Seed funds awarded to four proposals to develop medical devices for children

Philadelphia, February 3, 2020 – The Pennsylvania Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPDC) has announced its latest round of seed grants to companies developing medical devices for children. The Consortium chose four projects from eight finalists in a competition to receive seed grants of $50,000 each. The devices are a less-invasive method of inserting pacemaker leads…

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Community health worker program yields $2.47 for every $1 invested annually by Medicaid

PHILADELPHIA — Every dollar spent on patients receiving support from Penn Medicine’s community health worker (CHW) program resulted in an annual return on investment (ROI) of $2.47 for every dollar invested annually by Medicaid, according to a new study published online today in Health Affairs. The savings are generated by reducing hospitalizations. Developed at Penn,…

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UT team develops model to predict hernia surgery recovery outcomes

Could patients experience less pain and possibly have better recovery outcomes if their fears or emotional issues were addressed before surgery? Three researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, recently developed a predictive model to examine that question. Rebecca Koszalinski, assistant professor in the College of Nursing; Anahita Khojandi, assistant professor in the Department of…

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UMass Amherst researcher aims to develop new test for BRCA-positive breastfeeding women

Breastfeeding women with a pathogenic BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation face a significant risk, even at a young age, of breast and ovarian cancer. Yet no fully effective breast cancer screening method exists for nursing mothers in this high-risk group, some of whom are diagnosed after the disease has spread, possibly becoming fatally metastatic. University…

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