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New Cancer Treatment Developed by LIMR Scientists Inhibits Tumor Growth and Boosts Anti-Tumor Immune Response
Bio Space: Cancer researchers at the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research (LIMR), part of Main Line Health, have developed a novel treatment that inhibits the growth of malignant tumors and activates an immune response to those tumors.

Additional news media reports on MLH physicians and the health care industry, excerpted from MLH’s daily Morning News Report:

 Main Line Health News

COPD Beyond the Clinic: RTs Help Patients Keep the Momentum Going
American Association for Respiratory Care: Pulmonary rehabilitation and patient education can help COPD patients regain lost functioning and enjoy a better quality of life.

Regional Health News…

Jefferson Health CEO Dr. Stephen Klasko: ‘Millennials will stream healthcare the way they consume Netflix’
Becker’s Hospital Review: While Stephen K. Klasko, MD, president and CEO of Philadelphia-based Jefferson and Philadelphia-based Jefferson Health, admits he’s not a millennial, he acknowledges the healthcare industry must begin to account.

Penn Medicine is planning to conduct a clinical trial to test the effectiveness of uterine transplants.
Philadelphia Business Journal: Doctors at Penn Medicine are getting ready to conduct the Northeast’s first clinical trial of uterine transplants.

Obamacare signups surging in Pa., N.J. and nationally. Will it last?
The Philadelphia Inquirer: People around the Philadelphia region, like consumers around the country, are rushing to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, advocacy groups reported Friday.

Health Care Business News…

2 states expanded telehealth reimbursement this year, but Medicaid policies are still inconsistent
FierceHealthcare: State Medicaid programs are making incremental progress when it comes to telehealth reimbursement, but there are still broad discrepancies among state policies, according to the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP).

For Philly’s nonprofit hospitals, GOP tax bill would inflict real pain
Philadelphia Inquirer: Nonprofit hospitals have had much to fear from Congress recently.

Quality and Safety News…

Patient councils, apps show promise in incorporating patient voice into delivery reform
FierceHealthcare: There’s a growing body of evidence that links patient engagement to care quality, and providers are increasingly focused on improving the patient experience.

Pain relievers worked as well as opioids in ER patients
Philadelphia Inquirer: Emergency rooms are where many patients are first introduced to powerful opioid painkillers, but what if doctors offered over-the-counter pills instead?

Nearly Half of U.S. Adults Have High Blood Pressure Under New Guidelines
Wall Street Journal: Hypertension will now be defined as a reading of 130/80 and above, a threshold that will include 103.3 million people

Patient Care News…

Transition program helping patients avoid the nursing home, find a real home
Aging Edge: Ed Ricketts spent 2005-08 in a Shadyside nursing home, as a sedentary double leg amputee in his mid-60s who figured he’d never again have the privacy and autonomy taken for granted by those living at home.|

The hidden consequence of the opioid crisis: Hospitals overrun with cases of diseases from IV drug use
FierceHealthcare: Although opioid overdoses have made national headlines, hospitals are also dealing with another consequence of drug addiction: an overwhelming number of infectious diseases among intravenous drug users.


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