Meril Aims for Emerging Markets with its TAVR Device
Yet another company is throwing its hat into the transcatheter aortic valve replacement system (TAVR) market. However, Meril Lifesciences is going a different route than other established firms in the space and is initially targeting emerging markets. Meril has been around for 10 years and has been developing its MyVal TAVR technology for about six of those. The company’s success in TAVR lies around the fact that larger organizations don’t consider emerging markets as the first option. The company said it would seek out approval in India first and eventually make its way to developed markets. “We are posi...
Source: MDDI - July 20, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Cardiovascular Business Source Type: news

New findings on intercellular communication
(Universit é libre de Bruxelles) This is a nice example of a rather unexpected discovery: by studying the development of the blood vessels of the brain, researchers at Universit é libre de Bruxelles have just shed light on a question that was pending for 10 years! They provide a molecular mechanism conferring ligand specificity to Wnt signaling, an ancestral communication pathway present in all vertebrates. Their research is published in Science. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 20, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

NICE calls for quicker treatment of painful kidney stones
Patients with some forms of kidney stones should have greater access to non-invasive procedures to remove them, according to new draft clinical guidance for England. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Science CONFIRMS the link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular health keep your mouth clean to protect your heart
(Natural News) Having a sparkling smile can make you feel great; it’s a major confidence boost when you know your pearly whites are looking their best. But you might not know that dental health isn’t just about shiny teeth and fresh breath. Those things are nice too, but the health of your gums and teeth... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New guides to support brain tumour patients and carers
A charity has published a series of guides in the wake of newly released NICE guidelines for treatment of brain tumours (primary) and brain metastases in adults. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NICE QOF indicators consultation underway
The NICE QOF indicators consultation is now open. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trusts must improve X-ray reporting, regulator demands
CQC finds wide national variation in reporting timescales and monitoring backlogs of unreported images Related items fromOnMedica Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided CQC tells Trust to improve safety of 111 service Abused babies sicker and younger than those accidentally injured NICE guidance aims at earlier cancer diagnosis by GPs Doctors campaign against ‘too much medicine’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS trusts facing leadership crisis as senior posts go unfilled
Financial/performance/demand pressures and 'blame culture' driving shortages Related items fromOnMedica NICE sets out safe levels of nursing staff Mobile technology – the key to service transformation in NHSScotland Scottish Conservatives back bigger share of NHS budget for GPs New figures shine spotlight on nurse shortages Thousands of healthcare workers join ‘NHS in Crisis’ march (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 18, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NICE: Hospitals should refer patients with suspected COPD to GP-led spirometry
GPs should consider spirometry testing for patients who are incidentally found to have signs of COPD on a chest X-ray or CT scan. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NICE calls for consistent clinical and social care in cerebral palsy
Primary care services must address barriers to adults with cerebral palsy accessing care Related items fromOnMedica Emergency admissions at end of life set to sky rocket ‘Friends& family test ’ should not be mandatory Diagnosis targets unethical says GP CQC tells Trust to improve safety of 111 service Stroke survivors need more help taking medicine (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Starwatch: Mars, in opposition, is a radiant beacon
Over the next two weeks Mars will make its closest approach to Earth since 2003Late birds with a good south-eastern horizon will probably have already noticed Mars in the dead of night. In the early hours of the morning, it is a radiant beacon, shining low in the constellation of Capricornus. During the next fortnight, the planet is going to brighten steadily as it heads for its closest approach to Earth since 2003. Mars makes a close approach every two years. It happens when our planet “laps” Mars, passing between it and the sun. The moment is known as opposition because Mars is in the opposite hemisphere of t...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 15, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Stuart Clark Tags: Mars Science Astronomy Space Saturn Source Type: news

Synteract expands East Coast presence with acquisition
A West Coast contract research organization with an office in Morrisville is expanding its East Coast presence with the acquisition of a New Jersey firm. Synteract, headquartered in the San Diego area, has purchased Cu-Tech, bulking up the California company's services in the dermatology arena. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “This gives us a nice expansion in a geographic region where it’s clearly very advantageous to have a presence,” says Synteract Chief Commercial Officer Jack Shannon. “Synteract… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 12, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Jennifer Henderson Source Type: news

