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World's Largest Proton Therapy Centre Opens in US

The world's largest free-standing proton therapy centre has opened in Virginia, US. The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute is expected to treat about 2,000 patients with breast, brain, lung, prostate, paediatric and ocular cancers every year. Patients will be treat

NHS Report Reveals Increase in Hospital Stays Among Elderly

NHS hospital stays among the over 75s have risen by 66% in the past decade, according to data from the NHS Information Centre. The figures also revealed that stays for people aged 60 to 74 rose by 50%. People aged 60 and older accounted for more hospital stays than any other

US Researchers Unveil Blood Test for Ectopic Pregnancies

Researchers at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in the US have developed a blood test to diagnose ectopic pregnancy, a complication where the foetus implants itself outside the womb. The test checks for four blood biomarkers to deliver one of three results: a confirmed ect

Penumbra Initiates Patient Enrolment for Stroke Stent Study

Penumbra has initiated patient enrolment for a clinical trial of its Pulse flow restoration device, a temporary stent for the treatment of acute ischaemic stroke. The clinical trial will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of aspiration with the Penumbra System, which is used for asp

Australian Government to Launch Hospital Comparison Website

A website that will allow Australians to compare the performance of the country's hospitals will be launched in December. Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon said the work on the MyHospitals website could be finalised now that the West Australian Government has agreed to take.

NHS Trust Falling Short of 11 Key Standards, CQC Warns

The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is falling short of 11 of the 16 essential safety and quality standards, the UK's Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said. The watchdog said it had minor concerns about eight key standards, and moderate concerns about three, the management of m

US Launches Trial for Early Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Physicians at El Camino Hospital, US, have initiated a clinical trial to evaluate a new tool for the early diagnosis of lung cancer. The trial will combine Respiragene, a new genetically based test that detects smokers who are at a high risk of lung cancer, and low-dose CT scans to ide

MRI May Predict Ischemic Stroke Onset

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to determine the time of ischemic stroke onset, which would allow doctors to provide life-saving treatment, according to a new study published in the journal Radiology. Acute ischemic stroke, in which a blood clot blocks the blood flo

Scottish Hospital Asked to Ensure Cleanliness

Health inspectors have asked NHS Grampian to make improvements to ensure cleanliness at the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital, Scotland, UK. The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate found cleanliness issues at the hospital, including dirty mattresses and staff not washing their hands p

Hospital Patients at High Risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Approximately 81% of hospital patients are at a high risk of obstructive sleep apnoea, according to a study conducted by researchers at Loyola University Health System in the US. The researchers surveyed 195 patients at Loyola University Hospital using an eight-question obstructive

Eye Implant Restores Vision in Retinitis Pigmentosa Patients

Scientists at Retinal Implant have developed an eye implant that enables patients with the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa to see shapes and objects. The device, known as a sub-retinal implant, is placed underneath the retina and works by replacing light detectors that we

Elderly Women at High Risk of Inappropriate Urinary Catheterisations

Elderly women face a high risk of inappropriate urinary catheterisations in emergency departments, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. During the study, which was conducted at St John Hospital and Medical Center, US, the researchers e

San Francisco Launches EHR Project

The San Francisco Department of Public Health, in California, US, has launched a two-year electronic health record (EHR) project for its physicians to help them meet ARRA meaningful use requirements. The project will equip 800 doctors in San Francisco with knowledge of electronic medic

Most Abu Dhabi Hospitals Fail Health Inspections

The majority of hospitals and clinics in Abu Dhabi, UAE, failed health inspections last year, according to Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (HAAD). Last year HAAD inspectors made 1,300 visits and found that two-thirds of older facilities (315) did not pass the test, while only 156 facilities

Atrium Completes Patient Enrolment for iCAST Stent Trial

Atrium Medical Corporation has completed patient enrolment for a study of the Atrium iCAST Balloon Expandable Covered Stent for the treatment of patients with iliac artery occlusive disease. The prospective multi-centre clinical trial will evaluate the safety and efficacy of the Atrium

UK Scientists Develop Jellyfish Protein Cancer Test

Scientists at The University of York, UK, have developed a new test that uses cells derived from jellyfish to detect cancers deep within the human body. The scientists isolated green fluorescent protein from a common jellyfish, known as crystal jelly, and developed an altered form of p

NHS Organ Transplants Reach All-Time High

A record number of NHS patients in the UK underwent an organ transplant during 2009 / 10, according to the NHS Blood and Transplant's annual report. Hospitals carried out 3,706 organ transplants including heart, kidney, lung and liver, a 5% increase in the number of transplants fro

Non-Affiliated Hospitals as Good as University Hospitals

Contrary to popular belief university-affiliated hospitals do not offer better care than non-affiliated hospitals, according to a new study by medical rankings service CareChex, which evaluated 118 university hospitals in the US. When overall quality of care was taken into account, not

CARE Fertility Test May Improve IVF Success Rates

Researchers at UK-based CARE Fertility have developed a test that can increase the chances of having a baby through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). Chromosomal abnormalities are a major cause of pregnancy failures, including those involving IVF. The new test works by detecting

Low-Dose CTs Prevent More Lung Cancer Deaths than X-Rays

Low-dose CT is more effective at preventing deaths from lung cancer than a chest X-ray, according to a new study conducted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The NCI's National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) was designed to compare the effects of low-dose helical computed tomography