Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. First patient treated with Flash radiation therapy in clinical trial

    Flash radiation therapy was used to treat the first patient in the world earlier this week during the start of a clinical trial at the Proton Therapy Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, according to a Nov. 19 news release.
  2. Duke University's COVID-19 surveillance testing kept cases at bay, CDC finds

    Out of 10,265 students at Duke University in Durham, N.C., just 84 tested positive for COVID-19 between Aug. 2 and Oct. 11, the result of a comprehensive surveillance testing program, according to the CDC's Nov. 17 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
  3. Staff at 11 Chicago-area nursing homes may strike for higher wages

    Healthcare workers at 11 Illinois nursing homes are set to strike Nov. 23 unless they're given raises comparable to other long-term care workers in the state, reports The Chicago Tribune. 

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  1. 5 states with the biggest jump in ICU nurse demand, per NurseFly

    Demand for U.S. intensive care unit travel nurses has increased by 281.1 percent from March 1 to Nov. 16, according to NurseFly data viewed by Becker's.
  2. 3 ways healthcare organizations are celebrating National Rural Health Day

    Nov. 19 marks the tenth annual National Rural Health Day, designated to honor the healthcare professionals who serve the unique needs of the country's rural communities.
  3. Limit caffeine intake while taking these 6 drugs: Dr. Naveed Saleh

    Most people know caffeine can be found in drinks like coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks, but many don't realize that caffeine can also be present in over-the-counter drugs, prescription medicines and dietary supplements. 
  4. Anthem's Medicare members used 600,000 virtual healthcare services this spring — up from 4,400

    Telehealth use among Anthem's Medicare Advantage members grew exponentially during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report the insurer published Nov. 17.

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  1. Penn State Health appoints 2 leaders

    Penn State Health has selected Don McKenna as regional president of Hampden Medical Center in Enola, Pa., and Holy Spirit Medical Center in Camp Hill, Pa., and Kyle Snyder as senior vice president and COO of Holy Spirit Medical Center, the Hershey, Pa.-based health system said Nov. 18. 
  2. Celebrities join campaign to help families cope with COVID-19 deaths

    Westport, Conn.-based nonprofit Experience Camps launched its Talk About Grief campaign on Nov. 19, Children’s Grief Awareness Day, to help children cope with the loss of loved ones who died of COVID-19.
  3. Cigna, Health First may end relationship if agreement not reached

    Rockledge, Fla.-based Health First may no longer be considered an in-network provider for Cigna members if the organizations don't reach a new reimbursement agreement, according to Florida Today.
  4. Deep cleaning does little to prevent COVID-19 indoors, scientists say

    Decontaminating surfaces in airports, public transit vehicles and other public settings does little to prevent the spread of COVID-19 indoors, scientists told The New York Times.

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  1. Montefiore New Rochelle nurses deliver strike notice

    Nurses at Montefiore New Rochelle (N.Y.) Hospital plan to strike for more pandemic resources and a contract that guarantees safe working conditions, according to the union that represents them. 
  2. How Microsoft's tool could help cystic fibrosis patients avoid hospitalizations

    Microsoft in 2019 began Project Breathe, an effort to develop a smartphone-based tool that can help patients manage cystic fibrosis at home that has become an even more critical research project amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. COVID-19 surge forces Indiana hospital to divert ambulances for 2nd time in 20 years

    Elkhart (Ind.) General Hospital was forced to divert ambulances for only the second time in 20 years amid a surge in COVID-19 patients, reports NBC News. 
  4. Mount Sinai's heart center first in NYC to receive transcatheter valve certification

    The American College of Cardiology on Nov. 18 awarded New York City-based Mount Sinai Heart its Transcatheter Valve Certification, making Mount Sinai the only cardiac center in the city and one of three statewide to receive the recognition. 
  5. Why healthcare leaders should stop overlooking nutrition in the quest for better outcomes: 4 insights 

    Malnutrition is a highly prevalent issue among hospital patients but is not always on healthcare leaders' radars. About 30 percent to 50 percent of patients are malnourished upon admission, according to a 2016 study published in Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. Additional studies also link malnutrition to various adverse patient outcomes, including prolonged hospitalizations, higher readmission rates and higher risk of complications or death. 
  6. Hundreds of Philadelphia-area nurses to return to work Nov. 22 after 2-day strike

    Hundreds of nurses who participated in a strike at Trinity Health-owned St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa., are slated to return to work Nov. 22, according to the union that represents them.
  7. AMA, AHA, ANA urge public to scale back holiday gatherings amid 'record-shattering surge'

    The American people must do their part to protect healthcare workers by scaling back traditional holiday gatherings to help mitigate COVID-19 spread, according to a Nov. 19 open letter from the American Medical Association, American Hospital Association and American Nurses Association.  
  8. AstraZeneca says its COVID-19 vaccine has strong immune response in older adults

    AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine candidate produces a strong immune response in older adults at high risk of severe illness if they contract the virus, according to phase 2 trial results published Nov. 18 in The Lancet. 
  9. Managing cash flow, employee fatigue top priorities of Hackensack Meridian CFO in 2021

    Robert "Bob" Glenning serves as the president of the financial services division and CFO at Edison, N.J.-based Hackensack Meridian Health, an integrated system with 17 hospitals, 500 patient care locations and 36,000 employees. 

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