Oct. 7 - 11, 2013

National Coverage

Poor nutritional status before bladder operation causes higher risk of complications
Science Codex (website)
Patients with bladder cancer are two times more likely to have complications after a radical cystectomy procedure if they have a biomarker for poor nutritional status before the operation, according to study findings presented today at the 2013 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. Surgeons from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, identified a potentially modifiable risk factor for such postsurgical problems: a low preoperative level of albumin, a marker of the protein level in the blood.

Large-Scale Survey of Women with Uterine Fibroids Reveals Significant Impact on Quality of Life and Workplace Performance and Desire for Less Invasive Treatment Options
e! Science News
A newly published survey of nearly 1,000 U.S. women with uterine fibroids demonstrates that fibroids cause significant fear and morbidity [and] can compromise workplace performance … Results of this national survey, led by leading fibroid experts from the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, and the University of North Carolina, were published this month in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Journal of Women’s Health.

State & Local Coverage

Local hospitals rank high honors for stroke care
When someone experiences the symptoms of a stroke, the hospital they choose could determine their survival. The Joint Commission, a non-profit health care standards organization, has a new designation to recognize the “best” stroke care programs. Duke and UNC Hospitals are among the few in the country certified as Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Care Centers.

Raleigh tech startup Axial Exchange rates Rex as best hospital in NC
As soon as Axial Exchange published its first "Patient Engagement Index" that rates hospital performance earlier this year, an executive at Rex Hospital in Raleigh sent WRALTechWire an email asking when such ratings would be available on those in North Carolina. The ratings are out, and Rex is at the top of the list. In fact, Rex and UNC Hospitals crack the top five. The venture capital-backed tech startup analyzes hospital performance based on a variety of publicly available data, including patient satisfaction. Axial had previously rated hospitals in four other states (Florida, New York, Texas, California).

Glaxo, UNC propel malaria vaccine forward
Triangle Business Journal
The first malaria vaccine could have another Triangle connection beyond its creator, GlaxoSmithKline … GSK spokesperson Mary Rhyne tells me that the candidate, which just delivered encouraging results from a large-scale Phase 3 trial, was also tested at a UNC research center. Specifically, UNC’s Project at Tidziew Centre in Lilongwe [capital of Malawi] is one of the trial sites where the vaccine was tested. … Currently, Africa sees nearly 600,000 deaths each year from malaria, primarily in young children.

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