Paramedics Plus Crew Recognized for Rescuing Driver from Burning Vehicle
Three Paramedics Plus, Alameda County (California) medics received recognition for their brave acts back in May. On Tuesday, May 15,  a Paramedic Plus crew consisting of Paramedics Henry Nguyen and John Pita and EMT Carlos Hawkins were en route back from operating in Oakland. to their deployment center at the end of their shift. The crew came across a vehicle collision with an occupant in a vehicle that was rapidly being engulfed in fire.   Arriving ahead of other first responders, the crew quickly assessed the scene, attempted to extinguish the flames with their own vehicle fire extinguisher, and then succe...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - July 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Source Type: news

NICE guidance on RA updates prescribing and test advice
Updated NICE guidance on RA backs anti-CCP antibody testing for all patients diagnosed with the condition and treatment with a single conventional disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug (cDMARD) rather than a combination. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Child cancer drug approved for NHS use
60% of children with high-risk neuroblastoma can be treated with dinutuximab beta Related items fromOnMedica One in 10 children in phase I cancer trials respond to drugs Children need access to cancer drug ‘goldmine’ NICE rejects adjuvant use of breast cancer drug New breast cancer drug ‘unaffordable’ for NHS Drug could double head and neck cancer survival (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

More people to be given dye to highlight brain tumours to surgeons say NICE
Hundreds of patients a year set to benefit from roll out of dye to all of England ’s neurosurgical units. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Professional autonomy may trump safety protocols when pressure mounts
Hospital trusts might need to more proactively manage risks, says regulator Related items fromOnMedica Midwife-led birth safest for straightforward pregnancy BMA and College demand halt in CQC inspections NICE can help NHS maintain public trust Plans afoot to end cover-up culture in NHS Better assessment of doctors in training will cut burden (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 11, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NICE backs specialist nurse care for oesophago-gastric cancer
Patients with oesophago-gastric cancer should receive support and information from a specialist clinical nurse to help them adapt to physical changes, according to draft guidance. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 10, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NICE urges antibiotics to be restricted for COPD treatment
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has urged caution among prescribers over the use of antibiotics for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

GPs should limit use of antibiotics for COPD, says draft NICE guidance
GPs have been urged to limit prescribing of antibiotics to prevent or treat COPD exacerbations, in draft NICE advice that highlights risks around effectiveness and antimicrobial resistance. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 9, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: COPD Source Type: news

Antibiotics should be restricted for COPD, says NICE
Antimicrobial resistance to be factored into decisions Related items fromOnMedica Antibiotic scrip rates lower in CAM-trained practices Adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine best option for over-65s Doctors debate long-term use of psychiatric drugs MHRA tightens licence restrictions on valproate for women NICE rejects adjuvant use of breast cancer drug (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 9, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Consultation begins on commissioning guidance for limited value treatments
Covers 17 interventions in bid to cut waste and divert funds to higher priority areas Related items fromOnMedica NICE can help NHS maintain public trust Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided Cancer strategies failed to improve one-year survival Hundreds of lung cancer patients' lives cut short due to treatment variations Persistent national variations in breast cancer care, enquiry finds (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

European council of legal medicine (ECLM) guidelines for the examination of suspected elder abuse - Keller E, Santos C, Cusack D, Vali M, Ferrara D, Ludes B, Mangin P, Payne-James JJ, Vieira DN.
Article 25 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (adopted in Nice on 7 December 2000) recognizes and respects the rights of older people to lead a life of dignity and independence and to participate in social and cultural life. It also... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

The Respiratory Infections Team a novel paradigm in the management of community-acquired pneumonia
This shared learning outlines how a Respiratory Infections Team was developed at Royal Derby Hospital, comprising 3 specialist nurses supported by a respiratory consultant and antimicrobial pharmacist. Its aims were to review patients admitted to hospital and to improve concordance with NICE pneumonia guidelines. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors poor at predicting risk of medication harm
Clinical judgement of doctors is not reliable for predicting medication-related harm in elderly patients discharged from hospital Related items fromOnMedica Guidance to help care home patients get right medicines Plans launched to curb over-use of antipsychotics Over 75s not taking medication correctly, say GPs NHS England will recruit 240 pharmacists for care homes NICE calls for safer use of controlled drugs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UK’s NICE Publishes a Medtech Innovation Briefing on PICO(TM) for the Prophylactic Use in Surgically Closed Incisions to Reduce Surgical Site Complications
LONDON and NEW YORK, July 3, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Smith & Nephew (LSE: SN) (NYSE: SNN), the global medical technology business, announces that the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued a Medt... Devices, Surgery, Wound Care Smith & Nephew, PICO , Negative Pressure Wound Therapy, NPWT (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - July 3, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Working Long Hours Can Raise the Risk of This Disease
Working long hours can have detrimental effects on health — from increased stress to higher rates of certain chronic diseases. Now, in the latest study exploring the effect of extended work hours, researchers say that type 2 diabetes may be one of them. Mahee Gilbert-Ouimet, an epidemiologist and postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Work and Health in Toronto, and her colleagues analyzed data from a database of more than 7,000 workers in Canada who were followed for more than 12 years to better understand whether work hours can affect the risk of diabetes. In the study, published in BMJ Diabetes Research & Ca...
Source: TIME: Health - July 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized diabetes healthytime Source Type: news

