Posts Tagged ‘ research ’

Reauthorized FDA House Legislation Relaxes Reporting of Medical Device Malfunctions

Reauthorized FDA House Legislation Relaxes Reporting of Medical Device Malfunctions

On July 12, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, with unusually strong levels of bipartisan support, H.R. 2430 – the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017. The bill reauthorizes the FDA to collect fees from various medical device manufacturers but changes critical drug and device testing rules. The previous bill upon which H.R. 2430...

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The Prognosis: You Know the Diagnosis, Now What?

The Prognosis: You Know the Diagnosis, Now What?

The brave new world of cancer treatment – and prognostic information – was featured in the New York Times: “A Life-Death Predictor Adds to a Cancer’s Strain.” This is notable not only for the novel medical treatment but also for the revelation of practicing physicians’ ethics and the way in which new treatments are...

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Can We Talk?

Can We Talk?

A new report by a division of the AHA agrees with previous research: that effective physician-nurse communication positively impacts patient safety. The research was conducted by HealthGrades, which identified the top performing 5% hospitals in patient safety. Kristin Reed, Vice President of Clinical Quality Programs and author of the study, asserted that it is...

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How Henrietta Lacks Achieved Immortality

How Henrietta Lacks Achieved Immortality

We all benefit, at least indirectly, from scientific research. Depending upon how it is conducted, we also can be harmed by it. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is not only a highly engaging biography but a study in medical ethics that raises important, thought-provoking questions. Save

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Treat COPD “Naturally”?

Treat COPD “Naturally”?

This headline caught my attention: Treat COPD Naturally With Vitamin D Such an attractive concept. I have learned, though, to look for multiple studies with the same result, and to critically review the researchers for any potential conflict of interest. That said, alternative therapies proven to be effective should certainly be included, but relying...

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