Three Ineffective Institutional Approaches to Quality Improvement in Healthcare | Medical Blog

Three of the leading organizational obstacles to effectiveness of quality improvement in healthcare are related to lack of internalization, lack of management support, and a punitive management attitude toward error.

Using AI Technology to Chart Immune Cell Receptor | News Brief

Johns Hopkins scientists have used a form of artificial intelligence to create a map that compares types of cellular receptors, the chemical “antennas” on the surface of

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New Biomarkers Predict Outcome of Cancer Immunotherapy | News Brief

Nowadays, melanoma and lung cancer can be combatted effectively through immunotherapy, which makes targeted use of the immune system’s normal function of regularly examining the body’s tissue

Intense End-of-Life Care Found to Be Less Likely for VA Patients | News Brief

Authors say results have important implications for the future of VA care, Medicare policy

Long-Term Night Shift Work Linked to Cancer Risk in Women | News Brief

Dose-response pattern seen, with increased risk of breast cancer for every five years of night shift work

Screening, Therapy Effect Varies by Breast CA Molecular Subtype | News Brief

Reductions in breast cancer mortality linked to screening and treatment, but associations vary

Physicians Frequently Continue to Work While Ill | News Brief

Many fear financial penalties, administrative pressures, or adhere strictly to ‘patient first’ motto

Breast Implants Slightly Increase Risk of Breast ALCL | News Brief

Implants tied to increased risk of anaplastic large-cell lymphoma; overall risk still very small

For Hospitals, No Benefit for Early Adoption of Financial Incentives | News Brief

Hospitals with early adoption do not have better process scores, lower mortality than late adopters

Cancer Death Rate Continuing to Decline in United States | News Brief

Continuous drop in combined cancer death rate from 1991 to 2015, resulting in 2,378,600 fewer deaths

Fluorouracil Tied to Reduced Surgery for Squamous Cell CA | News Brief

Reduced risk of squamous cell carcinoma, but not basal cell carcinoma, for one year in at-risk veterans

Hydrochlorothiazide May Up Basal, Squamous Cell Cancer Risk | News Brief

Increased risk for basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, with dose-response relationship

Ordering unnecessary laboratory tests continues to be a problem | Feature

Unnecessary testing wastes money and can lead to further testing. Why does it occur? Almost 60% of medical personnel surveyed at a large academic medical center believed

Immune-Related Adverse Events Up With Checkpoint Inhibitors | Feature

Most patients with cancer, autoimmune disease have improvement in events without discontinuing therapy

Half of Gastric Cancer Patients Diagnosed From ER Visit | Feature

Patients with diagnosis resulting from emergency department visit have higher mortality

Certain Stresses, Burnout Causing Some Women to Leave Medicine | Feature

Burnout is more common among women and increases if a woman doesn’t feel respected

Few Immuno-Oncology Agents Reach ASCO Efficacy Thresholds | Feature

Durable survival, response rates rarely recognized as significant by current oncology value frameworks

HSPC-Derived CAR T-Cells Capable of Lasting Engraftment | Feature

Chimeric antigen receptor T-cells persisted more than 2 years without measurable toxicity in primate model

Missed Opportunities to Screen for Lung CA With USPSTF Criteria | Feature

Risk targeting may improve screening efficiency, but gains attenuated in terms of QALYs, cost

Stem-Cell Transplantation Beneficial for Scleroderma | Feature

Myeloablative autologous hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation linked to improved survival

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