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June 1, 2012
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  Critical Care Update 
  • Bedside tool may predict cardiac arrest survival, study says
    A bedside tool can predict the chances of survival without serious neurologic disability after cardiac arrest in the hospital, a University of Missouri-Kansas City study found. Researchers used 37 baseline characteristics, including cardiac arrest features and demographics, in developing the model, according to the report in the Archives of Internal Medicine. MedPage Today (free registration) (5/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medicine in the News 
  • Hospitals resort to daily tracking of drugs in short supply
    U.S. hospitals are spending hours each day tracking drug supply shortages, even using paper spreadsheets because automated systems cannot deal with the uncertainty of new shipment deliveries. Hundreds of medications are on the lists, but sterile, injectable drugs are becoming a major issue for many hospitals. Reuters (6/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ABMS to establish time limits for board certification
    All 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties will set time limits in conducting board certifications to prevent physicians from using the term "board-eligible." Doctors who do not become board-certified within the given time-frame will have to reapply for a certification and may face sanctions, an ABMS news release stated. Modern Physician (free registration) (5/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends and Technology 
  • Researchers create synthetic platelets
    Researchers have developed synthetic platelets that can mimic the actual physical features of natural platelets and their blood-clotting mechanism, according to a study published in the journal Advanced Materials. "The synthetic platelets can have profound implications in wound-healing problems for trauma and wounds arising in both battlefield situations and during surgery," said researcher Frank Doyle of the University of California, Santa Barbara. (5/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Senators try to put the brakes on FDA regulation of medical apps
    The FDA is lobbying against proposed legislation that would put a moratorium on the agency's ability to regulate health care applications as medical devices and asks other federal stakeholders to develop a regulatory framework. "The FDA's approach to health-information technology risks snuffing out activity at a critical frontier of health care," write American Enterprise Institute resident fellows Dr. Scott Gottlieb and J.D. Kleinke. "Poor, slow regulation would encourage programmers to move on, leaving health care to roil away for yet another generation, fragmented, disconnected and choking on paperwork," they write. The Wall Street Journal (5/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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