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News Article | May 9, 2017
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Arizona Mother-Baby Care offers concierge-type care that combines the unique expertise of specialists around Arizona to provide exceptional services for mother and baby. The program utilizes evidence-based treatment protocols to guarantee a greater patient experience while also focusing on reduction in preterm delivery and superior quality outcomes. "Maternal fetal medicine and pediatric providers in the program offer excellent pre- and post-natal care for mothers all within their network," added Robert L. Meyer, President and CEO of Phoenix Children's Hospital. "Working together with top-rated pediatricians and specialists, this program ensures that babies and mothers receive excellent care and a streamlined, consistent experience throughout the process." The network brings together nearly 1,500 clinicians practicing in obstetrics, perinatology, neonatology and pediatrics, offering expectant mothers access to an extensive group of doctors and specialists throughout pregnancy and ensuring a seamless transition to pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists after their babies are born. "Our priority is to provide exceptional coordinated care for mothers and their babies. The Arizona Mother-Baby Care alliance gives our patients greater access to highly qualified specialists who provide personalized care and advanced medical services,'' said Frank Molinaro, Abrazo Community Health Network Market CEO. "Through the use of evidence-based clinical practices and quality standards, we will provide the best outcomes for patients.'' "Our goal is to build a center of excellence that will become the preeminent choice for expectant and new mothers, referring physicians, employers and health plans," said Linda Hunt, Senior Vice President of Operations for Dignity Health in Arizona. "We believe we can have great impact on quality outcomes for mothers and infants." For high-risk and complicated pregnancies, there are no better options than Phoenix Children's Hospital and Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital. Both offer Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units, which is the highest level in the state. Among other services available through Arizona Mother-Baby Care, mothers experiencing high-risk pregnancies work directly with care coordinators who help them schedule specialist consultations, ensure they understand diagnoses and treatment options, and provide ongoing support throughout pregnancy and after birth. To learn more about Arizona Mother-Baby Care, visit arizonamotherbaby.org or call (602) 933-BABY. Phoenix Children's Care Network is a physician-led, pediatric-focused and clinically-integrated organization that represents a valuable alliance between and among community pediatricians and subspecialists, with the collective focus on improving quality of care while effectively managing associated costs. It is the first pediatric network in the U.S. to achieve Utilization Review Accreditation Committee (URAC) accreditation as a clinically-integrated network. With more than 1,000 providers, it is the largest pediatric clinically-integrated organization in Arizona. A total of 85 percent of specialists and 65 percent of primary care providers in the state participate in the care network. For more information, visit www.pccn.org. Arizona Care Network is a physician-led and governed accountable care organization, with more than 5,000 clinicians providing a broad range of clinical and care coordination services to adult and pediatric patients in Maricopa and Pinal counties. ACN is a partnership between Dignity Health and Abrazo Community Health Network, and also includes Phoenix Children's Hospital, one of the largest children's hospitals in the nation, and Maricopa Medical Center, part of Maricopa Integrated Health System. The network is comprised of primary care and specialty physicians, along with skilled nursing and home health agencies, imaging centers, retail clinics, urgent care and emergency centers, two children's hospitals, and 14 acute care and specialty hospitals. For more information, visit www.azcarenetwork.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/arizona-mother-baby-care-offers-streamlined-services-300452665.html


News Article | May 25, 2017
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Awarding outstanding examples of technology innovation in the life sciences, from basic R&D to translational medicine since 2003 NEEDHAM, MA--(Marketwired - May 25, 2017) - Bio-IT World has announced the winners of the 2017 Best Practices Awards this morning at the Bio-IT World Conference and Expo in Boston, MA. Entries from Maccabi Healthcare System, Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine, Allotrope Foundation, Earlham Institute, Biomedical Imaging Research Services Section (BIRSS), and Alexion Pharmaceuticals were honored. Since 2003, the Bio-IT World Best Practices Awards has honored excellence in bioinformatics, basic and clinical research, and IT frameworks for biology and drug discovery. Winners were chosen in four categories, and two discretionary awards this year as well. "Looking back at the fourteen years since our first Best Practices competition, I am amazed by how far the bio-IT field has come. I continue to be inspired by the work done in our field," said Bio-IT World Editor Allison Proffitt. "The Bio-IT World Community is increasingly open, and the partnerships