Scientists See a Treatment for Vision Loss in Lab-Grown Retinas
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University are exploring new treatments for vision loss after growing human retinas from scratch, according to a new paper published in the journal Science. The project advances scientists’ understanding of both retinal cell development and color vision, and it paves the way for potential treatments for vision disorders of all kinds. “Our goal is to ultimately provide a way to grow retinas that can be transplanted, or stem cells that we can use for therapy, as a way to replace certain defective parts that lead to vision loss,” says Robert Johnson, a developmental biologist at ...
Source: TIME: Health - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Research Source Type: news

Benefits Properly Denied Based On Disability Claimant's Pre-Existing Condition
DENVER - A disability insurer properly denied long-term disability (LTD) benefits based on the plan's pre-existing condition provision because the claimant was diagnosed with a condition that caused his loss of sight three months before filing a claim for disability benefits, the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Sept. 26 (Michael Green v. Life Insurance Company of North America, No. 17-1383, 10th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 27439). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - October 9, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

This 8-Year-Old Girl Pulled a Pre-Viking-Era Sword From a Lake in Sweden
While swimming on her summer vacation, an eight-year-old girl wrested what she thought was a stick from a lake in Sweden. Instead, it turned out she had discovered a pre-Viking-era sword that archaeologists believe is over 1,000 years old. “It’s not every day that one steps on a sword in the lake!” Mikael Nordström from the Jönköpings Läns Museum told Swedish outlet The Local. According to the arts and cultural museum, the sword, which has preserved metal and wood around it, is about 33 inches long and believed to date back to the 5th or 6th century AD. “We are very keen to see ...
Source: TIME: Science - October 5, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Casey Quackenbush Tags: Uncategorized Archaeology onetime overnight Source Type: news

Facilitating Out-of-the-Box Solutions
Health care systems are facing resource constraints, with the post-acute and long-term care field facing perhaps the most pressure. Unfortunately, not much relief is in sight: there are worsening shortages of skilled and competent staff and no projected significant increases in reimbursements. AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, as a leader in PA/LTC, is redefining its role in these resource-constrained times. In addition to offering our members high-quality education and much-needed advocacy, one of the Society’s aims is to create efficiencies and value through innovation. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - October 1, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Arif Nazir Tags: Innovations in PA/LTC Source Type: news

Trachoma elimination: Iranians triumph against the world ’s leading infectious cause of blindness
26 September 2018 Tehran Cairo Geneva The World Health Organization (WHO) has validated the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem in the Islamic Republic of Iran. By achieving this milestone, the country becomes the third in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region, after Oman in 2012 and Morocco in 2016, to overcome this centuries-old disease. “WHO is pleased to have supported the Islamic Republic of Iran through the validation process,” said Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean. “But this achievement was made possible by the Government and people of Islamic Republic of...
Source: WHO EMRO News - September 26, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Scientists Are Developing New Ways to Treat Disease With Cells, Not Drugs
When Nichelle Obar learned she was pregnant with her second child last year, she never expected that her pregnancy, or her baby, would make history. But when the 40-year-old food-and-beverage coordinator from Hawaii and her fiancé Christopher Constantino went to their 18-week ultrasound, they learned something was wrong. The heart was larger than it should have been, and there was evidence that fluid was starting to build up around the organ as well. Both were signs that the fetus was working extra hard to pump blood to its fast-growing body and that its heart was starting to fail. Obar’s doctor knew what coul...
Source: TIME: Science - September 13, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized medicine Source Type: news

Scientists Are Developing New Ways to Treat Disease With Cells, Not Drugs
When Nichelle Obar learned she was pregnant with her second child last year, she never expected that her pregnancy, or her baby, would make history. But when the 40-year-old food-and-beverage coordinator from Hawaii and her fiancé Christopher Constantino went to their 18-week ultrasound, they learned something was wrong. The heart was larger than it should have been, and there was evidence that fluid was starting to build up around the organ as well. Both were signs that the fetus was working extra hard to pump blood to its fast-growing body and that its heart was starting to fail. Obar’s doctor knew what coul...
Source: TIME: Health - September 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Innovation Health medicine Source Type: news

Depression Treatment: Where We Are Missing the Mark
Depression affects 450 million people worldwide and 15 million adults in the United States (U.S.) alone. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, claiming over 40,000 lives every year. We see these heartbreaking stories making headlines too often, and there are tens of thousands more we do not know about. The scariest part? There is no end in sight. Antidepressants are one of the three most commonly used therapeutic drug classes in the United States. Approximately 1 in 9 Americans of all ages reported taking at least one antidepressant medication — a number that was less than 1 in 50 just th...
Source: Psych Central - September 7, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Sachin Mehta, M.D. Tags: Antidepressants Bipolar Depression Medications Mood Stabilizers Neuroscience Suicide Treatment Deep brain stimulation Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation Depression Treatment Electroconvulsive Therapy Major Depressive Disorder Source Type: news