Quality of life in long-term cancer survivors: implications for future health technology assessments in oncology
Cancer survival rates have improved dramatically in recent decades due in part to pharmaceutical advances, with a growing range of increasingly effective and targeted medicines being developed, such as immunotherapies. In the economic modelling of such treatments, the question arises of which utilities should be assigned to patients who show a long-term, durable response. In recent critiques of economic models in this area by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the idea that long-term cancer survivors (LTCS) who have received such treatments could report quality of life (QoL) scores which are simi...
Source: The Kings Fund - Health Management Specialist Collection - July 2, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: The King ' s Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: Quality of care and clinical outcomes Source Type: news

Vanguards haven ’t lived up to initial promise, says spending watchdog
Hampered by diversion of transformation funds to plug trust funding gaps Related items fromOnMedica Cancer strategies failed to improve one-year survival BMA and College demand halt in CQC inspections NICE can help NHS maintain public trust Removing QOF not detrimental to patient care Fragmented sexual health system is failing users (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 29, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Possible penicillin allergy link to risk of ‘superbug’ infections
Risk of infections could be modified by prescribing changes Related items fromOnMedica Good evidence for sublingual immunotherapy Put case for adding leukaemia drug to Cancer Drugs Fund, NICE tells company NHS England will recruit 240 pharmacists for care homes Results from children ’s flu jab pilots ‘encouraging’ HIV therapy helps protect men from Hep B infection (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 28, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Emergency organization of child psychiatric care following the terrorist attack on July 14, 2016, in Nice, France - Chauvelin L, Gindt M, Olliac B, Robert P, Th ümmler S, Askenazy F.
In the actual context of terrorism targeting children and families, it seems essential to describe different experiences of pediatric psychological emergency devices after such unexpected mass trauma. Here we testify our experience of the psychological eme... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Social care tax could ease pressure on NHS, say MPs
Report calls for named, dedicated fund for personal care Related items fromOnMedica Wider approach needed to boost public health NICE to consider bribing people to be healthy Number of carers over 85 doubles in a decade Schemes launched to make UK world leader on dementia More support needed for older people with HIV (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 27, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

You don't need to believe in free will to be a nice person, shows new research
(Society for Personality and Social Psychology) Social psychologist Damien Crone (University of Melbourne) and Philosophy professor Neil Levy (Macquarie University and the University of Oxford) conducted a series of studies of 921 of people and found that a person's moral behavior is not tied to their beliefs in free will. The results will appear in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NICE: staff should be trained to understand dementia patients' identity
Staff caring for people with dementia should be trained in understanding a person ’s identity as an individual, and their life story, according to the first major update of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s dementia guidance. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 22, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