and projects showcased here prove our dedication to collaborative excellence." Bio-IT World debuted the Best Practices Awards at the second Bio-IT World Conference & Expo in 2003, hoping to not only elevate the critical role of information technology in modern biomedical research, but also to highlight platforms and strategies that could be widely shared across the industry to improve the quality, pace, and reach of science. In the years since, hundreds of projects have been entered in the annual competition, and over 80 prizes have been given out to the most outstanding entries. This year, a panel of eleven invited expert judges joined the Bio-IT World editors in reviewing detailed submissions from pharmaceutical companies, academic centers, government agencies, and technology providers. The awards ceremony was held at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, where the winning teams received their prizes from Proffitt, veteran judge Chris Dwan, and Philips Kuhl, president of conference organizer Cambridge Healthtech Institute. In October 2015, Maccabi Healthcare System joined forces with Medial EarlySign to implement advanced AI and machine learning algorithms to uncover the "hidden" signals within electronic medical records (EMRs) and identify unscreened individuals at high risk of harboring Colorectal Cancer. The system used existing EMR Data only, including routine blood counts. ColonFlag evaluated nearly 80,000 outpatient blood count tests results collected over one year, and flagged 690 individuals (approximately 1%) as highest risk population for further evaluation. Of those, 220 colonoscopies were performed, of which 42% had findings including 20 cancers (10%). Precision medicine for newborns by 26-hour Whole Genome Sequencing Genetic diseases, of which there are more than 5,000, are the leading cause of death in infants, especially in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU). The gateway to precision medicine and improved outcomes in NICUs/PICUs is a rapid genetic diagnosis. Diagnosis by standard methods, including whole genome sequencing (WGS), is too slow to guide NICU/PICU management. Edico Genome, Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine, and Illumina have developed scalable infrastructure to enable widespread deployment of ultra-rapid diagnosis of genetic diseases in NICUs and PICUs. First described in "A 26-hour system of highly sensitive WGS for emergency management of genetic diseases" in September 2015, we have now improved and implemented this infrastructure at Rady Children's Hospital (RCH). Among the first 48 RCH infants tested, 23 received diagnoses and 16 had a substantial change in NICU/PICU treatment. We are currently equipping other children's hospitals to emulate these results. The Allotrope Framework: A holistic set of capabilities to improve data access, interoperability and integrity through standardization, and enable data-driven innovation The Allotrope Framework is comprised of a technique-, vendor-, and platform-independent file format for data and contextual metadata (with class libraries to ensure consistent implementation); Taxonomies and Ontologies- an extensible basis of a controlled vocabulary to unambiguously describe and structure metadata; and Data Models that describe the structure of the data. Member companies, collaborating with vendor partners, have begun to demonstrate how the Framework enables cross-platform data transfer, facilitates finding, accessing and sharing data, and enables increased automation in laboratory data flow with a reduced need for error-prone manual input. The first production release is available to members and partners (as of Q4 2015), and phased public releases of the framework components will become available beginning mid-2017. Improving Global Food Security and Sustainability By Applying High-Performance Computing To Unlock The Complex Bread Wheat Genome One of the most important global challenges to face humanity will be the obligation to feed a world population of approximately nine billion people by 2050. Wheat is grown on the largest area of land of any crop at over 225 million hectares, and over two billion people worldwide are dependent on this crop as their daily staple diet. Unfortunately, the six primary crop species see up to 40% loss in yield due to plant disease. Furthermore, a changing climate, increased degradation in arable land, reduction in biodiversity through rainforest destruction, and increasing sea levels all contribute to declining crop yields that greatly undermines global food security and sustainability. A solution to this grand challenge is to unlock the complex genomics of important crops, such as bread wheat, to identify the genes that underlie resistance to disease and environmental factors. One of the toughest crops to tackle, bread wheat has a hugely complex genome and is five times bigger than the human genome, with 17 billion base pairs of DNA. By exploiting leading-edge HPC infrastructure deployed at the Earlham Institute (EI), scientists have now assembled the genomic blueprint of the bread wheat genome for the very first time. By analyzing this wheat assembly, breeders worldwide can now begin to explore new variations of wheat that exhibit the very traits that will help improve its durability in the face of dogged disease and climate change. The Biomedical Research Informatics Computing System (BRICS) is a dynamic, expanding, and easily reproducible informatics ecosystem developed to create secure, centralized biomedical