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We’re losing the war on error. And here’s why.

The war on medical error was officially launched in 1999, when the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published its landmark report To Err is Human, alleging that up to 98,000 yearly deaths in US hospitals were due to human missteps. Continue reading... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: […]

Mount Sinai Health System Names New Director of Arnhold Global Health Institute

Renowned global health expert Prabhjot Singh, PhD, MD, has been named director of the Arnhold Global Health Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

The Sync Project and Berklee College Of Music Partner To Explore The Science Behind "Music As Medicine"

The Sync Project, a PureTech startup working towards scientifically measuring and harnessing music to improve health, has announced a collaborative partnership with Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE). The partnership involves joint original research, course development and an internship program. Show More Summary

Study Identifies Ebola Virus's Achilles' Heel

A team including scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases has identified the molecular "lock" that the deadly Ebola virus must pick to gain entry to cells. The findings, made in mice, suggest that drugs blocking entry to this lock could protect against Ebola infection.

Human Stem Cell Model Reveals Molecular Cues Critical to Neurovascular Unit Formation

Using human embryonic stem cells, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute created a model that allows them to track cellular behavior during the earliest stages of human development in real-time. Show More Summary

Nepal after the recent earthquakes: reconstruction and vaccine-preventable enteric diseases

In the wake of the recent devastating earthquakes, PLOS Medicine Consulting Editor Lorenz von Seidlein visited Nepal to assess outbreak risks. Lorenz travelled with Anuj Bhattachan, International Vaccine Institute, Seoul, Korea and guidance from Deepak C. Show More Summary

Half-Baked -- The Retail Promotion of Marijuana Edibles

Robert J. MacCoun, Ph.D., and Michelle M. Mello, J.D., Ph.D. From the Stanford Law School, the Freeman Spogli Institute, and Stanford University School of Medicine A striking feature of the rollout of the state-legalized retail sales of marijuana has been the tremendous popularity of edible marijuana products. Show More Summary

Researcher Awarded $4.9 Million Grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Shaomei Wang, MD, PhD, a research scientist in the Eye Program at the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute, received a $4.9 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to advance her work in retinitis pigmentosa, a type of degenerative retinal disease.

The American Board of Internal Medicine's Land of Make Believe

Hi boys and girls!  My name is Christine Casell, MD.  I was once the President and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine, the ABIM Foundation, and the Institute of Clinical Evaluation.  Now I'm President and CEO of the National Quality Forum in charge of setting quality standards for every hospital in the United States. Show More Summary

Dr. Glenn Pransky Receives ACOEM's Health Achievement Award

On May 3, Glenn S. Pransky, MD, Director of the Center for Disability Research at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, Mass., received the ACOEM Health Achievement in Occupational Medicine Award.

How to Build a Bolder Brain With Age

In advance of National Older Americans Month this May, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report titled "Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action." The report details changes in cognition -- essentially,...Show More Summary

As Life Slips By: Why Eye Movement Doesn't Blur the Picture

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Shiley Eye Institute have identified the molecular "glue" that builds the brain connections that keep visual images clear and still, even as objects or your eyes move. Show More Summary

Study Finds Metabolic Link Between Bacterial 'Biofilms' and Colon Cancer

team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has uncovered a big clue to how bacteria may promote some colon cancers.

New Stem Cell May Overcome Hurdles for Regenerative Medicine

Salk Institute scientists discover new type of stem cell that could potentially generate mature, functional tissues

Penn State College of Medicine Receives $14 Million to Study Exercise Program for Seniors

Penn State College of Medicine has been awarded nearly $14 million in funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study the effectiveness of a program integrating strength training, balance exercises and walking for older adults who have had a fall-related fracture.

Let's Make Fixing Political Institutions the Political Issue of 2016

If international development organizations like the World Bank or the IMF were to overlook their GDP qualifications and advise the United States during the run-up to the 2016 election, the first medicine prescribed by both would be: "Fix your broken political institutions. Show More Summary

UV Radiations: Nono Helps to Mend the Damage

Researchers from the lab of Antonio Giordano, MD, PhD, Director and Founder of the Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA (www.shro.org), have uncovered a new molecular mechanism whereby human cells protect their genome from the detrimental effect of UV radiations.

Why whole-genome testing hurts more than it helps

President Obama proposes to plunk down $215 million on "precision medicine," and the National Institutes of Health and its National Cancer Institute will spend it by sequencing the whole genome of a million or more Americans.

Advance Directives 2.0

At a much-touted meeting last month in Washington, the Institute of Medicine concluded that end-of-life care in this country is largely broken and should be overhauled at almost every level. The daunting statistics related to end-of-life...Show More Summary

Rady Genomics Institute Launches First Initiative: Sequencing Genomes of Children with Birth Defects

In a first step towards realizing the future of personalized pediatric medicine, Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego has begun whole genome sequencing of San Diego County children born with birth defects of unknown cause.

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