Helping Teenagers With Menstrual Pain

Period-related pain, medically known as dysmenorrhea, colloquially often called “cramps,” should not prevent an adolescent from participating fully in school, in sports, in social life. If that’s happening on a regular basis, she needs evaluation and help and support — from her family, and from the medical profession. “Painful periods can be very debilitating; I’ve…

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Building a safer CAR-T therapy

FEBRUARY 3, 2020, NEW YORK — A Ludwig Cancer Research study has devised a new type of chimeric antigen-receptor (CAR) T cell–a family of promising immunotherapies for cancer–that can be switched on and off on demand. The study, led by Melita Irving of the Lausanne Branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, George Coukos,…

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FDA clears investigational new drug application for Calibr’s ‘switchable’ CAR-T therapy

LA JOLLA, CA — Calibr, the drug discovery and development division of Scripps Research, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given clearance to the Investigational New Drug (IND) application for Calibr’s “switchable” CAR-T cell therapy, which is being evaluated for the treatment of certain cancers, including relapsed/refractory B-cell malignancies such as…

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HIT modernization crucial to improve healthcare for Native Americans and Alaska Natives

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indian Health Service (IHS), a division within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, needs technology improvements to enhance healthcare for Native Americans and Alaska Natives, according to a Health Affairs blog post written by Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine researchers. The authors urge Congress to support the…

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Value transformation framework model seeks to guide transition to value-based healthcare

February 3, 2020 – With a new focus on quality of care and outcomes achieved, healthcare organizations are challenged to make the transition to value-based care. A model called the Value Transformation Framework (VTF) provides a structured, step-by-step approach to help guide the shift to value-based healthcare, reports a paper in the Journal for Healthcare…

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ESMO reaffirms commitment to education as key lever to make cancer prevention effective

International survey results on public’s behaviours around cancer released Alarming contrast in responses between socio-economic groups ESMO highlights improved prevention knowledge and wider accessibility to care as key priorities Lugano, Switzerland, 4 February – Today on World Cancer Day, ESMO, the leading organisation for medical oncology, joins the Union for International…

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New research finds that ACOs are struggling to integrate social services with medical care

New findings from a Dartmouth-led study, published in the February issue of Health Affairs, show that despite effort and attention on the part of some healthcare providers to better address their patients’ social needs–such as transportation, housing, and food–little progress is being made to integrate social services with medical care. Given the substantial impact of…

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