databases to support research efforts to accelerate scientific discovery, by aggregating and sharing data using Web-based clinical report form generators and a data dictionary of Clinical Data Elements. Effective sharing of data is a fundamental attribute in this new era of data informatics. Such informatics advances create both technical and political challenges to efficiently and effectively use biomedical resources. Designed to be initially un-branded and not associated with a particular disease, BRICS has been used so far to support multiple neurobiological studies, including the Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Research (FITBIR) program, the Parkinson's Disease Biomarkers Program (PDBP), and the National Ophthalmic Disease Genotyping and Phenotyping Network (eyeGENE). Supporting the storage of phenotypic, imaging, neuropathological, and genomics data, the BRICS instances currently have more than 31,500 subjects. The Alexion Insight (AI) Engine is a decision support system that provides senior executives and corporate planning staff answers to business and scientific questions across a landscape of approximately 9,000 rare diseases. The AI Engine filters and sorts across key criteria such as prevalence, clinical trials, severity, and onset to prioritize in real-time diseases of interest for targets, line extensions, and business development activity. Over a period of two years Alexion worked with EPAM to develop the AI Engine. The system integrates data from several external data sources into a cloud-based, Semantic Web database. Gaps and errors in publicly available data were filled and corrected by a team of expert curators. The engine supports an interactive, web-based interface presenting the rare disease landscape. The AI Engine has reduced the amount of time required to produce recommendations to senior management on promising disease candidates from a few months to mere minutes. About Bio-IT World (www.Bio-ITWorld.com) Part of Healthtech Publishing, Bio-IT World provides outstanding coverage of cutting-edge trends and technologies that impact the management and analysis of life sciences data, including next-generation sequencing, drug discovery, predictive and systems biology, informatics tools, clinical trials, and personalized medicine. Through a variety of sources including, Bio-ITWorld.com, Weekly Update Newsletter and the Bio-IT World News Bulletins, Bio-IT World is a leading source of news and opinion on technology and strategic innovation in the life sciences, including drug discovery and development. About Cambridge Healthtech Institute (www.healthtech.com) Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI), a division of Cambridge Innovation Institute, is the preeminent life science network for leading researchers and business experts from top pharmaceutical, biotech, CROs, academia, and niche service providers. CHI is renowned for its vast conference portfolio held worldwide including PepTalk, Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference, SCOPE Summit, Bio-IT World Conference & Expo, PEGS Summit, Drug Discovery Chemistry, Biomarker World Congress, World Preclinical Congress, Next Generation Dx Summit and Discovery on Target. CHI's portfolio of products include Cambridge Healthtech Institute Conferences, Barnett International, Insight Pharma Reports, Cambridge Marketing Consultants, Cambridge Meeting Planners, Knowledge Foundation Bio-IT World, Clinical Informatics News and Diagnostics World.


News Article | May 5, 2017
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Overcoming the Stigma Related to Substance Use Disorders Dr. Elizabeth Harwood Assistant Professor of Psychology and Department Coordinator Rivier University "Overcoming the stigma related to substance use disorders is one of the key ways to help fight this epidemic. Stigma is not only devastating to the individual suffering from addiction, but also has far-reaching scientific, medical and social consequences, such as a reduction in funding for research, a lack of access to healthcare, and a reluctance on the part of the individual to ask for help for fear of others' reactions. We need to take drastic steps to fight the opioid crisis in this country, and that starts with educating the community on substance use disorder. The opioid epidemic has hit New Hampshire extremely hard. We need to look at this problem from an educational standpoint. All drugs of addiction are rewarding, activating the pleasure centers of the brain, which encourage repeated use. With the development of tolerance, this reward pathway becomes impaired and negatively affects several areas of the brain leading to the compulsive behaviors characteristic of substance use disorders. Unpacking these complex concepts helps communities understand how substance abuse can occur as well as the necessity of involving all areas of the community to combat it." Dr. Harwood is an accomplished educator with a passion for teaching. She has spoken extensively about the opioid epidemic and the science behind substance use disorders. A key to overcoming the opioid epidemic in states such as New Hampshire is to understand the science behind addiction. Overcoming the stigma related to substance use disorders is also necessary to fight this epidemic. Due to the stigma related to these issues, researchers may not receive the necessary funding, treatment is difficult to access, and communities may be reluctant to talk openly about this crisis. In addition, Dr. Harwood can comment on a variety