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2012-01-23 22:05:19

Journal of the American College of Surgeons study reports Tennessee collaborative saves more than $2 million and improves quality of care A new study published online today in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons finds hospitals participating in a regional collaborative of the American College of Surgeon's National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®), achieved substantial improvements in surgical outcomes, such as reducing the rates of acute renal failure and...

2012-01-10 10:13:08

The anticoagulant dabigatran is associated with an increased risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) or acute coronary syndrome in a broad spectrum of patients when tested against some other medicines, according to a study published Online First by the Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Clinicians should consider the potential of these serious harmful cardiovascular effects with use of dabigatran," the study concludes. Dabigatran etexilate was...

2012-01-09 20:01:58

Honing chemotherapy delivery to cancer cells is a challenge for many researchers. Getting the cancer cells to take the chemotherapy "bait" is a greater challenge. But perhaps such a challenge has not been met with greater success than by the nanotechnology research team of Omid Farokhzad, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) Department of Anesthesiology Perioperative and Pain Medicine and Research. In their latest study with researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)...

2011-12-23 10:53:35

Many imaging technologies and their contrast agents – chemicals used during scans to help detect tumors and other problems – involve exposure to radiation or heavy metals, which present potential health risks to patients and limit the ways they can be applied. In an effort to mitigate these drawbacks, new research from University of Pennsylvania engineers shows a way to coat an iron-based contrast agent so that it only interacts with the acidic environment of tumors, making it...

2011-12-21 16:08:00

CHICAGO, Dec. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the American College of Surgeons (ACS) expressed its deep disappointment in Congress' inability to enact comprehensive and politically viable legislation to fix the Medicare physician payment system. ACS points out that despite having an entire year to address the 27.4 percent cut in Medicare reimbursement rates to physicians, Congress waited until the final two weeks of the year to engage in any type of significant discussion on the...

2011-12-14 02:26:43

New effort prioritizes transparency, consistency and rigor The American Cancer Society has revised its guideline formation process to achieve greater transparency, consistency, and rigor in creating guidance about cancer screening. The new methods align with new principles from the Institutes of Medicine (IOM) by creating a single generalist group for writing the guidelines, commissioning systematic evidence reviews, and clearly articulating the benefits, limitations, and harms associated...

2011-12-09 16:38:45

Carnegie Mellon University's Roberto R. Gil and Rongchao Jin have successfully used NMR to analyze the structure of infinitesimal gold nanoparticles, which could advance the development and use of the tiny particles in drug development. Their approach offers a significant advantage over routine methods for analyzing gold nanoparticles because it can determine whether the nanoparticles exist in a both right-handed and left-handed configuration, a phenomenon called chirality. Determining a...

2011-12-05 11:10:12

Surpassing the physical limits of silicon After having revealed the electronic advantages of molybdenite, EPFL researchers have now taken the next definitive step. The Laboratory of Nanoscale Electronics and Structures (LANES) has made a chip, or integrated circuit, confirming that molybdenite can surpass the physical limits of silicon in terms of miniaturization, electricity consumption, and mechanical flexibility. "We have built an initial prototype, putting from two to six serial...

2011-11-22 12:19:28

As the market for liquid crystal displays and other electronics continues to drive up the price of indium – the material used to make the indium tin oxide (ITO) transparent electrodes in these devices – scientists have been searching for a less costly and more dynamic alternative, particularly for use in future flexible electronics.   Besides its high price, ITO has several drawbacks. It's brittle, making it impractical for use in flexible displays and solar cells, and...

2011-11-18 02:41:53

The American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society, today released a series of audio podcasts highlighting the science and cutting-edge technology behind solar power. The podcasts, available without charge at http://www.acs.org/chemmatters, tell the story of how scientists and students are making progress in harnessing the abundant energy of the sun. Well-suited for classroom use, the first two episodes explain the chemistry behind solar power – a promising...