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  1. What the Ringling Brothers' retired elephants have to do with cancer research

    When it comes to developing cancer, risk increases with body size and life span, according to the National Institutes of Health. This is because the more cells an organism has, and the longer the organism lives, the greater number of cell divisions it will undergo. Elephants, however, have a lower-than-expected rate of cancer, even though the odds are against them. A research project underway in Florida involving retired circus elephants is working to find out why, Slate reports. By Max Green -
  2. Troubling inspections spur Massachusetts to assign clinical monitor over 4 psychiatric hospitals

    In response to major patient care concerns,  four psychiatric hospitals, owned by Pembroke, Mass.-based Arbour Health System, have installed an onsite point-person to see that the deficiencies are remedied, The Boston Globe reports.  By Max Green -
  3. Patient safety tool: Illustrations depict exactly where to place hand sanitizer dispensers

    When it comes to hand sanitizer dispensers, location matters more than quantity. That said, Tork — a brand of SCA — has created several visuals to show hospitals where best to place dispensers to support hand hygiene compliance.  By Shannon Barnet -

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  1. Mosquitoes infected with bacteria could slow Zika spread

    Introducing mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia — a bacterium that can infect 60 percent of all insect species — could help slow the rate of Zika transmission, according to a new study published in Cell Host & Microbe and covered by The New York Times. By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. CDC: Hepatitis C most deadly infectious disease in America

    Hepatitis C-associated deaths peaked in 2014 with 19,659 infected individuals dying, according to data released by the CDC on Wednesday. By Brian Zimmerman -
  3. Johns Hopkins designs robot to suture soft tissue with precision

    Researchers from Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University have developed a robotic surgical system capable of adjusting to the specific needs of soft tissue to execute precise and consistent suturing.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. 5 things to know about the economic burden of dengue fever

    The global cost associated with dengue fever is substantial, according to recent research from the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.  By Shannon Barnet -

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  1. Vision loss associated with longer hospital stays: 4 study findings

    New research shows patients with vision loss who are admitted to the hospital for common disorders experience longer hospital stays, higher readmission rates and higher post-discharge emergency department utilization rates than non-visually impaired patients.  By Shannon Barnet -
  2. Hospitals fail to meet maternity care performance targets, Leapfrog report says

    The Leapfrog Group has published its 2016 Maternity Care Repot, which shows hospitals have improved episiotomy and early elective delivery rates, but many organizations are still falling short of national performance targets for maternal care quality metrics.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. CDC launches 'Clean Hands Count' campaign for World Hand Hygiene Day

    May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day. To celebrate the occasion, the CDC has launched Clean Hands Count, a campaign to boost hand-washing and reduce healthcare-associated infections.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. Oregon children's hospital searching for source of increased CLABSI rate

    Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Ore., has seen a perplexing increase in its number of central line-associated bloodstream infections, and clinicians are working to find the reason why, reports The Oregonian. By Heather Punke -
  1. Number of 5-star hospitals up slightly in new Hospital Compare update

    CMS updated its Hospital Compare database Wednesday with new HCAHPS survey results, and the number of hospitals that received a five-star summary rating for patient experience is up slightly from the December update. The improvement reverses a two-quarter slide in the number of hospitals that received the highest rating. By Heather Punke -
  2. Can pulp-based products limit the risk of HAIs?

    Possibly. But one thing we know for certain is that pulp-based products are more environmentally friendly than standard plastic hospital products.  By Lorne Tritt, CEO, ASP Global -
  3. Serious infections related to opioid abuse contribute to rise in hospitalizations

    Infections are a recognized complication associated with drug abuse, but little research has been conducted on the costs associated with infections related to opioid abuse in the U.S. — the very topic of a recent study in Health Affairs.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. Health Affairs blog highlights lack of Zika preparedness in the US

    Alexandra Phelan, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., and Lawrence Gostin, director of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, penned a Health Affairs blog post describing a few of the ways the U.S. is unprepared to handle a Zika virus outbreak.  By Shannon Barnet -
  5. Patients in low-income countries have greater risk of dying after emergency surgery

    Patients undergoing emergency surgery in lower income countries are three times more likely to die than patients undergoing similar surgeries in higher income nations, according to research published in the British Journal of Surgery. By Heather Punke -
  6. Depression exacerbates COPD symptoms, study finds

    Debilitating symptoms resulting from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can become more pronounced in patients suffering from depression, according to a new study published in CHEST Journal. By Brian Zimmerman -
  7. Another Rutgers student infected with bacterial meningitis

    Health officials at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., have announced that another student has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis and was hospitalized on April 29. By Brian Zimmerman -
  8. Zika concerns may lead to cancellation of MLB contests in Puerto Rico

    Concerns regarding the Zika virus could result in the relocation of two MLB games between the Miami Marlins and the Pittsburgh Pirates scheduled to be played in Puerto Rico on May 30 and 31, according to the Miami Herald. By Brian Zimmerman -
  9. Pennsylvania PSA implements guidelines to standardize reporting: 3 takeaways

    The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority has released its 2015 Annual Report, which shows a standardization project the organization implemented has helped improve adverse event reporting.  By Shannon Barnet -


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