of topics including substance use issues, health and wellbeing in college students, and excellence in teaching. Website: https://www.rivier.edu Contact: Maggie Fiertz, maggie.fiertz@finnpartners.com New Restaurant Calorie Labeling Laws Sara Burnett Director of Wellness and Food Policy Panera Bread Soon, new restaurant calorie labeling laws will go into effect, requiring all restaurants with 20+ locations to add calorie labeling to their menu boards. Says Burnett: "There's no debate about the importance of food transparency. The FDA menu calorie labeling may be delayed, but the industry must continue to give information that helps people make informed decisions. Because people want to know what is in the food they eat, leading companies like Panera will continue to comply with the federal law as it was written." Panera, which has been displaying calorie information on menu boards since 2010, recently announced that they will be displaying added sugar information on the menu and at point of pour -- the only national restaurant chain to do so. All beverages, including soda, tea and juice, are now labeled with added sugar and calorie information. The chain also launched a new line of clean drinks with no artificial sweeteners or preservatives. Burnett is available to discuss: Panera's commitment to menu transparency and leadership in the category; health and wellness and shifting consumer tastes in the fast casual space; and food and beverage trends, including using in-season ingredients. Website: www.panerabread.com Contact: Lauren Myefski, lmyefski@webershandwick.com Ethical and Legal Implications of Artificial Wombs Dena S. Davis Presidential Endowed Chair in Health - Humanities/Social Sciences; Professor of Religion Studies; Associate Director of Personnel for Health, Medicine and Society Lehigh University Four scientists have just announced, in Nature Communications, that they have successfully created an artificial womb in which "extremely premature" lambs were nurtured for four weeks, enough to make them ready to meet the world. The goal is to advance this technology until it is available for very premature (23-26 week) human infants. At present, very premature infants have extremely poor prognoses: likely death, or severe disabilities. Four to five weeks would be enough to allow a "very premature infant" to become merely a "premature infant," with a good prognosis. Says Davis: "If successful, this could be a terrific technology. At present, we put preemies into Neonatal Intensive Care Units, which are super stressful for the babies and their families, and the things we do to try to support them very often cause serious damage if the baby does survive. Fetuses, for example, are meant to breathe liquid while in the womb, but if they are born prematurely, all we can do is to force air into their little lungs, often causing permanent lung damage. A calm, soothing environment that mimicked the human uterus would be a wonderful thing. But it does make me wonder: Would this make humans somewhat like marsupials? At present, one is either born or not. A fetus just a day away from delivery is still just a very late-term fetus. And a very premature infant, once it is born and draws breath, is now an infant, legally and ethically a human person. Would this technology create a new, intermediate stage? What are the ethical and legal implications?" Website: http://www.lehigh.edu Contact: Lauren Stralo, lkw214@lehigh.edu Solutions for Handling Mother's Day as a Divorced Father Michael A. Klein Psychologist, Consultant MK Insights LLC Mother's Day is complicated for divorced fathers. While anger, resentment, and jealousy can quickly rise to the surface, divorced dads can and must manage these feelings in order to support the emotional health of their children. There are, however, easy solutions to address this often-hidden problem. Says Dr. Klein: "It is critical for divorced fathers to be aware of any negative feelings surrounding Mother's Day. If they fail to recognize them, it is inevitable that kids will suffer the consequences, including guilt for celebrating their mother, confusion about how to react to dad's emotions, and even their own misplaced anger." Dr. Klein has almost 20 years of experience as a psychologist and consultant to business. He has worked as a human resources professional, and is the author of "Trapped in the Family Business: A practical guide to understanding and managing this hidden dilemma." Expert Contact: mklein@mkinsights.com Prom Season Makeup: The Glitter Eye Shadow Trend Kerry Spindler Beauty Expert "The glitter eyeshadow trend has taken social media by storm, and although it is made to look easy to apply, there are some tricks to applying a flawless glitter application that won't shed or crust." Based in New York, Spindler is available to discuss the glitter eye shadow trend, as well as age-appropriate makeup application so tweens and teens do not look too mature for their age. She has been quoted in numerous media outlets, including InStyle Magazine, Lifetime for Women and Arise 360. Website: www.kerryspindler.com Contact: Kerry Spindler, kerry@kerryspindler.com Mother's Day: Ways to Appreciate and Bond With Your Mom Dr. Frieda Birnbaum Research Psychologist, Psychoanalyst Birnbaum, who had twins at age 60, is available to discuss how to appreciate and bond with your mother: "1) Respect: Mothers love to know that their children love and respect them. Offering a thank you, remembering to call -- little gestures like these may seem small to you but, they