People with dementia should be involved in discussions about their care, says NICE
Dementia is a highly complex and challenging condition. It can present differently from person to person, having a huge impact on the patient, their family and their carers. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 22, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Ear wax removal should be offered by GP and community clinics, NICE says
Patients should be offered the chance to have earwax removed at a GP surgery or community clinic rather than being referred to a specialist, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has said. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Cancer cases in older people set to surge
By 2035 nearly 250,000 over-75s will get cancer each year Related items fromOnMedica Vaccine could 'eradicate' cervical cancer NICE rejects adjuvant use of breast cancer drug Lung cancer drug likely to be approved for wider NHS use Thousands of women with breast cancer may be spared chemotherapy (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 21, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Doctors should prescribe hearing aids at first sign that hearing loss is affecting life  
Hearing aids must be given out by GPs in the UK 'at the first sign' a person's life is being impacted by hearing loss, watchdog NICE has said in new guidelines. About 13million will be affected by 2035. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pertuzumab after surgery for early breast cancer not cost effective, says NICE
Women with a type of early breast cancer may not benefit from continuing or starting a drug after having surgery, NICE says in draft guidance. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Use lumbar puncture to aid Alzheimer ’s disease diagnosis, doctors advised
It can help when the exact cause of symptoms are uncertain, says NICE guidance Related items fromOnMedica National dementia strategy to deliver better diagnosis and treatment GPs can be barrier to Alzheimer ’s diagnosis, new report finds Blood pressure below treatable threshold linked to heightened dementia risk Memory clinic referral criteria delay diagnosis Many older people wrongly labelled with dementia (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NICE Rejects Adjuvant Perjeta in HER2 Breast Cancer
(MedPage Today) -- In contrast with FDA, Britain's cost watchdog says drug may not offer'meaningful'benefit (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - June 15, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

NICE rejects adjuvant use of breast cancer drug
Draft guidance dubs Perjeta ‘not cost effective’ Related items fromOnMedica NICE fast-tracks approval of new skin cancer treatment New breast cancer drug ‘unaffordable’ for NHS One in 10 children in phase I cancer trials respond to drugs Cancer strategies failed to improve one-year survival Genetic risk model could guide prostate cancer screening (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 15, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Refer patients with PTSD symptoms within a month, says NICE
Therapy should be offered to patients within a month of a traumatic event to help prevent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to draft guidance, with a new focus on early treatment. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 14, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NICE Bites; Respiratory Tract Infections (acute) antimicrobial prescribing
This monthly prescribing bulletin summarises key recommendations from NICE guidance. The latest topics are acute sore throat and otitis media. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood pressure below treatable threshold linked to heightened dementia risk
Risk evident among 50-year-olds in absence of other cardiovascular problems Related items fromOnMedica NICE reveals proposed new QOF targets New ‘treadmill test’ can predict mortality GPs can be barrier to Alzheimer ’s diagnosis, new report finds Fifth of younger women have no chest pain with ACS Women less likely than men to achieve CHD targets (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

How attractive a person is to you may be related to how your immune system perceives them
(Natural News) When going out on dates or meeting people, our perception of them often depends on how we see them physically. Are they good looking? Do they smell good? Are they dressed decently? Does their breath smell nice – the questions just go on. However, a recent study suggests that there is another part... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Stealthy Vergent Bioscience raises $9m for tumor-fluorescing tech
Vergent Bioscience came out of stealth mode today to reveal a nearly $9 million equity offering for the injectable molecular probe it’s developing to visualize tumors during surgery. Minneapolis-based Vergent Bioscience’s technology uses a proprietary injectable, tumor-targeting molecule that binds to tumor cells and fluoresces, president & CEO John Santini told MassDevice.com last week at the DeviceTalks Minnesota event in St. Paul. Based on research by Stanford University chemistry professor Matt Bogyo, Vergent’s VGT309 molecule targets an enzyme called cathepsin that’...
Source: Mass Device - June 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Funding Roundup Imaging Oncology Wall Street Beat Vergent Bioscience Source Type: news

Therapy offered within one month to prevent PTSD, says NICE
People who have suffered trauma and are at risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) should be offered therapy within one month, NICE says in new draft guidance. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 12, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

How Hunger Pangs Can Make Nice People 'Hangry'
For someone to become "hangry," context is key. People need to be in a negative situation or subject to negative stimuli to have a hangry response.(Image credit: Stefka Pavlova/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Angus Chen Source Type: news

5 Mind-Body Exercises for Anxiety Relief
Anxiety can drain a lot of energy, making it hard to keep doing what we want to or to feel connected to others. What’s worse is that it can pull us into feeling like it might never change. It can take different forms, ranging from nervous and worried thoughts, to self-doubts and feeling not good enough, to a frantic and restless sense of needing to do more, or to a purely physical experience of becoming dizzy or tight in the chest or throat. However we experience it, anxiety is a phenomenon that involves both mind and body. I want to share a few exercises here for helping get some relief from anxiety, that you could ...
Source: Psych Central - June 11, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Soph Sam Davis, Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety Mindfulness Relaxation and Meditation Self-Help Source Type: news