Archive for February 29, 2012

Insurers must spend at least 80-85% premium to the direct care of consumers, says HHS

A minimum of 80 to 85 percent, which is said to Affordable Care Act by HHS, the insured will get more value for their bonus money. This minimum will begin in 2011. Companies that do not give a discount to consumers the following year. Read more

Take personal security

Media reports have suggested workers on oil rig Deepwater Horizon have been deterred by the danger of reporting minor injuries, and other close calls. ‘The catastrophe could have been avoided if people were willing to talk and the level of risk,’ says Geller. Many companies have policies that reward a supervisor for a small number of injuries per hour worked. But that discourage the reporting of accidents, and provides no incentive for the analysis of close calls. Read more

Parents in treatment may be equally effective for children who are obese

The researchers studied groups of eighty-child, the parent with a child aged 8 to 12 are overweight or obese, and assigned randomly to the parents or single parent families + child treatment programs in five months. The child and parent body size, children’s calorie intake and physical activity of children were assessed at baseline, post-treatment and a visit of six months of follow-up. Read more

Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute Forges agreement for the development of new therapeutic agents for neurological and psychiatric diseases

‘By combining our vast reservoir of knowledge and talent, Brain Science Institute hopes to start the next generation of neuropsychiatric drugs in the pipeline by combining the complementary skills and expertise of academic scientists and pharmaceutical companies,’ said John Griffin, MD, director of BSI, University Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Neurology and professor of neurosciences and pathology at Johns Hopkins University of Medicine. Read more

Immune response to tumor cells could help fight against cancer

If further developed, the methods used in Mohamed PhD project could offer a new way to treat some cancer patients, resulting in the killing of tumor cells in the blood in the lab, then restore the patient to find and kill any remaining cancer cells. Read more

Level of frailty predicts Outcome of surgical treatment in elderly patients

The results showed that patients who were frail were 2.5 times more likely than those who were not to suffer from postoperative complications, 1.5 times more likely to spend more time in hospital and 20 times more likely to be discharged to a nursing home or assisted living facility after previously living at home. Read more

Manchester Home Care fined over Legionnaires’ risk

Legionnaires’ disease is caused by bacteria that occur naturally in rivers, lakes and reservoirs, but that can multiply and become dangerous in some water systems constructed for this purpose. Read more

Increases to be depressed and hostile mortality risk

This study of a sample of 20 625 employees of a French national gas and electricity companies shows that to be depressed and hostile increases the risk of mortality. Read more

Food additives make children hyper

Teachers and parents evaluated behaviors after the children drank each type of drink, and older children were tested on their ability to pay attention. The results of the study Read more

MRSA strain associated with high mortality

MRSA strains may be resistant to multiple drugs, although they are usually sensitive to vancomycin antibiotic. MRSA infections are often treated with vancomycin intravenously. USA600 strain in this study has proven to be more resistant to vancomycin. Read more

Risk of heart disease revealed by the thought of focus

A new approach to assess the risk of a person with cardiovascular disease, or is reported this month in the Journal of Data Mining, Modelling and Management. The technique uses fuzzy logic to teach a neural network program software to analyze patient data and place of correlations that can be translated into a risk factor for an individual. Read more

Mining bacterial genomes reveals valuable “hidden” Drug

Streptomyces is a common soil bacterium that is known for its ability to produce antibiotics. In 2002, genomic sequencing of a species of Streptomyces, S. coelicolor, revealed several groups of genes whose function was unknown. Read more

Merck Serono offers a contribution of $ 1.5 million from the Massachusetts General Hospital

, Senior Vice President, Global Technologies at Merck Serono . This platform will help generate new discoveries and innovative MS research with the ultimate goal of accelerating the delivery of new therapies for people living with this disease. Merck Serono is proud to serve as a donor founders of this initiative. Read more