Damning U.N. Report Outlines Crimes Against Rohingya As Children Suffer from Trauma One Year Later
A damning reporting by the United Nations on the Myanmar’s army crimes against the Rohingya may come too late for these Rohingya children, many of whom remain traumatised as witnesses of the genocide. Credit: Farid Ahmed/IPSBy Farid AhmedDHAKA, Aug 27 2018 (IPS)At 12, Mohammed* is an orphan. He watched his parents being killed by Myanmar government soldiers a year ago. And he is one of an estimated half a million Rohingya children who have survived and been witness to what the United Nations has called genocide.According to accounts in a U.N. fact-finding report released today, the children were likely witnesses to their...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Farid Ahmed Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Development & Aid Editors' Choice Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Governance Globalisation Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Ins Source Type: news

Flying The Flag For Patients
Patient-centricity rose like a phoenix from the ashes of the blockbuster era. After decades of focus almost entirely on the prescription pads of physicians (we even supplied the pens!), it was only a handful of years ago that pharma companies felt the winds of change on their faces. Many tacked to catch those winds in their sails.However, turning a vessel as large and unwieldy as a multinational corporation is no easy task. Getting sales reps, marketers, medical affairs, health economists, clinicians, scientists and senior managers to stop asking, What do HCPs need? and start asking, What do patients need? was always going...
Source: EyeForPharma - August 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Hugh Gosling Source Type: news

Featured Review: Multifactorial and multiple component interventions for preventing falls in older people living in the community
" It is crucial that people have an understanding of what interventions work in what populations so as to make correct clinical and policy practice related decisions. ”An international team, supported by   Cochrane Bone, Joint& Muscle Trauma, assessed whether fall-prevention strategies that target two or more risk factors for falls are effective in preventing falls in older people living in the community.As people age they are more likely to fall. Although most fall-related injuries are minor, they can cause significant pain and discomfort, affect a person ' s confidence and lead to a loss of independence. Some fall...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Abusive Unlicensed Care Homes Are'Hidden In Plain Sight' In America, Researcher Says
After completing a year-long study on unlicensed care homes in the United States, researchers are recommending among other things further investigation, more oversight and new ways to locate homes where they say “egregious crimes” are being committed against the elderly, disabled and mentally ill. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 27, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robin Seaton Jefferson, Contributor Source Type: news

NinePoint Medical lifts Namati to the corner office | Personnel Moves – July 10, 2018
NinePoint Medical said earlier this month that it appointed Eman Namati as its new president and chief executive officer, succeeding Christopher von Jako who will remain on the company’s board of directors. Namati joined NinePoint Medical at its inception in 2010 as a technical co-founder, and operated as R&D VP for the past four years, the Bedford, Mass.-based company said. “With the recent strategic partnership NinePoint entered into with Merit Medical, along with Eman’s long history with the technology, business acumen, and strong leadership, this was a natural choice for the Board and a great next ste...
Source: Mass Device - July 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Alfred Mann Foundation Bonesupport Cutera Inc. Endologix GE Healthcare iRhythm Technologies Inc. Merit Medical Systems Inc. NinePoint Medical Inc. personnel-moves RTI Surgical SeaSpine second-sight-medical Source Type: news

EndoGastric Solutions adds $31m
EndoGastric Solutions, which last week reported raising more than $25 million, said today that the total raise was $30.5 million. Redmond, Wash.-based EndoGastric Solutions said the round was led by existing backers Advanced Technology Ventures, Canaan Partners, Canepa Healthcare, Chicago Growth Partners, CRG, Radius Ventures, Sightline Partners and “several new healthcare investors excited about EGS’ commercial advances.” In a regulatory filing last week the company said it raised $25.4 million from 28 investors as part of a $35.5 million offering. Today EGS said it plans to use the infusion to back ...
Source: Mass Device - July 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Endoscopic / Arthroscopic Funding Roundup Wall Street Beat endogastricsolutions Source Type: news

The Evolution of MEDIC, Charlotte, N.C.'s High-Performing EMS Agency
Construction workers recently put the finishing touches on Medic’s new $48 million headquarters, a state-of-the-art facility that supports 600 employees, as well as an ever-expanding fleet of trucks, equipment and medical supplies. Although the new headquarters is impressive, it really stands as a symbol of the hard work achieved by the organization’s people over the last two decades, says Joe Penner, executive director of Medic, whose teams serve all 544 square miles of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, including the booming city of Charlotte. Only after dedicating the entire organization to a patient-centered syste...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - July 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Joe Penner Tags: Exclusive Articles Administration and Leadership Source Type: news