Legislative Policy & Regulatory News
CMS, insurers work out renewal details
Notification from the CMS has begun for consumers enrolled in a health plan through to let them know that they should update their information and comparison shop for a plan before theirs is automatically renewed. The federal government does not intend to notify carriers when consumers switch plans, putting enrollees at risk of receiving bills for both plans and having premiums for the old and new plans withdrawn from bank accounts if they have automatic payments set up, insurers said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/16)
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-- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross,
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