bring an abundance of joy to moms. 2) Inquire: Ask your mother what is going in her life. Keep aware of all major things. Moms love it when you remember something important to them that they weren't expecting you to remember, because it shows you attentively listen to them. 3) Peaceful: Chances are you and your mother may not see eye to eye on everything -- or anything, for that matter. It's OK. If you can accept your mom for who she is and accept that you both are different, you'll have many days of peace between you. 4) Surprise: It doesn't have to just be on Mother's Day. Any day is a good day to surprise your mom by taking her out to dinner or shopping. If you regularly take your mom off guard with something positive, it'll make her very happy." Based in the New York metro area, Dr. Birnbaum is an expert on depression, women's issues and attaining happiness. She is the author of "Life Begins at 60: A New View on Motherhood, Marriage, and Reinventing Ourselves" and "What Price Power: An In-Depth Study of the Professional Woman in a Relationship." Contact: Ryan McCormick, ryan@goldmanmccormick.com Following are links to job listings for staff and freelance writers, editors and producers. You can view these and more job listings on our Job Board: https://prnmedia.prnewswire.com/community/jobs/ Following are links to other news and resources we think you might find useful. 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Khoshnood B.,University of Paris Descartes | Khoshnood B.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Khoshnood B.,Paris Center et Cochin Necker Mere Enfant | Lelong N.,University of Paris Descartes | And 30 more authors.
BMJ Open | Year: 2016

Objectives: Our main objective was to assess sociodemographic differences in the probability of prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart defects (CHD); we also looked at differences in termination of pregnancy for fetal anomaly (TOPFA). Design: Prospective cohort observational study. Setting: Population-based cohort of CHD (live births, TOPFA, fetal deaths) born to women residing in the Greater Paris area (Paris and its surrounding suburbs, N=317 538 total births). Participants: 2867 cases of CHD, including 2348 (82%) live births, 466 (16%) TOPFA and 53 (2%) fetal deaths. Primary and secondary outcome measures: Differences in the probability of prenatal diagnosis by maternal occupation, geographic origin and place of residence; differences in the probability of TOPFA. Results: 29.1% (95% CI 27.5% to 30.8%) of all CHD were prenatally diagnosed. Probability of prenatal diagnosis was similar by maternal occupation, geographic origin and place of residence. In contrast, there were substantial differences in the probability of TOPFA by maternal geographic origin; differences by maternal occupation and place of residence were generally smaller and not statistically significant. Conclusions: Our findings suggest that an appropriate health system organisation aimed at providing universal, reimbursed specialised services to all women can provide comparable access to prenatal diagnosis for all sociodemographic groups. In contrast, we found substantial differences in TOPFA for women of different geographic origins, which may reflect women's preferences that should be respected, but that can nonetheless lead to the situation where families with fewer resources will be disproportionately responsible for care of newborns with more severe forms of CHD.


News Article | March 1, 2017
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“Cleansing Thoughts; Glimpses from My Personal Journal”: an affirmation of God’s healing grace in the lives of those who hear His voice. “Cleansing Thoughts; Glimpses from My Personal Journal” is the creation of published author Beverly Jeffers, a retired Christian bookstore proprietor who enjoys boating, gardening and crocheting baby items to donate to the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at local hospitals as well as blankets and prayer shawls for patients battling cancer. Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Beverly Jeffers‘s new book follows the author through a journey of healing and personal growth as she learns to listen and truly hear the voice of God in her life. “As a child, I was a victim; as an adult, I was a survivor; but as a child of God, I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony.” --Beverly Jeffers View a synopsis of “Cleansing Thoughts; Glimpses from My Personal Journal” on YouTube. Readers can purchase “Cleansing Thoughts; Glimpses from My Personal Journal” at traditional brick and mortar bookstores, or online at Amazon.com, Apple iTunes store, Kobo or Barnes and Noble. For additional information or inquiries about “Cleansing Thoughts; Glimpses from My Personal Journal”, contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.


News Article | October 31, 2016
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BUFFALO GROVE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ameda Inc., (Buffalo Grove, IL) today announced the acquisition of the line of Penguin® Nutritional Warming products from Creche Innovations (Stillwell, KS). With its established position in hospitals, Ameda is able to expand its line of products to this much needed unique milk warming technology for babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU’s). “Acquiring the Penguin line of Nutritional Warming products provides a unique opportunity for Ameda to expand

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