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  1. American Epilepsy Society provides updated guideline to help physicians treat patients — 5 facts

    The American Epilepsy Society released a new guideline to help physicians, healthcare facilities and health systems treat patients effectively, according to News-Medical.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Patients face higher mortality risk if nurses care for 7+ patients: 3 takeaways

    A recent study found patients are more likely to die if the nurses who care for them are looking after more than six patients, according to The Telegraph.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Hawaii Department of Health improves vital records online ordering: 5 takeaways

    The Hawaii Department of Health enhanced its vital records ordering and tracking service, called vitrec.ehawaii.gov.  By Megan Wood -

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  1. Prescription drug prices continue to skyrocket: 4 insights

    Beaumont, Texas-based pharmacist Andy Wilcox has seen common prescription drug increases of 200 percent to 10,000 percent, according to KFDM.  By Megan Wood -
  2. Zika virus may be linked to eye damage in babies — 6 points

    According to a study published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology, researchers may have found a link between the Zika virus and infants born with eye abnormalities that threaten vision.  By Allison Sobczak -
  3. Zika virus impacts United Blood Services — 4 insights

    The Zika virus is affecting the United Blood Services in Fargo, N.D., according to Valley News.  By Allison Sobczak -
  4. Vascular surgery patients likely to quit smoking if offered personalized help from surgeons: 5 points

    Vascular surgery patients are more likely to quit smoking when their physician offered the right kind of assistance, according to a new pilot study conducted by physicians from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., and Boston Medical Center.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. HHS to change health information exchange security, patient privacy regulations for patients with substance abuse disorders — 5 observations

    The Department of Health and Human Services is revising its regulations for health information exchange security and patient privacy for patients obtaining treatment for substance abuse orders, according to Health IT Security.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Transformation leadership may impact quality of care — 3 takeaways

    A study shows transformation leadership may have positive effects on the quality of patient care, according to News-Medical.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Standard drug testing may turn away chronic pain patients: 6 takeaways

    Screening chronic pain patients for drugs may result in patients not returning for future treatment, according to a University of Houston and University of Galveston-based Texas Medical Branch study.  By Megan Wood -
  4. San Diego Health Connect chooses Verato to enhance patient record exchange: 5 points

    San Diego Health Connect, a Health Information Exchange, chose Verato, a McLean, Va.-based cloud-based patient matching solutions provider, to enhance its patient record exchange between 25 clinics and hospital systems.  By Megan Wood -
  1. Better 'safety culture' means better patient outcomes: 5 insights into new study

    A hospital's "safety culture" is a critical component of quality care delivery, based on a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine study, according to General Surgery News.  By Megan Wood -
  2. ESR launches Basic Patient Safety Standards and Audit Tool — 5 takeaways

    ESR launched their Basic Patient Safety Standards and the ESR Audit Tool on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, according to Health Care Business.  By Allison Sobczak -
  3. Respiratory Syncytial Virus cases on the rise in Illinois — 5 insights

    Physicians throughout Illinois are reporting a significant increase in the number of people testing positively for Respiratory Syncytial Virus, according to WSIL TV.  By Allison Sobczak -
  4. The best strategies to engage millennial nurse leaders

    Nurses entering practice today need to be trained on how to become the next generation of nurse leaders. In order for that to happen, there are time-tested principles/practices that need to be observed, but the way in which those are delivered must evolve to reflect how this new class of "millennial" nurses absorbs and processes information. By Laura Dyrda -
  5. Former FDA Commissioner faces federal lawsuit for 'defrauding consumers' — 6 things to know

    Six patients who took the antibiotic Levaquin filed a federal lawsuit against former FDA Commissioner, Margaret Hamburg, MD, claiming the Commissioner defrauded consumers and conspired with Johnson & Johnson to conceal information about the harmful effects of Levaquin, according to abc 8 news.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  6. Texas providers screen pregnant women for Zika virus following 7 confirmed cases: 5 insights

    Following seven confirmed cases of Zika virus in Houston, healthcare providers are screening pregnant women for Zika virus.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  7. 4th transplant patient dies after contracting fungal infection during a mold outbreak at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: 5 things to know

    A fourth patient treated at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center passed away after contracting a fungal infection during a mold outbreak at the hospital, according to Fox News Health.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  8. Dr. Brian Kendall named to South Carolina hospital safety council: 5 points

    South Carolina Hospital Association's Quality Advisory Council appointed Brian W. Kendall, MD, to its panel, according to The Times and Democrat.  By Megan Wood -
  9. Texas adolescents coming down with RSV: 3 quick facts

    Austin, Texas-based St. David's Children's Hospital has seen an increasing number of adolescent respiratory syncytial virus cases, according to Fox 7.  By Megan Wood -


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